Filed under: Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip), Rock Art | Tags: amateur, bitter, bronze, chemical, citrus, cloudy, dark barley, dark copper, good, hoppy, interesting packaging, light, long bitter finish, medium quality, nice, no head, no lace, simple, smoother texture, strong, well crafted
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 68, DIPA, Tulip, snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.99
Aroma: nice, simple, citrus, light. 8 out of 10.
Visuals: interesting packaging, amateur, simple, dark copper, cloudy, bronze, no head, no lace. 4 out of 5.
Taste: dark barley, bitter, hoppy, good, strong, well crafted, chemical. 9 out of 10.
Palate: medium quality, smoother texture, long bitter finish. 4 out of 5.
Overall: Slightly different IPA flavor. I will be looking for this again, because of the relative value for price. Somewhat well crafted, especially for the cost. 17 out of 20.
Filed under: Abbey Tripel (trappist), Chouffe | Tags: alcohol, banana, beautiful, bitter, citrus, cloudy, delicious, fruit, golden, grapefruit, hazy, hoppy, layered, long finish, nicely balanced, resin, rich, well balanced, wheat
Volume: 25.4 fl oz * ABV: 9% = 220.5 / 60 = 3.67 beers * 150C = 550.5 C est.
RateBeer rating: 98
Style; Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Aroma: fruity, musky, humid, wet. Nice mix. Faint aroma, but delicious.
Visuals: pale golden hazy, immense white long lasting head. Carbonation is a bit overactive, but calms down after some time.
Taste: delicious, rich, hoppy, layered, nicely balanced, slight burn of alcohol. Banana, cloves, pineapple, very hoppy.
Palate: back of tongue, top back, roof. finish is long, dark, deep, and fruity. This marriage of california style hops and Belgian style fruit is an instant classic for me.
Overall Impressions: Banana, cherry, lemon, orange, hops, bitterness. One of my all time favorites.
Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Russian River | Tags: alcohol, beautiful, citrus, cloudy, deep, golden, hoppy, long finish, resin, well balanced, wheat
Style and Glass: Belgian Strong Ale, Trappist, snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.75% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: The Six Pack Store, Philadelphia, PA for $20.00 (Joe, we need to talk — I have since seen this elsewhere for $8.95)
Aroma: Very nice aroma, fainter, flowery, fruity, spices, cloves, cinnamon.
Visuals: Very nice packaging, interesting label, educational iconography, body is very much like white balanced deep space pictures of the sun, deep muddy orange, thick with haze and sediment, bright white head, sticky Belgian lace.
Taste: Delicious, well balanced. Not very sweet with malt, but a nice hoppy surprise in the finish.
Palate: Starts crisp, slightly chemical, middle is somewhat fruity, malt hits for a second with peach and cherry notes, then goes to a hoppy, darker finish that stays for a short while.
Overall: A very enjoyable brew. I’d have it again. I was upset to find it for less than half the price in the suburbs, but you live and learn.
Filed under: Breckenridge, Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip) | Tags: bitter, citrus, cloudy, golden, hazy, hoppy, long finish, orange, pine, red, resin
Style and Glass: DIPA; Tulip, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2% in12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Hulmeville Inn for $7.00
Aroma: A pine forest with a grapefruit juice truck spill. Delicious.
Visuals: Very nice packaging, inviting, well designed. Hazy thick orange deep body with long lasting, thin white head and thin soapy lace.
Taste: Grapefruit, pine, resin, and hops.
Palate: Thick start with a bitter middle and finish. No crispness. Very much an IPA, and extremely so. Delicious.
Overall: A very good beer, a great example of an DIPA, and a delicious pairing compliment.
Filed under: Dunklerbock (Mug or snifter), Left hand | Tags: bready, brown ale, chai, cloudy, deep murky brown, flowery, grassy, interesting label, inviting, light, like an aged iced tea, meadow, medium, medium strength, onions, rain, roses, rye, smooth oily texture, some hops, sticky lace, tasty finish, tea, thick off white head, very nice, very well balanced, wheaty
Style and Glass: Dunkler Bock, Mug; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.7% in 25.36 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.79 (down from $14 ea — I picked up 6 for $15 — madmen there, and they better stay nutso)
Aroma: very nice, inviting, flowery, rye, bready, wheaty, grassy, meadow, rain.
Visuals: interesting label, like an aged iced tea, deep murky brown, cloudy, thick off white head, sticky lace.
Taste: very well balanced, brown ale, sage, onions, rye, roses, tea, chai, some hops, medium strength.
Palate: very nice, smooth oily texture, medium, light, tasty finish.
Overall: A summery brew, refreshing, very enjoyable. A repeat, 6x at least. Maybe my favorite bock so far. Amazing value — makes me wonder why the run on the price. well crafted.