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Oktoberfest by Climax Brewing Company

Nothing like coming home to a lot of water on the kitchen floor.  It turns out that the drain pipe from the sink decided to give away making the water that was being expelled from the dishwasher leak out onto the floor.  Looks like a ride to Home Depot is on order to fix this issue.  In the meatime, with my tools in hand and a beer of course…I decide to blog first then fix the pipe later…

Beer #352 is Oktoberfest by Climax Brewing Company.  This Oktoberfest/Marzen is brewed right here in New Jersey and has an ABV of 6.2%.

Appearance – Amber color with quite a bit of an orange glow.  The head was just a sliver of white.

Nose – Hmm…it had a sour funky smell to it and a smell very much like baked apples.  My grandmother used to bake apples as a treat and this is what it reminded me of.

Taste – A sour taste hit me first followed with a heavy dose of bread.  There was a perfume like thing towards the back end of this also…all in all…a very odd tasting beer.  I started to think that maybe this was actually spoiled in some way.

Mouthfeel – It had a body just south of medium and some really low amounts of carbonation.

Overall – I’m not quite sure what to think here.  Did I get a bad beer or was this supposed to taste like this?  I think something was wrong to be honest as I researched this beer later and my observations on the nose and taste were quite unlike any review I found.  I have come to expect a quality product from Climax Brewing Company so I’ m thinking there is no way they brewed it to have these flavors and smells.  I’m not going to rate this because I feel this is a spoiled beer.  I will see if I can get this again in the next few days and will come back and update this entry…stayed tuned…

And then there were 13…

Rating: n/a

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Nut Brown Ale by Climax Brewing Company

Don’t try to to get in touch with me tonight…for I will be in combat.  The virtual kind thanks to Battlefield 3, which was released today and man oh man is it good.  No silly Xbox 360 or PS3 version here…straight up PC…the only, and the best, gaming machine that truly matters.  Even know in the end I will probably have more deaths than kills…I will be grinning ear to ear in the process.  Check it out if you are a gamer…you won’t be disappointed.

And what will my beverage of choice be to enjoy with Battlefield 3?  Why Beer #331 is Nut Brown Ale from Climax Brewing Company from New Jersey.  Their version of an English Brown Ale has an ABV of 5.2% and I hope goes along well with some fraggin’.

Appearance – Dark brown color with a bit of ruby red when held up to the light.  The head was massive, tan colored and oh so fluffy.

Nose – A nice roasted caramel malt aroma with a bit of chocolate.  I also got a floral hop thing too…interesting.

Taste – The roasted malts come out first in the taste with a mix of chocolate and caramel.  There was a bit of a coffee flavor also…but not very strong…just there.  A bit of dark fruit…raisins maybe?  Kind of a roasted nut finish to it.

Mouthfeel – A bit thin body wise and pretty low in carbonation.  Nicely bitter.  Very drinkable in that the glass was gone way too soon.

Overall – I enjoyed this and just wish it was a bit heavier in the body.  This was another really good beer from Climax.  It is really cool to see Climax start bottling in 12 oz bottles to compliment there 1/2 gallon growlers.  If you live in New Jersey…seek out some beer from Climax Brewing Company.  In my opinion, they brew the best the state has to offer.

Rating: B+

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Hoffmann Heffeweizen by Climax Brewing Company

I am watching the Dallas Cowboys are playing the New England Patriots (and it is on TV in NJ) as I type this…so if the blog remains unfinished, it just may be because the laptop goes flying across the room due to Tony Romo and how he plays.

Beer #322 is Hoffmann Heffeweizen by Climax Brewing Company, my favorite brewer from New Jersey.  Brewed in Roselle Park and in a growler no less, this Hefeweizen has an ABV of any where between 4.8% and 5.2%.

Appearance – Clear golden color with a no head anywhere to be seen.

Nose – Banana, Bazooka gum, wheat, yeasty bready smell…typical Hefe aroma.

Taste – I get lemon here that I didn’t get in the nose.  Wheat is also a big part of the flavor.  The Bazooka gum flavor is evident in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – The body is right smack dab in the middle of medium and light.  Low carbonation makes this quite smooth and refreshing.

Overall –  A nice take on a Hefeweizen although I would like a bit more clove spice flavor.  This would be nice on a hot summer day…or after a nice mountain bike re.

Rating: B

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India Pale Ale by Climax Brewing Company

I was jonesing for something a bit different than all the Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers I have had…so I chose an American IPA.  I am also hoping for a bunch of other things like a win by the Yankees tonight, a loss by the Phillies, the Mets to finally decide they are nothing better than a Minor League team, & Scarlett Johansson (sexy as all get up) deciding she wants to live with me & my wife in a faux-polygamist marriage.  Wait…what?  A man can dream…no?

Anyways…I pulled out all the stops for a Yankee win tonight as you can see in the above photo.  My Don Mattingly Yankee jersey, my well-worn Yankee cap, my Yankee hefeweizen glass, my Yankee underoos…OK…you can’t see them in the photo but trust me…I have them on.  Can you tell I’m amped up for this game tonight?  I think I need a beer to calm myself down…

And that beer, #310, is India Pale Ale by Climax Brewing Company from Roselle Park , New Jersey.  Their version of an American IPA has an ABV of 6%.  I wonder if I should have picked up a beer from New York?

