Filed under: Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip), Moylan's | Tags: attractive, beauty, bitter, creamy, crisp, dark, delicious, destination, flowery. burning, fresh, hazy, hoppy, hops, long lasting, love, orange, over the top, sticky, unbalanced, well designed, well done
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.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Dogfish Head | Tags: autumn, average label, beautiful, bitter ending, delicious, feeling of high quality, good hoppy finish, good strength, intoxicating, leaves, like turkey gravy, long bitter finish, mississippi, mold, mostly malt up front, muddy, nice 4 pack, peach, raisins, rich, rose, sticky, sticky lace, sugary, Syrupy, thick, thin white head, unbalanced in both directions, woody, wow
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.
Filed under: Founders, Old Ale (snifter, tumbler) | Tags: alcohol, alcohol is well hidden, barnyard, beautiful packaging, bitter finish, candy, delicious, finishes malty, grassy, hay, hazy, high quality, iced tea, leather, long arc of flavor, longer muddy finish, oak, ruby, smoother texture, some minerals, some thin lace, starts malty, sticky, sugary, sweetness, thick legs, thin off white head, very nice, wheat, wine
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.
Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Stone | Tags: brilliant, clear, fruity overtones, golden, inviting, medium bitter finish, medium craft, mostly hops, short lived, smooth, some fruit, some hops, sticky, very little lace, wet, white head
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.
Filed under: Hefeweizen (weizen), Southern Tier | Tags: apple, banana, brilliant, clear, clove, coriander, flowers, fruit, golden, head, long sweet finish, peach, quickly dissipating, slick, some bitterness, sticky, sweet, thin, weak lace, well crafted, white
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.