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Tasting Room April/May 2013

Tasting Room April/May 2013

April/May 2013 VENUE: Isaac Newton’s

Isaac Newton’s is one of the classic beer bars in Bucks County. With an extensive draft and bottle list offering a variety of American craft and Belgian beers, Isaac Newton’s has become the go-to place for good beer in Newtown, PA. The full beer list is also available for takeout, including growler fills and bottles to take home.

Our Notable Guests

Tony Luke, Jr. needs little introduction. His famous sandwich joint in South Philly has become a destination for locals and tourists alike, and is constantly in the running for best Philly cheesesteak and roast pork. Tony is also active in the film world. He’s written, produced, directed and starred in multiple shows and movies. Not to mention, you can also download some of his musical offerings on iTunes.

Jennifer Schloder currently works in the medical field doing cancer research and trying to find ways to improve the quality of life for cancer patients. Jenn also loves trying to turn beer haters into lovers, like she did Tony, and will next be trying to convince him to start brewing.

From the Scene Guests

Brad Martin has been working with Isaac Newton’s for almost seventeen years now. Currently, he is at the role of events and beer consultant. Beer is a passion of his and one of his favorite goals of working in the service industry is trying to find the perfect beer for everyone.

Tim Gannon, resident Tapsmith at Isaac Netwton’s, has been serving craft beer in Bucks County for more than
a decade. With twenty-two taps and hundreds of bottled selections, Tim guides both newcomers and regulars alike in beer experiences with delightful tours of flavors and character with tappings and beer events.

Stoudt’s Karnival KölschstoudtsKarnival

3 out of 5 stars

This refreshing, German-style ale was brewed using 2-row malt, a small amount of red wheat malt, and all German hops for bittering and aroma. It is dry and crisp with a slight fruitiness which complements the mild hop bitterness and aroma. ABV: 4.8%

Tony: 3 – Very mellow flavors but strong aftertaste.

Jenn: 3 – Starts soft but finishes hoppy and lingers in mouth A LOT!

Brad: 2.5- Nice straw flavors that finish crisp and light.

Tim: 3.5- Light and delicious. Good summer beer.

Mat: 3.5- Sessionable and local; makes for a perfect lawnmower beer.

Birrificio Bresciano Montenetto Lapylapy

3.5 out of 5 stars

Top quality malts, accurately selected hops and pure water. All well blended with a good dose of passion and a pinch of simplicity.  Nothing else. These are the simple ingredients who characterize the tastes and smells of the Birrificio Bresciano Montenetto’s craft beers, created inside the Montenetto Regional Park, an area of harmony and nature just a few miles from the city of Brescia (Italy) in a delicate balance between rural, and modern, past and future. Unique, like our beers. ABV: 4.8%

Tony: 3- Clean, smooth flavor. I like it. Plus it’s Italian and I’m a little bias!

Jenn: 3- Awesome label! Really like this. Nice hoppiness on the palate.

Brad: 3- Subdued hop presence. Would love more nose and carbonation.

Tim: 3.5- Easy drinking. Malty, dry finish.

Mat: 4- A bit of barnyard funk in aroma, but super clean flavor with delicate carbonation.

Hitachino Nest White AlehitachinoWhite

3.5 out of 5 stars

White ale brewed in the tradition of a Belgian style white beer with coriander, nutmeg, orange peel and orange juice. ABV: 5.5%

Tony: 3- Clean flavors. Smooth, nice aftertaste. Mild spice notes.

Jenn: 3- Lots of flavors that keep me guessing.

Brad: 3.5- Spicy and fruity and fairly complex for the style.

Tim: 3.5: Citrusy with hints of coriander and nutmeg.

Mat: 3.5- Orange juice and coriander work well together to add a unique complexity for the style.

Ritterguts GoseruttergutsGose

3 out of 5 stars

The Gose is a very old beer type and does not correspond to the German purity requirement. It is brewed traditionally with coriander and salt, and by the additional lactic acid fermentation her quite special characteristic gets the gose. ABV: 4.2%

Tony: 2- Very sour and very salty.

