Recent Beer Ratings & Reviews
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.71/5 rDev -0.6% | rAvg: 4.74
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
As advertised, one of the greatest beers known to mankind. It was indeed worth all the trouble and cost it took to get my hands on Heady.
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy / 5.80% ABV
3.7/5 rDev +1.1% | rAvg: 3.66
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark brown with a small off-white head, sticky but short lasting.
Smell of nut, sweet dark malt, some raisin, plus extra caramel and some vanilla from the oak and Bourbon. Smell is not too intense, but nice, even at this low abv.
The taste kinda lacks intensity. The base scotch ale maltiness is pretty light, just a bit toasted, with some nut peel, a bit of cocoa powder, not much. Not too sweet either, just some Bourbon flavor, limited to some caramel and dry malt, considering there's no warm alcohol attached to it. Some nice woody notes in the finish tho, with nice oaky vanilla and a clean dry stave note, plus a bit of bitter hop.
Aftertaste has toasted bread crumbs, some barrel, caramel, crushed nut. Medium to light body, medium carbonation.
I get the "extract" thingie they wanted to make here, but i can hardly see the point. The beer isn't just light, it's... lacking. A lot.
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
English Pale Ale / 4.70% ABV
4.21/5 rDev +26.8% | rAvg: 3.32
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Holy Grail Ale is my favorite beer. I have only been only been drinking for ten years and i have had alot of different beers. I am by no means an expert connoisseur but i do enjoy its malty taste and feel.
Founders Brewing Company
Rye Beer / 7.50% ABV
4.29/5 rDev +6.5% | rAvg: 4.03
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottling date of 12/22/2014. Sampled on March 4, 2015.
Deep dark brown to near black pour with a lingering tan head.
Great aroma of dark grainy malts, coffee, earthy and piney hops.
Decent oily. medium to better than medium body.
The taste has a powerful earthy and piney bitterness that overtakes references to the dark malts and grain picked up in the first mouth swirl. Lingering bite at the end.
Foreign / Export Stout / 7.50% ABV
4.98/5 rDev +22.7% | rAvg: 4.06
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This is a world class beer using an old Irish recipe which has the wort/mash exposed to wild yeasts. This along with the use of high quality barley malts and enough hopping to please an American palate makes this beer a surprise find from the Guinness Brewery which is owned by the Diageo Group (read Smirnoff). The beer is made to transport and because of this cellars very well and even bottle conditions which producing a great Irish stout.
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
American Amber / Red Ale / 4.90% ABV
3.02/5 rDev -12% | rAvg: 3.43
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A: Pours a translucent amber color with a sturdy off white head that sticks around. Great lacing. No visible carbonation.
S: Bread, hint of caramel and dried apricot. That off putting smell you get when driving by or walking through a Budweiser factory.
T: Hint of malt sweetness like caramel
and apricot. Orange pith bitterness.
D: There's nothing undrinkable about this beer, but there's nothing particularly memorable.
Pelican Pub & Brewery
English Barleywine / 14.00% ABV
4.13/5 rDev -7.2% | rAvg: 4.45
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2012 Vintage poured in Feb 2015
Pours a deep mahogany color with a thin fizzy head that dissipated immediately; no lacing. The nose was so complex, big grain nose, toasted malt, brown sugar and dried dark fruit (plums, raisins), molasses. The taste seemed to be falling apart for me, maybe a sign of the again and reminded me mostly of overripe fruits, maybe even rotting a bit. with lots of plums, brown bread dough, molasses, treacle. Lots of boozy bourbon but smooth with almost no alcohol. I would like to try this beer fresh.
Stone Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.10% ABV
4.76/5 rDev +21.7% | rAvg: 3.91
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This comes from someone who thoroughly enjoys Double/Imperial IPAs as well as green tea: I did not have the edition from 2011 but I will be sure to have it the next time it comes along in 20XX (I hope). I had it on tap at a local bar and was blown away by the taste and drinkability of this 10.1% ABV brew. Light color for an Imperial IPA, almost yellowish, probably a result of the green tea. Hops were flavorful but not overwhelming, and the taste of green tea is not just an accent, but truly a large part of the makeup of the flavor in this beer. Way to go on the collaboration, Stone. I'll be awaiting the next one anxiously!
