Archive for the ‘Troegs Brewing Company’ Category

It’s finally starting to get a bit warmer out. Soon, I’ll be complaining about how hot it is. But, for now, I’ll take this weather. I love when the Spring flowers start coming out and the cherry trees bloom. We have a large cherry tree on the property and I want to try to plant a few more this year. Val wants me to plant some honeysuckle too, so I guess I’ll need to get on that too. Now that we’ve talked about the plants, let’s get to the beer.

hopknife

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hop Knife Harvest Ale recognizes the time-honored tradition of hand-harvesting at the peak of maturity. At the end of fermentation, the beer flows through our HopCyclone releasing a bounty of preserved citrus rind, crushed jungle and tropical aromas.”

Random: I still love my fuzzy blanket on the couch even if it’s just a little cold in the house.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with grass clippings, pine needles and freshly cut wood. The taste started with fresh pine sap, cedar wood and light grain. I didn’t pick up any alcohol. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with pine sap. The bottle was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. This beer was really good and was another solid offering from Troegs.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a beer from Troegs and when I saw this on the shelves, with the new can art, I had to give it a shot.

nimblegiant

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We didn’t set out to release another Double IPA, but when we tasted this hop combination, we latched on and didn’t let go. Nimble Giant evolved from our small-batch Scratch Series. It started as an experiment with Mosaic hops, and after six Scratch batches it became Nimble Giant. We like how this beer builds. The layers of Mosaic, Azacca and Simcoe hops take over your senses. Mango, tropical fruit, and creamsicle notes give the beer a silky, juicy underbelly that builds to a punch in the face of grapefruit rind, honeysuckle and pineapple.”

Random: I need to get a Troegs tin tacker for my basement. I love their new look.

The brew poured with a half a finger of thick, cream colors head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden orange color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of pine resin and floral honeysuckle. I also picked up wildflower honey and malt too. The taste started with syrupy sweetness and honeysuckle with the same wildflower honey in the nose. It quickly went into pineapple and mango. Then, pine resin and a fresh-cut grass note. There was some alcohol at the end of the sip, but not as much as the ABV would imply. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tropical with honeysuckle and mango. I really enjoyed this beer and it had a lot of depth. I picked this can up for $2.75 ($.17 per ounce). No matter what the price of this beer, I would highly recommend trying it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I’m trying to be better with updating the blog during end of quarter. This beer is one that I was excited to try and thought I took a picture of the beer, but apparently only took one of the bottle. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 7.4%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with native Pennsylvania neck pumpkins harvested just a few miles from our brewery, Master of Pumpkins conjures the spirit of autumn by combining roasted pumpkins and traditional pie spices with a French saison yeast. This natural fermentation releases a palate of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and honey. Taste it you will see, more is all you need!”

Random: One of Val’s coworkers bought the meow a new toy on a stick and he loves it. He jumps around the apartment like a kitten.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color that was cloudy with generous amounts of carbonation. The nose had cinnamon and nutmeg with brown sugar. The taste had insane amounts of spice. I specifically picked up notes of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Vanilla was present as well, which is a bit different for a pumpkin beer. There was also the obvious gourd flavor to it with yeast. At the end of the sip, there was some tartness, which made for a slightly disjointed beer. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and filled with pumpkin pie spice. This was an alright beer with nice flavor, minus the tartness. What made this beer less desirable was the $3.89 bottle price, which breaks down to $.32 an ounce. For what it was, it was definitely expensive and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I watched a documentary today called “Omar and Pete.” It was about two childhood friends who both find themselves in prison and the different experiences they had. I was hoping that it would be a decent documentary. It wasn’t and luckily it was only an hour-long. Let’s hope this beer is better than the documentary.

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ABV: 8%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “LaGrave (pronounced \le-gräv\), the first of our corked and caged bottle releases, is inspired by nature’s untamed beauty. Bottle conditioned and highly carbonated, this Triple Golden Ale is steeped in the tradition of strong ales originally brewed in Belgium. The unique Belgian yeast, which is fermented at a slightly higher temperature than normal, forms the bedrock of LaGrave’s complex flavors. Strong and alluring, LaGrave boasts a sweet, fruity flavor with a well-rounded mouthfeel and semi-dry, lingering bitter finish.”

