Beer Review: Rushing Duck 4th Anniversary Brux IPA

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More beer from one of my favorite NY breweries and home of the infamous James the Brewery Cat, this is Brux IPA, the 4th Anniversary beer from Rushing Duck. Brux is a celebration of Rushing Duck turning 4 and a platform to show off their beloved brewery cat. Named after the unique strand of yeast Saccharomyces Bruxellensis, RD added pink peppercorn to give it an even more unique twist. Brux comes in at 7.2% ABV.

Appearance: Very hazy deep orange color with a nice 1 finger head, really great lacing. James is popping out of a birthday cake on the anniversary bottle and is also featured on the canned version, what more could you ask for.

Nose: Nice floral, tropical fruit, musty, white grape, some pine resin, lime, lemon, earthy, mango, pineapple and spicy hop notes. It features Azacca, El Dorado, Mosaic, Meridian hops.

Taste/Mouth: Floral, earthy, spicy and some lemon flavors initially. There are some nice tropical and pineapple flavors as well. You get an interesting spicy peppery flavor through the middle from the pink peppercorns. It is nice and easy to drink for 7.2% ABV and feels medium with a nice bite of carbonation. Finishes pretty clean and slightly bitter.

Price/Availability: This was a one time only bottle for the breweries 4th anniversary but they have since brought it back as a canned beer which comes around every once and a while.

Overall: James!!! Cheers to 4 years of Rushing Duck beers, 4 years of some damn good beers I might add. This was an interesting one, but one I enjoyed it quite a bit. Definitely great depth of flavor that kept me interested all the way through. The Saccharomyces Bruxellensis strain of yeast the beer was named after, along with the pink peppercorn addition and a hop bill full of some of my favorites (El Dorado & Mosaic, hello!) this was a great way to celebrate. They have since brought this one back in cans and made it a bit more accessible by lowering the ABV to 6%. Here’s to 4 more years RD!

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Rushing Duck Consumer Friendly Keg Mover

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Rushing Duck, home of the hardest working brewery cat in the business James the Brewery Cat, is back with a hoppy lager in Consumer Friendly Keg Mover. CFKM is quite the mouthful to say, and type so we will go with the abbreviation moving forward. CFKM comes in at 5.3% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow 1/2 finger head and some great lacing. Basic can with a decal on it, fits the beer.

Nose: Floral, earthy, citrus and lemon. It has some yeasty and even smells a little farmhousy or tart. Malt is present as well with toasty and cracker notes.

Taste/Mouth: Definitely malt forward with the cracker, bready malt at the forefront with floral and citrus hops throughout. Peppery and some yeasty notes, finishes dry and spicy hop flavors linger on your tongue. It actually has a very full feel to it and doesn’t feel thin like a lot of other session beers out there. It is more complex than advertised for sure.

Price/Availability: Cans are a brewery release and as you would imagine they do a lot of kegs of this one.

Overall: It is an interesting take on the hoppy session lager which is a new variant of the already popular session beer which lots of breweries are taking a swing at this style or something along the lines. I was expecting a little more hop forward but it was more of a solid sessionable lager with the malt flavors at the forefront and some nice complimentary hop notes. I didn’t love it but it was well done and I would certainly grab it on draft or drink it again when in the Hudson Valley.

Grade: B-

Beer Review: Newburgh MegaBoss IPA

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MegaBoss is Newburgh Brewing’s American IPA showcasing 7 different hop varieties and all the things they love in an American style IPA. It is meant to be an IPA enjoyed over and over again. MegaBoss comes in at 7% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a small 1/2 finger head and a little bit of lacing on the glass as you drink. A lot going on for can artwork but the colors are very nice.

Nose: Tropical fruit, earthy, juicy, with lots of pineapple. Solid juicy tropical fruit nose, which is apparently what they were going for. Some pine and floral notes as well.

Taste/Mouth: Follows with tropical and citrus fruit flavors. Also earthy and floral characters coming through in the middle. Its very crisp and easy drinking with moderate hop bitterness. It finishes dry and bitter, moderate carbonation.

Price/Availability: 4 pack of 16oz cans is around $12, which is a a solid price point. I got this can in a trade. They distribute in the NY/NJ area I believe.

Overall: A real solid offering from a Hudson Valley, NY brewery. A great drinkable beer I would certainly have again, would love to try it on draft. I meant to make my way up to the brewery before I moved (they had just opened shortly before my move), hopefully I will get the opportunity to get over there at some point. MegaBoss while not a mind-blowing standout beer, does what it was intended to do, be an American IPA you can enjoy and count on as a go to option again and again.

Grade: B

Beer Review: Peekskill Amazeballs APA

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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!

Grade: B+