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This week’s blog post is about a random beer tasting featuring three beers by 4 breweries that is accompanied by a subsequent review. I would like to have started this post off by saying the tasting was impeccably researched and meticulously planned with perfectly poured portions aligned by style and served with palate cleansers in between each serving. This tasting wasn’t. What it was though was my dad, my nephew and me getting together to sample the beers that I brought along on our Labor Day weekend family retreat.  (For what it’s worth the beers were served relatively fresh and we did rinse glasses in between each beer).

The first entry was brewed by Grimm Artisanal Ales of Brooklyn, New York.  Power Pop! Is a Dessert Berliner Weissbier with a 4.8% ABV. Power Pop! is brewed with Citra Lupulin, Azacca hops, vanilla, and milk sugar. Grimm bills it as like nothing they’ve tasted before; alluding to the balance of hops alongside a sweet/tartness on the palate. They liken it to a cream soda finish but I didn’t totally get that.

Notable Quotable – My pops: Are you putting me on? Is this grape fruit juice?

Collectively we never have tasted a beer quite like this. It legitimately looks and tastes like fizzy grapefruit juice with a less aggressive bitterness.

Hop Savant by Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project out of Colorado, United States is an American Pale Ale with an ABV of 6.70%. Hop Savant is brewed with a blend of different hops (36% Citra, 36% Mosaic, and 28% Simcoe). Each batch is dry hopped using different experimental hops varietals and the bottles are marked on the back to show which strain was used for that specific batch.

A bit hard to reconcile this as an APA, I found it to be more of a Wild IPA. There is tropical sour citrus and earthy bitterness on the nose and tongue with some floral aftertaste. It has light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Nice sourness with a bit of a peppery hop kick to it.

 Notable Quotable – Kevin: This is different and different isn’t bad.

Interesting beer for sure, really digging the concept behind the series. Something I advise everyone to try but not something that I would drink in succession.

Scorn and Avarice is a collaboration by Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC) of Brooklyn, NY and Greenpoint Brewery also of Brooklyn, NY.  This American Double / Imperial IPA has an ABV of 8.5%

A double dry hopped adjunct DIPA brewed with Mosaic, Cascade, huell melon and Simcoe hops with some Lupulin powder thrown into the mix.  The adjunct is Corn and Rice and features in the beer quite well. Citrus and floral notes on the nose and tongue, moderate bitterness with hints of sweetness. It finishes pleasantly and leaves you with a yearning desire for more.

Aside from this being one my favorite beer names of all time, this was the unanimous beer tasting winner. We all agreed that this one was just a bit ahead of the rest.

Notable Quotable – Me: Game Time Motherfuckers

Notable Quotable Runner up – Also Me: Pickle Riiiiiick!

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