Two Roads Two Juicy

The name for Two Roads Brewing stems from a divergence, a separation, that poet Robert Frost wrote about: the road more commonly taken from “the one less traveled by.”

Located in Stratford, Connecticut Two Roads has an impressive portfolio that consist of nearly three dozen year round, seasonal, and specialty beers. One of their recent limited releases is an unfiltered New England style Double IPA.

ABV: 8.2%

Pour: A light golden color with a haziness to it.

Head: A frothy off white head raises and slowly fades without leaving any lacing.

Nose: Lots of sharp pine at first, followed by grapefruit and a hint of wheat.

Palate: Lighter than expected. Has a nice juicy core. The hops are really smooth with a nice flavor without being sticky or overly piney. The finish is clean and refreshing.

Overall: Really interesting. I was expecting a hop bomb since it’s a double IPA but that was not the case. It was extremely smooth and super juicy with plenty of fruit notes giving it an extremely refreshing finish for a double IPA. This would pair with many foods such as Thai food, BBQ chicken or even seafood.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints


Revolution Brewing Rosa

While working at Chicago’srevolution-rosa Goose Island Brewery, Josh Deth dreamt up the idea for what would become Revolution Brewing. After a few failed attempts, the perfect location popped up and a few years later the brewery opened in February 2010.

In a rather short period of time, Revolution has become one of the leaders and innovators in the craft brewing industry. In 2016, Revolution Brewing cracked into the Brewers Association’s list of the top 50 craft brewing companies in the United States.

Rosa is a highly drinkable golden ale steeped with hibiscus flowers. This seasonal brew is currently available locally in 6 pack cans.

5.8% ABV

Pour: Pours a vivid, medium pink. Has a nice off-white head with light pink hues.

Nose: Faint floral and ripe berry notes.

Palate: Sweet cherry and citrus notes up front with a some malty bread notes on the mid palate. Finishes clean with sweet cherry flavors.

Overall: This seasonal brew really hit the spot. Probably not something I could drink all day, but a nice treat on a warm summer day.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints

Dark City Blue Bishop IPA

The first craft brewery in historic Asbury Park NJ, Dark City Brewing opened off Main Street 18 months ago. Founded by lifelong Mommouth County resident Kevin Sharpe, the brewery features three 15-barrel fermenters, and a tasting room that features a line of core beers, mixed with seasonal and occasional limited releases that vary from IPA’s to Gose with collaborations from other local business.

Blue Bishop is an IPA with mosaic hops, fermented over a huge amount of Blueberries for a fruity finish.

ABV: 5.5% IBU’s: 45

Pour: (from Tap) A dark reddish almost mahogany color, the blueberries really imparted a nice color.

Head: Thin off-white lingers before leaving with no lacing.

Nose: A nice mix of hops and fruit, each there without over powering.

Palate: Lots of flavor and easy to drink. The hops lead with nice pine notes and hint acidity before the blueberries send it all home. The finish is clean, refreshing and leaves you coming back for more.

Overall: Awesome stuff! Some of our Bottle King stores have started receiving small shipments of Dark City, but this is the first I’ve tried and definitely won’t be the last. Just awesome! Enjoy with spicy pulled pork, oysters or fruit salad.

Great Lakes Steady Rollin Session IPA

Great Lakes Brewing Company, founded in 1988 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway, was the first brewpub and microbrewery in Ohio. What started as a dream between two brothers, has grown into the 21st largest brewery by volume in United States. Important to Cleveland’s local identity, the brewery distributes over a dozen year round and seasonal brews.

Steady Rollin is single hop session IPA brewed with mosaic hops and made to be an easy going IPA.

ABV: 4.8%   IBU: 50

Pour: A really rich amber color, clean with plenty of carbonation.

Head: Off-white and very thin, disappears about as quickly as it formed.

Nose: Floral, there’s a nice hop presence giving a good amount of pine. Some light tropical fruits notes in the background as well.