Random: We dressed the meow up like an owl. More about that later.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that was slow to dissipate. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, golden orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with golden fruit and lots of clean and bright citrus. There was also some light honey sweetness present. The taste had Belgian yeast, apricot, citrus with bread as well. There were also some white grape notes with green apple as well. There was a definite booze burn that was a little bit unpleasant. It needed some age to mellow it. It had a thick body with high carbonation. It also had a long, fruity finish with Belgian yeast and citrus. For the first cork-and-cage beer from Troegs, it was pretty good. There were some missteps, but I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sometimes, I just buy a beer because I really, really like the label. This happens to be one of those beers. I’ve also enjoyed other beers from this brewery, which definitely helped, but this label is adorable. Let’s see if the liquid inside was just as good.

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ABV: 6.9%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Emerging from springtime’s fertile ground, Cultivator celebrates the start of hop-growing season as sprawling fields of hop rhizomes climb and tether to hop bines. This spring bock delivers hints of toasted grains, fresh baked bread and delicate floral hops. Cultivator pairs nicely with a variety of cheeses including Asiago, Colby, Gruyère and Swiss. Its malt sweetness and clean, dry finish also complements spicy dishes such as Thai or Korean barbecue, shellfish and a variety of fried foods.”

Random: I could really go for some Thai food right now. I haven’t had good Thai food in awhile.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left spider web lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with moderate carbonation. The nose was pretty clean, yet simple. It had bready malts and floral hops which very pretty delicate. The taste was much of the same. It was very delicate and clean, coupled with bready malt and floral hops. There was also a touch of honey at the end. The beer was on the thinner side and dry with moderate carbonation. There was no booze apparent in the taste. It had a long finish with honey and floral hops. This was a really nuanced beer but really nice and enjoyable. Yet another solid offering from Troegs that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

It’s pretty rare that I review the same beer twice. I think I’ve only done it a handful of times. But, there are certain beers that I will return to. This is one of them. I remember the first time that I had this one at Stuff Yer Face even before I had the blog. It was love at first sip. This is what I thought of this year’s version.
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ABV: 11%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Mad Elf is a cheerful creation to warm your heart and enlighten your tongue. The combination of cherries, honey, and chocolate malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast, this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the pleasant character of this intriguing yet delicious Ale. The Mad Elf is a jolly and delicious beer for the holidays.”

Random: Yes, I did use the same trivia that I used in 2010. Maybe you’ve forgotten what the brewery website said.

This one poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, ruby red color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was hot with booze and also had honey and cherries. The taste was well carbonated and also presented with significant alcohol and cherries. I got some other dark fruit at the end of the sip. I think the alcohol was a bit more present on this vintage as compared to other years. The body was on the thicker side. Despite the fact that I’ve cited that the booze was present, I wouldn’t necessary peg it at 11%. The finish was long and sweet. Despite the fact that this wasn’t the best vintage I’ve had, I still have a love affair with this beer.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

So, last night my sister went to Asbury Park for dinner. I got an email that Trinity and Pope was closing and my sister hadn’t been there yet, so we decided to head down. After dinner, we ended up at Brickwall Tavern for a few beers and to watch the game. The bar was incredibly crowded and dark, so using the flash on my phone wasn’t an option, so I apologize for the crappy pictures.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “To commemorate the annual German tradition of Oktoberfest, Tröegs unveils Scratch #73 – 2012, an OkTröegerFest, if you will. This rich, pumpkin-colored lager goes against the grain by boasting a fairly hefty hop presence for the style, giving the flavor a moderate bitter twist while still maintaining the classic malt character that you’ve come to expect from a traditional Fest Bier.”

Random: I was shocked to see that they had a Scratch beer on tap. I’ve only seen them at the brewery, so I was pretty excited.

This one poured with half a finger of pure white head that took awhile to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a pumpkin color and clear with mild carbonation. The nose was really malty with some nuttiness and not much else. The taste was  malty as well. I got caramel, bready malt, a hint of citrus hop presence and then a touch of roasted malt on the end of the sip. The mouthfeel was towards the thicker side with mild carbonation. The finish was pretty quick with roasted malts. The addition of a bit of bitter hops in this beer really did it for me. It’s sad that this is a scratch beer. I wouldn’t mind if it made it to “seasonal” status.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0