New Beer Sunday (week 606)

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  1. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,979) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Gooood Moorning all you New Beer loving, BIF playing, fine ale recommending, raters, debaters, fact staters, purchase delegaters, taste investigators, pour demonstrators, and beer appropriators. Welcome to New Beer Sunday, Extra Early Get Ready To Enjoy Beer Today edition.

    Once again, in NBS Beer It Forward #4, Monkeys With Knives, an amazing collection of delicious beers has been (and still is being) sent madly across the country by and to fellow NBSers. Today, pretty sure some of those beers will be revealed in all their delicious goodness for the rest of us to drool over. Official Reveal Day, though is Oct. 9.

    If you didn't join the fun this time I recommend you get in on it next time, which should be in about 5 months. I propose the name, 'Monkeys With Bombs'.


    Kinda wish I could do as my co-host, Maria, does and open a breakfast beer, especially as there now are so many new beers in my beer cave. Sadly that will have to wait until after work. Hope you also have some new ones to try. Please save me a seat in the Virtual Saloon.

    Beer has been a friend I've loved who's always done its best to quench my thirst and calm my mien, with elegance and zest. The pleasure in the flavor is to savor all that's fine in a beverage that's always had a second seat to wine. But the skills of mash and boil are those that vintners never need, as well as all the artistry to use the hopbine weed. Yeast wranglers and bug tanglers, a tradition proud and long, beer's a better friend than wine. About this I'm not wrong.

    Vintners are overly glorified gardeners, brewers are underappreciated alchemists.

    Got a new beer to try today? Won't you join us at the virtual tasting table and tell us about it? Love it? Hate it? Meh? Why? How does it taste?smell?look? Remind you of another beer? Recommend it? Doesn't have to be a novel, or link to formal review, just a nice description that tells a story will be appreciated by all of us. And pics. We love the beer porn here for sure.

    Thanks for joining us today, and for keeping NBS fresh, fun, and informative for 11+ years. Cheers!
  2. barflybastard

    barflybastard Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Buddy shared this from a recent trade, first offering I've enjoyed from Other Half (despite my brother visiting NYC frequently and having in-laws on LI). Just the most recent example of East Coast hops spectrum not disappointing. Couple other OH beers in there, as well as some Finback, so looking forward to exploring. Cheers.

  3. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    New Beer Sunday: A new Oktoberfest.

    Mornin' NBSers, with special greetings to those who feel sad that Oktoberfest is almost over for the year (this is the last Sunday of the fest). Also, thanks to @cavedave for the NBS start off.

    The weather here is starting out cool and cloudy but there is hope for a bit of sunshine later and maybe even a couple of days worth to follow. Mostly, the last few days have been cloudy with drizzle and showers here and there, first for this place and then for that place, but at least things are nicely soaked as the trees and bushes ready themselves for the Fall and Winter.

    For a variety of reasons too complicated to explain I’ve been planning and fixing breakfast only for myself today. Being prepped at the moment are breakfast Burritos. My homemade version includes crumbled breakfast sausage that is fried to remove the grease and then mixed in with the scrambling of some nicely spiced eggs. When finished, this is then layered with some hash brown potatoes cooked with a bit of diced, multi-colored sweet peppers. This is all going to be sprinkled with some grated Pepper Jack cheese and a few slices of Jalapeno peppers before being rolled into the pre-warmed tortillas to create the burrito.

    Since this is the last Sunday before the end of Oktoberfest, it seemed a good day to have a new Oktoberfest beer. So today’s new Oktoberfest is Jack’s Abby Copper Legend. With the breakfast in progress being basically Tex-Mex it seemed a reasonable idea to finish off Oktoberfest with a US take on the German style (which at least seems in keeping with the broader theme of blending cultural influences :slight_smile:).

    My review, still in progress and done using the first 8-10 ounces of a 16 oz can (so there’ll be some left to go with breakfast :slight_smile:), can be found here:

    This beer shows off with lots of bready, toasty malt, some light sweetness and a hint of bitterness from the herbal hops. On the whole I’d say it’s both enjoyable and well worth trying. That said, I think I'll concentrate for the next couple of weeks on having more of the Sierra Nevada-Mahr's collaboration Oktoberfest as well as a few more of the Oaktoberfest from Firestone-Walker. For me those two beers have been noticeably more enjoyable to my tastes than most of the other US produced versions of Oktoberfest beer I've had this year (except, of course, for my default Oktoberfest from Sly Fox :slight_smile:).

