BeerCritic


Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%
RateBeer rating: 67
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass:concave pilsner
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: 1.33 as part of mixed pack
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A pretty, aromatic beer with a very steadfast head. Aroma is wheat and bread. Visuals are deep, clear copper with an impressive white head. Taste is agreeable with a bit of added tea flavor. Palate is fairly faint with a long sour aftertaste, but not very intense. Second Impression: a good beer for a certain palate: one without a horror movie sensibility – good flavor and finish, but a bit calm for me.

Aroma: 6 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20



Nogne O Imperial Stout

Glass: Snifter
Purchased at: Canal Liquors, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $7.69
Size: 16 fl oz
ABV: 9%
IBU: 75
Estimated Calories: 300C
RateBeer Rating: 99

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

Malt Flavor: Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Cinnamon resin grapefruit
Other: alcohol

Notes: Aroma is delicious and inviting.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color:  Black
Clarity: Opaque
Head Retention: Good
Notes: inpenetrable darkness with a nice tan head. Lacing is intricate.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity:  Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Impression:  Nice
Malt Flavor:
Roasted Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor: Spice Resin Citrus
Other: Chalk, dirt
Notes:An amazing complexity – good dark chocolate and espresso overtones. Depth and character unmatched by many other chocolate stouts.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Slick  Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation:  Lively
Finish

Length:  Long
Intensity:  Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Notes: electrifying, all over mouth, dark, hoppy, sharp, dry

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Easily the best darkest stout I’ve ever enjoyed. Well done, Nogne O.



Blue Point Hoptical Illusion

Blue Point Hoptical Illusion
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:Dark, Hazy, Amber, Cloudy. Floral, sweet. Tasty. Long aftertaste, delicious. Served too cold to taste. Whole roof of mouth is activated. Nice hoppy flavors. IPA style throughout.

Aroma: 7 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5



Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Specialty Ale

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Specialty Ale
ABV: 8%
IBU:
Calories: 350-400 easy per container
Volume: 1pt 6 fl oz (22 fl oz)
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Shop Rite Liquors in Hamilton, NJ
Consumed on/at: Sunday, March 9th, 2008

sensory first impression: Smells wonderful, malty. Illustration is a little overdone for me, but fun. Amber pour with a tan head. Hop sentiment note on bottle does not disappoint – a beautiful beer, and aroma intensifies. Head is thick and natural and firm. Quite a fetching ale. Angry red haze – with hops to match – what a great biting flavor. So very bitter, but sweetly balanced. Dark flavor. Not nearly the whimsical identity of its label. Lacing is nice already. Foam is rocky and bulbous. This is a high scorer. Attention spreads over the back top of the mouth and the very front of the tongue.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: caramel, black coffee, nuts, and rye.
Hop flavor is: basil, celery, and rye.
Yeast flavor is: earthy, dusty.
Other flavors include: Grapefruit. Pine. Very fine.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, angry red, with hints of deeper brown.
Liquid is: hazy and cloudy. Sandblasted.
Head and lace are: bumpy, reducing over time to a thinner film, light tan

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: high medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: heavy
Sour level is: light, and very nice.

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: high medium
Texture is: creamy, sticky, crisp
Carbonation is: quiet, but crisp
Finish is: very long, and quite enjoyable.

Overall experience: Reminds me of Victory hopped up ales quite a bit. Beautiful. I love this beer – as a special treat, it’s very nice. It might as well be imported, being from Cali, but it’s delicious and it’s special. If you like hops, you can’t go wrong here – it’s in my top 5, for sure.



Abita Purple Haze
05/27/2008, 3:20 AM
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Abita Purple Haze
ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: pint
Glass: shaker
Purchased at: Firkin Tavern, Ewing, NJ
Price: $5.00
Consumed at: Firkin Tavern, Ewing, NJ

sensory first impression: Conditioned. Wheaty. Like Grape Soda. Candy sweet raspberry. Hoppy, coated tongue. Long after taste. Crisp and dry finish. No head. Yellow gold, Amber. Nice body and legs.

Aroma: 7 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 7 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall experience: 14 out of 20. I liked the raspberry overtones.



Great Divide Hercules Double IPA

Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $7.29
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 9.1%
IBU: 85
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

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

Malt Flavor: Sweet Toast Nut Caramel
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice
Other:
Syrup, maple, nuts, grapefruit
Notes: One of the best aromas I’ve encountered – fills the room.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity: slightly Dull
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: One of the best head retentions I’ve seen in quite some time. Lacing is remarkable. Color is deep and very good looking. Body is not perfectly clear, but I imagine that’s by design. There is no mention of bottle conditioning.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: well balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression: very Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut Caramel
Hops Flavor: Floral Herbal Spice Resin Citrus
Other: Grapefruit, orange peel
Notes: quite spicy – could stand up to the most potent foods and flavors.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Slick Drying and Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively and visible
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The finish is superb. The carbonation is present and active. The mouth is affected and warmed all over.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: One of my all time favorite beers – remarkably drinkable, smooth, bitter, sweet, and tasty. Beautiful to behold, and nicely crafted. Aroma is enticing. Price is reasonable for the product, and the finish keeps you interested. A superlative beverage.