Archive for the ‘Transmitter Brewing’ Category

Funky beers have really exploded and Transmitter has been putting out some great yeasty beers. I don’t remember exactly where or when I picked this one up, but hopefully it’s a good one.

ny4

ABV: 3.9%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sour with notes of Citrus and Floral. Spelt Berliner style Weisse beer made with all NY State ingredients. Sour and light with refreshing citrus/pine notes and subtle floral nose.”

Random: The brewery says that you can cellar this, which I found interesting.

When I went to pop this open, the cork pretty much popped out itself, with the cage only slightly loosened. It gushed all over. I think I lost about a fifth of the beer, but luckily, I was by the sink when it opened. Thus, why you see the dish towel under the bottle. Once I got it into the glass, it had a huge, three and a half finger, white head. It dissipated at a snail’s pace and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose was a lot of yeast and some funk, but not a lot of sour. The taste was grassy and had some yeast and only a small amount of citrus. It was on the bland side, actually. The body was thin and bordered on watery with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and yeasty finish. The bottle was $16, which came $.73 per ounce. This beer was expensive and didn’t deliver for me. I wouldn’t get this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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Transmitter is a brewery that I need to get out to. I love their portfolio and the fact that they distribute to New Jersey (finally) makes it even better. I will say that their beers are still on the more expensive side, but usually worth it. Let’s see how this one was.

f1farmhouse

ABV: 6.4%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Single strain brett fermented american farmhouse ale with fruity hop nose and dry finish.”

Random: My new job has been killing my feet. I think I need to get some more insoles.

The brew poured with a four finger, light brown head. It was loose and dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was really cloudy and copper-colored with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with Brett and regular yeast. It had some golden fruit as well, primarily apricot and white grape, along with grass. But, this primarily smelled like yeast. The taste was filled with Brett, just like the nose. Unlike the nose, there was a lot of spice. I specifically picked up clove and coriander. There was also a bit of alcohol along with this. The body was medium thickness and had high carbonation. The finish was quick with yeast. The bomber of this set me back $15.99, which came down to $.73 per ounce. The beer was a bit unbalanced for a Transmitter beer, but I’ve come to expect their beers to be outstanding. I wouldn’t revisit this beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

So, I went to the Transmitter website to research this beer and I was ecstatic to see that they finally updated their website with information about all of their beers. It also had the recommended temperatures to serve at and if they think the beer is worth cellaring. If you haven’t been to the site, check it out.

a1dubbel

ABV: 7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewery made candi sugar adds rich toffee flavors with a hints of fig and raisins. Enjoy with game, roast meats and campfires.”

Random: This beer comes in at 22 IBUs and should be served at 42 degrees.

The brew poured with a huge, four finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated at a snail’s pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, mahogany color with only some carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with booze, figs, toffee, candi sugar and Belgian yeast. It also had a caramel candy note, like the candy that my grandmother used to carry in her purse that would make my fingers sticky. The taste was sweet, but not overly so. It had notes of fig and toffee with dates and dusty raisins. There was also some caramel and almond at the end. The body was on the thicker side and the carbonation was too intense. The finish was quick and sweet with caramel. I paid $16.99 for the bottle, which came to $.77 per ounce. I wanted to love this beer, but it was a rare miss for me from Transmitter.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is from a brewery that I am growing to love. Transmitter puts out some great beers, and I’m hoping this one is as good as the others.

b0

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Beer is much more than the sum of its parts. At its most pure form, it’s just four simple ingredients: hops, malt, water and yeast. It is only through the synergy of process and those basic building blocks that unique and interesting interpretations of beer styles are possible. Through the process of brewing, it is possible to make an infinite number of flavor combinations and styles. It is this endless creative possibility that fuels and flames our passion for fermenting beer. Our satisfaction comes from the combination of the basic understanding of the ingredients and their interactions and the ‘aha’ moments of discovery of the synergy between them.”

Random: The cats are wrestling right now and sound like elephants.

