Category Archives: Beer Reviews

Hudson Valley Pirouette

Brewery: Hudson Valley Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 6%
Style: American Sour IPA
Other Notes: Sour IPA

Brewer Description: (from website) Sour IPA w/ raw wheat & malted oat; hopped w/ Galaxy, Citra & Azacca.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.17
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 16 fl. oz. can, with no clear canned on or best before date. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy straw yellow colour with a big three finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sour, guava, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and citrus zest.
Taste: Sour, tart, lemon, lime, grapefruit, with notes of guava.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with spritzy moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice enjoyable and easy drinking Sour IPA with good citrus and tropical fruit aroma and flavours.

Equilibrium Fractal Mosaic

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 6.8%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: Simple . Complex . IPA

Brewer Description: (from website) Fractal Mosaic (6.8% IPA) was the first beer we ever brewed and was the first release from our small-batch Fractal research series. A fractal is something simple at the core yet can produce wonderful and amazingly complex results. We use the fractal series to investigate how different hops manifest through our processes, allowing us to optimize both our use of hops and our hopping techniques. Fractal Mosaic pours a resinous-hazy-straw yellow releasing complex aromas of dank blueberry, citrus, earthy grass, and tropical melon. The taste is a highly resinous blueberry cannabis, melon and pine with a juicy with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a firm but rounded bitterness. The medley of characteristics makes the name “Fractal Mosaic” warranted indeed.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.29
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 29th May 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy straw yellow orange colour with a two finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Fruity, mango, blueberry, citrus zest and notes of melon.
Taste: Lightly fruity sweet, mango, blueberry, melon, citrus zest, with a lingering bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Easy to drink. Great balance between sweet and bitter with lots of nice fruit flavours.

Equilibrium South Street Experimentum

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA
Other Notes: Double India Pale Ale

Brewer Description: (from website) Juice experiments are well underway here to explore some of the new toys we have at our new South Street facility. We had two leading theories on how to best use one of our new toys, both rooted in solid science, preliminary results both looked good… but different. So we thought… lets try both! We brought back the South Street version of the familiar companion set Experimentum and Imperium (Latin for Experiment and Control). Both feature our DIPA sized 2-Row Fractal fermentation, fractal grain bill, and a hop bill of Citra, Mosaic, and Sabra. These beers are parallel in recipe but not process. The difference focuses on two distinct uses of an exclusive piece South Street equipment and Experimentum utilizes our coveted Energy treatment process #twovariables. Both beers have a candy-like-tiki-cocktail aroma. South Street Imperium has notes and flavors of assorted citrus, peach, and crushed Pez candy with dank and slightly resinous finish and punchy rollercoaster of #EQJuice. South Street Experimentum offers flavors of bright tropical fruit, deep navel orange characteristics with mango and papaya in a distinctly succulently soft body while and crossing the finish line with our EQJuice. With the same ingredients but two different processes, a showdown is underway. Which one do you prefer?

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.99
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 29th May 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a two and a half finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy, lemon, lime, orange zest, with notes of melon.
Taste: Citrusy, orange, orange zest, melon, notes of papaya.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Not my favourite of fruit flavours, but still enjoyable. I preferred this Experimentum over Imperium.

Equilibrium South Street Imperium

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA
Other Notes: Double India Pale Ale

Brewer Description: (from website) Juice experiments are well underway here to explore some of the new toys we have at our new South Street facility. We had two leading theories on how to best use one of our new toys, both rooted in solid science, preliminary results both looked good… but different. So we thought… lets try both! We brought back the South Street version of the familiar companion set Experimentum and Imperium (Latin for Experiment and Control). Both feature our DIPA sized 2-Row Fractal fermentation, fractal grain bill, and a hop bill of Citra, Mosaic, and Sabra. These beers are parallel in recipe but not process. The difference focuses on two distinct uses of an exclusive piece South Street equipment and Experimentum utilizes our coveted Energy treatment process #twovariables. Both beers have a candy-like-tiki-cocktail aroma. South Street Imperium has notes and flavors of assorted citrus, peach, and crushed Pez candy with dank and slightly resinous finish and punchy rollercoaster of #EQJuice. South Street Experimentum offers flavors of bright tropical fruit, deep navel orange characteristics with mango and papaya in a distinctly succulently soft body while and crossing the finish line with our EQJuice. With the same ingredients but two different processes, a showdown is underway. Which one do you prefer?

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.92
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 28th May 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a nice two finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of great lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy orange zest and pith, peach candy, guava, pineapple, with notes of melon.
Taste: Orange, orange juice, with notes of peach gummy candy, dankness, and onion.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was nice, but taste didn’t quite match for me. I preferred Experimentum just that slightly more.

Garage Project Pas De Deux

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 11.6%
Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Other Notes: Garage Project + Nautilus. Methode Aro Bière 2016

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A duet of perfect unison – strong blonde wort and the finest clear pressed pinot juice from Nautilus Estate’s sparkling vineyard. First blended and fermented together using a mixture of Belgian beer and champagne yeasts, then bottled and allowed to condition ‘sur lie’ for 18 months before being riddled and disgorged in the traditional method. The result of this intricate, painstaking process is a seamless union of beer and sparkling wine. A true pas de deux.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.91
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A corked and caged 750ml bottle, Methode Aro Bière 2016, poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin ring around the glass, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: White grape, grape gummy candy, with ice wine notes.
Taste: Moderately sweet, vinous, white grape, candy sugar, with notes of apple, caramel and booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low spritzy carbonation.
Overall: This was interesting, maybe more of a sipper for me, as the sweetness and booze combo is not my favourite.