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.



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



North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

ABV: 9.4 %
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: trappist, tulip, tumbler
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.99
Consumed at: home over a dry rub chicken with onion gravy, brown rice and mixed legumes dinner.

Ocean salt and reeds
deep ruby with sandy peak
long bitter finish
grapes, barley, and chocolate,
bold flowers make fine tribute

aroma 8 out of 10
visuals 5 out of 5
taste 8 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 17 out of 20



Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout
06/16/2008, 3:22 AM
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ABV: 8.1 %
RateBeer rating: 82
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: Weizen, English Pint
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $5.99
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is nice, malty, syrupy, and dark. Visuals are absolutely black opaque body under a tan head that thins quickly. Taste is chocolate, coffee, malt, and roasty goodness. Delicious. Palate is thin, wet, and sweet. Finish is short lived and simply bitter. Second Impression – not a great beer, not overwhelming, but not bad. There are better beers for less per ounce than this one, but it was a fairly enjoyable experience.

Aroma: 7 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20



Southampton Imperial Porter
Glass: pint, stem glass, tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJPrice: $4.99

Size: 22 fl oz

ABV: 7.2%

IBU: n/a

Estimated Calories: 350 C

RateBeer Rating: 94

Aural: silent opening, little carbonation, dark, quiet pour

Aroma 7 out of 10Intensity: faintBalance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee

Hops Aroma: resin citrus

Other Aroma: peppers

Notes: A simple, faint aroma of molasses.

Appearance 5 out of 5Color: blackClarity: mostly opaque

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: poor

Notes: A dark and impressive looking beer.

Flavor 8 out of 10Intensity: strongBalance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: nut caramel toffee chocolate

Hops Flavor: resin citrus

Other: alcohol, some metal

Notes: A bitter beer, and surprising considering the style. Lots of tasty malt and bitter hoppy balance.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel
Sensation: drying warming

Body: full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity:  strong

Balance:  bitter

Notes: The finish, other than a bit metallic, is very nice.

General Impression: 17 out of 20Craftmanship:  excellentFreshness:  fresh

Personal Taste: liked

Notes: A very tasty beer, at a good price, and a great finish.



Smuttynose Imperial Stout

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor, Princeton, NJ
Price: $5.49
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10.1%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, uneventful pour

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

Malt Aroma: barley, Italian bread, white refined sugar, dark roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
citrus, burning
Other Aroma:
hamburger, steak, lamb
Notes: a very meaty finish.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: black
Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: While the head is missing, the presence is amazing. Deep, dark, permeating.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Impression:  nice
Malt Flavor: nut caramel  coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth floral  resin citrus
Other:
fruit
Notes: An amazingly deep flavor with fruit, hops, and depth.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: A beautful finish to a great beginning.

General Impression: 19 out of 20
Craftmanship:  excellent
Freshness:   fresh
Personal Taste:  loved
Notes: A great mouthfeel and finish.



North Coast Old Stock Ale 2006

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington (thanks, Mike!)
Price: $2.84
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 13.25 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 98

Aural: quiet opening, average carbonation, simple uneventful pour

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

Malt Aroma: sweet, caramel, grape jelly
Hops Aroma:
tar, resin, mango
Other Aroma:
grapes
Notes: A wonderful aroma that reminds one of grape soda.

Appearance 3 out of 5
Color: brown black
Clarity: clear

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: the dark depth of color is impressive, but there is no head or lace in any respect.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: a bit cloying
Malt Flavor: sweet caramel toffee
Hops Flavor:
citrus
Other:
sugar sugar sugar
Notes: Though the intensity is cloying, the flavor is of a high quality.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick
Body: full
Carbonation: creamy
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Notes: An impressive beer, but overtly sweet. Finish is nice for a dessert style.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship:  excellent
Freshness:  fresh
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Certainly a beer of high craft, but looking for a sweeter tooth than mine.



Green Flash Barleywine Style Ale 2008

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.79
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating:  93

Aural: quiet opening, gentle carbonation, uneventful pour

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

Malt Aroma: raisin prunes
Hops Aroma:
rose spicy grapefruit
Other Aroma:
grapes, sour, cherry
Notes: An amazing aroma. Incapacitating.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: dark ruby
Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: average
Lace: poor
Notes: A menacing appearance – deep beautiful ruby color with brilliant clarity under an off white yellow head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Impression:  very nice
Malt Flavor: barley, pumpernickel, brown sugar, walnut, toffee, dark roast
Hops Flavor:
flint, tropical flowers, red pepper flake, grapefruit
Other:
maple syrup, raisins
Notes: wonderful, deep, rich, bold, dark, raisin, delicious, favorite

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: bitter, long finish, strong, alcohol

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: well done, great price, praiseworthy, fantastic



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