Scuttlebutt Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale

I’ve been basically living out of hotels for the past couple of weeks and I will say that people in Ohio are much nicer than people out here. When I first got out there, I thought it was weird that random people would talk to me, but I got used to it after awhile. Let’s get to tonight’s beer.


ABV: 9%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Very smooth & delicate, finishes dry with a hint of tartness.”

Random: This beer uses Bullion and CZ Saaz hops.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, slightly off white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color and very cloudy with little visible carbonation. The nose had some golden fruit and then a strong booze note. What was odd was there was an off-putting plastic note. Peach came through too. The taste started with some peach and peach skin, then went into golden raisins. The next thing that came through was a weird tin note with a lot of booze, almost like they threw a shot of vodka in there. Orange flesh was there, but there wasn’t any spice or yeast. The body was way too thin with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with booze and oranges. I don’t remember how much I paid for the beer, but I wouldn’t drink this for free. It was completely unbalanced and had some weird flavors that didn’t fit the style.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Scuttlebutt KEXP Transistor IPA

I haven’t had great luck with beers from this brewery, but I hoped for the best on this one…


ABV: 5.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the radio station website, “KEXP and Scuttlebutt Brewing Company have partnered to create Transistor IPA, a refreshing, session friendly Northwest IPA that will help fund KEXP’s New Home. Transistor IPA is available at retail establishments throughout greater Seattle, and 100% of the net proceeds with benefit KEXP’s New Home capital campaign. The beer is on shelves of local grocery stores in 12oz bottle six packs and can be found on tap at popular restaurants, clubs, bottle shops, and in the Scuttlebutt Brewing tasting room.”

Random: My Sirius membership is going to expire. I think I may extend it another year because I really like having it.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly cloudy with floaties and very light carbonation visible. The nose had an old orange syrup note, almost like a syrupy fruit cup. There was some simple syrup as well. I didn’t pick up any malt on the nose. The taste had some more bitterness with orange zest and orange segments. It drank more like a pale ale than a true IPA. It had some dried pine needles and kilned malt, but the malt didn’t provide any sweetness, just thickness to the body. Grapefruit pith came through after a few sips. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. This was a big downfall of the beer, because some more carbonation would have made it more drinkable. The finish was lengthy with citrus zest. This beer didn’t have any balance and it wasn’t drinkable. For $2.50 a bottle ($.21 per ounce), I expected a lot more from the beer. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Scuttlebutt 10 Degrees Below

Scuttlebutt. It’s a funny word. I basically have the brain of a twelve-year-old boy most of the time, so I find this giggle-inducing funny. It also has a polar bear on the label, which is not all that cute. Anyways, this is another leftover from the holiday season that I’m just getting to. I’ve basically been trying to get through all of my current tasting beer before I make another beer run, so I’m finding all of these seasonals. This is another one that you can’t get in Jersey. Let’s see if it’s worth seeking out.


ABV: 7.4%

Style: Weizenbock

Trivia: This brew comes in at 22 IBUs.

Random: At work, we play the same radio station every single day. It’s to the point I can almost predict the songs. Time for Pandora…

This brew poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was some toasted malt and vanilla with a touch of coffee, but wasn’t all that pleasant. Luckily, the taste was a bit better. I got some smoky dark coffee with cocoa powder. I was waiting to get more flavors from each sip, but no, this brew was pretty bland and no additional flavors came up. The body was on the thinner side with insanely high carbonation present. It had a long finish with smoke and cocoa powder. This one was only alright. The carbonation took something from the flavor and although drinkable, was not outstanding. This definitely didn’t remind me of a true weizenbock.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0