Twin Elephant Brewing (2019)

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  1. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    This Week's E-mail

    Hope the week hasn't been as up and down as the weather rollercoaster we been on and you are ready rock out weekend warrior style. We got two fresh revamped batches of beers we have done in the past coming at you this weekend starting with "Chingas" our Black IPA that will tap tonight once we kick a beer. The batch is a little bigger coming in at 7.9% ABV and we used a completely different dry hop regime with Jarrylo, Denali, Southern Cross & Cashmere. We also switched the yeast strain over to a Belgium to throw a slight ester in the mix and clear the beer up a little with the heavy dry hop. Notes of light smoky coffee, creamy chocolate, lemon spice bars, chocolate-dipped plums, spicy rye and stone fruit resin. The next beer is "Four Minute Mile" an American IPA that will hit the stage on Saturday. The version is also a little bigger at 7.5% ABV and we switched up the dry hop to use the rest of the limited Strata we were so lucky to be blessed with from Crosby Hop Farm accompanied with some Mosaic. We are super psyched about this hop and this beer and we can't wait until we get a bunch of it from the next harvest. Bright layers of tropical fruits, passion fruit, rock-melon cantaloupe syrup, mango, grass stains and an herbal gust of the devil’s cabbage itself. Unfortunately no growler fills on this one this weekend but don't worry we promise the abstaining will be worth it :wink:.


    On Tap
    Chuck's Garage
    - American Session Ale - 4.7% ABV
    Crooked Spoke Adjacent - American IPA - 7.2% ABV
    Diamonds and Pearls Variant - Milk Stout w/ Roasted Cacao Nibs, Ginger and Cinnamon - 7.1% ABV
    Clincher - American Pale Ale - 6.3% ABV
    Juicy Busey Variant - Hoppy Saison w/ Galaxy and Motueka - 8.3% ABV
    Zen Fountain - Kettle Sour Saison - 7.1% ABV
    Jersey Squirrel - American Pale Ale - 6% ABV
    Crush It & Kill It - American IPA - 7.3% ABV
    The 5 Galileos - Belgian Tripel - 9.4% ABV

    Tapping This Weekend
    Chingas (Tapping Sometime Friday)
    - Black IPA - 7.9% ABV
    Four Minute Mile (Tapping Saturday) - American IPA - 7.5% ABV

    The growler fills for this weekend will be:
    Chuck's Garage - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Diamonds & Pearls - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Clincher - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Juicy Busey Variant - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Crooked Spoke Adjacent - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    The 5 Galileos - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Crush It & Kill It - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Jersey Squirrel - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Chingas (Friday) - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available


    Total Volume limits are 64oz max per person per type of beer.

    In the Secondary (coming up)
    Lil' Shimmy Ye'
    - American Pale Ale
    Nosh: Mosaic - American IPA
    Here There Be Monsters - American IPA
    Set the Vector - Saison
    Name TBD - Milk Porter
     
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  2. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,221) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey
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    Looking forward to Chingas
     
  3. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    Agreed, just not sure how I feel about the use of Belgian yeast in it... guess we will find out.
     
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  4. Mrstiffington

    Mrstiffington Initiate (120) Jun 8, 2018 New Jersey
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    Love TE beers and will hopefully get to have the new ones but I find it weird they’re calling these two beers the same name after changing a lot (especially Chingas) like hops and yeast used. Why not just say it’s a different black ipa?
     
  5. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,221) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey
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    That's a good point
     
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  6. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Meyvn (1,011) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    At the brewery now drinking a pint of 4 Minute Mile, wow talk about hitting a home run. They hit this one out of the park. To bad it’s a one and done!
     
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  7. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    were you at the bar to the left side? I think I may have been standing right next to you! Agree, it was awesome. Complex, lots of layers of flavor to it. Couldn't stick around to try Chingas though.
     
