Equilibrium x Homes Lab Flasks

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery x Homes Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 8.5%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) Following up from our last collab Lab Tubes, we are back at it with our friends from Homes to create a brand new beer using our Incognito process.

Lab Flasks uses flaked wheat, white wheat, flaked oats, and oat malt to lay the base for a large Citra Incognito, Citra, and Strata whirlpool before we dry-hopped this beer with Citra LUPOMAX, Citra, Strata, and Michigan Copper.

Pouring bright milky yellow, hop saturated aromas of orange creamsicles and pineapple dominant before flavors of assorted citrus, Hawaiian Punch, honeydew melon, cannabis, lime nerds candy, dank earthiness, and a pop of rainbow melon.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.27
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 5th April 2022, poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A nice bright hazy orange colour, with a just over one finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Juicy, dank, pineapple, mango, orange juice, orange zest.
Taste: Light to moderate sweetness, tropical and citrus juicy, mango, pineapple, melon, orange rind, candied citrus, with light dank and bitter notes.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Balanced sweet and bitter flavours with lots of juicy and dank notes. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Equilibrium Double Fractal Penrose Tile

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 8.5%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) Using our Fractal fermentation process, we combined a simple 2-row base malt bill and a whirlpool of Mosaic and Idaho 7 before a dry hop of HBC586 (“mango hop”), Mosaic, and Strata. Pouring a bright mango yellow, aromas of mango smoothie, cannabis, and hop fields lead you to flavors of clementine marmalade, passionfruit, pineapple and mango smoothie, red currants, and weed all wrapped up in a chewy mouthfeel. This tropical medley has a saturated flavor with a balanced dank and earthy #EQJuice finish.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.1
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 30th March 2022, poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy mango orange colour with a just over one finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrus fruit with light tropical notes. Grapefruit, orange zest, dank, melon, and light mango notes.
Taste: Light sweetness and bitter notes, mango, melon, grapefruit, citrus zest, dank, grassy, weedy, light but lasting bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Good balance between sweet and bitter with nice tropical, citrus and dank earthy notes.

Equilibrium Super Fractal Julia Set

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 10.5%
Style: New England / Hazy Triple IPA

Brewer Description: (from untappd) The Julia Set is named after the French mathematician Gaston Julia. This complex set exists as a by-product of the Mandelbrot set and was devised while studying complex dynamics during the early 20th century. This set of complex numbers can cause drastic changes in the sequence of iterated functions.

Tying this into the newest beer of our series, we scaled up from Fractal using a super simple grain bill of 2-Row and our specific fractal fermentation profile before intensely hoping it with a Mosaic and El Dorado whirlpool and a dry hop of Citra, Mosaic, Strata and El Dorado.

Super Fractal Julia Set pours a vivid hazy yellow with an aroma of tropical citrus, ripe red berries, and candied lemon peel. Big flavors of navel orange, mango, stone fruit, currants, and berry come alive in a dangerously drinkable and smooth #EQjuice finish. The quest to have you seeing spirals and weird shapes continues.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.28
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 21st April 2022, poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a big three finger beige head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Tropical and citrus notes, pineapple, guava, orange juice, lime zest.
Taste: Juicy, tropical and citrus fruits, mango, pineapple, guava, orange, lemon zest, with notes of melon. Nice bitterness on the finish with ever so slight booziness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: A very easy to drink NE Triple IPA that’s very juicy and has a nice bitterness to it, and doesn’t feel like 10.5% ABV at all.

Founders KBS – Espresso

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 12%
Style: Stout – Imperial
Other Notes: Barrel Aged Series. 2021 release. Ale brewed with chocolate and coffee aged in oak bourbon barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) KBS gets its coffee fix in the very first variant to come from our beloved bourbon barrel-aged stout. Yes, KBS may already be brewed with coffee, but it gets some extra oomph when it’s aged on espresso beans after being removed from barrels. The result is a fresh and snappy coffee twist on our classic barrel-aged beer. Who says you can’t start your day with a barrel-aged stout?

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 10th September 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Pitch black with a one finger tanned brown head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Lightly sweet, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, chocolate milk, vanilla, bourbon, with oaky notes.
Taste: Lightly sweet, moderately bitter, roasty, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and a nice long bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Another interesting KBS variant, with lots of coffee and a nice bitter finish, but again, I still prefer the original KBS more.

3 Fonteinen Nocturne

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7.1%
Style: Flanders Oud Bruin
Other Notes: Blend°2, Season 19/20. Number of bottles – 604

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Nocturne is a blend of 3 Fonteinen brewed dark full malt beers and traditional lambic. Spontaneously fermented. Matured in oak barrels. Extended bottle ageing. Unfiltered. Unpasteurised.

On the 30th of March 2018, we brewed a fully barley malt beer wort, with pilsner, pale ale, cara and roasted chocolate malt. We left this beer to age for almost two years on oak barrels. Prior to bottling, we blended the beer with some young lambik. Nocturne is our take on a Vlaams Oud Bruin – a Vlaams-Brabants Oud Bruin if you will. This beer is fully spontaneously fermented and all-natural without any addition of caramel sweetener or colouring. (yet, #notlambic). 100% 3 Fonteinen. # of bottles: 604.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.25
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend°2, season 19/20, bottled on 6th November 2019, and with a best before date of 26th October 2039. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed Zenne glass.
Appearance: A dark amber dark brown colour with a one finger beige head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, red berries, cherry, cranberry, malty, light roast, with a hint of caramel, vinegar and lemon juice.
Taste: Sour, tart, red berries, cranberry, cherry, plum, oak, dark malt, light roast, light funk, and light vinegar notes.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A rare not lambic from 3 Fonteinen, but it was good. It’s a well made Oud Bruin that was really enjoyable on a hot spring night.

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