Wrench IPA, Industrial Arts Brewing also Green Room and Silent Disco

Wrench IPA by Industrial Arts Brewing Company, Green Room by Barrier Brewing and Silent Disco by Funk Brewing

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Wrench IPA by Industrial Arts Brewing

Tasting: September 29, 2017
Beer # 1,095
ABV: 6.8%

Apparently, they’ve tweaked the earlier version of Wrench IPA. According to the label, they had to “unlearn everything”. I’m glad they did as this is very New England. It’s entirely smooth, drinkable and crisp. I get a pithy lemon, pear some mellow mango and a wisp of pineapple. Wrench IPA is a very nice 91 points.

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Green Room by Barrier Brewing

Tasting: September 29, 2017
Beer # 1,096
ABV: 5.4%

Label says that this is tastefully dry-hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Comet hops. Simplistic and not much depth here but still entirely drinkable. A tad fizzy a little clunky bitter on the finish. I’d tab Green Room at 86 points.

Silent Disco by Funk Brewing

Tasting: September 30, 2017
Style: American IPA
Beer#: 1, 097
ABV: 6.8%

Pear and citrus upfront. Just a tad fizzy and has some minor throat burn. However, still a well-balanced easy drinking beer. In conclusion, 90 points.

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SS C.R.E.A.M. by Carton Brewing & Barrier Brewing

SS Cream, a cream ale by Carton Brewing, NJ & Barrier Brewing, NY

(C) 2016 popsonhops

SS C.R.E.A.M.
Tasting: May 11, 2016
Style: Imperial Cream Ale
Beer #: 935
ABV: 8.4%

The acronym for C.R.E.A.M. was introduced to popular culture in the 1994 song C.R.E.A.M by the Wu Tang Clan (Cash Rules Everything Around Me). In the latest entry in Carton’s “Need a Bigger Boat series”, the C.R.E.A.M. in SS Cream is known as “Collaboration Rules Everything Around Me”. This time, Carton Brewing of Atlantic Highlands, NJ has hooked up with New York brewer – Barrier Brewing to create (what else) a cream ale.

Sorry, but having a enough cheap Genesee Cream Ale in my high school/college years to float a bigger boat, I get a flash back shudder whenever I hear cream ale. I guess this is not your father’s cream ale and the latest wave of reincarnation of previously popular beer style.

Cream ales are top-fermented (like an ale – duh) but they will typically go through a period of cold-conditioning (like a lager) to reduce the yeasty ethers thus giving the beer a cleaner hop and malt flavor. A cream ale can be described as being well attenuated. Don’t bore yourself with the details – I’ll save you the trouble. Attenuation is a formula that measures the conversion of sugar to alcohol. The higher the attenuation – you guessed it – typically, the higher the alcohol content and drier beer (or crisp). Funny, I don’t remember that about that Genesee Cream Ale (insert hee-bee-jee-bee shake here)

My initial impressions of SS C.R.E.A.M. is a clean flavor and a wonderful mouthful. Hops present in herbal/grassy, tangerine and malt back bone stands in perfect harmony with the assertive bitterness lends a nice (Treehouse-like) juiciness. Really well done 92 points.

Read my thoughts on the other Need A Bigger Boat beer:

SS Yirgacheffe – 91 points

SS Kentucky – 85 points

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