SingleCut has found itself in a bit of trouble as of late and has had to close down for the time being due to some violations with NYC. I’m not letting it change the way I feel about their beers, which is very positively. I have been doing my best to track down all of their hoppy offerings. Here is one of their rotating American IPAs, Weird & Gilly which comes in at 6.6% ABV.
Appearance: Super hazy orange copper color. 1 finger fluffy, pillowy head with good retention and nice lacing. Clean looking label, has that nice matte feel to it.
Nose: Mango, tropical fruit, passionfruit, orange and lime. Pine and resin come through as well, really big on the tropical notes on this nose.
Taste/Mouth: Some tropical fruit carrying over but bit on the toasted cracker and biscuit malt flavors. Some orange, pine, floral and earthy notes. Finishes dry and bitter with a medium to thin feel. Medium to high carbonation. Very easy to drink.
Price/Availability: Grabbed it while in Massachusetts for about $8.
Overall: Weird & Gilly is my third SingleCut beer I have had and while it is certainly a solid IPA it falls short to SSMS and Mo’Shuggie. This is still a great beer and extremely drinkable. Would love to try it again, especially if it could be on draft. Loved the passionfruit and lime notes on the nose. I will definitely continue to grab up all the SingleCut I can!
18th Street has finally started distributing to Chicago early this Summer and man did it feel like a long time coming for the Indiana brewery. I recently took a trip down to their Hammond location Brewpub, which on top of serving their great beer also has some pretty damn good eats. Lake Street Express comes in at 3.5% ABV.
Appearance: Hazy, cloudy straw yellow with a nice frothy head and nice lacing with decent head retention. I like the can art, 18th Street in general has great art.
Nose: Lemon, grapefruit, pineapple. A very delicate nose but very pleasant. Floral, citrus and a light malt presence.
Taste/Mouth: Some nice tropical flavors, mango, grapefruit, no real bitterness at all but decent flavors. Super light feel with a good bite of carbonation and a nice biscuit malt backbone. Finishes light and crisp. Definitely a nice light crushable summer session.
Price/Availability: Rotating beer from 18th and around $10/6 pack.
Overall: This feels like an awesome hot weather beer. Easy as hell to drink, not incredibly complex but I don’t think it needs to be. Its enjoyable and highly crushable (3.5%) while maintaining enough depth to keep you interested while drinking. I will say it would be nice if the price point moved down a little bit. I would have this again, definitely a spring/summer patio drinker.
It seems Lagunitas has finally reluctantly jumped on the canning trend in craft beer. Tony Magee, the founder of Lagunitas, went on some pretty epic rants on his twitter about canning and how horrible it is and how Lagunitas would never do it a while back. Well its 2016 now and here is the 12th of Never, Lagunitas’s new APA which is definitely in a can. 12th of Never comes in at 5.5% ABV.
Appearance: Pretty clear golden color with a 1 finger head and decent retention, great lacing. The “12 oz mini keg” or a can for most people also features a bottle cap, perhaps an ode to their firm stance on bottles being the better vessel.
Nose: Lots of grapefruit along with pineapple, mango, passionfruit and some toasted malt notes up front. It is a Lagunitas beer, you get a nice dose of their house yeast for sure and you can tell this is a Lag beer.
Taste/Mouth: Taste follows suit with the aroma but is pretty mild. You get the pineapple and grapefruit for sure with lots of toasted and cereal malt flavors. Super balanced and very accessible. Slightly bitter, crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink. A great session beer, feels very much like a session IPA instead of an APA, although I know that line is sometimes very blurry.
Price/availability: $17/12 pack of 12oz cans which is very solid as Lagunitas prices always are.
Overall: Lagunitas finally, reluctantly, canned a beer! It was the right move, they needed to compete with Founders putting All Day in 12 packs of cans and other breweries making similar moves. 12th of Never is a solid APA, I mean Lagunitas never fails to put out quality product. Here in the midwest though it has stiff competition with Revolutions Fist City which I hold as the staple for canned APAs here. Nonetheless I am glad to have this as an option to grab when heading to a party.
I recently had the pleasure of getting to Trillium’s brewery in Canton, MA and oh man did it live up to the hype. First of all the actual facility, minus the weird rules about how many samples/beers you can have, was beautiful. Trillium is THE brewery right now, everyone everywhere wants a piece of them and it seems as though right now they can do no wrong. I brought home a variety 4 pack of their beers for reviews so expect a few in the upcoming posts. Scaled comes in at 7% ABV.
Appearance: Super, super hazy golden murky color, or turbid as all the kids are saying these days. Looks like straight up juice, they should do a photo series “Beer or Juice”.
Nose: Juicy, very juicy and fruity. Tropical, citrus, some stone fruits. I can easily grab lime and grapefruit out of the aroma. I think El Dorado adds an interesting aspect to this as it isn’t a hop I would typically envision as part of the bill for these juice bombs, while Citra is.
Taste/Mouth: Citrus, tropical and juicy fruit bomb. Not much bitterness at all except the end finishes slightly bitter and dry. Fresh peach, nectarine, tangerine and pineapple. Good medium feel with medium carbonation. Really no evidence of the alcohol at all. Can easily crush a ton of these.
