New Beer Sunday (week 601)

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  1. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,434) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    Let's go with another sour beer for #2. I have had this beer in the form of a couple ounce pull off a keg, which was enjoyable. However, it's taken me a while to purchase and now drink this beer. Let's see what New Belgium has done with the newest of their Lips of Faith Series (to me), Flowering Citrus Ale:

    Gotta love New Belgium's site for this beer (and not just the funky but cool 3D scrolling effect):

    And I think I'll compare my experience versus their statements:
    Can't argue with this, but they are being shy about the lovely fluffy white head that sits atop their beer. Loads of lacing early as the foam slowly settles.

    Okay - I definitely get the floral note - but it's not as fragrant as I expected. I don't really get the lemony note either (maybe deep in the background), but I do get a musty funkiness. Overall it seems more like an edge of the woods wildflower patch than a rose garden.

    Actually the taste brings out the floral additions more than the nose did. Opening up I get the impression of a floral tea with a few petals drifting around in it. I'd go more funky again here versus tart. Generally earthy/herbal, I'm not getting too much sweetness here (thogh notice a little more with a warmer beer). I also do get the lemon note in the back, almost exactly where I'd expect it to be given what I barely noticed on the nose.

    I'd go crisp, fairly smooth, fairly clean, mostly refreshing. Definitely not puckering. Medium light body, moderately low carbonation.


    This is a bit strange. I really did enjoy the sip of this beer I had. This beer, despite its looks, seemed a bit flat - and I don't just mean the feel. The flavors didn't pop like I'd have like, and seemed to meld together too well - to the point of cancelling each other to a degree; not completely muddled but more than I'd like considering some of the notes are subtle in nature.

    I did grab a sip of my GF's pour, and it seemed a tad better - but not to a large degree. I have two more bottles, so I will get a chance to adjust my review. I may also let it warm up considerably next time, to see if the closer to fridge temps I started analyzing this at was shrouding the beer a tad.
  2. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,515) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    Happy Sunday, NBS folks!

    It is just another not-too-hot-but-so-muggy-and-still-that-it-might-as-well-be kind of day in the paradise that is the island of Montreal. I am back from helping a friend move and am pretty burnt out. I'm not built for the humidity so I just sweat and sweat. The only upside is that I look like the hardest working person there even if I'm not doing anything! So now I am back, lunched, showered and hydrated. Time for a new beer.

    The way Canada's liquor laws are set up—thanks to Prohibition—the individual provinces are basically like their own countries. As such, it is difficult or impossible (in the case of Quebec) to get beers from anywhere else. Luckily, this has meant that Quebec has arguably the best and most diversified beer industry/culture of the country (I'm sure there are some Canadian BAs that would dispute that, but there's no arguing that the province brews lots of good beer). However, now that the industry is taking off everywhere it makes one want to try les bières d'ailleurs. Luckily, thanks to the generosity of a couple wonderful guys up here I am getting to try different beers from across the country (a romantic way of saying “from Ontario.” Here goes a new one from Waterloo, Ontario.


    Pretty label art of an angelic hop fighting a demonic one. I have no idea how I got the whole bottle to disappear under the cap like that....

    This beer is a "hopfenweisse." Like many, hefes were my first love and as far as hybrid styles go this one is among my favorites. I feel like the added body and yeast character can really go well with hops. Sometimes, though, that couldn't be further from the truth. We'll have to see about this one.


    It takes three pours to get it all into my new found catch-all lager glass. On the whole, the beer is a hefeweizen with hops and not a WheatPA, which I am glad for. It is nice to see style mixing that doesn't immediately aim for the big, bold crowd-pleasing option. It is very doughy with some light spice from the yeast. The hops impart some orange rind and some grassiness.


    Obligatory head porn.


    It is a nice beer and I'm glad to have tried it. Thanks a ton, Steve!

    Cheers, everybody!

