BeerCritic


Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
05/25/2008, 6:13 AM
Filed under: Flying Dog, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.30 as part of a mixed pack
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV:7.1%
IBU: 60
Estimated Calories: 170 C
RateBeer Rating: 71

Aroma 7 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: Middle
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral Herbal
Other:
Fruit
Notes: A very nice aroma.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity:Brilliant
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: A very pretty body without much of a head or lace.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut

Hops Flavor:Spice Resin Citrus
Other:
Notes: A very good, deep flavor. Nice exemplar of the style.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Drying
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: An extremely nice finish

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: Another well crafted beer from Flying Dog.



North Coast Red Seal Ale

ABV:5.5 %
RateBeer rating: 84
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price:$2.25
Consumed at:home

First Impression: Beautiful. Delicious Aroma. Very hoppy. IPA like scent. Aroma is very deep and rounded. Visuals include a deep copper body under a white foamy head. Taste is hoppy, malty, slightly watery. Palate is somewhat dull, Front top of mouth, interesting in this way. Long delicious finish. Second Impression. Nicely crafted, delicious, enjoyable. Good looking, with nice aroma, delicious taste.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20



Rogue Dead Guy Ale / White Crane Bitter Ale

As white crane – bitter, deep, and luxurious. As Dead guy ale. Dead simple. Nice lace, head and body as White crane, but very nice as White crane.

Glass: Concave Pilsener
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.50
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 6.6 %
Estimated Calories: 160C
RateBeer Rating: 82

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: Middle
Balance: more Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet
Hops Flavor:
Spice Resin
Other:

Notes: Very nice from an aroma standpoint.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Amber
Clarity: Brilliant
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A beautiful beer. Brilliant, clear, and golden.

Flavor 7 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral
Other: Mild
Notes: Not an overwhelming flavor – not watery at all, but not hoppy nor very malty either. Deep in solidity.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy
Body: Full
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity:Middle
Balance: middle
Notes: A very well balanced beer. Dull in impact, but not in craft. Well done.

General Impression: 15 out of 20
Craftmanship: middle to Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: Rogue know what they are doing, but I have more likely favorites from them then Dead Guy. They do the craft very well.



Brasserie Des Rocs Brune

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 9 %
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

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

Malt Flavor: Grain  Sweet Toast Nut 
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice
Other: Cherries, kiwi, peach

Notes: A wonderful aroma – a strong scent of fruit and a delicious introduction.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Brown
Clarity: almost opaque
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: Highly carbonated upon opening, such that it was a slow open, but it was worth the wait, though the head is lacking.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Sweet Toast Nut Toffee
Hops Flavor: Floral Herbal Spice  Citrus
Other: Fruit
Notes: A classic Belgian brown.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation:  Faint
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Notes: A very smooth brew, with a well hidden alcohol content, and quite fruity.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: A very nice beer, despite the slow opening session.



Sierra Nevada Stout
05/25/2008, 3:26 AM
Filed under: Sierra Nevada, Stout (English pint) | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.00
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV:5.8 %
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 89

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: stronger
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Toast Nut Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Herbal
Other:

Notes: A nice scent, and foretelling of a great taste.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Black
Clarity: Cloudy
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A very good looking beer – sierra nevada tends to pay close attention to this aspect in particular.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: middle
Balance: Bitter

Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Toast Nut Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Herbal
Other:
yeast
Notes: The flavor is very nice, deep, and layered. There is a slight watery undertone, but not underwhelming.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length:  Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The finish is one of the best parts of this beer – the roasted toasty nutty flavor is retained long after the last sip. You’ll want another sip.

General Impression: 17 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste:  Liked
Notes: Again, Sierra Nevada is doing a nice balance of widespread distribution and availability with a certain craft quality and deeper flavors. Nice work, Sierra Nevada.



Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager

ABV: 5.5%
RateBeer rating: 43
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.33 as part of mixed pack sampler.
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not your typical american lager. Delicious surprising hops depth, dark bitter finish, and very nice color.

Aroma is slightly flowery, hops and malt. Woody.

Visuals include a beautifully varied yellow, pale, amber body. Depth is variable, and visually stunning. Very clear and brilliant.

Taste is surprising; roasted toasted, nutty, smoky, wheat, corn, and malt. Clearly distinguishable from the average lager.

Palate is roof of mouth, crisp, dry, actively carbonated, with a long, dark, very nice bitter finish.

Second Impression. This is quite enjoyable, and I was taken by surprise, because I expected a much less enjoyable beer, not because of the brewery, but because of the style. Great work, as per the usual, Flying Dog.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 16 out of 20



Victory HopDevil IPA
05/25/2008, 2:33 AM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Victory | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 6.7%
Volume: 12 fl. oz.
Glass: tapered 12 oz.
Purchased at: Valley Wines, Hopewell, NJ
Consumed on: 02.05.08

first impression: Not especially impressive in color, bubbles, head, or heft, but an amazing aroma. Biting, acrid hop taste, but not off putting. Color changes with angle and edges of glass.

Visuals — Color, depth, belgian lace, legs: The color is variable according to angle, which I enjoy. The depth is beautiful, but rather thin. There is no lace, no legs, and no head in the least. The color ranges from a pale amber to a rich red.

Olfactory — Aroma: The hops are permeating and wondorous in the air. The fragrance is the best aspect of this ale next to hop centrality.

Taste — Hoppiness, bite, maltiness, flavor: The biting hops are the singular note in this ale, but very welcome to the tongue. The bite is electric and engaging, while lacking in so many other beers. For bite, this beer soars.

Tactile — weight, mouthfeel: HopDevil has a reasonable weight, and it’s respectable in its heft. The taste is dry and crisp and is an exemplar in this regard.

second impression: Aside from the range of color and amazing bite, there is little to note about this beer, though the two notes are absolutely wonderful. Until my recent experiments with a variety of beers this was by far one of my favorites. Many others come before it now.