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  8. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,221) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey
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    I’m fixin to try me some Chingas next week
     
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  9. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Meyvn (1,011) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    I'm pretty easy to ID oldest guy there and holding a mini I pad. LOL
    TE has been on a roll since the new year. You start to feel you got to get there every week to try the new stuff!
     
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  10. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (4,206) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Shikes. I missed this one. Hopefully, it's available on Thursday.
     
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  11. mumbles44

    mumbles44 Aspirant (238) Jan 22, 2016 New Jersey
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    i may have paid right next to you as i was leaving.

    Small Review:
    Took some advice from here and we arrived early. The gf wanted to check out a local bakery so we stopepd there first to pick up snacks. Seemed like most people have the same idea as people were walking in with pizza, subs, etc.

    I really enjoy the taproom. The astetics are nice and the vibe is very friendly, from the staff to the people that were there hanging out. It got very packed toward when we left. Feel like they could expand but doesn't seem like they are able too. Also The way they do pours was a litte confusing to me at first, but the staff was very nice. The guy bartender was not my favorite though, he seemed to be hungover/cranky and dropped my growler after he filled it. It is a ton of foam in the top so I am hoping that doesnt effect when I open, but the 2 girls were great.

    The beer's were very good. I enjoyed Zen Fountain, great taste and broke up the mostly IPA line-up. The brown ale was also very good and true to the style, great notes of roast and coffee. I am not a huge black IPA person but I did enjoy Chingas. 4 minute mile, Crooked Spoke Adjunct & Clincher were all stand-outs. I was hoping for a stout/porter but the bartenders said Saturday was packed so they went through a ton of beer. Tried to talk by way into a growler of 4 minute mile but walked out with Clincher rather.

    Overall, great beer, good experience and hope to stop back again.
     
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  12. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    Not sure anyone else noticed, but their Instagram story over the weekend showed pictures of some very large looking fermenters they were picking up, and a note thanking Tuckahoe for selling them to TEB... so looks like that expanded capacity is coming soon.
     
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  13. DrRambis

    DrRambis Initiate (124) Jan 10, 2014 New Jersey

    Stopped by for the first time in a few months late Sunday. Pretty packed but the staff turned over the long lines rather quickly so kudos to them.

    4 Minute Mile was interesting...a little too green for me on the finish but cool mix of tropical fruit and grassy notes

    Clincher was big sweeter fruit, pillowy body, for all of the juice chasers (did walk out with a 64ozer myself)

    Chingas really worked for me...yeasty esters played with the roast malt and spicy hop profile well. Orange and ginger with some chocolaty notes. Really enjoyed it.

    Had a taste of the Zen garden my buddy was drinking...super tasty but too much of a fruit smoothie for me. But different strokes as they say...ill leave the beereverages for others...

    Thanks team TEB!
     
  14. Feaor

    Feaor Initiate (176) Jul 9, 2017 New York

    Looks like they are canning up some Gathering Clouds, I'm actually visiting my parents this weekend which means I might be able to grab some.
     
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  15. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    surprised how few people caught that, even on the FB groups... their current IG story shows them moving the Saison they've had in the old "Echoes they Left Behind" (the pineapple soure) barrel for the last 2 years, into the brite tank. I've had some samples of that along the way and it should be pretty nice... wonder If any chance they get this into bottles and drop it this weekend along with clouds. I know they really don't like dropping just one beer making people come out for just one 4pk..
     
  16. Feaor

    Feaor Initiate (176) Jul 9, 2017 New York

    Anyone have this week's email? Curious to see what's new up since I'm going this evening.
     
  17. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    haven't seen it yet... not always consistent with the timing or publication of it.. I'll post it if I see it tho…

    they do post the beers on tap on Untappd, and they added Here There be Monsters and Nosh: Mosaic to the "on deck" list (to be tapped over the weekend at some point).

    If they release cans I would guess it would be Sunday based on the past couple releases
     
  18. jmerizio

    jmerizio Initiate (115) Apr 17, 2008 New Jersey
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    A lot of chatter generated on Facebook around their new tap room 'commandments'....curious the take here?

