BeerCritic


Ballast Point Sculpin IPA


Style; glass: IPA; tulip
22 fl oz x 7% ABV = 154 / 60 = 2.56 beers * 150 C = 384 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Craft Beer Outlet, Phila, PA for $11.99

Aroma: nice, calming, beach, field, grassy, salty, citrus.

Visuals: brand focused packaging, a bright engaged yellow, brilliantly clear, bright white tight bubbled head, sticky lace.

Taste: expertly balanced, honey, citrus, rind, peppers.

Palate: Bright, crisp, and layered, drying, increasingly bitter long finish.

Overall: Fantastic. In my top 3 IPAs, certainly. A favorite.

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Long Trail BMS Double IPA
Long Trail Double IPA

Long Trail Double IPA

Style; glass: Double IPA; Snifter
22 fl oz x 8.6% ABV = 189.2 / 60 = 3.15 beers * 150 C = 472.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $3.49

Aroma: nice aroma, pine, citrus, spicy.

Visuals: Simple, elegant packaging, warehouse on fire, deep orange body, brilliantly clear, thick, sticky white head, long lasting lace.

Taste: very well balanced, sweet, then quickly bitter. Beautiful, classic double IPA.

Palate: medium to full bodied, long bitter finish.

Overall: Amazing. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. A favorite.

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Samuel Adams Imperial White
Sam Adams Imperial White

Sam Adams Imperial White


Style; glass: Belgian Strong Ale; Trappist
12 fl oz x 10.3% ABV = 123.6 / 60 = 2.06 beers * 150 C = 309 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.50

Aroma: nice, coriander, syrup, honeysuckle, cardamom, curry.

Visuals: classic packaging, deep orange body, thick, long lasting white head, sticky intricate lace.

Taste: unbalanced, cloyingly sweet, a bit overpowering, with some chemical notes, though after the initial shock, fruit, nuances of layering in peach and apple, and earthy flavors emerge.

Palate: creamy, with a choclatey sweet finish, some sourness remains.

Overall: A nice effort by Boston, but they’re out of their league vs. Trappists. I’d have it again, if the price was a bit cheaper.

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Mikkeller Monk’s Brew (Elixir)
Mikkeller Monk's Brew/Elixir

Mikkeller Monk's Brew/Elixir

Style; glass: ABT/Quadrupel; Trappist
25.4 fl oz x 10% ABV = 254 / 60 = 4.23 beers * 150 C = 634.5 calories (est.)

Purchased at: The Foodery at 3rd and Arch, Philadelphia, PA for $25.00

Aroma: caramel, tar, dirt, dust, earth, wine, fruit, cherries, mold, cellar, dank

Visuals: brand conscious packaging, stylish, deep dark copper body, tan head, staying, looks like an illustration of hell, in a good way.

Taste: well balanced, sweetness up front gives way to funky sourness, and finishes with a delicate bitterness.  Phenomenal.

Palate: active carbonation, not drying, rounded mouthfeel.

Overall: Delicious, if expensive. Like many other Mikkeller brews, this one is a great take on the style.

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Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA
Pourn: Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

Pourn: Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA


Style; glass: DIPA; tulip, snifter
12 fl oz x 9% ABV = 108 / 60 = 1.8 beers * 150 C = 270 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ  for $2.78 Thanks, Mike!

Aroma: citrus, sweetness, and hash resin

Visuals: simple but effective packaging, a deep sunset with rain coming, clear, red, orange, and pinks, sediment pour brings particles, off white yellowish head, sticky lace.

Taste: very well balanced, approaches cloying, sweet, bitter, sour, Simcoe and cascade hops, delicious.

Palate: Bright, then very dull and rounded. All about the citrus burn and hop bitterness.

Overall: One of my favorite IPAs despite the overt sweetness. Well layered, well done.

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Magic Hat Spring Fever 2009

Circus Boy

My planned progression for the Magic Hat #TTL tasting on Thursday March 26th at 8 pm on TwitterTasteLive.com is Circus Boy, Odd Notion, #9, then H I.P.A.

Magic Hat Spring 2009

Magic Hat Spring 2009

Magic Hat Circus Boy

Magic Hat Circus Boy

Magic Hat Circus Boy Hefeweizen Style; glass: Vegetable/Spice beer (lemongrass); weizen 12 fl oz x 4.4% ABV = 52.8 / 60 = .88 beers * 150 C = 132 calories (est.) Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.25 as part of a variety pack. Aroma: faint, lemon, citrus, spicy, some slight sourness. Visuals: fun intriguing packaging, body is hazy yellow, like a sandblasted sheet of gold, bright yellow color, hazy, under a bright white head, lace is minimal and fleeting. Taste: very light, starts with a dull sweetness, middle is clean water, finish is short but enjoyable. Very little hop aroma or bitterness. Clean, refreshing, reminds of a light lemonade. Very drinkable, and clearly a session beer. At an estimate of 132 C each, I could have quite a few of these and not worry about gaining. Palate: Starts quite wet, some sourness emerges, sweet brightness in middle, very clean water throughout, finish is fleeting and abrupt. Overall: Clearly meant as a session brew, and it’s quite an enjoyable beer as such. I think it’s an ideal springtime brew, and a very nice ‘lawnmower’ beer.

