BeerCritic


Pizza Port Hop-15 Ale DIPA
Port Brewing Hop-15 Ale DIPA

Port Brewing Hop-15 Ale DIPA

Style and Glass: DIPA, Snifter; tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: The Six Pack Store, Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA for $9.00

Aroma: flowery citrus burn, soft but speaks of quality and heft.

Visuals: A very nice package — inviting but not overwhelming, hop bomb motif is especially enticing, murky after adding sediment, but brilliantly clear at first pour. Deep, dark orange with staying white head and sticky lace. Hard to see through.

Taste: A screaming fit of sugar malt and piercing hop bitterness. It literally hurts the back of my mouth and tongue. It is amazing. The burn goes on for nearly a minute. A sensory experience like no other. The citrus, pepper, and it must be capsaicin, I can’t believe that any other additive would burn like this. It is used to a special and wondrous effect.  Bravo.

Palate: Piercing, biting, and hoppy. Burning, sweet, and bitter. Coating and delicious.

Overall: It is a stand alone in imperial IPAs. None other have exactly the ssame effect. In a long line of collectible duplicates, this DIPA stands alone. Very, very well done, and memorable.



Weyerbacher Muse Saison Farmhouse Ale

Style and Glass: Saison, Tulip; flute
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.66

Aroma: nice, flowery, wheat, rice, hay, dust, mold, field, grass.

Visuals: wacky label, sunset at harvest, pale, orange, brilliant at first pour, hazy after, wispy head stays, loose lace.

Taste: unbalanced, corn, barley, rice, little hops, subtle, delicious.

Palate: silky, smooth, tea, light, crisp finish.

Overall: A very nice light saison. I’ve had it a few times now, and I enjoy it. I prefer stronger brews, but this is a nice, lighter session brew. Unbelievable value for the price.



Russian River IPA

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Enjoyed this with friends at Issac Newton’s in Newtown, PA. On tap, served a chilled (sigh) shaker. Deep golden, brilliant, clear and delicious. Nice white head dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing. All about the hops — delicious flowery aroma and bitter finish that is a little bit sour and sweet. Would be delicious with a Szechuan stir fry or with Vietnamese chile dumplings. Dark flavor, roasty, and an exemplar of the style. I really really want to try some of the bigger brews by RR.



St. Bernardus Tripel

Style and Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $17.00 as a part of a 4 part gift pack complete with glass.

Aroma: faint, flowery, fruity, and wheaty.

Visuals: simple, beautiful packaging, golden, hazy, thin white staying head, crisp lace.

Taste: less balanced, heavy sweet malts, less hops, focus on sweet, fruity, apples, nutty, salty, peach.

Palate: rich fruity wash, terrycloth, spongey, longer muted finish.

Overall: A very nice dry tripel. I’d love to have it again. Quite enjoyable — would pair fantastically with fruit, chocolate, chicken.



St. Bernardus Pater 6

Style and Glass: Belgian Ale, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ as part of a $17.00 gift pack with glass.

Aroma: beautiful scent, flowery, cherries, peach, cloves, spicy, fruity, oak.

Visuals: simple, beautiful packaging, cloudy iced tea, deep reddish brown, nearly opaque, staying white head, intricate fresh lace.

Taste: deep and balanced, hearty fruity malt, some fleeting hops, lighter body than expected.

Palate: crisp, clean, but obviously unfiltered, longer fruit based finish.

Overall: A wonderful brew. A bit expensive for what it is, understandably so, but a very nice experience.



Stone Double Bastard Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong Ale, Snifter; trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $7.99

Having this on Christmas night to finish off an amazing day. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you.

Aroma: amazing, sweet, flowery, hoppy, grassy, heavenly, malty, earthy, mold.

Visuals: nice label design, what seas might look like in hell, menacing deep red, brilliant, clear, thick white head, sticky tight lace.

Taste: wow. very malty, deeply hoppy, sugary, not syrupy, crisp, heavy, molasses, smoke, strong.

Palate: Of the highest visual and taste quality, rigid, sandy, rough, long bitter finish.

Overall: An absolutely amazing DIPA, though not classified as such. I’d have it again no question. Perhaps one of my top ten. A favorite. Great value. High craft.



Left Hand Rye Bock Lager

Style and Glass: Dunkler Bock, Mug; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.7% in 25.36 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.79 (down from $14 ea — I picked up 6 for $15 — madmen there, and they better stay nutso)

Aroma: very nice, inviting, flowery, rye, bready, wheaty, grassy, meadow, rain.

Visuals: interesting label, like an aged iced tea, deep murky brown, cloudy, thick off white head, sticky lace.

Taste: very well balanced, brown ale, sage, onions, rye, roses, tea, chai, some hops, medium strength.

Palate: very nice, smooth oily texture, medium, light, tasty finish.

Overall: A summery brew, refreshing, very enjoyable. A repeat, 6x at least. Maybe my favorite bock so far. Amazing value — makes me wonder why the run on the price. well crafted.



Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 78, Oktoberfest-Marzen, Lager glass.
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.8 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at:Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.33 as part of an oktoberfest sampler pre fix six

Aroma: dull, flowery. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: copper, brilliant, white head, fully dissipates, thin light lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: wheaty, no hops, weak, badly crafted. 4 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, scratchy, quick finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: Not very good. I will not have it again.  Shameful. 12 out of 20.



Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale’s Rocky Mountain Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz can
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Price: 1.59
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Nice rippled creamy head. Beautiful color — off white head on a golden, amber, brown, varied body. Clear, bright sparkling. Hoppy aroma and wonderful flavor of pine and citrus.

Aroma: 10 out of 10
Spicy, coriander, Pine, Grapefruit, sludgy texture, clay, flowery.

Visuals: 5 out of 5
Amber, brown, golden, variant body with long lasting head of off white. Nicely laced.

Taste: 10 out of 10
heavy malt overtones, slightly sweet aftertaste, very hoppy bitter presence, sour in after taste.

Palate: 4 out of 5
Body is medium-full. Mouthfeel is clay and mold. Texture is dull, but wonderful. Carbonation is visually present, and active. Finish is long, sweet, sour, and deep.

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the uniquity of the canned delivery, the surprise of the quality, the aroma, the color, and the flavor.



Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere harvest Fresh Hop Ale 2008

ABV: 6.7 %
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 24 fl oz.
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor, Princeton, NJ
Price: $4.29
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