Price/Availability: Got a mixed 4 pack at the brewery for around $14 I believe.
Overall: After recently visiting the brewery I can finally jump on the Trillium hype train and for once I am totally down to ride this hype train. These guys are making some outstanding beers and pushing the boundaries of the IPA style. This isn’t even close to being their best offering, which is hilarious since this would probably be the crown jewel beer for so many other breweries. Trillium are the kings of the NE style juice bomb IPA right now and they don’t show any signs of slowing down.
I first heard of this beer even before it was actually released. Lord Hobo did some seriously extensive advertising in Beer Advocate leading up to the actual release of their beers. Needless to say I loved the advertising campaign and ever since have been excited to try their beers. Boom Sauce is their flagship American IPA and comes in at 8% ABV.
Appearance: Super hazy glowing orange color with a 1 finger head and some really nice retention. The beer has great lacing as well. Huge fan of the cans look and all of Lord Hobo’s marketing.
Nose: Pine, resin, grapefruit, pineapple and some sweet caramel malt. Right off the bat smells way more like a West Coast or Midwest Style than a NE style IPA. Honey, herbal, earthy and floral notes all come through as well.
Taste/Mouth: Grapefruit, orange, piney and resin hop notes. Good malt sweetness to back up the big bitterness of this beer. Big citrus notes throughout the taste and feels moderate to heavy while finishing dry and bitter. Little heat on the back but easy to drink mostly.
Price/Availability: 4 pack for around $10 in Worcester where I picked this beer up.
Overall: This and Steal This Can are Lord Hobo’s flagship IPAs and Boom Sauce is their crack at a New England Style IPA. It certainly looks the part of a NE IPA but the aroma and taste lean way more toward a west coast feeling IPA. Now don’t get me wrong I have no problem with that but even if your looking at this going in as a West Coast IPA it still feels slightly lacking. It is decent enough but this beer has some rough competition over in Massachusetts and the whole Northeast right now. It probably falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. I would drink it again but I wouldn’t doubt it if I picked something else over it.
It was a nice surprise to find this can of Peekskill’s single hopped Galaxy American Pale Ale Amazeballs in a trade recently. I wasn’t expecting it as my friend let me know it was a bit pricey and he didn’t think he would be getting it. It was one of the beers I requested as it has garnered some hype recently. Amazeballs comes in at 4.7% ABV.
Appearance: Very hazy golden yellow with a pillowy 1 finger head. Super sticky lacing as you drink this one. The can is very aesthetically pleasing.
Nose: Some nice mango and pineapple notes, not surprising as this is a single hopped Galaxy APA. Tropical fruits are on display, pretty dank nose for a 4.7% pale ale, you can smell as soon as you crack the can.
Taste/Mouth: Very fruity and juicy. Pineapple, mango and the tropical fruit carry over from the nose. Feels more like an IPA than an APA. Some orange, lemon and cracker malt flavors are present as well. Easy drinking but definitely big Galaxy hop characters.
Price/Availability: $16/4 pack at the brewery which is kind of ridiculous and insane. If you ask me that price point is way too high especially for a newer brewery and beer. As mentioned earlier I got this in a trade.
Overall: A damn good display of Galaxy in a nice single hopped APA from the Hudson Valley. This is an exciting beer and one I would certainly drink again given the opportunity. The price point though is kind of outrageous, $16 for a 4 pack of 4.7% APAs. I would feel way better about this beer if the price was $10-$12 and would have probably bumped the grade up a bit. That being said if you have the opportunity to grab this one without burning a hole in your pocket do it!
A few weeks back I posted my review of the first SingleCut beer I was able to get my hands on, Softly Spoken Magic Spells, which received a perfect mark. I requested some more SingleCut in one of my latest trades with one of my east coast friends. Mo’Shuggie Soulbender IPA comes in at 7.4% ABV.
Appearance: Awesome hazy glowing orange color. Off-white 1/2 finger head and super sticky rings of lacing as you drink it down. A really great looking beer.
Nose: Super dank nose. Resin, pine, weed, spicy, fresh cut grass, great tropical and citrus fruit aromas. Orange, grapefruit and mango are easily distinguished. Super awesome juicy and delicious smelling beer.
Taste/Mouth: Unbelievably tasty beer. Great grapefruit flavors come through from the nose with some honey sweetness. Resin, sap and piney hop flavors. Orange, mango and peach fruit flavors are very present as well. Super juicy mouth feel. Some earthy and grass notes as well.
Price/Availability: I believe currently they distribute on the east coast in the NYC area. I am not certain on price as I got this in a trade.
Overall: My second go at a SingleCut beer and goddamn they kill it again. Mo’Shuggie is an incredibly complex beer that you can continue to peel back the layers of as you dig through the aroma and flavor, which is difficult because it’s so good it is hard not to just crush it. SingleCut really seems to unleash hop aromas and flavors in all their glory in these beers. Like Softly Spoken Magic Spells this beer is one you should absolutely be seeking out and like SSMS, it hits a perfect score.