Filed under: Dogfish Head, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: attractive, brilliant, enjoyable, hoppy, nice, overwhelming, pale, tasty
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (originally posted 6/1/2008)
Volume: 12 oz.
Glass: Okocim .5 L curved glass
Purchased at: Hopewell Valley Wines
Consumed on: 02/08/08
first impression: Nice though fleeting head. Scent overwhelming with hops in the best way. Quite pale and varied in color, and very clear. Just a bit bubbly and active in the glass. Hoppy bite is nice and heady. Fairly smooth, esp. compared to 90 Minute, and other hoppy brews, but still very nice. Good malty overtones. A very enjoyable brew, if a bit smooth for my tastes.
Visuals — Color, depth, belgian lace, legs: Color is rich and varied. Body is deep and malleable with movement. Lace is nice, if a bit light and airy.
Olfactory — Aroma: Hops are most present, thought the scent is a bit wheaty.
Taste — Hoppiness, bite, maltiness, flavor: Bite is nice but overtaken with sweetness and a bit of cloy, which intrudes. Still, very nice overall.
Tactile — weight, mouthfeel: Weight is good for a lighter brew. Stands tall as an IPA, almost as though it were a stout. Bites throughout tasting – a bit airy and carbonated, but not too much so.
second impression: A very nice brew, quite hoppy, a bit bitter, and tasty throughout. Color and weight are average, but flavor is enjoyable and attractive. Tends to be pricey for value.
Filed under: Jim Dundee, Porter (English pint, stem glass) | Tags: a touch of smoke, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, corn, dark, doughy, enjoyable, good, herbaceous, moldy, nuts, nutty, okay, raisin, resinous, roast, tan, translucent, very dry
J.W. Dundee’s Porter
Volume: 12 oz
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as a part of a sampler
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008
sensory first impression: My first ever porter, I’m sure, and not likely the best exemplar. It’s thick enough to be dark, but still translucent. Very chocolaty, quite nutty, and not at all unenjoyable, but not nearly to the degree of Rogue or Brooklyn’s stouts. Okay lace – tan head, but not frothy or deep. Good aroma. Okay color – a bit alcoholic.
Malt flavor is: chocolate, coffee, nuts, and roast.
Hop flavor is: resinous, and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, moldy, and very dry
Other flavors include: alcohol, corn, raisin, a touch of smoke
Color is: dark reddish brown, thick but not inpenetrable
Liquid is: dark and translucent at 90%
Head and lace are: thin, tan
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: very light
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium to full
Texture is: creamy, thick, papery
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: long and not bad at all.
Overall experience: A fairly dark beer with a nice nutty chocolaty taste. For the price, it’s fantastic, but for the type, it’s lacking. Spending $ on a 12 pack sampler, vs a 6 pack of chocolate stouts at 10% is like to result in different outcomes. This is likely the best of the sampler though.
Filed under: Belgian White Ale [witbier] (tumbler, weizen), InBev | Tags: alcohol, banana, banana infused, bright, caramel, cereal, citrus, crisp, doughy, enjoyable, floral, frothy, ginger, golden, mold, nuts, off white, orange, roasted, tasty
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 oz
Purchased at: Rider Pub
Price per fl oz: $2 / 12 fl oz = $.16 per fl oz
Consumed at: Rider Pub
sensory first impression: Nice, banana infused flavor – more ale than lager, but crisp, tasty, and enjoyable.
Aroma/Olfactory: 8 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, cereal, nuts, roasted
Hop flavor is: floral, citrus
Yeast flavor is: doughy, mold
Other flavors include: alcohol, banana, ginger
Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: bright, golden, orange
Liquid is: clear
Head and lace are: frothy, off-white
Taste/Flavor: 8 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: none
Palate/Tactile: 4 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: creamy, crisp, thick
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: longer, nice
Overall experience: 17 out of 20. I liked the idea of a very commonly available beer being so very belgian. I did not like, generally, the commonality of it, but I enjoy it when it’s the best thing available.
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.
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Lagunitas | Tags: copper, enjoyable, flowers, fluid, good, grapefruit, lime, nice lacing, pine, presence, tasty
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
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