Archive for the ‘Round Guys Brewing Company’ Category

This was one of the beers that I had during my day and a half at home, before flying back out to Ohio. I found that I craved a few things being outside of New Jersey for so long. One was pizza and the other was pork roll. No one in Ohio has any idea what pork roll is. It makes breakfast quite sad.

lastwaltz

ABV: 9%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Impressive plumes of malt driven chocolate flavors rush the stage. Provides a catchy alcohol sweetness that will linger with you, keeping you running back for more far into the wee hours.”

Random: I did like Round Guys tasting room. If you’re in Lansdale, definitely stop by.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a slight crown on top of the dark brown body. I didn’t see any carbonation in the beer because of the dark color. The nose was filled with cocoa and milk chocolate. Wood ash came through next. The taste had even more smoke, complemented by dusty chocolate. The alcohol note was pronounced and needed to be more integrated. It had a thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with the same dusty chocolate. I don’t remember how much I paid for this beer because I bought it at the brewery and aged it for awhile. I thought that the beer needed a lot of refining and the alcohol was still, shockingly hot for having aged it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that I really enjoyed when I had it on draft at the brewery. I will openly admit that I think these beers can border (and sometimes go over the line) of gimmicky. But, if they’re done well, they can be quite solid. Let’s see how this one was out of the can.

southboundpachyderm

ABV: 6.6%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: The only thing the website says is that a 6.6% Oatmeal Stout. I guess they like to keep things simple.

Random: As a child, I only liked smooth peanut butter. As an adult, I prefer chunky.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, tan head. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing. The body was a dark brown with little visible carbonation due to how dark the body was. The nose was filled with chocolate and sweet peanut butter. It also had a roasted peanut quality as well. After giving this beer a few sniffs, I was very excited to try it. Unfortunately, the taste wasn’t nearly as good as the nose. It started with milk chocolate and peanut butter, but the balance wasn’t there and I was hoping for some more peanut butter. It had a very slight berry note at the end which was a bit odd. It had a quick milk chocolate finish with some roast. I picked a can of this up for $4, which came to $.33 per ounce. This was a good beer and I’m glad I tried it, I just wish it had more peanut notes.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Now that I get home from work earlier than Val, I’ve been getting through more of the shows on the DVR that I watch by myself. I think I have to pick some more because I barely have anything to watch now.

sundownsaison

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Meet your new go-to beer, perfect for both the snowed in confines of a winter ski trip and those lazy sweltering days by the pool. This soft and sweet golden ale tinges your tongue with a hint of pungent fruitiness. Perfumey French yeast complement the medium body. Sundown Saison rounds out by delivering a persistent floral hop to the finish.”

Random: It just started storming here. Of course this happens when I want to mow the lawn.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark amber color with almost no carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of spice. Specifically, I picked up clove and coriander. There was also a biscuit note from the yeast with mustiness. I get a lot of citrus from it. The taste started with the same mustiness, like a wet basement. I’m thinking that this was an older can, because the note wasn’t pleasant. The citrus was still muted in the taste with clove as the major spice note. The body was very light, but very under-carbonated. It had an instant finish with clove. I bought this for $5, which came to $.42 per ounce. I didn’t enjoy this beer at all. I’d be willing to try a fresh can, but I’m not going to search it out.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

I’m finally getting to the end of the beers that I picked up at Round Guys. I recently read that they are doing construction there to put in an outdoor space, which should be pretty cool.

debaser

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery, “Here come your hops. Gigantic. Overtaking a wave of caramel flavored malts. Piney pine & grapefruity grapefruit-resiny hop machine. Medium body. Scotty’s theme. Debaser’s gone to heaven, muddled up against a hopless galatea of cloudy spun, ever rotating hop bud spears.”

