Woah Citra and Uncharted Territory by Magnify Brewing

Woah Citra and Uncharted Territory by Magnify Brewing Company

Seems like there is not a bigger lightning rod brewery than Magnify. There are just so many local haters and the hate is directed at the owner. Apparently, it is due to belief that he’s a trust-fund kid that was set up by his parent’s wealth. And to boot, he has a strong pompous streak. First of all, I get that same feedback from a few of my friends as well. All I can say is that there are a lot of wealthy and no so nice people out there. Therefore, it’s your prerogative if you choose not give these people a dime of your money. Yet beer, is just beer. Maybe it unjustly influences your opinion of beer? Almost like a musician that spews their political views on stage. Just shut up and sing.

Anyway, the brewery had a triple can release two weeks ago and they set off a firestorm of hype over Peak of Ripeness. They billed it as a juicy, New England-style IPA. With those adjectives being tossed around, locals beset on the brewery. I showed up shortly after opening on Saturday and they had sold out of Peak of Ripeness. I grabbed a four-pack of these two beers and promptly split them with a friend.

Uncharted Territory IPL and Woah Citra IPA by Magnify Brewing

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Woah Citra
Tasting: August 15, 2016
Style: Farmhouse IPA
ABV: 8.0%
Beer #: 994

The brewery does a “Woah” series of single hop beers and I’ve heard a lot of good things about this beer. Since it’s billed as a farmhouse IPA, think IPA meets funky barnyard yeast. The funkiness mutes the citrus a bit but in a complimentary way. Haven’t had Gravitational Waves yet but outside of Carton and Kane one of the better New Jersey offerings…91 points.

Uncharted Territory
Tasting: August 15, 2016
Style: Lager
ABV: 6.5%
Beer #:995

To me, the benchmark for hoppy lagers is Jack’s Abby. Therefore, I’d say by comparison, Uncharted Territory comes up way short. Seems like it just doesn’t have any pizazz. While it’s entirely drinkable, it doesn’t have any distinguishing features. No oak influence and no discernible hop features. 86 points – only because it’s drinkable.

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