Filed under: Ballast Point, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: Alcohol by volume, bitter, citrus, hops, India Pale Ale, Palate, Taste
Style; glass: IPA; tulip
22 fl oz x 7% ABV = 154 / 60 = 2.56 beers * 150 C = 384 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Craft Beer Outlet, Phila, PA for $11.99
Aroma: nice, calming, beach, field, grassy, salty, citrus.
Visuals: brand focused packaging, a bright engaged yellow, brilliantly clear, bright white tight bubbled head, sticky lace.
Taste: expertly balanced, honey, citrus, rind, peppers.
Palate: Bright, crisp, and layered, drying, increasingly bitter long finish.
Overall: Fantastic. In my top 3 IPAs, certainly. A favorite.
Filed under: Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip), Lagunitas | Tags: Alcohol by volume, citrus, fruit, Home, hops, pine, pineapple, wine
Style; glass: DIPA; Tulip
22 fl oz x 8% ABV = 176 / 60 = 2.93 beers * 150 C = 439.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $4.49
Aroma: hay, orange peel, pineapple, pine trees, salt.
Visuals: intriguing packaging, looks like top shelf whiskey, deep amber, brilliantly clear, off white head, intricate thin lace.
Taste: well balanced, light sweetness throughout, citrus rind tones continuously present, strength balanced with sensibility.
Palate: dry, towel, long bitter finish with sweetness lying underneath.
Overall: A very well balanced DIPA. A definite repeat. A sure favorite. At $5 a bomber, an amazing value.
Filed under: Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip), Long Train | Tags: Alcohol by volume, citrus, India Pale Ale, lace, Long Trail, Palate, Taste, Wine tasting descriptors
22 fl oz x 8.6% ABV = 189.2 / 60 = 3.15 beers * 150 C = 472.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $3.49
Aroma: nice aroma, pine, citrus, spicy.
Visuals: Simple, elegant packaging, warehouse on fire, deep orange body, brilliantly clear, thick, sticky white head, long lasting lace.
Taste: very well balanced, sweet, then quickly bitter. Beautiful, classic double IPA.
Palate: medium to full bodied, long bitter finish.
Overall: Amazing. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. A favorite.
Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Samuel Adams Boston Brewing | Tags: Alcohol by volume, Belgian beer, Boston, Canal's Lawrenceville, coriander, Honeysuckle, Lawrenceville New Jersey, Taste
Style; glass: Belgian Strong Ale; Trappist
12 fl oz x 10.3% ABV = 123.6 / 60 = 2.06 beers * 150 C = 309 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.50
Aroma: nice, coriander, syrup, honeysuckle, cardamom, curry.
Visuals: classic packaging, deep orange body, thick, long lasting white head, sticky intricate lace.
Taste: unbalanced, cloyingly sweet, a bit overpowering, with some chemical notes, though after the initial shock, fruit, nuances of layering in peach and apple, and earthy flavors emerge.
Palate: creamy, with a choclatey sweet finish, some sourness remains.
Overall: A nice effort by Boston, but they’re out of their league vs. Trappists. I’d have it again, if the price was a bit cheaper.