Bolero Snort Flamabull, Bravehorn, Orange Cream Pop OVB So much beer, too little time!

Tasting: March 17, 2017
Beer #’s: 1,046 & 1,047

Bolero Snort

Flamabull, smoked porter (8.0% ABV) and Bravehorn Scottish ale, (7% ABV)

Bravehorn and Flamabull by Bolero Snort Brewing

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A number of years ago, I was introduced to one of the owners of Bolero Snort. It was at Stew Leonards in Clifton and the beer guy Greg said to me, “Hey this guy is opening a brewery tomorrow.” I asked the brewery’s name and wished him luck. I remember seeing him again at a tasting at Gary’s Wine in Wayne and by then they had established a local following. Nice people and I’m happy to support local craft beer entrepreneurs.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that puns abound with this brewery and seemingly each beer’s name has some twist on cows or bulls. It also seems like they’ve bucked the craft beer trend of producing IPA after IPA. It’s an interesting tactic as IPA dominates the space and perhaps they’d rather take the “long tail” approach. Smart marketing ploy to occupy a less crowded space.

First up is the smoked porter called Flamabull. They did a nice job here. Full of smokey flavor like the charred parts of barbecued meat. As it warms, it has some underlying coffee and mellow chocolate sweetness. Maybe a bit one dimensional but that’s okay. 88 points.

Next up is Bravehorn, a Scottish ale made with cranberries and orange peel. Not doing it for me. Yeasty banana, off-bitter, fruit just isn’t a great compliment- 65 points. A real clunker. Back to the fridge for something else.

Tasting: March 28, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer #: 1,047
ABV: 6.3%

Orange Cream Pop OVB (Orange Vanilla Bullsicle)

Orange Cream Pop OVB (Orange Vanilla Bullsicle)

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Bonus beer. Surprise find at Amazing Grapes in Pompton Lakes. Apparently, the manager set aside a four pack for another customer who failed to pick it up.

You’ll have to use your imagination with this beer and if you concentrate very hard, you can convince yourself that it tastes like an orange creamsicle. My advice let OVB warm up a bit as it lets the fresh and intense orange rind bitterness and the creamy mouthfeel shine through. a little funky aftertaste. If you can get beyond the fact that it isn’t an orange creamsicle in a can, you’ll get that this is a nice IPA. 91 points.

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