BeerCritic


Gouden Carolus Ambrio

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, Belgian Strong, Trappist, tulip, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $3.50 ($13.99 Belgian sampler)

Aroma: fruity, cherry, sour. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: floaters, brilliant, angry, red, long lasting white head, subtle lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: cherry, sour, watery, warm, dark, roasted, bitter, medium craft. 7 out of 10.

Palate: washy, dry, spongey, long, subtle, bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Seems like a kriek, but much less intense than something from Cantillion.  I would not go out of my way to have it again. Craft seems strangely lacking. 16 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.



Starr Hill Amber Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 55. Brown Ale, Dimpled Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Wood River Grill and Wine Shop for $1.33

Aroma: not much, off. 2 out of 10.

Visuals: murky brown, thin off white head, okay lace. 2 out of 5.

Taste: carbonation, watery, very little craft. 1 out of 10.

Palate: water, quick finish. 1 out of 5.

Overall: A lot like seltzer. I would not seek it out, it was in a word, bad. Poorly crafted. 8 out of 20.



Troeg’s Troegenator Doublebock

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 85, Double Bock, mug, stein, stem
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.2 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 180 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ  for $2.25

Aroma: musky, sweet, malty. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: clear, red, off white, persistent head, some light lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: maple syrup, crystal malt, light bitterness, medium craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: washy, watery, quick finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: disappointing for a double style. A generalized brown ale with a deeper finish. I would not seek it out again. It seems macro. 14 out of 20.



Red Hook ESB
05/23/2008, 3:58 AM
Filed under: Premium Bitter [ESB] (English pint), Red Hook | Tags: , , ,
Red Hook Extra Special Bitter Ale
ABV: 5.8 %

first impression: mindful of candles, not especially bitter. a bit watery, in fact. Not a bite to be had.

Color: Amber
Aroma: faint, but delicious
Hoppiness: Not hoppy in the least.
Maltiness: Not very malty.
Weight: a bit heavy.
Mouthfeel: just slightly oily.

second impression: Not an especially impressive beer. Very little head or bubbles. No belgian lace to speak of. nice color, but otherwise, forgettable.



Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
05/13/2008, 3:25 AM
Filed under: Harpoon, wheat ale (shaker, weizen) | Tags: , , , , , ,

Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Gift from Sean P.
Price: Thanks, Sean!
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 5%
IBU:
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 25

Aroma 2 out of 10
Intensity: very Faint
Balance: sweeter
Impression: neutral

Malt Flavor: Grain wheat
Hops Flavor:
Citrus
Other:
Corn
Notes: Really nothing coming out in terms of aroma. Very still.

Appearance 1 out of 5
Color: Straw
Clarity: Dull
Head Retention: Good
Notes: head persistence and lacing seem chemically induced.

Flavor 3 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: neutral to sweet
Impression: neutral
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread
Hops Flavor: Herbal Spice Citrus
Other: Corn Chemical
Notes: Really very light, weak, and a bit watery.

Palate 2 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Drying
Body: very Light
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length: Short
Intensity: Faint
Balance: just a tiny bit of sweetness
Notes: It might as well be flat seltzer.

General Impression: 3 out of 20
Craftmanship: Boring
Freshness: seems a bit Stale
Personal Taste: Disliked very much.
Notes: There’s no ‘there’ there. It’s the first unfiltered beer that had no haze. It’s the first wheat beer that had no wheaty body. Poorly crafted, badly balanced, and just downright watery. Very much like a light beer, but I’m still consuming the extra 50 calories.



Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
05/13/2008, 1:18 AM
Filed under: brown ale [bruin] (mug), Samuel Smith | Tags: , , , , , ,

ABV: 5%
RateBeer rating: 84
Calories: estimated at 220 C
Volume: 18.7
Glass: Dimpled Mug
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Price: $3.25
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not a fantastic beer – rather light, not watery, but simple. Aroma is leather, earth, and serious hay — like a day at the farm. Visuals are a nice clear ruby brown with a sustained off white head. Taste is maybe the weakest feature, and a shame at that. Thin, muted, and a bit shallow. No discernible complexities of flavor, like ones you might expect in a brown ale, as from roasted or chocolate malts. Palate is crisp, dry, with a soda mouthfeel. Taste does not linger for long after, and doesn’t do much during a taste. Second Impression – it’s very sad that the same brewer that makes the Oatmeal stout does such a poor job of this. Thin, weak, sad.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 3 out of 5

Taste: 4 out of 10

Palate: 2 out of 5

Overall: 12 out of 20