SingleCut 日本から来たネコ

So, Apple recently came out with a new MacBook Pro. Part of me thinks that I should have waited for the new one and the other part of me reminds myself that I was using a 10 year old laptop that would take a full minute to load web pages. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 4.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “THINK OF 日本から来たネコ AS WEIRD & GILLY JR – tropical and juicy at an ultra-sessionable 4.3%. Brewed with new age PNW and New Zealand hops, it’s a unique cat.”

Random: I have no idea what the beer name translates to in English.

The beer poured with a one finger, loose, white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color that was very hazy. There was some carbonation visible through the haze. The nose started with some grassy hops that quickly transitioned into citrus pith and then tropical fruit. It also had a floral hop note as well. The taste was bright, but not heavy. It started with some grass and quickly went into the same grapefruit note that was in the nose. Some watermelon rind came through next with a touch of fruit punch and pineapple. It had a significant bitterness at the end. The body was light and bordering on watery with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with watermelon rind. I picked up this can for $5.49, which came to $.34 per ounce. The beer was on the pricier side for a session IPA, but had a lot more flavor than the typical low ABV IPA. It’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

SingleCut Chrissie

Summer is the best season to have a gose. It’s really hard to swallow super heavy beers when the temperature is over 90 degrees. I’ve been searching out some low alcohol beers to get through the summer lately and a gose is a perfect beer. The low amount of salinity really helps to cut through the tartness. A gose also pairs really well with food. Any sort of barbecue, even a simple burger, will pair well with a gose.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘KIM’ NOW HAS A SISTER, named “CHRISSIE” – Tart and bright with a lemon verbena infusion, and lagered for a clean crisp finish. The ultimate thirst-quenching crusher.”

Random: It is weird to see a gose in a large format. Normally, you see either single bottles or cans of gose.

The beer poured with a half a finger of thin, pure-white head. It dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright yellow. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of tart lemons and lemon zest. Lemon verbena came through next. The taste started with a lot of lemons and lemon verbena. I picked up some white vinegar as well. There was a slight amount of yeast too. The body was light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemons. I picked up the bottle for $7.99, which came to $.36 per ounce. I liked this beer a lot, I just wish it had more flavor than just lemon.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

SingleCut Weird & Gilly IPA

Val and I watch this show called “The Fosters.” It’s unfortunately been cancelled, but the show should have been called “Everyone Makes Bad Decisions.” It’s a completely unrealistic show that usually results in lots of commentary from Val and myself. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 6.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “SOME CAT FROM JAPAN suggested we do an IPA that is J-U-I-C-Y. So we packed up a pack horse and made it happen! Soft doughy and slightly tangy malt lies under bright citrus, round tropical fruit and mild pine resin hop aromatics that underscore the waves of flavors to come.”

Random: I had this beer on draft awhile ago when we visited SingleCut.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange color with floaties in it. There was a lot of visible carbonation. The nose started with a lot of fruit. I picked up guava, mango, strawberry, peach and apricot. There was pear as well and then some white bread. The taste started with a lot of fruit as well. I picked up guava, passionfruit, mango and peach. Pineapple and pear came through next. There was a touch of booze that was quickly followed up by grass and biscuit. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with tropical fruit. A can of this was $6.99, which broke down to $.44 per ounce. This was yet another outstanding beer from SincleCut.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

SingleCut Dean Pacific Northwest Mahogany Ale

Since I got my new MacBook Pro, I’m shocked at how long the battery lasts, how quickly it charges and how quickly web pages load. Val has been laughing at me all day at how surprised I am, but given I was using a 10 year old MacBook Pro, this is like night and day.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “HEY Y’ALL!: 1) Let’s grow a big, bushy beard 2) Let’s get (insert multiple number) piercings 3) Sleeves 4) Drink an ale that’s got that PNW hop and malt attitude 5) And let’s color our hair mahogany.”

Random: This beer comes in at 82 IBUs.

