Aeronaut Improbability Drive

Val and I took a trip to Maine and Boston last year and we stopped at Aeronaut after they released this collaboration beer with Finback. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Somerville is a city located directly to the northwest of Boston, and north of Cambridge, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. As of 2010, the United States Census listed the city with a total population of 75,754 people, making it the most densely populated municipality in New England. As of 2010, it was the 16th most densely populated incorporated municipality in the country. Somerville was established as a town in 1842, when it was separated from Charlestown. In 2006, the city was named the best-run city in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. In 1972, in 2009, and again in 2015, the city received the All-America City Award. It is home to Tufts University, which has its campus along the Somerville and Medford border.

Random: I bought a shirt at Aeronaut and it’s a beautiful green color and really soft.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright yellow with no visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of orange notes and grapefruit. The taste started with orange as well. It had a creamsicle note that came with a lot of vanilla. The body was very light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with orange. I liked this beer a lot and would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lord Hobo Angelica

I’ve been trying to work out a lot more and I had a very intense weight workout followed by 7 miles on the stationary bike. I started doing the bike a few months ago and I find it really surprising how easy certain setting have become. I still haven’t gone on a trail with a real bike, but maybe when the weather gets better. This is a beer I picked up awhile ago. I haven’t had a Lord Hobo beer in a long time, but I’m a sucker for a good mixed pack. It seems like fewer breweries are putting out mixed packs, which is unfortunate. Let’s see how this one is.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A New England take on a classic beer style, Angelica offers the refreshing drinkability of a wheat beer combined with fruit juice characteristics and elegant haze.”

Random: This beer features Mosaic hops.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow that was slightly cloudy with a lot of carbonation. The nose had a lot of citrus and wheat and not much else. The taste was much of the same. There was a lot of orange segments, zest and juice. I picked up a touch of pine as well. There was wheat too. The body was very light with a bunch of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with orange. I thought this beer was alright, but not the best I’ve ever had.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Lamplighter Bunnies

So, my wife and I have a nickname and it’s bunny. I have no idea how it started, but it definitely stuck. My family brought this home, so I was super excited to try it.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A New England-Style IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Azacca and bursting with rich fruit flavor and a velvet soft mouthfeel. This beer uses a similar malt bill and strain of yeast as our Rabbit Rabbit Double IPA, but features a slightly different mix of hop additions; in other words, it’s the lower alcohol ‘offspring’ of Rabbits, with delicious notes of sweet melon, tropical fruit, and meyer lemon. Kick back, relax, and hop to it!”

Random: I would love to try this on tap.

The beer poured with a three finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color that was cloudy. There was still some carbonation visible. The nose was incredibly floral and had a lot of kiwi to it as well. There was no malt on the scent. The taste was really tropical upfront. I picked up the same kiwi that was in the nose, along with pineapple and mango. There was a lot of floral notes as well. I got rose and plumeria. I also picked up some honey too. The body was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with kiwi and rose. The booze was quite muted. This beer was excellent and had some great flavor. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Captain Lawrence Soft Swerve – Apricot, Peach & Vanilla

Tonight’s beer is a selection from Captain Lawrence. We were there around Christmastime and got to see their expansion, but couldn’t stay for trivia night.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are currently brewing on a 40bbl NSI brewing system with a Siemens Braumat automation package, allowing us to crank out the equivalent of 80 kegs per brew. Base 2-Row malt and specialty malts are milled in our Kunzel 4-roll malt mill, allowing us to achieve the best grist consistency. Once milled, the first stop for the ground malt in the brew house is the lauter tun. This is where the malts are mixed with hot water to create an oatmeal like substance called “mash”. As the mash rests, the enzymes in the malt begin to convert all the starch into fermentable sugars. Once the sugars have been created, the sweet wort is separated from the spent grains and pumped into the boiling kettle. The spent grain is given to Hemlock Hill Farms to feed their growing heard of cattle. We’re very happy to provide this valuable food source to a local farmer free of charge.”

Random: I had soft serve last Summer after not having it for years and it was better than I remembered it.