Jenn: 2.5- Good sour flavor. Gets better the more you drink it.

Brad: 3.5- Cracked sea salt over sweet, mild malt. Bracingly dry, yet refreshing.

Tim: 4- Briny, sour, effervescent. I like it!

Mat: 4 – Saltiest gose I’ve ever had. Nose of sour saltwater that follows through into the taste in a very pleasant way.

Uinta Bristlecone Brownbristlecone

3.5 out of 5 stars

Deep chocolate brown and an amber head, Bristlecone Brown Ale is a seasonal beer and available for a short time. ABV: 4.0%

Tony: 4.5- Sweet maple flavors are wonderful. Very smooth, sweet aftertaste.

Jenn: 3.5- Very nutty, fabulous smell. Sweeter than expected with medium-light body.

Brad: 3- Light bodied for style. Sweet malt, molasses nose and mild bitterness complemented with appropriate roastiness and sweet finish.

Tim: 3.5: Maple. Brown sugar. Good stuff.

Mat: 3.5 – Tastes like a stout but drinks more like a lager. Great flavors.

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutandersonValleyOatmeal

3.5 out of 5 stars

Deep, dark brown-black color, thick, full-bodied, velvety-smooth mouth-feel, mocha character, and strong, yet subtle hop bite. One of the thickest, richest, and most complex stouts on the market today. ABV: 5.7%

Tony: 3- A little thin, but overall, good flavors.

Jenn: 2- Expected a much heavier flavor. A little thin.

Brad: 3.5- Somewhat light-bodied but flavorful with toast, coffee and mocha all present. Drinkable stout.

Tim: 4- Lighter than it looks. One of my classics.

Mat: 4- Slick lack of body is the only noticeable flaw here.

Williamsburg AleWerks Coffeehouse Stoutalewerks_coffeeStout

3.5 out of 5 stars

Ale brewed with fresh roasted Guatemala Antigua coffee. ABV: 5.4%

Tony: 3- Wonderful, full coffee flavors. Rich and full.

Jenn: 3.5- Deep, rich espresso flavor with clean finish.

Brad: 4- Nose of deep coffee grinds. Flavor is coffee, yet hints of mocha and roasty malt.

Tim: 4- Not as sweet as the draft. Good balance.

Mat: 4 – Coffee is a bit overly bitter on nose, but mellows out perfectly in the flavor. One of the better coffee stouts I’ve had.

Evolution Primal Pale AleevoPrimal

3.5 out of 5 stars

A golden, dry, slightly hoppy pale ale. Refreshing and balanced. Notes of pine and citrus in the aroma, earthy middle, clean finish. ABV: 5.0%

Tony: 3- Very perfume-y flavor.

Jenn: 3.5- Very drinkable. Simple, with perfect hoppiness.

Brad: 3- Great carbonation, nice hop flavor, and very approachable.

Tim: 3.5- Session beer. Good citrus flavor.

Mat: 4- Smooth, soft, clean. A true pale ale in a time where most drink like IPAs.

961 Lebanese Pale Ale961_pale

3 out of 5 stars

Brewed with ingredients such as za’atar, sumac, mint, sage, anise, and chamomile. The use of such herbs and spices makes this distinctive craft brew truly Lebanese. ABV: 6.3%

Tony: 3- Clean and crisp with hints of thyme and mint.

Jenn: 3- Flavor explosion—is that basil? I may baste a chicken with this.

Brad: 2- The anise and mint are not for me, but should pair well with some foods.

Tim: 3- A little too light for me.

Mat: 3- Would be great with food but spice is a bit much to drink a pint on its own.

Bellerose Bière Blonde Extrabellerose

2.5 out of 5 stars

A top fermented beer made with 3 hops from 3 different continents. A mix between French “bière de Garde” and IPA with distinctive aromas of citrus & litchi with a hoppy but refreshing aftertaste. ABV: 6.5%

Tony: 2- Heavy alcohol taste.

