BeerCritic


Pizza Port Hop-15 Ale DIPA
Port Brewing Hop-15 Ale DIPA

Port Brewing Hop-15 Ale DIPA

Style and Glass: DIPA, Snifter; tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: The Six Pack Store, Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA for $9.00

Aroma: flowery citrus burn, soft but speaks of quality and heft.

Visuals: A very nice package — inviting but not overwhelming, hop bomb motif is especially enticing, murky after adding sediment, but brilliantly clear at first pour. Deep, dark orange with staying white head and sticky lace. Hard to see through.

Taste: A screaming fit of sugar malt and piercing hop bitterness. It literally hurts the back of my mouth and tongue. It is amazing. The burn goes on for nearly a minute. A sensory experience like no other. The citrus, pepper, and it must be capsaicin, I can’t believe that any other additive would burn like this. It is used to a special and wondrous effect.  Bravo.

Palate: Piercing, biting, and hoppy. Burning, sweet, and bitter. Coating and delicious.

Overall: It is a stand alone in imperial IPAs. None other have exactly the ssame effect. In a long line of collectible duplicates, this DIPA stands alone. Very, very well done, and memorable.



Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial Ale

Style and Glass: DIPA, Tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: The Six Pack Store, Roosevelt Blvd., Phila, PA for $12.00 (Thanks, Joe! First visit, but not the last!)

Aroma: A hop head’s delight. It’s deliriously, deliciously hoppy. A flowery, almost burning hop aroma. I love it.

Visuals: The packaging from Moylan’s is usually very advertising heavy, but well designed and attractive, if a little over the top. The orange pour leaves a hazy orange sunlight body, with an off-white creamy head with a lot of lace that’s sticky and fresh. This seems like the ultimate in DIPA beauty. Very well done visually.

Taste: Not very balanced. This is really all about hops, and while there is a slightly malty finish, it is very crisp, bitter, and ultra hoppy. I love it, but I imagine a differently organized palate might find it off-putting. Love hops? Find this brew!

Palate: The finish is long lasting, delicious, and dark. It’s creamy at the start, crisp in the middle, and sticky in the end. It’s a great tactile experience.

Overall: I absolutely love this brew. I’ll be looking for other Moylan’s brews, but this I’m specifically going to find this again. For hop heads, this seems like a destination beerage.



Dogfish Head Olde School Barley Wine Style Ale

Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 15% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 300C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Fairless Hills, PA for $3.73

Aroma: wow, rich, raisins, peach, rose, autumn, leaves, mold, intoxicating.

Visuals: average label, nice 4 pack, like turkey gravy , muddy, mississippi, thick, thin white head, beautiful, sticky lace.

Taste: mostly malt up front, good hoppy finish, unbalanced in both directions, delicious, sugary, syrupy, bitter ending, good strength.

Palate: feeling of high quality, sticky, woody, long bitter finish.

Overall: Exactly what I paid for — not exactly a 120 minute IPA, but more of a mix between the 120 Minute and a Raison d’ extra. I’d have it again, for sure. very nice, but not one of my favorites. Medium value for high craft.



Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale

Style and Glass: Old Ale, Snifter, Shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.8 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99/4

Aroma: Very nice, oak, wine, leather, barnyard, hay, wheat, alcohol, sweetness.

Visuals: beautiful packaging, thick legs, ruby, iced tea, hazy, thin off white head, some thin lace.

Taste: starts malty, finishes malty, sugary, candy, delicious, sticky, long arc of flavor, bitter finish, grassy, some minerals, alcohol is well hidden.

Palate: high quality, smoother texture, longer muddy finish.

Overall: A winner. Like most anything by Founders, I’d surely have this again. Not my favorite style, a bit too sweet for me, but delicious. A bit expensive, but worth the taste.



Stone Vertical Epic 08.08.08

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, Strong Belgian, Trappist, Tulip, Tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.6% in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 372 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: inviting, fruity overtones, some hops. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: brilliant, clear, golden, white head, short lived, very little lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: some fruit, mostly hops, smooth, medium craft. 8 out of 10.

Palate: wet, sticky, medium bitter finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of a lighter version of Brooklyn’s Hopfen Weisse or Chouffe’s Belgian IPA mix. I’d have it again, but I wouldn’t wait until 2012 for it. A well crafted beer, but not a favorite. I like the style quite a bit.  17 out of 20.



