BeerCritic


Mikkeller Stateside IPA

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, IPA, Shaker, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ, for $9.19

Aroma: sweet, moldy, musky, basement, pine, citrus. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: hazy, sandblasted bronze, thin white head, lightly laced. 4 out of 5.

Taste: barley, specialty grains, hops, water, craft. out of 10.

Palate: loose, juicy, long dark bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: deeper and darker than the average IPA. I’d seek it out. It’s great. It’s a favorite IPA for a devoted hophead. It is masterfully crafted. 19 out of 20.



Founders Red’s Rye

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, specialty grain, pilsener or shaker
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.



Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale’s Rocky Mountain Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz can
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Price: 1.59
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Nice rippled creamy head. Beautiful color — off white head on a golden, amber, brown, varied body. Clear, bright sparkling. Hoppy aroma and wonderful flavor of pine and citrus.

Aroma: 10 out of 10
Spicy, coriander, Pine, Grapefruit, sludgy texture, clay, flowery.

Visuals: 5 out of 5
Amber, brown, golden, variant body with long lasting head of off white. Nicely laced.

Taste: 10 out of 10
heavy malt overtones, slightly sweet aftertaste, very hoppy bitter presence, sour in after taste.

Palate: 4 out of 5
Body is medium-full. Mouthfeel is clay and mold. Texture is dull, but wonderful. Carbonation is visually present, and active. Finish is long, sweet, sour, and deep.

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the uniquity of the canned delivery, the surprise of the quality, the aroma, the color, and the flavor.



Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak, batch 2 (Wine Barrel)

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, Porter, English Pint, Stem Glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.4% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 340C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite in South Plainsfield, NJ for $14.99 (special thanks to Jay for this back store grab.)

Aroma: wine, oak, age, extraordinary, overwhelming, pungent. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: fully opaque, black, thin wispy tan head, strong lacing. 5 out of 5.

Taste: grapes, oak, electric, sauerkraut, wet, burnt, pine, cherry, beautifully crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: surf, mercury, long, strong, bitter, sour. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of the smell of a house burning. I wouldn’t seek it out again – smoked is not my favorite style, though I’m glad I had a chance to sample it. It’s extremely well crafted, and in my palate, it’s extremely close to wine. 17 out of 20.



Speakeasy Double Daddy Imperial IPA

ABV: 9.5%
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 190 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: tulip, snifter
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $6.00
Consumed at: home

Tanka: Of the Imperial Order

golden with white head
walnut, pine and licorice
long, bitter finish
well balanced and delicious
an imperial richness

aroma 9 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 8 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 16 out of 20



Stone Pale Ale

ABV: 5.4%
RateBeer rating: 92
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: shaker, lager glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.25
Consumed at: home

Tanka: zen master

angry amber reds
flowers, citrus, and pine bark
sweet for a long time
maple, pine, and grapefruit shine
delicious but simple treat

aroma 8 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 9 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 16 out of 20



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.



Nogne 0 #100 Barleywine Style Ale (Imperial IPA)

Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike)
Price: $7.59
Size: 16.9 fl oz
ABV: 10%
IBU: 80
Estimated Calories:270 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aural: quick, painless opening, active, static carbonation, pour is smooth and quiet.

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

Malt Flavor: grain sweet toast nut caramel
Hops Flavor:
pine earth floral herbal resin citrus
Other:
pine, grapefruit, wheat
Notes: Aroma is delicious and enticing.

Appearance out of 5
Color:  brown
Clarity: quite dark, nearly opaque.
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A beautiful angry red brown body topped by a great deep tan head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  sweet and quite bitter
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut caramel toffee roast
Hops Flavor:
earth herbal resin citrus
Other:
pine, grapefruit,
Notes: The flavor is absolutely amazing.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: whole mouth is affected – sweet, salty, a bit sour, very bitter, and amazingly, in this case, umami.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: boring ↔ excellent
Freshness: stale ↔ fresh
Personal Taste: disliked ↔ loved
Notes: The scent was of an active factory making furniture, sawdust and sweat, and smoke. The visuals were of a deep midnight under a new moon. The taste was of oak and walnut planks being sawn and tasted in the smoky air of an overheated blade. The palate is of a visitor who won’t leave, whether you wish her there or not, but luckily, you enjoy her company.  It was quiet in opening and pouring like an evening springtime rain.



Coniston Bluebird Bitter

ABV: 4.2%
Calories: estimated at 200C
Volume: 16.9 fl oz
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Fine Wines and Liquors
Price per fl oz: $5 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.29 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Much like an IPA in aroma, taste and body. Nice long bitter after taste. Citrus overtones. A very nice, spicy beer.

Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, bread, hay, nuts, toasted
Hop flavor is: resin, citrus, pine
Yeast flavor is: dust, silt, clay, crisp
Other flavors include: clove, raisin, walnut

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: bright, golden, amber, dark tones throughout – beautiful contrast and clarity.
Liquid is: clear, moving, sparkling
Head and lace are: thick, frothy, white, with nice lacing.

Taste/Flavor: 9 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: heavy
Sour level is: light

Palate/Tactile: 4 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light to medium
Texture is: sticky, oceanic, gritty
Carbonation is: soft
Finish is: astringent, bitter, long

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the flavor, body, head, lacing and other visual aspects. Very easily drinkable. The aroma is so very nice. This is a very well executed beer.