Archive for the ‘SingleCut Beersmiths’ Category

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

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Val really likes going to Trader Joe’s. I consider that place to be my own personal hell. It’s always crowded when we go and people hit me with their carts. I think the food they have, especially their snacks are good, but it’s almost torture for me to go there. Val and I went there last weekend and although it was still crowded, it’s the first time I’ve left there without being hit by a cart.

softlyspoken

ABV: 8.6%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “FAR AWAY ACROSS THE FIELD there is a golden IIPA with a tropical / bright citrus / mild pine and smooth / soft lightly sweet malt that will take you home home again.”

Random: This beer came in at 130 IBUs, although most people will say that you can’t detect anything over 100.

The brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that went away at a moderate pace. It only left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of tropical notes up front. I picked up mango, honeydew and cantaloupe along with a lot of citrus juice. It also had some sweet malt. The taste started with more pine resin and pine sap, but quickly transitioned into papaya, mango, cantaloupe and honeydew. It had some pineapple as well. The booze didn’t come through at all. The sip finished with a touch of sweet malt. It had a lengthy and bright tropical finish. A bomber of this was $8, which broke down to $.36 per ounce. As with almost all SingleCut beers, I enjoyed this one a lot, I just didn’t think it was their best work.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Every beer I’ve had from SingleCut has been ridiculously good. When I saw this on the shelf in Philly, I needed to have it. This brewery is also on my shortlist of breweries I absolutely need to get to as soon as possible.

isthisreallife

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “What we can tell you this is an IPA created with new-age PNW hop varieties as well as a bit of NZ too. Thunderbolt and lightning!”

Random: This beer is part of their rotating series. I also didn’t know they extended distribution to Philly, so hopefully I can get their beers more often.

The beer poured with a thick, two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, lemon-yellow with a lot of floaties and moderate carbonation visible. The nose was insanely tropical. I picked up notes of pineapple, mango and passion fruit with pine. The nose was insanely bright. The taste was equally bright with mango and pineapple. I didn’t pick up passion fruit in the taste. There was also some pine and grapefruit with cut grass. The booze was invisible on this beer. I also didn’t pick up any malt. It had a light, drinkable body and high carbonation. The finish was swift and tropical. I loved this beer. If I could have a keg of it on tap at all times, I would. A bomber of this was $9.99 ($.45 per ounce) and worth every penny. Get this one now!

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

I’ve spent a lot of today cleaning up around the house. I had a lot of laundry to get through, so I’ve been working and washing clothes. The cats, for some odd reason, love hanging out in the laundry bag with the dirty laundry. They’ve since moved to the bed since the laundry bags are empty. Anyways, here is the beer for tonight.

laughter

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is an IPA that takes a building in a manner that our 420 fore-fathers were very used to – dank resin galore with a liberal helping of sharp citrus for good measure. If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now.”

Random: My back and neck are still bothering me. I’m hoping that with all of the heating pads I’ve been using, the pain goes away soon.

The brew poured with a thick and pillowy, two finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot lacing on the glass. The nose was pungent with a lot of dank pine notes and grapefruit pith. There was also white pepper, grass and tangerine. After it warmed, there was also some cilantro. The taste was incredibly hoppy with the same dank pine. Grapefruit pith was there as well, and the tangerine note I picked up in the nose was stronger in the taste. There was also a vegetal note, specifically green onions and cilantro. Lemon came through too and freshly cut grass. I couldn’t pick up much in the way of malt, which wasn’t a bad thing. The body had medium thickness with generous carbonation. The finish was sticky and long with hop bitterness and grapefruit pith. A bomber of this was $7.99, which came to $.36 per ounce. This was a selection for the hop head, and I enjoyed it, although not as much as some other SingleCut beers I’ve had.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was another gem that I found when walking the aisles at Half Time. I search out SingleCut beers and I had no idea what the style was when I bought this one. This was more than a pleasant surprise.

prideofsquatney

ABV: 11%

Style: English Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A LEGEND REBORN! With its warm sunburst color, high-volume of premium English malts and hops, and extended aging including a secondary fermentation with 3 Brett strains this is one heavy-duty ale that will sustain for days.”

Random: I’ve always liked the name “Nigel.” It has a British ring to it.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy mahogany color with no carbonation visible because of the cloudiness. The nose was really interesting. It started with caramel and toffee sweetness, but then went into prunes and dates. There was also a light vinegar quality, which I found quite odd, until I researched the beer and found that it had Brett, and then it made total sense. Another remarkable thing was there was absolutely no booze on the nose. The taste also had some sweetness from the caramel and toffee. It quickly went into prunes and raisins and then a vinous quality with some vinegar. It had light tartness that I’ve never had in a barleywine, which just added to the complexity. It had no alcohol warming. The body was medium thickness with almost no carbonation. The finish was lengthy with light vinegar. A bottle of this was expensive at $25 ($1.14 per ounce), but I would only open this on special occasions. This beer was outstanding and possible the most unusual barleywine I’ve had. If you see it, you need to pick up a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

One of the best parts about our annual Half Time trip is picking up beers from New York that aren’t distributed in New Jersey. I specifically look out for this brewery, SingleCut, and Grimm. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any beers from Grimm this time, but I picked up 3 from SingleCut.

2xTNTIIPA

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “If you want more hops, you got it! So it seems there are quite a few fans of our “BON” TNTPA out there (ourselves included). So why not make it a whole lotta BON with an Imperial version? Well that’s just what we did!”

Random: The glass in the picture is one of the new, free ones that I got from Half Time.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly hazy and bright orange in color with no visible carbonation because of the cloudiness. The nose was strong with lots of fresh oranges, mango, passionfruit and pineapple. There wasn’t much in the way of malt, which I was completely fine with. The taste had some earthiness with pine needle and grass, but almost instantly went tropical with pineapple and mango and sweet clementines. It had a note of white pepper that was unexpected, but gave the beer some depth. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tropical fruit. A bomber of this was $6.99 ($.32 per ounce), which is a great price for a beer that is so solid. This beer was outstanding and if it were more easily available, this would be a go to beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

I ordered this beer while we were waiting for friends to meet us for dinner. When I asked the server what type of beer this was, they said that it was a “nitro ale.” As to be expected, I gave her a quizzical look and again asked what type of beer it was. She then told me that this was a beer that was fermented on nitro instead of carbon dioxide. I explained that nitro ale isn’t a style, she gave me an equally quizzical look and went to her manager to ask. Val then told me next time to just smile and then look it up on the internet. For the record, she came back and said that it was a “nitro pale ale.” I was tempted to ask if it was English or American (since they just had it on the menu as “Keith”), but decided just to order it.

keith

ABV: 5.7%

Style: English Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Remember when beer was floral, smooth, understated, and came from a town that also brought the world silly walks, double-decker transit, and hard rock? Well, let us refresh your memory!”

Random: Although I think that mason jars are cute, I’m not a huge fan of serving beer in them. I find them annoying to drink out of.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick, white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange color with no visible carbonation. The nose was light with lemon and grass and then a little bit of malt sweetness. The taste was very light with grassy and lemon. There was some malt sweetness to it at the end of the sip. The body was very thick and creamy with no carbonation. The finish was quick with toffee and caramel malt. This beer was really bland and just missed the mark for me. I won’t be having this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0