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Untied Brewing Company Untied Cares India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Untied Cares India Pale Ale

Another IPA from my local and favorite brewery, Untied Brewing Company. This one was a special release back in June 2020 at half price to honor the communities struggling and fighting with the pandemic, just to say they care. As a nod they made up the acronym CARES with the initials of the hops they used to brew this very beer : American IPA made with Columbus, African Queen, Rakau, Ekuanot, and Simcoe hops.

Untied Brewing Company Untied Cares India Pale Ale

6.8% vol.

Deep yellow with a thin whitish foam. Very cloudy.

Nose : flowery, fruity, (yellow fruits) and wheat / oats (cereal notes)

In mouth : bitter, oat, wheat, cereals, a hint of lemon/grapefruit and some yellow fruits. A bit cooked and caramelized as an after taste.

Very enjoyable and refreshing.

Untied Brewing Company Untied Cares India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Data Determines Dates India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Data Determines Dates India Pale Ale

Yet another IPA from my local and favorite brewery, Untied Brewing Company.

This one is a nod to our governor Phil Murphy, governor of New Jersey during this Covid-19 pandemic. « Data determines dates » has been one of his catch phrases during the spring months when he was asked which parts of our regular lives was going to re-open in New Jersey and when.  He would answer «  Data determines dates », meaning that scientific data such as transmission rate and hospitalization trends would determine which restrictions would be loosened in New Jersey and when they would be. My local brewery decided to make a little nod at the governor, naming one of their new late spring IPAs with this catch phrase. The governor heard of it and gave « his stamp of approval » of course. We have to keep some humor in the situation and both the brewery and the governor did. All and all that provided us another excellent IPA from Untied Brewing Company.

As a side story, I kept a couple of the empty cans to open them, flatten them and frame one or two, frame that I will put on my walls as a memorabilia of this crazy year of 2020.

New England style India Pale Ale, 6.8% vol.

Untied Brewing Company Data Determines Dates India Pale Ale

Cloudy, pale yellow with thick whitish foam.

Nose : citrusy, yellow fruits, tropical fruits.

In mouth : apricot, yellow fruit and some flowers too. Mango, tropical fruits, some orange peel, some bitterness and oat / wheat. Some dark caramel, bitter caramel, as an after taste.

Just excellent !

A strong and robust beer, I paired it with Thai food after the tasting.

Untied Brewing Company Data Determines Dates India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing single and two-hop India Pale Ales : A Hop That Needs No Introduction series

Hop comparison tasting

These past weeks my favorite local brewery, Untied Brewing Company, started to produce single and two-hop IPAs. I immediately bought them in order to make a tasting — for educational purposes. What better way to see the impact of one hop on the taste and rendering of a beer than trying it as single hopped then double hopped with the 2 very hops used in the singles ?

They started with two of the most commonly used hops in IPAs, Citra and Mosaic (which are trademarks for 2 popular hops developed by the Hop Breeding Company). Citra is supposed to induce citrus (hence the name) and tropical fruit notes to the beer. Mosaic some more floral earth and resin notes to the beer.

So one of these past evenings, we set up to have a proper comparison tasting with my son.

Hop comparison tasting

3 IPAs respectively named :  A Hop That Needs No Introduction Citra,  A Hop That Needs No Introduction Mosaic and  A Hop That Needs No Introduction Citra & Mosaic. Those names are a mouthful on their own, so for easier reading I will refer to those beers by their hop name, Citra, Mosaic and Citra & Mosaic.

On the back label, they give some hints of what to expect. We read those after tasting so we were not influenced. As per the label, Citra only hopped beer should have notes of peach, passionfruit, guava, lychee, lime and gooseberry. The Mosaic one, notes of citrus, mango, berries, peach, lime and pine. The Citra & Mosaic, notes of orange, mango, berries, peach and passionfruit.

All are IPAs, 7.1% vol.

Here is what we found when my son and I did our own comparison tasting (for educational purposes only of course… but as my son requested it, we’ll get to finish the one we liked the most). He finished the one he liked the most which was the same as mine, I finished the other ones — I don’t like wasting food or drink, nor pretty anything for that matter.

Citra beer :deep yellow, cloudy with a beige medium foam. Tasting notes (nose and mouth altogether) : classic IPA, fruity, tropical fruit, flowery too, peach.

Mosaic beer :same color and aspect.  Tasting notes : bitter and smoky, pumpkin (my son) and pine (resin) for both of us. Woody, smoky, the smoky part of wood. But what was really striking and the main taste for us, was the resin, pine resin taste, like when kids you chew these pine resin gums from the tree. Very strong resin taste. Not my favorite to have a beer tasting mainly that. My son didn’t like it at all (we have 7 half liter cans left…) Actually when having it with food, it drinks better than just by itself. (I finished it with my dinner). I think it will benefit of some more robust autumn or winter meals which will counterbalance and mellow the strong resin taste.

