Queens, New York has not been a hotbed of craft beer activity, but that is starting to change. Coming up on three years old, Astoria’s SingleCut is almost the elder statesman of the borough. They came to Growler & Gill for the tasting.
19-33 is their street address, and 1933 was the repeal of Prohibition, so it’s an auspicious number. This is a Czech-style Pilsener, starting with clean cracker malt, and a dry hoppy nose. What must be noble hops come through in the flavor, drying things out even more. A slight earthiness comes in on the finish as the hops linger. 6.2% ABV
Kim Hibiscus Sour Lager
Pours a pretty rosy amber, the fruit aroma is obvious. It’s a tart nose rather than full sour. The flavor leads with raspberry sweetness and then the tart comes back. This isn’t the sort of Berliner Weiss that causes the timid to pucker and run away. Basically it delivers tart fruit juice at relatively low ABV. The finish is brief and tart. 4.9% ABV That’s stronger this year than previously as the recipe varies from year to year.
Almost clear gold in the glass with a moderate white head. It delivers a strong resiny nose with citrus and malt. The flavor is funky earthy hops and crystal malt. The finish emphasizes the bitterness of the hops and the malt fades away. Quite a good beer. 6.6% ABV
Pours hazy gold, again with a moderate white head. The aroma starts with serious hops with citrus and pine, but cleaner than the half stack. It is full bodied on the palette with a good balance of rich malt and powerful hops. The description said 120 IBU and Untappd says 137. There is an underlying sweetness that emerges more in the finish, and the hop bitterness is balanced by that, making it more balanced than the Half Stack. Very good. 8.2%
This is a cloudy pale gold tinged with copper, with a medium foamy yellowish head. The hops are apparent as the cap comes off, spicy and resiny with lots of citrus in the background. The flavor is malty with some sharp bitterness and maybe a hint of citrus. There’s a nice medium-full mouthfeel with mild carbonation. The finish is quite bitter and lacks complexity. I expected more from the Aussie Kiwi hops. Perhaps they faded between brewery and glass? 7.4% ABV 123 IBU