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  19. mumbles44

    mumbles44 Aspirant (238) Jan 22, 2016 New Jersey
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    Seems to make sense to me. Feel that others breweries could/should do something along the same lines.

    Customers will always tie the line and some will cross this and take advantage, rules need to me in place. I also think it is crazy to bring party trays and set-up like you are throwing a party in someones else's space without giving them any notice or compensation.

    Having a kids party in a brewery is just another level of crazy to me, but to each is own.
     
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  20. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    Aside from the "family time" hours, most of those are either common sense / common courtesy stuff that is sad that people need to have spelled out nowadays.. others are tied to laws/regs the breweries must follow... so totally a fair list of rules... there were a few posts by one of the owners about stuff that's been happening lately that pushed them over the edge.
     
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  21. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Meyvn (1,011) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Where can one read those posts?
     
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  22. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    On Facebook
     
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  23. bryantc3

    bryantc3 Aspirant (213) Apr 12, 2017 New Jersey
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    I've definitely been to TE where it was standing room only while a crowd of people had a bunch of kids later in the evening with balloons AND another time where people had a little shindig going with platters.

    So yeah, I support these rules. It's a small space - not really a place to hang out for 4+ hours having your own little party. If you want to do that - I am sure they can make arrangements if you contact them ahead of time.
     
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  24. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,221) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey
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    Here we go


    News flash we did a thing last week! We bought two new fermenters from our new friends at Tuckahoe Brewing down the parkway in South Jersey. This is our first step into a phase 1 growth plan for 2019. These fermenters are sized to hold 15 barrels of beer but the working capacity of beer is only 12-13 barrels. This off size is perfect for us because it adds flexibility for double batching especially after we acquire our larger mash tun. For example, one thing we would be able to do is brew a double batch of say 7% ABV IPA at 6 barrels a clip and hope to yield 9-10 barrels of beer for a can run that would be equivalent to about 100 cases.

    As for this weekend, we have a two fresh batches of beer dropping and some cans for sale on Sunday. The first beer tapping tonight is another episode of our rotating Nosh American IPA series where we build a beer around a single hop or a dual hop combo that we use in the dry hop. This time 7.2% ABV and we went all in with a hand selected Mosaic crop we were lucky to grab a little of from the crew at Trillium. An earthen berry wave glazes a silhouette of wheat, chit and Scottish pale malt. Notes of muskmelon cantaloupe hard melon candy, chewy strawberry, and mini blueberry muffins. The second beer dropping on Saturday is the luscious "Here There Be Monsters" 7.1% ABV American IPA. Sowed full of flaked oats, blend of pale and pilsner oats, and a thunderous clap of Vic Secret, Rakau, Motueka and Wakatu hops. Notes of rich and sweet fragrant pineapple, grassy pine meadows, peaches & muskmelon. There unfortunately won't be growler fills of this available until next weekend since we are conserving volume due to the can release. On that note, this Sunday at 12pm we will be releasing cans of our 6.4% ABV American IPA "Gathering Clouds". Little spelt helps lift the sweet malt tones into a heady mix teeming with notes of lemon peel, pine needles, caramelized pineapple, clean spice bitterness. Beautiful cluster of sweet, grass, resin and fruit. We got a decent yield so there will be around 200 single four pack allotments.

    Finally, starting this weekend we put out some taproom rules we like to call the "Ten Craft Commandments" in honor of the late great Biggie. You will see these posted in the taproom, online, and for reference there is a picture of them at the bottom of this email. Please abide or feel the wrath :slight_smile:. In all seriousness though this place is special to us with a lot of blood sweat and tears invested to create a unique atmosphere for the TEB community to enjoy the beers and each other's company, so we ask you all to please respect that. We also know quarters get tight at times and seating space eaten up but we have space expansion plans in the works for the very near future to address that so stay tuned. We will constantly be re-evaluating this for possible tweaks and love ourselves some feedback so in that spirit, please feel free to send a reply to this email with your thoughts. Cheers!