    Expecting to be back this evening with a 2nd new beer from a small brewery down Virginia way that was a gift a week or so back.

    Cheers, all!
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  4. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,416) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    The breakfast bell is ringing . . .



    look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

    Beautiful clear gold color with a constant stream of tiny bubbles rising from the base of the glass.

    Aroma is a combination of toffiesh malt with hops backing. Clear, clean aromas with neither hop nor malt dominating the other.

    Taste is full on without going over the top. Oh it has all the elements of what I think of as marzen/fest beer, full malty body, rich without sweetness, restrained dryness, hops over, under, around and through accenting everything, just a marzen but a highly polished complex one. Hops come into play mid palate and finish quietly in the mildly rich aftertaste. No one's asking but if they did I'd say don't change a thing.

    Texture is mouth filling medium rich.

    Overall it's a class act, just enough without being too much, easily the best of the amber domestic octos I've had this season.
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  5. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,676) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    A new beer for me, I bought a six of Victory Festbeir on Thursday keeping with the season. Pours a beautiful golden color, maybe a touch towards orange, I'd say more so than most ambers, it seemed alive in the glass. Fantastic head of dense foam and it held a nice bit till the end of my glass. All the expectations were here, nice bready notes on the nose, not much on floral. It drinks about what you'd expect for a Fest beer, soft bread, a little sweet, a touch of hops, definately not as creamy as most of the German efforts, the finish not quite as long. Overall a simple fest beer that was well done and very drinkable if not quite remarkable. The only two Fest beers here that I haven't tried yet are Erdinger and Ayinger, save the odd Fest beer from unknown breweries. Enjoy the day it's football Sunday for me.
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  6. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Good morning you all! I feel like I am late for breakfast and that's because I am. I usually beat you all to it but today I had to get to the store first. Today I have a beer that came as a very pleasant surprise. This is the Great Summer of the Pilsner continued! ( we can call it great now because it was and because now it's fall) O.K.!

    This is O.K. Beer Okocim is a pilsner from Poland. According to their webiste this beer defines the style for them as brewers and is distinct from all the other eruo lagers or euro pils. The brewery was founded in 1845 and is part of the carlsberg group. Carlsberg actually makes a pilsner that is a very good example of that interpretation on the style. And here we are in the controversy with the idea that if a beer diverges just enough form the original style it needs it's own monikers.

    Here is the beer-

    Pours golden and with a creamy fat head of foam that lasted well. Clear and bright. nose is hop forward but not brazen. The first thing you get is soft floral and sweet herbal. The you notice the golden scent of the pils malt. No off scents. No fruity esters form yeast. As for hops they are spicy, peppery and mild. Very beautiful hop that shows you why noble hops are so grand. It shines in this beer and a slight moment of fruitiness form the bittering hop peeks out. it's just a temptation though and is never realized, just like a good german pils. The carbonation is bubbly . That actually is a distinction in the pilsner style. less bubbly or more bubbly. This malt is smooth and graceful and those bubbles accent dryness without losing any malt flavor in the finish. The bitterness is just a tad softer than some and shows all the hops spice and pepper in the clean finish. The malt finishes the beer though and the aftertaste is breaddy with herbal accents. This was an outstanding pilsner!

    I loved this! I went back for more and there wasn't any more! I have paired this beer with sage and mushroom risotto, corncake with peaches and candied rosemary, pizza with smoked gouda and bacon and sage popcorn with lime.


    See that color? No yellow.



    Cheers and Happy New European Pilsner Sunday!
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  7. Im4jojo

    Im4jojo Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2016 Massachusetts

    Good morning all! Thanks for getting us pumped! As usual, I'll be back after my first pot of Joe. Just wanted to say I love the description of brewers being "underappreciated alchemists." I hope to be one of these myself soon!
    Looking forward to reading the posts today! Cheers!
  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,872) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    ‘Summer’ of Pilsners – Something a bit ‘different’

    According to the calendar summer is officially over but the temperatures in Southeastern Pennsylvania seem to say otherwise; the forecast today is for a high of 73. When I was a kid this sort of weather was referred as being Indian Summer; I am uncertain whether this term is still used.

    Well anyway, I figured I would discuss one more Pilsner as part of my series of Summer of Pilsners.