The beer poured with a loose, half finger of white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was vey hazy, which was to be expected. It was bright orange and I couldn’t see how much carbonation was in the beer. The nose was sweet with some lactose and then a lot of peach. I didn’t pick up the vanilla note. But, I definitely got it in the taste. It was quite sweet up front with the lactose and vanilla and then some peach syrup came through. The body was lighter than I expected with a moderate amount of carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with vanilla. I wanted to like this beer more, but it was just too sweet for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Definitive Ale

Tonight’s beer is another one from Maine. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.7%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our brewery consists of a 15 barrel brew house, six 30 barrel fermenters, two 15 barrel fermenters and two 30 bbl Brite tanks. We pride ourselves on making great beer and having something for everyone be it a low ABV Session Ale, our Kolsch (Contee), IPAs, Stouts and Sours. Stop by and check us out! We self distribute in Maine. If you are interested in offering our beer in Maine please email sales@definitivebrewing.com. Outside of Maine we have regular distribution in Massachusetts and Rhode Island through Craft Collective, and in New Hampshire through Vacationland Distributors. We also have limited distribution in New York and New Jersey through Remarkable Liquids, and in Pennsylvania through Nevulis Beverages. If you are interested in offering our beer outside of Maine, please contact your local sales representative.”

Random: I haven’t seen Definitive beers in Jersey, but maybe that will change.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright yellow with no visible carbonation. The nose started with lots of melon, specifically cantaloupe. The taste was much of the same with cantaloupe that quickly transitioned into grapefruit segments and juice. There was very little malt to speak of. The body was on the medium side with lots of carbonation. The alcohol was undetectable. The finish was lengthy with melon. This is what I want out of New England IPA, something bright with lots of fruit. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tired Hands Ergot

Awhile back, Val and I went to Tired Hands to hang out with some of her friends for dinner. We stopped by the General Store and I picked this up to take home.

ABV: 14%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tired Hands Brewing Company was born in the confines of Jean’s parent’s garage over eight years ago. He began brewing beer partly out of intrigue, but entirely out of passion. During his college years, his father had turned him on to the hoppy pale ales and IPAs of the West Coast, which eventually led to many months of beer exploration. During this time, he discovered the beautifully dry and expressive farmhouse ales of France and Belgium. After a few months of homebrewing, Jean entered his beer into a local homebrew competition (now one of the nation’s largest), and took first place in the Belgian category with his Saison. Upon obtaining a degree in Special Education (a skill set that has been instrumental throughout his brewing career!) from West Chester University, Jean set off to pursue his passion for beer professionally. He landed a job at Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pennsylvania. Through Weyerbacher, Jean learned the ins and outs of brewery management (filtration, bottling, kegging, scrubbing mold, etc.) and made many great friends in the process. He even met his now-wife, Julie Foster, while representing Weyerbacher at a beer festival in Boston. She was a home-brewing college student who was volunteering at the fest. A deer skull adorned with greens hangs on the wall above the steps. After some time at Weyerbacher, Jean moved on to Iron Hill, where he worked as a brewer at their West Chester location for nearly five years. During this time Jean fell head-over-heels in love with the brewpub model of brewing. By creating beer in one room, and then serving it in another, he was able to connect to the people drinking his beer on a personal level daily; a perk previously unavailable to him while working in a production brewery. After many years of brewing professionally in different environments, much travel, careful consideration, and quite a few business classes from both Wharton and the Community College of Philadelphia, Jean built Tired Hands Brewing Company to be a concise rendition of his ideal brewing environment.”

Random: Tired Hands has some of the best brewery food I’ve had to date.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipated and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color and murky. The nose was interesting. I initially picked up a lot of booze and a lot of cacao. Vanilla came through next, followed by mango. It was definitely an interesting nose. The taste started with a lot of booze. To me, it overwhelmed every flavor and was just too much to deal with. I picked up some mango and tangerine and pine, but I really could not get past the booze. The body was syrupy thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish as well. I don’t recall how much this beer was, but I wouldn’t have it again despite the price. It was just too boozy.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0