Troegs Blackberry Tizzy

Now that I made my trip to Troegs, I’m seeing their limited edition corked and caged bottles all over now. Despite that, I have never seen this one on the shelves.

ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One day, we muddled some fresh blackberries with brown sugar, lemon juice and bourbon. ‘Mmm,’ we thought. ‘This should be a beer.’ Blackberry Tizzy is that spirited daydream come true. Sour fermentation tempers the juicy blackberries with a touch of tartness, and a spell in bourbon barrels delivers ripples of oak and toasted coconut.”

Random: This beer is also only available in corked and caged bottles and draft.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with tinges of purple. There was no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with fruit. I picked up notes of blackberries, blueberries and apricot. I picked up some bourbon as well. The taste had a lot of fresh fruit as well. The dominant flavor was blackberry. I picked up the same blueberry and apricot as well. There was a slight brown sugar sweetness. It had a nice yeast characteristic as well. There was a slight alcohol heat as well. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lots of blackberries. I really enjoyed this beer and wish I picked up more than one bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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Troegs Freaky Peach

One of the things I’ve started to get into is the show “Rick and Morty.” I heard a lot of positive reviews about it on a few of the podcasts that I listen to and I haven’t been able to stop watching it. It’s sarcastic and ridiculous, which is right in my wheelhouse. I’m on season 2 right now and am liking it more and more every episode. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 9.9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Oh wow. They say the nose knows, but Freaky Peach pulls a fast one. Its aroma promises charred caramel and grilled stone fruit, but the flavor delivers waves of bright peaches, spun sugar and whiskey sour. It’s young. It’s tart. It’s super-freaky.”

Random: This is another beer that is only available on draft and in corked and caged bottles.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark orange color that was almost brown with limited visible carbonation. The nose was filled with aged peaches and some brown sugar and oak. There was some alcohol as well. The taste also had a lot of booze to it with a decent amount of peaches. The oak came through a bit more with some vanilla as well. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with peaches. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Troegenator – Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Val and I started watching “Fosse/Verdon.” I really like it and wasn’t familiar with his or Gwen Verdon’s work prior to the show. The only thing that is confusing is how they keep switching timelines without warning. For some reason, it can’t hold Val’s interest. We have about half the mini-series left, so hopefully she starts liking it better.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Settle in for an alternate take on Troegenator. An extended stay in bourbon barrels has transformed this fiercely loved double bock into a nuanced layer cake of toasted coconut, creme brûlée, and whiskey-soaked oak. Way back when, Troegenator caught everyone – including us – by surprise, but putting it in barrels was a sure thing. Opulent, silky and downright otherworldly, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Troegenator is for the believers.”

Random: This beer comes in at 25 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of off-white head. It dissipated quickly and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with bourbon, charred wood and vanilla. The taste had a bit more depth. It had a lot of nuttiness along with sweet caramel. There was some raisin as well. The bourbon was huge on the flavor and was a bit overwhelming. The alcohol on this was noticeable. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with bourbon and char. I enjoyed this beer, it was just a bit intense on the bourbon.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Flying Mouflan – Bourbon Barrel Aged

Awhile back, Val and I took a weekend trip to Pittsburgh. On the way out there, we stopped at Troegs brewery for lunch. I hadn’t been to Troegs since 2010, when they were still located in Harrisburg. While I was there, I picked up a bomber of Flying Mouflan, which had just won a gold at GABF that year. So, I was interested to try this version, because I really enjoyed the regular version.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Some beers just belong in barrels, and Flying Mouflan – a resiny, chocolatey giant of a barleywine ale – is one of them. We pour every drop we brew into bourbon barrels, taming the sharpness of the hops and uncovering layers of salted caramel, pecan pie and rum raisin.”

Random: This beer is available in cork and cage bottles only and uses Chinook, Simcoe and Warrior hops.