    This Pilsner is quite a bit on the ‘different’ side as discussed on the can of Tired Hands Trendler Pilsner:

    “Trendler is our Old World meets New World Pilsner. Brewed with wheat. Well hopped with Citra. We brew and can this beer for Jean’s grandfather Joseph Trendler, but make enough of it to share with everyone! Balanced and intentional’.

    As with all Tired Hands canned beers there are directions of: “The beer in this can is hyper-fresh, unfiltered and fragile. Enjoy the contents ASAP…”

    The Jean mentioned above is the owner/head brewer of Tired Hands: Jean Broillet. Given the expansion of Tired Hands over the past year I wonder how much Jean actually brews now.

    Here is a description of the beer’s flavors from the Tired Hands website:

    “Notes of pink grapefruit, clover honey, green pepper, and crisp wheat.”

    Well, let’s see what happens when the “Old World meets New World”.

    Served in my Polish Pilsner glass:


    Hazy straw colored with a fluffy white head which dissipates quickly.


    The first impression is the aroma of bready malt but with some time there is also some fruity hop aroma.


    The predominant flavor is from the hops. First there is some fruity flavors but there is also some vegetal (green pepper I suppose) as well.


    Medium bodied with a dry finish.


    I enjoyed drinking this beer but I suppose I am more of a fan of ‘traditional’ Pilsners such as Classic American Pilsner, Bohemian Pilsner and German Pilsner.


    @zid @rotsaruch @KOP_Beer_OUtlet @nc41 @RobH

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  9. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,375) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    Good Morning NBS! Today's morning beer is a new beer from Charlottesville and Three Notch'd Brewing Company. Since UVa actually won yesterday, it seemed a good beer to start off with (well, that and it's the only beer that I can have until the GF gets home to share any others). I'm sitting here waiting for the Ryder Cup to start and watching a piece on EPSN's Outside the Lines on Vin Scully. Let's get into it...

    To start, this is labeled on the can as a New England India Pale Ale. I had a sip of this on tap to help me to decide to buy the six-pack. I can't recall if knew it was an attempt at the "new style" or not, though the orange on the label is hard to miss. I think for fun I'll see how this stacks up to my interpretation of the proclaimed style of the can.

    From the brewer's website, about Minute Men:

    On first pour, it is easily to realize this isn't the Aslin-like (or Tired Hands, Trillium, etc) cloudy (in certain cases, ugly) NE IPA. In fact, this is a beer with a medium hazy orange-golden body. The Head builds up nicely and does stick around to provide some lacing. To me, this isn't quite hazy enough, and in fact looks not unlike a "regular" IPA.

    Cracking the can did allow a nice citrusy bitterness to escape and quickly rush to my nose. Sticking my nose in this glass doesn't really reveal much more. The citrus (specifically orange) rind and pith note of this beer are pretty much on point for the NE IPA, as is the obvious expectation of bitterness it brings.

    Taking a sip of this beer, I get a tactile difference similar to what the look might infer. This beer is not as full or smooth as the cloudier versions I have had. Countering that, the how the bitter notes react with my tongue is familiar. It's like the bulk of the liquid has no issue getting over my tongue into my stomach, but the bitter molecules grab the tongue a bit, not so eager to enter the depths of the esophagus. I have described this before as similar to licking/chewing a rubber band. It is funny, but with an Aslin IPA, I get this note but with the fuller body of the beer, it seems a more integrated part of the beer. With this beer (and others I've had like it), it seems slightly detached.

    The overall taste is pretty much as would be expected given the nose. I'm sorry, I have to disagree with the brewer (and the 20 IBUs), this is a prety bitter beer in the end - earthy herbal notes with a fresh woodiness, as well. Yes, the opening is orange citrusy, bright and actually fairly clean (another little feel difference from the comparison beers). There is a certain sweetness to it that accents the citrus notes. The fruit note is a little more pronounced and distinct than in many of the examples I am using as a comparison. But even in that opening, you know there is a wash of the aforementioned bitterness coming. I will say, however, the bitterness during the sip seems sheathed in the citrus notes. But the bitterness lingers. A while. The bitterness that grabs my tongue to generate the feel I mentioned seems to have a strong grip.

    Ok, this is quite and enjoyable beer. It smooths slightly as it warms, but gives an overall cleaner impression than the Aslin and Tired Hands beers I have sampled. It is not as good as those beers, in my mind, but might be a good crossover beer between the "styles." I think I might run to my store and grab another six-pack, if they still have some.