    My review is here.
    #42 TheDoctor, Aug 28, 2016
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  3. woodchipper

    woodchipper Meyvn (1,328) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut

    This is a lager. They also have an IPA but I have not had it yet. Their Bohemian Pilzner kicks ass.
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  4. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,515) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    I dig the idea of comparing notes with the brewers! I know sometimes I will look at the label or website or whatever and be either (a) happy that I am so amazing as to have come up with the same descriptor as them; or (b) wondering what they were smoking when they wrote their blurb.:rolling_eyes:
  5. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,515) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    HAHA! It's even written on the label. So, to add to the list, I am judgmental and I can't read. lol
    #45 TheDoctor, Aug 28, 2016
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  6. woodchipper

    woodchipper Meyvn (1,328) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut

    Back with another. Single Cut has yet to disappoint me. This is a very New England style IPA. Almost like grapefruit juice with no actual fruit.
    Pizza oven is fired up. Trying a completely new dough today. I have one more new beer today, Hopefully I will get it in a shot with a pie to post here later.
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  7. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,853) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Your review certainly had me salivating for it. Man, I'd love to see that brewery begin to actually distribute their beers. Granted I've only had one from them, but it was awesome.
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  8. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (8,318) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    FWIW, I just went and left a comment in the comment section, changing the score to a 9.1.
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  9. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,841) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    G' afternoon NBS-ers!

    Today's entry for me was a complete surprise find at my local ABC Fine Wine & Spirits store!

    Off Color Brewing: Apex Predator

    Let's get to it!!

    Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my JK Snorkel glass. Bottle on date: July 13, 2016.

    The look is a hazy/cloudy orange-yellow body with no head to it whatsoever. No lacing left in the glass either.

    Aromas of light funk and a little sourness with tropical fruits and citrus. Smells like a spiked tropical drink you would get while on vacation in the Caribbean.

    Taste has plenty of that funky farmhouse ale that you would expect, but there's an underlying sweetness to it and nice hoppy finish.

    Light mouth feel; the carbonation is fizzy at first and then it mellows out immediately and finishes with a dryness.

    Overall, a fabulous Farmhouse Ale that drinks so easy and has such subtle flavors, it is so refreshing. There's not a lot of that farmhouse funk that you get with other's.

  10. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,853) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Greetings, fellow NBSers and thanks to @utopiajane for getting us underway,

    Whew! It was only 74 degrees when I was outside, but it felt warmer. Maybe because I actually forced myself to take a long walk for the first time since the Spokane complex fires sprung up, although there's been plenty of smoke from other regional fires as well, chiefly the one out on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

    No new beers during the week apart from a pint of Back To The Future, a Breakside/Fremont collaboration IPA, consumed at Barley's Brew Hub in Kennewick, WA, on Monday afternoon.

    Starting off NBS today with a beer that I have technically reviewed before, but the original version was a coffee stout when it was on daft, but once available in bottles became a Coffee Vanilla Stout. Incidentally, this is one of a very few beers from Orlison that is a.) not a lager and b.)available in a bottle rather than a can. As far as I know, it's only available at the Orlison Tap Room in Spokane.




    LOOK Nice color and khaki head, decent lace, though the latter was not very long lived. On the second pour, things were better looking, with a two-finger thick, creamy head that took it's time falling. 4

    SMELL At least at first, the nose is more subdued than when I first growlered this beer a number of months ago, but I think it's more a case of dialing back a crazy amount of coffee than anything else. There is a little more vanilla in the nose than I remember, but nevertheless plays 2nd fiddle to the coffee. There's a slightly earthy thing going on as well that I can't quite pin down. Well balanced. 4

    TASTE More balanced than the original in the flavor department (unlike the original, this is not like getting kicked in the head by a Bruce Lee made of coffee) , but the coffee still leads the charge. For once in a great while, I am able to praise a brewery for using a light touch when it comes to vanilla. The combination seems to create a pleasant, nutty undertone. Finishes on a very lightly dry note. 4.25

    MOUTHFEEL Fairly full body, with a creamy mouthfeel. 4

    OVERALL While I rather liked the crazy amount of coffee flavor that was in the original version of this beer, it's definitely more refined tasting now. There's no trace of the weirdly clashy bitterness at the finish that was a memorable part of my first experience with this beer. I will definitely come back to this, especially this coming fall. 4.25

    Back later with a big barrel-aged stout from a box from the inimitable @beertunes

    My friend Stephanie doing a Radiohead cover

    If I could play piano 1/10th as well as her, I'd be a very happy man.
  11. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,880) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    One of my faves, and your description has me salivating for some. Great job!
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  12. GRPunk

    GRPunk Meyvn (1,246) Apr 5, 2007 Michigan

    Last day of Summer Vacation

    Long time, no see. I started the summer with an NBS entry, and the best intentions to get back on a weekly routine. An awesome summer break with the family meant something had to give. Anyway...

