Archive for the ‘Off Color Brewing’ Category

I managed to find this beer hanging out on the shelf. Off Color keeps putting out quality liquid, so any time I see a beer from them, it ends up coming home with me.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When you are a Farmhouse Ale the top of the food chain, you ingest everything in sight. SOMETIMES coffee bean are in sight. WHEN YOU INGest those, it takes you to a whole ‘nother trophic level. THEN YOU ARE ON TOP OF THE TOP. WHEN YOU GET ON TOP OF THE TOP IT’S HARD TO COME BACK DOWN. BUT WHY COME DOWN? YOU ARE ALREADY AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL! MAN, THIS COFFEE FARMHOUSE ALE IS GOOD!!! WHY AM I FEELING MY HEART THIS MUCH!?”

Random: Val got me a hat from Off Color for my birthday that fits perfectly.

The brew poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with black coffee, Belgian yeast and golden raisins. I also picked up light spice. The taste was also a lot of coffee, but it was lighter on the taste than in the nose. Belgian yeast came through next with apricot. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with coffee. A bottle of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. This was a really unique beer and the addition of coffee made it even more drinkable. If you see this on shelves, pick it up.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Off Color Bare Bear

Posted: December 11, 2016 in Off Color Brewing, Reviews, Sahti

Since I’ve been getting home before Val lately, I’ve been watching a lot of documentary series on Netflix. I just finished a series on historic British murders. Now, I’m watching a documentary series on the mysteries of history. This episode specifically is about the history of Abraham Lincoln. I’m absolutely loving this. Anyways, beer.


ABV: 7%

Style: Sahti

Trivia: According to brewery website, “Bare Bear, at 7% ABV, is actually fairly weak when compared to traditional examples that would range from 7 to 9% ABV. We also don’t use any of the traditional equipment, because, well, we don’t have it. But we do add juniper berries to the mash and then again in the kettle along with oak staves that impart a tannic character to the final beer. We use a saison yeast instead of bread yeast because we like it better and we use stainless steel fermenters instead of milk jugs because we are a commercial brewery and our customers would probably get mad if we served the beer flat out of old milk jugs. Consumers today are way to particular for my tastes.”

Random: We have a lot of birds in the front yard. I love watching them since we have so many different species.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy mahogany color with no carbonation due to how dark the beer was. On the nose, I picked up caramel malt, brown sugar with a touch of fresh spearmint. The taste was much less sweet than the nose. I tasted juniper berries, peppermint and spearmint. Then, there was some plum sweetness with grain and toast. The body was light with equally minimal carbonation. The booze didn’t come through on the taste. It had a quick and herbal finish. A single bottle of this was $3, which broke down to $.25 per ounce. I thought this was an interesting beer and enjoyed it, although some of the flavors were a bit disjointed.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I was very excited to have. I love smores and if you combine a beer with smores and execute it well, I’m incredibly happy.


ABV: 10.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We worked with Metric Coffee this for this years Coffee Dinosmores. Looking to highlight and expand upon the roasty, smokey aspect of the beer we chose a single origin bean from Sumatra – Ibu Rumani with classic dominant chocolate, pipe tobacco and cherry notes because big, dumb stupid flavors in the right proportions can be delicate and nuanced as well”

Random: One of the breweries we go to by the house has smores for dessert.

This beer poured with half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation. The nose had roasted malt, dark chocolate and marshmallows that provided some sweetness. It had some smoke and a touch of alcohol. The taste was superbly balanced. I picked up notes of dark chocolate and heavy cream up front. The smoke came through next with vanilla and marshmallows. and sweetness. It had a thick body with some booze with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with dark chocolate. This was an expensive beer at $8.99 a bottle, which broke down to $.75 per ounce. This beer was outstanding. Even though it was an expensive beer, I would get this again and give it a year or so to age.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

I have a few days before I head back to Jersey. I cannot wait to get home. One of the things I’ve found that California does not do well is pizza. The site that I am stationed at gets pizza every few days and the best pizza they can find comes from Costco. It’s fine, but it’s not Jersey pizza. I will say that the tacos here are really, really good. The weather is nice too, although a bit too warm for my liking. Anyways, let’s talk about this beer from Chicago.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A beret-wearing, baguette-eating, mustached farmhouse ale made with French malts, French saison yeast, and Australian hops… what?”

