Vault Breakfast Stout

I’ve never actually had a stout with breakfast, but I feel like I need to try it for “research” purposes.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “BREAKFAST STOUT NITRO CAN™ RELEASE. More Nitro Cans coming your way on Sunday, Feb 21! This release marks the biggest ever Nitro Can run we’ve done thus far from our humble little brewery. We have 135 cases to make available to the public beginning at noon this Sunday, which means we can permit up to a one case limit per person. 4-Packs will cost $15 each. About the beer…This year’s Breakfast Stout clocks in at a cool 7.3% ABV and was packaged in 12oz cans. The recipe consists of malted oats, Vermont maple syrup, Colombian coffee beans, vanilla, and lots of specialty malt. The coffee aromas erupt from the glass but the flavors tell a more complicated story with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramelized sugar, and roasted malt with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Join us on Sunday to pick up your case and cheers to breakfast-in-a-can”

Random: I need to bring some oatmeal to work. I never eat breakfast.

The brew poured with a thick, one finger, cream-colored head. It took awhile to go away and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with smoke, coffee, roasted malts and oatmeal. It had a bitter note as well. The taste was overwhelmingly ashy. It had smoke and espresso. I was missing chocolate and oatmeal on this. The flavors were so heavy that I feel like it was misnamed as a breakfast stout. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation, which needed to be dialed up. The finish took way too long and was like licking an ashtray. The can was $3.75, direct from the brewery, which came to $.31 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this one. There are many other, better examples of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Vault Rye Pale Ale

Our two younger cats are getting to be a lot more snuggly. All three now greet me at the door when I come home. It makes it a bit harder to get through the door. All three just tried to climb on the computer, so I had to bribe them with treats to get them to let me post this.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For this batch, we decided to go a different direction from the Coffee Stouts. We wanted to see what a nitro would do to a Rye Pale Ale. The spicy character of the rye balances the smoothness of the nitrogen and the vigorous pouring releases all those great hop aromas from the whole flower Simcoe we used in the dry-hop. It’s unique and unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. As with the prior releases, we will be opening our doors at noon on Sunday (28th). There will be a 1 case limit per person”

Random: I need to keep better track of how much I pay for beers that I get from breweries.

The beer poured with a full finger of pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was somewhat cloudy and mahogany in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with citrus notes and flower notes and rye. It had a brown bread note as well. The taste started with the same rye and brown bread note. It transitioned into flowers, but didn’t have much citrus on the taste. It had an overly thin body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with rye. This beer was a bit one note to me, and I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Vault High And Dry IPA

When I got home from Ohio, Val took me to Vault for a late lunch. Next to Vault is a small, local food market. We bought a blackberry and lime jam that paired absolutely perfectly with cheese. We just finished it and I need to get more. It was expensive, but definitely worth it.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A bright and pungent IPA hopped with Mosaic, Sorachi Ace, and Cascade. Notes of mandarine orange, blueberry, lemon, and apricot. Finishes fruity, bitter, and dry.”

Random: One of the best things at Vault is the beet salad and the hummus plate is outstanding too.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It went away almost instantly, but it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lemongrass from the Sorachi Ace hops. It had some white grape notes as well. The taste was also a lot of the Sorachi Ace hops. Lemongrass, basil and other green vegetal notes came out. There was light tropical hops to it as well that offered up some pineapple notes. It finished up with crackery malt. The body was on the light side with high carbonation. The finish was quick with lemon grass. This was one of the better beers that I’ve had from Vault and I also love anything with Sorachi Ace in it. If it’s on tap when you make a visit, order a pint.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Vault Amber Saison

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Vault. I can’t remember if I’ve ever had a saison aged in a gin barrel, but it sounded like it would be a combination that would work for the style. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the dark fruit as much as I got the gin barrel, but I think it varies based on the batch. Let’s see what other notes I picked up.


