BeerCritic


Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA

Ballast Point Big Eye IPA

Style and Glass: IPA, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $5.09

Aroma: nice citrus aroma is inviting and smells of resin. Pine and grapefruit.

Visuals: Fish motif isn’t my favorite, but they make great beer. A red and amber party in a tulip bulb. Brilliant with a long lasting thin white head. Lacing is remarkable and sticky.

Taste: Very well balanced in sweetness and bitterness. Lots of orange and lime notes. A bit sour, and a nice warm finish. Quiet and delicious. A very nice classic IPA.

Palate: Starts very smooth, quickly dries and puckers, a bit sour, with a terricloth finish that is mostly pine and citrus.

Overall: Delicious, affordable, and all the flavors that an IPA lover expects. No surprises, but no disappointments. I’ll have it again.



Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Great Divide Hibernation Ale

Great Divide Hibernation Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.83

Aroma: caramel, syrup and roasted malts. Some pepper, spice, and citrus.

Visuals: Beautiful packaging, recently redesigned cohesive brand from Great Divide.  It does the beer within the bottles justice. The ruby mahogany body is deep and contemplative. hard to see through, but clear rather than hazy. Thin tan head is long lasting, lace is intricate and shows this brew’s freshness.

Taste: Well balanced flavor starts with roasted malt, follows with a rush of crispness from carbonation, and finishes long with a dark roasty deliciousness. Sugar overtones, followed quickly by a light sourness. Easily drinkable. Alcohol is quiet and well hidden.

Palate:  Smooth, crisp, drying, and long fantastic finish add up to a wonderful session brew, despite the high ABV, so beware!

Overall: A beautiful, enticing, delicious beer, affordable, from a great brewer, and entices the senses. I’ll have it again, for sure.