When I was at the grand opening of Highway Manor they had several Philly area brewery beers on tap (Rainey Cellar, Brewery ARS, Naked Brewing, and Human Robot). You can check out all of them in a short review of the beers as well as a brewery review of Highway Manor here. All of them were delicious, but this one I felt deserved a more full fledged beer review than just the mini review I gave.
Here’s the mini-review I gave:
“My Untappd Rating: ****.5
Global Untappd Rating: 4.15 (as of 9.28.20)
This was extremely tasty, juicy, dank, and delicious. Everything you want from a New England IPA, this had in spades, plus some. All around amazing beer and went fantastically with my sandwich. By this point I had moved to the center table and sat across from the one swing. I was informed by Johnny (Johnny Compton III – owner / brewer at Highway Manor Brewing) that a friend of his bought everyone a round. I was then joined by a couple – Lucas and Kaitlin who sat next to me.”
So, now, let’s give it a more full fledged, in depth review.
Beer: Dreams of Orgonon
Brewery: Human Robot
Style: IPA – New England
Untappd Description: Deliciously dreamy juice bomb brewed with sweet golden promise malt and hopped intensely with Citra, Mosaic, and Idaho 7. Its like the sun coming out…
This was my first beer from Human Robot – and hopefully, all fingers, toes, and things crossed, it won’t be my last.
Firstly, unlike my brief description, I’ll do my typical three paragraph breakdown (appearance, aroma, taste). (Oh, you didn’t notice thats how I do my reviews? ….well, now you know my system. Deconstruct away!)
So let’s start with the appearance then. I know its a bit hard to tell in the picture due to the pink fluorescent light / glow, but this is a bright golden orange hazy IPA. It has that orange juice look and glow to it that most (well done) New England IPAs have. A nice foamy head too, with lots of dispersed bubbles, and good lacing left on the glass. This already looks good before even getting to the nose.
The Citra, Mosaic, and Idaho 7 hops gives this an amazing hop aroma. Citrusy, mango, mellon, rind, and a small dosage of orange notes I pick up. Some Earthy / grassy tones, but very extremely subtle. This smells like its going to be juicy, it looks to be dank, and I gotta believe its gonna be delicious….
…..and huzzah… it is! It is extremely…. extremely… extremely delicious! So juicy, so dank, so hazy, so strong, so citrusy, so mellon-y, so mango-y, so tasty, so so so so so tasty. This is bright, strong, beautiful, bold, and powerful. Its extremely juicy. This could be a shot of orange juice in the morning (and would be a hell of a lot better and tasty than any orange juice OJ I ever had). The citrus notes are very strong, and they lead into the mellon, mellon rind, mango notes, always love that combination in an IPA – especially a juicy New England IPA, it just seems to fit and blend so perfectly together. This went down extremely well, and absolutely helped me crush a lot of my turkey sandwich (pictured with the beer). Also at only 6.6% its pretty damn crushable itself. I could see a crowler of this going down smooth and easily in the backyard or at a picnic or mowing or just hanging out with friends… or… well, anywhere / anytime. This is the perfect epitome of the style and is why people like New England IPAs; juicy, dank, hazy, no crazy hop bite, smooth, nice foamy head, nice taste, nice flavors, no after taste, no lingering dislikes, no off flavors, this is just an extremely well crafted beer that hits all the right spots. Can’t say enough great things about it.
My Untappd Rating: ****.50
Global Untappd Rating: 4.16 (as of 10.9.20)
Definitely add this brewery to your list of breweries to watch out for and to check out, especially if you are in the Philly area. I know they’ve skyrocketed to the top of my ‘must visit’ breweries list.
Well, I’m now off to drive to Ming’s to go with Ming and Don to Wellsboro PA to visit the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, and we are most likely going to be stopping at (at least one) a brewery for the dinner. Most likely going to be New Trail in Williamsport, but I might be able to convince them to also stop at Bullfrog Brewery or Bald Bird’s on the way back through. We’ll see. I’ll be sure to have it on The Beer Thrillers Facebook page, as well as our Instagram, so be sure to check them out to see what breweries we hit today.
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