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Inspired by the folks at The Wicked Good Compound, and encouraged by media personality and friend ScottyJ, we decided to tread into The Podosphere on 7/3/2006. “Life On Tap” is just that: our lives through our eyes (or rather all senses) and the appreciation of some of our favorite interests: beer, food, wine, spirits and experiential immersion. There are a tremendous amount of experiences that Sheryl and I haven’t had, and we look forward to sharing those with you, the listener/viewer.



Remember: “Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.”

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Inspired by the folks at The Wicked Good Compound, and encouraged by media personality and friend ScottyJ, we decided to tread into The Podosphere on 7/3/2006. “Life On Tap” is just that: our lives through our eyes (or rather all senses) and the appreciation of some of our favorite interests: beer, food, wine, spirits and experiential immersion. There are a tremendous amount of experiences that Sheryl and I haven’t had, and we look forward to sharing those with you, the listener/viewer.



Remember: “Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.”

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    Episode #235: Strawberry Cake

    Episode #235: Strawberry Cake

    Dan was feeling like he wanted a little liquid dessert, so he reach for Finback Brewery Strawberry Cake. Sufficed to say, his craving was satisfied.







    Finback Brewery Strawberry Cake







    STYLE: Fruited Milkshake IPAADDITIONS: Strawberry, Vanilla, Lactose ABV: 7.3%AVAILABILITY: 16-Ounce Can (LIMITED RELEASE)







    Appearance







    Cloudy, burnt orange and nectar or cider-like in color with a quickly fading off-white head.







    Aroma







    Muddled strawberries with powdered sugar with a layer of whipped cream.







    Taste







    Liquid strawberry shortcake. Strawberries are self-explanatory. Vanilla and lactose provides the smooth mouthfeel representing the whipped cream. Malt bill helps provide the angel food cake layer…not sure how that happened, but it is pretty magical. A hint of tartness keeps the sweetness from being too cloying.







    Mouthfeel







    Smooth and luscious on the palate.







    Overall







    The layers on this beer were delicately and cosmically balanced to meet its namesake. A person who has never tried milkshake IPAs should try something like this first to get a better understanding of how ingredients, fermentation, and process are so important as opposed to just throwing random things into a beer. Well done, Finback.







    Cheers and remember:







    Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.







    All music on this show came to us from the now defunct Music Alley.Intro: “Meet Me At The Bar” by The Beer Drinking FoolsOuttro: “Bubblegum and Beer” by The Supersuckers

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    Episode #234: Grimm 1st Anniversary

    Episode #234: Grimm 1st Anniversary

    Dan finally gets the courage to sample Grimm Ales 1st Anniversary beer, a triple IPA after a long week. He should have opened this earlier and bought more.







    Grimm Ales 1st Anniversary







    From their website:STYLE: Triple IPAHOP VARIETY: Cashmere, Mosaic, and Nelson SauvinABV: 11.0%AVAILABILITY: 16-Ounce Can and Draft (LIMITED RELEASE)“1st Anniversary Triple IPA is Triple dry-hopped, 11% ABV, and brewed with 11 pounds per barrel of our favorite hops — dry hopped with Mosaic, dry hopped again with Cashmere, and dry hopped a final time with Nelson Sauvin. Some notes from our tasting session include ‘oozing dripping ripeness, watermelon, sugarplum, grape, mango, candied stone fruit, tropical cookies, and honeysuckle nectar.'”







    Appearance







    Golden meets hint of burnt orange in color, with a lively, frothy head.







    Aroma







    Tropicality and mango present even with the glass on the table. Apricot candy is also there, kind of like those candies with the pseudo-liquid centers along with the mango, overripe honeydew melon and some watermelon candy and honey-like nectar.







    Taste







    Nelson offers a nice vinous quality alongside the other hops with stone fruit, ripe peach/nectarine, honey, and maybe some of the grain bill in the background.







    Mouthfeel







    Smooth. You cannot taste the ABV on this, and it is silky smooth on the palate with a pleasant carbonation.







    Overall







    Expertly balanced, with nuances coming from all ingredients including the yeast. Great by itself, but there is opportunity for food pairing that enhances the complex notes.







    Cheers and remember:







    Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.







    All music on this show came to us from the now defunct Music Alley.Intro: “Meet Me At The Bar” by The Beer Drinking FoolsOuttro: “Bubblegum and Beer” by The Supersuckers

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    Episode #233: Dad Bod

    Episode #233: Dad Bod

    The On Tap Family has welcomed their second son into the world, so Dan is celebrating the end of his paternity leave (and beard) with DuClaw’s Dad Bod.







    DuClaw Brewing Company Dad Bod







    From their website:STYLE: Double IPACOLOR: GoldenHOP VARIETY: Simcoe, Mosaic, and AzaccaGRAINS: Pilsner, Torrified Wheat, and Flaked OatsABV: 8.5%PLATO: 19°IBU: 80AVAILABILITY: 16-Ounce Can and Draft (LIMITED RELEASE)“Dad Bod is a juicy, golden, double IPA that’s comfortable, easy drinking and simply unintimidating. A soft-bellied blend of tropical, pine, and citrus hop flavors, it’s like a cuddle for your taste buds. So raise an above average glass to loving thyself. Cheers!”







