Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. For Brewery-Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before - June. I remember really liking this last year.
Appearance: Pours a yellow straw with a moderate head. Not too thick, somewhat soapy. Good carbonation activity.
Smell: A metallic smell of hops. Definitely has a pilsner aroma to it.
Taste: A good beer. Again, a slight hint of metallic hops in the taste. Is this beer less hoppy than last year's release? I say yes - either my taste buds have evolved or the recipe has indeed changed somewhat. I still like it though.
Mouthfeel: This is where Noble Pils ranks highest in my book. While not being a particularly heavy beer, it still coats the mouth. You know that it is there. Most importantly, it leaves behind a great bready aftertaste!
Drinkability: Absolutely drinkable - if only BBC would make this a year-round release.
Overall: Like most Sam Adams beers, Noble Pils is a good tasting beer without being offensive. Unlike most Sam Adams beers, however, Noble Pils happens to stand out in its style category - a rather sparse craft lager/pilsner field.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Ommegang tulip. Enjoy by Nov 29 2011. Just read the Legend of 'Hop' Wallop on the label. Refers to hops as green gold, otherwise I'm not really sure what it's talking about.
Appearance: Not a great head, but man, what a nice golden color! What points I deduct for a mediocre head, I reimburse for the beautiful hue. Looks like a nice pilsner.
Smell: Dare I say award winning?! Fantastic smell of citrusy hops - very pungent.
Taste: This beer is awesome. Huge citrus flavor. I'm digging it. I like that I can't taste the alcohol in this 8.5% ABVer.
Mouthfeel: Somehow clean and smooth, yet still manages to coat my entire mouth. I can feel my tonsils pucker.
Drinkability: Based on the ABV, I'd say sessionability is limited, but this beer hides the alcohol very well. I'm on number two... and I'll probably stop here.
Overall: A great DIPA! I liked this a lot more than the Victory Hop Devil I tried a while back. Plus, Horace 'Hop' Wallop freaks me out slightly less than the Hop Devil lettuce guy I still see in my nightmares...
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Ommegang tulip. Bottled on (hard to read) 12/17/10?
Appearance: Not a huge head to speak of, but otherwise a decent looking beer. Nice clear amber to gold hue. Good carbonation activity. Head receded quickly.
Smell: Very citrusy hop character. Smells pleasing and inviting.
Taste: Big points here! Ideal citrus taste - grapefruit would certainly fit the description. I feel like this is something you might find at the juice bar of a hotel continental breakfast buffet. And for 9% alcohol, I really don't taste the booze, which is a plus.
Mouthfeel: I'm surprised how light this beer feels. I was expecting something a lot more viscous (and, yes, I did have to double check the definition of viscous.) Good, prickly carbonation.
Drinkability: I'll mark this down slightly, but only because of the advertised ABV. Otherwise, I could see putting away a few of these only to have it catch up on me and cause problems.
Overall: A great beer. Drinking this beer slightly chilled masks a lot of the alcohol. As it warms up I start to taste and smell more of the booze, however.
Poured from 12 oz bottle into an Ommegang 10 year anniversary tulip. Enjoy by ? 2011 (print is faded).
Appearance: This is a bit of a surprise. I expected something blacker than night. Instead, a dark amber at most. A nice thick, soapy head.
Smell: Pleasant. Hint of cinnamon. Smells like my idea of a winter beer.
Taste: Another surprise. I was expecting a much hoppier beer. This is much more balanced and/or maltier than I expected. Tastes of caramel and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: This beer is smooth, no doubt about it. Only a slight alcohol bite, which took me a while to even notice.
Drinkability: This goes down pretty smooth for a fairly high ABV beer.
Overall: I was expecting something totally different for my first American Black Ale/Black IPA/Cascadian Dark. Instead of black and hoppy, I got amber and smooth - but in the end, I really liked this beer.
2010 Celebration. Poured from 12 fl oz bottle into Ommegang 10 year anniversary tulip. "Celebration Ale is a special ale for the holidays." Oops, I guess I'm a little behind. Do MLK and Presidents' Day count?
Appearance: Nice thick head, looks like you could balance a stack of coins on top. Cloudy amber color, definitely some sediment and "quiet" carbonation activity.
