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Dome Faux'm
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Dome Faux'm

8th Wonder Brewery
Cream Ale / 5.10% ABV

3.93/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.97
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap at Torchy's Tacos (Shepherd), served (appropriately) in a plastic pint cup.

Appearance: Nearly clear deep gold yellow. A quickly receding head of white foam leaves a nice hazy cap and slight lace.

Smell: Mild, mellow malt aroma - cereal grains, grass and and slightly floral hops.

Taste: Relatively full malt body, bread and biscuit notes with slightly fruity ale yeast notes. Grassy, earthy hops and bitterness provide nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth body, lively carbonation.

Overall: Looks and drinks like a light lager, but packs enough hoppy ale flavor to be a lot more interesting. (615 characters)

India Pale Ale
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India Pale Ale

Goose Island Beer Co.
English India Pale Ale (IPA) / 5.90% ABV

3.11/5  rDev -19.4% | rAvg: 3.86
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £1.80 for a single bottle.

Pours a bright, clear, orange-copper coloured body with masses of dense, fine streaming carbonation. A one-finger in height, bubbly, ivory coloured head reduces quickly to a thin film but leaves great, solid bands of soapy lacing.

The nose is dominated by bitter hop profiles, predominately citrus and grapefruit notes, but also evident are a decent amount of pine, fresh cut grass and a touch of lighter floral aromas. The taste follows suit with big, bold, resinous pine and fresh cut grass upfront followed by a little spice and some delicate floral notes. A mixture of light bready malts and sweet caramel hints provide a fleeting balance before handing back over to the hops for an increasingly bitter finish. In the mouth it has substantial weight, but a generous amount of lively carbonation make it, crisp, easy drinking, smooth and creamy. The finish is bitter and dry. Pine, spice and grapefruit pith leave the palate with a prolonged, hoppy, slightly astringent impression.

Overall this is a decent beer. To my tastes however the hop profile is just too bitter. I’ll add this one to my growing list of beers to revisit if I develop a greater taste for more hop forward and bitter styles. (1,285 characters)

Big Vic Imperial IPA
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Big Vic Imperial IPA

Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.60% ABV

3.65/5  rDev +0.3% | rAvg: 3.64
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub where the ABV was listed as 8.6%.

Pours clear, dark amber with a very fine looking, durable head and plenty of lacing

Aroma: lemon, orange and piney hops with a biscuit background.

The flavor is about as hoppy as average for style. A bit more boozy than it should be. Moderately-high bitterness. (328 characters)

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Baltika Breweries
Euro Pale Lager / 4.60% ABV

2.64/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 2.52
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Brought back from St Petersburg, one of 14 I managed to get back with my wife's help. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a small white head that disappears to next to nothing. It smells malty with something sweet coming out. This has to be one of the sweetish beers I've tasted in a while, with some malt & hops coming out as well as a slight citrus taste. Feels of quite a high carbonation level. Overall I'm not loving it, more one of novelty. (444 characters)

Nordic Saison
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Nordic Saison

Hill Farmstead Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.00% ABV

3.57/5  rDev -15.6% | rAvg: 4.23
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of lemony notes is pretty dominant with light flora and funky ester are also observable. Taste is also dominated by strong lemony notes with some light floral notes, light tart notes and some funky notes at the end. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting and somewhat refreshing but lemony taste is just a tad too strong in my personal opinion. (477 characters)

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Clown Shoes
Kölsch / 6.00% ABV

