Equilibrium Can Release Middletown, NY Can releases, bottle shares and more

Equilibrium dHop4, Dream Wave Fluctuation and Fluctuation

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Saturdays are Equilibrium can release days. The social media site with the best information is the Equilibrium Instagram Page.

Parking: The brewery is located directly across the street from the Middletown police station.That should be incentive enough to obey the parking rules. The brewery has a main lot but it will fill up on Equilibrium can release days. The other businesses in the neighborhood have had some issues over parking and I hear cars have been towed. My advice? If you drive into the lot and its full, continue through the lot and you’ll see a long and narrow lot between Hanford and Mill Street. That usually handles most of the overflow parking.

The line: The brewery uses a numbered ticketing system and tickets are given out beginning around 5:30 a.m. (opening at 11:30 a.m.) If you arrive later in the morning, you’ll have to find the person with the tickets. Everyone can help you spot him. The idea is that you have a reserved place in line and you are free to leave/come back or partake in the bottle share. At opening everyone attempts to find their place in line. There’s a lot of “hey, what ticket number do you have?” No one from the brewery checks and it relies on self-policing. There are some unscrupulous characters, but as you draw closer to the front, the number checking intensifies. On this particular Saturday, I arrived at 8:30 and got number 259. I was served at nearly 1:00.

When you get to the front of the line, you tell them what you want (no forms).

The Bottle Share: It must begin pretty early as the table was filled with empties by 8:30 a.m. I didn’t intend to partake, but I did bring a few cans of Tree House, in case there were some trading opportunities. I had to laugh as I did put out a couple cans of Tree House onto the table and some guy who just arrived (empty-handed) picks it up and checks the date before he gave himself a pour. If you do partake, bring a Solo cup as I didn’t see any around the table (maybe they were all gone). They do ask that if you partake in the share, that you stay within the fenced area. The day I was there, the brewery was pouring samples.

Other points: There are two doorways at the brewery that are open at release. One is the main release door (closest to the bottle share area). That’s where the Equilibrium can release happens. If there are special release glasses, you buy them on the can line. On the far corner, the other door is a small merchandise shop but worth a stop as they also sell crowlers.

Restrooms: It’s nice that the brewery has restrooms inside that are available. You’ll see the door by the bottle share area. It’s easy to spot as it’s got a lot of foot traffic. The bathrooms are upstairs and it will have a line.

Food: Not much food in the area, but the brewery has a griddle set up outside and they make egg sandwiches. No charge, just pay what you feel. Later in the morning, they broke out a nice looking piece of smoked brisket. At one time, the brewery had a tap room inside a connected restaurant. From what I gather there was a falling out. Look for a new tap room at the brewery.

As far as my haul at this particular week’s Equilibrium can release day, all three offerings were spectacular.

Beer # 1,130: Dream Wave Fluctuation: The main event of the day. It certainly doesn’t disappoint. Mellow, elegant, juicy, pineapple, wonderful mouth feel. Could be the best IPA I’ve had this year, 97 points.

Beer # 1,131: Fluctuation: As they described, this is the base beer for Dream Wave Fluctuation. Other Half Brewing applied their “dream” technique. As for the original, really nice. I’d say 95 points.

Beer # 1,132:  dHop4: I was completely surprised at this beer. It was an add-on and I wish I bought more. Well-balanced, juicy as you’d expect. 96 points

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Other Half Anniversary 3rd Anniversary IPA vs. Double Dry-Hopped Citra

Other Half Anniversary (3rd) versus Other Half Double Dry Hopped All Citra Everything

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A friend texted me from the brewery…”“Go to the website, let me know what you want.”

With each request his reply was, “Don’t have that either”.

He and I are pretty in sync with beer so, he ultimately just said that the Double Dry-Hopped All Citra Everything – 92 points was excellent. Who am I to argue? That came with a second squealer of Other Half Anniversary (3th Anniversary).

I forgot that I had the Double Dry-Hopped All Citra Everything once before but I’ll admit this was better than I remember. Frankly, this eclipses the 3rd Other Half anniversary offering. I’d peg beer # 1,127 at 90 points. Super tropical, syrupy and boozy astringency.

