Mispillion River Not Today Satan

The name of this beer reminds me of the Church Lady skit from SNL, which always makes me crack up. If you haven’t seen them, I highly recommend searching them on You Tube.


ABV: 7.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Even Hell is looking for more diversity these days. That is why a lot of folks claim Billy, from Human Resources, was appointed the new Lord of Darkness. Like Billy, this beer is a little unexpected. The unholy joining of El Dorado, Centennial, Columbus, Cascade, and Mosaic hops and 7.3% Alc. by Vol. leaves souls begging for a drink of water. Not today, Satan. Not today.”

Random: This came in at 55 IBUs.

This beer poured with one finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and amber-colored. I saw moderate carbonation in the body. The nose had some pine with some roasty malts. It also had a vegetal note with a herbaceous quality. The taste was even more hoppy than the nose. I picked up pine and green vegetables. After a few sips, I picked up green bell pepper. The malt came through a lot more at the end of the sip. It had some heavy caramel malt that was quite sweet. The booze was also pretty hot on this one. The body was on the medium side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with the sweet malt. A can of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I thought this was a decent beer, but it seemed to be dialed up a little too much.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mispillion River Holy Crap! Imperial Red Ale

This brewery is putting out a lot of beers that are getting a lot of distribution in Jersey. I wanted to visit it when we were in Delaware years ago, but we just ran out of time. The can art is pretty awesome, so I’m never surprised when Val brings me their beers home.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Holy Crap! evolved by accident, when our brewer blended two different styles of beer. After months of digging for the recipe, we learned: you can’t suppress a brewer’s gust instinct. This 8.5% ABV Imperial Red Ale leads with a strong malt body and finishes with the dry bitterness of a 65-million year extinction. Hold on to your butts!!!”

Random: Getting up at 2:30 AM is not conducive to having a decent sleep schedule.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany with moderate carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up some almond and hazelnut notes with warm with sweet malt. Booze was present and slightly off-putting. The taste was really hot and not pleasant. It transitioned into chestnut and almond with caramel at the end. The body was lighter than I expected, but I couldn’t get past how boozy this was. The carbonation was light as well. I paid $1.75 for the can, which came to $.15 per ounce. The beer was alright, but nothing that I need to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mispillion River Space Otter American Pale Ale

Whenever we travel, if there is an aquarium, I want to visit it. Val is nice enough to come along, but she really likes if they have an otter exhibit. When I was in California, we saw the otter exhibit and otter show at the aquarium in Long Beach. They are really cute, especially when they play with shaved ice. I can’t say that I was surprised when she came home with this beer.


ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our story began on the morning after Eric William’s 40th birthday. While most 40-year olds celebrate their midlife crisis with a car and a younger girlfriend, Eric woke up and told his wife ‘Megan, we are going to open a craft brewery in Milford!’ After two years of planning, brewing (and tasting!!), traveling the country, and assembling a team of partners, Mispillion River Brewing opened in Milford, Delaware in the Fall of 2013. It is our goal to use the highest quality barley, hops, water and yeast to produce the finest beers on Mullet Run St. Our beers are for all drinkers, from n00bs to nerds, from Hopheads to Stoutfaces.”

Random: The information on the brewery website is from 2015 and there is absolutely no information about this beer.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a small crown on top of the light orange body. It was hazy and had some carbonation visible, despite the haziness. The nose had lemon-lime soda and grass. There was a sweetness at the end from the malt as well. It was like a sweet loaf of bread. The taste was delicate. The lemon-lime soda came through, but also had lemon pith. It had a moderate amount of bready malt that gave it some sweetness and dominated the flavor at the end of the sip. This was an easy drinking pale with light carbonation. I wish it had a bit more. The finish was quick with lemon flesh and bready malt for some sweetness. This was $1.83 a can, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. I liked this beer and had no problem pounding this down, but it was a middle of the road pale ale for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mispillion River Citron

On the way back to New Jersey, we stopped for a late lunch at the same place that we stopped at on the way down. They had a few different beers on tap from when we were there the first time, but I wanted to try one more beer from Delaware before we came home. This was the brew that I settled on. I’ve been having a lot of saisons lately, so hopefully this one is decent.


ABV: 7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, this is a seasonal beer released in August.

Random: Don’t you love how much information the brewery gave about this beer? That always irritates me. Why can’t they just put a decent description up? I will say, it’s one of my biggest pet peeves about writing the blog.

This beer poured with a small, white head that was less than half a finger high. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The nose had notes of lemon, lemon rind and Belgian yeast and a bit of coriander. The taste was nice and light, especially given the elevated ABV. There was some lemon rind and then a touch of candi sugar. One thing that was disappointing was that there was very little spice along with it. It also had a thin body with high carbonation. The beer ended with a quick finish with notes of lemon zest. I could see that this brew had potential, but for me it was only alright and one that I wouldn’t rush back to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mispillion River Reach Around

Happy Sunday! I finally got a decent night’s sleep. Not only am I well rested, I’ve also had a decent amount of caffeine, so I’m feeling pretty good. This beer is from another brewery that I had never heard of or seen prior to watching the “Brewdogs” episode about Delaware. I saw their beers at a few of the places that we stopped at, but not all of them. Let’s see how this interestingly named one went.


ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery’s website, this was a tasting room exclusive, although I managed to get it outside of the tasting room.

Random: I watched a bit of the Saints/Colts game last night. I really do like Andrew Luck. He seems like a class act and he has a hell of an arm.

This brew poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a straw yellow color with decent carbonation visible. The nose was very light for the style with some hops, specifically grapefruit pith and grass. The taste also had notes of grass along with an interesting note of honey and some earthy malt as well. I thought the taste was really pleasant. The body was medium thick and had generous carbonation. It had a long finish with grassy hops. This beer was pretty good and a local Delaware beer. If you can get it, it’s worth a try. I think that it’s available both on draft and in cans.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0