India Pale Ale

12 oz single, from PittBeerGirl as part of my secret bunny 2010. Nice, authentic orange body with a good head initially but it fades pretty quickly. Not much lace either. Light hops in the nose that are replicated with more force in the tastes. Quite sweet, so lots of malts must back up the hop profile. The alcohol is very well hidden and would not have guessed this was 7.00%. The finish also has some residual sugar. The malt base, the relatively low alcohol taste and the sweetness, certainly...

Love Stout

12 oz single from a recent trade. Pour is the requisite black with very little light penetrating any part of the pour. Head is not huge, and the lace minimal. Thin ring of mocha lace acting as a collar on the surface of the beer. Nose yields some soft, sweet malts and not too much in the way of bitterness. Tastes are definitely on the "English" side of things meaning we have a sweeter, less aggressive stout with some smooth, subtle character and even some residual sugar in the finish. Hops are...

Extra Special Ale (ESA)

Utterly ridiculous carbonation/head that took an eternity to subside and actually spoiled the drinking experience. Lacing was good (eventually) after I had got to a point where the head had susided to a degree to make the lacing visible. Golden orange pour with a decent hop profile, but this wasn't really very tasty hoppiness, more of a biting bitterness. Seemed very bitter for bitter's sake which was not very enjoyable. Carbonation and head made a mess of the mouthfeel and the finish was...

General Washington’s Tavern Porter

Not too keen on this. Light brown appearance, too much carbonation leading to a massive head and a distinct acidic sourness to it that reminded me of a badly (home)brewed brown ale. Very little Porter character in there, a very pronounced lack of creaminess and a bit of a struggle to finish. Mouthfeel and body were both seriously lacking - a disappointing effort at the style. Alcohol well hidden. A sour experience was the abiding memory.

Philadelphia Pale Ale

=== Updated Review 05/10 === 12 oz bottle from PittBeerGirl as part of 2010 Secret Bunny. Much the same to report in terms of taste, BUT the beer seems a LOT lighter (yellow) color than I recall (and that my notes would suggest) from five years ago. Interesting. === Original Review 06/05 === Deep orange pour with an impressive looking head and plenty of lacing. Orange color is reminiscent of a rich IPA, but this drinks much lighter and more refreshing. Attractive looking pint. Aromas are of...