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#3241 AaronS

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 06:51 AM

evil twin ridgewood ressurection double dry hopped india pale ale - 8% abv. this is another one from their initial can release, and like last nights beer it was brewed with one hop (nelson) and dry hopped with a combination of the hop it was brewed with and an additional hop (citra). this is very similar to last night’s beer stylistically, there’s a bunch of soft fruit flavors that are just bitter enough that they’re closer to the hill farmstead beers than grimm, which actually seem like fair comparisons. there’s some nice orange, lime, pineapple, and so on. this doesn’t really taste like nelson to me, but it’s terrific blah blah blah. this is one of the best ne style ipas I’ve had in a long time. my strongest recommendation.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:49 AM

other half triple cream triple dry hopped imperial oat cream india pale ale - 10% abv. this one adheres to other half’s naming conventions - it’s the triple version of their cheddar ipa with lactose added, and has the citra, eukanot, wai-iti, and kohatu that cheddar has, along with citra lupulin powder and galaxy. they’ve made this a few times, but this is the first time I’ve had it even though it’s older than the consistently enjoyable single hopped triple ipas with the same abv that they’ve released a lot recently. this is a huge beer, as the abv and brewery suggest, but it’s surprisingly nuanced and there’s a nice mixture of orange, peach, melon, and mango that’s big and rich without being too boozy. this exceeded my expectations blah blah blah.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 01:05 AM

other half triple mylar daydream imperial oat cream india pale ale - 11.3% abv. this is at least the fourth version of this beer - the original was one of the best beers I’d had at that point and was definitively the best use of lupulin powder or cryo hops that I had come across in late 2016. the original beer had an incredible combination of huge flavors and delicacy, which the later ddh version more or less preserved and wasn’t ruined in the daydream/lactose version. this is the biggest other half ipa I can remember, and the booze is apparent thoroughout in a way that makes you wonder why last nights 10.5% abv wasn’t good enough. this isn’t terrible, of course, and the bright tropical flavors have some nice papaya blah blah blah but I do wonder when enough will be enough blah blah blah.

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 03:24 AM

to ol d’s nuts enjoy the big showdown between fat, rich hazelnuts and earthy sweet dark nuts oatmeal stout with hazelnuts - brewed at de proef, 12% abv. this is an odd one. I don’t really like the new crop of nut filled adjunct stouts, but de proef has such a deft hand with adjuncts that I thought I might like this. there’s some big rich malt and hazelnut flavors at first, but it’s followed by an odd wood note that tastes a lot like the cedar aged beers I’ve had in an unpleasant way and this is the only to ol beer I remember disliking.

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 03:16 PM

Aaron have you ever had Yesfolk ?


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Posted 06 February 2019 - 06:01 PM

never heard of it.

eta: so I googled it and you’re talking about the place in troy, ny? it didn’t sound appealing at first but I guess that’s it’s the logical next step of the current all adjunct everything phase of american brewing.

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 12:36 AM

evil twin brewing new york city et found home pilsner hops: german hallertau - 5% abv. these cans have a picture of the pay phone inside the new et brewery in ridgewood, and refer to the number you can call during the week to set aside cans (as well as a bad movie from my childhood), which is a customer friendly service that they won’t be able to do if the demand for the beer ever becomes commensurate with the quality of the initial releases. (I’m not sure that will happen, the current situation where other half is the only local brewery that doesn’t need to distribute despite their size is driven by things other than the quality of their beer, but hopefully the root + branch connection will help them. the evil twin brand has little or no cachet among the trading community that seems to be driving other half’s sales.) anyways... this is a very nice if not really traditional pilsner. it has wheat in it, which gives it a slightly hazy appearance and while there’s a little bit of wheat in the finish this mostly tastes like honey and bread with some nicely floral citrus notes in the finish that have a little bit of noble spice. the guy I bought the beer from mentioned that some of the etny beers are versions of their older beers, and I wonder if this is a play on low life, which has a similarly fruity finish. this isn’t strong enough to make me say it’s on the level of the suarez stuff, but I like this as much as anything I’ve had from threes and all but maybe one of the interboro lagers. recommended.

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:36 AM

other half double mosiac dream double dry hopped imperial india pale ale - 8.5% abv. this is another one that just doesn’t work for me. I’ve posted about it before, it’s a part of a their regular rotation, and since it’s an all mosiac beer dream doesn’t mean lactose. this is slightly buzzy, and has some of the berry tinged citrus character that mosiac sometimes has, but it’s a little too sweet and there’s some apparent alcohol. this is far from bad but I don’t see why I keep reading about how good this is.

