River Horse Citrus Maximus IPA

A local NJ favorite, River Horse citrusmaximusBrewing Company has grown into one of the area premier craft breweries. I have had the pleasure of visiting this brewery on multiple occasions, and though I do miss the old location in the charming town of Lambertville, the new production facility allows for a better visit.

Citrus Maximus IPA is double dosed with Citra hops, by adding them in the boil, and again during the dry hop where they combine with Mosaic  for a complex fruity aroma. They also used huge amounts of passion fruit and white grapefruit to create this super citrus, refreshing IPA.

ABV: 4.9%

Pour: Cloudy yellow orange.

Head: Nice, thick off-white head

Nose: A lot of citrus notes and grapefruit.

Palate: Very juicy on the palate. Big grapefruit flavor, with citrus notes.

Finish: Subtle hop notes finish out the experience to balance out the citrus flavors on the palate.

Overall: A very nice pour. Easy drinker with session level ABV. Worth picking up a four pack.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

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Magnify Vine Shine IPA

Over the last year or so,MAGNIFY VINESHINE2 the growing “eat local” craze has infiltrated the highly competitive craft beer market. Familiar names have been replaced on beer lists with local craft brews, and the coveted shelf space in retail outlets has been grabbed up by these, until recently, unknown breweries.

One of the big players in the market is Magnify Brewing Company, based out of Fairfield, NJ. I haven’t had the pleasure of stopping by the brewery yet, but a tasting event at our Wayne location last week allowed me to finally sample a few of their beers. We had a couple of limited releases, as well as Vine Shine IPA, one of their more widely distributed releases.

This beer was inspired by both East and West coast IPAs. Drawing its dank piney hop character from the West, and its smooth light bitterness, along with its dry “crushabilty” from the East.

6.5% ABV

Pour: Slightly hazy, straw yellow/gold.

Head: Fairly thin, foamy white.

Nose: Faint hop aromas with hints of citrus.

Palate: Smooth, low bitterness, very modest notes citrus/tropical fruit flavors. Finish is very fresh and clean.

Overall: The brewery describes this one as “crushable.” I would say that is a fair statement. This local brew really hit the spot on a warm spring day. Great intro to the IPA style as it is not over the top with hoppy bitterness.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints