BeerCritic


Green Flash Le Freak

Style and Glass: Begian strong; trappist, tulip, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $8.99

Aroma: very nice, spicy, aromatic, smooth, fruity, delicious. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: nice packaging, copper, golden, hazy, unfiltered, thin white head, loose lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: almost balanced, medium malt, heavy hops, surprising, great strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, rippled texture, long bright finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Done in the tradition of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, where the hops and bananas all get in bed together. Definitely a repeat, though maybe not a favorite, okay value, high craft. 18 out of 20.



Budweiser American Ale

Style and Glass: Amber Ale; shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.3% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $1.08

Aroma: quiet, faint, caramel. 5 out of 10.

Visuals: well designed label, beautiful, copper, brilliant, little head, some lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: weak, some malt, little hops, low strength, low craft. 3 out of 10.

Palate: lower quality, smooth texture, quick finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: About what you’d expect, but not nearly as bad as American Lager. Will likely repeat, as it is quite affordable and not bad at all, not a favorite, high value, low craft. 13 out of 20.



Avery Maharaja DIPA

Style and Glass: DIPA, Tulip, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.21% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington for about $6

Aroma: exhilarating, pine, grapefruit, citrus, lime, spirits. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful label design, rich, copper, brilliant, thin white head, breaking lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: beautifully balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, great strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long mild finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: My favorite style bar none, and an exemplar of it, I’ll repeat it most definitely, a favorite, highly affordable pleasure, masterfully crafted. 20 out of 20.



Buffalo Bill Pumpkin Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 38, vegetable beer, lager, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.33

Aroma: light, some spices. 3 out of 10.

Visuals: poor label, bad presentation, simple, clear color, copper, no head, no lace. 2 out of 5.

Taste: sweet, flat, weak, little craft. 4 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, flat texture, no finish. 1 out of 5.

Overall: Watery. A waste. A hated beer. Of very low value. Not well crafted. 5 out of 20.



Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 78, Oktoberfest-Marzen, Lager glass.
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.8 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at:Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.33 as part of an oktoberfest sampler pre fix six

Aroma: dull, flowery. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: copper, brilliant, white head, fully dissipates, thin light lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: wheaty, no hops, weak, badly crafted. 4 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, scratchy, quick finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: Not very good. I will not have it again.  Shameful. 12 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.



Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere harvest Fresh Hop Ale 2008

ABV: 6.7 %
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 24 fl oz.
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor, Princeton, NJ
Price: $4.29
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A very nice IPA, if a bit commercial. Aroma is very flowery hops, dust and mold. Visuals are a beautiful red – copper body with a bright white head that is persistent with nice lacing. Taste is sweet with a bitter ending – very well done. Palate is crisp, dry, with a long bitter finish, but not very strong. Second Impression – an amazing value – a fantastic IPA for regular enjoyment. Delicious, and done in the true spirit of the craft.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20



Rogue Buckwheat Ale
06/23/2008, 3:09 AM
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ABV: 4.8 %
RateBeer rating: 63
Calories: estimated at 140 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: shaker
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $2.59
Consumed at: home

Tanka: Bush vomits on Premier

beach winds at morning
cloudy copper with white wisps
strange fruit soft finish
different, yes, better, no.
it takes courage to brew this

aroma 7 out of 10
visuals 3 out of 5
taste 4 out of 10
palate 2 out of 5
overall 12 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



Lagunitas Maximus IPA

ABV: 7.5%
RateBeer rating: 95
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Glass: concave shaker, snifter, tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.49
Consumed at: home with a dinner of spicy pork and beans.

First Impression: great aroma, good taste, nice color and presence. Good price. Aroma is pine, flowers, lime and grapefruit. Visuals are everything a great IPA should be. Copper body, highly carbonated, nice lacing, off white head. Taste is hoppy, pine, lighter texture, not overwhelming – very nice. Palate is fluid, sweet & bitter taste buds active, medium length finish. Very enjoyable. Second Impression – a very nice example of IPA, for a good price.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20