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 02:18 PM

never heard of it.

eta: so I googled it and you’re talking about the place in troy, ny? it didn’t sound appealing at first but I guess that’s it’s the logical next step of the current all adjunct everything phase of american brewing.

 

yeh, it looks interesting.. they have a few things going on.. i have someone reaching out to them.. 


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Posted 07 February 2019 - 02:22 PM

We have Hermit Thrush, Tall Dark and Handsome on Tap.. Hermit Thrush is a very interesting Brewery up in Vermont.. We rarely get their beers when we do, I usually really like them. 

 

 

 

Wild native yeasts offer an experience steeped in Vermont’s complex terroir, the basis for all that we dream up. We exclusively use our own wild yeast and native mixed-fermentation cultures from Brattleboro, which develop our signature fruity, phunky, and tart flavors, giving our sour beers a distinctly Vermont taste you won't find anywhere else. We source much of our grain, hops, barrels, and fruits from farms located within 40 miles of our brewery to further support our taste of place.

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This beer is describe as the following 

 

 

 

Tall, Dark & Handsome is a Belgian take on a classic English Style. This is a big, bold, barrel aged beer with a deceptively strong kick. Its deep red-brown color hints at malty caramel notes that are dominated by bright fruit tartness, spicy esters and an aroma of honey. The first sip just might make you swoon.

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 03:45 PM

 

never heard of it.

eta: so I googled it and you’re talking about the place in troy, ny? it didn’t sound appealing at first but I guess that’s it’s the logical next step of the current all adjunct everything phase of american brewing.

 

yeh, it looks interesting.. they have a few things going on.. i have someone reaching out to them.. 

 

 

I hope they are paying Wes Anderson royalties.

 

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 04:47 PM

We go to the same cobbler. 


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 05:18 AM

stillwater artisanal remember me double india pale ale double dry hopped with citra and nelson sauvin - brewed at great south bay brewing in bay shore, 8% abv. finding good examples of this kind of beer has gotten steadily easier over the last couple of years, and I think the great south bay stuff is consistently as good as the local brewers that distribute. this is the fifth entry in the silver can series that started with retail, and this has a nice combination of pineapple, papaya, and maybe melon that’s a little bit bitter and is sweet in a way that makes the fruit richer, which is among my most effusive boilerplate. buying beer this good at a store makes it hard to imagine why I continue to go out of my way for beer.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 01:08 PM

evil twin brewing new york city how much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains double dry hopped india pale ale - brewed at etnyc in ridgewood, 7% abv. this is another two hop release from etny, this one’s got mosiac and montueka (which must be a typo) and has the usual tropical fruit you associate with those hops. this isn’t as nice as the single ipa from the previous release, it’s not as soft and layered, but I never liked motueka as much blah blah blah.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:21 PM

 

russian river brewing company pliny the elder - 8% abv, bottled 10 days ago.  this is another one of the seminal american ipas and has won as many awards.  I've seen russian river's brewer credited with making the first american double ipa, and this recipe goes back to 2000.  this is somewhere in-between the sierra and grimm beers above it, it's pale yellow in color and not very malty, although the hop notes have a slightly candied character to them.  the hop bill isn't that exotic, amarillo, ctz, centennial, and simcoe are all pretty familiar at this point, but this is a truly exceptional version of a pretty familiar set of flavors.  it's reasonably bitter, and has the same citrus and pine that turns into stone fruit and melon flavor profile that a lot of things do, only it's better than the hundreds of similar beers out there. there's a lot of delicacy and nuance here, and it avoids the flaws you often get with these kind of beers and it's easy to see why this was once regarded as the epitome of american beer.

 

So in 2014, when Aaron recommended this to me, I said "Pliny the Elder sounds a bit too hoppy & resiny for my tastes".  I'm still not a fan of IPAs, particularly the West Coast ones, but Pliny was way better than I was expecting.  Far more citrus notes and to me, much less of the resiny, bitter overtones. 

 

Our dinner guest brought us 3 bottles, and we still have one plus a little bit of #2 left.  Pliny the Younger is currently on tap at the brewery, but IMO no beer is worth standing in line for hours for.

 

 

I've now tasted Pliny the Younger without having to wait on line for hours.  Today, Gott's Roadside at the Ferry Building is offering it at $5 for 5 oz., provided you buy food.  I went after the lunch rush, bought a hummus and vegetable platter, and got my beer in about 2 minutes.  Now this is really resiny and bitter, though it still manages to be in balance.  The 5 oz. taste was enough for me.  However, I honestly don't see what the fuss is about; I think its relative scarcity is what the drawing card is.


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