Archive for the ‘Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company’ Category

Tonight’s selection is a beer from a relatively local brewery to me. I’ve been to the brewery a few times since moving into our house and the space is quite large, although not air-conditioned, so it’s a bit warm in the summer. If you haven’t been there, I would highly recommend a visit.

scottishpillow

ABV: 8.6%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: This was Neshaminy Creek’s 4th anniversary beer.

Random: Wax topped bottles are such a pain to open. I need to get one of those openers that makes it easier.

The beer poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a murky, mahogany color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. On the nose, I picked up toasted grain, peat and some spice with oak. It had a pleasant amount of earthiness to it as well. The taste was remarkably balanced with oak and a touch of bourbon at first. Then, peat, brown bread and rye came out. Some vanilla came through at the end, which was a nice treat. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The alcohol didn’t make much of an appearance. It had a lengthy peaty and woody finish. I don’t remember how much I paid for this bomber, especially since I picked it up during the 4th anniversary weekend and left it in the fridge for awhile. This was an impressive beer and one that I would definitely have again, although I’m not sure if they’ll ever make it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

I’ve been enjoying pilsners a lot more lately, so when Val brought this beer home for me, I was quite excited. The brewery is pretty close to me since we’ve moved, so I should try to get out there again. Last time I was there, I tried this in a sampler and liked it. Let’s see if my opinion changed.

traugerpilsner

ABV: 4.8%

Style: German Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Pilsner is assertively hopped with Hallertau and Tettnanger noble hops and has a cracker-like malt backbone that finishes crisp and dry coming in at 4.8% ABV. We named this beer in honor of the Trauger family of Bucks County whose descendants came to America in 1747 and were among some of the earliest German immigrants to the area. In 1756, Johann Christian and Ludwig Wilhelm Trauger purchased two adjoining farmsteads in Nockamixon Township and have been a part of the fabric of this county, state, and country ever since. Ironically enough, the Trauger family’s German heritage predates the introduction and widespread popularity of the Pilsner style, but nonetheless, this beer is brewed and named in their honor.”

Random: I think once a conference call goes over an hour and a half, most people tune out.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a slight crown on top of the clear, straw yellow body. It had light carbonation visible. The nose was mild, but had some grass and cracker. The taste was crisp and also had the same cracker note that was in the nose. It had a bit more depth with the hops with grass and slight spiciness with vegetal notes. It also had a pleasant minerality to it. The body was light with moderate carbonation. I felt like the beer needed more carbonation. The finish was quick and clean with cracker and grass. A can of this will set you back $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). This beer was an easy drinker, but it just needed more carbonation to be outstanding.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

When I was checking on my parents’ house when they were on vacation, I noticed that I had two beers that I left there years ago. This was one of them. Let’s see how it was.

punkless

ABV: 8.8%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You may know this beer by it’s previous name, Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Wheat Ale. It’s also been called a lot of other names as well: Pumpkin Dunkel, Pumpkinweizen, etc. Whatever you’ve called it in the past, we know that regardless of what it’s called, this is one of the most popular, if not the most popular seasonal beer we make. When we set out to create what we hoped was a unique pumpkin beer we decided to brew an imperial version of our Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen, but in an unabashedly American way by adding pumpkin to the mash and your favorite pumpkin pie spices to the kettle. We add dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to the boil as well to pair with the banana esters and spicy clove imparted by the yeast during fermentation. At 8.8% ABV it’s no slouch either. Always released after Labor Day, Punkless Dunkel doesn’t last long as the crisp Autumn nights make way to Winter just around the corner. Do the seasons even change in Texas?”

Random: I’m curious to see if the renamed version is any different from this.

This beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color that was cloudy. There was no carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was very fragrant. It had all of the typical Fall spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, light ginger and molasses. The taste was really good with two years of age. It had a lot of the same spice. It had molasses, brown sugar, nutmeg and allspice. It had wheat and booze warming at the end. After a few sips, vanilla came through too. The body was on the thick side with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with booze and all of the wonderful spices of Fall. Since I got it so long ago, I have no idea what I paid for. Either way, it was a solid beer that I would have again. I’m curious if it tastes as good fresh.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

When you read this, I will most likely be running around the warehouse trying to arrange routes for Friday. I figured I would pre-schedule a few posts since I will be out of commission until Sunday morning. This was a beer that I originally tried in a flight at the brewery, but haven’t formally reviewed. Given all of the hype about their most recent DIPA offering, I thought it was time to crack it open.

jawn

ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It goes without saying that if you’ve spent any time in and around the Philly area you undoubtedly have heard your fair share of colloquialism. Some things just scream ‘Philly’ so bad, it almost hurts. Anyone familiar with our Head Brewer knows he’s got a fondness for the linguistic arts as well. Whether it be his loud, booming Jersey/Philly accent cutting across the room, or his late night drunken German, there’s no doubting his love for the sound of the spoken word of any native tongue. He’s also got a fondness for easy drinking, hoppy beers. What do you get when you put them together? J.A.W.N. – Juicy Ale With Nugget. This 5.2% ABV American Pale Ale is malty, yet crsip, and is loaded with dank citrus, as well as tropical and stone fruit flavor and aromas from the gratuitous use of Nugget and Zythos hops. Coming November 2014 in 12 ounce cans and draft to a finer craft beer establishment near you.”

