Dogfish Head Burton Baton
Dogfish head Burton Baton Oaked IPA

Dogfish head Burton Baton Oaked IPA

Originally reviewed July 5th, 2008. Revisited on June 16th, 2009 in honor of Rob Mangold who gave a 4 pack as a gift. Cheers, Rob!
ABV: 10%
RateBeer rating: 94
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: snifter, tulip
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jay and Matt!)
Price: $4.99
Consumed at: home

Tanka: the fire’s been lit

the devil’s red eyes
the clean smell after phys ed
biting, shocking, hot
live circuit completes in mouth
and lights you up so brightly

aroma 10 out of 10
visuals 5 out of 5
taste 10 out of 10
palate 5 out of 5
overall 20 out of 20

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Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, American Pale Ale, Lager glass, shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.1 % in 22fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield, NJ for $7.49

Aroma: sweet, cascade hops, honey, anise. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: cloudy with fresh hop floaters, golden, bronze, strong, wispy white head, great lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: so very deeply bitter, hoppy, fantastic, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: crisp, sandy, rough, electric, long, bitter, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Wow. Great Divide just doesn’t make a bad brew. The floating bittering hops do the job completely. I will most definitely seek this out again. It’s an absolute favorite, and very well crafted. 20 out of 20.

Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak, batch 2 (Wine Barrel)

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, Porter, English Pint, Stem Glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.4% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 340C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite in South Plainsfield, NJ for $14.99 (special thanks to Jay for this back store grab.)

Aroma: wine, oak, age, extraordinary, overwhelming, pungent. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: fully opaque, black, thin wispy tan head, strong lacing. 5 out of 5.

Taste: grapes, oak, electric, sauerkraut, wet, burnt, pine, cherry, beautifully crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: surf, mercury, long, strong, bitter, sour. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of the smell of a house burning. I wouldn’t seek it out again – smoked is not my favorite style, though I’m glad I had a chance to sample it. It’s extremely well crafted, and in my palate, it’s extremely close to wine. 17 out of 20.

Victory HopDevil IPA
05/25/2008, 2:33 AM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Victory | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 6.7%
Volume: 12 fl. oz.
Glass: tapered 12 oz.
Purchased at: Valley Wines, Hopewell, NJ
Consumed on: 02.05.08

first impression: Not especially impressive in color, bubbles, head, or heft, but an amazing aroma. Biting, acrid hop taste, but not off putting. Color changes with angle and edges of glass.

Visuals — Color, depth, belgian lace, legs: The color is variable according to angle, which I enjoy. The depth is beautiful, but rather thin. There is no lace, no legs, and no head in the least. The color ranges from a pale amber to a rich red.

Olfactory — Aroma: The hops are permeating and wondorous in the air. The fragrance is the best aspect of this ale next to hop centrality.

Taste — Hoppiness, bite, maltiness, flavor: The biting hops are the singular note in this ale, but very welcome to the tongue. The bite is electric and engaging, while lacking in so many other beers. For bite, this beer soars.

Tactile — weight, mouthfeel: HopDevil has a reasonable weight, and it’s respectable in its heft. The taste is dry and crisp and is an exemplar in this regard.

second impression: Aside from the range of color and amazing bite, there is little to note about this beer, though the two notes are absolutely wonderful. Until my recent experiments with a variety of beers this was by far one of my favorites. Many others come before it now.