This beer poured with a ridiculously large, four finger, loose, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of carbonation on the glass. The body was clear and a deep mahogany color with only a little bit of carbonation visible. The aroma was a lot more hoppy than I would expect from the style. It had a lot of pine from the hops along with some grapefruit, that was quickly followed up by toffee and caramel malt. The taste still had a lot of pine hops, but also had a touch of green herbs. I specifically picked up some basil. The malt came through next and imparted some caramel and toffee notes. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy pine finish that stuck to my tongue for awhile. I picked this beer up for $9.99, which broke down to $.45 per ounce, which is on the cheaper side for a SingleCut beer. I liked this beer, but I’m generally just not a fan of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

SingleCut Double Dry Hopped Tell Shaky And Boxcar Joe IIPA

While we were at the brewery, I picked up a crowler of one of their beers that I hadn’t tried before. SingleCut gets some distribution in my area, but it tends to sell out really quickly. Their tasting room was nice, but the music was super loud and there was some sort of party there, which didn’t make it my favorite tasting room, but better than average.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “WE’RE GONNA KICK DOWN THE DOORS of restraint with this bruiser of an IIPA. Double dry-hopped, drinks smooth smooth smooth, no sign of the 9% with a unique combination of new varietal PNW hops. Fast Talking Fanny and Washboard Sam are already down at the Union Hall sipping this beaut of a brew. Just say Automatic Slim sent you.”

Random: I’m not sure where the name of this beer came from.

This brew poured with a full finger of white head. It took forever to go away and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and orange in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was very citrusy and grassy with some malt at the end to balance it. The taste had some lemongrass to it, which was unexpected, but quite pleasant. It had orange and grapefruit pith, but not a lot of malt to balance it. The body was dry and medium thickness with a slight alcohol presence. It needed slightly more carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with freshly cut grass. I thought this beer was good, just not nearly as good as the other IPAs that I’ve had from them.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

SingleCut Reverb VS Delay

Val and I visited SingleCut in Queens when we were visiting friends there. We made some time to try a beer and pick up some cans as well.

ABV: 8.6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “THIS COMBINATION OF BRETT FERMENTED, lacto finished ale was further enhanced with a guava fruit infusion. Tart, sweet, funky, fruity and downright thirst quenching. It’s sure to reverberate on your palatte, if not your mind.”

Random: I had a guava creme brulee once and it was amazing.

The beer poured with a wispy, one finger, white head. It went away slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright yellow in color. There was limited carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose was filled with lots of funk and horse blanket, but also had a huge amount of guava and orange segments. The taste was even more complex than the nose. There was significant funk with tartness and horse blanket. There was a lot of yeast as well and as soon as that note went away, it was all about the fruit. Juicy orange and guava and even a hint of watermelon came through. There was no alcohol on the taste at all. The body was on the lighter side with plenty of carbonation to make this go down a bit too easily. The finish was lengthy and filled with funk. This beer was really unique and I loved the combination and balance of the funk and the fruit. If you ever find this beer around and you like funky beers, this is worth a glass.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

SingleCut Heavy Boots Of Lead

It’s not really stout weather, but I love SingleCut beers. I’m starting to see distribution of their beers increase, especially in the Philadelphia area. Although I typically have their hoppy beers, I had to see what they did with a big stout.

heavybootsoflead

ABV: 11.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our biggest beer to date, created in the great magnetic field. Super complex richness of mega-chocolate, roast, vanilla and coffee in a smooth, ester overtoned monster of a brew. We’ll be aging this for 8 months and releasing it in Winter of ’15.”

Random: I keep asking Val why we don’t watch “Mr. Robot” and apparently we keep DVRing it and deleting it because we never have time to watch it.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had some wood, smoke, roasted malts, and espresso. It also had a lot of dark chocolate shavings. The taste had a sweetness that reminded me of maple syrup, although I don’t think there is any in the beer. It had ash and smoke with light alcohol that was quickly followed up by bitter dark chocolat.e It had a thick and chewy body with some booze warming and light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and bitter with wood ash and dark chocolate. This bomber set me back $10 ($.45 per ounce), which was on the more expensive side, but completely worth it. The only downfall? Now I have to search for the barrel aged version.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0