Random: This is a seasonal beer, but the website doesn’t specify what season.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass, but it left a slight crown on top of the body. The body itself was slightly hazy, bright orange, and had moderate carbonation. The nose wasn’t like the typical double IPA. It had a lot more orange segment notes than I’m used to. Some lemon as well, but I didn’t get pine or grapefruit. Malt wasn’t apparent in the nose either. The taste was equally light for the style. I picked up some pine resin on the taste, but the same orange segment note came through. Lemon zest came through next. There was malt on the taste and presented as light toasted malt. It didn’t have all that much complexity. The body was bordering on thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with citrus zest and pine resin. A can of this was $5 ($.41 per ounce). I didn’t have a problem drinking this, but I don’t feel the need to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One style that I’ve really come to appreciate, especially in the summer, is a good Berliner Weissbier. They’ve really been getting popular, much like the gose. It’s incredibly refreshing and you can throw a few back by the barbecue. This is one I picked up directly from the brewery.

theberliner

ABV: 3.7%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The ultimate session beer. Brilliant effervescence brings to life the rich lemonade like character. Tart and sour deriving from a by-the-book traditional mash – no boil fermentation. Enjoy straight white from the can. Serves as an excellent base for creativity. Add Raspberry syrup to for a sweet splash of pink. Woodruff syrup for a marshmallowy green. Or simply build your own berliner-mosa. Try it. Explore it. Enjoy it.”

Random: This beer comes in at 1 IBU.

The brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose was sour with lemon and lime notes. The taste was also quite sour. It had a lot of lactobacillus to it along with lemon-lime soda sweetness. It also had some green apple jolly rancher to it that was a bit off-putting. The body was light with intense carbonation. It had a quick and sour finish with lime peel. A can of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I wanted to like this beer, but the green apple note didn’t mesh with the lemon-lime soda note. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

One night, I came home and Val said that she wanted a beer. I asked why type she wanted, assuming that she wanted something fruity, and she said that she wanted a beer that tasted like beer. Knowing her general preferences, I didn’t have many options in the queue except for this, which we picked up at the brewery. She actually finished all of it, with the exception of the few sips that she gave me.

lansdalelager

ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Crisp and malty, this easy drinking lager suits your anytime needs.”

Random: I need to get another foam roller. My lower back has been killing me lately.

The beer poured with two fingers of ecru colored head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the pint glass. The body was clear and copper-colored with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very clean with grains and a slight nutty sweetness. As expected, it wasn’t overly fragrant. The taste was equally mild. It had some grain and hazelnut flavor. A pinch of caramel sweetness as well. The body was thin with medium carbonation. I wish it had a bit more. The finish was clean and crisp with grain and sweetness. This set me back $4 for the can, which broke down to $.33 per ounce. There wasn’t much to this beer to like or dislike. I’ve had better for the style and wouldn’t revisit this one, but if someone handed it to me, I wouldn’t turn it down.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that I picked up at the brewery during our PA brewery trip. I remember the bartender telling another customer about a different beer that was over 8%, saying that you could put a bunch of them back. 8% is not session level to me.

hipsterfrogger

ABV: 6.6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to philadelphiaweekly.com, “You ever encounter run across a beer description that makes you stop what you’re doing and start texting people to see if you can get anyone to go try it with you? This is one of those beers. Check it out: Lans­dale, PA’s Round Guys Brewery takes a Belgian-style dub­bel and ages it in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. They add oak chips soaked in 1800 Tequila and amber agave syrup to the barrels, and they spike the barrel with a strain of Bret­tano­my­ces to make things a little bit wild. Head spinning yet? Well, on Sept. 15, the Grey Lodge Pub is hosting a release party for this epic sounding beer. It may be amazing, it may be a mess, but either way it will be interesting. Oh, and they’ll have prizes for the best Frog­ger scores. Bonus!”

Random: I was never any good at Frogger. My sister was awesome at it though.

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated instantly. The body was very cloudy and a reddish-brown color. On the nose, I picked up notes of dark, sour cherries. There was also a balsamic vinegar note. It didn’t have the dark fruit that I would normally get from a Dubbel, so I assume that most of these notes were imparted by the Brett. I also got a touch of band-aids. The taste had less of the cherries than the nose and less sour notes as well. It had a pronounced rubber note and the same band-aid, and a biting alcohol note. After a few sips, I also picked up a flavor that reminded me of a musty basement. Again, it was difficult to pick up the barrel aging or the dubbel notes. If I tried really hard, I could pick out some raisin. The body was thin with light carbonation. The finish lasted forever with rubber and mustiness. A bomber of this was $15, which came to $.68 per ounce. I wasn’t a fan of this beer, which shocked me, because the description, I assumed it would have been right in my wheelhouse.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0