BeerCritic


Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, American Pale Ale, Lager glass, shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.1 % in 22fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield, NJ for $7.49

Aroma: sweet, cascade hops, honey, anise. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: cloudy with fresh hop floaters, golden, bronze, strong, wispy white head, great lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: so very deeply bitter, hoppy, fantastic, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: crisp, sandy, rough, electric, long, bitter, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Wow. Great Divide just doesn’t make a bad brew. The floating bittering hops do the job completely. I will most definitely seek this out again. It’s an absolute favorite, and very well crafted. 20 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



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



Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale

ABV: 4.8%
RateBeer rating: 38
Calories: estimated at 140 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: lager glass, shaker
Purchased at: Lawrence Grill, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.00 bottle Free, and thanks x2, Smed!
Consumed at: Lawrence Grill at post LUG/IP (Linux User’s Group in Princeton) party

First Impression: A pretty average beer, especially when you are expecting something of a craft variety. Aroma was dulled due to chills, but muted even after warming up. Visuals were a pale copper with an okay off white head. Taste was better than an American pilsener, but not by much. Palate was thin and simple. Second Impression – Not bad. Not a great beer but probably still the best they have to offer at Lawrence Grill.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 2 out of 5

Overall: 12 out of 20



Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%
RateBeer rating: 67
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass:concave pilsner
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: 1.33 as part of mixed pack
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A pretty, aromatic beer with a very steadfast head. Aroma is wheat and bread. Visuals are deep, clear copper with an impressive white head. Taste is agreeable with a bit of added tea flavor. Palate is fairly faint with a long sour aftertaste, but not very intense. Second Impression: a good beer for a certain palate: one without a horror movie sensibility – good flavor and finish, but a bit calm for me.

Aroma: 6 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20



North Coast Red Seal Ale

ABV:5.5 %
RateBeer rating: 84
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price:$2.25
Consumed at:home

First Impression: Beautiful. Delicious Aroma. Very hoppy. IPA like scent. Aroma is very deep and rounded. Visuals include a deep copper body under a white foamy head. Taste is hoppy, malty, slightly watery. Palate is somewhat dull, Front top of mouth, interesting in this way. Long delicious finish. Second Impression. Nicely crafted, delicious, enjoyable. Good looking, with nice aroma, delicious taste.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20