BeerCritic


Avery Maharaja DIPA

Style and Glass: DIPA, Tulip, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.21% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington for about $6

Aroma: exhilarating, pine, grapefruit, citrus, lime, spirits. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful label design, rich, copper, brilliant, thin white head, breaking lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: beautifully balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, great strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long mild finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: My favorite style bar none, and an exemplar of it, I’ll repeat it most definitely, a favorite, highly affordable pleasure, masterfully crafted. 20 out of 20.

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Lagunitas Maximus IPA

ABV: 7.5%
RateBeer rating: 95
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Glass: concave shaker, snifter, tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.49
Consumed at: home with a dinner of spicy pork and beans.

First Impression: great aroma, good taste, nice color and presence. Good price. Aroma is pine, flowers, lime and grapefruit. Visuals are everything a great IPA should be. Copper body, highly carbonated, nice lacing, off white head. Taste is hoppy, pine, lighter texture, not overwhelming – very nice. Palate is fluid, sweet & bitter taste buds active, medium length finish. Very enjoyable. Second Impression – a very nice example of IPA, for a good price.

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



Southern Tier Gemini IDIPA

Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Canals discount liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $5.69
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10.5%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 98

Aural: quiet opening, average carbonation, uneventful pour

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

Malt Aroma: barley wheat bread sugar cinnamon toast peanuts
Hops Aroma:
pine resin grapefruit and lime
Other Aroma:
woody
Notes: Impressive strong IPA style aroma

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: copper
Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: persistent
Lace: intricate
Notes: beautiful head and lace on an average clear body.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: very bitter
Impression: very nice
Malt Flavor: barley wheat bread syrup toasted walnut
Hops Flavor:
coriander pine tar grapefruit zest
Other:
woody
Notes: An absolutely wonderful taste

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

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

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: a very good body, palate, and finish.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked very much
Notes: Like many other great IPAs: very hoppy, sweet, bitter, and luxurious.



Struise Struiselensis Belgian Ale

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $6.64
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 6%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 95

Aural: gentle opening, light carbonation, quiet pour

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: middle
Balance: sweet
Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast
Hops Flavor:
floral herbal spice
Other:
fruit
Notes: A nice aroma – definitely in the Belgian style.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: amber copper
Clarity: hazy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: An interesting looking body, but no head whatsoever.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sour
Impression: surprising
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast
Hops Flavor:
dirt floral citrus
Other:
sour cherry, peach, kiwi, lime
Notes: An interesting flavor – this should be served colder than this.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: slick
Body: light
Carbonation: faint
Finish

Length: medium
Intensity: medium
Balance: sour
Notes: Definitely the sort of beer Mike from Canal’s would enjoy, though I’m not as much of a fan of sour beers. It’s interesting, but not really my thing. Noticed that it has a salivating effect on me in the finish. Weird.

General Impression: 15 out of 20
Craftmanship: interesting
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked.
Notes: This was an experience I was glad to try, but I really prefer extreme beers to this kind of subtlety, beautiful though it is.