BeerCritic


Newcastle Brown Ale
02/17/2009, 4:06 AM
Filed under: brown ale [bruin] (mug), Newcastle | Tags: , ,

ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: pint
Glass: shaker
Purchased at: Firkin Tavern, Ewing, NJ
Price: $5
Consumed at: Firkin Tavern, Ewing, NJ

Impression: Deep ruby body. Retains its head. Lacing is nice. Served too cold. Nicer after warming. Roasty. Thin. Wet finish. Foamy head. Alcoholic flavors over time.

Aroma: 6 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall 12/20

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JW Dundee’s Honey Brown
09/10/2008, 5:11 AM
Filed under: brown ale [bruin] (mug), Jim Dundee | Tags:

JW Dundees Honey Brown Lager
ABV: 4.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 140
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as part of a sampler.
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $0.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 19th, 2008

sensory first impression: Beautiful orange color. Simple aroma. Feel is papery, creamy, and shallow, like most JWD brews.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: simple, thin, and creamy.
Hop flavor is: floral and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy and dry.
Other flavors include: corn, ginger, raisin, vanilla

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: bright, orange, brown.
Liquid is: clear, clean
Head and lace are: minimal, off white.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: none

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: light, creamy
Texture is: creamy, papery
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: medium, enjoyable

Overall experience: Not a bad beer, but not great in the least. Have a few and you’ll enjoy it more. Good color. No head or lasce. Watery. Shallow, but not horrible. Good transitional brew.



Starr Hill Amber Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 55. Brown Ale, Dimpled Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Wood River Grill and Wine Shop for $1.33

Aroma: not much, off. 2 out of 10.

Visuals: murky brown, thin off white head, okay lace. 2 out of 5.

Taste: carbonation, watery, very little craft. 1 out of 10.

Palate: water, quick finish. 1 out of 5.

Overall: A lot like seltzer. I would not seek it out, it was in a word, bad. Poorly crafted. 8 out of 20.



Mikkeller Jackie Brown

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, Brown Ale, Dimpled Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainsfield, NJ for $14.99

Aroma: faint, spicy, hoppy, caramel, root beer, nice. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: brilliant, red-brown color, thick foamy off-white, persistent head, impressive lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: roasted, coffee, ginger, garlic, celery, intense hops, interesting, well crafted.10 out of 10.

Palate: mouthfeel is crisp, drying, texture is peppery, finish is long, bitter, and enjoyable. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminded me of a dark and delicious root beer. I’d have it again as a gift, but the price was very steep. Browns in general are not a favorite style for me. This one was very well done, as are all Mikkelleri. 18 out of 20.



Nogne 0 Brown Ale

ABV: 4.5%
RateBeer rating: 81
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 16.9 fl oz.
Glass: dimpled mug
Purchased at: Canals in Burlington (thanks, Mike!)
Price: $5.41
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Typical brown ale, which is surprising, considering Nogne 0 and Canal’s in Burlington. Aroma is faint and a bit chocolate. Visuals are clear carbonated and brown with a very persistent head but no lace. Taste is simple, average brown ale – good hop depth, simple taste signatures. Palate is a medium finish and a hoppy bite. Second Impression – about average for a brown ale, and surprisingly, better examples exist outside of Nogne 0’s offering here.

Aroma: 7 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 7 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 15 out of 20



Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
ABV: 7.2%
Calories: estimated at 175 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: Princeton Community Liquors
Price per fl oz: $1.60 / 12 fl oz = $0.13 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Beautiful deep dark ruby color. Nice hoppy flavor with caramel malt overtones. Beautiful lacing with a present, but thin dark tan head. Not quite a robust stout, but stands on its own as a beautiful brown ale. A delicious example of the type.

Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, dark crusty bread, granola, coffee, nuts, roasted
Hop flavor is: dry grass, orange slices
Yeast flavor is: dust, chocolate, granules, dry
Other flavors include: alcohol, dark, burnt, water chestnuts, raisin, sulfur, soy sauce, walnut

Visuals/Appearance: 5 out of 5
Color is: dark, red, brown, ruby
Liquid is: clear, dark, immaculate
Head and lace are: minimal, brown, lace stands up

Taste/Flavor: 9 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: light
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: light

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: creamy, slick
Carbonation is: soft
Finish is: astringent, bitter, warm, long

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. A very nice experience. I liked the color, the aroma, the flavor, and the effects. I did not like the small short lived head.



Brooklyn Brown Ale

ABV: 5.4%
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Hopewell Valley Wines
Price per fl oz: $7.99 / 72 fl oz = $.11 per fl oz
Consumed at: home.

sensory first impression: A beautiful, carbonated, deep red ale, with a chocolate nutty aroma, thin tannish head, and dark red and orange highlights. What a beautiful beer. Nice hoppy bite and a malty backbone. Not as heavy as you expect, but not disappointing at all. Lace hangs nicely. A bit thin in weight, but texture and flavor are spot on.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: caramel, chocolate, nuts, sawdust
Hop flavor is: resinous, floral, muddy.
Yeast flavor is: dusty, sharp cheese, crispy, dry.
Other flavors include: alcohol, garlic, ginger, raisin, sulfur, smoke, cherries

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: deep red, brown, burnt brick, fiery, Darth Maul.
Liquid is: clear, sparkling, attractive.
Head and lace are: frothy, tan, lace hangs on and on.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium
Sour level is: heavy

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium to full
Texture is: sticky, salty, sour
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: medium astringent, middling

Overall experience: A very nice change of pace – I’d have this again, though it is not at the level of a fruity hefeweizen or a chocolate stout, it is a delicious and flavor driven ale.




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