Since I love the serendipitous nature of writing this blog, I look at the whale’s silhouettes on these cans and wonder the connection to the finback whale. By pure coincidence, the news reported today that this variety of whale was spotted while it surfaced near the Statue of Liberty. As a matter of fact, the report also notes that this variety has been spotted every day this month in the same area.
Second in size only to the blue whale, the finback (or fin whale) reaches about 70 feet. Cruising at an average speed of 14 mph, the finback is one of the fastest of the large whales and is capable speeds of up to 35 mph. A finback can remain submerged for as long as 50 minutes on a single breath. But we’re probably here for the beer not the nature lesson.
As far as the New York brewery, it was founded in 2011 and released its first beers brewed in Queens in January 2014. I have a bottle of their stout called BQE and I’ve yet to open it. I recall seeing it on a shelf at the Growler & Gill and bought it on a hunch. Stay tuned on that one because a review will follow sooner or later. Like offerings from fellow New York brewer Grimm, Finback has become a hot commodity and this was a one can per person allocation. I had hoped to surprise a friend with a couple cans but no such luck.
Tasting: November 20, 2016
Beer #: 1,019
Massive pop of grapefruit out of the gate but once your palate settles it has some really nice complimentary flavors. I get pear, some peach and white wine grapes. Seems like some dank smokiness as well. In conclusion, Chromoscope reveals itself at 94 points.
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Tasting: November 22, 2016
Beer #: 1,020
Rather elegant. Mellow mango and papaya. Some biscuity malt. Yet the hop bitterness is quite subdued. In conclusion, Cell gets 93 points