BeerCritic


Founders Pale Ale

ABV: 6.2%
RateBeer rating: 80
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: Lager, Shaker
Purchased at: Canal’s, Burlington NJ (thanks, Mike)
Price: $1.89
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not a bad standard American Pils – good hops, depth, color, aroma, and sweetness. Aroma is hay and grass. Visuals are a golden, well carbonated, white headed beast. Taste is above average American Pils. Palate is a bit bitter and very sweet with a medium bitter finish. Second Impression: It’s what Budweiser could be if it cared.

Aroma: 6 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 13 out of 20



Nogne 0 Brown Ale

ABV: 4.5%
RateBeer rating: 81
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 16.9 fl oz.
Glass: dimpled mug
Purchased at: Canals in Burlington (thanks, Mike!)
Price: $5.41
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Typical brown ale, which is surprising, considering Nogne 0 and Canal’s in Burlington. Aroma is faint and a bit chocolate. Visuals are clear carbonated and brown with a very persistent head but no lace. Taste is simple, average brown ale – good hop depth, simple taste signatures. Palate is a medium finish and a hoppy bite. Second Impression – about average for a brown ale, and surprisingly, better examples exist outside of Nogne 0’s offering here.

Aroma: 7 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 7 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 15 out of 20



Flying Fish Beligian Style Dubbel

Flying Fish Belgian Style Dubbel
ABV: 5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors, Ewing, NJ
Price per fl oz: $8 / 72 fl oz = $0.11 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 19th, 2008

sensory first impression: I’ve had this many times at Firkin Tavern on Tap, and enjoyed it as one of the best crafty tap beers there. I enjoy this every time. I realized recently that it’s the beautiful dark mixture of hops coffee and banana that I enjoy so much. It’s nice that it takes it easy on the ABV, too. It’s not a golden monkey style brew – more balanced, more refined, and more easily drinkable than the monkey, though there are times only Victory’s brew will do. Thin head. A beautiful deep red to golden color. Bottle conditioned, yet very clear. A yeasty, hoppy, fruity enjoyment.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: coffee and nuts
Hop flavor is: resinous, thick and luscious. Very floral, darkly grapefruit citrusy.
Yeast flavor is: thoroughly doughy, moldy, and dirty.
Other flavors include: alcohol, banana, raisin, vanilla, walnut. Heavy cherry sourness in the aftertaste.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, amber, orange, red and fiery. Darth Maul’s Lightsaber.
Liquid is: clear
Head and lace are: thin, slightly off white, and lace is very nice.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium
Sour level is: medium

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, tissue paper
Carbonation is: average
Finish is: long

Overall experience: A beautiful and wonderful beer. A fruity joint, with serious dark and sour undertones. This is easily one of my favorite beers, though average in its consumability, price, and availability on tap. A winner all around.



Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 2007

Glass: Trappist, shaker, tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $12.19
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 11%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories:450 C
RateBeer Rating: 98

Aural: pop opening, low carbonation, quiet pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet and sharp
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: brown sugar cinnamon toast truffles chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
oregano cinnamon cilantro
Other Aroma:
bubblegum
Notes: An enticing aroma.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:deep brown black
Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: despite the issues with head retention, the body is very deep and rich.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: barley rye bread brown caramel chocolate mocha coffee
Hops Flavor:
rum raisin orange
Other:
melon
Notes: Like dessert. A wonderful flavor much more focused on malt flavors than hop flavors, but a great taste.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: finish has strong warming effect – nice hidden abv.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Very malty, high ABV, but well hidden. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Not as fruity as I’d expect, but still a wonderful ale. Thanks, Mikkeller!