Posts Tagged ‘Troegs Brewing Company’

Pale Ale by Troegs Brewing Company

I hate being sick…nothing tastes right or smells good.

So this will be another non-review but I will drink it…it shouldn’t react with DayQuil or Zicam right…right???

Beer #349 is Pale Ale by Troegs Brewing Company from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  This is an American Pale Ale with an ABV of 5.4%.

I poured it, I drank it.

Maybe tomorrow I will feel better…I hope…

And then there were 16…

Rating: n/a

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Perpetual IPA by Troegs Brewing Company

Ninety nine bottles of beer left in the blog…ninety nine bottles of beer…take one down…well you know the rest.  After breaking in my new ride with a 20 mile ride today (only 6 were on twisty single track…the rest on the old canal tow path) I was quite thirsty.  I stopped by the local liquor store and picked up something from Troegs Brewing Company I have never seen or had before.  Beer #266 is Perpetual IPA by Troegs Brewing Company from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  This American Double IPA has an ABV of 7.5%.

Into my Troegs pint glass this went and the color was a clear deep golden yellow.  The head was white and was quite massive.  It left excellent lacing behind on the glass.  The nose was heavy with citrus (orange), a bit of pineapple & herbs.  It started off very bitter in the taste, which I love,  and then mellowed out into orange flavors and near the back end, sweet bready malts.  It finished very bitter again and a bit dry.  It had a medium body, was nicely carbonated, and was a bit creamy.

IPAs & DIPAs still continue to be my favorites styles of beer.  This was no exception.  I enjoyed this quite a bit as I did my new Salsa El Mariachi.  Troegs is one fine Pennsylvania craft brewer and I’m very glad I live in an area where I can enjoy their beers.

Rating: A

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HopBack Amber Ale by Troegs Brewing Company

Tonight’s beer is one that really got me addicted to craft brew.  I first had it from my local beer store via a six pack and was like wow…this is so much better than the stuff I was drinking at the time…mostly Miller Lite and other various macro brews.  I remember being in Hershey, Pennsylvania attending a Rush concert (my favorite band BTW…front row tickets…rocking with Geddy, Alex & Neil), I realized that Harrisburg was a hop, skip, and a jump from Hershey so off to Troegs I went to get myself a growler (my first of many) of that awesome, fresh brew and a case of that same beer.  What beer is that you ask?  I think the post title may have given it away but just in case it didn’t…HopBack Amber Ale is beer #243.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is where Troegs Brewing Company brews this American Amber Ale or Red Ale is brewed.  It has an ABV of 6%.

HopBack Amber Ale is a clear amber in color.  The head was small and white.  The nose is awesome…sweet caramel malts, hoppy citrus grapefruity thing, some grass, a bit of floral and bread.  It smelled like a subdued Nugget Nectar, also by Troegs and my favorite by them.  It was also very similar in taste to Nugget Nectar with some nice bread flavors mixed with the hops, where more of the pine came through than the grapefruit.  The sweet caramel malts were a bit stronger here and tended to dominate the the hops…until the end of the sip.  Then the nice bitterness and pine flavors took over well into the aftertaste.  The body was medium with a nice coating, creamy sensation and a decent amount of carbonation.  It seemed stronger than the ABV suggested but I did finish it kind of quickly so maybe that had something to do with it.

An excellent brew from Troegs.  It is like Nugget Nectar-lite…and that is a good thing.  Yum!

Rating: A

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Java Head by Troegs Brewing Company

Onwards we roll to 365 and in that pursuit I would like to introduce beer #241, Java Head by Troegs Brewing Company.  Troegs brews in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  This Oatmeal Stout has an ABV of 7.5%.  Of note on the bottle it mentions this is brewed with coffee beans…hence the Java in the name.

