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This was another beer that I had at The Pour House. I was looking for a light beer to throw back while watching sportsball and this delivered.

eurospliff

ABV: 5%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “WE ARE … A GYPSY BREWERY. Brewing is in our bones. We craft our glorious libations under the roof of another brewery that we respect and trust. We practice our craft on some of the finest and most technologically advanced equipment that has been invented. Occasionally, we pack our bags and hop over to Europe to collaborate with foreign friends in forward thinking fermentation. WE BREW … CURIOUS & CULINARY ALES. We search for the outlandish while respecting the balance of culinary flavors. Beer is food, and our food is good. Each of our offerings is crafted to pique your interests, excite your senses, and challenge your taste buds. We want to create a sensory experience that provides sustenance for your soul. OUR OBSESSION … IS FLAVOR. We ensure every part of our ales, from the packaging to ingredients are as serious as we are. We support local hop farms, Pennsylvania malt-houses, and other farmers to provide us with special ingredients (like honey, maple syrup, herbs and spices) that are unique to our region.”

Random: The brewery website has no information on the website about the individual beers, which is one of my biggest pet peeves.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear with lots of carbonation visible, which was a good sign. The nose was filled with mineral water, grass and stones. The taste was crisp and clean with the same stone flavor. Grass was slightly more muted in the taste. It also had a pleasant minerality to it. The body was thin and crisp with generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. This beer was exactly what I wanted, easy drinking and clean. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sole Gypsy Tears

Posted: March 28, 2017 in Gose, Reviews, Sole Artisan Ales

I was looking for a light beer to drink while watching a sportsball event at The Pour House, so I settled on this. Let’s see how this was.

gypsytears

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A FOOD INSPIRED BREWER IS BORN. Joe Percoco is a food nut. He has always strived to learn everything possible about taste. At very young age, before being able to work officially, he traded time in a bakery for pastries, sips of wine and an old Italian man’s stories. After working as a cook at multiple restaurants for actual pay, Joe began investigating where food came from by working on an organic farm in the Appalachian Mountains. He learned to drive a 70 year old tractor, how to raise pastured animals, and everything there was to know about growing a good ingredient. Not only did he learn about ingredients, but through cultivating the land with his hands, he also became aware of how sustainability keeps nature at its finest for the production of clean, beautiful food.”

Random: I could go for some berries and whipped cream.

The brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was pink and hazy. I couldn’t see any carbonation in the beer. The nose was fragrant with blackberries and raspberries. There was a lot of yeast and a touch of sourness. The taste had even more berries. It also had a lot of yeast and wheat. I didn’t pick up much tartness on this, which was odd for a gose. The body was very light and the beer drank a lot more like a witbier than a gose. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with fruit. The beer was easy to drink, but it had none of the salt or the tartness that a normal gose has. I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Sole Green Life

Posted: January 6, 2017 in American IPA, Reviews, Sole Artisan Ales

Tonight’s selection is from a brewery that I have no experience with. I saw them on the shelf at my local beer store and brought it home to give it a shot.

greenlife

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are pleased to announce that our IPA ‘Green Life’ has joined the Sole family. Brewed to be bright, juicy, and eminently crushable. Pilsner malt base, some flaked oats for silkiness, and heaps of Cascade, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. Simple, honest, and minimal. We add 90% of the hops in Green Life right at the end of the boil and during the dry-hopping process. Massive amounts of juicy american hop varieties get hop-bursted and cold steeped to protect the volatile oils that carry all of the flavor. Aromas and flavors of lemongrass, pine sap, grapefruit, tangelo, dank herb are to be expected.”

Random: Sometimes I like green onion in IPAs and other times, it hits me the wrong way.

This beer poured with one finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but a small crown was left on top of the incredibly cloudy body. The color of the body was bright orange and I could still pick up a lot of carbonation despite the haziness. The nose was a lot of lemon flesh and lemon zest. I also got some pilsner malt, but I didn’t get much of the juiciness that they were talking about in the description. The taste started with the pilsner malt and quickly went into bitter lemon flesh and zest. It also had a large grass characteristic with some green onion. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. The finish was quick and vegetal with a bit of onion. A bottle of this was $1.92, which came to $.16 per ounce. In a style that has so many different choices, I found this beer to be middle of the road at best. It’s not one that I feel needs to be purchased again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0