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Happy Sunday everyone! I’ve been busy doing my chores this morning and been quite productive. I have a few reviews to update and the first one is this beer from RJ Rockers. I picked this one up at Half Time Beverage and reviewed its little brother over a year ago (RJ Rockers Son Of A Peach). Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ruthless to the pit, the king is a tasty tyrant to be feared and revered. Cloaked in gold with an air of fresh South Carolina peaches. It is an Imperial version of Son of a Peach with twice the amount of peaches. It’s easy to fall prey to his majesty’s palatable charms. Respect the power of the peach or it’s off with your head!”

Random: I had a peach martini last night that was really good. Val on the other hand, did not like it at all.

This beer poured with less than a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark amber color with heavy carbonation. The nose was very fruity, with lots of peach extract and jam and not much else. On the first sip, it was incredibly boozy with lots of cloyingly sweet peach with graham cracker. The booze warming on it was insanely hot and didn’t match with the taste. The body was thick with lots of carbonation. It had a long, sweet, peachy finish. This beer was way too heavy and dialed up the booze at the expense of the flavor. The other thing that I wasn’t a fan of was how expensive the beer was. It was $4.59 for a 12 ounce bottle which breaks down to $.38 an ounce. Given that and the flavor, I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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This review marks #1500 on the blog. Woot! It’s taken awhile to get there, but I’ve had some really great beers in between review #1-#1500. Here’s to 1500 more!

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ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Strawberry Wheat Ale is the perfect compliment to a hot summer day. At its core is a lightly hopped wheat ale but with over 100lbs of local (Strawberry Hill) strawberries, it becomes the summer beer that many have been waiting for since the creation of its Peachy cousin.”

Random: This brew was one that I poured for the other half. She was very excited to try it…then at the end, starting dipping an ice pop in it.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy dark yellow color. It had moderate carbonation visible. It also had a large amount of detritus visible in the body. The nose was tart strawberries with some wheat. I was not impressed. The taste was not great. It was like strawberry jam that went bad. It was weirdly tart and although strawberry was the primary flavor, it needed more of a fresh strawberry taste to be successful, rather than extract mixed with jam. There was also some wheat thrown in for good measure. The body was weirdly thick and the carbonation was lighter than I would want for a beer of the style. It had a quick finish with under-ripened strawberries. Luckily, we only bought one of these to try. The other half, who was really excited to try this one agreed that it wasn’t her cup of tea and wouldn’t have it again. This would not be a beer that I would recommend.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

This was another beer that I picked up in Philly. Not shockingly, this one doesn’t get distributed to New Jersey either. I was really in a summer beer mood, and one of the styles that screams summer to me is “witbier.” So, I saw this one and really liked the label and haven’t tried much from the brewery, so I grabbed a bottle. Let’s see how this one ended up being.

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ABV: 4.75%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This White Ale is mildly hopped in order to allow the Belgian yeast esters and citrusy overtones from the coriander and orange peel to stand out. Very mild, very refreshing with a champagne-like finish. Perfect for poolside.”

Random: One thing that I’m really not looking forward to is when it gets insanely hot. The past few days have been humid and I haven’t been a big fan of that. I wish it could just be 50 degrees all the time.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing, but a slightly crown on top of the body. The body was a cloudy, light yellow color with high carbonation visible. It had a nose with some spice, specifically cardamom and coriander with some citrus as well. The taste had a bit more citrus to it. There was mandarin oranges and clove with coriander. The body was on the lighter side of medium with heavy carbonation. It had a respectable finish with orange. There was nothing special about this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

So, I ran a few errands and I’m waiting for my sister to make brunch. Left on the agenda today? I have to go to Sam’s Club to pick up couches for my parents. Since it’s end of quarter, I’m back to working six days a week, which is rough. So, as soon as I’m done with that for my parents, I am definitely sitting in air conditioning, watching baseball and having beer.
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ABV: 6%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An unfiltered American wheat ale made with real mean peaches. The only thing missing is the fuzz. Savor the anger. Available during the late Spring and Summer months.”

Random: The face on the label looks like me in the morning…I am definitely not a morning person.

This brew poured with a full finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a cloudy, dark orange with lots of sediment visible throughout. The nose had notes of peach, wheat and pie crust as well. The taste started with peach notes and then I got some fig and even a touch of cinnamon. It reminded me of a peach pie as opposed to having a peach. The body was heavier than I expected with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with peach. For me, this fruit beer broke the mold a bit. Usually, beers in this style are light and fizzy and fruit dominant. This one had more of a body and brought more flavor to the table. I would definitely have this one again. Unfortunately, it isn’t available in Jersey.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0