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trillium riwaka dry hopped fort point pale ale - 6.6% abv. trillium is a boston area brewery that was among the handful of breweries that was making north east ipas pretty early on, and although this is the first time that they’ve distributed packaged beer to nyc they also pioneered the mass production of these type of beers. I don’t know their beer that well, I didn’t have it until after they expanded (and admitted changing their yeast) but I didn’t like what I had at their boston location that much and the only things at their recent tørst event that I’d have again were a pale ale and a stout. I think a version of this is one of their regular offerings, and apparently this is the first time they used riwaka, a nz hop that has been extremely hard to find until recently. I heard an interview with the founder where he talks about how calling this, which is clearly a single ipa, a pale ale was intended to make a statement about how much further they were going to take things than other breweries. this is a pretty classic example of a north east ipa, the color, mouthfeel, and level of bitterness are pretty close to focal banger or any number of beers you can get from quite a few local breweries, and so on, but this is excellent and has the citra with extra gooseberry kind of flavor profile I associate with riwaka. I’ve only had a dozen of their beers at best, but if this is indicative of their beer I’m glad it may be available here more regularly. recommended.

@taion - this is the kind of thing that’s impossible to find at a reasonable price here. it was brought in at a high price and allocated to shops with high markups. this is a very good beer, but I’m sure that finback, other half, etc have some things that are just as good if you ignore the brewery name.

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trillium summer street india pale ale - 7.2% abv. this one uses simcoe and columbus, which sounds pretty old school. unfortunately it tastes like a bad ipa did about ten years ago - it’s a little too sweet, there’s no real depth, and while these cans have only been in nyc for a week or so (and the beer above tasted fresh to me) this seems like it’s pretty old. strongly not recommended, especially at the price.

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evil twin brewing new york city orange you glad this is another ipa? double ipa double dry-hopped with citra, el dorado, & mosaic hops. lightly fruited with blood orange - 8% abv. this pours a nice shade of reddish purple and smells a lot like blood orange juice, but it actually tastes like a beer, which wouldn’t be notable if almost any other nyc brewer made this. it’s pretty bitter, tastes more like pink grapefruit juice than blood orange juice even after I’ve read the side of the can, although there is a little bit of dankness in the finish. if I had to say why this is different from most of the other et nyc fruit beers it’s that while it tastes like a mixture of fruit and hops the mouthfeel is what you get in a normal ipa, which isn’t true of their milkshake beers or sours and so on and on and also on.

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to øl 45 dias mexican style lager - 4.5% abv. this is a extremely well made beer. there’s a simple set of clean, distinct flavors (sweet malt, citrus, a tiny bit of noble hops) that are demure and well balanced. is there another mexican lager at this price point? do I wish they’d sent an italian pilsner here? blah blah blah?

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evil twin brewing nyc august... the month of escaping nyc west coast pale ale double dry-hopped with citra & wimea - 5.5% abv. this is exactly what I want to drink right now - it’s just like the older beers, only less so, and the combination of citra and waimea manages to walk the same line blah blah blah. the title reminds me that both the spanish tourist who told my kids to shut up and I are lucky that I didn’t hear about it until I got home and he was able to carry on his insanely banal conversation until we got to new york.

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I rarely buy beer from a deli, but I was thirsty after being out in the heat all afternoon yesterday, so I went to the back of my corner store and found...scores of craft beers. Maybe 100. And this is  not (or doesn't bill itself as) a specialist beer place. Is this common now? 

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evil twin brewing nyc let me get uhhh... double ipa double dry-hopped with citra, belma, & simcoe - 8% abv. I picked this one up because the hop bill sounded kind of old school, and google confirms that even the lesser used belma hop has been out since 2012. that said this is pretty much a textbook north east double ipa that has a nice combination of orange, grapefruit, mint, and maybe a little bit of stone fruit in the finish. this is one of the more enjoyable hoppy beers I’ve had from etnyc and so on.

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juicy & wild muscar-elle brewed and bottled  by lambiek fabriek beer of a unique unfiltered blend of self-brewed, spontaneously fermented lambics, aged in oak barrels and macerated with the muscaris grape, cultivated in limburg, belgium - 8.8% abv. this pours a clear yellow and smells strongly of brett and white wine, and it actually tastes a lot like a california viognier, except with a heavier body and a lot more oak. there’s a lot of brett here, but it’s mostly pretty clean and the absence of real funk makes this more like a wine than the typical lambic, but there’s some jammy fruit that tastes a little bit like malt and the brett basically tastes like beer to me. there’s a lot detail here, some sips taste like cherry, some gooseberry, and there’s a really pleasant mixture of a lacto like tartness and some sweetness in the finish. there’s also a lot more oak in the finish than I prefer, but overall this is still pretty enjoyable and I’ll be sure to try more of their stuff. this is the first new lambic producer to come to the us in a long time, and it compares well with anything not made by cantillion blah blah blah and blah.

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On 8/12/2022 at 1:41 AM, Sneakeater said:

Not that anyone cares, but I would just like to say that I like Pilsner better than IPA.

I like Lager better than IPA.

I like Kölsch better than IPA.

I like Gose better than IPA.

Just so you all know.

Me too. 

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