Kane Indicators

This weekend flew by, probably since work has been crazy lately. Time for a review beer.

ABV: 7.4%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “New England IPAs (also referred to as Hazy IPA or Juicy IPA) are a style of IPA invented by The Alchemist’s John Kimmich with his beer, Heady Topper. They are characterized by juicy, citrus, and floral flavours, with an emphasis on hop aroma with low bitterness. They also have a smooth consistency or mouthfeel, and a hazy appearance. These characteristics are achieved using a combination of brewing techniques, including the use of particular strains of yeast, the timing of adding the hops, and adjusting the chemistry of the water. The style has become popular among New England brewers. New England IPAs need not be brewed in New England. It was officially recognized as a separate beer style, the Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale, by the Brewers Association in 2018. A variation on the style is the milkshake IPA, which adds lactose to make a New England IPA more creamy.”

Random: Our cats have spent the entire day sleeping in their beds. It’s a rough life for them.

The beer poured with a thick, two finger, white head. It too awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow with no visible carbonation due to the haze. The nose was filled with fruit. I got mango, peach, apricot and some kiwi as well. The taste was just as fruity as the nose. I got the same peach and apricot and kiwi with some pineapple as well. It was pleasantly bitter. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with tropical fruit. The beer was excellent and had lots of bright flavors. This is worth finding.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Victory Cloud Walker

I’ve always had a soft spot for Victory since I first got into craft beers. This is one of their newer offerings that I was excited to try.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This dry-hopped hazy juicy IPA explodes as tropical and fruity elements float through cloudy formations to elevate hops to the highest pedestal. An airdrop of special ingredients and precious cargo give this beer its dreamy orange glow and its pillowy soft mouthfeel. Delight in this one quickly as it bursts with IPA’s finest juicy hops and empties in your glass before you can catch the next flight.”

Random: I miss baseball. I’ve been watching videos of old highlights to try to get through the lack of it.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow and very cloudy. Due to the haziness, I couldn’t see much carbonation. The nose had a lot of citrus. I picked up some big lemon and orange notes upfront with some grapefruit zest as well. The taste was big on the orange notes with lighter lemon notes that transitioned into grassy and earthy notes. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish with orange. I thought this was a solid beer, just not the best one that I’ve ever had. I would still have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Kane Party Wave

Tonight’s beer is another one from Jersey. I’ve been trying to have more local beers to support them in the pandemic.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to surfertoday.com, “Party waves make sense when you’re surrounded by friends, in a relaxed environment with gentle, rolling waves or dying swells. It is not only a fun way to meet new people, but also an excellent opportunity to have a good laugh. Longboards or foam surfboards will help make party waves a tremendous success. In the end, you’ll understand why sharing the stoke of surfing with total strangers is an absolute surprise. Surfing doesn’t have to be serious. Sometimes, we all need to transform a poor surfing session into a memorable experience that will only make us better persons. Nevertheless, let’s not forget that successful party waves require talented skills. Otherwise, the chances of someone getting injured or damaging a board will increase. Party waves are not a good idea in ultra-crowded surf breaks, or in environments where localism and snaking behaviors dominate the line-up. Sharing a wave is a cool option in long beaches with multiple peaks, or in places where you’re sure there’s room for everyone. Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach is famous for its occasional party waves. In the end, remember that safety must come first. Party waves in waves of consequence may put surfers’ lives in danger.”

Random: Until researching for this post, I had no idea what a party wave was.

The beer poured with a three finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body incredibly hazy and bright yellow in color. There was no carbonation visible. The nose started with grapefruit, honeydew and some notes of mint and cilantro. The taste was really bright. It had grapefruit pith and orange segments and some lime zest as well. There were also notes of fresh pine as well. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy pine finish. This beer had outstanding flavor and went down really easily. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Definitive Distant Gardens

Another day, another beer. This is another one from Maine. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Portland is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maine and the seat of Cumberland County. Portland’s population was 66,417 as of 2018. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, more than one-third of Maine’s total population, making it the most populous metropolitan area in northern New England (an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont) and the 106th-largest in the United States. Portland’s economy relies mostly on the service sector and tourism. The Old Port district is known for its 19th-century architecture and nightlife. Marine industry still plays an important role in the city’s economy, with an active waterfront that supports fishing and commercial shipping. The Port of Portland is the largest tonnage seaport in New England. The city seal depicts a phoenix rising from ashes, which is a reference to the recoveries from four devastating fires. Portland was named after the English Isle of Portland, Dorset. In turn, the city of Portland, Oregon was named after Portland, Maine. Portland itself comes from the Old English word Portlanda, which means ‘land surrounding a harbor’.”