Smell: Hello! A citrusy hop surprise. I feel like this one's got a lot more aroma than some of my other recent IPA tastings. Could it be that seasonals are generally fresher by nature or is this due to the advertised "fresh hops?"
Taste: Full of flavor. This IPA is more on the citrusy, as opposed to the piney, side. I like it a lot - it's got a spicy kick on the tongue!
Mouthfeel: It's pretty smooth and coats the entire mouth...
Interlude: Yikes, I guess I liked this so much, I ran out before I finished the review, a first! Time to crack into #2 (holding the bottle up to the light, there is a ton of sediment swimming around)...
Mouthfeel (cont): Mouth feels good.
Drinkability: I could move through a few of these pretty easily. And SN always seems to be priced right for the job.
Overall: I like this better than Torpedo, but now I'm anxious to try these back to back. No doubt in my mind why Celebration gets the praise it does - and deserves!
Poured from 12 oz bottle into an Ommegang 10 year anniversary tulip. Enjoy by Mar 18 2011.
Appearance: Pours a decent head, nothing spectacular, not bad either. Receding quickly. Dark orange and cloudy, not a lot of carbonation activity.
Smell: Light citrus on the nose. Not overwhelming. I can smell a little alcohol, like what I would expect from a Winter Warmer or something.
Taste: Definitely a bitter beer, but not quite the piney bitterness I was expecting/hoping for. I'm having a hard time putting my finger on a distinctive taste.
Mouthfeel: I'm disappointed. It is very watery and the carbonation is almost non-existent. It tastes/feels almost flat (and this is the second one I've tried tonight).
Drinkability: No problems here, but based on everything else, I'm not sure I want another.
Overall: This came as a recommendation from a friend when I told him I was picking up some Prima Pils. I want to enjoy Victory's offerings, as it is a relatively local brewery, but I seem to have a hard time finding really fresh tasting examples.
Poured from 1 Pint 9.4 fl oz wine bottle into pint glass. Bottled in 2010. The bottle advertises a "lagerific departure from (DFH's) ale-centric brewery" that is "continually-hopped with a blend of Noble and West Coast hops."
Had this once on tap at DFH Brew Pub in Rehoboth about six weeks ago and looking forward to trying it again.
Appearance: Great head that slowly recedes into bready/soapy suds. Cloudy golden color with a moderate amount of carbonation activity.
Smell: Smells citrusy and grassy. Can definitely smell the hops.
Taste: Not an overpowering taste. I thought this would be a hoppier beer, but I guess that's what DFH's IPAs and DIPAs are for. After a few more sips, I can sense a little alcohol in the back of my throat. I can't seem to find any defining characteristic in the taste.
Mouthfeel: Fantastic mouthfeel. Thick like bread, not watery in the least. Carbonation is relatively low.
Drinkability: This is a tough one for me. It's not exactly refreshing, like most pilsners, yet for the advertised 7.5% ABV, it goes down pretty smooth.
Overall: I've always loved hoppy pilsners, yet there is something about My Antonia which just isn't doing it for me. I need to seek out other imperial pilsners for comparison. I'm sure I'll give this another shot sometime in the future.
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Enjoy by Feb 7, 2011. Big, inviting hop nugget on the front label.
Appearance: Head is a thin white layer. Beer pours almost Mountain Dew-ish yellow from the bottle, but settles as nice light golden color in glass. This beer is fairly cloudy in the glass, not typical for the crisp, clean German pils versions I am used to.
Smell: Fairly clean with faint citrusy hop smell.
Taste: What strikes me immediately about the taste is how dry this beer is. As far as trueness to style goes, the folks at Victory are dead on with this German pils. The hops are noticeable, but by no means overpowering.
Mouthfeel: Again, very dry with crisp carbonation. This beer almost finishes like champagne.
Drinkability: No problems here. Definitely a refresher for the summer (yes, I realize it is Jan 17).
Overall: My humble opinion here, but taste and mouthfeel-wise, Prima is an extremely fair representation of a beer style that is popular nationwide in Germany, but has few accurate imitators here in the States.
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