I had a Troegs pint glass, so into it went this black brew with a nice light brown head that left beautiful lacing on the glass.  The nose reminded me of a iced-coffee with a nice smoky earthy thing going on.  There was a bit of a distant cocoa aroma along with some vanilla.  I love coffee, so this smelled nice to me.  I took a sip and got those dark roasted coffee flavors up front…there was no mistaking that.  Towards the back end of this was a nice hoppy pine like flavor.  I didn’t get any chocolate in the taste but there was a vanilla sweetness here which complimented the dark roastiness of the coffee.  It had a medium body with lower amounts of carbonation.  It was smooth and creamy and very drinkable.  Alcohol?  Hidden nicely.

I liked it quite a bit, I wished I had another.  Good stuff from Troegs, especially if you dig coffee.  I must say, it is so nice to have good beer again.

Rating: B+

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DreamWeaver Wheat by Troegs Brewing Company

Another day, another beer, another Troegs.

Beer #228, DreamWeaver by Troegs Brewing Company, comes to me from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Brewed in the style of a Hefeweizen, this German style wheat beer has an ABV of 4.8%.

I broke out the Sunshine Pils glass for the pour. The color was a cloudy gold, very similar to pineapple.  There wasn’t much of a head to speak.  The spiciness of the cloves comes through loud and clear in the nose.  As expected for a Hefeweizen, bananas also fill the nose with pleasant aromas along with a decent yeast presence.  It had a nice taste with the bananas, a slight orange citrus thing, and a bit of bubblegum.  There was a bitterness near the back end of the sip that I liked.  It had a medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice crispness to it.

I liked this quite a bit.  Very refreshing and light on the alcohol make this a wonderful summertime brew.

Rating:  B+

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Sunshine Pils by Troegs Brewing Company

Hot enough out there for you today?  And to think I just got back inside after mowing the front lawn…I feel like I lost 10 pounds from sweat alone.  Lets see what is on tap for tonight…shall we?

Beer #226 is Sunshine Pils by Troegs Brewing Company.  Troegs, one of favorite craft brewers, hails from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  This German Pilsner has an ABV of 5.30%

Well lookee here, I actually have a Troegs Sunshine Pilsner pint glass for the pour.  The color of this brew was a clear pale yellow, maybe gold, with just the tiniest white ring of a head.  Try as I might with deep sniff after deep sniff…I didn’t get anything in the nose.  I swirled and agitated the beer to no end and only before I was about to give up did I get an very, very faint aroma of grass.  I gave it a taste, it was grainy and sort of bread like.  It had just a hint of a lemon peel like taste and bitterness near the back end.  It had a light body, was kind of crisp and had a ton of carbonation.

In a word…disappointing.  I don’t think I will ever be a fan of Pilsners and this did nothing to change that.  Now to go find me a Hopback Amber or maybe see if I have any Nugget Nectar left.  Ah well…they can’t all be fit for a King.

Rating: D

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Boaks Double BW by Boak Beverage

When it rains…it pours, and pours, and pours for what seems like ages now.  I haven’t seen the sun since Saturday and boy is it depressing and so was beer #171, Boaks Double BW by Boak Beverage from Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. This Witbier had an ABV of 4.5% and a supposed Asian flair…at least that is what the Boak Beverage website said.  It describes this as a Belgian Wheat beer with an Asian flair…what?

What it did have was a pale yellow or golden color with a minimal white head. The nose was wheat, faint lemon, and something spicy which I would say is more than likely the Belgian style yeast.  It didn’t smell all that bad.  The taste was kind of sweet up front and then got spicy and had a  kind of lemon zest like taste finishing up a bit dry.  It had a light body and was crisp with a decent amount of carbonation.  I nursed this as I wasn’t really digging the flavors.

This wasn’t my thing.  I still don’t have any idea what the Asian flair is or was in this.  I didn’t get anything Asian in this at all.  I think I’m going to the fridge and pop open a Troegs Nugget Nectar…that always seems to brighten my day.

