Double Dry Hopped Is This the Real Life? also, KCBC/Finback: Yeah Buddy, Collective Arts: Radio the Mothership, Tired Hands: Am I Okay?

Double Dry Hopped Is This the Real Life? and more.

l to r Finback Yeah Buddy, Collective Arts Radio the Mothership, Single Cut Double Dry Hopped Is this the Real Life? Tired Hands Am I okay?

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Finback & KCBC Kings County Brewers Collective, Yeah Buddy!
Tasting: November 17, 2017
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.6%
Beer #: 1,112

Took me a while to figure out the the Kings County Brewers Collective was a brewery, not just a trade association. Quick first impression, Froot Loops! Well not over the top but really well-balanced. Dangerously drinkable at the 8.6%. Was a little understated but I still liked it enough for 92 points.

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Collective Arts Radio the Mothership!
Tasting: November 18, 2017
Style:
ABV: 8.5%
Beer #: 1,113

Lots of lime and tangerine. A bit too boozy and sharply bitter on the finish. I probably would have like this more about 5 years ago before New England IPA. Still 89 points.

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Singlecut Beersmiths Double Dry Hopped Is This the Real Life?
Tasting: November 12, 2017
Style: Double Dry-Hopped American-style IPA
ABV: 7.2%
Beer #: 1,114

Juicy orange flesh and slightly bitter zest. Some pineapple and black tea. Double Dry Hopped Is This the Real Life? is the real deal. 94 points.
Read my thoughts on Is This the Real Life? as well as my story on rat hair in candy bars.

Tired Hands Am I Okay?
Tasting: November 11, 2017
Style: IPA
ABV: 6.6%
Beer #: 1,115

Label on this 16 ounce can says, “Single Oated, Single Lactosed, Single Fruited, Single Dry-Hopped.” The oats and lactose should help deliver a nice mouthfeel. They do. Very mellow flavor of citrus, lemon in particular and some stone fruit. Nice mouthfeel. I can see this as an excellent summer beer. Really enjoyed 93 points.

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SingleCut Beersmiths Are you Ready Steve? & Harry Doesn't Mind (or does he?) and Jenny Said...

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Are You Ready Steve? by SingleCut Beersmiths

Tasting: May 26, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer # 1,067
ABV: 7.0%

Like most of SingleCut’s beers, the name comes from the lyrics of a song. This time Are You Ready Steve? comes from the song Ballroom Blitz by Sweet.

A lot of unripened fruit going on in this beer. Very succinct and potent orange rind, green pineapple and some herbal qualities. Another solid beer from SingleCut Beersmiths. I’ll say 90 points.

Harry Doesn’t Mind by SingleCut Beersmiths

Tasting: May 27, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer # 1,068
ABV: 8.0%

Harry Doesn't Mind Imperial IPA by SingleCut Beersmiths

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Another beer, another song lyric. Did you guess? The dog may be from the Dire Straits video, Money for Nothing but the specific lyric is from Dire Straits, Sultans of Swing. Not sure why but every time I hear that song it reminds me of Freshman Baseball practice. I think I just bought the 8-Track (yes, I’m old enough to have bought those). I played the bejeebers out of that song.

As far as the beer, really nicely polished with a lot of complexity. Peach, mango and definitely some citrus rind. A boozy astringency cuts through a syrupy sweet base. Very drinkable, 91 points.

Jenny Said Singlecut Beersmiths

Tasting: June 10, 2017
Style: Double-Dry Hopped IPA
Beer #: 1,069
ABV: 7.7%

SingleCut Jenny Said, Double Dry-Hopped Imperial IPA

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And we go to Lou Reed’s song, Rock & Roll. “Jenny Said that when she was 5-years-old, you know that nothing’s happenin’ at all”

Lots happenin’ in this Double-Dry Hopped IPA. Peach, nectarine, white grapes. Jenny said this is an easy drinker, I said, 90 points.

While you’re here, read about SingleCut Softly Spoken Magic Spells

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Is This the Real Life? by Singlecut Beersmiths

Is This the Real Life? IPA by Singlecut Beersmiths

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Tasting: November 17, 2016
Style: IPA
Beer #: 1,018
ABV: 7.2%

Is This the Real Life?

The recent NYC Health Department’s temporary closure of Singlecut Beersmiths for a vermin problem raised only a few eyebrows. If you store grains, you get mice or rats. Frankly, everyone gets mice. We get a few in our basement when the weather gets cold but Rosie, our resident hunter, takes care of them quickly. Rushing Duck Brewing in Chester, NY has a cat named James and they post James’ killing efficiency. Singlecut reopened a couple days later. I assume with holes patched and the addition of a brewery cat.

When I was about 11 years old, my father pulled into our driveway with the flatbed of his pick-up truck loaded with boxes of candy bars. He explained that they were from my Uncle Sonny. I didn’t really know Uncle Sonny but it was an incredible summer. Years later, I asked my father about Uncle Sonny. I finally came to wonder how he came into such fortune. My father replied, “They said the candy had rat hair in it but I didn’t believe so, Sonny gave them to me.” I wish I didn’t ask.

Anyway, this bottle of Is This the Real Life? was probably brewed during the alleged vermin era but I assume the boil would have eviscerated any rat influenced remnants. At least, keep me blissfully unaware.

I love this brewery. Winning IPA after winning IPA. As usual, the name has some musical connection. I’ll save you the trouble of figuring it out. These are the first lyrics in Queen’s legendary Bohemian Rhapsody.

mmm, peach. Seems like another winner. Well-balanced with tropical sweetness and lemon grass hops. Subtle grapefruit and a chunky bitter lingering finish. In conclusion, I’ll put Is This the Real Life? at 92 points. Cheers.

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Softly Spoken Magic Spells by Singlecut Beersmiths

Softly Spoken Magic Spells Imperial IPA by Singlecut Beersmiths, Astoria, Queens.

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Tasting: June 10, 2016
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer # 966
ABV: 8.6%

Softly Spoken Magic Spells

Singlecut Beersmiths makes music a regular feature in the names of its beer. While some are subtle references, Softly Spoken Magic Spells is immediately recognizable as lyrics from Pink Floyd’s song Breathe from the legendary music collection, The Dark Side of the Moon:

The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells

The Wall from Pink Floyd introduced me to the group and it served as the soundtrack of my high school years – you know – “We don’t need no education” and all that. I went on to collect the group’s albums and wore them out in my tape deck and on my turntable. The Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate and immense success; it topped the Billboard chart for one week and remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. The album sold 50 million copies and is one of the best-selling albums worldwide.

Puzzling to me that Singlecut Beersmiths doesn’t create the same whipped up hysteria of fellow New York breweries like Other Half and Grimm. For that matter, any of the other regional breweries. Maybe its the lack of cans. Who knows but as long as I can regularly find their beer I’m happy to keep it a secret. I recently read that the brewery was so overwhelmed by the acclaim of this beer that they will be making it as part of a regular rotating offering. Maybe their days as hidden gem are already gone.

This imperial IPA certainly has a assertive tangerine citrus up front and follows with a dank, smokey flavor. Pithy hop punch. Finish is mellow and pleasant. Not as pillowy as a Trillium beer but nonetheless, it’s an outstanding imperial IPA. 94 points.

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