Sly Fox Odyssey Imperial IPA
05/12/2008, 3:23 AM
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Glass: 8 oz concave shaker (an alternate choice, obviously, but I love this little glass)
Purchased at: Newportville Inn store, Bristol, PA
Price: 5.99
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 8.5%
Estimated Calories: 360 C
RateBeer Rating: 81

Aroma 9 out of 10
Intensity: more faint
Balance: more sharp
Impression: very nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Toast Nut
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice Resin Citrus
Notes: You can smell that very nice hoppy aroma, but it doesn’t penetrate the air like some do.

Appearance 3 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity: Dull
Head Retention: Poor but with some nice lacing.
Notes: Head seems a bit lacking, and the color and clarity are just so so.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: very Strong
Balance: very Bitter
Impression: very Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Toast Nut
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Resin Citrus
Notes: A very nicely done beer in terms of hoppy variety. very bitter, and very strong.

Palate 5 out of 5

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The finish is the nicest part. I am constantly wanting another taste. Very nice.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: mostly Fresh. I think the clarity and head are indicators of an overdue enjoyment.
Personal Taste: Liked very much.
Notes: this is just my kind of imperial IPA. Quite hoppy, very bitter, and with a long lasting finish.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

ABV: 6.7%
RateBeer rating: 100
Calories: estimated at 150C
Volume: 11.2 fl oz
Glass: stem glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $3.00
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A nice ruby drinkable beer. Aroma smells just like a nice lager, but taste is much different. Lots of grain and herbs in the aroma. Visuals are all about the ruby — deep dark ruby body with explosively carbonated head to start, but dies down very quickly. Tastes much like a brown ale, but has nice raisin, licorice, and nut signatures. Palate is dark, and activates the entire mouth. Subtle and layered. Second Impression: This reminds very much of what a great grain inspired beer might achieve. I’m not that familiar with the style, and so I can’t speak unto its accuracy, but it is a very nicely done beer. Personally, I prefer a stronger style than this, like an imperial stout, double IPA, or a barleywine style ale, but as it is, it’s very good.

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