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Rogue Yellow Snow IPA 5L Mini Keg
Rogue Yellow Snow IPA 5L mini keg

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA 5L mini keg

Style and Glass: IPA; tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2% in 5 liters estimated at 1,000,000 C
Purchased at: Bensalem Beer and Soda for $34.59

Aroma: mellow, sour, grassy. Hops come through nicely.

Visuals: The 5L can is impressive, unique, and a great way to draw beer. Fun, inventive packaging for craft brew. A bit hazy, golden to amber in color, with a long lasting white head that thins but does not disappear. Lace is phenomenal.

Taste: Very well balanced, with a malty, sweet start and a bitter hoppy finish. All the classic flavors you’d expect: pine, grapefruit, and resin. Dark malty finish is delicious. Flavor is deep, strong, and lasting.

Palate: Fresh, clean, and crisp, but lingers nicely on the front and back of the tongue. Tingles throughout the mouth.

Overall: A special treat from a great brewer. As close to the tap as I’ll have at home. I’d love to have it again, but I doubt I’ll ever see it again, after I slowly enjoy these 14 glasses. Delicious.



Russian River IPA

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Enjoyed this with friends at Issac Newton’s in Newtown, PA. On tap, served a chilled (sigh) shaker. Deep golden, brilliant, clear and delicious. Nice white head dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing. All about the hops — delicious flowery aroma and bitter finish that is a little bit sour and sweet. Would be delicious with a Szechuan stir fry or with Vietnamese chile dumplings. Dark flavor, roasty, and an exemplar of the style. I really really want to try some of the bigger brews by RR.



Ballast Point Sculpin
11/02/2008, 4:05 AM
Filed under: Ballast Point, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags:

Had a chance to taste this on tap at Bella Vista’s reopening in Philadelphia. I ended up losing my car at the event due to theft, but it was almost worth it to taste Sculpin on tap. It’s that good.



JW Dundee’s India Pale Ale
09/10/2008, 5:13 AM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Jim Dundee

ABV: 6.3%
IBU: ?
Calories: 160
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s – JWD Sampler
Price per fl oz: $10 / 144 fl oz = $.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: Nice color – sunset again, from JWD. 1/4 inch head, bumpy. lightly sweet nice aroma. Nice flavor, though not typically hoppy, like other great IPAs. A bit weak, but not bad in flavor. Very nice, but not a contender against Victory.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: dark bread, cereal, coffee, roasty
Hop flavor is: resinous, floral, and citrusy. A bit of nice bite.
Yeast flavor is: sharp cheesy, wet, thick with dough.
Other flavors include: star anise, clove, peas, licorice, soy sauce

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: bright, beautiful, red, fiery, deep sunset
Liquid is: clear, sparkling
Head and lace are: bumpy, light, white

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is:medium
Sour level is: light

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: creamy, thick, papery, fuzzy
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: sweet and long, with some bitterness.

Overall experience: A surprisingly good beer from JWD – I attribute this to my love for IPAs, but it has some hops, some citrus, and some long lasting, creamy texture. Good stuff. Not great but very preferable to the nonsense big brewers.



Sly Fox Route 113 IPA

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 84, IPA, shaker/tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.6 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Newportville Inn for $6

Aroma: very nice, standard IPA aroma, hops, citrus, and a bit of funk. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: brilliant, clear golden copper. thin white head, long lacing. 5 out of 5.

Taste: lagerish beginning, hoppy, bitter, well crafted. 8 out of 10.

Palate: long bitter finish, rough texture. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Like many other great IPAs, but dark in nature, and a beautifully deep finish. I’d love to have it again, and it was very well crafted. 18 out of 20.



Founders Centennial IPA

deep, great, dull copper body, persistent head, crisp, nice, drying, fuller, lively body, beautiful IPA, intense, sharper, nice, toast, grain, floral, herbal, resin, citrus, long finish, medium intensity, bitter, great deep, dark, hoppy, intense, bitter, nice, grapefruit, excellent craft, fresh, loved



Mikkeller Stateside IPA

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, IPA, Shaker, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ, for $9.19

Aroma: sweet, moldy, musky, basement, pine, citrus. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: hazy, sandblasted bronze, thin white head, lightly laced. 4 out of 5.

Taste: barley, specialty grains, hops, water, craft. out of 10.

Palate: loose, juicy, long dark bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: deeper and darker than the average IPA. I’d seek it out. It’s great. It’s a favorite IPA for a devoted hophead. It is masterfully crafted. 19 out of 20.



Great Divide Titan IPA

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 96, IPA, Shaker, Tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 170C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainsfield, NJ for $2.49

Aroma: nice, enticing, spicy, grapefruit, burning. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: clear, copper, white head, very persistent, intricate lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: flour, grapefruit, classic IPA, balanced, bitterness, nicely crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: drying, bitter, crisp, coating, long finish, strong finish, sandy. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of many other IPAs, but a high quality example with an exemplar in the visual area. I’d have it again in a minute. It seems like a regular go-to pick. Very well crafted. 18 out of 20.



Rogue Anniversary (yellow snow/integrity IPA)
07/01/2008, 7:18 PM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Rogue | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 6.2%
RateBeer rating: 93
Calories: estimated at 170 C
Volume: 16 fl oz.
Glass: shaker, draft
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $5.00
Consumed at: lunch with chicken soup and a Broccoli cheddar quiche. Not a great pairing, but very good food.

First Impression: Aroma is faint but inviting. Visuals are hazy and golden with just a little head. Taste is good – hoppy and bitter. Palate is a medium finish with a nice bitterness. Second Impression great taste, presence, and depth.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20



Avery IPA

Glass: shaker, tulip
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $4.50
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 6 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 160 C
RateBeer Rating: 90

Aural: quiet opening, visible carbonation, rushing pour

Aroma 6 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: nut
Hops Aroma
: resin citrus
Other Aroma
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Notes: A nice, if faint, aroma.

Appearance 2 out of 5

Color: amber

Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: medium

Lace: interesting

Notes: an average appearance, nothing out of the ordinary.

Flavor 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain nut
Hops Flavor: resin citrus
Other:

Notes: A very nice hop and malt balance. Well done.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming

Body: full

Carbonation: medium

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Notes: A great IPA finish – long, bitter, and hoppy.

General Impression: 16 out of 20

Craftmanship: very good

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: liked a lot

Notes: A nice example of an IPA, though I prefer more imperial versions.