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#2300 The Bruery Orchard White from Placentia, CA, United States
Score: 2.8 | Aroma 8 | Appearance 5 | Mouthfeel 6 | Flavor 4 | Overall 5 |
Bottle from SL. A big huge head and the body with hazy golden color. Strong lacing. Aroma of, gasp, ginger (some of the lavendar too), coriander. Flavor of ginger/lavendar, coriander, cinnamon, perfumey, chemical tastes (the yeast? maybe a theme for me with some of these Bruery beers), also some citrus. Mouthfeel moderate to light in body and highly carbonated. Bready yeasty malt/yeast with higher temps. Came off as a spice beer I wasn’t fond of way more than anything witbier-ish. Highly disappointed in this one. This brewery is sending me all over the place in terms of overall perception. I think it’s a personal / matchup thing, cuz others seem to have a killer high rating on this within style.
1/2/2011 8:55:48 AM |
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#2299 Heavy Seas Big DIPA from Baltimore, MD, United States
Score: 4.1 | Aroma 8 | Appearance 9 | Mouthfeel 8 | Flavor 8 | Overall 8 |
Bottle from SL, grabbed by my dad to hand off to me. So, we had it together. The pour was full amber, nice intial white colored head, solid lacing all the way down. The aroma was rich full earthy citrus and piney hops. The flavor followed exactly, some good malt base, although it wasn’t really caramel-like, more bready and earthy. The body was full, pretty darned good IPA, a tad short of a big dIPA, despite the suprisingly 10% ABV presence it states is in the bottle. Really, 10? Not buying it.
1/2/2011 8:55:02 AM |
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#2298 Iron Hill Blackberry Dubbel from Newark, DE, United States
Score: 3.4 | Aroma 6 | Appearance 7 | Mouthfeel 6 | Flavor 7 | Overall 8 |
Draft at the Wilmington location. The pour was purple in color with a very thin pink-burgundy colored head, hard to get color in the dark Wilmington location. In any event, the aroma ws rich strong sour blackberries and that was pretty much it, a touch of cherries. The flavor was all blackberries with some cherries too. Sour and acidic, light caramel under it all. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough caramel and/or chocolate type depth of the base beer. Tanins, faint oak, sour bite. Pretty good, but it loses points for not displaying enough of the base style and the malts. Really came off as a blackberry Flemish sour. But, it was quite refreshing for a summer night after volleyball. Good, just not really dubbel-ish. Body was light too for a dubbel. I wonder if Brian is out of blackberries now?
1/2/2011 8:53:01 AM |
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#2297 Iron Hill Rauch Weiss from Newark, DE, United States
Score: 3.5 | Aroma 6 | Appearance 8 | Mouthfeel 6 | Flavor 8 | Overall 7 |
On draft at the Lancaster location. Poured a hazy orange color with good hefe-like appearance. The aroma was meaty (hickory?) smoked malts, slight bubblegum. The flavor was firm meaty smoked malts, light wheat under it all, the phenolic and fruity esters of the hefeweizen were much subdued behind the smoke. Sour and citrus notes were most noteable from the base beer. Bubblegum was faint in the flavor. Mouthfeel was moderate and finished clean, slightly on the malty side. A decent shot at the style, but I don’t think meaty smoke is optimized in a weisse brew.
1/2/2011 8:52:13 AM |
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#2296 Iron Hill Rye Saison from Newark, DE, United States
Score: 4.2 | Aroma 6 | Appearance 9 | Mouthfeel 8 | Flavor 9 | Overall 10 |
On draft at the Lancaster location. Light golden color, decent initial had that had weak retention for the style. Good lacing somehow. But all amazing from there on. Aroma featured some sweeter candy apple and light fruit malts, a firm black pepper presence and some off straw notes too? Flavor wakes ya the heck up with firm in your face pepper and hops and presumably the spicy rye bitter twangy malts. Something from that spice rack too herbs and spices blend. Phenolic character is firm. Light fruits are present, light bananas at wamer temperatures. Mouthfeel was light and full at the same time. Refreshing heck of a beer. Dang good. Fantastic, in my IH top five. Good and lively carbonation.
1/2/2011 8:51:27 AM |
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#2295 Iron Hill Berliner Weisse from Newark, DE, United States
Score: 3.3 | Aroma 6 | Appearance 7 | Mouthfeel 6 | Flavor 7 | Overall 7 |
On draft at the Lancaster location. Pour was hazy pale golden color, light head and splotchy lacing at best. The aroma was wheat and barley malts, straw and hay. The flavor was wheat, barley, and pils malts. With warmer temperature, lemons/lemongrass, sour citric notes. Light, refreshing, lingering light acidity.
1/2/2011 8:50:07 AM |
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#2294 Iron Hill Hopfenweizen from Newark, DE, United States
Score: 4.3 | Aroma 8 | Appearance 8 | Mouthfeel 8 | Flavor 10 | Overall 9 |
On draft at the Newark location. This one impressed and should make the style proud. I go back and forth on these neuvo styles that seem so trendy, but this was a great combination of seemingly PacNW-hops and the standard hefe-base, a paring that I wouldn’t expect to work great together? Justin at IH may have outdone Brooklyn/Schneider here, imho. Pour was as expected, looked just like a hefe. The aroma was dead on with the hefe ester and yeast base with citrus and pine hops complementing. The flavor followed, a well done hopping that didn’t overwhelm everything else about the wheat base. Really quite nice. I hope it comes back every so often.
1/2/2011 8:49:15 AM |
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#2293 The Bruery Saison de Lente from Placentia, CA, United States
Score: 4.2 | Aroma 8 | Appearance 8 | Mouthfeel 8 | Flavor 9 | Overall 9 |
Bottle from SL. Nice score for those guys, glad it made it East. The pour was golden to straw, hazy, nice white head, big enough to get the bottle into the glass in less than three pours. The aroma was wheat, pepper, light yeast. The flavor followed, the spicing almost seemed to have some cloves in there too, but the pepper zing was quite nice, slight on the flavor, good zing factor, though. Light fruits, Mouthfeel was moderate to full for the style, nice carbonation in the mix. Very well done, smooth drinker.
12/11/2010 3:16:23 PM |
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#2292 Harveys Christmas Ale from Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Score: 2.3 | Aroma 4 | Appearance 6 | Mouthfeel 4 | Flavor 5 | Overall 4 |
Bottle from who the heck knows where and when. Kinda got lost in my cellar, could have been up to two years old. Poured a brown color with some orange hues., small off-white colored head. Aroma of molasses, caramel, dark fruits. The flavor followed, ugh, just a big malty mess, brown sugar, molasses, maple, caramel, toffee, and clashing dark fruits. Mouthfeel was moderately bodied to slightly sticky. Alcohol well-hidden. Meh, not my kind of beer for sure.
12/11/2010 3:15:54 PM |
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#2291 Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Denver, CO, United States
Score: 3.3 | Aroma 6 | Appearance 7 | Mouthfeel 6 | Flavor 7 | Overall 7 |
Bottle from State Line. Poured an amber color, ok initial head. The aroma was oaky sawdust and some piney citrus hops. The flavor followed the aroma, but the vanilla and oak notes were a bit over the top, some mild tannins, strong sawdust and oak notes throughout, the light caramel presence only that, full citrus and piney hops present in the finish. For some reason, the Southern Tier oak-aged IPA was nice, but this isn’t doing it for me as much. Fad over, or just not as well done? Dunno. Mouthfeel was a tad malt-imbalanced. Decent, but nothing to get excited over.
12/11/2010 3:15:15 PM |
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