Random: Portland is one of my favorite places that I’ve ever been.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It was relatively thick and dissipated at a slow pace. It left a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The body was expectedly hazy and orange colored with no visible carbonation. The nose started with some tropical fruit, specifically mango and papaya. There was a candy like sweetness as well that transitioned into a green herbal note. The taste had even more fruit. The same mango and papaya were there, but it transitioned into strawberries and a sweet milk note, like milk left at the end of a bowl of Lucky Charms. The alcohol was hidden and the body was on the medium side. There was plenty of carbonation as well. It had a sticky and fruity finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Pinthouse Pizza Electric Jellyfish

I picked this beer up at The Bruery Store in DC. They were doing an event where they feature different breweries. I decided not to do the Bruery Society this year, so I was glad to pick this up during my last pickup.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We like hops here at Pinthouse Pizza… some may say we are a bit obsessed with them, but we also like balance and drinkability and, we work tirelessly to create innovative beers of all styles that showcase the highest quality ingredients that we source for them. Whether it is our award-winning Fully Adrift Double IPA (2018 Alpha King Winner, 2014 Alpha King Runner Up and 2015 L.A. International Beer Competition Silver Medal), Nomura DIPA (2017 Alpha King 3rd place), Green Battles IPA (2018 GABF Gold Medal and 2018 World Beer Cup Gold Medal), our Electric Jellyfish IPA voted Austin’s Best Overall Beer in 2016, 2017 & 2018, our delectably bold Bearded Seal Dry Irish Stout (2017 GABF Gold Medal), elusive Jaguar Shark Barrel Aged Stout (2015 L.A. International Beer Competition Gold Medal, 2014 GABF Bronze Medal, 2014 L.A. International Beer Competition Bronze Medal) or our next Pilot IPA offering, we brew every beer to be delicious, drinkable and to pair well with 6 more! Check out our tap schedule for upcoming beer releases, read about our Brew Team, or learn about our beers below…”

Random: This beer uses Citra, Simcoe, Chinook, Ekuanot, Azacca, and Galaxy hops.

The beer poured with a finger of pure white head that was thick. It took a minute or two to dissipate, but left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a dirty dark yellow color that was cloudy with no carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of notes of fresh cut grass, but quickly went into mango and tangerine. The taste started with citrus, specifically tangerine and grapefruit. There was some mango and then it went into grassy and dank territory. The body was on the medium side with just enough carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with grass and tropical fruit. This beer was perfection in a glass. The fruit notes countered the dankness perfectly. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Lone Eagle Angel’s Juice

Tonight’s selection is another local beer. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “As two local craft beer enthusiasts and home brewers, Todd Becker and Bob King decided to open a craft brewery close to home in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. They soon decided upon the historic town of Flemington. Having selected a new, unfinished building to house the brewery, they have had the opportunity to design the brewery from the ground up. Tantamount in their minds was creating the rarely found quality in craft breweries — a large, comfortable environment wherein their enthusiastic clients would enjoy meeting, laughing and tasting excellent beer.”

Random: I found a small business that makes really good jerky. I got a coupon from them so I can get their variety pack. I’ve overly excited.

The beer poured with a really thick, two finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and a dusky orange color with some carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of mango, along with peach and apricot. There wasn’t much else to it. The taste was a fruit bomb. There was a lot of mango and peach. There was a floral note as well with a touch of sweetness at the end. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick, yet sticky, with mango. I liked this beer a lot. It went down easily and had a lot of bright flavors. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Lone Eagle Devil’s Juice

I haven’t spoken much about the COVID-19 pandemic in the blog, and as I’ve mentioned before, that’s by design. I’m an essential worker, so not much has changed for me, except the constant hand washing and wearing of PPE. In my downtime, I’ve been trying to watch things that distract me and we found a Nat Geo documentary of Japan that shows the local monkeys riding the local deer. It literally made my day. What also distracts me is posting about beer, so let’s get to it.

