BeerCritic


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.



Anchor Old Foghorn BWSA

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $6.00
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 9 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 190 C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: quiet opening, little carbonation, simple pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: grapes
Hops Aroma
: roses
Other Aroma
: alcohol

Notes: An inviting and forewarning aroma. Enticing and siren like.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: brown

Clarity: hazy

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: medium

Notes: ruby body and wispy white head – quite beautiful.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: very nice

Malt Flavor: grain sweet toffee licorice
Hops Flavor: dust cinnamon lemon sugar
Other: alcohol

Notes: A wonderful flavor, full of wine live depth and flavors. Very sweet, but not cloying.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: slick warming

Body: full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity: strong

Balance: sweet

Notes: A surprisingly deep mix of hoppy bitterness and sugary sweetness. Well done.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: A great beer, but hard to find and a bit expensive at $6 a bottle. I hope it comes to Jersey soon.



Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere harvest Fresh Hop Ale 2008

ABV: 6.7 %
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 24 fl oz.
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor, Princeton, NJ
Price: $4.29
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A very nice IPA, if a bit commercial. Aroma is very flowery hops, dust and mold. Visuals are a beautiful red – copper body with a bright white head that is persistent with nice lacing. Taste is sweet with a bitter ending – very well done. Palate is crisp, dry, with a long bitter finish, but not very strong. Second Impression – an amazing value – a fantastic IPA for regular enjoyment. Delicious, and done in the true spirit of the craft.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20



Green Flash Barleywine Style Ale 2008

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.79
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating:  93

Aural: quiet opening, gentle carbonation, uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet and sharp
Impression: very nice

Malt Aroma: raisin prunes
Hops Aroma:
rose spicy grapefruit
Other Aroma:
grapes, sour, cherry
Notes: An amazing aroma. Incapacitating.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: dark ruby
Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: average
Lace: poor
Notes: A menacing appearance – deep beautiful ruby color with brilliant clarity under an off white yellow head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Impression:  very nice
Malt Flavor: barley, pumpernickel, brown sugar, walnut, toffee, dark roast
Hops Flavor:
flint, tropical flowers, red pepper flake, grapefruit
Other:
maple syrup, raisins
Notes: wonderful, deep, rich, bold, dark, raisin, delicious, favorite

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: bitter, long finish, strong, alcohol

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: well done, great price, praiseworthy, fantastic



De Ranke XX Bitter

ABV: 6.2%
RateBeer rating: 93
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 11.2 fl oz
Glass: trappist, tulip, tumbler
Purchased at: Circle Liquors super saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.19
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is fruity and Belgian styled, but a bit chemical.  Visuals are beautiful deep hazy gold with a long lasting thick head. Taste is dark, hoppy, and fruity. Well done. Palate is crisp and with a long dark bitter finish. Second Impression. A well crafted brew. Expensive, but enjoyable. Hoppy and deep, with good texture.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20



Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
05/25/2008, 6:13 AM
Filed under: Flying Dog, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.30 as part of a mixed pack
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV:7.1%
IBU: 60
Estimated Calories: 170 C
RateBeer Rating: 71

Aroma 7 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: Middle
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral Herbal
Other:
Fruit
Notes: A very nice aroma.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity:Brilliant
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: A very pretty body without much of a head or lace.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut

Hops Flavor:Spice Resin Citrus
Other:
Notes: A very good, deep flavor. Nice exemplar of the style.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Drying
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: An extremely nice finish

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: Another well crafted beer from Flying Dog.



Sierra Nevada Stout
05/25/2008, 3:26 AM
Filed under: Sierra Nevada, Stout (English pint) | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.00
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV:5.8 %
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 89

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: stronger
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Toast Nut Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Herbal
Other:

Notes: A nice scent, and foretelling of a great taste.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Black
Clarity: Cloudy
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A very good looking beer – sierra nevada tends to pay close attention to this aspect in particular.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: middle
Balance: Bitter

Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Toast Nut Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Herbal
Other:
yeast
Notes: The flavor is very nice, deep, and layered. There is a slight watery undertone, but not underwhelming.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length:  Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The finish is one of the best parts of this beer – the roasted toasty nutty flavor is retained long after the last sip. You’ll want another sip.

General Impression: 17 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste:  Liked
Notes: Again, Sierra Nevada is doing a nice balance of widespread distribution and availability with a certain craft quality and deeper flavors. Nice work, Sierra Nevada.