    It's a great summer day in West MI. Skies are blue and the temps are warm without stifling. Today's brew seems made for the weather.

    Vivant does a nice job with this tropical saison. It's a nice mix of traditional flavor and an addition of summer sweetness. The full review will get entered when I hit the laptop. Marks were in the 3.75-4.25 range, with an overall 4.0. I'd definitely pick up a 4-pack for the beach if it's offered again next summer. It's a refreshing, easy drinker.

  13. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,841) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Thanks! I wasn't even looking to buy anything else, other than the DFH SeaQuench Ale and the CCB White Oak Jai Alai when I stopped at the store.....but this one just called out to me!
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  14. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Poo-Bah (2,114) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    Thanks to Maria once again for a great kickoff. Been a busy few days. Just back from Westchester NY after dropping my daughter off to college. Ill have to do this one more time- she will be a senior next year. Then the house will empty- although my sons back home for now. You bitch and complain sometimes but when you see them go a piece of your heart goes with them. Anyhow new job coming also so things are going in the right direction.
    Todays brew is from my good friend Seans brewery Revival. Gonna try to be as non-biased as possible. I will say I appreciate so much all the hard work he and is team have put together to build this brand from scratch. A very difficult task in this modern craft world. The Beer:

    REVIVAL UP SHIP KRIEK Lambic-Style Sour Ale aged in wine barrels.
    Pours a dark- reddish burgundy color with a quickly receding tan head and some spotty lacing.
    Aroma is lots of dark ripened black cherry combined with over ripened pear and a vinous red wine character with a hint of vanillin from oak.
    Taste is loads of wild cherry - very ripe - but with the nice bitterness you get from that fruit when picked fresh. Its tart also, but leaning towards a pleasant sourness. The sweet fruit blends very well with the red wine notes. There is ever so slightly a funkiness from the yeast but its barely detectable with the mouthful of fruit. Theres also a rustic type of pure maple syrup thing going on.
    Feel is very fine throat drying carbonation with a tart to sour. The body is not what you would expect and I think its one of the things that sets this apart- nice and light with flavors that linger but the sweetness is not cloying. The beer is refreshing in that sense.
    Overall a truly different take on this style.I would expect nothing less from a brewer who sticks his thumb up at the norm. Whether you like it or not he's doing it his way. He's not going to be brewing any "hopped up water". (I asked LOL) . This is something I can really dig. Give it a try.
    Thanks for taking the time- have a great Sunday Evening!!

  15. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Savant (996) Apr 2, 2011 New York

    Happy Sunday NBS players. Hot and humid here on the island. Spent most of the day pretty much doing nothing. Watched the mets get beat up by the shit Phillies, and when it cools off a bit, in the evening, I might get off my ass and venture out for some yard work. A big three day weekend to look forward to this week but its hard to believe that September is just about here.

    My new beer today is Fat Tug IPA, from Driftwood brewing co. in Victoria B.C. aka god damn Canada. The brew comes in with a 7% abv, and a bottle date of 7/30/16.

    A light golden amber pour with a straw yellow hew. No clarity, and subtle carbonation. The nose is subtle but hoppy and sweet. A soft and juicy start on the drinking. A big hoppy/bitter punch to the face on the flow and a pretty clean finish. The bitterness really increases the more I drink it. I can't really pinpoint one particular hop but it seems to really be a mix of a bunch of them. The hop flavors are all over the place with bitter pine, resin, grapefruit, and lots of other tropical fruit notes. I'm getting grapefruit, lemon, lime, and mango. The mouth feel is pretty moderate and really seems to carry a slight alcohol burn.

    Overall, I think the 94 ba score is a bit over-rated but this is pretty good hop juice. I'm right around the low 4's but a bit lower on the nose.
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  16. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Gorgeous photos! =) Cheers!
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  17. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (8,318) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Great beer name!
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  18. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (8,318) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Probably my last NBS entry for the day, I'm heading over to my friend Chris' (he's a butcher) as he's smoking some beef, and is going to make teriyaki. Yup, BBQ'd teriyaki! here's a perfectly serviceable Pale from that city across Lake Washington from Seattle:
  19. lic217

    lic217 Champion (875) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut

    Excited to finally get to try a beer from Foam Brewers. This is there DIPA called Pavement (8.2% ABV). My sister and brother-in-law brought some back from their trip to VT this past weekend. I suggested to them that they should stop there based on what I read in a forum post created by none other then Cavedave. I never heard of the brewery before reading Cavedave's post and they never heard of it until I mentioned it. They said it was a nice place and the beers were very good. I wish I got to Se the place, but at least I get to try the beer. They also were nice enough to bring me their IPA Nameless and a Brett Saison Freak Incident. I look forward to trying those throughout the week.