Rating: D

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Nugget Nectar by Troegs Brewing Company

This is my favorite time of the year…for beer releases anyways.  This is the time I get to grab a case or two of beer #81.  Happy times!

Beer #81 is Nugget Nectar by Troegs Brewing Company.  Brewed in the style of an American Amber/Red Ale, this beer has an ABV of 7.5%.

It had a lovely copper color with a very nice off-white fluffy head.  The nose had nice aromas of grapefruit (and other citrus),  pine, some floral notes, and sweet caramel malts.  It smelled very much like a DIPA but not as intense in the hop department.  It tasted just as good as it smelled with the pine, floral, & citrus elements of the hops mixing with sweet malts to just about perfection.  It had a nice grapefruit hoppy aftertaste.   The mouthfeel was excellent, with a slightly thick body that coats the mouth and is oh so creamy.  With the alcohol hidden really well, great taste, creaminess, and low on the bitterness chart, this is really super easy to drink.

For me, this is one of those perfectly balanced beers.  Nothing is overpowering.  It kind of reminds me of a DIPA without the massive bitterness.  It has been one of my favorites since I first had it two years ago and still remains so.  In my humble opinion, it is the finest beer Troegs brews.  I sometimes wish Troegs brewed this all year long but in a way I’m glad they don’t because it gives me something to look forward to in the hellish month of February.

Rating: A+

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The Flying Mouflan by Troegs Brewing Company

Beer #54 is The Flying Mouflan by Troegs Brewing Company.  The Mouflan is an American  Barleywine…my first ever.  The ABV clocks in at 9.3%.

This is going to be short and sweet as I am half in the bag with this Barleywine and Baileys Irish Creme (in a few coffee drinks) flowing through my system.  You just have to love Friday nights!

Appearance was a dark brown with a ruby red color as I held it up to the light.  I loved the head on this one, big, fluffy and tan.  It left some great lacing on the glass during the whole drink.  Nose was sweet malts, caramel, raisins and booze.  Lots and lots of booze.  The taste was not nearly as pronounced as the smell, I really didn’t get much of what I smelled in the taste.  It started sweet and finished slightly bitter from the hops.  Again…lots and lots of sweetness. It was super smooth in the mouth, a bit heavy, almost sticky, with just a bit of carbonation.  The alcohol was very present and warmed me up as it was going down.  It was a sipper indeed.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a Barleywine but I do have another lined up that I can compare it to.  Overall it was a decent beer.  It wasn’t my favorite from Troegs, although maybe it just isn’t my favorite style of beer.  Maybe it was the Baileys clouding my mind and judgement.  Maybe it was the Mouflan.  Or maybe it was both.

Oh well…Cheers!!!

Rating: C

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The Mad Elf Ale by Troegs Brewing Company

Merry Christmas to all…and to all a goodnight!  After a few of these Mad Elf Ales, it will be a good night.  Beer #27 is by Troegs Brewing Company and is named Mad Elf Ale.  It is brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.  This is one strong Elf indeed with an ABV of 11%.

This was poured directly from a growler purchased at Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlet.  Into my Cowboy’s pint glass, go Cowboys!, was a beautiful amber reddish looking liquid staring back at me.  The head was very thin and disappeared before I could get a good photo of this brew.  Cherries are the most noticeable aroma along with some nice malty smells.  The alcohol was also very present in the nose.  This was delicious to me.  Cherries and a bit of honey all wrapped up in a slightly thick and smooth package with just a bit of carbonation.  Did I say smooth?  Smooth it was.  It finished off with that nice warming alcohol effect.  This is definitely a sipping drink.  I guess a brandy snifter would be a more appropriate glass for this brew.

This is a Kingly brew for a such great day.  The only thing I wished it had was a bit more of a hoppy bite to it but that is just the hophead in me talking.  Or maybe it is the Mad Elf or in this case multiple Elves whispering in my ear.  It is now time for a long winters nap.

Merry Christmas to all!!!

Rating: A+

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