Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Rogue | Tags: amber, bitter, classic, clean, craft, crisp, deep, delicious, fresh, fun, golden, grapefruit, grassy, great, hazy, hoppy, hops, impressive, inventive, lasting, lingers, long lasting, Malty, mellow, nice, phenomenal, pine, resin, sour, special treat, strong, sweet, tingles, unique, well balanced, white head
Style and Glass: IPA; tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2% in 5 liters estimated at 1,000,000 C
Purchased at: Bensalem Beer and Soda for $34.59
Aroma: mellow, sour, grassy. Hops come through nicely.
Visuals: The 5L can is impressive, unique, and a great way to draw beer. Fun, inventive packaging for craft brew. A bit hazy, golden to amber in color, with a long lasting white head that thins but does not disappear. Lace is phenomenal.
Taste: Very well balanced, with a malty, sweet start and a bitter hoppy finish. All the classic flavors you’d expect: pine, grapefruit, and resin. Dark malty finish is delicious. Flavor is deep, strong, and lasting.
Palate: Fresh, clean, and crisp, but lingers nicely on the front and back of the tongue. Tingles throughout the mouth.
Overall: A special treat from a great brewer. As close to the tap as I’ll have at home. I’d love to have it again, but I doubt I’ll ever see it again, after I slowly enjoy these 14 glasses. Delicious.
Filed under: Avery, Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: alcohol, amazing, ashes, beautifully designed, black, blankets, charcoal, chocolate, coffee, deep hops, enveloping, hefty malt, high craft, high strength, highest quality, impenetrable, impressive, little head, long dark finish, minimal lace, oak, opaque, overwhelms, soft grained texture, well balanced, wispy
ABV, Volume & Calories: 11.73% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s, Burlington, NJ for $6.64 (after discount)
Aroma: impressive, amazing, coffee, chocolate, oak, charcoal, ashes, alcohol, blankets. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: beautifully designed, black, impenetrable, opaque, little head, wispy, minimal lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, enveloping, overwhelms, hefty malt, deep hops, high strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.
Palate: highest quality, soft grained texture, long dark finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Simply amazing. Perhaps the best beer in my long bearded journey thus far. I will absolutely repeat, it’s an instant favorite, of the highest possible value, and craft. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: Amber Ale (pint, shaker), Green Flash | Tags: bitter hops, clear, deep red, effective, good strength, grapefruit, high quality, hops, impressive, long bitter finish, persistent white head, simple, sticky lace, sweet malt, syrupy texture, well balanced, well crafted
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50
Aroma: impressive, hops, grapefruit. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: simple, effective, deep red, clear, persistent white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, sweet malt, bitter hops, good strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, syrupy texture, long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: a great IPA derivative, I would have it again in a heartbeat, it’s a favorite, high value, well crafted. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: Founders, Specialty Grain (shaker) | Tags: beautiful, bitter, caraway seed, cascade hops, clear, crisp, deep brilliant, dry, exciting, expertly crafted, favorite, grapefruit, hops, impressive, long bitter finish, off white head, persistent, pine, powerful, pumpernickel, red, rye bread, sandy, siren like, strong, strong lace, sugary
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 170 C
Purchased at: circle liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50
Aroma: siren like, sugary, pine, cascade hops, grapefruit. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: clear, deep brilliant, red, off white head, persistent, beautiful, strong lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: rye bread, pumpernickel, caraway seed, strong, bitter, hops, powerful, expertly crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: crisp, exciting, dry, sandy, long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Simply amazing – the mix of rye and hops is one of my favorites. I’d have it again in a split second. An instant favorite. Beautifully crafted. One of the most impressive lacings I’ve ever enjoyed. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: Bells, Stout (English pint) | Tags: bitter, black, coffee, espresso, good head, impressive, inky, licorice, nice aroma, not bad, pepper, rich flavor, roasty, tan, weak
RateBeer rating: 99
Calories: estimated at 160 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Consumed at: home
First Impression: A very impressive presence – a nice aroma, good head and rich flavor. Aroma is bitter, coffee, and roasty. Visuals are an inky black body topped with a tan head that is persistent and lacy. Taste is thick with espresso notes, licorice, and pepper. Palate is perhaps its downfall – a bit weak, with a medium finish. Second Impression – not anything close to a Yeti or a Shakespeare, but not a bad stout – far surpasses a Guinness. But for $4.50 a 12 oz bottle, I’d much rather have the Yeti.
Aroma: 8 out of 10
Visuals: 5 out of 5
Taste: 10 out of 10
Palate: 3 out of 5
Overall: 16 out of 20
Filed under: Baltic Porter (pint, stem glass, tulip), Southampton | Tags: balanced, bitter, black, caramel, citrus, coffee, dark, impressive, molasses, nice, Nut, peppers, resin, roast, strong, Toffee
|Glass: pint, stem glass, tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJPrice: $4.99
Size: 22 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 350 C
RateBeer Rating: 94
Aural: silent opening, little carbonation, dark, quiet pour
|Aroma 7 out of 10Intensity: faintBalance: sweet
Malt Aroma: caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma: resin citrus
Other Aroma: peppers
Notes: A simple, faint aroma of molasses.
| Appearance 5 out of 5Color: blackClarity: mostly opaque
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A dark and impressive looking beer.
|Flavor 8 out of 10Intensity: strongBalance: bitter
Malt Flavor: nut caramel toffee chocolate
Hops Flavor: resin citrus
Other: alcohol, some metal
Notes: A bitter beer, and surprising considering the style. Lots of tasty malt and bitter hoppy balance.
|Palate 4 out of 5
MouthfeelSensation: drying warming
Notes: The finish, other than a bit metallic, is very nice.
|General Impression: 17 out of 20Craftmanship: excellentFreshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: A very tasty beer, at a good price, and a great finish.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Great Divide | Tags: alcohol, amazing, bitter, cherries, crisp, deep, Fruity, grapefruit, hoppy, impressive, nuts, prunes, raisins, red, ruby, sour, toasted
RateBeer rating: 98
Calories: estimated at 400C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: 4.99 on special who knows why.
Consumed at: home
First Impression: Impressive in presence and aroma. Aroma is raisins, prunes, and cherries. Sour is the leading scent. Visuals are mostly deep red and ruby body with a thin tan head. Taste is amazing. Active all over the mouth. Sweet, sour, bitter, hoppy, fruity, toasted. Grapefruit, nuts, cherries, and alcohol dominate. Palate is crisp with a dry long, very enjoyable finish. Second Impression – really takes a hold of you and does not let go. A deep and hoppy experience. Delicious, and very good. This is only my second Great divide brew, but they are very clearly my favorite brewer.
Aroma: 9 out of 10
Visuals: 5 out of 5
Taste: 10 out of 10
Palate: 4 out of 5
Overall: 19 out of 20