    Last Sunday I made a batch of Habanero crushed peppers, did the same this Sunday. I have one habanero plant and it must have given me about 50 peppers. I also through in a few cayenne peppers as well into the crushed pepper moisture this week. I think I got about 150 cayenne peppers from one cayenne pepper I planted in the garden this summer. Been eating a few of them each morning with eggs. This was my first year growing either. In year's past I did Portugal peppers. It's been a great summer for the garden and I have had to buy very little vegetables besides garlic and onions.
    Look: Pineapple/orange juice especially after the head fades, which is very quick. Almost no lacing. 2.5
    Smell: Big Tropical Hops! Cannot smell much else, but a bit of resin once it warms 4.25
    Taste: Big Tropical Hops! Starts sweet and ends with a very soft bitterness. I little spice and resin on the finish. Absolutely no alcohol (no matter how hard I try to taste it). 4.25
    Feel: Smooth, low carbonation, extremely drinkable 4.5
    Overall: Pleasant drinking experience but very little complexity. It tastes like tropical hop beer juice. Maybe the most drinkable >8% ABV beers I have ever had. That is both good and bad. This is as good as any of the 7 trillium cans that I drank the last couple of weeks and definately significantly better then a couple of them. I think the beer from trillium it most reminds me of is DDH Fort Point. 4.25
  20. StraightNoChaser

    StraightNoChaser Poo-Bah (2,313) Oct 21, 2007 Georgia
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  21. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Poo-Bah (2,114) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    Its a killer name- really took some thought- and the story behind it is what cements it
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  22. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (8,318) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    How the hell didja score that?! I live reasonably close to Victoria, and we don't see their stuff here.
  23. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (6,999) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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  24. Bluecrow

    Bluecrow Poo-Bah (1,804) Jul 16, 2012 New York

    -visiting Singlecut and I found an entry for New Lager Sunday.
    This is their EL34, an IPL that holds a 3.8% A.B.V.
    -fine carbonation, expected bread-malt and smoothness. Hop presence is moderate in both aroma and flavor. I'd write more but I'm trying to stay married.
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  25. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,515) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    Dirty god damn Canada! It's that there aren't nearly enough good IPAs up here so people tend to be really hyped up for the handful of good ones.
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  26. foundersasap

    foundersasap Disciple (306) Feb 2, 2015 Michigan

    Back from vacation in the Upper peninsula of Michigan, beautiful remote area, abundant lakes, forests, and more forests. Bells Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba which only distributes to UP and northern Wisconsin, I was able to try their UPA, a solid pale ale and the Lager here called Upper Hand Lager. Both solid beers, wish I'd bough more. This is a crisp, medium body, slightly hoppy and well balanced malt backbone. Could crush these all day! Cheers

  27. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Finally off work... now I can DRINK!


    Picked this up in Ohio back in June when stopping in Cleveland on my way back from Firefly in Dover. I had never heard of this brewery before, but I was intrigued by the specific style, and the fact it was from New Zealand. Naturally, I had to give it a go.

    Appearance: Gorgeous. Not as dark as I had anticipated. Copper colored with excellent clarity. Two finger, creamy head on top that dies down to half a finger that lingers, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

    Smell: Strangely fruity, with plums and dates/prunes actually being somewhat prominent. Underneath that there's a complimentary light roast coffee that really fits in well. There's a slight "dirty" aroma to it that I tend to pick up in brown ales as well. Doesn't SMELL like it's 8%, but it does smell very nice.

    Taste/feel: Like the nose almost perfectly, but with a little more coffee, thankfully. Starts with plums and dates/prunes with some sweetness, before there's a really clean and pure coffee flavor with just a bit of bitterness. The finish is bittersweet, tasting of malt, light roast coffee, and dried fruit. The feel is silky, but with a great prickly carbonation at the same time that opens up the taste buds -- the mouthfeel may be the best part of this beer, and it's a pretty damn good beer already. I don't taste or feel the 8% at all on this... I feel like it could very well be 6% and I'd have no idea.

