Tröegs Brewing – Nimble Giant Review

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Brewery: Tröegs Brewing
Style: DIPA
ABV: 9.0%
My Cost: $5.00 (16oz)
Glassware: Pint, Snifter
Temp: 55°F
Availability: Once a Year
Purchased@: The Fridge

Quick Take: Nimble Giant, it’s not you, it’s me. I like you just fine, but it’ll never be love. You got everything that brings the beer nerds to the yard, but to me, you’re a grapefruity, pineapple and sweet-tinged session beer that drinks far too big for its britches. An unusually heavy mouth feel that features every bit of the ABV means that you’ll never be more than my once a year DIPA booty call.

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Sixpoint Brewery – Puff Review

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Brewery: Sixpoint Brewery
Style: DIPA (Double IPA)
ABV: 9.8%
My Cost: $13 (4pk)
Glassware: Snifter, Puff Glass
Temp: 50°F
Availability: Limited
Purchased@: Friendly Greek

Quick Take: Puff bridges a gap for those that like their IPAs West coast caramel, resin, pine and grapefruit, adding in a danker element that dances around the upper New York area and not quite going full New England. It doesn’t have the deepest hop profile or palate challenging flavors, but damn if it isn’t tasty and one of the best I’ve had from Sixpoint in quite some time. An absolute winner.

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Sole Artisan Ales – Turbo Nerd Review

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Brewery: Sole Artisan Ales
Style: “Extra” IPA (Imp.)
ABV: 7.5%
My Cost: $6 (16oz)
Glassware: Snifter, Tulip
Temp: 50°F
Availability: One Off
Purchased@: The Fridge

Quick Take: Turbo Nerd could actually use a stronger kick of bitterness, but I’ll always favor layered fruit over early addition IBUs. The finish and carbing are a little limp as well, but minor issues for what is a very flavorful, tropical fruit-forward IPA well worth your time and money. Drink local!

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DBRcast Minisode – Fiddlehead Brewing – Mastermind

DBRcast Logo 5The baby lockdown continues, so here’s the first in a series of banked audio beer reviews. We drank a fresh can of Fiddlehead’s Mastermind back in the wee days of November 2015 and discussed the tastes, smells and trade-worthiness. That and we took a look at William Fichtner’s career for no discernible reason at the top. All in under 9 minutes!

Warning: This here podcast contains the salty language, so delicate ears need not apply.

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Neshaminy Creek – The Shape of Hops to Come Review

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Brewery: Neshaminy Creek Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.5%
Cost: $4 (16oz)
Glassware: Tulip, Snifter, Teku
Temp: 50°F
Availability: July – Dec. (July 2015)
Purchased@: Sabatini’s Pizza
Released: Late (Mid-October)
Drank: Mid-December

Quick Take: I love the toasty grain, the sweet resin pine and dry, bitter finish that Shape offers, but find the very mild but present skunky cannabis aspect a turn off. Regardless, PA/NJ drinkers have every right to be excited for what Neshimany Creek brewed, which has the toasted grain and orange juice qualities of higher profile New England style IPAs that are woefully underrepresented in the Keystone State. While this beer wasn’t a punch in the face awakening, it did take a swing at me and make me take notice of Neshaminy Creek as a brewer. A solid DIPA and one I think most bitter-is-better IPA drinkers will dig.

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