Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Russian River | Tags: bitter, brilliant, chilled, clear, delicious, dissipates, flowery, golden, head, hops, lacing, nice, quickly, sour, sweet, tap, white
Enjoyed this with friends at Issac Newton’s in Newtown, PA. On tap, served a chilled (sigh) shaker. Deep golden, brilliant, clear and delicious. Nice white head dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing. All about the hops — delicious flowery aroma and bitter finish that is a little bit sour and sweet. Would be delicious with a Szechuan stir fry or with Vietnamese chile dumplings. Dark flavor, roasty, and an exemplar of the style. I really really want to try some of the bigger brews by RR.
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.
Filed under: Brauerei Heller-Trum, Smoked (dimpled mug, lager glass, stein) | Tags: acetic, brown, clouded, creamy, lightly laced, little bitterness, medium sour finish, nearly dissipating head, needs pairing, oily, pale, pepperoni, roasted, sausage, slightly watery, smoky, sour, spicy, sticky, strong, troubled, well balanced, white, wispy
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.5 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 170C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield NJ for $4.99
Aroma: smoky, sausage, sour, spicy, roasted. 8 out of 10.
Visuals: pale, clouded, brown, troubled, wispy, white, nearly dissipating head, lightly laced. 4 out of 5.
Taste: smoky, well balanced, needs pairing, strong, spicy, pepperoni, little bitterness, slightly watery. 7 out of 10.
Palate: creamy, sticky, oily, medium sour finish, acetic. 3 out of 5.
Overall: Smoked sausage in a bottle. In desperate need of a strong food pairing. I’d have it again with a Polish or German meal. Might go well with Pizza. Not a favorite for me, but the style is one of my lesser picks. It’s down there with Lambics. Seems well crafted, but somewhat weaker than expected. 16 out of 20.