Filed under: Amber Ale (pint, shaker), Anheuser Busch | Tags: beautiful, brilliant, caramel, copper, faint, little head, little hops, low craft, low strength, lower quality, quick finish, quiet, smooth texture, some lace, some malt, weak, well designed label
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.
Filed under: Abbey Tripel (trappist), Southampton | Tags: apple, average craft, banana, brilliant, chemicals, clear at first, faint, fruit, golden color, juicy, mass produced fruit juice, no lace, peach, poor example, quick finish, round, soap, wispy white head
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: OakTree for $?
Aroma: faint, banana, fruit, apple. 8 out of 10.
Visuals: clear at first, golden color, brilliant, wispy white head, no lace. 3 out of 5.
Taste: banana, apple, peach, chemicals, soap, average craft. 7 out of 10.
Palate: round, juicy, quick finish. 3 out of 5.
Overall: A lot like mass produced fruit juice. Not bad, but even hoegaarden is better. I would not seek it out again, it was not very well crafted, and was a fairly poor example of the style. 16 out of 20.
Filed under: Baltic Porter (pint, stem glass, tulip), Victory | Tags: carbonated, common, crisp, dark roast, deep, faint, hops, not bad, not the best, persistent head, plain, plums, quiet, roasted, ruby
RateBeer rating: 89
Calories: estimated at 375 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: stem glass, tulip, English pint
Purchased at: Laurenti’s Shop RIte, Hamilton, NJ
Consumed at: home
First Impression: Seems like many other brown ales and porters. Looking forward to the hit of the 8.5%. Respectable head, good deep ruby color. Aroma is faint and quiet, plums perhaps. Visuals are a deep ruby with a relatively persistent head. Taste is in a word, plain. Not watery – good hops, nice dark finish, but kind of flat in terms of layered flavor. Palate is crisp, carbonated, roasted, with a medium finish. Second Impression: Not bad at all, but victory has a lot better choices on offer. I’d take it over many other brands, because it has a nice depth, color, and hoppy finish, but only because of Victory’s lineup. Having just had Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast for the first time the other night didn’t help this brew’s standing with me, either. See Hop Wallop or V12 for what Victory does great things with.
Aroma: 6 out of 10
Visuals: 4 out of 5
Taste: 6 out of 10
Palate: 4 out of 5
Overall: 15 out of 20
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Rogue | Tags: average head, bitter, depth, faint, golden, good, great, hazy, hoppy, inviting, presence
RateBeer rating: 93
Calories: estimated at 170 C
Volume: 16 fl oz.
Glass: shaker, draft
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Consumed at: lunch with chicken soup and a Broccoli cheddar quiche. Not a great pairing, but very good food.
First Impression: Aroma is faint but inviting. Visuals are hazy and golden with just a little head. Taste is good – hoppy and bitter. Palate is a medium finish with a nice bitterness. Second Impression great taste, presence, and depth.
Aroma: 8 out of 10
Visuals: 4 out of 5
Taste: 8 out of 10
Palate: 5 out of 5
Overall: 17 out of 20