Great Lakes Brewery
English Pale Ale / 4.60% ABV
3.53/5 rDev -8.1% | rAvg: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Reading the can, I see that the brewery made their twist on this classic style by using an American ale yeast and new world hops, resulting in an English Ale in name only. Pours a deep amber color with a nice creamy head and decent lacing. The nose and taste have subtle toasted, caramel malt notes but it's light for the style. The bright citrus and pine hops are still the main event in this beer which is tasty, but overpower the malt character. The body is light and refreshing and lacks the creamy, smooth character I was hoping for. This is a decent American session ale, not an English style aple ale.
Stone Brewing Co.
American Porter / 5.90% ABV
2.12/5 rDev -41.1% | rAvg: 3.6
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
BOD 10/17/14. Very cloudy dark brown cola like pour with heavy flocculation. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.
Nose of chocolate, orange and roast with hints of coffee over a smoky background. As it warms, smoke dominates.
Medium body with a very smooth texture. Normal carbonation.
The flavor profile is unpleasant. It is borderline rank. I'm drain pouring the rest.
Tree House Brewing Company
American Blonde Ale / 3.90% ABV
4.36/5 rDev +3.1% | rAvg: 4.23
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bright yellow/golden body with huge white head. They really know how to make a beer and growler it. There was plenty of head/carb throughout the entire glass and throughout the growler. Flavor profile is pretty overtly bitter but you get the melon, grapefruit, and kiwi typical of a galaxy hop. There's no malt to speak of, so I enjoyed how the hop was able to shine. The mixture of fruit flavors come alive more on the finish and as the beer warmed a tad. Light, refreshing, but full flavored. More beers at this ABV with this much flavor please.
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 5.75% ABV
3.12/5 rDev +14.7% | rAvg: 2.72
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Sampled last night on 3/3/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.
Brew pours a slight hazy golden-yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of lemon zest and grains for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste with a hint of rice and even sour apple in the mix also along with some grass that left a strange taste on the tongue. Not saying it was really bad but was different. Slight strange finish though. On the bottom of the front label it says: "Ingredients: Water (duh), Fermented Rice and Sorghum Extract, Hops, Yeast". Lighter-bodied with heavy carbonation. Overall, it was just OK and nothing special.
Surly Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV
4.28/5 rDev -5.5% | rAvg: 4.53
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Deep golden yellow pour. Just a hair more clear than opaque. Fairly large foamy white head that disappears almost entirely into the beer.
No overwhelming smells jump out of the glass. It is mainly carmalized malts with subtle hops. Strikes me more as an American Barleywine aroma.
As soon as it hits my mouth, I am wondering where the hell all of this hop flavor was when I stuck my nose in it. There is certainly no shortage. There is a lot of bitterness. Almost too much. Tons of citrus. Like ground up grapefruit rinds. I would like to say ther is some floral and pine aspects there too, but the bitterness is really numbing. I do get a decent amount of sweetness. An orange like type though that is slightly sour. The strong malt base that I smelled tries to fight it's way back into the game toward the end. I think the alcohol is a bit noticeable.
The body is pretty average. Definitely a slick, resin feel that coats your tongue. Carbonation is slightly lower than average.
My general impression (yes, I do impressions) is that this could be more balanced. It is kind of all over the place. I do really like the flavors, but it is such a palate wrecker, it almost makes it a little harder to enjoy. It is one of those beers that I want more of while I am drinking it, but regret it later. Still a great beer that doesn't fall short of it's namesake in any way. Hopheads take note.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American IPA / 7.20% ABV
4.06/5 rDev -2.4% | rAvg: 4.16
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great overall IPA, but Celebration Ale has a bit more character. This is a good IPA for the hop forward characteristics
Russian River Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 11.00% ABV
4.83/5 rDev +3% | rAvg: 4.69
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
3/2015 on tap at the Pour House. Fantastic DIPA, but now that I've had it, I wouldn't fight crowds and drive hours to try it again..... But, I certainly wish it was easier to obtain....