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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Shmaltz He’brew Rejewvenator

A 22 oz bottle. American Strong Ale in a tumbler. 7.8% ABV est. at 400 calories.

After sampling Lenny’s RIPA from Shmaltz, I knew I had to try some others from this brewery. I was a little reluctant to get beer intended for the chosen people, being raised Catholic and all, but after getting a nice comment from the brewer on my last review, I feel a bit more justified. 😉

Rejewvenator is pretty. The label art is always very well done by Shmaltz. The color is a mix of koolaid and instant iced tea. Ruby highlights and red undertones. Although this was a gusher, it quickly settled down and shows a quickly dissipating white head. The viscosity is very nice, but there is no lace whatsoever.

The aroma reminds me of DFH’s Raison D’Etre. Lots of citrus, raisins, prunes, and since figs are the showcased element, this is no surprise. The aroma is very nice, and not muted at all.

The taste is very good with the figs coming through. Some wood flavors emerge. Honey. Lots of natural flavors coming through. Well balanced.

Texture is fairly crisp, drying. Tissue paper. Medium finish, and the hops give way to the malt.

Delicious. I’d definitely have it again. Well crafted, and nice mix of ingredients. L’Chaim!



Mikkeller All Others Pale

Style and Glass: American Pale Ale, Shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 17 fl oz. estimated at 175C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $8.54 after discount

Aroma: nice, pine, citrus. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful, simple design, red golden color, brilliant, persistent white head, great lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, medium hops, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, medium texture, medium finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: A fantastic brew, like all Mikkellers, I’d love the opportunity to repeat, but not necessarily a favorite, overtly expensive, superlative craft. 18 out of 20.



Rogue Brutal Bitter

Style and Glass: ESB, Pint, Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $5.99

Aroma: nice, hoppy. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: okay design, golden color, clear, persistent white head, good lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, light malt, heavy hops, light strength, good craft. 8 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, prickly texture, medium finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: reminds me of a watery Hop Harvest from Sierra Nevada. I’ve had this before, and I might have it again. I’m surprised that this rates as high as it does. medium value. good craft. 16 out of 20.



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.



Blue Moon Belgian Wit

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 46, Belgian Wit, Tumbler, Weizen
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.4 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Martin’s in Waynesboro, VA for $2.49

Aroma: minimal, citrus, snow. 6 out of 10.

Visuals: cloudy, orange, white persistent head, okay lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: wheat, banana, mold. 7 out of 10.

Palate: slate, medium finish, sweet. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Not quite as good as other macro Belgian styles, such as Hoegaarden. I’ll likely have it again, since it’s everywhere. It’s not a favorite. 13 out of 20.



North Coast 25th Anniversary Ale (La Merle)

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 89, Saison, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.3 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s in Burlington, NJ (thanks for the ladder walk, Mike) for $7.12

Aroma: champagne, apple, soapy, licorice. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: slightly cloudy, golden, bright white, persistent head, thick, foamy lace, best lace ever. 5 out of 5.

Taste: apple, cherry, grape, chemical finish, a bit wet, medium craft. 7 out of 10.

Palate: foamy, surf, bubbly, highly carbonated, medium finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Visually appealing. Rather chemical finish, and a bit soapy. I would not seek it out again, though it was not bad. It seemed a bit more commercial than craft. 16 out of 20.