Filed under: Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip), Moylan's | Tags: attractive, beauty, bitter, creamy, crisp, dark, delicious, destination, flowery. burning, fresh, hazy, hoppy, hops, long lasting, love, orange, over the top, sticky, unbalanced, well designed, well done
Style and Glass: DIPA, Tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: The Six Pack Store, Roosevelt Blvd., Phila, PA for $12.00 (Thanks, Joe! First visit, but not the last!)
Aroma: A hop head’s delight. It’s deliriously, deliciously hoppy. A flowery, almost burning hop aroma. I love it.
Visuals: The packaging from Moylan’s is usually very advertising heavy, but well designed and attractive, if a little over the top. The orange pour leaves a hazy orange sunlight body, with an off-white creamy head with a lot of lace that’s sticky and fresh. This seems like the ultimate in DIPA beauty. Very well done visually.
Taste: Not very balanced. This is really all about hops, and while there is a slightly malty finish, it is very crisp, bitter, and ultra hoppy. I love it, but I imagine a differently organized palate might find it off-putting. Love hops? Find this brew!
Palate: The finish is long lasting, delicious, and dark. It’s creamy at the start, crisp in the middle, and sticky in the end. It’s a great tactile experience.
Overall: I absolutely love this brew. I’ll be looking for other Moylan’s brews, but this I’m specifically going to find this again. For hop heads, this seems like a destination beerage.
Filed under: Founders, Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: beautiful label, black, chocolate, chocolate malt, cocoa, coffee, creamy, everlasting tan head, high quality, inviting, long quiet finish, opaque, roasted, sticky lace, subtle hops, tempered strength, well balanced, well crafted
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.3% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 180 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $2.75
Aroma: inviting, cocoa, chocolate, roasted, coffee. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: beautiful label, black, opaque, everlasting tan head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, chocolate malt, subtle hops, tempered strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, creamy, long quiet finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: a delicious dessert. I’ll have it again. A favorite. Medium value, high craft. 20 out of 20
Filed under: Hefeweizen (weizen), Paulaner | Tags: banana, carbonated, citrus, cloudy, creamy, golden, lively, nice, pretty, sandy, short, spices, watery, well done
Somewhat watery, sandy. highly carbonated. short lived finish. Cloudy, with a nice head. pretty, golden. creamy. medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Banana, citrus, and spices. medium craft. Well done, if a bit weak.
Filed under: Brauerei Heller-Trum, Smoked (dimpled mug, lager glass, stein) | Tags: acetic, brown, clouded, creamy, lightly laced, little bitterness, medium sour finish, nearly dissipating head, needs pairing, oily, pale, pepperoni, roasted, sausage, slightly watery, smoky, sour, spicy, sticky, strong, troubled, well balanced, white, wispy
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.5 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 170C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield NJ for $4.99
Aroma: smoky, sausage, sour, spicy, roasted. 8 out of 10.
Visuals: pale, clouded, brown, troubled, wispy, white, nearly dissipating head, lightly laced. 4 out of 5.
Taste: smoky, well balanced, needs pairing, strong, spicy, pepperoni, little bitterness, slightly watery. 7 out of 10.
Palate: creamy, sticky, oily, medium sour finish, acetic. 3 out of 5.
Overall: Smoked sausage in a bottle. In desperate need of a strong food pairing. I’d have it again with a Polish or German meal. Might go well with Pizza. Not a favorite for me, but the style is one of my lesser picks. It’s down there with Lambics. Seems well crafted, but somewhat weaker than expected. 16 out of 20.
Filed under: Bells, wheat ale (shaker, weizen) | Tags: amber, apple, aromatic, caramel, cloudy, coriander, creamy, demure, dirt, dust, easy, enjoyable, grass, lawnmower, lemon, light, nice, Nut, orange, peanut, quiet, rind, rye, sugar, sweet, tasty, wheat
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Size: 12 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 160 C
RateBeer Rating: 82
Aural: quiet opening, little carbonation, easy pour
Aroma 7 out of 10
Malt Aroma: whole wheat flour, nut, light caramel
Hops Aroma: dust, dirt, grass, coriander, lemon
Other Aroma: apple
Notes: A very nice aroma – not overpowering, but enjoyable, sweet, demure.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Head Retention: thin but persistent
Notes: A very nice example of an American wit. Good color, nice yeasty cloudiness, like a sunset. Head is present but thin.
Flavor 8 out of 10
Malt Flavor: wheat, sugar, rye, peanut
Hops Flavor: dust, rind, coriander, lemon, orange
Notes: A very tasty, if light, flavor. What many might call a good lawnmower beer, but by no means a killer beer.
Palate 3 out of 5
Notes: A crisp, quick finish is my least favorite part of this beer – it’s refreshing, but with a short lived refreshment.
General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: very nice.
Personal Taste: liked.
Notes: It was enjoyable, delicious and simple, but many other wits and belgian styles would be my choice when spending $5 on a 12 oz bottle.