BeerCritic


Stone Double Bastard Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong Ale, Snifter; trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $7.99

Having this on Christmas night to finish off an amazing day. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you.

Aroma: amazing, sweet, flowery, hoppy, grassy, heavenly, malty, earthy, mold.

Visuals: nice label design, what seas might look like in hell, menacing deep red, brilliant, clear, thick white head, sticky tight lace.

Taste: wow. very malty, deeply hoppy, sugary, not syrupy, crisp, heavy, molasses, smoke, strong.

Palate: Of the highest visual and taste quality, rigid, sandy, rough, long bitter finish.

Overall: An absolutely amazing DIPA, though not classified as such. I’d have it again no question. Perhaps one of my top ten. A favorite. Great value. High craft.



Bell’s Pale Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 71, American pale ale, Lager glass, shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.2% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150C
Purchased at: Bound’s Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: wheaty, misty, rain. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: nicely designed packaging, bright, yellow, thick, hazy, fluffy white head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: corn, hay, nice, subtly bitter, not watery, respectable, well crafted. 8 out of 10.

Palate: well done, sandy, quiet hoppy finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: mellow but enjoyable. I will have it again, but I’ll pick up something different from this great brewery first. well done, but a bit expensive. 16 out of 20.



Gouden Carolus Tripel

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, Abbey Tripel, Trappist, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9% in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $3.50 ($13.99 Belgian sampler)

Aroma: inviting, banana, fruit, sweet. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: gusher, hazy, golden, beautiful, sunrise, thin, white head, nice lacing. 5 out of 5.

Taste: banana, some bitterness, dark, chemical. 8 out of 10.

Palate: biting, drying, sandy, woody, long finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Unique. Seems commercial for a Belgian offering, but not bad. It’s good, but I wouldn’t travel for it.  okay craft. 17 out of 20.



Paulaner Hefeweizen

Somewhat watery, sandy. highly carbonated. short lived finish. Cloudy, with a nice head. pretty, golden. creamy. medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Banana, citrus, and spices. medium craft. Well done, if a bit weak.



Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
ABV: 5.6%
IBU: ?
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: Goblet
Purchased at: Ewing Discount Liquor
Consumed on: Wednesday February 20th, 2008

first impression: No head really at all, a fine pale amber color, very clear. Finest lace and wisps of bubbles. Quiet in terms of carbonation. A nice bite in hops, and a bit malty. Not bad, by any means, but mass produced, perhaps not for the masses.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is oceanic – a bit salty, a bit sandy.
Hops are present.
Yeast/Bacteria hang on the glass, and are the most present component in my tasting.
Other flavors include wind across a field of grass, corn, or hay.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color a thin, pale orange.
Liquid is golden and brilliant.
Head/Lace is very present.

Taste/Flavor:
Sweet overtones.
Bitterness is very light.
Sour not at all.
Salty and might pair well with fast food.
Hoppiness is present, but minimal.
Maltiness is thin and syrupy.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is quite light.
Texture is cutting. Quite dry.
Carbonation is fairly light.
Finish is quite short, except for the salty seltzer finish. Refreshing in this regard.

Overall – not a bad beer by any means, but not a very deeply crafted beer. It may separate itself (as a mass produced, mass consumed beer) from Budweiser in a far superlative way, but it does not approach the beers produced by Stone, Victory, or Dogfish Head. It is quite desirable where only macros exist.



Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: liquor, alcohol, licorice, burnt, grains, coffee. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: opaque, black, thick, brown wispy head, silky persistent lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: layered, coffee, espresso, malty, hoppy, bitter, dry, masterly crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: sandy, dry, sponge, long dark burnt finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Like an espresso milkshake with dark chocolate shavings. I will go and seek this out again – amazing. It is masterly crafted and an immediate favorite. 20 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.



Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, American Pale Ale, Lager glass, shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.1 % in 22fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield, NJ for $7.49

Aroma: sweet, cascade hops, honey, anise. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: cloudy with fresh hop floaters, golden, bronze, strong, wispy white head, great lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: so very deeply bitter, hoppy, fantastic, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: crisp, sandy, rough, electric, long, bitter, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Wow. Great Divide just doesn’t make a bad brew. The floating bittering hops do the job completely. I will most definitely seek this out again. It’s an absolute favorite, and very well crafted. 20 out of 20.



Great Divide Titan IPA

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 96, IPA, Shaker, Tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 170C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainsfield, NJ for $2.49

Aroma: nice, enticing, spicy, grapefruit, burning. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: clear, copper, white head, very persistent, intricate lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: flour, grapefruit, classic IPA, balanced, bitterness, nicely crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: drying, bitter, crisp, coating, long finish, strong finish, sandy. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of many other IPAs, but a high quality example with an exemplar in the visual area. I’d have it again in a minute. It seems like a regular go-to pick. Very well crafted. 18 out of 20.



North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

ABV: 9.4 %
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: trappist, tulip, tumbler
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.99
Consumed at: home over a dry rub chicken with onion gravy, brown rice and mixed legumes dinner.

Ocean salt and reeds
deep ruby with sandy peak
long bitter finish
grapes, barley, and chocolate,
bold flowers make fine tribute

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