    On Tap
    Chuck's Garage - American Session Ale - 4.7% ABV
    Nosh: Mosaic - American IPA - 7.2% ABV
    Chingas - Black IPA - 7.9% ABV
    Clincher - American Pale Ale - 6.3% ABV
    Juicy Busey - Hoppy Saison w/ Galaxy and Motueka - 8.3% ABV
    Jersey Squirrel - American Pale Ale - 6% ABV
    Four Minute Mile - American IPA - 7.5% ABV
    The 5 Galileos - Belgian Tripel - 9.4% ABV

    Tapping This Weekend
    Nosh: Mosaic (Tapping Friday) - American IPA - 7.2% ABV
    Here There Be Monsters (Tapping Saturday) - American IPA - 6.8% ABV

    The growler fills for this weekend will be:
    Chuck's Garage - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Chingas - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Juicy Busey - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Nosh: Mosaic - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    The 5 Galileos - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Four Minute Mile - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Jersey Squirrel - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available


    Total Volume limits are 64oz max per person per type of beer.

    In the Secondary (coming up)
    Lil' Shimmy Ye' - American Pale Ale
    Split the Megahertz - American IPA
    Mr. Pinkerton - American Wheat w/ Hibiscus
    Set the Vector - Saison
    Name TBD - Milk Porter
    Shimmy Ye' - American IPA
    Nosh: Sabro - American IPA
     
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  25. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,221) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey
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    Rules seem pretty fair to me. I’ve never had a problem with kids in breweries, but family hours seem like a fine idea - I’ve got no problem with that. The party stuff is what it is, I suppose they have their reasons.

    Now if they can just institute separate lines for pours and growlers/flights that’d be my commandment :stuck_out_tongue:
     
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  26. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,221) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey
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    Finally getting to try meself some Chingas. Really really good stuff. I know I like the style more than many other people, but I think they did really good on this
     
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  27. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    Instagram story shows them bottling the barrel aged saison…. either surprise drop tomorrow or conditioning for a bit.
     
  28. Feaor

    Feaor Initiate (176) Jul 9, 2017 New York

    What are these releases like? Do you need to show up early or is 200 allotments going to last?
     
  29. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    based on past experience, there will be a line pre-open, but maybe 75-100 people tops.... the rest will last at least an hour or two with no line. Roll up at 12:45-1pm with no issue. likely will last later.
     
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  30. RobHB

    RobHB Initiate (114) Aug 20, 2017 New Jersey

    The rules are really fair, IMHO. Goddamn are there quite a few entitled people commenting over in that Facebook thread. Damn.

    I'll just throw in my usual hope that they can Diamonds and Pearls again.
     
  31. Mrstiffington

    Mrstiffington Initiate (120) Jun 8, 2018 New Jersey
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    Which FB thread?
     
  32. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    Just passed by there’s a small line already. 10-15 people
     
  33. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    went at ~1:30, got cans and tap room was very very chill, among the least amount of people I've seen in a while. Sold out around 3 I think.

    Tried the chingas which I really enjoyed. Nice and roasty, Belgian subtle Belgian esthers and nice hoppiness on the end.

    Enjoyed Nosh Mosaic as well, much fruiter take on mosaic than I unually notic - more of the blueberry and fruit punch than the cat pee, onion/herbal notes you sometimes get. Enjoyed it a lot.
     
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  34. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Meyvn (1,011) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    I was there until about 1:30. Left with a growler of Nosh and a pint of 4 Minute Mile in my gut. A lot of kids and strollers in the tasting room but it was not crowded
     
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  35. Mrstiffington

    Mrstiffington Initiate (120) Jun 8, 2018 New Jersey
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    Well they’re all getting in their kid-friendly brewery time before the 3:00 deadline!
     
