BeerCritic


Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale

ABV: 8.3%
RateBeer rating: 94
Calories: estimated at 175 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: thistle, shaker
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $1.89
Consumed at: home

Tanka: Chocolate surprise

mellow red white wisps
deep cocoa and caramel
long bitter and burnt
chocolate on whole wheat toast
when can I have another?

aroma 10 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 10 out of 10
palate 5 out of 5
overall 18 out of 20

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Stone Pale Ale

ABV: 5.4%
RateBeer rating: 92
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: shaker, lager glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.25
Consumed at: home

Tanka: zen master

angry amber reds
flowers, citrus, and pine bark
sweet for a long time
maple, pine, and grapefruit shine
delicious but simple treat

aroma 8 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 9 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 16 out of 20



Stone IPA

Stone India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.9%
IBU:
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: Tulip Goblet
Purchased at: Hopewell Valley Wine and Liquor
Consumed on: Friday, February 15th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

first impression: A quickly dissipating head and a slightly unfiltered, hazy appearance gives a mixed bag of anticipation, but I’ve had this beer before, and know what I’m in for. The grapefruit is amazingly present in the aroma, and the color, while not the most interesting or poetic, is certainly not unappealing. The taste is remarkable. It warms, and travels down the chest with a trail of hops. It is a beer with a taste history to it. You can remember the flavor for minutes after, and it is a great flavor. Wonderfully bitter with heavy malt undercurrents. It is an exemplar of an IPA.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is roasted, toasty, and weighs heavily on the flavor.
Hops are resinous, very flowery, and brimming with grapefruit and lemon.
Yeast/Bacteria reminds one of a stack of stone slabs, a hint of surface water but not odoriferous or negative in impression.
It is tasty, heady, commanding, intoxicating, present, heavy, and delicious.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is pale, orange, single noted, and without real depth.
Liquid is just a bit hazy and quiet.
Head is gone, but the lace is remarkable present. Hangs more on the glass than the volume itself. Quite white at the start.

Taste/Flavor:
Sweet in a slight way, but more bitter
Bitter is the overarching sentiment here, and it delivers in droves. It’s not ruination, but it’s not far off, IMHO.
Sour notes come with the bitter and citrus components.
Beatifully balanced in hops and malt.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is full and long lasting.
Texture is slightly cloying, not in a sweet way, and not like a stout, but it does not dissipate quickly.
Carbonation is crisp but not visually active.
Finish is quite bitter, and nicely so.

Second impression: Overall, this is a great beer, a fantastic example of an IPA, a strong exemplar of Stone’s lineup, and just a pleasure to have. One of my favorite beers, by far.



Philadelphia Newbold IPA

ABV: 6.5%
RateBeer rating: 62
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: shaker, tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $2.25
Consumed at: home

tanka: music and electronics

bronze cymbal white crash
chemical, sweet, and hoppy
bitter and short lived
faint fleeting rain in meadows
brand precedes flavor, stumbles

aroma 4 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 6 out of 10
palate 3 out of 5
overall 14 out of 20