BeerCritic


JW Dundee’s American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.3%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s – sampler.
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: Home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: A bit of sparkle, but a calm beer. nice deep sunset color – clear orange red. big head goes to bumpy head goes to wispy head goes to nothing. Suprisingly nice flavor – crisp, a touch of hops. Not entirely disappointing, but not very great. A bit watery, but not undrinkable. Not far off from big pilsners though.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: hay, grain, cereal, nuts, and dust.
Hop flavor is: grassy, a wee bit citrus.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, moldy, dry
Other flavors include: bubblegum, corn, sulfur, smoke.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: bright, orange, red fiery, sunset.
Liquid is: clear, a bit thin.
Head and lace are: minimal, white.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: light
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: very light
Sour level is: none.

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: thin.
Texture is: slick, papery.
Carbonation is: average
Finish is: slight, and short.

Overall experience: Not a bad beer. Not off putting, but not very good. I don’t think I’d get it again. The price is the best part, and that’s just not a very good reason to choose a beer.



Founders Centennial IPA

deep, great, dull copper body, persistent head, crisp, nice, drying, fuller, lively body, beautiful IPA, intense, sharper, nice, toast, grain, floral, herbal, resin, citrus, long finish, medium intensity, bitter, great deep, dark, hoppy, intense, bitter, nice, grapefruit, excellent craft, fresh, loved



Weyerbacher Merry Monks

copper body, dull, good but fleeting head, very pretty, bronze, slick, chemical, medium body, relatively flat, sweet, high intensity, very sweet, nice, heavy bread feel, grain, nut, herbal, gentle moldy aroma, light crisp  finish, medium flavor, nice, well crafted.



Avery IPA

Glass: shaker, tulip
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $4.50
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 6 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 160 C
RateBeer Rating: 90

Aural: quiet opening, visible carbonation, rushing pour

Aroma 6 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: nut
Hops Aroma
: resin citrus
Other Aroma
:

Notes: A nice, if faint, aroma.

Appearance 2 out of 5

Color: amber

Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: medium

Lace: interesting

Notes: an average appearance, nothing out of the ordinary.

Flavor 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain nut
Hops Flavor: resin citrus
Other:

Notes: A very nice hop and malt balance. Well done.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming

Body: full

Carbonation: medium

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Notes: A great IPA finish – long, bitter, and hoppy.

General Impression: 16 out of 20

Craftmanship: very good

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: liked a lot

Notes: A nice example of an IPA, though I prefer more imperial versions.



Chimay Bleue

Glass: tulip, trappist, tumbler
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.29
Size: 11.2fl oz
ABV: 9%
IBU: who @!#$%^&*() knows
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: opening was boisterous, exciting, and wet. carbonation was overstimulated, but controllable, pour was about average, but with caution.

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: medium
Balance: sweet
Impression: reasonable

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut
Hops Flavor:
herbal spice
Other:
fruit
Notes:A very nice scent with a delicious aroma

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:  dark
Clarity:very hazy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: I wonder if the humidity is affecting the head of these beers. 🙂

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: above average
Balance:  medium
Impression: okay
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut
Hops Flavor:
earth floral herbal
Other:
fruit
Notes: A very nice fruit style, but does not feel strong, which is kind of a plus. Or maybe a plooooose.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Body:  medium
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: medium
Balance: more bitter
Notes: a very tasty beer, with a nice balance and a nice finish.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: delicious, very hoppy with a long bitter finish, and a very nice color.



Rogue Imperial Stout

Glass: 4 oz wine glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.99 on discount
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 11.6%
IBU: 87.5
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: quiet, almost silent opening, little poppy carbonation, quiet, beautiful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: wonderful

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet chocolate syrup
Hops Flavor:
earth herbal
Other:
smoke
Notes: A wonderful chocolate primer – deep smoky overtones.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:  black
Clarity: completely opaque
Head Retention: poor
Notes: Much more about the body than the head.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  bitter
Impression: very nice
Malt Flavor: grain bread  toast nut dark chocolate roast espresso
Hops Flavor:
earth resin citrus
Other:
wood, char, grill, smoke
Notes: A beautifully hoppy taste, with very little in the way of sweetness – surprising, but very enjoyable. Reminds me of 85% cacao, or very little sugar mix chocolate.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity: strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: A little bit chemical in finish, very bitter, and very roasted. delicious.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: more stale, hence the markdown
Personal Taste: liked quite a bit
Notes: A surprisingly dense and bitter stout, definitely imperial, but not sweet in the least. Quite enjoyable, and worth the fiver.



Victory 10 Years Alt

Glass: Concave Pilsener
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ – Thanks, Mike!
Price: $1.89
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 8.5 %
IBU:
Estimated Calories: 175 C
RateBeer Rating: 84

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: Medium
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral
Other:
Hops, bit of mold
Notes: A very nice aroma, though somewhat faint for the flavor.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity: Brilliant
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A stunningly beautiful beer. It is a deep copper under an off white head that won’t quit. Very nice.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity:  Strong
Balance: Nicely balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression:  Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal
Other: Wheat, hops, honey
Notes: A surprisingly hoppy beer, and delicious. Dark, roasty, and deep. A great beer.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation:  Lively
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Notes: The finish is one of the best parts of this beer. Thanks again, Victory.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste:  Liked
Notes: A great achievement in both your history and this beer. Fine job, and keep it coming.



Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
05/25/2008, 6:13 AM
Filed under: Flying Dog, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.30 as part of a mixed pack
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV:7.1%
IBU: 60
Estimated Calories: 170 C
RateBeer Rating: 71

Aroma 7 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: Middle
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral Herbal
Other:
Fruit
Notes: A very nice aroma.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity:Brilliant
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: A very pretty body without much of a head or lace.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut

Hops Flavor:Spice Resin Citrus
Other:
Notes: A very good, deep flavor. Nice exemplar of the style.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Drying
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: An extremely nice finish

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: Another well crafted beer from Flying Dog.



Brasserie Des Rocs Brune

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 9 %
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance:  Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain  Sweet Toast Nut 
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice
Other: Cherries, kiwi, peach

Notes: A wonderful aroma – a strong scent of fruit and a delicious introduction.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Brown
Clarity: almost opaque
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: Highly carbonated upon opening, such that it was a slow open, but it was worth the wait, though the head is lacking.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Sweet Toast Nut Toffee
Hops Flavor: Floral Herbal Spice  Citrus
Other: Fruit
Notes: A classic Belgian brown.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation:  Faint
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Notes: A very smooth brew, with a well hidden alcohol content, and quite fruity.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: A very nice beer, despite the slow opening session.



Sierra Nevada Stout
05/25/2008, 3:26 AM
Filed under: Sierra Nevada, Stout (English pint) | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.00
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV:5.8 %
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 89

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: stronger
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Toast Nut Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Herbal
Other:

Notes: A nice scent, and foretelling of a great taste.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Black
Clarity: Cloudy
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A very good looking beer – sierra nevada tends to pay close attention to this aspect in particular.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: middle
Balance: Bitter

Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Toast Nut Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Herbal
Other:
yeast
Notes: The flavor is very nice, deep, and layered. There is a slight watery undertone, but not underwhelming.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length:  Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The finish is one of the best parts of this beer – the roasted toasty nutty flavor is retained long after the last sip. You’ll want another sip.

General Impression: 17 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste:  Liked
Notes: Again, Sierra Nevada is doing a nice balance of widespread distribution and availability with a certain craft quality and deeper flavors. Nice work, Sierra Nevada.