Jenn: 2.5- Crisp, with a slight sweetness.

Brad: 3- Herbal flavors. Crisp sweetness and long, sweet finish.

Tim: 2.5- Not bad.

Mat: 3- Crispness provides nice balance to high sweetness level. Solid beer for the style.

Great Divide Colettecollete

3 out of 5 stars

Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, Colette is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish. ABV: 7.3%

Tony: 2- A little bitter of an aftertaste.

Jenn: 2.5- Highly carbonated. Very flavorful with lots of lemon.

Brad: 3 – Flavor profile of wheat, clove, light lemon zest. A bit lacking compared to past samplings.

Tim: 3.5- Sour nose. Lemony. Always enjoy this brewery.

Mat: 3 – A bit one dimensional with mostly just lemon dominating the nose and palate.

Susquehanna HopFive IPAsusquhanaBrewing

3 out of 5 stars

Brewed with a blend of five hop varieties; Susquehanna HopFive IPA presents a floral, pine-like, aroma and full hop flavor. ABV: 6.0%

Tony: 1- It’s an IPA, I don’t like IPAs. If you like IPAs, you’ll love it—that’s what they tell me.

Jenn: 3- Very enjoyable. Not an overwhelming hop flavor.

Brad: 3.5- Very pale for style. Like an everyman’s IPA.

Tim: 4- Good hops! A definite try for those hopheads who haven’t tried it yet.

Mat: 4- Clean malt backbone with earthy/piney hop flavors. Perfect blend of East & West Coast style of IPAs.

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary

4 out of 5 stars

Brooklyn Brewery is celebrating their 25th anniversary. They are saluting their beginnings with a special doppelbock version of the Brooklyn Lager introduced in 1988. ABV: 8.6%

Tony: 3- 9% Alcohol. Need I say more?

Jenn: 4- No way this is 9%! Danger! Good nose. Nice pepperiness.

Brad: 4.5- Smooth mouth-feel with flavors of pepper and biscuit malt. Delicious, crisp finish.

Tim: 4.5- I would have never guessed this is 9%. Scary how quickly this beer would sneak up and destroy me.

Mat: 4.5- Wow, this is dangerous. How is this possibly 8.6%? Makes me rethink my dislike for the imperial lager style.

Goose Island Pere JacquespereJacques

4 out of 5 stars

A strong, rich Belgian style Abbey Beer. ABV: 8.0%

Tony: 3- Strong, flavorful beer. I enjoyed this.

Jenn: 4.5- Fantastic flavor. Well-balanced.

Brad: 4- Tastes of candied sugar and slight spice. Delicious.

Tim: 4.5- Great beer! Malty, clean, deep amber color.

Mat: 4- Possibly better than most Trappist versions. Beautifully balanced beer.

Shawnee Craft Bière de Garde Pumpkin Saisonshawnee

3.5 out of 5 stars

With a medium body, and an intriguing layered nose of spice, fruit, and a barrique, this Belgian farmhouse beer may bring to mind fine Champagne or very dry hard cider. ABV: 7.5%

Tony: 2- Very sour. Made my face cringe. Too funky for me.

Jenn: 4.5- Reminds me of Thanksgiving. Not as spicy as most pumpkin beers.

Brad: 3.5- Mild funk/barnyard with pleasant pumpkin and cinnamon flavors.

Tim: 4.5- Very approachable sour. Tony Luke’s face while drinking this was hysterical!

Mat: 3.5- Like sour pumpkin pie. Sourness really balances out the pie spices. I dislike pumpkin spiced beers, but this I can get behind.

Sprecher Russian Imperial StoutsprecherIPS

3.5 out of 5 stars

This tremendously rich and thick stout uses a profusion of burnt and caramel malts. A massive mouthful of dark roasted malt and coffee flavors finishes with hints of licorice, fig and currant. ABV: 7.9%

Tony: 3- Nice, rich color with roasty rich flavor.

Jenn: 3.5- Like a roasty, smokey, campfire.

