BeerCritic


Flying Fish HopFish IPA
06/17/2008, 2:45 AM
Filed under: Flying Fish, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Flying Fish HopFish IPA
ABV: 6.2%
IBU:
Volume: 12 oz bottle
Glass: tulip goblet
Purchased at: Hopewell Valley Wine and Spirits
Consumed on: Friday Feb 15, 2008 at 10:23 pm

first impression: A beautiful, deep orange color, a healthy head and a pale demeanor. The aroma is present, and bites a bit. The taste is good, nice, and both hoppy and malty. Just a tiny bit chemical in flavor, which is disappointing, but fleeting. Head departs almost immediately. I think there are some foaming agents present.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt reminds of hazelnut or lightly flavored coffee. Maybe a bit of banana or orange peel. There’s definitely some zest present.
Hops are very flowery and give a hint of lemon. Hops improve in flavor throughout tasting.
Flavor seems to target the tasters on the high back roof of the mouth. Heightened sinus reaction.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is a reddish gold, and reminds of a bourbon, if in color only.
Liquid is quite clear, crisp, and a wispy boil in action.
Head starts strong and quickly dissipates into nothing at all. Lace just barely hangs on.

Taste/Flavor:
Rather sweet, but not cloying.
Bitter and hoppy, but not in a long lasting way – seems designed, rather than brewed. Quickly dissolves into a smooth but enjoyable aftertaste.
Sour in the hints of citrus overtones. A lot of zest originated flavor – bitterness seems unnatural.
Is that bubblegum?
More hoppy than malty, and not bad at all, once the initial shock of the acrid is passed. Good marks, but not the best – better than many others.

Palate/Tactile: Mouthfeel is medium – lingers upon the mouth for a moment.
Texture is crisp and glides from front to back easily. Attention is on both the front-middle and the back of the tongue.
Carbonation is relatively quiet, but crisp on the tongue.
Finish lasts for a second or two, then fades, and nicely so.

second impression: Overall, this is a good beer, definitely not your average American Pils, but does not do great justice to IPAs in the same realm as Stone or Victory. Seems like a River Horse also-ran, which is not to say bad.

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Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve

Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve Bottle conditioned Belgian Style.
ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Glendale on special
Price per fl oz: $5.99 / 72 fl oz = $0.08 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Clear, golden with impressive aroma of banana and apple. Well rounded flavor – a bit metallic, and astringent. Delicious, but not to the level of Golden Monkey, Aventinus, or River Horse Tripel. Bypasses Hoegaarten.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: syrupy, nutty, toasted, and rich.
Hop flavor is: citrus, pear, orange, very nice.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, cheese, mold, wet, slip, clay.
Other flavors include: banana, apple, string beans, raisin, smoke, vanilla.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, golden, orange, bright
Liquid is: clear, clean
Head and lace are: bumpy, white

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

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: thin, creamy, slick, salty
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: long, thick, clayey.

Overall experience: An enjoyable beer, but not at the top of its class, though not a bad bargain on special. I liked the Belgian style, fruity overtones, cherry and banana infusion, and depth. I did not like the average color. A very nice ale.



Rogue Mocha Porter
06/17/2008, 2:32 AM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass), Rogue | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 5.1 %
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 150C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: stem, pint, shaker
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington (thanks, Mike!)
Price: $1.42
Consumed at: home

rivers red with blood
a faint musk coffee dust ball
quick creamy finish
cocoa root beer for adults
a light touch for bold brewers

aroma 7 out of 10
visuals 5 out of 5
taste 8 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 16 out of 20