Archive for the ‘New Jersey Beer Company’ Category

This was a beer that Val ordered. She tends to like pumpkin beers and this was a local one. I still haven’t made my way up to this brewery, but eventually I’ll get up there. I’ve had a few of their other beers so far and been pretty impressed by them. Hopefully this one will be as good.

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ABV: 4.5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our fall seasonal was crafted with an inimitable blend of autumn spices and real pumpkin, and also serves as our loving tribute to a Hudson County original: Frank Sinatra, The Chairman of the Board!”

Random: I like the simplicity of their labels. When the laws in New Jersey changed, this brewery was one of the first that started putting beer on the shelves by me.

This beer poured with less than a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark sienna color with almost no visible carbonation. The nose had maple syrup and light pumpkin pie spices. It was more like a brown ale to me than a pumpkin beer. The taste was also more like a brown ale than a pumpkin beer. It had toasted nuts, nutmeg and cinnamon. The body was medium thickness and way undercarbonated. It had a quick finish with spice. I just wasn’t really feeling this beer. If I wanted a brown ale, I would have gotten a brown ale. This isn’t the best of their offerings.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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I am definitely not a morning person. I am even less of a morning person when I have to go in for load out on five hours of sleep. The only benefit is that I don’t hit any traffic. Let’s talk about something more exciting than my lack of sleep, like this beer…

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ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our IPA, the LBIPA, celebrates warm summer days at the Jersey Shore. LBIPA is floral, with notes of citrus and generously dry hopped by our brewers, Dave and Brendan. 7% ABV, 60 IBU. This beer is shore (!) to please. Cheers! Winner of the silver medal for NJ Brewed Beers at the 2014 AC Beer and Music Festival!!! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Alliance for a Living Ocean.”

Random: Big shock, Brady is appealing “Deflategate.” I think he has a decent shot at winning too.

This beer poured with a one finger, off-white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark orange color with lots of carbonation. The nose was strong with floral and citrus hops. I picked up lemon and grapefruit notes. The taste was more of the same with floral hops and bountiful citrus. A pine note ended the sip. The body was on the thicker side of the style with generous carbonation. It had a long finish with pine. This was a really drinkable IPA that I enjoyed. The alcohol was well-hidden too. This was $2.93 a bottle (with the NJCB discount), which made it $.24 per ounce. For that price, I would definitely grab it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

During my last beer store trip, I found myself at the newly reopened Cranbury Buy-Rite. Since I used to live over there, it was my go-to store. I have high hopes that they will return to be the craft beer destination in the area. I picked up a few things there that were beers that I had kept saying I was going to try, but never got around to. This was one of them that I had while watching “The Good Wife” last night. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 4.8%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “On December 18, 1787, New Jersey was the third state to join the burgeoning nation. We celebrate our state’s historic role with this Old World, Belgian-style Ale. Eminently approachable, and perfectly refreshing, the Abbey Single Ale is a proper session beer.”

Random: I am not liking this whole State’s Attorney storyline on “The Good Wife.” That and Kalinda will be leaving at the end of the season makes me sad.

This beer poured with less than a half of finger of white head that was slow to dissipate. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of yeast, hay and grass. There was coriander present too. The taste had a lot more spice, peach and lemon with lots of yeast. Grassy, herbal hops came through and dominated the delicate fruit notes. It had a thick body for the style with high carbonation. It had a long yeasty finish with spice and hay with hops. This beer was $2.03 for the bottle (with the NJCB discount), which broke down to $.17 per ounce. For that price, this was a really enjoyable beer that I would have again. And, it’s from Jersey!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0