Brad: 4- Deep roasted malt and coffee flavors with a hint of anise. Good beer from an underrated brewery.

Tim: 4- Not as much body as I’d like from an RIS, but still pretty good.

Mat: 3.5- An ideal compromise for a more sessionable RIS.

John Henry 3 Lick Spiker AlejohnHenry

4 out of 5 stars

An imperial stout brew style that has been bourbon oak aged. This beer is brewed with three different dark roasted malts creating chocolate flavors and a dark appearance. Oats are also added for additional body and flavor. ABV: 9.1%

Tony: 4- Beautiful toffee and caramel flavors and not overly sweet.

Jenn: 5- Caramel and toffee flavors are fantastic. Creamy bourbon comes through right away = YUM!

Brad: 3- Light body for the style, with minimal carbonation. Flavors of roasted malt, bourbon and vanilla.

Tim: 4- Always great! One of my favorite beers to introduce people to bourbon aged beers.

Mat: 3 – Tons of vanilla/toffee throughout. A bit thin. Finish lingers of bourbon-y vanilla that stays with you.

Duck-Rabbit BarleywineduckRabbitBarlywine

3 out of 5 stars

Loads of Amarillo hops give a piney, citrusy bitterness that’s supported beautifully by a toffee malt backbone in this English-style barleywine. ABV: 11.0%

Tony: 1- Just discovered that I don’t like barleywines.

Jenn: 4.5- Great finish. Robust, but not overpowering. Well-balanced.

Brad: 3- Hot upfront leading to notes of spicy malt (rye?), pumpernickel, and alcohol. Needs aging?

Tim: 4- Nice session beer!

Mat: 3.5- HUGE beer. Alcohol is not at all hidden. Some age would do wonders for this beer.

Laughing Dog Sneaky PetesneakyPete

4 out of 5 stars

This brew has a copious aroma of white grapefruit, citrus overtones, a complex, rich middle and long flavors in the finish; a real beauty. Finished with wild clover honey. ABV: 10.0%

Tony: 3- Really complex. Can’t really describe the flavor, but I like it.

Jenn: 3.5- Floral, hoppy nose. Lingering spice on the tongue. Very malty.

Brad: 4- Sweet malt flavors with maybe a hint of smoke (?) and a candied fruit presence. Well-made beer.

Tim: 4.5- Sweet to start but great hop finish.

Mat: 4- Sneaky is a good name. Quite smooth and clean for the ABV.

961 Witbier961_new

2.5 out of 5 stars

Inspired from “Belgian Witbier”, 961 Witbier has a 5.3% ABV. The added coriander and orange peel add a sweet and spicy aroma. The light acidity and low bitterness of this unfiltered beer makes it perfect for those who prefer a light and sweet beer. This beer is bottle conditioned and has natural yeast sediment in the bottle. ABV: 5.3%

Tony: 1- If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

Jenn: 2- mellow and clean. Not my favorite style, but great representation of a wit.

Brad: 2.5- Light hued. Nose of wheat and lemon. Reminiscent of Krystal Weisse

Tim: 3.5- Dry, clean, very easy drinking

Mat: 3.5- Extremely mellow, smooth, clean beer. Nothing fancy, but great summer option.

The Final Picks

Tony’s Final Pick: Uinta Bristlecone Brown. It embodies everything I’m looking for in a beer. I could drink this all day.

Jenn’s Final Pick: John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale. Unreal flavors that are a mix of dessert and appetizers. Creamy, but with a good bite in the butt.

Brad’s Final Pick: Brooklyn Silver Anniversary. Amazingly fresh, great carbonation, dangerously drinkable, and complex. Amazing take on a classic style.

Tim’s Final Pick: Shawnee Craft Bière de Garde Pumpkin Saison. Sour beers are very unique and I am addicted to the style. And, I love the fact that it’s local. Bonus!

Mat’s Final Pick: Brooklyn Silver Anniversary. Was way too impressed with this one not to choose it. Wow…such a well-executed beer.

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