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Winter Beers, Round 2

I have to hurry up while it’s still winter!

Deschutes JubelDeschuttes Jubelale 2015

A cloudy brown glassful with a very brief light off white head. The aroma is of caramel and oaky vanilla, tons of malt and just a hint of alcohol. The flavor is of rich raisiny malt, definitely wine-like, and the raisin reminds me of Italian Amarone, one of my favorites. The finish is smooth and balanced with just a note of hops mixed with the malt and raisin. This is an ale that many wine drinkers–like my wife–would love. Ale with 50% aged in Pinot Noir and Oregon oak barrels. “Affectionately known as ‘Super Jubel’, Jubel 2015 is an imperial take on our festive winter ale. Originally planned as a once-in-a-decade ale; we just couldn’t wait another five years.” This was one of my favorites of 2015! If somehow you can find it, the 10.4% ABV will let it age for some time.

Brooklyn InsulatedBrooklyn Insulated Dark Lager

A Schwarzbier, pouring dark cola brown with a generous light tan head. Starts with a lightly roasty, malty aroma. It delivers more roastiness on the palate with a chocolate hint and a mix of German and American hops. The finish continues these, drying at the end. 5.6% ABV

Stone Double Bastard in the RyeStone Double Bastard in the Rye

“2015 Double Bastard Ale aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels” Cloudy dark amber in the glass with a brief tannish head. There is rich malt and whiskey on the nose with rye spiciness. It’s a filling mouthful of malt, rye and caramel carrying into the finish with a solid shot of hops on the end and a solid shot of alcohol as well. 12.7% ABV

Stone BBA Arrogant BastardBourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard

This pours a rich chestnut amber with a medium tannish head. The nose is dark malty with only a hint of bourbon. Even the flavor is more toffee and caramel than bourbon, but there is an oakiness and some alcohol heat. A creaminess comes into the mouthfeel and then a bitterness emerges and carries into the finish, joined by hop spiciness. “Quite refined, unlike you.” 8.1% ABV

Singlecut DoesAnybodyRememberLaughterSinglecut Does Anybody Remember Laughter?

This IPA has an apricot nectar look with a moderate persistent off white head. Citrus-piney hops hit as soon as the cap comes off. It arrives as a big bitterish hoppy mouthful and the lemon peel citrus stays bitter through the finish. I like this but it’s sort of a one trick pony. 7.2% ABV

21st Cerveza El Sully21st Amendment Cerveza El Sully

Clear gold with a brief white head and light effervescence. The aroma seems almost like a Belgian single, lightly yeasty and estery, crossed with the flavor of clean biscuit malt and light spicy hops. This one is a straightforward lager, a summer beer, but in a winter with a 70 degree Christmas Eve, I’ll happily drink it. 4.8% ABV

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Astoria’s Own

SingleCut Beersmiths


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.

1933stickersSinglecut 19-33 Lagrrr!

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.

billytulipBilly Half Stack IPA

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

billypintBilly Full Stack IPA

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%

scMoShuggie“Mo’ Shuggie” Soulbender IPA

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


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