Random: This is a fall seasonal release.

The beer poured with a half of a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of sweet honey. There was also banana and bubblegum. There was also some clove. The taste had a lot of banana. Apricot came through too. The next thing that came through was yeast and clove with coriander. White pepper finished the sip. It had a thick body for the style with high carbonation. The finish was quick with spice. A single cost me $3, which came to $.25 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. It had really nice depth and flavor. I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I managed to find another Off Color beer during my last trip to New York. Their labels are some of the best in the business. This one is cute, although I don’t have a dog. My sister has two pug puppies that are absolutely adorable. They love Val, even though she really doesn’t like dogs. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 7.8%

Style: Biere de Garde

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by our brewery puppy, Hops, Biere de Guard Dog seems sweet enough will a strong malt presence lead by Munich and Vienna malts. But at 7.3% ABV, it packs a bite. Just ask our delivery guy!”

Random: This was a fall seasonal from the brewery.

The beer poured with a one finger, off-white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, burnt orange. There was some carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of fruit. I picked up pear and apricot with apple. There was a sweetness to it with caramel that complemented the floral note. The taste had more honey than caramel sweetness. It had a perfume-like floral note as well. What it was missing was the fruit that was in the nose and the yeast presented as white toast. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. The finish was quick and sweet. A bottle of this set me back $2.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. I didn’t have a problem drinking this beer, but I’ve had better from the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I heard a great segment about this brewery on “Good Beer Hunting.” If you haven’t heard it, give it a listen.


ABV: 3.8%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Troublesome’s meaner cousin will flail your tongue as hard as he can, but being such a little guy, you’ll probably just pucker a bit. Spawned through an overnight kettle souring with our house lactobacillus culture, the wort emerges furious at what we did to it. Then, just because, we pitch a saison yeast and allow it to free rise to its further distain. It comes out angrier than… uh, angrier than… well, something really angry. But at 3.8% ABV there’s no reason for you to be too afraid.”

Random: These guys have some of the best labels in the business.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body had some haze and was light yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation in the beer. The nose had tartness, lemon and a definite lactobacillus presence. I kept sniffing to see if there were more scents, but I couldn’t find anything else. The tartness wasn’t nearly as intense as I expected. The lactobacillus was there and there was tartness, but on a scale of 0 to 10, I would say it was a 5. Lemon flesh was there as well, but again, it wasn’t overpowering. A dough characteristic was at the end of the sip. The body was light and thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon flesh. I spent $2.75 on the bottle ($.23 per ounce). Given this was a summer seasonal, I probably waited too long to drink it, and it’s a beer that I would be interested in revisiting.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Off Color Troublesome

Posted: December 22, 2015 in Gose, Off Color Brewing, Reviews

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Off Color. I have one more of them left. The label on this is also adorable.


ABV: 4.3%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Most brewers spend a lot of time and effort keeping lactobacillus out of their breweries; it was the first thing we brought in (it still has to stay in the corner though). We blend together two different beers to make Troublesome. The first is a somewhat uninteresting wheat beer and the second is an overly acidic & funky beer fermented solely with lactobacillus. We blend the two beers together with coriander and salt at the tail end of fermentation to create a mild, lemony tartness and a fuller sensation of mouthfeel. And yes, it’s hard to make.”

Random: I am not a big fan of mice. Luckily, two of the three cats are hunters. The other one is just a cuddler.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. About an eighth of an inch crown was left on top of the clear, medium yellow body. The nose had grain, coriander, wheat and lacto at the end of the sniff. The taste was peculiar. I still picked up the grain and coriander first and then a mild, salty note. The lacto was barely there. I expected a bigger tart punch from the lacto. It was almost like if you threw some coriander into a pilsner and hit it with the slightest hint of sour. The body was light and soft with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish was quick with some salt. A single of this was $2.75 ($.23 per ounce). The price wasn’t bad, but this beer was too tentative and the flavor was lacking. I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0