UnTappd: Year in Review 2014

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Looking back, I can see that 2014 was a prolific year for drinking. Thanks to the Untappd app, I have a way of quantifying this. Over the years I’ve been known as someone who loves use the app as a way to create similes to describe what I’m drinking; sometimes it’s clever but usually it’s just confusing and bizarre.

Here, I present my UnTappd Year in Review!

“Like the shock when you realize the Dairy Queen is on fire.”
Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean (Jan 2.)

stone smoked porter wtih vb

Here I was trying to get across the unexpected mixture of smoky and sweet; it was disconcerting, but lead to a fun review. I think Stone does almost everything well, especially their Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA, but this one was merely “good.” 3/5 stars

“Like a pineapple on fire humming down a playground slide.”
Two Roads Brewing Rye 95 (Feb. 21)

Two Roads Rye 95

The fire comes from the boozy quality behind this beer, and I think the pineapple references the hop experience. As for “humming” down a “playground slide,” I can only imagine that I was thinking that perhaps this beer was immature and needed some more time to ferment. Still enjoyed it a lot. 4/5 stars

“Like a crisp chocolate chip cookie kilt lifted by a mocha breeze.”
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Sip well… Road Jam


Imagine showing up to a pool party in May, where the host has tossed a few buckets-full of chlorine and scooped the leaves out with a rake. There are still twigs in the water, and even though you can see the bottom of the deep end, there are swirls of dirt hesitating before they settle.

This is how I experienced Road Jam by Two Roads Brewing of Stratford, Conn. This rapsberry ale, made with lemongrass, is forcing summer early for me. It’s dry, with a touch of the advertised raspberry. It’s got a beautiful pink hue. It’ll be a go-to this summer; I just didn’t enjoy it the first-time out.

Tart, without much malt balance, Road Jam will be great with loaded burgers or with vanilla ice cream. I just can’t appreciate it now, and I am at peace with that.