    I know some of you here do not frequent the WBAYDN thread, but I announced the next installment of Throwback Thursday in yesterday's thread. It's in a few weeks, on Friday, October 21st (yes, you read right), if you might want to join us, details (such that they are) here.
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  10. RonaldTheriot

    RonaldTheriot Poo-Bah (3,751) Aug 11, 2008 Louisiana

    I tried it, last week, and I really liked it!
  11. RonaldTheriot

    RonaldTheriot Poo-Bah (3,751) Aug 11, 2008 Louisiana

    5.9% alcohol. 24 IBU. Brewed in Tennessee.

    4.56/5 rDev +11.8%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

    Wiseacre Oktoberfest has a thick, creamy, bone-colored head, a hazy, bubbly, amber appearance, with powdery sediment, throughout, and some splotchy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet bread crust-type malt, and the flavor is of sweet, somewhat syrupy, bready malts, with balancing and noticeable hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and Wiseacre Oktoberfest finishes crisp and very clean.


  12. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (4,275) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Good morning New BSers! Thank you @cavedave for starting today's festivities. And Maria, I'm not a pilsner fan but I would suggest you try the Okocim baltic porter if you can find it - I've been looking for it for about eight years with no luck.

    Well, I was going to comment about the cool, rainy weather we've been having here in NW PA, but about 63 characters ago THE SUN CAME OUT for the first time in several days! Woohoo! I can go back outside without worrying about attacks from wolf packs, vampires, and mould! I've been resisting the urge to post a NBS brew that came from NBS BIF #4 @Josholson666 so today's entry is one I brought back from that north Texas brewery:


    I gotta say upfront that I'm a Unibroue fanboy, but this time

    $ 12.98 (Including tax)/750 mL ($ 0.511/oz) at Central Market (Gucci B), Alamo Heights, TX
    BB 10-08-20 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
    Aroma – initially very light spices, essentially no change as it warms. Not detecting any caramel.
    Head large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive pour), tan, frothy, diminishing to a three mm frothy ring with feet and a heaped partial layer
    Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny to small bubbles, mostly drag marks from the receding ring
    Body – dark amber, chill haze.
    Flavor – spicy, somewhat reminiscent of gingerbread. Lacks the dark fruit flavors which tend to be paramount in dark ales. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
    Palate – medium, watery, soft carbonation

    Passable. To my taste, certainly not one of Unibroue’s best. Maybe I just drank it too young but I won’t be buying any more to cellar.

    Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5. Rating 3.52. Avg 4.09.

    Most importantly, rDev -13.7.

    As I said, I'm a Unibroue fanboy - I've got cases of La Terrible stored for the coming Trump (Clinton) Apocalypse along with skills (Brewing, Medical, Reloading) but I won't be hoarding any La Resolution, particularly with that "Natural Flavor Added".
  13. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    That sounds lovely and I have to ask, is it quinox hops they have used that have shown the bell pepper. I love that hop actually and think it's avant garde! Cheers!
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  14. Bluecrow

    Bluecrow Poo-Bah (1,763) Jul 16, 2012 New York

    I picked up Long Trail's SMaSH #4 in Southern New England last week. It is an immensely pleasant surprise. Brewed with Golden Promise malt and Citra, this is worthy of a home-brew clone attempt.
    The ghostcat's reflection enjoys a hop whiff. (Her name is Ghostcat).

    The pour is bright yellow-orange with very fine carbonation. The aroma is hop-forward and quite citrusy. The malt presence is robust and cracker-like. The Golden Promise - Citra combination are a superb taste pair. The finish is very clean and the 6.8% abv is not detectable. I'll try to find some more.
  15. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,676) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I'll buy that, great beer pic. Is Tired Hands a must stop, I'll be home in Nov for a weekend.
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  16. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (3,368) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    New Fresh Hop IPA Sunday



    Fremont Field to Ferment #40

    Happy Sunday, BAs! Football in the morning? It's like I'm back on the west coast. And speaking of west coast... I'm drinking this fresh-hopped beauty courtesy of @kemoarps as part of NBS BIF 4 - Monkeys with Knives.

    There are four different options in this series, and batch 40 here is the Simcoe version. I'm expecting an intensely piney, woodsy beer with strong bitterness. Let's see!

    #40 pours a lovely, vibrant shade of light orange with two fingers of antique-white head that's dense at the bottom and sudsy on top, eventually leaving nice heavy lacing.

    It has a big grapefruit aroma, with grapefruit rind and strong citrusy bitterness, and a musty, almost peppery quality underneath. I wouldn't really call it piney.

