Odds and Ends including Oranj from Southern Tier

Random tastings over the past month
Beer #’s: 775 – 778

Mach X by Bear Republic

I bought this bottle in New York and it made me wonder if Bear Republic is still sold in New Jersey. I haven’t seen them on shelves in quite some time. A quick check on seekabrew.com tells me otherwise. Maybe their beer labels just blend into the scenery. Earthy hops, black tea, caramel, chewy, some resin. A tad astringent as the 9.2% ABV peaks through a bit. I’ll peg Mach X at 89 points.

Simplicity by Kane Brewing

A trip to the New Jersey shore usually includes a beer stop along the way home. This time, I was too late for both Carton and Kane brewing but settled for a pour of the lone Kane offering at an off the boardwalk watering hole. For a strong Belgian-style ale, Simplicity is just that – simple and straightforward. 8.7% ABV. Everything you’d expect from banana, clove and some pear and green apple. Nothing amazing. 85 points.

Choklat Oranj by Southern Tier

I’m a fan of Southern Tier Choklat – 92 Points so, Oranj intrigued me with by the addition of orange peel to this already delicious stout. It’s really nice but I wouldn’t say that the addition of the subtle orange will push Oranj past the original. I’ll match Choklat Oranj at the same 92 points.

Pinner Throwback by Oskar Blues

Another entry in the burgeoning sessionable beer category. Not as bitter as some of the other entries in this style and that bitterness is a bit muddy and individual characteristics are hard to identify. Definitely has an odd herbal flavor over some citrus rind. It’s an okay 85 from me.

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