    Very, very good... I didn't know what to expect from a craft beer from New Zealand, but I was pleasantly surprised, and would definitely buy this again. I don't remember what I paid for this, though... but still, it's good enough that I'd say it probably warrants a slight premium price. If you happen to see this around, give it a go.

    4.32/5 (+8.3% rDev)

    Cheers, all!
  28. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (4,640) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    [​IMG] Happy NBS, everyone! It's a beautiful beach day. The water temperature is close to 80 degrees. I lost track of time this afternoon but I really want to share my NBS review with you. This is Marbled Buffalo, a Rye Ale aged in bourbon barrels, brewed by Double Nickel Brewing in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Double Nickel is best known for its Vienna Lager but this Rye Ale and its BA Stout are well-regarded. This is a tremendous offering: a beautiful appearance, nice smell, and amazing taste. The best part is the subtle bourbon. You can really taste it but its delicate and only 8% ABV. I have to say, I'm blown away by this stuff and can't wait to try the BA Stout. I usually don't gush like this. I need to visit this brewery soon. Here's my review:

    4.42/5 rDev +1.8%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

    Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass. It pours virtually black but with a pretty, deep ruby hue when held to the sunlight, and two fingers plus of thick, fluffy head and lacing with excellent retention. It looks like a nitro pour; very much like Guinness on draught. It's very attractive in the glass. It smells of roasted malt, rye, vanilla, coconut, and subtle but discernible bourbon. The first taste I noticed is caramel, followed quickly by a very nice base of roasted malt, rye, and black pepper. It has a slight hop taste at the finish. What sets it apart, however, is the bourbon; you can taste it but it's delicate and subtle. It doesn't overpower and there is no alcohol burn. This ale is medium-bodied with a creamy, almost chewy mouthfeel. Its ABV of 8% is just right; it's substantive but very drinkable and without a strong alcohol burn. Overall, this is a superb Rye Beer. It is delicious and full of sensory pleasure. Quite an achievement. I'll seek it out again soon!

    ★ 1,003 characters
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  29. woodchipper

    woodchipper Meyvn (1,328) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut

    New beer, new brewery, new pizza dough.
    The beer is pretty good, hoppy, dry, malt finish. I will try more from this brewery.
    Can't say the same for the dough. Hard to work. Pic says everything. Going back to my old standby recipe, but I will say the flavor was pretty good, probably due to the live yeast starter.
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  30. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (4,640) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Thanks, as always, for a great review! I can't tell you how much I enjoy reading NBS reviews!
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  31. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (4,607) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    More new IPAs! Now up Night Shift The 87, thank you @Doug537.

    4.14/5 rDev -1.7%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

    Thank you Doug537 for this
    16 oz can, dated 7/11/16, poured into a teku

    A- A slightly hazy orange with a two finger white head

    S- Great fruitiness, grapefruit, pineapple, piney/resin, sweet caramel malts.

    T- Citrus, oranges, some grapefruit, some caramel malts, big bitter piney/resiny.

    M- Smooth, medium body.

    O- Tasty DIPA, but not a big stand out. Leans towards the sweet side.

    Still a very enjoyable beer, cheers!
  32. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (4,640) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    It's hard to see them grow up and spend increasingly less time at home. But I'm glad we can be proud to watch them grow into adulthood!
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  33. Samlover55

    Samlover55 Crusader (798) Oct 8, 2015 New York

    It's been awhile since I last posted, and it looks like in the future I won't be able to post on THE greatest thread Beer Advocate has to offer as I much as I would like, but here goes today's new beer.
    Today's new beer is from Singlecut which is local somewhat as I don't live in the city anymore. However the proximity to where I live allows fresh beer that is definitely new to me(except visiting a brewery). This bottle of beer was bottled on 8/24 so it as an amazing 4 days old.
    New Double IPA Sunday
    Singlecut Softly Spoken Magic Spells