    It's light tasting, letting the hops take the spotlight, with a touch of grapefruit up front and more straight up orange juice with some definite sweetness mid-palate. This then converts into a lingering bitterness with, yes, some piney notes in the aftertaste. It's light bodied with a prickly mouthfeel.

    I like it. Let's compare I to batch 33, a Centennial version, which I couldn't stop myself from drinking yesterday.



    Fremont Field to Ferment #33

    With Centennial, I expected a citrusy, bitter brew -- and that's definitely what I got.

    Much like #40, it poured a lovely vibrant shade of orange with two fingers of antique-white head that was dense at the bottom and sudsy on top that, eventually leaving heavy lacing. It was maybe a shade darker than #40, and it's lacing was a bit sloppier.

    It had a big grapefruit aroma with honey behind and an herbal, fresh-cut-pine-boughs note beneath that almost created a toasted pine nut impression. I'd give this one the edge in depth and complexity in the nose.

    Like it's partner, it was much lighter tasting than the nose suggested, with grapefruit up front, the pine and pine nuts thing mid-palate, a nice, bitter backend and fairly dry finish.

    This one was also light bodied, but without as much prickliness to the mouthfeel.

    It was fun to compare and contrast these. Which was better? It's pretty damn close. #40 looks and feels better and may be a touch more of an all-around winner, but it was also a week fresher. #33 seemed to me to have more depth. I'm glad I've got one more of each to further refine my opinions.

    Would be fun to try the Citra and Mosiac versions one day. Thanks again to kemoarps and all the BIF organizers.
  17. kemoarps

    kemoarps Poo-Bah (1,976) Apr 30, 2008 Washington
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    It's funny you say that....


  18. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (7,996) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Good morning from the Palm Springs of Washington, Yakima! Came over for the Fresh Hop Festival yesterday. Hit up Bale Breaker brewery before the fest, and also hit a couple other small breweries in town. Then into the fest we went, and I was finally able to tick one of my personal walezbro breweries, Barley Browns. Tons of FH brews were available, and I was able to meet up fellow BA @vurt . I missed meeting @ballardbeer though, another time perhaps. More new beer is on the radar for today, but I'm not sure I'll be back to post, so cheers, and Happy NBS everybody!
  19. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (3,368) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    :slight_smile: Had a feeling, but I didn't want to be presumptious.
  20. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,987) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    Morning Dave and NBS sundry!

    Ryder Cup Sunday gets me up and running early, and it's time to start fortifying the soul for what lies ahead:
    Texian Brewing Company's Charlie Foxtrot, an "imperial" berliner weissbier

    Murky bronze with just a 1-finger head of offwhite foam, Charlie Foxtrot looks both craft and wheat to me. Ugly yet somehow promising. The initial whiff is clean sour, tart lemons with nothing from the nearby barn, and then that tartness is cut with a slight biscuit malt sweetness which over time turns into an abbey ale-esque aroma of dusty dried sweet apricots.

    The flavor is lemons sweetened on the back end by apricot/peach flavors. The lemons get sweet enough to taste like lemonade, quite yummy, but just when I start wondering if I grabbed a fruit soda instead of a beer, there comes a big spoonful of dirty earthy hops, very bland and almost bitter but a good reminder that, yes, I *did* grab a beer. Eventually that earthy flavor calms down and the general mix of flavors include a pinch of lemon, another of apricot and a dash of salt -- Sierra Nevada's Otra-Vez gose comes to mind, though Charlie Foxtrot is more sour.

    No official review yet, but it's a solid 4 overall. My numbers will settle around 4 look, 4.25 smell, 4 taste, 3.25 mouthfeel ... it's a bit ale slick for my palate, though others might find it closer to perfect ... very light carbonation yet enough to keep it from feeling flat.

    I added a third member to my bougainvillea family recently, the little one closest to the beer on the right ... I wanted a royal purple but methinks its closer to hot pink. :confused: Oh well ... for $10 how could I complain?


    Enjoy your Sundays!
  21. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,872) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Maria, the Tired Hands folks made no mention of Equinox hops; they only mentioned Citra hops.

    FWIW I homebrewed an Equinox IPA last year and I did not perceive any green pepper flavors in that beer.

  22. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,872) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Absolutely! They have two locations that are walking distance (a few block walk) from each other. They now call the original location the Cafe and the new location is called the Fermentaria.