Guinness Extra Stout

ABV: 5%
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 22oz
Glass: pilsner
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Price per fl oz: $4.50 / 22 fl oz = $.20 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: Rich, deep, roasted malty aroma – different from regular Guinness stout in this way. Head and pour are absolutely beautiful. Color is an inpenetrable black except for a ruby hint around the edge. Wow – taste is deep, malty, syrupy, cloying, and dessertish. Heavy on the tongue and surprising flavor for a 5% abv. Has overarching oak and wine flavor. This has all of what regular Guinness is missing – depth, bite, hops, flavor, and character.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, coffee, roasted
Hop flavor is: resinous, hay, grapefruit, pepper
Yeast flavor is: crumbs, leather, very dry.
Other flavors include: alcohol, tomato paste, medicine, raisin, sulfur, soy sauce, walnut, oak

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: black, ruby highlights
Liquid is: darkest night.
Head and lace are: bumpy, frothy, tan, brown, with classic lacing.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium to heavy
Sour level is: light to medium

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: full, raging
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, gritty, large particles, paper towel, cardboard
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, long, syrupy, very nice.

Overall experience: An absolutely stunning beer for its distribution. I liked to punch, the bitterness, the depth, the warmth, the color, and the flavor. I did not like a slight metallic tinge, the price, or the idea that the regular stout is so deeply different than this.



Southern Tier Heavy Weizen

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 87, German Hefeweizen, Weizen
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 360 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $5.99

Aroma: banana, apple, peach, flowers. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: clear, golden, brilliant, thin, white, head, quickly dissipating, weak lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: sweet, coriander, clove, fruit, some bitterness, well crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: slick, sticky, long sweet finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Classic hefeweizen. I would have it again. It’s a very nice example, and I like it a lot. Very well crafted. 18 out of 20.



Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Dimpled Mug, Lager glass, Stein
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.5 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 170C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield NJ for $4.99

Aroma: smoky, sausage, sour, spicy, roasted. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: pale, clouded, brown, troubled, wispy, white, nearly dissipating head, lightly laced. 4 out of 5.

Taste: smoky, well balanced, needs pairing, strong, spicy, pepperoni, little bitterness, slightly watery. 7 out of 10.

Palate: creamy, sticky, oily, medium sour finish, acetic. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Smoked sausage in a bottle. In desperate need of a strong food pairing. I’d have it again with a Polish or German meal. Might go well with Pizza. Not a favorite for me, but the style is one of my lesser picks. It’s down there with Lambics. Seems well crafted, but somewhat weaker than expected. 16 out of 20.



Dogfish Head Raison D’etre

ABV: 8%
Calories: estimated at 180C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: wine goblet
Purchased at: Circle Liquors
Price per fl oz: $2.25 / 12 fl oz = $0.18 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Beautiful deep red ruby – rich lacquer depth and translucency – red depth. off white head and amazing nutty aroma. Deep alcoholic taste – very nice flavor signature. Foamy and sticky lace and head.

Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasted
Hop flavor is: resin, floral, herbs
Yeast flavor is: doughy, cheese, leather, earth
Other flavors include: alcohol, banana, apple, butterscotch, corn, string bean, raisin, sulfur, soy sauce, vanilla, oak

Visuals/Appearance: 5 out of 5
Color is: pale, red, black, brick, fiery, ruby, amazingly rich and deep.
Liquid is: clear, immaculate, deep red.
Head and lace are: off-white, sticky

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

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, papery
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, bitter, long, deep rich

Overall experience: 19 out of 20. I liked the color, the flavor, the feel, the taste, the depth, the richness, and the hops. I enjoyed this brew.



Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Strong Ale

Glass: Large Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 9.5%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: opening is explosive, but contained over a few minutes of caution. carbonation is very active and audible, pour after calming is beautiful and quiet.

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: medium
Balance: sweet
Impression: inviting

Malt Aroma: grain bread sweet toast nut
Hops Aroma:
earth floral herbal
Other Aroma:
fruit cherry, peach,
Notes: inviting, nice, fruity, mild

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: dark
Clarity: quite cloudy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: head dissipates almost instantly to absolutely nothing. The body is quite beautiful though – murky, cloudy, and reminds you of what it might be like to swim in the dirty seas of countries that have no concern for pollution. Scary, in a way.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: between sweet and bitter. Interesting.
Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: rice, Italian bread, whole wheat toast, walnut
Hops Flavor:
soil, dying flowers, tea
Other:
cherry, celery, peas
Notes: A very interesting, dark taste. Full bodied, deeply flavorful, and not easily drank. Alcohol is expertly hidden.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: sticky, warming
Body: full
Carbonation: highly carbonated, like seltzer
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: medium
Balance: more bitter
Notes: A bit of ash, yeast, and tea in the finish. Again, quite interesting mix of fruit, texture, and color.

General Impression: 17 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked quite a bit
Notes: A once in a while treat – not one of my favorites, but glad to have tried it as a specialty.