Southern Tier Harvest Ale

Style and Glass: ESB; English pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.7 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.00

Aroma: nice, wheat, hay, hops, corn, sugar. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: good design, golden, clear, long lasting white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: expertly balanced, medium malt, medium hops, medium strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, chalky texture, long medium bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: A beautiful example of what an everyday or session brew should be, an absolute repeat, not a favorite, but it’s not my favorite style either, high value, high craft. This is what Budweiser Ale should strive hard to be. 20 out of 20.

Rogue Brutal Bitter

Style and Glass: ESB, Pint, Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $5.99

Aroma: nice, hoppy. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: okay design, golden color, clear, persistent white head, good lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, light malt, heavy hops, light strength, good craft. 8 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, prickly texture, medium finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: reminds me of a watery Hop Harvest from Sierra Nevada. I’ve had this before, and I might have it again. I’m surprised that this rates as high as it does. medium value. good craft. 16 out of 20.

Red Hook ESB
05/23/2008, 3:58 AM
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Red Hook Extra Special Bitter Ale
ABV: 5.8 %

first impression: mindful of candles, not especially bitter. a bit watery, in fact. Not a bite to be had.

Color: Amber
Aroma: faint, but delicious
Hoppiness: Not hoppy in the least.
Maltiness: Not very malty.
Weight: a bit heavy.
Mouthfeel: just slightly oily.

second impression: Not an especially impressive beer. Very little head or bubbles. No belgian lace to speak of. nice color, but otherwise, forgettable.

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale
05/06/2008, 2:32 AM
Filed under: Premium Bitter [ESB] (English pint), Samuel Smith | Tags: , , , ,

ABV: 5%
Calories: estimated at 250C
Volume: 18.7 fl oz
Glass: footed pilsener
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor, West Trenton NJ
Price: $2.50
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is herbal, a bit dusty. Visuals include a deep red and nice head with some lacing.  Taste is only okay – the flavor is a bit muted, somewhat watery, kind of bland. Palate is good, spongey, with a dry crisp middle-length finish. Second Impression: I didn’t enjoy this a whole lot. It’s kind of weak, and while it’s easily drinkable, and not bad, it’s not great either. For the price, I expected more.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20. It just isn’t that great of a beer, and when you have something like their great Oatmeal Stout to compare it with, why would you pay the same amount for this?