Category Archives: Reviews

These are individual beer reviews with scores.

Reviews: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPAAn India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed by
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

ChicoCalifornia USA 

Pours into a tulip glass with a huge fluffy, nearly tan head – very nice. The lacing is strong and thick. The aroma is strong on the hops. It is very bitter on first taste and never really smooths out but after a few sips and as the palate starts to evolve a slight malt backbone comes out. A very impressive selection from Sierra, especially for a hop head. I really surprised my self rating a Sierra this high. It certainly could use a bit more depth but that isn’t what this one is about.

My ratebeer.com score: 4.1

Reviews: Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

A Spice/Herb/Vegetable brewed by
Boston Beer Company

Boston, Massachusetts USA

ABV: 5.9%

Glassware: pint glass

Pours a dark brown into a pint glass with a nice looking head. The head leaves quickly but the beer still remains looking very good. You can pick up sweet caramel in the taste along with some nuttiness. The flavor is sweet and nutty, much like the aroma. It is a bit under carbonated and a little two sweet and flat but tasty. I enjoyed but I think I could have more with a few minor tweaks.

 

3.4 Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
7/10 4/5 7/10 3/5 13/20

Review: Avery Old Jubilation Ale

An English Strong Ale brewed by
Avery Brewing Company

Boulder, Colorado USA

ABV: 8%

Glassware: Pint Glass

Let the doors of Christmas open up, wow. Pours a dark amber with a nice head that recedes quickly. It smells of Christmas spices and caramel. On first taste it is also quick spicy. The spices never quick leave your lips or palate. It is also quite easy to pick up both the aroma and flavor of nuts and toffee. As I said the spice sticks on your palate for a nice warming feel. A very good seasonal.

My ratebeer.com score: 4

Review: Unibroue Édition 2005 (RETIRED)

A Belgian Strong Ale formerly brewed by
Unibroue (Sapporo)

Chambly, Canada 

ABV: 10%

Glassware: Snifter

Pours black with a nice head that does dissipates quickly. The aroma is grapefruit and dry fruits with a hint of a sour’s sulfur smell. It is bitter sweet and sour all at once. It hits hard in the beginning and starts to mellow as it warms. Worth your sobriety and you really don’t taste it fading away. There is that typical Unibroue taste in there – I can only guess it is in the yeast. avery. very good beer. I am happy I saved a bottle to cellar.

My ratebeer.com score: 4.1

Review: Augustijn

An Abbey Tripel brewed by
Brouwerij Van Steenberge

Ertvelde, Belgium

Glassware: Snifter

ABV: 8%

Poured into a snifter a nice cloudy orange color with a very nice head. The aroma was a high point and full of honey, fruits and spices. It was a lighter body, as a tripel should be but it was still a full bodied flavor. It was a bit overly sweet but still ok and it had a little bitter bite. It also had too much carbonation. No Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel but very good.

Beer Advocate food pairing suggestions: Cuisine (Mediterranean) Cheese (sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) Meat (Pork, Poultry) 

My ratebeer.com score: 3.6

Review: Magic Hat Odd Notion (Winter 08)

A Spice/Herb/Vegetable brewed by
Magic Hat Brewing Company

South Burlington, Vermont USA

Glassware: Pint glass

ABV: 6%

Magic Hat was nice enough to send this one out to me this week. This beer pours a cloudy orange with a small and quickly fading head. On first wif I get a lot of honey and some sweet but dried fruits. On first taste I was surprised by the bitterness and happy with the completeness. It is odd because it does start bitter but ends slightly sweet. It was a mediumed bodied beer that stuck around for a bit after tasting. I felt this was a nice late fall beer but wouldn’t be in my normal winter diet. It is a good beer and I wouldn’t mind having a few more.

Beer Advocate food pairing suggestions: Cheese (buttery; Brie, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) General (Dessert, Digestive) Meat (Game)

My ratebeer.com score: 3.2

Review: Jolly Pumpkin La Roja

A Sour Ale brewed by
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Dexter, Michigan USA

ABV: 7.2%

Glassware: Snifter

This offering from Jolly Pumpkin is an artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Pours a cloudy (unfiltered) yellow or almost grapefruit-pulp like color with a great looking head. The lacing on this beer is outstanding. The aroma is hard hitting with hints of natural acids, earth and tart fruits. Like a sour it hits the palate with quite a burst at first but it is extremely complex and the flavors keep coming. Tastes of wood, carmel, grapefruit, some lemon tartness all come through. It has a light body but the flavors keep you more then occupied. It finishes dry and the taste sticks around. Very good.

Beer Advocate food pairing suggestions: Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) General (Salad) 

My ratebeer.com score: 4.1