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Piney the Turtle Phantom Ales release
Piney the Turtle Phantom Ales release.

Target acquired! Had myself a preview pint of Piney the Turtle tonight at Phantom Ales and it meets both the concept target for the collaboration, and the philosophy behind Beancurdturtle Brewing.

Don’t expect to be blown away by some huge palate walloping beer like a DIPA or BBA Stout. The concept called for a Rye IPA (or Rye Pale Ale if you are from California) at 6% ABV and about 40 IBU, with additions of select hops, blue spruce tips, and juniper berries used to contribute restrained yet decidedly piney/resinous characters. Balanced and approachable enough to invite a second pint.

Here’s my tasting impressions from my pint tonight:

  • Appearance is clear, mostly pale and slightly warm, fine and lasting head.
  • Aromas are subdued, crisp malty profile and balancing herbaceous characters.
  • Flavors are dry, spicy/peppery, Rye Ale backbone with complex pine/resinous flavors that layer and build as I get deeper into the pint.
  • Mouthfeel is light/medium and the finish is long, sticky, and piney.
  • Burps are – ok, I know burps are not an official factor in beer tasting – reminiscent of dry gin
  • Overall impression, a straight up and well brewed - by Phantom Ales - Rye (very rye) Pale Ale, complimented by nuanced layering of piney/resinous characters that build in the flavors and have a long sticky finish.

Note that an eensie-weensie taster glass will not get you the full layered build of pine/resinous flavor and finish that a pint will. This beer is like peanuts – one peanut is good, but ten will hit the spot and make you want more. Order the pint.

A great American Rye Ale with pine/resinous deliciousness.
That’s right – nothing fancy, something special.


Chinook Hops, Blue Spruce Tips, and Juniper Berries - used in Piney the Turtle
Chinook Hops, Blue Spruce Tips, and Juniper Berries - used in Piney the Turtle

Piney the Turtle will be available on draft, and to take with you in crowlers, at Phantom Ales on January 14th 2017 when they open. I’ll be at Phantom Ales to hang out and have a pint or two at 5:30pm on the 14th until… I’m not sure.

Piney the Turtle is a specialty American Rye Ale. The dry and spicy character of a cleanly brewed rye ale is supported by piney/resinous hops, blue spruce tips, and a touch of juniper berries to create a uniquely refreshing beer with invigorating aromatics. This beer was designed by Beancurdturtle Brewing LLC and brewed at Phantom Ales in Anaheim California.

I’ve been designing specialty beers for craft breweries for over three years, so it’s nice to finally have one brewed and sold in my hood (Orange County). Big thanks to Phantom Ales for the opportunity to collaborate with them to make Piney the Turtle happen.

I do hope that you’ll enjoy this specialty rye ale.