    4.16/5 rDev -6.5%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

    16.9oz bottle into Libbey tulip
    Bottled on 8/24 so an amazing 4 days old!
    L- dark gold, a bit hazy, with thin white soapy head dissipating into a ring
    S- smell just explodes as i opened the bottle, strong peach aroma, pine, grapefruit, danky hoppiness as well
    T- grapefruit followed by a mellow creaminess, there is loads of pine on the linger, with a danky finish only 130 IBUs can justify
    F- medium bodied, creamy feel ,high carbonation, nice hop bite, hides alcohol well as all the Singlecut beers I've had do
    O- definitely a solid IIPA but I don't think this is the best Singlecut IPA I've had even if this is the highest rated
    Cheers to the new week BA and NBSers!
  34. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,114) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Things are always different than one may imagine "them" to turn out. My daughter is 34 and my son is 31. My wife and I never knew that they would like home as much as they do. My son lives a mile away and lives in her her old house, which he will be buying from her. He visits often, we eat together a good bit, and our interests are close to identical. She moved to Chapel Hill- an hour away- and we just finished up with an extended visit by the grandsons- 9 and 5. She misses this area, but moved for a nice job in Raleigh. We see both grown children often, mainly because my wife is awesome!
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  35. Hoppy_Time

    Hoppy_Time Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2016 Maine

    Good evening BA, just getting home from upta camp. Spent a nice weekend with the family, picked a bunch of fresh blackberries, and met up for a trade. Today's New brew comes fresh off the canning line over the weekend. The Alchemist Crusher. I expect nothing but hops, glorious hops, from Alchemist IPA'S.


    Typically we describe look first, but you smell this brew long before you ever see it. With the first hiss of the tab the aroma of hops fills the room. Mango and citrus and pear, in a powerful over ripe fruit basket, outlined by flowers and kind of dank, and simply delicious.

    The pour is a hazy golden orange, with a two finger bright white head, minimal lacing, which is expected at 9% ABV, though the head does have good retention.

    The taste is a barrage of hops, a battering ram to the tongue in epic hop flavors. There must be a significant portion of the hop flavor spectrum in here, it's big on mangos and melons in the front mellowing into floral and herbal hops and the finishing with a bold but subdued resinous bitterness.

    Mouthfeel is light and smooth with low carbonation. Alcohol is known but hidden. Finishes quite dry, which plays nicely with the bitterness.

    "You've said nothing of malts though?" Quite right, if they're imparting any flavor I couldn't tell it, they're simply added as yeast food. You can't really knock the brew for it though, since it does tell you right on the can it's 'Oozing with hop flavor and aroma.'

    It's a great hop head brew. If you're in the mood to be bludgeoned to death by hops, this is your beer. This is everything I wanted tonight, hops, glorious hops.
  36. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,707) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Well Hello NBS (not Late Night Edition for a change)

    Thanks as always to Maria @utopiajane for the beautiful start.
    And with my first contribution (of which I hope I will have a few today), I would like to thank our very own @SammyJaxxxx , the magnanimous New Jersey Beer Czar!!!

    Carton Brewing's
    077-08204 East Coast Double India Pale Ale (Dry Hopped w/El Dorado)

    Wow, say that fast five times!
    3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

    Pours a moderately hazy golden to orange. White and tight, the foam bursts northward. Smells citrusy in a gentle grapefruit direction, tropical highlighting melon, and finally a hint of bread malt. Flavor comes through with a stronger hand of grapefruit, then pivots in the direction of earthy tropical fruit, and finally a nuanced dank liquidy resin. Mouthfeel is full enough for me, and slick as well. Carton really puts out some consistent quality. Thanks again New Jersey Beer Czar!

    All I gotta say is, "You had me at Carton...and El Dorado."
  37. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,707) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Thanks. That's even better. I'm going to try this. Much appreciated.
  38. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,707) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    WOW!!! Based on your description: WANT.
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    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,707) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    When you get to choose to go out, it's a good thing.
    When you get carried out, not so much.
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  40. smbslt

    smbslt Savant (914) Dec 26, 2010 Illinois

    I had hoped that the serendipity that sometimes surrounds my shot at posting on this Sunday only symposium was sustained. The entry was strong, as was the suggestion to pick some up. Sadly, this Surly has sold me short.
    Yes it is hoppy and its bitterness is sustained longer than some of the most epic notes ever played on a guitar but that is it. Cloudy gold clears as the head dissolves quickly not giving the lacing a fighting chance. It is a good IPA but only differentiated from all the other IPAs by its can art and a creative writing major's boastful prose.
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