JW Dundee’s American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.3%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s – sampler.
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: Home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: A bit of sparkle, but a calm beer. nice deep sunset color – clear orange red. big head goes to bumpy head goes to wispy head goes to nothing. Suprisingly nice flavor – crisp, a touch of hops. Not entirely disappointing, but not very great. A bit watery, but not undrinkable. Not far off from big pilsners though.

Malt flavor is: hay, grain, cereal, nuts, and dust.
Hop flavor is: grassy, a wee bit citrus.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, moldy, dry
Other flavors include: bubblegum, corn, sulfur, smoke.

Color is: bright, orange, red fiery, sunset.
Liquid is: clear, a bit thin.
Head and lace are: minimal, white.

Maltiness or Sweetness level is: light
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: very light
Sour level is: none.

Body or Mouthfeel is: thin.
Texture is: slick, papery.
Carbonation is: average
Finish is: slight, and short.

Overall experience: Not a bad beer. Not off putting, but not very good. I don’t think I’d get it again. The price is the best part, and that’s just not a very good reason to choose a beer.

Yuengling Original Black and Tan
07/29/2008, 10:05 PM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass), Yuengling | Tags: , , ,

Not nearly as abysmal as their other offerings, but not great either – I think that the taste here leads to the idea that their porter would probably be rather nice, considering the price, but this mix of lager and porter only hints at what that might taste like. Rather like a weak brown ale, this is just okay.

Aroma is okay, taste is about average, palate is poor, visuals are average. Overall, it makes me want something else.

Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout
06/16/2008, 3:22 AM
Filed under: Fort Collins | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 8.1 %
RateBeer rating: 82
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: Weizen, English Pint
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $5.99
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is nice, malty, syrupy, and dark. Visuals are absolutely black opaque body under a tan head that thins quickly. Taste is chocolate, coffee, malt, and roasty goodness. Delicious. Palate is thin, wet, and sweet. Finish is short lived and simply bitter. Second Impression – not a great beer, not overwhelming, but not bad. There are better beers for less per ounce than this one, but it was a fairly enjoyable experience.

Aroma: 7 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20

Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale

ABV: 4.8%
RateBeer rating: 38
Calories: estimated at 140 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: lager glass, shaker
Purchased at: Lawrence Grill, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.00 bottle Free, and thanks x2, Smed!
Consumed at: Lawrence Grill at post LUG/IP (Linux User’s Group in Princeton) party

First Impression: A pretty average beer, especially when you are expecting something of a craft variety. Aroma was dulled due to chills, but muted even after warming up. Visuals were a pale copper with an okay off white head. Taste was better than an American pilsener, but not by much. Palate was thin and simple. Second Impression – Not bad. Not a great beer but probably still the best they have to offer at Lawrence Grill.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 2 out of 5

Overall: 12 out of 20

Flying Dog Road Dog Porter

ABV: 6 %
RateBeer rating: 57
Calories: estimated at 150C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: stem glass
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.33
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not great, but not bad. Dark, roasted flavors, coffee and some chocolate, on top of a watery base. Aroma is faint, stale, and chocolate. Visuals are deep brown, with a quickly dissipating head. Taste is roasted, chocolate, coffee, and spices. Palate is top of mouth, somewhat hoppy and long lasting finish. Second Impression is much like the first – not great but not bad. Many others stomp on it comparatively.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 3 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20

Samuel Smith’s India Ale IPA
05/12/2008, 10:39 PM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Samuel Smith | Tags: , , , , ,

Glass: tulip, shaker
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver
Price: $2.50
Size: 18.7 fl oz
ABV: 5 %
Estimated Calories: 220 C
RateBeer Rating: 80

Aroma 4 out of 10
Intensity: fainter
Balance: sweeter
Impression: slightly off

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal
wet dog
Notes: At first I thought it was the glass, but I changed glasses and the skunkiness remained.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Amber
Clarity: Brilliant
Head Retention: just okay
Notes: A very clear, beautiful beer. Head stays, but just there.

Flavor 6 out of 10
Intensity: slightly strong
Balance: slightly bitter
Impression: just the nice side of neutral
Malt Flavor:
Grain Toast Nut Coffee
Hops Flavor: Floral Herbal Citrus
Other: slight Chemical
Notes: Not bad, but the taste is just sub par for the type.

Palate 3 out of 5

Sensation: Slick Drying
Body: medium
Carbonation: faint to lively

Length: Short
Intensity: fainter
Balance: sweeter
Notes: Palate is just okay.

General Impression: 14 out of 20
Craftmanship: more Boring

Freshness: somewhat Stale
Personal Taste: Disliked
Notes: Good as an experiment, but I prefer bolder, hoppier varieties.

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale
05/06/2008, 2:32 AM
Filed under: Premium Bitter [ESB] (English pint), Samuel Smith | Tags: , , , ,

ABV: 5%
Calories: estimated at 250C
Volume: 18.7 fl oz
Glass: footed pilsener
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor, West Trenton NJ
Price: $2.50
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is herbal, a bit dusty. Visuals include a deep red and nice head with some lacing.  Taste is only okay – the flavor is a bit muted, somewhat watery, kind of bland. Palate is good, spongey, with a dry crisp middle-length finish. Second Impression: I didn’t enjoy this a whole lot. It’s kind of weak, and while it’s easily drinkable, and not bad, it’s not great either. For the price, I expected more.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20. It just isn’t that great of a beer, and when you have something like their great Oatmeal Stout to compare it with, why would you pay the same amount for this?