Bolero Snort “Long Hop” and “Oaked Long Hop” IPA’s

       As an amateur home brewer I have gained a massive appreciation for all the work that goes into the craft beer that I enjoy. Brewing your own beer is not incredibly hard, but there is some work involved. Home brewing is incredibly rewarding, I mean come on, the final product is beer! I would imagine that every home brewer (myself included) has at least for a minute had dreams about starting their own brewery! Some of the best beers in the world are home brews! About a month ago I met Bob Olsen, owner / founder and craft beer soldier behind the start up Bolero Snort Brewery in Bergen County, NJ. Bob generously hooked me up with a couple brews to check out.
       The Bolero Snort Brewery’s “Long Hop” and “Oak Aged Long Hop” IPA are the two brews I was lucky enough to get my mitts on! The “Long Hop” poured a cloudy reddish amber with a two finger thick off-white meringue like head. A rich citrusy hops aroma immediately fills the air. The taste delivers the citrus hops upfront, but does give way to caramel, vanilla extract. and pine flavors. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation, and the finish is long, hoppy and smooth. The 6.0% ABV is on point to enjoy a couple of these hoppy brews! This beer will satisfy any hop lover!
       I was very interested to see how aging the “Long Hop” on Grand Marnier Oak would change the beer. The “Oak Aged Long Hop” IPA pours a clear copper color with an impressive three finger thick off-white foamy head. The aroma still had the citrus hops but also had an oaky smell along with a hint orange creamsicle. The taste was very unique with a  great fresh oak flavor, complimented by citrus, vanilla, pine, burnt sugar, hint of whiskey. The mouthfeel was medium and the finish was long, sweet, with a bitter hop bite. The 6.8% ABV was present but never overbearing. I love how this IPA transformed with the addition of the Grand Marnier Oak. Thanks to Bob Olsen and Bolero Snort Brewery for these great brews! Here’s to Good Beers!

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