Palate: Lighter than expected, almost no malt notes at all. The hops are mild but still have pine punch and almost sticky feel in the mouth. Tropical fruit brings it together with just hint of acidity at the end.

Overall: Not what I was expecting but an overall nice session IPA. The mosaic hops really leave nice flavor and fruit while still leaving a bit of resin behind. Another solid beer from team at Great Lakes Brewing. Pair with chicken, spicy grilled sausages or fresh summer salad.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

Cigar City Florida Cracker

Hailing from the land of theme parks florida-cracker-web-2and golf carts, Tampa’s Cigar City brewing is now one of the area’s major attractions. Founded in 2009, Cigar City has won numerous awards and has grown from producing around 1,000 barrels a year, to over 65,000 last year. A recent partnership with Oskar Blues should allow even further growth over the next few years, so keep an eye out for wider distribution of these Florida favorites!

Florida Cracker, one of the brewery’s regular releases, is a Belgian Styler White Ale brewed with unmalted wheat, orange peel and coriander.

5.5% ABV

Pour: Very light in color. Pours a pale, hazy yellow/gold with a then white head.

Nose: You get the coriander right off the bat, with hints of lemon, and orange.

Palate: Lots of lemon zest, Orange peel,  and banana, with hints of brown sugar and herbs. A slight tart on the finish. Very refreshing.

Overall: I first had this beer while relaxing at the beach. It is absolutely perfect for these hot summer days. Light, refreshing and highly recommended.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints

Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood IPA

Founded in 1995, Dogfish HeadFlesh-&-Blood-IPA-Cans could be one the most recognizable craft beer brands in the United States. Located in Milton Delaware and founded by Sam Calagione, they brew around 175,000 barrels of beer a year (that’s over 5 million gallons!). Known for their “off centered ales,” this wide ranging portfolio is geared towards unique and non-traditional recipes.

The Flesh & Blood IPA is a well hopped IPA, brewed with orange peel, lemon flesh, and blood orange juice. Not just a clever name here folks!

7.5% ABV

Pour: A surprisingly dark copper/amber with hints of light orange hues.

Head: An off white/cream head that quickly dissipates.

Nose: Hints or orange and grapefruit with a balance of sweet aromas, and floral hop notes.

Palate: Lots of orange peel and bitter lemon right up front. A nice balance of sweet and sour. The finish is very smooth with a lingering taste of chocolate covered caramel. Think Riesen candies.

Overall: A very nice pour. I must say that I was a bit surprised by this one, based on previous experiences with Dogfish Head IPAs. The bitter hop notes were really nowehere to be found. Lots of juicy flavors with a nice sweet/toasty wheat backbone. Very well done. Great for the season, but also has the stuffing to hold up to the cooler temperatures in the fall.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints

Left Hand Saison aux Baies Ameres

Left-Hand-Saison-Aux-Baies-AmeresThe Left Hand Brewery in Longmont, Colorado opened for business on January 22, 1994. Started by college buddies Dick Doore and Eric Wallace, the idea first came to light when Dick received a home brewing kit from his brother in the early 1990’s. Their first attempt was Sawtooth Ale, which has since become Left Hand’s most popular brew. Today, Doore and Wallace make over 3 dozen beers, distributed in 29 states.

Pour: A light pinkish hue, with mild carbonation.

Head: Very thin and airy, disappears quickly without leaving anything behind.

Nose: Pretty standard farmhouse aromas, mostly wheat with a little fruit on the end.

Palate: Dry and crisp, lighter than one might expect. Not as much wheat from the nose, there is some hint of cherry on the end but very mild. Finish is clean with some acidity.

Overall: Much lighter than other Saisons I’ve had a lately. Not as much spice and would have enjoyed a little more fruit but still an easy summer sipper. A nice pairing with roasted chicken, Middle Eastern food or creamy style cheeses.