    They get the most 'buzz' for their hazy hoppy beers but they produce other high quality styles as well (e.g., lots of different Saison brands, etc.)

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  23. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Hey there. I've been working my way through the O'Fallon Pumpkin Pack this weekend. 4 new pumpkin beers for me. Can I be honest? I don't think any of them are good :slight_frown:

    1. The apple cinnamon pumpkin beer tastes like an overly spiced cinnamon cider with no pumpkin.
    2. The peach pumpkin tastes like a cloying peach syrup bomb.
    3. The Jack O"Latte tastes thin, too sugary, overly carbonated, and again -- no pumpkin.

    So that brings me to this: O'Fallon Vanilla Pumpkin. 5.6% ABV

    Look: Burnt orange body, semi-clear. The head is light cream colored and retains well, thanks to my nucleated Samuel Smiths nonic pint. Little to no lacing, but good head retention.

    Aroma: Earthy pumpkin, finally! Lots of spices follow. Clove, cinnamon, subtle light pepper. Where's the vanilla?

    Taste: There it is. The beer starts off with a distinct vanilla creme taste. Hence the ice cream cone on the label? The beer then heads off into spicy cinnamon land. The earthy pumpkin surprisingly holds firm, and appears again in the finish. I'll go ahead and say this is probably the best beer in the bunch.

    Mouthfeel: Creamy and carbonated.

    Overall: This is probably a cream ale dressed up for Halloween. A bit weak on the vanilla but at least the pumpkin tastes earthy and real. It's still kind of a hot mess. I'll say 3.75 overall rating.

    On a side note, I'm making a rather large life choice. On October 31 I'll drink my last beer for the unforseeable future. I'll be turning 40 on Nov. 1 and I've spent the last 18 years or so binge drinking and getting drunk every single Saturday (and Sunday :rolling_eyes:) It's time to change and be more responsible. I cannot have just one beer. There are no other options. I drank 19 beers yesterday. That's a normal Saturday for me. This has been weighing on my mind and heart for a few months. Don't feel sorry for me. Be happy. Because I'm going to be. I'll become a tea and coffee snob, and I'll be a better parent. I wish I could control my absolute lust and love for beer, but I can't. It's easy to be sober mon-fri, but not on the weekend. Just wanted to give you a heads up when you never see me on here again starting in November. I appreciate your likes and beer fellowship. I'm not sure I've ever seen a Beer Advocate come out and put his/her problem out there openly, but I have and I'm not ashamed. I feel awkward, but it is what it is. Cheers to one more month of indulgence.
  24. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (7,996) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Oh, and I forgot to show my work for this week:

    It's Fresh Hop time, there'll be more reviews next week.
  25. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,375) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    You can still do Throwback Friday on the 21st (though I am guessing your beer won't get into your normal rotation) :wink:.

    More seriously, I wish you... is "luck" the right term? Probably not. I hope you find the balance you are looking for, and maybe at some point in that unforeseeable future you can find the time to join us for just one or two at this virtual bar. Cheers to the next month, at least!
  26. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,751) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Greetings, fellow NBSers, and thanks to @cavedave for a great kick-off, as always,

    Well into the 70s in south central Washington, where I am visiting the parental units. Been a good weekend for football thus far, with the Dawgs knocking off Stanford on Friday and my Eags overcoming a disastrous 2nd quarter to win in convincing manner with my avatar setting another record. Now the 'hawk's need to step up.

    No new beers today, but I grabbed one (a White Bluffs Oatmeal IPA; Quite assertively hoppy but refreshing) yesterday with my Dad, at a fairly new place in Kennewick that will be going into the BA database shortly.

    As you can see, our method of travel did not suck.
    I've got a couple Bottomcutters I brought down with me, but that'll probably be it for beer today. During the week I had several new beers courtesy of @gopens44 and @beertunes, which I'll try to post later today. If I don't manage to do that, have a great week!
  27. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,751) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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  28. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (5,492) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    [​IMG] Poured into my Lost Abbey long stim tulip glass bottled on 9/26/16 very fresh and 7.6% ABV and 80 IBUS! Pours a beautiful bright orange with a solid 1 finger sticky white head that leaves behind plenty of lace. 4.75[​IMG] Smell is loaded with grapefruit, tangerine, mango, papaya, pine, passion fruit, and some lime. 4.25

    Taste follows grapefruit upfront and in the finish, mixed with tangerine, mango, papaya, passion fruit, pine, and lime.4.25

    Mouthfeel is medium slightly sticky, plenty of life, maybe a little dry, and crazy drinkable! 4.25

    Overall this is a great beer, why they didn't get it out in the summer is confusing, but what ever. Long Trail have 12 pack cans of this next summer and you will this like crazy. 4.25[​IMG]
  29. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,263) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    For today's NBS, I had this winner:


    You can read my thoughts about it here.

