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OP Porter
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OP Porter

Funky Buddha Brewery
American Porter / 6.30% ABV

4.17/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.66
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Complex layers of bitter chocolate, burnt barley, slight smokiness, earthy hops and a touch of coffee. Silky smooth and medium bodied goodness. This beer has a great balance and drinkability. (191 characters)

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

Dark Horse Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 12.00% ABV

3.65/5  rDev -11% | rAvg: 4.1
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Head forms unevenly. Color is an amber brown. Aroma is malty, and the taste is of malt and caramel. Body is solid and smooth. It's a DIPA, but seems almost heavy for one. Taste is overall average. (196 characters)

Monkey Dancing On A Razor Blade
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Monkey Dancing On A Razor Blade

SlapShot Brewing Co.
Belgian IPA / 8.50% ABV

3.88/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.97
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 fl oz. 'BIG A$$ CAN', no canned on date present. A new one to me from SlapShot Brewing Co, this one a Belgian Style IPA w/ Amarillo Hops per the label.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a somewhat dark coppery sienna orange body. Just under two fingers of frothy soapy white head that stays for a while and leaves good sticky strands of lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - A lightly floral aroma. Some mild alcohol phenols. Mild banana. Maybe a bit of Belgian candi sugar.

T - Taste is the same: fruity, juicy, yeasty, lightly spicy. Fresh floral hops. Fruits in the form of orange, mango, pineapple, strawberry. Sweet & sugary. An interesting combination of ingredients.

M - Feel is smooth & juicy. Medium-bodied. Very easy-drinking for the moderate abv. Nice carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian style IPA from SlapShot. Definitely one I would be willing to revisit.

SlapShot Brewing Monkey Dancing On A Razorblade -----4/5. (951 characters)

Founders Blushing Monk
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Founders Blushing Monk

Founders Brewing Company
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 9.20% ABV

3.93/5  rDev -4.8% | rAvg: 4.13
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark pink to red color with a 1-2 finger purple/pink head that faded and left good spotty lacing that slides down the glass and leaves spotty lacing.

Smells of raspberry, yeast, cherry, gummy bears, candied sugar, Swedish Fish candy, herbs, berries and malt. Sweet smelling, but not too sweet with just enough malt to balance the fruity sweetness.

Tastes like it smells with raspberry, fruit punch juicy juice, yeast, cherry, gummy bears, candied sugar, Swedish Fish candy, herbs, berries and malt. Some chalk, yeast and blueberry mix in with the other fruity flavors and tame the sweetness and give it some Belgian qualities. (634 characters)

Elder Joe
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Elder Joe

Alpha Brewing Company
Cream Ale / 7.00% ABV

3.22/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.04
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong coffee, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and slight grass. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong coffee, slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and slight grass. Overall, weak appearance, and body and aroma are all coffee and almost nothing else. (462 characters)

Kriek
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Kriek

Santa Fe Brewing Company
Lambic - Fruit / 8.50% ABV

4.41/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.04
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful beer, nice and tart and sour, just the right amount of cherry influence. The beer plots a light pink color with nice carbonation. Very tasty and I would definitely seek out again. (191 characters)

Zombie Dust
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Zombie Dust

3 Floyds Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.20% ABV

4.61/5  rDev +1.5% | rAvg: 4.54
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Draft at pies&pints; nonic pint.

Appearance: pale orange with 1 finger bright white head. Little visible carb, not much retention. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: tropical and resin better than white rajah or sculpin.

Taste: light tart arrival, hoppy citrus mid-palate; incredibly light and fresh. Bitter finish, but cleans up really quickly; little residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light to mid bodied; little carb; clean as can be, with no astringency.

Overall: perhaps the world's best "patio beer." Hoppier than any pale I've ever had and most IPAs, but hop pines does not linger. Kind of like an IPL. Would drink this everyday May to September if possible. (659 characters)

Fundamental Observation
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Fundamental Observation

Bottle Logic Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 14.30% ABV

4.45/5  rDev -6.5% | rAvg: 4.76
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick and viscous. Jet black with no sign of head, just a thin ring of cocoa.

S: Waves of rich vanilla. Light alcohol.

T: Chocolate lava cake. Chocolate pudding. Chocolate. More chocolate. A touch of alcohol burn on the finish. Cocoa powder as it warms a bit.

