SingleCut Beersmiths Are you Ready Steve? & Harry Doesn't Mind (or does he?) and Jenny Said...

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Are You Ready Steve? by SingleCut Beersmiths

Tasting: May 26, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer # 1,067
ABV: 7.0%

Like most of SingleCut’s beers, the name comes from the lyrics of a song. This time Are You Ready Steve? comes from the song Ballroom Blitz by Sweet.

A lot of unripened fruit going on in this beer. Very succinct and potent orange rind, green pineapple and some herbal qualities. Another solid beer from SingleCut Beersmiths. I’ll say 90 points.

Harry Doesn’t Mind by SingleCut Beersmiths

Tasting: May 27, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer # 1,068
ABV: 8.0%

Harry Doesn't Mind Imperial IPA by SingleCut Beersmiths

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Another beer, another song lyric. Did you guess? The dog may be from the Dire Straits video, Money for Nothing but the specific lyric is from Dire Straits, Sultans of Swing. Not sure why but every time I hear that song it reminds me of Freshman Baseball practice. I think I just bought the 8-Track (yes, I’m old enough to have bought those). I played the bejeebers out of that song.

As far as the beer, really nicely polished with a lot of complexity. Peach, mango and definitely some citrus rind. A boozy astringency cuts through a syrupy sweet base. Very drinkable, 91 points.

Jenny Said Singlecut Beersmiths

Tasting: June 10, 2017
Style: Double-Dry Hopped IPA
Beer #: 1,069
ABV: 7.7%

SingleCut Jenny Said, Double Dry-Hopped Imperial IPA

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And we go to Lou Reed’s song, Rock & Roll. “Jenny Said that when she was 5-years-old, you know that nothing’s happenin’ at all”

Lots happenin’ in this Double-Dry Hopped IPA. Peach, nectarine, white grapes. Jenny said this is an easy drinker, I said, 90 points.

While you’re here, read about SingleCut Softly Spoken Magic Spells

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Doom Backstage Series Founders Brewing Barrel-Aged Triple IPA Founders Brewing

Doom Backstage Series Founders Brewing, Barrel-Age Imperial (Triple) IPA

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Tasting: June 3, 2017
Style: American Triple / Imperial IPA
Beer #: 1,066
ABV: 12.4%

Founders Doom, Barrel-Aged Imperial IPA

There have been 14 different releases in Founders Backstage Series. The series features pub favorites reproduced for the masses. And by masses, I mean the select few that get their names on lists; get to a beer store minutes after the truck leaves or find a dusty one in a store that should never have had it in the first place.

This particular beer was originally released in 2013 and was the sixth original beer in the series. A vacation kept me from acquiring a bottle the first time around. Tough call there, vacation? or beer run? I heard awesome things about Doom and I’m happy that they obliged with an encore.

In case you were wondering, here is the current log of Backstage Series releases:

1. Blushing Monk (2011, 2015) 88 points
2. Canadian Breakfast Stout (2011) 98 points
3. Curmudgeon’s Better Half (2012) 95 points
4. Frangelic Mountain Brown (2012) 90 points
5. Bolt Cutter (2012) 95 points
6. Doom (2013, 2017)
7. Mango Magnifico (2013, 2016) 82 points
8. Sweet Repute (2013) have a bottle ready to open.
9. Smoked Porter (2014) no interest.
10. Dissenter (2014) 93 points
11. Big Lushious (2014) 89 points
12. Project Pam (2015) 89 points
13. Redankulous (2015) 88 points
14. Lizard of Koz (2016) Big and boozy, had one on New Year’s Eve. No review, another in the cellar. Stay tuned.

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Short and sweet summary. I expected and got a lot of hop resin. Rock solid booziness and thick syrupy mouthfeel. In conclusion, 91 points.

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Solid Gold Good Times, Magnify Brewing and a few extra treats...2nd Anniversary

l to r: Up, UP & Away, DDH Rock Me Dr. 'Said, Solid Gold Good Times, Fellow Travelers

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Magnify Brewing: Up, UP & Away (8.5% ABV), DDH Rock Me Dr. ‘Saic (8.0%ABV), Solid Gold Good Times (8.5% ABV), Fellow Travelers (8.0% ABV)

First beers up are made in collaboration with Sand City Brewing from the northern coast of central Long Island. In the late 19th century, there were a number of sand mines operating in Northport, New York. One of the most notable was Steers Sand & Gravel, who gave the industrial area the nickname “Sand City.” The brewery’s website notes that the sand from Sand City was used to construct the streets, bridges, and buildings in Manhattan. “They built greatness from something so infinitesimally small”.