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Mylar Bags Imperial IPA brewed by Other Half Brewing Brooklyn Made.

Tasting: March 13, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer #: 1,045
ABV: 8.5%

Mylar Bags

Mylar Bags Imperial IPA by Other Half

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This was certainly a pleasant surprise. My friend Dan returned from a Vermont ski trip and stopped by with a four-pack of Sip of Sunshine for me. As an added bonus, he brought a single can of Mylar Bags from Other Half and offered to split it with me. He explained that he has a brave co-worker that endures many of the Other Half releases. I’ve read a lot of positive things about this Imperial IPA on-line and can’t wait to try it. Doesn’t take too long to discover that this is a really nice beer. Wonderful tropical fruit aroma followed with a flavor filled with many dank qualities. It has a full and syrupy base. Wow, what a nice treat. 94 points.

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Cleaning out the fridge

Tasting: June 12, 2016
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 988
ABV: 7.8%

07747 (Galaxy)

07747 by Carton Brewing Company, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

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07747 (Galaxy). Massive tangerine, herbal as in some underlying black pepper and black tea. Some ever so mellow dankness and peach but you have to let it sit on the palate for a few moments to get that at all. But who does that? Sip, swallow and it’s nothing but tangerine and a wave of bitterness. Seems like 07747 comes up as one-dimensional as the original 077XX. Maybe still I’m nitpicking because I still give 07747 a respectable 91 points for it’s hop experience.

Tasting: June 2, 2016
Style: Imperial Brown Ale with Coffee
Beer #: 989
ABV:9.0%

Sumatra Mountain

Sumatra Mountain Brown Ale by Founders Brewing, Michigan

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Speaking of Carton, they release coffee-based ale called Regular Coffee – 82 points. It’s a watery coffee that’s sugary sweet like the name suggests. Sumatra Mountain isn’t your typical coffee stout or coffee IPA because it’s neither. It’s a brown ale with coffee. The coffee is bright and delicious. It bursts on the palate right out of the gate. Mostly in a sugary sweet wave that rolls in and recedes on the finish. If you are a fan of coffee IPA or stout – I highly recommend Sumatra Mountain – 93 points.

Tasting: June 10 & 11
Style: Imperial Stout
Beer #: 990
ABV: 11.5%

Avery Vanilla Bean Stout

Vanilla Bean Stout, a bourbon-barrel aged stout by Avery Brewing Company, Colorado

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At first, I didn’t really like this stout. Probably because it came across as thin and a tad boozy with artificial flavors. As a result, I plugged the bottle and left it in the fridge. On the second day, I decided to finish the bottle and it wasn’t so offensive. Mostly a french vanilla flavor up front and to a lesser extent, some tootsie roll chocolate. There is little barrel influence (assuming that the vanilla was from the beans). Still, a bit on the thin to medium side. Due to the boozy quality, it detracts my opinion. In conclusion, I’d say the second day pushed it to 88 points.

Tasting: June 24, 2016
Style: Double Black Lager
Beer #: 991
ABV: 8.5%

Perrin Black Goat

Black Goat Double Black Lager Aged in Bourbon Barrels by Perrin Brewing Company, Comstock Park, Michigan

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An interesting brew to say the least because you don’t see many barrel-aged black lagers. Rather sweet and it is the predominant characteristic of this dark beer. I can see how that would put off people but I kind of like that. In addition, to the sweetness some minor roasted grain flavor falls a little short in trying to balance the sweetness. However, I did enjoy. Therefore, Black Goat chews its way to 88 points.

Tasting: August 7, 2016
Style: IPA
Beer #: 992
ABV: 8.5%

Other Half IPA

Other Half IPA by Other Half Brewing Company, Brooklyn, NY

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Really thought I had this before…maybe I did and didn’t enter it into my collection. Maybe I’ll find it as a duplicate entry someday. This time around, not impressed. Clunky bitterness, cracker-ish grains. 86 points.

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