BeerCritic


Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong Ale, Trappist; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $1.66 ($19.99 for a 12 bomber case on special)

Aroma: nice, cocoa, heather, hay, flowers, leaves, musty, musk, dark roast malts.

Visuals: exciting packaging, like a lighter flavored chocolate stout, brown to black, fully opaque, staying rocky tan head, sticky intricate lace.

Taste: chocolate malts, more towards malt than hops, focyus on aromatic hops, some bittering hops finish, delicious.

Palate: milky, peppery carbonation, wash, surf, medium finish.

Overall: Amazing for the special price. I’ll have it about 11 more times at least. I’d like to pair it with something like pizza, broccoli, garlic chicken, soy, beans, lots of possibilities there.



St. Bernardus Prior 8

Style and Glass: Belgian Strong, trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C

Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $17.00 as a part of a gift pack complete with glass.

Aroma: sour, fainter, flowers, metallic, mold

Visuals: inviting, dark, moat, deep brown, nearly opaque, thin, staying, off white head, tight lace.

Taste: well balanced, maple, syrup, sour, woody, fruity, plum, cherry, orange, slightly bitter.

Palate: whole tongue active, sweet, bitter, delicious, mellow, blunt, long dark finish.

Overall: Delicious and remarkable. Deep, dark, and multi-layered. I’d love to have it again, though generally, I prefer sweeter Belgian variants.



Southern Tier Heavy Weizen

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 87, German Hefeweizen, Weizen
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 360 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $5.99

Aroma: banana, apple, peach, flowers. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: clear, golden, brilliant, thin, white, head, quickly dissipating, weak lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: sweet, coriander, clove, fruit, some bitterness, well crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: slick, sticky, long sweet finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Classic hefeweizen. I would have it again. It’s a very nice example, and I like it a lot. Very well crafted. 18 out of 20.



Stone Pale Ale

ABV: 5.4%
RateBeer rating: 92
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: shaker, lager glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.25
Consumed at: home

Tanka: zen master

angry amber reds
flowers, citrus, and pine bark
sweet for a long time
maple, pine, and grapefruit shine
delicious but simple treat

aroma 8 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 9 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 16 out of 20



Stone IPA

Stone India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.9%
IBU:
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: Tulip Goblet
Purchased at: Hopewell Valley Wine and Liquor
Consumed on: Friday, February 15th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

first impression: A quickly dissipating head and a slightly unfiltered, hazy appearance gives a mixed bag of anticipation, but I’ve had this beer before, and know what I’m in for. The grapefruit is amazingly present in the aroma, and the color, while not the most interesting or poetic, is certainly not unappealing. The taste is remarkable. It warms, and travels down the chest with a trail of hops. It is a beer with a taste history to it. You can remember the flavor for minutes after, and it is a great flavor. Wonderfully bitter with heavy malt undercurrents. It is an exemplar of an IPA.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is roasted, toasty, and weighs heavily on the flavor.
Hops are resinous, very flowery, and brimming with grapefruit and lemon.
Yeast/Bacteria reminds one of a stack of stone slabs, a hint of surface water but not odoriferous or negative in impression.
It is tasty, heady, commanding, intoxicating, present, heavy, and delicious.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is pale, orange, single noted, and without real depth.
Liquid is just a bit hazy and quiet.
Head is gone, but the lace is remarkable present. Hangs more on the glass than the volume itself. Quite white at the start.

Taste/Flavor:
Sweet in a slight way, but more bitter
Bitter is the overarching sentiment here, and it delivers in droves. It’s not ruination, but it’s not far off, IMHO.
Sour notes come with the bitter and citrus components.
Beatifully balanced in hops and malt.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is full and long lasting.
Texture is slightly cloying, not in a sweet way, and not like a stout, but it does not dissipate quickly.
Carbonation is crisp but not visually active.
Finish is quite bitter, and nicely so.

Second impression: Overall, this is a great beer, a fantastic example of an IPA, a strong exemplar of Stone’s lineup, and just a pleasure to have. One of my favorite beers, by far.



North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

ABV: 9.4 %
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: trappist, tulip, tumbler
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.99
Consumed at: home over a dry rub chicken with onion gravy, brown rice and mixed legumes dinner.

Ocean salt and reeds
deep ruby with sandy peak
long bitter finish
grapes, barley, and chocolate,
bold flowers make fine tribute

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



Lagunitas Maximus IPA

ABV: 7.5%
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
Price: $4.49
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