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  36. RobHB

    RobHB Initiate (114) Aug 20, 2017 New Jersey

  37. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,221) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey
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    Lotta IPA’s/Pale Ales in the pipeline..

    Pumped Set the Vector is back! It’s traditionally been my fav




    And........we're back. Just a quick update today on the beers coming out this weekend. Starting tonight we have updated version of a beer we haven't done in quite some time called "Mr. Pinkerton". We went with a Belgian yeast strain this time around, kicked the ABV up to 6.4%, and added a little rice all culminating in a drier overall beer that lemony tart, muzzy pink and berry delicious. Also tonight we have another iteration in our Saison series "Set the Vector" weighing in at 6.4% ABV. For this one we invited all the grains to the party including spelt, barley, rye, rice, oats & wheat to create a very soft profile and fun body texture to pair with those wonderful Saison esters. On Friday we have a fresh batch of the American Pale Ale "Lil' Shimmy Ye'" tapping. This is an oatted up APA, electric dirt, sticky and soft with notes of apricot pulp and honeydew melon nectar. An eclectic heirloom grist gives a wrinkle of crackery biscuit malt, just ‘nuff to let an ewey dewey DDH combo of Belma, Citra and Mosaic hops pop, bright and dank. Finally on Friday we got the return of crowd favorite "Split the Megahertz", a 6.7% ABV American IPA. Splash of milk sugar makes this guzzler slick and chewy in the jugular. DDH of Lemondrop, Citra and Galaxy wrapped up in soft golden arms. Notes of ripe honeydew, mango bellini, nectarine and mixed melon delight.


    On Tap
    Chuck's Garage
    - American Session Ale - 4.7% ABV
    Nosh: Mosaic - American IPA - 7.2% ABV
    Chingas - Black IPA - 7.9% ABV
    Here There Be Monsters - American IPA - 6.8% ABV
    Mr. Pinkerton - American Wheat - 6.4% ABV
    Jersey Squirrel - American Pale Ale - 6% ABV
    Set the Vector: 6 Grain - Saison - 6.4% ABV
    The 5 Galileos - Belgian Tripel - 9.4% ABV

    Tapping This Weekend
    Lil' Shimmy Ye' (Tapping Friday)
    - American Pale Ale - 5.8% ABV
    Split the Megahertz (Tapping Saturday) - American IPA - 6.7% ABV

    The growler fills for this weekend will be:
    Chuck's Garage - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Chingas - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Mr. Pinkerton - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Here There Be Monsters - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    The 5 Galileos - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Set the Vector: 6 Grain - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Jersey Squirrel - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Lil' Shimmy Ye' (Friday) - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available
    Split the Megahertz (Saturday) - 32 or 64 ounce growler vessel fills available


    Total Volume limits are 64oz max per person per type of beer.

    In the Secondary (coming up)
    Name TBD
    - Milk Porter
    Shimmy Ye' - American IPA
    Nosh: Sabro - American IPA
    Lil' Shimmy Ye' - American Pale Ale
    True Believers - American IPA
     
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  38. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    I missed the last batch of Lil' Shimmy... I need to stop in tonight for a growler before they cut it off.
     
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  39. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,221) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey
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    Sipped on some Set the Vector today and Lil Shimmy.

    The mouthfeel in this Set the Vector is a little softer, but it remains an awesome Saison.

    Like Shimmy is a little more bitter than its previous versions, from what I recall. Still hazy and fluffy, but it has a more pronounced herbal bitterness in this one to me.

    Still loving the Chingas
     
  40. njcraftfan

    njcraftfan Initiate (123) Dec 18, 2016 New Jersey

    had the saison Friday, and really liked it... back to a more unadulterated, lower ABV which was nice, but as you mention it had a softer, maybe richer mouthfeel

    have a growler of LSY that I'll probably tap later today and report back. Do you think its just a bit green (which is common I find on their fresh drops), or actually slightly different flavor profile?
     
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