BeerCritic


Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
05/24/2008, 5:37 AM
Filed under: Dogfish Head, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , , ,

ABV: 9%

Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Consumed on: 02.04.08

first impression: Bubbly, frothy thick head, active, with great aroma that permeates.

Color, depth: A crisp amber with great depth and variation. Magnificent color with clarity. A beautiful beer. A definite change in color throughout the glass.
Belgian lace, legs: A head to be proud of, and the lace hangs nicely. Lots of foam.

Aroma: Smell is enticing and allows you to taste from a distance.

Hoppiness, bite: Knocks you over. Almost burns your palate. If I didn’t love hops, I couldn’t drink it. I love hops and it delivers in droves.
Maltiness, flavor: Lots of foamy flavor – malt undertones, but second to the hops without a choice.

Weight: Weight is good, but not overly heavy.
Mouthfeel: Airy, bubbles and air everywhere. A little bit chewy, somehow, despite its clarity.

second impression: A hefty buzz after one 12 oz beer. It’s remarkable, in its hops, flavor, and color. Lace is the richest I’ve tested so far.



Southern Tier Un*Earthly Imperial IPA

Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Price: $5.99
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 11%
Estimated Calories: 450 C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice Citrus
Other:
Pineapple, lemon, orange,
Notes: Flavor is deep, hoppy, citrus, and delicious.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity: Brilliant
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: Color is beautiful and clear copper body. Head is negligible. Lace is limited.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity:  Strong
Balance: well balanced between sweet and bitter.
Impression:  Very Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut
Hops Flavor: Floral Herbal Spice Resin Citrus
Other: citrus
Notes: Delicious, layered, and quite hoppy.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Slick
Body:  Full
Carbonation:  Lively
Finish

Length:  Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Notes: Delicious finish and active mouthfeel.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: This is a bit sweet for an imperial IPA, but it is very nicely balanced.



Struise Mikkeller

Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Price: $7.49
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 9%
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Sweet Roast Nut licorice banana
Hops Flavor:
dirt grass Herbal Spice Tar Lemon
Other:
cherry, candy
Notes: What an amazingly tasty, varied, layered flavor.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: Copper
Clarity: Sandblasted
Head Retention: Good with great lacing.
Notes: A stunning looking beer. The malevolence of the deep sandblasted body is notable.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Sweet Roast Nut Toffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Spice Resin Citrus
Other: Cherries, licorice, bubblegum
Notes: The flavor is the best part of this absolutely fantastic beer.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length:  Long
Intensity:  Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Notes: The palate and finish are yet another complimentary aspect of this brew.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Probably one of my favorite beers.



De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2005

Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Price: $6.99
Size:11.2 fl oz
ABV: 13%
Estimated Calories: 210 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sharp
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grapes Cherries

Hops Flavor:Resin
Other:Fruit
Notes: Very much like a red wine. Not a fan.

Appearance 3 out of 5
Color: Black
Clarity: Cloudy
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: Nothing special to look at.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Impression: Off
Malt Flavor: grapes
Hops Flavor: HerbalResin
Other: cherries
Notes: For one of the best beers in New Jersey, I’m sorely disappointed. Again, this thing sprayed all over, tastes not so great, and costs $7 for a 11.2 fl oz container.

Palate 3 out of 5
Mouthfeel
Sensation: Drying Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Faint
Finish
Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: Not a bad finish, but getting there is hard to do. Alcohol not hidden well at all.

General Impression: 10 out of 20
Craftmanship: Interesting, but not to my taste.
Freshness: Stale
Personal Taste: Disliked
Notes: I wished so much that this had been better. It took 20 minutes to open due to the overcarbonation and potential yeast problem, then 5 minutes for cleanup, then drinking it was a bit of a chore, like drinking wine. Lots of better ways to spend $7.



Hoppy Otter India Pale Ale
05/24/2008, 3:07 AM
Filed under: Hoppy Otter, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , , , ,

1 pint, .9 fl oz.
ABV: 6.8%

Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Consumed on: 2/3/2008 at 11 pm

first impression: Beautiful. enticing smell and allure. Rich amber tones. Frothy, solid head. bubbly. Quite malty and flavorful. Smooth and without edges, but full flavor and enjoyable light bite.

Color, depth: medium dark. color intensifies at concave point, and pales at edges. Remarkable color.
Belgian lace, legs: lace is light, but head is good.

Aroma: mellow, delicious aroma. flowery.

Hoppiness, bite: Only a light bite but very nice.
Maltiness, flavor: malty, hoppy, and delicious, without being overbearing on any front.

Weight: A hefty, full, weighty feel in the hand.
Mouthfeel: dry and only slightly cloying. Memorable.

second impression: This is a delicious and enjoyable brew, but does not know you over the head with bite or flavorings. It is a mellower IPA with lesser bitterness, but would do better paired with lighter fare. A great example of a well balanced brew.