    It's great to be able to squeeze this beer into the NBS thread. Things have been so hectic recently. It's important to slow down a little.

    @JuicesFlowing , your honesty with yourself is admirable. Best of luck to you!
  30. SABERG

    SABERG Poo-Bah (2,612) Sep 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    Good afternoon NBS, thanks to @cavedave for the introduction and the colorful categorization of our esteemed colleagues on this fine thread. My first Sunday (any) day off in 6 weeks. Glad to join you again. Cool and damp here in WMass, we are enjoying the early autumn transition. Today's offering is from the Peoples Pint, a quite nice French Style ale using local grains and hops. I like the effort and focus that the brewer uses. The farmhouse label is tossed around quite a bit, if this offering were more carbonated you could identify it as saison, in this format a Bier de Garde maybe, rich and quite nice, while keeping the ABV at 5.5%.
    Cheers all

    Franklin Farmhouse

    The People's Pint
    Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.50% ABV

    3.88/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.88
    look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

    Poured from a 500 ml bottle procured from the brewpub this week (No date on the bottle) into the modified tulip glass.
    A - Apricot colored backdrop, gentle carbonation steadily traipses upward. Loosely knit cap quick to dissipate moves to the edges and leaves patches of cirrus style lacing.
    S - Warm peach skin, 3711 French Farmhouse yeast, start things off. Honey spread on warm toast is next and with a quick rise in temperature a wonderful floral thread is next, orange blossom and lily. Very nice.
    T - The taste spectrum is right in line with the nose, very well balanced flavors. Apricot marmalade, summer tree fruits and again that nice honeycomb flavor are dominant. There is a gently applied hops component that adds to the earthiness that I really enjoy.
    M - A bit slick, the low carbonation allows for a lingering oiliness to coat the full palate uniformly. This is not a detractor.
    The exit is highlighted with a quick hop bitterness snap.
    O - Labelled as a French style ale, seems spot on, the base is more than solid, nice complexity. The offering is round on the palate and flavorful. Increased carbonation might improve the overall experience. The offering is brewed in support of the Franklin Land Trust which does great preservation work in our area, so high praise for the Pint for their continued commitment to our community.
    #30 SABERG, Oct 2, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2016
  31. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    I appreciate that, thank you. I wish my brain chemistry were different, I really do. I'll see how it goes.
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  32. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Poo-Bah (3,091) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    Good day fellow NBS'ers. I'm getting my morning/afternoon started with Jungle Boogie, an American Pale Wheat Ale w/ rooibos tea from Marz Community Brewing.

    For those that don't know, rooibos tea is typically a fruity flavored red herbal tea made from the rooibos plant that grows in the South Africa regions. I've had one or two different brands of rooibos tea in my day, as I was a bit of a tea fanatic for quite a while before my craft beer days. This beer is also brewed with mosaic hops, and maybe some other undisclosed ingredients.

    The first thing noticed on this beer is the beautiful red-orange pour with a creamy off-white foamy head. The smell is very citrusy up front with some ruby red grapefruit, orange, fruity rooibos tea, mild bready caramel wheaty malt, perfectly blended with the tropical fruit and dank woodsy earthy herbal grassy notes from the hops. The taste of this beer is mostly rooibos tea-forward, with some light bready caramel wheaty malts interplaying with tropical fruit and citrusy notes, balanced by some woodsy earthy herbal grass and pine. The beer goes down slick and smooth, medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall this is a really tasty beer that utilizes the rooibos tea very well, while still maintaining a nice malt backbone and hop profile. If you like tea and hops, then check out this beer. Cheers!
  33. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,106) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    New Mosaic Eruption Sunday
    Today's beer is from @ovaltine and Toppling Goliath and was a part of my NBS BIF #4 "Monkeys with Knives" edition box.
    I was going to be extremely disappointed if this didn't feature Mosaic Hops based on the beautiful label. I was not disappointed. Refered to as "citra on steroids" by many, these hops are on full display here
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    4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
    look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

    Poured from a non dated 22 oz bottle right down the middle into a tulip glass, it is a very vibrant/bright, ever so slightly transparent, gold color with a bit of an orange hue. It has a moderate, soapy, egg shell colored head. Retention isn't great, but it does leave some spotty lacing.