As a footnote, I was surprised to see Steers had a connection here as my father and grandfather both worked for Steers. My father told many stories about Steers and their part in the construction of New York and New Jersey.

Up, Up and Away by Magnify Brewing and Sand City Brewing

Tasting: May 29, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer # 1,062
ABV: 8.5%

Not as opaque as some of their other offerings from Magnify. The can notes that it is double dry-hopped with Galaxy hops (the hop variety that produces the most oils). Surprisingly, I don’t get much in the way of aromatics. Slight whiff of basil. Taste is a different story. This ale is juicy for sure with fleshy pineapple and sweet strawberry. Bitterness comes from lime, and grapefruit flavors. Up, Up and Away has a puckering dry finish. I’ll note that it does not have throat burn like some of their other beer. Easy drinker and dangerous at 8.5%. 93 points.

Magnify Brewing Fellow Travelers

Tasting: June 2, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer # 1,063
ABV: 8.0%

Fellow Traveler definition: Not a member of the party, but sympathetic to their ideals…hmmm. Or simply, one that travels with another. That one probably works better as the two breweries both opened for business in 2015. Sand City celebrates their second anniversary later this year (October). Where the aromatics were lagging in Up, Up and Away, they are certainly present here. Very straightforward brew, 89 points.

The next two offerings were made as part of Magnify Brewing’s second anniversary…

Magnify Brewing DDH Rock Me Dr. ‘Saic

Tasting: June 5, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer # 1,064
ABV: 8.0%

Loved Dr. ‘Saic 93 points, Didn’t see much in the way of any discernable difference in Rock Me Dr. ‘Saic 91 Points Actually, I nitpicked on the bready malt base but it was still a good beer. Add Double Dry Hopping to anything, and you’ll have my attention. This incarnation returns to 93 point status. Excellent.

Magnify Brewing Solid Gold Good Times

Tasting: June 9, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer # 1,065
ABV: 8.0%

Nice subtle dank flavors out of the gate. Hops are really complex of passionfruit, kiwi, and guava. Malt backbone is subtly sweet. Some minor back palette burn. Entirely drinkable, Solid Gold Good Times, 92 points.

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Grimm Artisanal Ales, Grimm Magnetic Tape a world before cars drove themselves...

Grimm Magnetic Tape

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Tasting: May 24, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer #:1,061
ABV: 6.4%

Grimm Magnetic Tape

As a child, I couldn’t fathom growing up in my parent’s generation. Life with no television? My kids probably think the same way. Life with no iPads? They’ll wonder how we survived without having instant gratification at our fingertips. Carrying the generational divide progression one step further, I think my grandchildren might someday wonder why we had to physically drive cars?

This progression doesn’t stop us from being nostalgic for what seems like simpler times. My parents longingly reminisced about their families gathered around the radio. In the same way, there are certain iconic things that serve as reminders of my own generational divide. Things that come to the top of my mind are spindle adapters. You know, those things you put in the holes of your 45 rpm records? This label makes me reminisce about music and the days when you could own your music in an individual physical form like a cassette tape. As a precursor to playlists, cassettes could be recorded and played in the car (wow, that was mind blowing 70’s moment).

A serendipitous beer blog moment, magnetic tape or the recordable medium in cassettes was invented in 1928 by German, Fritz Pfleumer.

Grimm Magnetic Tape details from the brewers:

Magnetic Tape is the cousin of the beloved Magnetic Compass. Both are oat single IPA’s pairing Mosaic with an interesting hop from New Zealand. Where Compass uses Rakau hops, Tape uses Motueka. This beer is all about big, fresh, radiant tropical fruit character from these two matchless hop varietals. There are no rough edges, just full and round aromas of melon, mango, and citrus. High drinkability quotient.

My thoughts

Grimm Magnetic tape is full and round. Remind a lot of that syrupy mouthfeel from fellow New York brewer, Other Half. I get massive orange zest bitterness at first but once my taste buds become accustomed, I pick up that melon sweetness. Really enjoyable, 93 points.

The Grimm details of Grimm Magnetic Tape

Grimm Artisanal Ales was founded in Brooklyn in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm. The Grimm’s story mimics many others that have turned their passion for home brewing into the reality of commercially making beer for the masses (at least the nearby masses). Their story has a bit of a wrinkle in that they are nomadic brewers. Like notable nomadic brewer’s Evil Twin and Mikkeller, Grimm produces their beer by contracting with established facilities to bring their recipes to fruition. It’s an interesting model in that they certainly avoided the massive start-up costs and they don’t have to deal with rents, labor, and equipment. This particular beer was brewed at Beltway Brewing, Sterling Virginia

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