ABV: 7.1%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aged in gin barrels for 8 months. Fruity and spicy with notes of dark cherry, fruitcake, and sherry with a mild tartness.”

Random: Gin is one of the spirits that I’ve developed an affinity for, although I don’t have it much.

The brew poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, mahogany color with generous carbonation. The nose was filled with juniper, pine and then went into the typical scents of a saison with yeast and lemon. The taste had oak and gin with juniper. It then went into notes of wheat, lemon verbena and cucumber. It had a touch of booze at the end of the sip. The body was on the thin side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and herbal finish. This was one of the more unique beers that I’ve ever had from Vault. I was impressed by this one and I would have it again in a second. If you see it on tap, order a glass of it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Vault German IPA

Since Vault is just across the river from us, we end up there with relative frequency. We really enjoy a beet salad that they have, along with their hummus plate, which has outstanding bread. Their beer selection is also quite solid and the taps change with a lot of frequency and they always have a lot of different styles on tap. If you haven’t been to Vault, I would highly recommend going, although some of their food is a bit expensive.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with German pale malt and hopped with Mandarina Bavaria, Huell Melon, and Hallertau Blanc. Notes of spicy hop, orange creamsicle, tangerine, and lemon pith”

Random: Creamsicle seems to be a flavor that a lot of beers try to hit, but it’s difficult to nail.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left some lacing on the glass. The nose was very bright and fragrant. I picked up honeydew, Mandarin oranges, grass and white grapes. The taste started with the same citrus notes of Mandarin oranges and orange zest. It quickly went into tomato and cucumber with grass. The honeydew note came through at the end along with tangerine juice. The malt was muted with lightly toasted white bread cubes. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick and bright with tangerine. This was a drinkable beer and paired well with my meal. It just didn’t wow me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Vault Mosaic Imperial IPA

Val and I headed out to Vault Brewing in Yardley, PA for an early dinner one night. It’s about 15 minutes from the house and normally the wait to eat there is pretty long. Since we went early, we got a table right away and I ordered this beer.


ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tropical fruit, blueberry, and tangerine aromas leap out of the glass, followed by flavors of apricot and fresh pine needles. Juicy and complex with a hidden alcohol warmth.”

Random: Everything we have left on the DVR are shows that I have to watch with Val, so I’ve moved on to Netflix.

This beer poured with a one finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange color with very little carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of tropical fruit, specifically pineapple, mango and grapefruit. Some star fruit came through as well. There was a significant berry note too. The taste had notes of honeydew, pineapple, star fruit and blueberries. There were notes of grapefruit segments in the background as well. I didn’t pick up much malt and the alcohol was well-integrated. The body was light for an imperial IPA with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with blueberries and grapefruit flesh. I enjoyed this beer quite a lot. Mosaic hops are in almost every IPA these days and this beer is a good example of the flavors of the individual hop. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Vault Simarillo Dark IPA

This was the second beer that we tried during our last visit to Vault. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a black IPA on their taplist, so I was really interested to see their interpretation.


ABV: 6.6%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Cascadian Dark Ale hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo. Notes of pine, resin, bitter coffee, charred pecans, roast, and a hint of stone fruit.”

Random: This comes in at 77 IBUs.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick tan head that took forever to dissipate. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the lack of lighting and the color of the beer. The nose had a lot piney hops and quickly went into roasted malts with smoke. There wasn’t much citrus, at least on the nose. The taste started really roasty with notes of cocoa powder and smoke and then transitioned into pine sap. It had some pine needles to it as well, but I didn’t pick up on the stone fruit or the charred pecans, which I think would have helped to give the beer some complexity. There was bitter coffee that came through after a few sips. The body was very light for the style and had a lot of carbonation, so there wasn’t any issues throwing this one back. It had a long finish with roasted malts, cocoa and pine resin. As I said, I didn’t have any problems drinking the beer, but it didn’t do anything amazing with the style. If you’re looking for a beer to give someone just getting into the style, this wouldn’t be a bad option.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Vault Trial And Error #149 – Wassail

Since Vault is 15 minutes from my house, we end up there quite often. It’s been really crowded lately, but they have a new app where you can get in line before you get there. If you plan on going, I highly suggest it. This beer is one that is only brewed once as a pilot batch, as they do every Tuesday.


