Old Forge Celestial Blonde Ale

I’m really loving my grill. I’ve been making dinner almost every single night and we’ve been saving money too, plus getting better service and (I hope) better food. Although, given our experience almost every time we eat out, that is setting the bar pretty low. This was a beer that I put in my outside beer glass (since it’s plastic) to sample while I was cooking.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A medium-bodied, malty, sweet Belgian-style Blond ale with great complexity and a heavenly finish. Spring seasonal.”

Random: The shrimp kebabs that we made earlier this week with pineapple were really yummy.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass and a crown. The body was a hazy orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose was bright with a lot of orange and citrus notes. There was some wheat as well. The taste was equally pleasant. I picked up orange and tangerine primarily, with notes of wheat and grass at the end of the sip. There wasn’t any spice or real yeast characteristic to it. Honestly, until I started writing the review, I had no idea that it was a Belgian Pale and it drank a lot more like an American Blonde. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with citrus notes. This beer was $2.25 for the 16 ounce can, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. This was an easy-drinker while I was grilling, but it wasn’t anything outstanding. I wouldn’t refuse it if it was handed to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Old Forge Overbite IPA

So far, I’ve painted two rooms in the house with the help of the lawyer. The kitchen, which was this awful pumpkin color is now blue and the lavender master bedroom is now a dark gray color. I absolutely hated the color of the bedroom and could not understand why anyone would have it that color. Val felt the same way with the kitchen. The next room to be painted is the dining room which is electric blue. Anyways, here’s another beer I picked up in Philly.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An American IPA with big malt character giving perfect balance to the abundance of Pacific Northwest hops. Hopheads won’t be disappointed. This beer was released for our 1st Anniversary celebration at the pub, then quickly became a year round favorite (cans and draft) 7.5% alc by vol. and ~75 IBU’s Initial release: 12/5/2009”

Random: This brewery is based in Danville, PA.

This beer poured with a three finger, cream colored head into my IPA glass. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on it. The body was a clear, deep amber with huge amounts of carbonation visible. The nose had depth with pine bitterness, grapefruit, grass and caramel malt. The taste was not as intensely bitter as expected, but had pine and then a touch of malt to end the sip with sweetness. The body was thick and chewy with generous prickly carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine and caramel malt. Despite the elevated ABV, there was no booze apparent on it. This was a nicely balanced IPA that I thoroughly enjoyed and would have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0