Friends Giving (2021)
Double Nickel Brewing Company

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Double Nickel Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
New England IPA
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3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Sep 06, 2022
Nov 11, 2021
Notes: Collaboration with Cape May Brewing Co., Tonewood Brewing, Urban Village Brewing Company, Source Brewing

We know you’ve all been wondering and asking…..well rejoice – it’s here and the tradition continues!! It’s finally that special friends and family time of year now that we’ve hit November! So who’s ready for the latest batch of Friends Giving?! We teamed up with the usual suspects; our friends from Tonewood, Cape May, Urban Village, and Source Brewing to brew the latest and greatest version of our “potluck style IPA” with all of the proceeds once again going to support local charities fighting food insecurity. Friends Giving is an initiative of our CollaborAid charity, which has the mission of turning creativity, camaraderie, community, and collaboration into support for feeding local families struggling to put food on the table.⁣⁣

This year’s version of our 7% ABV Friends Giving Style Hazy IPA features Amarillo, Idaho 7, and Citra.

For 2021 we’ve partnered again with the 4 amazing local organizations of Cathedral Kitchen, Virtua Mobile Farmers Market, Philabundance, and The Community FoodBank of NJ to help those in need right here in the New Jersey and Philadelphia area that we love to call home.
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
It looks like a typical modern hazy IPA. There's way too much starchy foam atop the liquid that was slowly decanted from a pint can into the opening of a clear glass Imperial pint mug. The foam eventually recedes enough so most of the can's contents fit into the vessel. The brew is a not so opaque, but slightly dull golden amber. The aroma is soft, but what is there is reminiscent of fruity hops. There is a defined separation of starch and hops to taste. First noticed is the sweetness of the grains, which seems to be provided largely by barley malt and oats. Pleasantly, the hops are less fruity and more bitter than expected. The fruitiness is somewhat present, but it's more like apple or pear, rather than tropical or citrusy. The worse aspect of being short on a good barley malt backbone here stops at the appearance. The white foam recedes unevenly and the glass lacing is irregular and scant. But after that, this isn't bad at all. The differing taste sensations, a sweet starch base with bitter hops, is in good balance. Mainly, it starts sweet and finishes drier and bitter. During the finish, a little welcomed earthiness also makes its appearance. The body is supple enough to carry the various taste characteristics. This is a collaboration from Philadelphia area micros that gives evidence to the wealth of good local craft beer available in and around the City of Brotherly Love.
Sep 06, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Great Names on Label here, sadly did not find product to match. This hazy has a bite & acidic quality not to my liking. No soft and juicy hazy beer here.
Jan 06, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by cp45 from New Jersey

Nov 23, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania

Nov 16, 2021
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked this up over the weekend at Double Nickel, as it was my first time at the brewery. Found out about this via Source and I was glad to see that they had a hand in this collaboration. Of course, the label was lovely and the idea behind this was as well, but the beer was on par with the intent as I would easily grab a can of this to celebrate the season, since this was a fine IPA that was easy to enjoy!

The pour to this was a murky gold with a moderate head topping it off as the lacing left behind was mostly spotty except for a few thin and rocky rings near the top of my pint glass. Lots of wheat, deep stone fruit, turbid citrus, and a hint of booze in the nose as the taste nicely followed suit. Mango pulp, apricot, jack fruit, dank weed, Hawaiian Punch, and deep hops hit the palate as this was a venerable fruit cocktail with much more brightness and heft to it than what I had in my lunchbox growing up. Well-rounded, full bodied, and subtly sticky on my lips in the aftertaste as the carbonation was light.

The same could be said for the alcohol, although I did feel a bit of warming before finishing this off. Dated 11/4 on the bottom of the can, this was a solid IPA that had plenty going for it and was practically a meal on in can. Given the cause that this was brewed for, that seemed appropriate as there was so much going on here that coalesced nicely in the end with the Idaho 7 leading the way. Glad I was able to get down to Pennsauken to get my hands on this!
Nov 11, 2021
Friends Giving (2021) from Double Nickel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 5 ratings