ABV: 4.8%

Style: Dunkelweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Come into Vault any Tuesday and you’ll find a new beer on tap as part of our experimental Trial & Error Series! The idea here is that we make a small amount (5-15 gal) of a special beer designed to test one or more specific ingredients. We typically do these types of experiments in the brewery, but once a week, we give you the chance to peek behind the curtain and give us your insight into the beer related decisions we make here every day. We’ll be experimenting with new styles, hops, yeast strains, adjuncts, etc. Try a glass for only $3 and fill out the attached card to let us know what you think.”

Random: Pardon the candle in the picture, but there wasn’t any way to ascertain the color without it.

The beer poured with less than a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body appeared to be a very cloudy, brownish red color with no visible carbonation, but as mentioned every time that I go there, the lighting isn’t great. The nose had the expected holiday spices with brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger. It also had some banana and wheat. The taste had a lot of apple skins and juice, then I picked up some brown sugar, molasses, wheat and a maraschino cherry character. The spice was muted in the taste, but I still picked up cinnamon. It had a thick body with low carbonation. The finish was a moderate length and sweet from all of the fruit. I enjoyed the beer, but I could see it becoming cloying if I had more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Vault 5-Cs IPA

I really like Vault in Yardley, Pennsylvania. It’s about 9 minutes from my house and they have some really nice beer. Their food is really good as well, although their menu is pretty limited. The only complaint that I have is service is hit or miss. This time, we had a really snarky server, so it was more towards miss. Let’s see how this IPA was.


ABV: 6.4%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with five ‘c’ hops: cascade, centennial, citra, chinook and columbus. This beer has a huge citrus punch with a pleasant bitterness. Notes of tangerine, grapefruit, orange-creamsicle, guava, and tropical fruit.”

Random: One of my kittens is named Citra. The other one is Simcoe.

This was the other beer that I had at Vault. As was the case with the last beer, I had it as part of their $5 tankard fill special, so there won’t be a lot of comments on the color of the beer or the head. From what I could see, it had a half a finger of slightly off white head. It left limited lacing on the inside of the tankard. The nose was pungent with grapefruit and immediately went into strong, tropical fruit. I picked up pineapple, mango and passion fruit. There was citrus there too. The taste was just as complex. I picked up a lot of grapefruit flesh with oranges and then back to the tropical fruit notes. Mango and passion fruit were stronger than the pineapple on the taste. It was moderately bitter without being overwhelming. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tropical fruit. This was a really enjoyable IPA, but in a field so saturated with them, it’s not the best I’ve ever had.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Vault Kolsch

Kolsch isn’t a style that I tend to gravitate towards. But, for some reason, I was really in the mood for one and Vault had theirs on tap. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our German ‘lagered’ ale. Clean and crisp with notes of white grape, fresh grain, white cracker, and a hint of tree fruit.”

Random: It’s been almost a year since I reviewed a kolsch.

Vault had an Oktoberfest event where you could buy a glass (or in this case, a tankard) for $10 and you got $5 fills for the rest of the day. I really liked the tankard, so I got one. As a result, there will not be a lot of commentary on the color or head of the beer. From what I could see from the top of the mug, it appeared to have a thick, white head that was about two fingers. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing. The nose was very clean with grass, grapes and saltine crackers. The taste was light and clean. It had the same grass, but also some white grape juice, cracker and a hint of sweetness at the end. It had a thinner body with high carbonation. It had a quick and clean finish with cracker. This was a really light beer, but had a lot of good flavor. It was really crushable and went well with the wurst platter that I got to eat. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0