ABV: 7%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This hazy IPA is brewed with lots for wheat and oats for a nice soft mouthfeel. It is double dry hopped with Ekuanot, Mosaic and Denali and packed with notes of tropical fruits, pineapple and some pine.”

Random: Lone Eagle is doing delivery of beer since COVID-19 started, but unfortunately, they don’t deliver to my zip code.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head on top of a murky yellow body. The head dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body had no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with lots of tropical fruits. I picked up a lot of mango and pineapple and unripe passionfruit. There was a hint of pine as well. The taste was a bit tart. It started with tropical fruit, specifically mango, pineapple and some guava. There was some grapefruit too. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tart with tropical fruit. I thought this was an interesting beer and the tartness was a welcome change. I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sierra Nevada Fantastic Haze

Tonight’s selection is a beer from one of my go-to breweries. They have been putting out more IPAs given how popular hazy IPAs are getting these days. I saw this one awhile back and decided to give it a shot. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We were in search of something fantastic. Something juicy, something hazy, something ripe with notes of mango, melon and citrus. So we said, “Reason be damned,” and filled our kettles with five hop varieties and loads of malt, oats and wheat. Some may call that absurd. We call it absurdly fantastic.”

Random: This beer uses Chinook, Azacca, Amarillo, Idaho 7 and Strata hops.

The beer poured with a large, three finger, cream-colored head. It was wispy and dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy, as expected, and bright orange. There was no carbonation visible. The nose was pungent and had a lot of pine upfront. It quickly went into grapefruit, melon and tangerine. I picked up no malt whatsoever. The taste started with pine and grapefruit, but quickly made a turn into tangerine and pomelo territory. It had some peach and apricot as well. There was no malt sweetness to it, but some bite from the alcohol. The body was thick with a lot of carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with tangelo, pine, grapefruit and tangerine. I thought this beer was good and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sixpoint Party Hat

Val made the most divine muffin tin frittatas for breakfast. They had broccoli rabe in them and were breakfast perfection. It’s the little things that make me happy lately.

ABV: 7%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A GUARANTEED GOOD TIME. That’s what you get when load up on Galaxy, Citra, and Mosaic hops in a hazy IPA with no bitterness. It’s a can’t-miss combination of jaw-dropping juice and aromatics worth raving about. Party on. With no hot side hops whatsoever, Party Hat registers as 0 IBUs. Instead, we blast the back end of this beer-with 4 lbs per barrel of dry-hopping, this is easily one of our most flavorful, hop forward beers ever. Part of our Infinite Loop Series. Available January – March.”

Random: This beer was the first Sixpoint one that I had seen in awhile.

The beer poured with a loose, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated rather quickly and left a limited amount of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy, as expected, and bright yellow. There was no visible carbonation. The nose was fruity and started with grapefruit and quickly went into honeydew melon. The taste was equally fruity and had the same grapefruit and honeydew notes, coupled with some pear and apricot as well. The alcohol was a bit too noticeable and the body was on the lighter side. The carbonation needed to be dialed up a bit as well. The finish was quick with honeydew. I thought this beer was alright, but I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Carton Cantaloupe Haze

Val and I took a ride out to Carton a few months back and they had cans of this for takeaway. I wish more breweries did a melon forward beer, so I was interested to give this beer a shot.

ABV: 8%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Every now and then, after catching a whiff of an aroma on a breeze, you think ‘A beer could smell like that, and probably should’. Smoky wisps of Cannalope Haze drifting over damp fallen leaves on a hiking trail is where this one was germinated. A plush malt bill fermented on the fruitier warm side of London III with Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe grafted on to do their dank thing. We had our hop-distiller extract some hemp terpenes, which we added along with some cantaloupe, to evoke those breezy pulls in the aromas found here. Drink Cantaloupe Haze from the can…biddy biddy bop”

Random: This beer clocks in at 10 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow. There was no carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of melon with some tangerine as well. The taste was even more melon forward and had lemon and tangerine. There was a touch of grain as well. The alcohol didn’t make a huge appearance. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with melon. I enjoyed this beer and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0