Into my Yankees hefeweizen glass went this hazy amber with a bit of orange color to it brew.  The cream colored head was massive & fluffy and left excellent lacing behind.  I dipped my nose into the glass…pine  and caramel and floral and bread and citrus and even some grass greeted said nose.  I took a sip…first thought was yum…white grapefruit.  There was a nice slightly sweet caramel maltiness and a bit of a bread like flavor that mixed well with the slightly bitter hops.  Towards the back end of this it had a pine like flavor and it finished with the same taste and acidic sensation (not truly acidic..something similar) as you get when drinking white grapefruit juice.  It had a medium body and coupled with lower amounts of carbonation made this quite smooth and creamy.  This was extremely drinkable…I know they make this in growlers and I think I wouldn’t have any issues finishing one off.

Quite simply…this was very, very good.  This is my type of beer for sure.  American IPAs FTW (for the win)!!!  Oh yeah…lets go Yanks!!!  And Scarlett…if you are reading this (I know you are)…call me…

Rating: A

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Extra Special Bitter Ale by Climax Brewing Company

I took one last venture out to make sure I have all of the essential supplies I will need for the oncoming hurricane.  Ice – check…beer – check…potato chips & onion dip – check, looks like I’m good to go.

Beer #272 or today’s jug ‘o beer as I like to call growlers, is Extra Special Bitter Ale by Climax Brewing Company from Roselle Park, New Jersey.  Their version of an Extra Special/Strong Bitter Ale has an ABV of 5.5%.

The color of this ESB was a nice amber with one finger width off-white head.  The nose was interesting, very yeasty smelling and bread like with a citrus (orange) aroma, grass and sweet caramel malts.  I thought I may have picked up on grapes in the nose too.  The caramel malts kicked off the taste and about halfway through the hops kick in with a fruity, almost spicy flavor.  Odd that the fruit wasn’t citrus but more like grapes that I picked up in the nose.  It finished with a toasted bread taste.  It had a nice bitterness at the end and finished up a bit dry.  There was ample carbonation in this medium bodied brew.

This was another really good beer that I will be enjoying for the rest of the afternoon.  After all, there is no sense in letting the growler go to waste.   Climax Brewing Company is, in my opinion, one of the best craft brewers in New Jersey.  If you happen to be lucky enough to be where they sell their growlers or find their beers on draft…give them a try.

Rating: B+

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Hoffman Helles by Climax Brewing Company

Yesterday was the start of the Philly Beer Week.  It is 10 days of a celebration of the best beer drinking city in America.  It began in 2008 and a bunch  of scheduled events ranging from tastings, tours, dinners, meet the brewers, etc. during that period.  More than 30 brewers from across the country participate so if you are in the area…why not participate?  Check out their website, http://phillybeerweek.org/, for more info.

Beer #188 is Hoffman Helles by Climax Brewing Company from Roselle Park, New Jersey.

Stats – Munich Helles Lager with an ABV of 4.8% in a growler…a growler as you may or may not know is one half of a gallon
Appearance – cloudy gold with a awesome frothy white head that left some fantastic lacing on the River Horse pint glass
Nose – clean, grass, grains, bread, flowery, lemony
Taste – very bread like, lemon, a bit of fruity sweetness, a spicy compnonent
Mouthfeel – light, crisp, creamy, moderate carbonation

In a word…yum!!!  This is one of my favorite summertime beers.  It quenches my thirst on a hot summer day.  Very easy to drink so much so the growler empties itself all too quick.  The low ABV makes this a great selection for a session brew.  The only knock I have is that this is only available in growlers…which means the whole half gallon must be enjoyed fairly quickly…then again…maybe that isn’t such a bad thing!

Rating: A

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15th Anniversary Ale by Climax Brewing Company

I found another New Jersey brewer that I didn’t know about.  This brewer is based out of Roselle Park, New Jersey and the name of that brewer is Climax Brewing Company.  Climax has been brewing since 1996 and was founded by Dave Hoffmann and his dad, Kurt Hoffmann.  Beer #167 will be 15th Anniversary Ale by Climax Brewing Company.  This American Barleywine, ABV of 10.5%, is brewed to celebrate their 15th anniversary of brewing in the state of NJ.

Into my Duvel tulip went this beer and it had a color of dark amber with a red tint…sort of looked like iced tea (not the actor…).  There was no head to speak of…darn.  The nose was cherries, raisins, alcohol, and a bready malts.  This was a bit sweet taste wise with flavors of molasses and caramel and some nice dark cherry.  It finished a bit on the dry side.  The mouthfeel was on the heavy side being sticky and kind of syrupy.  The carbonation was low.  The alcohol is very noticeable so this is a sipper for sure.  I was feeling the alcohol content…and was probably a bit tipsy in writing this.

I’m not a huge fan of Barleywines…they are usually stomach sickening sweet to me.  This was not though…I enjoyed this quite a lot…so much I feel it was the best Barleywine I have had to date.  This was an excellent brew.  Cheers!  Oh yeah…lets go Yankees…best them Red Sox!!!!

Rating: A

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