BeerCritic


Eel River Triple Exultation Old Ale

Style and Glass: Old Ale, Snifter; English Pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: nice, heady, whiskey, oak, wood, musk, dust

Visuals: nicely packaged, rose colored glasses, iced tea, quite hazy, long lasting tan head, rocky, frothy, thick sticky lace.

Taste: whiskey, unbalanced, mostly malt, little hops, alcohol in front, warming, bright, heavy.

Palate: delicious, warming, smooth, like a thinner 120 minute IPA, medium finish.

Overall: Enjoyable. Good winter night brew.

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Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden
ABV: 7%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: plasticup
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.



Guinness Extra Stout

ABV: 5%
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 22oz
Glass: pilsner
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Price per fl oz: $4.50 / 22 fl oz = $.20 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: Rich, deep, roasted malty aroma – different from regular Guinness stout in this way. Head and pour are absolutely beautiful. Color is an inpenetrable black except for a ruby hint around the edge. Wow – taste is deep, malty, syrupy, cloying, and dessertish. Heavy on the tongue and surprising flavor for a 5% abv. Has overarching oak and wine flavor. This has all of what regular Guinness is missing – depth, bite, hops, flavor, and character.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, coffee, roasted
Hop flavor is: resinous, hay, grapefruit, pepper
Yeast flavor is: crumbs, leather, very dry.
Other flavors include: alcohol, tomato paste, medicine, raisin, sulfur, soy sauce, walnut, oak

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: black, ruby highlights
Liquid is: darkest night.
Head and lace are: bumpy, frothy, tan, brown, with classic lacing.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium to heavy
Sour level is: light to medium

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: full, raging
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, gritty, large particles, paper towel, cardboard
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, long, syrupy, very nice.

Overall experience: An absolutely stunning beer for its distribution. I liked to punch, the bitterness, the depth, the warmth, the color, and the flavor. I did not like a slight metallic tinge, the price, or the idea that the regular stout is so deeply different than this.



Hoppy Otter India Pale Ale
05/24/2008, 3:07 AM
Filed under: Hoppy Otter, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , , , ,

1 pint, .9 fl oz.
ABV: 6.8%

Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Consumed on: 2/3/2008 at 11 pm

first impression: Beautiful. enticing smell and allure. Rich amber tones. Frothy, solid head. bubbly. Quite malty and flavorful. Smooth and without edges, but full flavor and enjoyable light bite.

Color, depth: medium dark. color intensifies at concave point, and pales at edges. Remarkable color.
Belgian lace, legs: lace is light, but head is good.

Aroma: mellow, delicious aroma. flowery.

Hoppiness, bite: Only a light bite but very nice.
Maltiness, flavor: malty, hoppy, and delicious, without being overbearing on any front.

Weight: A hefty, full, weighty feel in the hand.
Mouthfeel: dry and only slightly cloying. Memorable.

second impression: This is a delicious and enjoyable brew, but does not know you over the head with bite or flavorings. It is a mellower IPA with lesser bitterness, but would do better paired with lighter fare. A great example of a well balanced brew.