Bell’s Sparkleberry

Tonight’s beer is one from Bell’s specifically made for Pride Month. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sparkleberry is an American interpretation of a Belgian Tripel brewed with raspberries. Slightly tart, dry and spicy, it was originally brewed for release at Kalamazoo Pride in 2013, the same year it won a Bronze Medal at the Great American Beer Festival. It has returned every year since drawing incredible praise at other Pride events, beer festivals and at our Pub. Sparkleberry is a celebration of diversity and will debut in cans for wider distribution in June, 2018. Sparkle on.”

Random: I’ve started reading a lot and rejoined Goodbooks. So expect a lot of updates about what I’m currently reading.

The beer poured with a one finger, off white head. It dissipated at a rather fast pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, pink color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of raspberry juice. There was some white sugar as well. Not much else. The taste was all raspberry. It had raspberry juice upfront and then some raspberry sorbet with a nice white sugar sweetness. There was also a white vinegar tartness as well. I picked up some yeast along with a touch of booze. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with raspberry. I enjoyed this beer, but without the raspberry, this beer would fall flat. I wouldn’t rush back to this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

3 Floyds LazerSnake

I’ve been spending more time in Pennsylvania lately and one of the more exciting things that happened around Philly Beer Week is that they are getting in beers from 3 Floyds. I think because the market is getting more competitive every day, we’re starting to see some distribution from breweries that would never send beer here a few years ago. I’m definitely excited to get their beers with more frequency. It took a business trip out to Ohio for me to try their libations 3 years ago.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “LazerSnake is a good old-fashioned Indiana Pale Ale. Special Bavarian hops and Indiana malt give LazerSnake its smooth non-filtered appeal to all craft beer and macro enthusiasts.”

Random: This beer comes in at 55 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left very little on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy yellow with a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose was almost like a throwback IPA. I picked up lots of pine with a touch of caramel malt. There was some grass as well. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of pine sap and grass to it. There was some sweetness from the caramel malt as well. The body was on the medium side for thickness with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pine sap. I thought this was a good beer and it went down easily. It didn’t pull any punches, but I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dark City Second & Main

I just watched an episode of “Rick and Morty” from season 2. They completely changed the introduction and now have a warning that it’s rated “mature.” Anyone who tunes into the show for longer than 3 minutes can figure out that this is definitely a cartoon for adults. I’ve always been a fan of adult cartoons. One of my favorites is “Family Guy,” although I haven’t watched it in years.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dark City Brewing Company offers an eclectic selection of year round & semiannual beers, as well as limited release/specialty beers. Below you will find a list of all of our beers, when they are released & the prices in our tasting room. Tasting room hours change seasonally (noted on our Contact page along with our address & brewery contact information.)”

Random: I’ve visited the brewery once and the taproom is really pretty. It had a lot of shiplap.

The beer poured with a very loose, two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left very little lacing on the glass. The nose was very tart and had some passionfruit and white vinegar. The taste was also very tart. It had some grass and passionfruit as well, but the tartness was almost overwhelming. It also had a marked booze note. The body was heavier than I expected with intense carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tartness. I was not a huge fan of this beer, but I’m glad I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Icarus Pineapple Hindenburg

Tonight’s beer is another Jersey selection. Let’s crack it open.

ABV: 5%

Style: Chile Beer

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, 1937, in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst. On board were 97 people (36 passengers and 61 crewmen); there were 36 fatalities (13 passengers and 22 crewmen, 1 worker on the ground). The disaster was the subject of newsreel coverage, photographs, and Herbert Morrison’s recorded radio eyewitness reports from the landing field, which were broadcast the next day. A variety of hypotheses have been put forward for both the cause of ignition and the initial fuel for the ensuing fire. The event shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the abrupt end of the airship era.”

Random: I haven’t read much about the Hindenburg disaster, despite the fact that it is relatively local.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly, but left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and yellow in color and had a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of pine along with some pineapple. I couldn’t pick up any hot peppers, which was disappointing. The taste didn’t have as much pineapple as the nose. It had a slight heat to it, but not as much as I would have liked. There was a decent amount of grass and some grapefruit as well. The body was on the medium side with just enough carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. I thought this beer was alright, I just wish it had more pineapple and hot pepper.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Almanac Peach Galaxy

I found another Almanac beer sitting on a shelf, gathering dust. I figured I should take it home.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “GALAXY DRY-HOPPED SOUR FARMHOUSE ALE AGED IN OAK BARRELS WITH PEACHES AND SPICES. Peach Galaxy is an intergalactic flavor odyssey! This stellar brew started with a blend of farmhouse Brettanomyces ales fermented with our house sour culture and aged in oak barrels. Next, 6,000 lbs of organic yellow peaches from Blossom Bluff Orchards in Northern California were added to the barrels to mature for several months. The beer was finished with a touch of coriander and a heavy cosmic dry-hop of Galaxy and Citra. The finished beer has an IPA-style aroma, backed by tart peach skin flavors and hints of gummy rings. Pair this out-of-this-world elixir with grilled ribs, ceviche, and peach coffee cake.”

Random: This beer would pair really well with ceviche. I’m not sure about the ribs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and bright yellow in color. There was no carbonation visible because of the cloudiness. The nose was filled with peaches and a touch of funk. The taste had a dose of alcohol and then quickly went into peaches and funk from the yeast. There was also lemon pith as well. The body was on the medium side with generous carbonation. The finish was length with peach. As usual, I love another beer from Almanac. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Icarus Neon Fantasy

Tonight’s beer is another one from a Jersey brewery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Don’t Just Stand for Something Great, Brew It. Our mission is to cultivate a line of craft beer that will be beloved by beer lovers in Lakewood and the greater Ocean County area. This will be achieved by creating a much needed destination for craft beer lovers to gather. Our taproom will cater to new drinkers as well as those drinkers with more sophisticated palates, providing an experience in both beer and brewing. Our customers can expect a wide variety of hand crafted beers on rotating taps always inspiring with something new as well as taking inspiration from our community.”

Random: I had a job interview in Lakewood once. I remember that the interview room smelled like old cheese. I did not accept the job.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a quick pace and didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow color and completely hazy with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with toasted coconut, along with some lemongrass and hops. The taste was equally pleasing. The coconut was there, but not as dominant as the nose. It had some wheat along with a touch of pine. The lemongrass was very nuanced. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with coconut. The alcohol was also hidden quite well. This beer was really good. My only complaint would be that the coconut could get a little cloying after more than one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Blackberry Tizzy

Now that I made my trip to Troegs, I’m seeing their limited edition corked and caged bottles all over now. Despite that, I have never seen this one on the shelves.

ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One day, we muddled some fresh blackberries with brown sugar, lemon juice and bourbon. ‘Mmm,’ we thought. ‘This should be a beer.’ Blackberry Tizzy is that spirited daydream come true. Sour fermentation tempers the juicy blackberries with a touch of tartness, and a spell in bourbon barrels delivers ripples of oak and toasted coconut.”

Random: This beer is also only available in corked and caged bottles and draft.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with tinges of purple. There was no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with fruit. I picked up notes of blackberries, blueberries and apricot. I picked up some bourbon as well. The taste had a lot of fresh fruit as well. The dominant flavor was blackberry. I picked up the same blueberry and apricot as well. There was a slight brown sugar sweetness. It had a nice yeast characteristic as well. There was a slight alcohol heat as well. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lots of blackberries. I really enjoyed this beer and wish I picked up more than one bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0