F: Low carbonation, but more than the appearance suggests. Surprisingly lighter body than expected as well. Long, lingering flavor. (407 characters)

Bender
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Bender

Surly Brewing Company
American Brown Ale / 5.10% ABV

4.58/5  rDev +10.9% | rAvg: 4.13
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great Ale! Pours a extra dark brown but not quite black. Light oatmeal colored head dissipates after a few minutes. Smells of caramel, oak, coffee beans, a hint off vanilla and a faint tinge of alcohol. Tastes of oatmeal, oak, dark chocolate at first but finishes very malty. It is lighter in taste than expected, which I like. The can states that it begins hoppy but I only detect a little hops. The mouthfeel is rich. It leaves a slight film on your tongue similar to a very dark chocolate. That quickly dissipates. Overall I am hugely impressed with this beer. This drinks just as well in winter as it does in the heat of summer. I will definitely have this again. (667 characters)

Double Cannon
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Double Cannon

Heavy Seas Beer
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

4.34/5  rDev +9.9% | rAvg: 3.95
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Altamont glass.
4/4.25/4.25/4.75/4.5
A: Pellucid copper with significant effervescence and light head. Heavy lacing.
S: Mmm, hops. Rich, fruity-sweet candied citrus and traditional pine. Juicy and compelling.
T/M: Candied citrus indeed. The maintaste is thick, rich, and powerful with pine and grapefruit (god bless American hops) before a malty-sugary finish. The aftertaste is caramelized orange peel.
O: DIPAs of this ilk are classic and sadly sparse. 90 Minute comes to mind -- I think it's the robustness of the mouthfeel -- and a few others, but this beer is not to be missed by lovers of the style. Highly recommended.

Notes
ABV: 9.5%
IBU: 90
Availability: April-June
Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade
Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Caramalt (775 characters)

Longshot Dark Night In Brooklyn
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Longshot Dark Night In Brooklyn

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Dunkelweizen / 5.20% ABV

3.27/5  rDev -13.7% | rAvg: 3.79
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep brown color with a solid inch of densely packed beige head on top. Nice aroma of dark wheat and banana leaves me wanting more. The taste is dark wheat with some light banana ester. The body is creamy and slightly warm. (226 characters)

Southside Stout
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Southside Stout

Excel Brewing Company
American Stout / 6.40% ABV

3.25/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.74
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Another day, another new brewery popping up here in my home state from a town I've never heard of. Might as well try out the stout, as I'm pretty sure I've had my fill of mediocre IPAs thanks to the past few years. This stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose is a straight tunnel of green coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a twinge of mild fruitiness that I can't quite pin down. The taste eschews that fruitiness in favor of straight bitter roast and coffee, finishing in that kind of dark chocolate that you buy at the store in the cooking aisle, thinking it's just like a big Hershey DC bar, but then find out it's some of the most bitter shit of all time. I'm thinking about 70%, maybe 75%. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, not an out-and-out bad stout, just one that comes across as far too bitter for it's own good in my eyes. (992 characters)

Left Coast Hop Juice
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Left Coast Hop Juice

Left Coast Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.70% ABV

4.11/5  rDev +16.4% | rAvg: 3.53
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, slight alcohol, citrus hops, piney hops, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, slight hops, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of earthy malt, and strong citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, and blend. (519 characters)

Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged

Stone Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 11.50% ABV

4.63/5  rDev +3.8% | rAvg: 4.46
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml corked and caged poured into snifter

A: pure darkness head was mocha and quickly disappearing

S: lots of tobacco and anise

T: holy mother of god...pure sweet cocoa and tobacco light leather toffee, molasses , a little burnt sugar, bourbon hints of coffee not any huge sweetness

M: pretty full feel maybe slightly thinned by the slick oily bourbon feel

O: This beer is excellent. It is just drop dead gorgeousness in a flaunt yourself way its big on the mouth and huge on taste it bites and refuses to let go. The depth of flavor with the hints of coffee and deep cocoa and then huge leather and tobacco and leather with caramel and toffee blazing the way its a great beer. (688 characters)

Bommen & Granaten
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Bommen & Granaten

Brouwerij De Molen
English Barleywine / 15.20% ABV

3.88/5  rDev +2.9% | rAvg: 3.77
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

3 year old bottle, from August 2012. Carbonation was basically non-existant. The taste is like raisins rolled in sugar. At this point it tastes more like a strong ale than a barley wine. Too sweet for my taste, even for a barleywine. A nice treat to find such an aged bottle though. The 15% holds up the age rather well. (320 characters)

Bruinator Doppelbock
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Bruinator Doppelbock

The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Doppelbock / 6.10% ABV

3.82/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.85
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby red, finger of head with little retention or lacing. Nose is toasted biscuit malts, hints of toffee and raisins. Surprisingly loaded with grassy hops and toasted biscuit notes, toffee and raisins come through on the finish. A solid brew and well worth a try. (273 characters)

