Ernest (6262) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (bread, grain), moderately malty (flowers, herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. I had this at Ras Kassa's in Boulder, and frankly was shocked they had a beer that's not available in stores here. I didn't recognize "HPW Brewing Co., Butler, NJ" on the label either. So I expected the worst. But what I got was a beer much like Mehana Beer...a solid, nicely malted and hopped Dortmunder. My girlfriend can testify that, as surprised as I was, I gave this a 3.5 before I knew a darn thing about it. And even if it had ended up actually being brewed by Gluek or City or Latrobe, my rating would stand. Thumbs up.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared the same bottle as goldtwins: Pours a clear copper with well-carbonated fizzy white head. Has a sweet, fresh, grainy malty aroma. Very lively, fizzy mouthfeel has some sweet viscous maltiness underneath. Starts with some mild sweet sugary sorghum and light oxidation. Seems to have aged fairly well.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, at Ghenet in NYC. color is murky, mostly golden yellow with some orange tint. head is foamy white. aroma is honeyish, slightly spicy, and floral. flavor is sweet malt and mildly bitter hops. mouthfeel is slick and smooth.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I found this at a store that specializes in having beers that are 3-6 years old. Basically they have a bunch of beer that never sold and they won’t throw out or clearence them so they sit. So the raised date on the glass seems to say that it is from 1999. I sort of believe it could be based on the other stuff they have sitting around. It has to be a few years old at least. Poured a clear amber color (the second pour had a good bit of floaters) with a fizzy white head. A ton of fizzy bubbles rose from the bottom. Could this be NJ champagne. Aroma of grainy malt and caramel. The age made it smell like a scotch ale. Flavor of tasted malt and caramel with a semi-dry bitter finish. Fizzy mouth feel. This was tasty. Does it taste like Ethiopian beer? I will probably never know.
HoppityHop (175) - New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A golden-amber colored lager that leaves nice lacing down the entire glass. The aroma and flavor is malty and inviting. A crisp and enjoyable beer that is unfortunately too hard to find.