NYC/Metro area - Zythosaurus love?

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by BKBassist, May 2, 2013.

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  1. BKBassist

    BKBassist Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 New York

    Had Barrier's first bottling of Zythosaurus the other day at Astoria Bier and Cheese (also snagged a bottle from Beer Boutique earlier today) and wow, I think this might be the best beer to come out of the area! A super unique take on an imperial IPA/pale. A really solid malt backbone, tons of juicy mango and starfruit, and all very drinkable at 10%. I genuinely think that this beer could be one that could blow up if word gets out.

    Anyone else had it/any thoughts?
     
  2. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,113) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I have a half pound of Zythos I cannot wait to use after trying it in a friend's beer. Barrier's IPA I had at TAP was fantastically well crafted, those guys have talent for sure. Wish we got distro up here, but we get Rushing Duck and Peekskill so I can't complain haha.
     
  3. phooky

    phooky Aspirant (209) Jan 23, 2010 New York

    Very interested to try this, anyone seen it at any Brooklyn bottle shops?
     
  4. parkingphi

    parkingphi Initiate (66) Dec 2, 2008 New York
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    Haven't looked around Brooklyn, but bottles were available at Good Beer.
     
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  5. xenjoiii

    xenjoiii Disciple (339) Jul 24, 2010 New York
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    "Well suited for cellaring and aging."

    No.
     
  6. jbuddle

    jbuddle Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 New York

    Yeah I dont get the wax and "cellaring" statement, but I did enjoy this beer. I found it at Beer Street earlier this week. Seems to be around the city in good quantity.
     
  7. marshmeli

    marshmeli Devotee (420) Feb 14, 2012 New York
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    I enjoyed this beer, I liked Submersion better though, these seems like a Imperial Amber to me over a Imperial IPA... split a case with a buddy so still have 5 left.

    For now, they just have waxed both their releases (and their next release) I think they like the look of it.

    They do seem very confident the malt character will really develop (and hops will fade of course) so they are sort of encouraging it to be aged, not sure I agree, but I am sure I will have at least one bottle still in my fridge after a few months so I will see what happens to it.

    Really looking forward to their next release, Morticia.
     
  8. Crookdrain

    Crookdrain Aspirant (286) Jan 13, 2010 New York
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    If anyone knows where I can find a bottle or two around Brooklyn or Manhattan, please let me know.
     
  9. parkingphi

    parkingphi Initiate (66) Dec 2, 2008 New York
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    Zytho or Morticia?
     
  10. marshmeli

    marshmeli Devotee (420) Feb 14, 2012 New York
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    Morticia wont be released until 5/10 at the brewery, so I assume Zytho...

    Let me know if you can't find any by next week.
     
  11. Crookdrain

    Crookdrain Aspirant (286) Jan 13, 2010 New York
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    Zytho. Meant to pick up a few bottles at the brewery during release but had to travel out of town and missed it.
     
  12. parkingphi

    parkingphi Initiate (66) Dec 2, 2008 New York
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    Pretty sure Good Beer should still have some bottles of it.
     
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  13. BeerWorld

    BeerWorld Aspirant (273) Feb 20, 2008 New York
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    Yep, still quite a few bottles of 'Saurus at Good Beer for $12.99.
     
  14. JLoPMac

    JLoPMac Initiate (50) Jan 2, 2013 New York

    I got ya dude. Got an extra one and it's yours if you want it.
     
  15. Crookdrain

    Crookdrain Aspirant (286) Jan 13, 2010 New York
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    Definitely. Let me know how you want to work this - IP trade?
     
  16. zipper8650

    zipper8650 Initiate (0) May 10, 2011 New York
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    I described it to a friend as "a really good beer, not a really good DIPA"
     
  17. zipper8650

    zipper8650 Initiate (0) May 10, 2011 New York
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    Morticia is a bottle release?
     
  18. brentk56

    brentk56 Poo-Bah (7,927) May 13, 2004 North Carolina
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    I picked up a bottle at Bierkraft today. The still had a few left in the cooler.
     
  19. phooky

    phooky Aspirant (209) Jan 23, 2010 New York

    How much was it there? They tend to jack up prices
     
  20. brentk56

    brentk56 Poo-Bah (7,927) May 13, 2004 North Carolina
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    $15.95, I think.
     
  21. h2opunk182

    h2opunk182 Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2009 New York

    yea its the new one that i think is coming out friday
     
  22. marshmeli

    marshmeli Devotee (420) Feb 14, 2012 New York
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    Yep Friday is the release...
     
  23. Takeanotherswing

    Takeanotherswing Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2011 New York
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    It was ok IMO. Not anywhere close to being the best beer to come out of the area. The balance wasnt there. There was decent amount of malt, a burn of alcohol and pine, but overall it didnt come together for me. I usually love Barrier's stuff, but the beers they have bottled so far have been disappointing. I know the first one was for their cause after the hurricane. Morticia tasted great last year, and I hope this will be a more solid bottling.
     
  24. brentk56

    brentk56 Poo-Bah (7,927) May 13, 2004 North Carolina
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    I just cracked open the Zythosaurus I picked up at Bierkraft and it is a flabby mess. Virtually no carbonation and way too sticky for my palate. I like my DIPAs to be hop forward with plenty of citrus and pine so when I encounter ones where the malt overwhelms the palate, as is the case with this beer, I am not a happy camper. Combine that with a lack of carbonation and I come away very disappointed, particularly given the absurdly high price point for this beer.
     
  25. zipper8650

    zipper8650 Initiate (0) May 10, 2011 New York
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    Morticia is next Friday, 5/17
     
  26. marshmeli

    marshmeli Devotee (420) Feb 14, 2012 New York
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    Hmmm, odd to hear, I have had 3 bottles of it so far and all have been carbonated very well, but yes there a strong malt presence in this DIPA.
     
  27. brentk56

    brentk56 Poo-Bah (7,927) May 13, 2004 North Carolina
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    Glad to hear the entire batch wasn't undercarbonated but I did notice at least one other review that complained of the same issue.

    On the other hand, I did taste two very good session IPAs while I was in NYC this week: Carton's Boat Beer and SingleCut's Billy 18 Watt. The SingleCut, in particular, was excellent.
     
  28. RandomBattle

    RandomBattle Aspirant (229) Jun 25, 2010 New York
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    I was a really big fan of Zytho, so much that I reviewed it lol.

    Really looking forward to Morticia. I tried it on tap at the brewery about 2 weeks ago, they said it was a "rough draft" (see what I did there?), but I thought it was a nicely balanced RIS with great head retention and lacing for a big beer. Being that they bottle conditioned it with maple syrup it makes me even more excited. Definitely getting a case if I can.
     
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