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Shmaltz He’brew Rejewvenator

A 22 oz bottle. American Strong Ale in a tumbler. 7.8% ABV est. at 400 calories.

After sampling Lenny’s RIPA from Shmaltz, I knew I had to try some others from this brewery. I was a little reluctant to get beer intended for the chosen people, being raised Catholic and all, but after getting a nice comment from the brewer on my last review, I feel a bit more justified. 😉

Rejewvenator is pretty. The label art is always very well done by Shmaltz. The color is a mix of koolaid and instant iced tea. Ruby highlights and red undertones. Although this was a gusher, it quickly settled down and shows a quickly dissipating white head. The viscosity is very nice, but there is no lace whatsoever.

The aroma reminds me of DFH’s Raison D’Etre. Lots of citrus, raisins, prunes, and since figs are the showcased element, this is no surprise. The aroma is very nice, and not muted at all.

The taste is very good with the figs coming through. Some wood flavors emerge. Honey. Lots of natural flavors coming through. Well balanced.

Texture is fairly crisp, drying. Tissue paper. Medium finish, and the hops give way to the malt.

Delicious. I’d definitely have it again. Well crafted, and nice mix of ingredients. L’Chaim!

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Avery IPA

Glass: shaker, tulip
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $4.50
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 6 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 160 C
RateBeer Rating: 90

Aural: quiet opening, visible carbonation, rushing pour

Aroma 6 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: nut
Hops Aroma
: resin citrus
Other Aroma
:

Notes: A nice, if faint, aroma.

Appearance 2 out of 5

Color: amber

Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: medium

Lace: interesting

Notes: an average appearance, nothing out of the ordinary.

Flavor 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain nut
Hops Flavor: resin citrus
Other:

Notes: A very nice hop and malt balance. Well done.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming

Body: full

Carbonation: medium

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Notes: A great IPA finish – long, bitter, and hoppy.

General Impression: 16 out of 20

Craftmanship: very good

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: liked a lot

Notes: A nice example of an IPA, though I prefer more imperial versions.



Unibroue 15

ABV: 10%
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 25.4 fl oz
Glass: Pilsener
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor, West Trenton, NJ
Price: $8.00
Consumed at: home

First Impression: I was surprised by the overcarbonated pop upon releasing the cork. It took me a few minutes to clean up and find the cork, and explain that I was okay to my wife. It’s a celebratory ale. Point the cork away from your face, a word to the wise. Herbal, flowery aroma, but not too active. Visuals include a completely missing head, a very large particle hazy body, and a deep golden color. A bit varied in color, flavor, and texture from the typical hefe or witte. Taste is typically fruity, but very well done. It’s exemplar in its adherence to style. Palate is perhaps its best feature. Nicely carbonated with a longer finish. Some hoppiness, some malt, and lots of fruit, but not approaching cloying or overly sweet. Second Impression: A very nice beer, and says much of their (now 17 year) achievement. I enjoy almost everything this brewery puts out, and this is by no means an exception.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 18 out of 20