Citra & Mosaic beer : same color and more cloudy than the 2 previous ones. Tasting notes : medium bitterness, more bitter than the Citra beer and less than the Mosaic beer. It really tastes like a mix of the 2, which was to be expected of course. Less fruity than the Citra and less woody than the Mosaic. Pine resin also as a main taste and finale but less strong than in the Mosaic only one.

On this series, the one we enjoyed the most and we liked was the Citra one. The resin heavy notes of the Mosaic only threw us off I must admit (strong and earthy notes that we didn’t expect in a beer, let alone an IPA). And the still strong resin on the Citra & Mosaic didn’t appeal to us as the usual IPAs we consume (which are brews using many hops).

All the art of the brewmaster is to bring the wanted notes and mellow / melt them as a whole in a beer that calls 4 or 5 hops in it. Mosaic hop is very common, I am sure it was present in most of the IPAs I have tasted but I never noticed the pine resin as such. I am sure it was a backbone of other tastes and participated to the beer structure to make an ultimate complete experience. Those don’t need to be noticed (or noticeable) to be nevertheless necessary to a brew and give the final rounded and mellowed product that drinkers will enjoy.

Hop comparison tasting

Washington State Rosé Band of Roses 2019

Washington State Rosé Band of Roses 2019

Charles Smith Winemaker. Same winemaker as the Cs wine of substance

12.5% vol. Screw cap. Around $11.

I tasted it in my Le Deux glass.

Washington State Rosé Band of Roses 2019

Very pale orange yellowy salmon color with paler large rim, no legs.

Nose is fruity and fresh. Red fruits, strawberry, citrus, green. Very pleasant smell. The main scent after swirling several times is strawberry, on the green side.

In mouth : crisp and clean, very refreshing, fruity and a bit acid (pleasantly). A tad fizzy in mouth but it doesn’t show in the glass. Fruity, green strawberry, grapefruit and some powder like in a perfume, a face powder for make-up. A slight bitterness at the end.

All in all a very pleasant and refreshing wine. Definitely a wine to have again and to stock as a classic for summer.

After the tasting I paired it with some homemade classic ratatouille made with vegetables from local farms. 

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

One prosecco available on this side of the Atlantic this time. As the name hints, it is a prosecco from (and available only at) Costco.

This one is Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG and it’s extra dry. 11% vol.

Price is 7 dollars.

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

I read about this wine first in the Reverse Wine Snob blog here at https://www.reversewinesnob.com/kirkland-signature-asolo-prosecco and I wanted to try it. However I am not a Costco member, furthermore Costco doesn’t sell wine nor alcool in its New Jersey stores as per the obsolete post prohibition laws still in action… Fortunately I have a friend who is a Costco member and who drives regularly to Ohio to see her family . In Ohio Costco stores do sell wines and alcohol. During one of her trips there some time last fall (in 2019) she bought a bottle for me. I only tasted it recently in June 2020 (for my birthday as an excuse to pop the cork open) with my children.

Pale yellow, almost colorless. Finely sparkling with regular bubbles.

Nose : citrus, green, lemon.

In mouth, fresh citrus, slightly bitter, a bit green but pleasantly, dry and refreshing.

A hint and trace of lemon but very subtle in after mouth. Violet flowers as lasting end note which is really pleasant.

Excellent specially for 7 dollars a bottle

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

Substance Washington State Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Substance Washington State Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Substance Washington State Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Charles Smith Winemaker. 14.5% vol. Around $15.

I had seen this wine several times at my wine store and I wanted to try it for a while. Then some time ago, one of the wine blogs I follow and read on a regular basis published a review so I took the dive and bought one bottle to try it for myself.

Review from Odedi’s Wine Reviews Blog here : https://winesipping.wordpress.com/2019/11/12/wines-of-substance-cs-cabernet-sauvignon-2016-washington-state/

Substance Washington State Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Substance Washington State Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Deep red with purple hint. Medium purple rim and super long legs.

I tasted it in my Le Deux glass.

Nose : blackberry, blackcurrant, redcurrant. oak. wood, leather, tannins, vinaigrette and peppercorn. Spices and fur, maybe some dark cocoa (cocoa powder rather than dark chocolate).

After several swirls and a couple of minutes in the glass, some game and coffee notes come up.

Mouth : dry on the palate, fruity, melted tannins. Fruity like in cooked fruits, caramelized and jam. Peppercorn, a bit of red pepper and a slight bitterness (the tannins). Vanilla, several red fruit also in jam and a bit caramelized. Melted tannins, leather, varnish. Long after mouth, extremely pleasant and very good.