Warlock
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Warlock

Southern Tier Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.60% ABV

3.76/5  rDev -4.8% | rAvg: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While the aroma promises huge pumpkin-pie flavors, the palate does not deliver on this 2014 Vintage. Kind of an off-flavor; one would be much better off with Unita's Oak Jacked Pumpkin Vintage IMO. (197 characters)

Hop Abomination
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Hop Abomination

Dry Dock Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.06/5  rDev +7.7% | rAvg: 3.77
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pine, hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of resin, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, pine, resin, hops, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, great appearance, good body, aroma, blend, and feel. (434 characters)

Terrapin Hi-5 IPA
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Terrapin Hi-5 IPA

Terrapin Beer Company
American IPA / 5.90% ABV

3.89/5  rDev -1.5% | rAvg: 3.95
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich Orange with some fizzy bubbles. Smells like a tropical fruit bouquet with some pine resin and light caramel aroma. Tastes very balanced between malt and hops, with a big grassy bitter bite. Texture is a bit fuzzy and abrasive, but works well for the west-coast style.

Cheers! (290 characters)

Sunshine Daydream Session IPA
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Sunshine Daydream Session IPA

Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
American IPA / 4.90% ABV

4.17/5  rDev +2.5% | rAvg: 4.07
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A clear golden color with a big white head which takes a while to settle. A big fruity aroma with noticeable lemon, grapefruit, and a little pineapple. The taste is similar with a big hoppy flavor and just a little bitterness at the beginning that fades quickly to a clean finish. Very little malt body or sweetness. Very nice for a session ale. (349 characters)

Elaborative #1
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Elaborative #1

Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Wild Ale / 6.50% ABV

4.43/5  rDev +1.6% | rAvg: 4.36
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I rarely think of brown ales as being beautiful in the glass, but this one is. It's a deep mahogany or cherry stain that wouldn't be out of place in grandpa's study. The pillowy head is a capuchino tan. The nose is delicate citrus and rubbery, dusty funkiness. The flavor profile is balanced and sophisticated, as you would expect out of any HF beer. There's Chardonnay grapes, a spritz of lemon, and a subtle nuttiness. The nut flavor evolves into something a tad more sharp and bitter like the skins on peanuts. The whole thing wraps up with a bit of pencil eraser and dustiness from the souring bugs. The sourness is present, but never veers into Tums territory. Very nice. (676 characters)

Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale
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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale

Epic Brewing Company
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 10.70% ABV

3.02/5  rDev -14.9% | rAvg: 3.55
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 7/31/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep gold with some straw and hints of tangerine - minimal carbonation creates a small, bright white head, that fades rapidly to virtually nothing - no cap, tiny collar, small lacing

S: Remarkably odd - substantial Belgian notes - Belgian yeast, very heavy on phenols - Chap Stick, wax, hard candy - more phenols - clove and some spice - a big white wine push - some sweetness, with some fruitiness, but I wouldn't have guessed peach if I didn't know it was in here - the white wine light fruits, and musty barrel are much more prominent - booze at the end

T: A Belgian white wine with a touch of peach - big Belgian yeast flavor - clove, banana, and tons of phenols - straight up Band-Aids - Chap Stick and some waxy, medicinal flavors - white wine flavors in abundance, wine barrel, musty, with some tartness, funk - light fruits - touch of peach - some acidity - pale malts - finishes with booze

M: On the heavy side of medium, minimal carbonation, finishes very wine-like and somewhat sticky

O: Almost peachless

This is like a medicinal wine. With Belgian yeast. The peach is rather minimal. The other fruity notes take precedence. The booze is a bit over the top as well. (1,265 characters)

Motif Reserva
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Motif Reserva

Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
American Wild Ale / 8.92% ABV

4.23/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.15
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep, almost black, ruby color. The very tart smell hits you immediately. A ton of barrel in the aroma. You pick up the sherry very easily. Taste is very tart and very dry. A ton of vinous tart flavor, with some sour cherry. Overall, great beer. (258 characters)

Beltane Herbal Golden
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Beltane Herbal Golden

Propolis Brewing
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.00% ABV

4.5/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.15
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this one is interesting.

Smell - yeasty, tart, and sweet. Smells sweeter than it tastes.

Taste - Starts simple but gets a lot more complex, a little bit funky in the middle with lots of different flavors at the end.

Definitely worth trying.

Poured from a 2015 bottle. No specific date on the bottle.
Purchased directly from Propolis at the Ballard Farmers Market. (371 characters)

Zombie Dust
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Zombie Dust

3 Floyds Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.20% ABV

4.34/5  rDev -4.4% | rAvg: 4.54
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer but not as good as I was anticipating and I love 3F beer. PseudoSue is the best PA in the Midwest and honestly I ld rather have a two hearted than another ZD. (169 characters)

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