You say double dry-hopping and I say, “yes please.”
Dry hopping is the practice of adding dry hops (or dried hop pellets) to cooled wort (or cooked beer). Most brewers allow these hop additions to sit in the wort for as many as five days. This process lends a fresh hop flavor and usually wonderful aromatics. Double dry-hopping is…you guessed it…doing it twice.
This IPA features a secondary dry hopping with Simcoe hops. Probably a double shot of Simcoe since the website doesn’t mention if they used a second type of hop in the process.
As you can see Double Dry Hopped Summer Street pours a wonderful hazy orange color. Flavor pops with tangerine, tart pear and grass. Soft edges, crisp finish, and a nice overall mouthfeel. Really nice offering from Trillium, 95 points.
Trillium does name some of their beer after streets in Boston and many streets in Boston have been named for famous Bostonians. In this case, Summer Street is not named for Donna Summer. Sorry for that tease. I’ll offer up that Summer and Winter Street connect at Washington Street in Boston. So, Winter turns into Summer and vice-versa.
By the time my friend Mike and I made it to Trillium in Canton, we had been driving for about four and a half hours. It was about three hours from New Jersey to Tree House. We had a quick twenty minutes on the ground waiting for our twelve cans of Haze and Bright Citra and it was back in the car for another hour and a half to Trillium. Facing another three plus hours home, it was nice to take a beer break in the Trillium tasting room in Canton.
My wife gave me strict orders not to come home with any stout. For once, I had to agree with her as my beer cellar is bursting with prized stouts. I would rather spend my cash on a summer’s worth of world class IPA. I still wanted to try a stout and my taste buds couldn’t wait for a pour of Trillium Night and Day with cold brewed coffee.
If you do go to the tasting room in Canton, they allow you a total of 20 ounces and serve their beer in either five ounce or ten ounce portions. You can do the math. I started with a ten ounce pour of El Dorado Cutting Tiles. I had just purchased a case, as well as a couple of growlers of the IPA formerly known as Artaic. I couldn’t wait to have one. I followed Cutting Tiles with my long awaited five ounce pour of Trillium Night and Day with Cold Brewed Coffee from Barrinton Coffee Roasters. It did not disappoint. This stout is amazingly complex with dark roasted coffee, fudge, a hint of dark fruit and cherry. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Really hit the spot, amazing stout 96 points.
Back on the road with our combined haul of about nine cases of IPA. Thankfully, they didn’t have any bottles of this stout to go or I would have been in trouble at home.
This is known as a Brux ale. Brux as in short for the yeast associated with making this ale, Brettanomyces bruxellensis. One of four sub-types classified under Brettanomyces. This yeast is found growing wild all over the world and is often found on the skins of fruit. The name Brettanomyces is a combination of Briton (as in English) and myces (as in fungus). A patent for the strain was granted in 1906 to the Carlsberg Brewery.
Brett ales aren’t my go to style but this Brux IPA from Finback is smooth and entirely drinkable. My first impression is its polished mouthfeel. I don’t get the barnyard flavors associated with brett and no acerbic flavors either, just crisp with a tad bit of fizziness. Tropical flavors of melon under solid pineapple. The finish does diminish and leave off bitter after taste. Solid summer beer, certainly exceeded my expectations 91 points.
Finback Meridian Tasting: June 24, 2017 Style: IPA Beer #: 1,071 ABV: 7.0%
Meridian as in a longitudal line that runs from North Pole to South Pole. Interestly (at least to me), Websters reports the word as being in the top 30% of all words. Of course that got me thinking, what is the most popular word in English? Can you guess?
1 the 2 be 3 to 4 of 5 and 6 a 7 in 8 that 9 have 10 I
As far as Finback Meridian, it is probably as mundane as the use of the word the. Entirely drinkable and nearly flavorless. Totally meh and worth about 85 points only because it isn’t offensive.
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.
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