Random: My parents picked up this glass for me during their vacation. Supposedly they have the best Irish coffee in the world. I’ve never had an Irish coffee.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy orange color with high carbonation. The nose started with a lot of grass and earthy hops. It also had some peach and apricot notes and a touch of sweet malt. The taste was a direct reflection of the nose. It had generous amounts of earthy hops with some brightness from the stone fruit. Pine came through as well and then the sip finish with lots of clean and sweet malt. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with the sweet, pale malt. This was $1.67 for the can, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. That is a really nice price for a very flavorful beer. I will definitely be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

A few years back, I added 500 discs to my Netflix queue to watch. I’m finally on my second to last disc. This is another disc of “Gangland,” which the other half is not a fan of, so I’m watching it before she gets up. My last disc is “Monsters University” and then we’re onto discs the other half picked. Anyways, this is a beer that I picked up a six-pack of when we moved in. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 9.3%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘This is the greatest and best song (beer) in the world… Tribute.’ Not only are we huge Tenacious D fans, but we’re also huge Belgian Tripel fans, so this is our ‘Tribute’. Brewed with a whole lot of Pilsen malt, Hallertau and Saaz hops, as well a pinch of coriander and bitter orange peel, Tribute has a soft malt backbone that’s paired with a fruity, citrusy flavor, and spicy, yet not over done phenolic character imparted from our use of a genuine Belgian yeast strain. At 9.3% ABV the alcohol is well hidden and very deceptive, and the dry finish will leave you eager for more.”

Random: I loved the movie “Monsters Inc.” I’m a sucker for a good Disney movie.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, warm orange color with lots of carbonation visible. It had a bright nose with lots of citrus, yeast and golden raisins. So far, so good. The taste was just as bright. It had notes of orange and then light coriander came through. Yeast and golden raisins with peach finished the sip. The alcohol was intense and warming. The body was medium thickness with light carbonation. It had a long finish with citrus and heat. This was $1.67 a can, which broke down to $.14 per ounce, which was a great deal. I enjoyed this beer, although it’s not even close to the best of the style that I’ve ever had.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I made brunch today for my other half. I made a hash with potatoes, roasted butternut squash, pancetta and mushrooms. When I plated it, I put a little bit of maple balsamic vinegar over it with some hot sauce. It was amazing. Let’s see if this beer was as amazing as brunch.

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ABV: 4.4%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Often called your typical American lawnmower beer, cream ales are not unlike their American light lager cousin. Brewed with two and six row continental barley, flaked maize, a touch of Munich malt, and of course, sugar, Croydon Cream Ale is light, refreshing, and easy to drink. We also use American Cluster and Czech Saaz hops that give it a touch of hop bitterness and a hint of floral aromatics.”

Random: My plans for today include not leaving the house and eating delicious snacks. More on that later.

This beer poured with a one finger, thin white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy yellow color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was light with some cracker, grass and wet cardboard. It was very mild. The taste was also very mild. The taste was also mild. It had the same cracker and grass in the nose, along with a touch of green apple and lemon at the end of the sip. The body was creamy, yet light, with high carbonation. It had a quick creamy finish with lemon. This beer was pretty simple and didn’t pull any punches. Despite this, it went down easily and you could put a few back on a hot day. For $1.89 a can, this broke down to $.16 an ounce, which is relatively affordable. I would use this as a gateway beer for a dedicated macro drinker.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Here’s another beer from Neshaminy Creek and it’s the fourth one I’ve tried from them. Let’s see how this Vienna Lager is.

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ABV: 4.9%

Style: Vienna Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pennsylvania breweries are known for world-class lagers, and this 2013 Great American Beer Fest Gold Medal winning Vienna-style, no fuss amber lager is clean, crisp, and brewed with Munich, and Vienna malts that give it a touch of malt backbone and toast-like character. Hopped exclusively with German Tettnanger hops, it’s got enough hop bitterness to counter that malt backbone as well. Lagered for six-weeks, Churchville Lager comes in at 4.9% ABV, and is the perfect beer for a night out with friends, and family, or the holiday BBQ. Don’t be afraid to order the new ‘Lager’ in town.”

Random: It’s also the fifth beer I’ve had of this style since starting the blog.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and was an amber color with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with toasted malt and bread. The taste was also malt dominant with some toast and sweetness thrown in. The end of the sip had some very light grass and ended with a touch of bitterness. It had a thicker body than I expected, but was still quite crisp and had moderate carbonation. It had a long finish that lingered on the tongue with toast and the remnants of the hop bitterness as well. For $1.89 a can, it translates into $.16 per ounce, which isn’t bad at all for an easy-drinking, crisp lager. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0