Magic Hat Odd Notion Spring 2009

Magic Hat Odd Notion Spring 2009

Odd Notion Agave Poppy Seed Pilsner Style; glass: Pilsner; Footed Pilsener 12 fl oz x 5% ABV = 60 / 60 = 1 beers * 150 C = 150 calories (est.) Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.25 Aroma: hay, manure, dust, corn, light, flowery Visuals: quirky, fun packaging, like a science experiment, brilliant bronze body, very clear, wispy off white head, little lace. Taste: starts with tobacco, leather, surprising, probably great for pairing with salads or roasted veggies, middle is bitter and slightly  acetic, wow, a strange taste. Peanuts or sunflower seeds would be delicious with this. Palate: starts with bitterness and sourness, middle is leathery and dusty, finish is long and mostly a twisting lemony rind bitterness. Overall: surprising flavors, and can’t wait to try to pair with something. A strong series of layered flavors, and would balance sweetness nicely.

Magic Hat #9

Magic Hat #9

Magic Hat #9 not quite pale ale. Style; glass: Fruit beer; flute 12 fl oz x 4.6% ABV = 55.2 / 60 = .92 beers * 150 C = 138 calories (est.) Purchased at: canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.25 Aroma: cherry, fruit, peach, apple, flowery, honeysuckle Visuals: alluring, enticing packaging, body is brilliant, golden, yellow highlights, foamy white head, sticky lace. Taste: starts sweet, some syrup, flour, corn, flowers, grassy middle, turns to candy, slight sourness throughout, finish is short and sweet and sour. Palate: starts very carbonated and purfumed, middle is quick and crisp, finish is short lived and very flowery. Overall: Very much an experiment, and enjoyable as such. Might pair well with chinese or japanese cuisine, something spicy, saucy, and thick would be cut well with this brew.

Magic Hat HIPA

Magic Hat HIPA

Magic Hat HIPA Style; glass: IPA, tulip 12 fl oz x 5.8% ABV = 69.6 / 60 = 1.16 beers * 150 C = 174 calories (est.) Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.25 Aroma: coconut, orange rind, perfume, pine Visuals: intriguing packaging, oceanic sunset, bright orange body, brilliant, thin wispy white head, sticky lace. Taste: starts very sweet, goes quickly to citrus and middles to a perfume based bitterness, finish is orange rind, pineapple, coconut. Palate: starts quite crisp, carbonated, middle is mellowing, finish is medium and enjoyable bitter. Overall:  A very nice IPA, though unlike many others it seems like this one is playing with a few island inspired peripheral flavors. As a purist about the style, I’m not offended, but I do prefer a more straightforward approach to the flavors of an IPA. Magic Hat, however, tends to take everything in about three new directions from what’s expected, which is kind of nice.

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Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Young's Double Chocolate Stout

Young's Double Chocolate Stout

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
ABV: 5.2%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 16.9 fl oz
Glass: footed tapered 8 fl oz
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor
Price per fl oz: $4.39 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.25 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: A dark and opaque beauty with a lacy, rich thick brown head. Luxurious chocolate flavor and not too heavy like many other chocolate stouts. Highly drinkable. Amber at the edge. Aroma is smoky, chalky, and very nice.

Aroma/Olfactory: 7 out of 10
Malt flavor is: chocolate, wine, coffee, roasted, and oak.
Hop flavor is: resin, leaves, and orange.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, dark hearth bread. Pretzels.
Other flavors include: dark cherries, lemon peel, alcohol, solvent, malty.

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: black, brown, and amber at the edge. Beautiful Guinness-like rushing effect upon pour.
Liquid is: opaque.
Head and lace are: brown, thick, and lacy.

Taste/Flavor: 7 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: chocolate and medium sweet.
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: moderately bitter.
Sour level is: low.

Palate/Tactile: 3 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium to heavy.
Texture is: creamy.
Carbonation is: medium.
Finish is: long, dark, and okay.

Overall experience: 15 out of 20. I liked the flavor, appearance, head, color, depth, signature flavors, longevity, alcohol, and packaging. An okay beer.

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