BeerCritic


Rock Art IPA (II) Double IPA
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RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 68, DIPA, Tulip, snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.99

Aroma: nice, simple, citrus, light. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: interesting packaging, amateur, simple, dark copper, cloudy, bronze, no head, no lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: dark barley, bitter, hoppy, good, strong, well crafted, chemical. 9 out of 10.

Palate: medium quality, smoother texture, long bitter finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Slightly different IPA flavor. I will be looking for this again, because of the relative value for price.  Somewhat well crafted, especially for the cost. 17 out of 20.



Victory Prima Pils

Victory Prima Pils
ABV: 5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s
Price per fl oz: $8 / 72 fl oz = $0.11 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: No head but a beautiful yellow golden beer. A pilsner, to be sure – pale, clear, and plain, visually. Aroma is smoky. Aroma is deep and rich. Aroma is hints of pork and cabbage. Taste is delicious, rich and hinting of other flavors. I taste bologna. I taste bread. I taste lettuce. I taste toast. It’s wonderfully balanced, a superlative taste but so very simple and unidimensional. Lacing is nice, but head is minimal. Warm with light alcohol. A great simple beer.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: bread, cereal, nuts, toast, oats.
Hop flavor is: resinous, floral, very herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, thick, moldy, leathery, deep.
Other flavors include: bubblegum, lightly cherry, ginger, raisin, smoke

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, golden, amber, light, thin, white.
Liquid is: clear, immaculate
Head and lace are: minimal, white

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light to medium
Sour level is: none

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: creamy, thick, silky
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: long and wonderfully balanced.

Overall experience: Visually this is not a stimulating beer, but so rewarding in other ways. It’s delicious in terms of taste, though not overwhelming in any way. It’s feel is enveloping, smooth, and mellow. Its aroma is enticing, but not overwhelming. It’s a wonderful beer, and easily my favorite pilsner.



Gubernija Grand 9.5

Style and Glass: Malt Liquor, Lager glass, shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Ewing Discount Liquors for $1.75

Aroma: mostly corn, sweet. 4 out of 10.

Visuals: lowest design, golden, clear, no head, no lace. 2 out of 5.

Taste: sweet, mostly malt, no hops, no strength, no craft. 2 out of 10.

Palate: no quality, no texture, no finish. 1 out of 5.

Overall: bad, no repeat, no favorite, little value, no craft. 5 out of 20.



Orval Trappist

Style and Glass: Trappist; trappist, tulip, tumbler, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories:6.2  % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ

Aroma: floral, metallic, banana, hops. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: minimal design, orange, thick, hazy, no head, little lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, metallic, little malt, no hops, weak strength, bad craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, smooth texture, watery finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: I’m very disappointed. Something’s wrong here — what am I missing about why everyone loves this? Not a repeat, not nearly a favorite, little value, low craft. 12 out of 20.



Allagash Four

Style and Glass: ABT/Quadrupel; Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories:10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ

Aroma: Very nice, alcohol, rose, wine, grapes, spinach, cheese, wood. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: Slight gush, great bottle design, haunting, ruby, increasingly hazy, no head, no lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, candy, high hops, dry, high strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.

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

Overall: A religious experience, definitely a repeat, a favorite, medium value, high craft. 20 out of 20.



Southern Tier Uber Sun Wheat Beer

Style and Glass: American Strong, Trappist, Weizen
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $5.69 (after discount)

Aroma: nice, pine, hops, citrus. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: nice design, gold, bright, clear, no head, little lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, medium malt, medium hops, low strength, high craft. 8 out of 10.

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

Overall: Not bad at all, but rather dull. I could avoid a repeat, not a favorite, some value, medium craft. 16 out of 20.



Buffalo Bill Pumpkin Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 38, vegetable beer, lager, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.33

Aroma: light, some spices. 3 out of 10.

Visuals: poor label, bad presentation, simple, clear color, copper, no head, no lace. 2 out of 5.

Taste: sweet, flat, weak, little craft. 4 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, flat texture, no finish. 1 out of 5.

Overall: Watery. A waste. A hated beer. Of very low value. Not well crafted. 5 out of 20.



Flying Dog Kerberos Tripel

Nice inviting aroma of cloves, banana, and spices. Hint of the alcohol. Head completely disappears, but body is golden and brilliant. no lacing whatsoever. Taste is flat, banana, cloves, and spices. About what you’d expect from the aroma. There is a slightly interesting hoppy finish, but short lived. Some Flying Dogs are amazing, like the Gonzo, and others, like this, are still interesting, but just okay as a craft offering.



North Coast Old Stock Ale 2006

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington (thanks, Mike!)
Price: $2.84
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 13.25 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 98

Aural: quiet opening, average carbonation, simple uneventful pour

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

Malt Aroma: sweet, caramel, grape jelly
Hops Aroma:
tar, resin, mango
Other Aroma:
grapes
Notes: A wonderful aroma that reminds one of grape soda.

Appearance 3 out of 5
Color: brown black
Clarity: clear

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: the dark depth of color is impressive, but there is no head or lace in any respect.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: a bit cloying
Malt Flavor: sweet caramel toffee
Hops Flavor:
citrus
Other:
sugar sugar sugar
Notes: Though the intensity is cloying, the flavor is of a high quality.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick
Body: full
Carbonation: creamy
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Notes: An impressive beer, but overtly sweet. Finish is nice for a dessert style.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship:  excellent
Freshness:  fresh
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Certainly a beer of high craft, but looking for a sweeter tooth than mine.



Huyghe Delirium Tremens

ABV: 8.5%
RateBeer rating: 88
Calories: estimated at 185 C
Volume: 11.2
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: %5.50
Consumed at: home

First Impression: banana, fruit, spongey body with nice sweet overtones. Aroma is pure fruit. Visuals are a hazy yellow gold body under no head at all. Taste is a typical hefe with some nice hoppy finish. Palate is well rounded, wet sandy, with a long dark finish. Second Impression – not a bad beer at all: great finish, classic hefe body, and a good color and haze. Aroma is nice, finish is nicer.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 16 out of 20