Long Valley Pub and Brewery
They claim: “Most Award-Winning Brew Pub in NJ / Quality Hand-Crafted Ales & Bold American Fare” On this occasion I can’t speak to the Fare, but their list of GABF medals is quite impressive. Here’s the flight that I had.
The color is straw with a moderate white head that rings the glass. It’s an ale to lure the light malt lager drinker toward good damn beer. The nose gives light stone fruit and a little shot of noble hops. It’s a cross between a hefeweizen and an American pale ale. The flavor delivers fairly big bakery malt and a good finish.
American Pale Ale
This is pale amber with a brief white head. It’s a very straight-forward pale ale with a nice shot of American-style hops on a backbone of bakery malt. For a pale, it’s quite crisp.
German Valley Amber Ale
They say “the town of Long Valley was originally called German Valley after the German immigrants that first settled in and cultivated it’s fertile land.” So here’s a German ale in their honor. It pours a dark reddish amber with a moderate foamy off white head. The flavor suggests crystal and cara malt with full body and a slight orange peel note persisting in the finish with solid American hops, though not citrusy hops.
Lazy Jake Porter
This pours opaque brown with a generous tan head. Chocolate malt stands out of complex malt aroma with a significant hop bite. The flavor features foamy roasty malt with faint butterscotch notes and a full body, followed by a long slightly sweet roasty finish. I can see why this has won five GABF medals. It is a dead-on, true-to-style porter. If the weather was cooler I would certainly have had more.
Rye Ale Seasonal
Champagne in the glass with a generous white head, faintly hazy. There is a sharp noble hop aroma over cracker malt. The rich flavor reminds me of a very light orange cream with delicate biscuit malt. Surprisingly, it has a very long finish continuing the malt with a tiny hop bite. Another beer to lure the brainwashed adjunct pilsner fan, this is perfectly refreshing for a hot summer day. This is the one I chose for a follow-up pint.
This is another seasonal, pouring chestnut with a yellowish head lacing the glass. It delivers stone fruit and a light caramel malt aroma. More fruit follows on the palette, with a nice malty finish and enough bite to hold up the banner of Extra Special Bitter. I could see raising a pint of this in a British pub.