    Appearance







    Golden bordering almost on a lightly-burnt orange with a nice, fast-dissipating head.







    Aroma







    Mixed but muted tropical fruit up front, leading into citric fruit and zest before clearning up with some pine and resin.







    Taste







    Follows the same approach as the aroma, with peeled mango skin, orange spritzer, a pleasant, piney-hop bitterness and closes out with a moderately dry finish.







    Mouthfeel







    Soft mouthfeel and carbonation (likely from the wheat and oats) with a balanced alkalinity highlighting the hop bill.







    Overall







    I like to think that this beer is a reminder of all things fatherly. We may be a little soft in the middle, but we are so much more than that; our personality, spirit, and love all propel us forward to support our families in every way we can.







    Cheers and remember:







    Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.







    All music on this show came to us from the now defunct Music Alley.Intro: “Meet Me At The Bar” by The Beer Drinking FoolsOuttro: “Bubblegum and Beer” by The Supersuckers

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    Episode #232: Watershed IPA

    Episode #232: Watershed IPA

    Between persistent site hackers and copious deadlines at work, Dan finally jumps back into tasting care of some beer from Iron Sherv.







    Vanished Valley Watershed IPA







    From their website: “6.7% ABV. This is the second IPA we created in celebration of a very good friend – an Ol’ Timer! Watershed is packed full of citrus and tangerine notes as a result of some heavy dry hopping!”















    Appearance







    Juice-like, hazy and middle yellow in color with an off-white head.







    Aroma







    Even a foot away from my nose, tangerine juice hit me on the initial pour. A pleasant juicy/sugary note came through with some Navel orange notes as well.







    Taste







    Continues on the juice approach, leading into a side of citrus zest, and closes out with a hint of citrus and grapefruit pith and a slightly dry finish. Definitely dry-hopped a ton.







    Mouthfeel







    Not sure what their water profile is like, but there was a pleasant alkalinity which contributed to a soft, supple mouthfeel and accentuated the juice flavor essences.







    Overall







    This is their second New England IPA, and it is pretty true to style. Not sure how many pounds per barrel went into the dry hop, but it is definitely evident. I was craving an Asian-style chicken salad with this one. Thanks again to Iron Sherv for sharing, and I look forward to trying more from them!







    Cheers and remember:







    Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.







    All music on this show came to us from the now defunct Music Alley.Intro: “Meet Me At The Bar” by The Beer Drinking FoolsOuttro: “Bubblegum and Beer” by The Supersuckers

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    Episode #231: Still Making Noise

    Episode #231: Still Making Noise

    As July comes to close, Dan cracks open the latest batch of Singlecut’s Still Making Noise while looking ahead to this year’s Beer Bloggers Conference.

     

    Singlecut Still Making Noise IPA

    The latest batch of the session version of Workers Are Going Home weighs in at 5.0% ABV with 54 IBUs.

    Appearance

    Juice-like, hazy and burnt orange in color with quickly-receding carbonation.

    Aroma

    Ripe and dried mango, backed up by more tropical fruit notes of papaya, pineapple, a hint of kiwi and apricot.

    Taste

    Leads off with a memory of that tropical nose, moving to hop dankness and slight bitterness with a side of citrus zest. It closes out with a hint of citrus pith and a slightly off-dry finish.

    Mouthfeel

    The smaller amount of carbonation in this can contributed to a soft, supple mouthfeel and accentuated the flavor.

    Overall

    I would have loved to do a side by side with the Workers Are Going Home to see the two recipes compare. This is truly a sessionable IPA, but definitely doesn’t lack in the aroma, flavor and related departments. I recommend this with a nice Baja-style fried fish taco with some habanero crema and slaw for some brisk acidity.

     

    Cheers and remember:

    Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.

    All music on this show came to us from the now defunct Music Alley.

    Intro: “Meet Me At The Bar” by The Beer Drinking Fools

    Outtro: “Bubblegum and Beer” by The Supersuckers

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    Episode #230: Rainbow Dome

    Episode #230: Rainbow Dome

    Dan tastes this year’s Rainbow Dome from Grimm from a can while toasting their official opening in Brooklyn.

    Grimm Rainbow Dome

    This 2018 version of the sour is dry-hopped with El Dorado, Columbus, Mosaic, and Falconer’s Flight, and weighs in at 5.3% ABV.

    Appearance

    Medium yellow, hazy, and a small head likely stemming from the apricot addition.

    Aroma

    Ripe and dried apricot up front, with hints of tropicality a la mango and papaya juice. Sweet nose, with a lactic sour essence singing backup.

    Taste

    Tropical essence starts off, transitioning into citrus, and leading into grapefruit pith, oak and faint bitterness on the finish.

    Mouthfeel

    The oak plus the lactic sour create a nice body and the mouthfeel is light. Reminds me a bit of Five-Alive.

    Overall

    Fairly complex for a more simple sour. I served mine around 55 degrees Farenheit, but I am betting that it may present more notes if it warms up just a touch. This came out last year in bombers, but I like the can format. Food-wise, I am now craving fried fish tacos with an avocado crema and special slaw.

    Cheers and remember:

    Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.

    All music on this show came to us from the now defunct Music Alley.

    Intro: “Meet Me At The Bar” by The Beer Drinking Fools

    Outtro: “Bubblegum and Beer” by The Supersuckers

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