    There are aromas of pineapple, stone fruit, and floral hops. There is a strong mineral water/limestone overtone. What I/we usually refer to as earthy. There are some light, sweet toasted malts. Smells a bit like Honey Nut Cherrios. It smells excellent, but I really have to shove my nose in there to smell it too.

    I am shocked that the aroma isn't stronger based on the flavors. It comes at you like a spoder monkey as soon a it hits your tongue. The mosaic hops really shine. Spicy pineapple, orange rind, stone fruit, a flowery boquet that evolves into a solid, lingering bitterness, light bready grains with just a hint of honey like sweetness, and some mineral/spring water. All of the deep, rich flavors all fade leaving just that earthy, well water taste to linger.

    The body is maybe a hair on the light side of medium. It has a decent amount of oily resin and is very drinkable. Getting through a bomber is no problem at all.

    If I had to nitpick, it is a little bit watery for me, but otherwise it is an outstanding IPA, if not world class.
  34. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,676) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I following up the Victory Festbier, with a SN Oktoberfest, wow what a startling difference. The Victory so much more on the creamy malt influence, the SN I'd say not at all. I'm getting a lot of lemon citrus with the SN, enough to be off putting, the finish is painful.. So glad I didn't spend on a 12 pack. My first sixer I thought it over carbonated, it's still there, but there isn't enough malt in this one to be a great Fest beer.
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  35. Jay_P22

    Jay_P22 Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2016 Virginia

    Wicked weed is day. Go 49ers! A nice saison, which is not my style, but more character.

  36. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,676) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Do they sell beer to take out on the premises? It's the other side of Philly so it's not an easy drive. I'd want to take some to go.
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  37. strohme2

    strohme2 Meyvn (1,043) Nov 3, 2007 Michigan


    I got my early chores done and sat down to watch how the Lions can lose another one. I'm ready for some beer.
    2 Crowlers in 2 days thanks to @boralyl 's
    NBS MWK BIF. This one is Ripe from Great Notion Brewing Company. As soon as I cracked the can, I was hit with huge aromas of pineapple, dankness and citrus.
    Oh man! So much fruit! Grapefruit, mango and papaya, orange and lemons. Dankness and pine come into play too. So much flavor with the right amount of bitterness to tip the scales for this hophead.
    I'm having a hard time not crushing this beer. Thanks man!
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  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,872) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    They sometimes have bottled beer for takeout. Below is what is available today at the Fermentaria:

    “***Bottles to Go or In-House!***

    (an additional $1 added for in-house consumption)

    Individuation: Florid

    Blended orange hued saison 750 mL



    Oak fermented saison conditioned on clementines 750 mL

    For in-house consumption only, 23

    Ourison, Batch #7

    Our bottle conditioned house saison



    Dry hopped spelt saison 500 mL

    12 “

    As you can read above these bottled beers are not cheap.

    If you were to show up for the day of their weekly can releases (typically Wednesday at 4:00) you can buy their canned beers (16 ounce cans – 4-packs). Typically those canned beers sell out in a few hours. Those beers are not cheap either.

  39. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (4,481) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    Good afternoon NBS, hope everyone is doing well! Out to brunch, was going to get Bell's Black Note but the restaurant only had a case and this sold it all....Helldorado is a nice consolation prize. Definitely getting honey and some nice barrel/oak, pale malts, caramel, and hints of sweet light fruits. Somewhere between 4.25-4.5, cheers!
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  40. Ri0

    Ri0 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    Happy NBS. Sadly WI could get it done in MI yesterday, but they certainly battled it out. I am really looking forward to seeing the sun again, as it has been gloomy for almost the entire week! I think sunglasses are in the forecast!

    Enjoying a fun beer and my last beer that @jhavs sent to me.

    Crusher has a cloudy deep orange color with 2.5 finger white head. Fantastic retention and lacing. The aroma is dank and very hoppy with tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange and some bready malt sweetness. Flavors of tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple and hints of mango with a bit of dry pine and malt sweetness on the finish. Medium body that is stick, but finishes nice and dry. Just another superb IPA and not one that I recommend you 'crush.'


    I'll return later with a brand new beer from Central Waters. :slight_smile:
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