BeerCritic


Brooklyn East Indian Pale Ale
02/27/2008, 5:58 AM
Filed under: Brooklyn, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 6.8%
IBU:
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Tapered 16oz
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Consumed on: Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

first impression: Thick head calms down quickly to a thin foamy cover. The color is rich and varied and has subtle golden variations within a deep red hue. The hops are very present, and the carbonation is very active. Lace hangs nicely to the glass. The color is very nice. Aroma is mindful of a clean, wet brick walk. Lingering attention is in the upper back roof of the mouth.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is creamy, flexible, and exquisite. Just a hint of nuttiness.
Hops are grassy, citrusy, and very nice.
Yeast/Bacteria is of a brick or basement aroma, but not bad at all. Reminds one of autumn.
Raisins, soy and smoke, with impressions of a field after the rain.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color one of the most beautiful beers I know of despite a rather lame head.
Liquid is quite clear, and actively carbonated
Head is minimal but lace hangs if thinly for the duration, just slightly off white. The head is a downer, but minimal points off.

Taste/Flavor:
Lightly sweet, and ends with a rich, thorough bite.
Slightly sour by design, and bitter is its most welcome aspect.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is full and luxurious – like a real hot chocolate in texture, but not in flavor at all.
Texture is creamy with a finishing bite.
Carbonation is lively and plays off the color nicely.
Finish is thankfully long and bitter.

Overall, a very nice exemplar of an IPA – slightly sour, very bitter, biting, beautiful. Stands up to spicy foods, delicious on its own. Easily available, affordable and one of my favorite beers to enjoy.



Anheuser Busch Natural Light

ABV: 1.2%
Type: Pilsner

first impression: smells stale, faint and unwholesome.

Color: lemony, clear, and without depth
Aroma: faint and fleeting
Hoppiness: just a hint
Maltiness: most of the flavor is malt, but that’s not saying much.
Weight: surprisingly weighty.
Mouthfeel: thin, like a flat soda.
Belgian Lace: absent without a trace
Bite: just the slightest

second impression: what an absolute loser.