This beer poured with a three finger, pink-tinted head. It took awhile to dissipated and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark red with no visible carbonation due to the color and cloudiness. The nose had light funk and cranberries along with citrus pith. The taste has some significant tartness that was almost vinegar-like. There was also yeast was present along with cranberries and orange. There wasn’t a lot of salt, but the flavors worked, so I didn’t miss it that much. The body had medium thickness with high carbonation. The beer had a quick finish with orange pith. This was an expensive bottle at $20 ($.91 per ounce), but worth every penny. This was another awesome beer from Transmitter.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

One of the fun things about posting in advance is that I don’t get nearly as stressed when I have a backlog. Since I have so many posts in queue, I can just get to them when I have time, which in turn, I think makes for better posts. This beer is from a brewery that is putting out ridiculous stuff and I recommend trying anything you see from them.

t4

ABV: 9.1%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “In electronics and telecommunications a transmitter or radio transmitter is an electronic device which, with the aid of an antenna, produces radio waves. The transmitter itself generates a radio frequency alternating current, which is applied to the antenna. When excited by this alternating current, the antenna radiates radio waves. In addition to their use in broadcasting, transmitters are necessary component parts of many electronic devices that communicate by radio, such as cell phones, wireless computer networks, Bluetooth enabled devices, garage door openers, two-way radios in aircraft, ships, spacecraft, radar sets and navigational beacons. The term transmitter is usually limited to equipment that generates radio waves for communication purposes; or radiolocation, such as radar and navigational transmitters. Generators of radio waves for heating or industrial purposes, such as microwave ovens or diathermy equipment, are not usually called transmitters even though they often have similar circuits.”

Random: “The Beerists” did a podcast on tripels that was really informative and had some great comparisons. I would highly recommend checking it out.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy dark orange with lots of carbonation visible. The nose, not surprisingly, had a lot of fruit. Peach and apricot came through first, then a tropical touch by way of mango. Bread was at the end of the sniff with light coriander. The taste was incredibly bright with lots of juicy peach and apricot. Some green apple came through with clementine. There was some coriander and clove that came through too, but this was primarily a fruit forward beer. At the end of the sip, there was some bread from the yeast. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The booze was hidden and made this a very dangerous beer. It ended with a long finish with stone fruit and spice. This was $18.99 for the bomber, which came to $.86 per ounce, which is definitely on the pricey side, but it’s worth every cent. Go get this one. It’s worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

We’re finally to the end of the Transmitter beers that I picked up in Maine. Since I can find them in Jersey now, I’m sure it won’t be the last one I review.

s8

ABV: 6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are Rob Kolb and Anthony Accardi. We first shared a beer in 2005 when we each were avid amateur bicycle racers. We soon realized we shared a love of food and a passion for making it ourselves. From making homemade corned beef to experimenting with pickle recipes, a lasting friendship was born. Many meals and beers later, Rob convinced Anthony to dust off old homebrew equipment he had from the 1990’s as a homebrewer and the seeds of Transmitter Brewing were sown. We have been experimenting and developing our approach ever since.”

Random: I love having a natural fireplace in our house. Yes, it’s dirtier than gas, but I love that the house smells like a real fire.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-yellow with light carbonation. The nose had a lot of citrus, yeast and some green melon. The taste was light and had lemon peel and mandarin oranges. The rice was present and there was also some lemongrass. The melon was also there, but not the pear note, which I was looking forward to. There was some coriander in the beer as well, but it wasn’t intense, which complimented the light body. It had high carbonation as well. The finish was lengthy with rice and melon. The bomber was $20.99, which came to $.95 per ounce. This was a nice beer that went down very easily and was much lighter than the typical saison. I would have this one again, despite the high price tag.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is the third Transmitter beer that I picked up in Maine. I’m hoping it was as good as the other beers I’ve had from them.

transmitterf4

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Beer is much more than the sum of its parts. At its most pure form, it’s just four simple ingredients: hops, malt, water and yeast. It is only through the synergy of process and those basic building blocks that unique and interesting interpretations of beer styles are possible. Through the process of brewing, it is possible to make an infinite number of flavor combinations and styles. It is this endless creative possibility that fuels and flames our passion for fermenting beer. Our satisfaction comes from the combination of the basic understanding of the ingredients and their interactions and the ‘aha’ moments of discovery of the synergy between them.”

Random: The labels for the beer are really attractive. One of the brewers discussed this during an episode of “Steal This Beer,” which I listen to every week.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had yeast and wheat but not a huge amount of fruit or funkiness. The taste had a bit more citrus. I picked up clementine and lemon zest. It had a significant amount of yeast and white grape as well. The body was on the thinner side and had high carbonation. It was also really dry. The finish was lengthy with yeast and white grape. A bomber of this had a hefty price tag at $20.99 ($.95 per ounce). I liked this beer, but it was the least favorite of the transmitter beers that I’ve had so far.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0