Filed under: American Pale Ale (lager glass, shaker), Great Divide | Tags: anise, bitter, bronze, cascade hops, cloudy with fresh hop floaters, crisp, delicious finish, electric, fantastic, golden, great lace, honey, hoppy, long, rough, sandy, so very deeply bitter, strong, sweet, well crafted, wispy white head
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.
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Sierra Nevada | Tags: amazing, bitter, commercial, copper, delicious, dust, fantastic, flowery, mold, persistent head, red, sweet, very nice, well done
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 24 fl oz.
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor, Princeton, NJ
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
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Green Flash | Tags: barley, bold, brown sugar, dark, dark roast, deep, delicious, excellent, fantastic, favorite, flint, grapefruit, great price, maple syrup, praiseworthy, pumpernickel, raisin, raisins, red pepper flake, rich, Toffee, tropical flowers, walnut, well done, wonderful
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Size: 22 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 93
Aural: quiet opening, gentle carbonation, uneventful pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and sharp
Impression: very nice
Malt Aroma: raisin prunes
Hops Aroma: rose spicy grapefruit
Other Aroma: grapes, sour, cherry
Notes: An amazing aroma. Incapacitating.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: dark ruby
Head Retention: average
Notes: A menacing appearance – deep beautiful ruby color with brilliant clarity under an off white yellow head.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Impression: very nice
Malt Flavor: barley, pumpernickel, brown sugar, walnut, toffee, dark roast
Hops Flavor: flint, tropical flowers, red pepper flake, grapefruit
Other: maple syrup, raisins
Notes: wonderful, deep, rich, bold, dark, raisin, delicious, favorite
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: drying warming
Notes: bitter, long finish, strong, alcohol
General Impression: 20 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: well done, great price, praiseworthy, fantastic
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Stone | Tags: balanced, bitter, depth, fantastic, favorite, flowery, lace, powerful, sour
Volume: 1 PT 6 FL OZ
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Consumed on: 02/11/2008 at 11:40 pm and many other occasions
first impression: A very nice lighter colored amber ale. Differs in depth at edge. Head is nice and thick and aroma is spicy and permeating. Flowers are everywhere. Nice lace. No question of its power upon first sip – rich and full of bitterness. Disposition of an angry old man, but balanced with flavor, depth, and character in loads. One of my favorite beers.
A nutty, roasted flavor of malt, just slightly charred.
Resinous hops, sticky and flowery. The hops dominate here.
There is something hinting at sawdust or a woodworking scent. Its beautifully layered.
A medicinal tinge loops into licorice and raisin and leads to a smoky wooden taste.
A light stained walnut appearance and flavor doesn’t travel far from it. Sculptural.
This is a quiet, clear and crisp ale. More about taste than visuals, but not bad to look at.
A very white head, flattens in time, and clings nicely in lace.
A slight sweetness and overwhelmingly bitter, with 100+ IBUs.
Tasty sour aftertaste hangs on back of the tongue with a little bit of salt. This would go great with a curry. Malt keeps up with the hops, surprisingly.
A light body, despite the wallop. This ale is slick with alcohol.
Soft and quiet carbonation finishes with a bitter impact that is worth savoring.
second impression: Overall, this brew is fantastic – if you like bitter, you should not miss Ruination. Be forewarned, all others will pale in character afterwards. This should be the last brew in a session.