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Two Top LauderAle Craft Beers Now Available in 4-pack Pints at their brewery, We Tried them both

LauderAle Lunch Money Pale Ale and Monkey Road Red Pint Cans

LauderAle Brewery started selling 4 pack pints of their Lunch Money Pale Ale and Monkey Road Red at their Ft. Lauderdale brewery and taproom. They sent a couple of each to try and provide some tasting notes.

If you've never been to LauderAle, check them out. Their taproom and brewery is pet friendly, you can take a tour, grab growlers to-go as well as some canned beers. They are right around the corner from the Ft. Lauderdale airport and if you show a copy of your boarding pass you get a discount.

I enjoy trying fusion beer styles, essentially blending characteristics of different beer types or doing something to a style of beer that you normally wouldn't. It shows that innovation is still alive and well in the art of brewing beer, something humans have done for over 5,000 years. Each of these beers from LauderAle, described below, blend characteristics from multiple styles.

The Lunch Money Pale Ale applies the hazy, New England style of IPAs to a pale ale, while the Monkey Road Red is a red or amber ale that is double dry hopped (DDH), a technique typically reserved for IPAs. Here's a little more about each of these beers you can take home in 16oz cans:

LauderAle Lunch Money Pale Ale

Lunch Money Pale Ale

I love hazy and citrusy beers and Lunch Money is both of those things. It has the mild bitterness of a pale ale, listed at 55 IBUs, but the citrus notes balance it out. Grapefruit notes come through strongest for me but sweeter orange/tangerine and some herbal notes are apparent as well. This pale ale is made with four types of hops: Chinook, Mosaic, Citra and Cascade. You’ve no doubt had New England IPAs, but Lunch Money is a hazy, New England pale ale.

LauderAle Monkey Road Red DDH Amber Ale

Monkey Road Red

I was really curious and excited to try this beer. I like reds and Ambers, and was interested to try this hopped-up version. It’s hop-forward but not overly hoppy, it is very balanced and smooth with 35 IBUs. This pours like a red ale in color and has a malty backbone like an amber, but brings more complexity than a regular amber ale or lager. This complexity comes from the Simcoe hops with which it is dry hopped.

On the nose, this one smelled dank and earthy. There is a hint of caramel sweetness in each sip following pine and light citrus notes. The dry hopping allows the flavor of the Simcoe hops to come through (citrus and pine) without a big increase to the bitterness. The malts and hops are balanced and this one finishes with a dry bitterness that is very light. Definitely give this one a try, you’ll be hard pressed to find another beer of this fusion style (and if you do, let me know about it!).

In case you're not sure what dry (or double dry) hopping is, here's a quick overview. Dry hopping is when hops are added after boiling and the beer has cooled. This can occur during the primary or secondary fermentation stages. Dry hopping provides the aroma and flavor of the hops without the bitterness.

Posted: August 5, 2019