This beer poured with less than a finger of off white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with a moderate amount of carbonation visible. The nose started with the expected bourbon notes. I picked up vanilla, charred oak and then it transitioned into raisins and figs with some toffee and caramel. The taste was equally complex. It had a decent amount of sweetness with caramel and toffee. There was a pecan note as well. Raisins came through next with figs and dates. The bourbon notes were at the end with vanilla, charred oak and brown sugar. It had a bit of alcohol burn as well, which given the ABV, was to be expected. It had a heavy and chewy body, but had enough carbonation to lighten it up a bit. The finish was sticky and sweet with caramel and toffee. This was an exceptional beer. I really enjoyed the regular version and the bourbon barrel aging just turned it up a notch. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Troegs LolliHop

Tonight’s beer is one of the newer beers from Troegs. It came out the week after we visited the brewery.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When we make our annual pilgrimage to the hop-growing hotbed of Yakima Valley, we’re like kids in a candy store. We eyeball the hops on the bines, crush them in our hands and rub them til their oils fill the air. LolliHop brings together three of our favorites. Dry-hopping with Citra and Mosaic layers in notes of orange, grapefruit and melon, while Azacca in the kettle adds hints of papaya and pineapple. Locally harvested rustic pale malt provides the backbone, and wheat and oats make this beer silky smooth with a touch of haze.”

Random: I don’t know how I didn’t notice how terrible this photo was.

This beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright orange in color. Due to the cloudiness, I could not see any carbonation. The nose had a lot of citrus up front. I picked up orange zest, grapefruit pith and lemon juice. There was an apple note as well with a touch of honeydew. I didn’t pick up any tropical fruit in the nose. The taste had a bit more tropical fruit, though. I picked up mango and pineapple and then it transitioned into a lot of grapefruit segments. The body was on the medium side with just enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with grapefruit. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Golden Thing

Val and I are going to Pittsburgh in March and we’re going to try to make a stop at Troegs. I went to Troegs years ago, when it was still in Harrisburg and I was going to Gettysburg. I’ve heard the new space is really nice and I love their rebranding. Val got me a beer tray and a shirt from them for Christmas.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hunting the fields during hop harvest, we were stopped in our tracks by the otherworldly lemon notes of a hop called Lemondrop. We just had to build a beer around it. Our HopCyclone circulates Lemondrop’s citrusy oils throughout Golden Thing, and dry-hopping with Lemondrop and Centennial leads to juicy layers of fresh lemonade, pinesap, and sweet citrus.”

Random: This beer uses Troegs’s house ale yeast.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was golden-yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with a lot of lemon rind and lemon pith. There was also some sweet, caramel malts. The taste started with toasted grains and quickly went into lemon zest and then there was honey sweetness that followed up. There was a candied orange note along with some pine needles. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with candied oranges and lemon zest. A pounder can was $3.50, which came to $.22 per ounce. I thought this beer was alright, I just wish it had a bit more than lemon notes. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Troegs The Mad Elf Grand Cru

I was so excited when Troegs announced they were putting out a grand cru version of Mad Elf. It took me awhile to find it, but when I did, I couldn’t wait to review it.

ABV: 11%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’ve been wanting to do this for a while now. Twenty years in just feels right. If you know Tröegs, you know The Mad Elf, the mischievous belle of the holiday beer ball that helped put our little brewery on the map. In your hands is the Director’s Cut. Tart Balaton cherries – loads of them – make all the difference. Bottle-conditioned and flush with notes of cinnamon and clove, this beer begs to be shared. Take a bottle home, gather your friends, and cherish the cherries.”

Random: I still need to make my way to the new Troegs brewery.

The beer poured with a half finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass, but did leave a slight crown on top of the body. The body was a dark reddish-brown with only slight visible carbonation due to the dark color of the body. The nose was filled with Belgian yeast, cherries and lots of cinnamon and clove. The taste was more of the same. It was like a dialed up version of the original with lots of cherries and honey. It transitioned into yeast and then lots of holiday spice with clove, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. There was a touch of vanilla and the end of the sip, along with some heat from the booze. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cherry and booze. I picked this bottle up for $15.99, which came to $.73 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot, but could have used a year of age to tame the booze.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0