Substance Washington State Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Substance Washington State Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Also some dark cherry in middle mouth as well as some olives (black olives). A little dryness and astringency in after mouth which is really pleasant. 

Definitely a wine to have in the cellar, it is of substance indeed. 

After tasting I paired it with fresh semolina pasta cooked with tomato, parsley and garlic.

Substance Washington State Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Substance Washington State Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Untied Brewing Company Significant Content India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Significant Content India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Significant Content India Pale Ale

Yet another IPA from my local and favorite brewery, Untied Brewing Company.

This one is presented as the cousin or little sister of their wonderful and beloved Rays of Haze imperial IPA, with lower alcohol content. As Rays of Haze is one of my favorites of their IPAs I had to try it of course. Review of the Rays of Haze here.

New England style India Pale Ale, 6.8% vol.

Untied Brewing Company Significant Content India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Significant Content India Pale Ale

Yellow orange with thin beige foam and very cloudy in glass.

Nose : yeast, brioche, cake, tropical and yellow fruits : peaches and mangos and some passion fruit also. It smells delicious. Very tropical as announced.

In mouth : oat, malt, tropical fruit : mango and passion fruit. Taste of cookie, cake, malt and oat again with bitter grapefruit as a finale.

This is excellent !

Absolutely the Rays of Haze’s little sister and I must confess, even though Rays of Haze is one of my favorites, this Significant Content has a better nose than the Rays of Haze though !

Untied Brewing Company Caught in the Middle India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Caught in the Middle India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Caught in the Middle India Pale Ale

Another IPA from my local and favorite brewery, Untied Brewing Company, in my next door town, literally 10 minutes from home.

This one was their anniversary IPA that they released for their anniversary back in January 2020. It was available on that day only, on tap at the brewery for that day’s celebrations. A couple of weeks ago in beginning of June, they released it in cans by popular demand.

New England style India Pale Ale, 6.8% vol.

Untied Brewing Company Caught in the Middle India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Caught in the Middle India Pale Ale

In glass it’s cloudy, yellow with a thin yellow beige foam. 

Nose : hoppy, flowery, orange, wheat, oat, malt.

In mouth it’s citrus, orange, malt, oat. Rounded taste. A bit of tropical fruit also. Bitter in the middle mouth and also oat and malty again. The finale is malted.

Untied Brewing Company Caught in the Middle India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Caught in the Middle India Pale Ale

Another excellent IPA from Untied, furthermore in a can with a label bearing their gorgeous color combination, teal and orange !

Untied Brewing Company Caught in the Middle India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Caught in the Middle India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

To finish the round-up of all the Untied Brewing Company beers I have tasted so far. 

This one is a traditional German style « Oktoberfest » type of lager that they carry only for Oktoberfest season (Fall). I actually tasted it back in end of October 2019 but never took the time to publish my review.

Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

German style amber lager, 6.2% vol.

Dark blonde or light brown, that’s why they call it amber but it’s rather more colorful and darker than an amber beer actually. In France we would call it a « rousse ».

No foam and a slim rim. Clear otherwise.

Nose : hop and cereals, roasted cereals with a hint of bread that is just baked. Country bread and the bread crust of those country breads.

Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

In mouth : bread crust, cake, cookies then slightly bitter and sugar caramel (not the buttery creamy one but the dry dark sugar one).

It feels like eating a freshly baked countryside bread with the dark part of its crust, then come some more cookie tastes. Some licorice as a finale.

The malt is the main taste of this beer.

Excellent, easy to drink, not very bitter, well balanced and sweet without being sugary. Fulfilling and refreshing at the same time. Well done !

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Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

Untied Brewing Company Turkeytown Marzen Lager

Untied Brewing Company Mutual Understanding India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Mutual Understanding India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Mutual Understanding India Pale Ale

New England style India Pale Ale, 6.8% vol. IBU 29

The other of the two recently released IPAs from my local brewery, Untied Brewing Company, called Mutual Understanding. (I already reviewed the sister one, Finding Common Ground, here)

Untied Brewing Company Mutual Understanding India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Mutual Understanding India Pale Ale

In glass it’s cloudy, dark yellow with a thick white foam. Opaque, not see through.

Nose : hoppy and citrusy, lemon with a hint of grapefruit.

In mouth, citrus, lemon then grapefruit, a slight bitter but round : well balanced between sweetness and bitterness. A round soft taste around the citrus like they say on the label. This one is not tropical at all compared to the sister one that was released at the same time (Finding Common Ground).

Oat and honey (a hint) in the after mouth.

An extremely pleasant IPA, very good.

Untied Brewing Company Mutual Understanding India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Mutual Understanding India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Mutual Understanding India Pale Ale

Untied Brewing Company Mutual Understanding India Pale Ale