Sierra Nevada Porter
05/21/2008, 4:20 AM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass), Sierra Nevada | Tags: , , , ,

Glass: Stem Glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ.
Price: $ 2.75
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV:5.6 %
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 90

Aroma 6 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Neutral

Malt Flavor: Bread Sweet Nut Caramel Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice
Notes: Not a deep flavor, but not bad at all.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Black
Clarity: Opaque
Head Retention:Persistent
Notes: Very good appearance for such a widely available beer.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: Middle
Balance: Sweeter
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Caramel Coffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal
Notes: Flavor here has some depth, but not a lot.

Palate 5 out of 5

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Lively

Length: Medium Long
Intensity: Stronger
Balance: Sweeter
Notes: A very nice aftertaste, though not long lasting.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: Middle
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Okay
Notes: Many stouts are far more enjoyable, but are usually much more expensive. A very affordable nice brew.

Magic Hat HIPA
05/21/2008, 4:00 AM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Magic Hat | Tags: , , , , , ,

ABV: 6.8%
RateBeer rating: 73
Calories: estimated at 160 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Valley Wine and Liquor
Price: $2.00
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Clever packaging may be its best quality. I’d rather have a great beer with poor packaging, like DFH. Not bad, not the best, but certainly not watery or tasteless. Very nice color and texture. Aroma is flowery, mellow. Visuals are a thick long lasting white head on a copper body. Taste is hops and some sweetness. Very bitter, and I like that. Palate is dry, slightly sticky, with a long, enjoyable aftertaste.

Second Impression. The $2 single makes for an affordable 6 pack, and this isn’t bad. It’s not Hop Devil, but it might only cost $7 for a six. I’ll take another look sometime.

Aroma: 7 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 13 out of 20