2.88/5  rDev -25.8% | rAvg: 3.88
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Because they call it an american kolsch I will tell you what my score would have been with the style guidelines and without. Pours almost clear except for a very slight haze. Straw color yellow. White head that did not persist. Nose is hops! SPicy, herbal hops. A malt that is right between a biscuit and a dry cracker. It's teetering even on the nose. What will be on the palate? The scent of mango. A sweetness from alcohol on the nose. Fresh , ripe mango with a bit of pith or skin that has a bit of musk. No musk in the kolsch. No herbal or spice either. If I had to rate it to style I would say it smells like a blonde not like a kolsch. On a heathen scale 3.5 for smell cause it smells good. Taste is light but authentic mango. Very spicy and herbal hops. Pungent. Malt that is doing it's best to stay dry but can't because of the alcohol. A moderate hops bitter that finishes this one without much fanfare but does try to clean up the palate from all that flavor and leave something much lighter behind in the after taste. I was generous with that 3 because they said american kolsch. Honestly for a kolsch 2.0. Mouthfeel is light enough for a blonde and for an IPA but not for a kolsch. It's not breaddy and it's not dry. I would give it a 3.25 on the heathen scale and for the true to style I would again say NO because of alcohol presence on the palate in the finish and because of sweetness that would be 2.75. Overall less than expected from the name kolsch. but on a heathen scale I would give it a 3.25 because it did taste good. It was easy to drink for the abv it had but not effortless like the kolsch which is maxed at 5.2 % abv.

What is good is that it did not go all errant with yeasty esters. Only the mango is present. The spice makes it tangy not "twangy" like the kolsch and that's cheating. It tastes good but it's way too sweet and overblown to be a kolsch. Is this a new style? (1,944 characters)

Whitewater Wheat Ale
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Whitewater Wheat Ale

Great Divide Brewing Company
Hefeweizen / 5.30% ABV

3.66/5  rDev +18.8% | rAvg: 3.08
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very crisp, very happy. Nose of red grapefruit, oily hops, maybe earthiness. Taste is overpoweringly hoppy, but not quite as bitter as I expected. Feel the hops on my palette.

Too much hops for me. (199 characters)

Nomad Indian Pale Lager
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Nomad Indian Pale Lager

Eight Degrees Brewing
German Pilsener / 5.00% ABV

4.3/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.3
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beerhouse, Dublin.

Lumpy off white that rings over bright gold. 4
Melon, lemon shaved ice, grapefruit oil, a touch of herb. 4
Touch of oyster cracker, then piles of Citra cutting citrus with hints of lychee and honeydew. 4.5
Lemon balm end and humming linger.
Crisp, light, some oil. 4

Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Cascade

Incredible. Hops on top of hops - super-cutting quenching citrus. Crazy that this is 5%. Best Irish IPA by a country mile. 4.5 (457 characters)

Soy Rodriguez
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Soy Rodriguez

Edge Brewing
Rye Beer / 5.30% ABV

4.05/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.05
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Black Sheep, Dublin.

Deep amber-brown with creamy taupe crust. 4
Bready rye, cranberry, and speck of chocolate on the nose. 4
Cherry, carob, rye dough and spice, and just a touch of grassy hops to end. 4
Peppery finish and lingering clean spice.
Medium, some stick. 4

Like dark German rye - big on the spice and pepper. Not much with the hops, though. Different enough - almost a roggenbier - for one, at least. 4.25 (432 characters)

Alaskan Big Mountain
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Alaskan Big Mountain

Alaskan Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.70% ABV

4/5  rDev +1% | rAvg: 3.96
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A gold amber pour with just a slight haze supports a 1” white foam collar that slowly recedes to a thin film. S: Malt, spice, earthy hops. T: Biscuit and light fruitleadying to a dry bitter finish with melon notes. F: Medium to medium light body and medium carbonation. O: A good serviceable beer but not outstanding. (322 characters)

Pannepot Reserva
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Pannepot Reserva

De Struise Brouwers
Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.00% ABV

3.37/5  rDev -20.7% | rAvg: 4.25
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I tasted the 2010. Deep brown color with some redness on the edges of the chalice. There was barely any head and it faded pretty quickly. Nose of fresh cherry, raspberry, and dark chocolate. This beer had a heavy (overpowering) sour cherry tang with a hint of chocolate coming through on the finish. It was a bit more sour than I was expecting. (345 characters)

Elevator North Of Lane Pale Ale
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Elevator North Of Lane Pale Ale

Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
American Pale Ale (APA)

3.56/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.56
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub where the ABV was reported to be "around 6%". This is a monthly PhD selection.

Pours dark amber with a slight haze. It has a very fine looking head and plenty of lacing

Aroma: lemon and piney hops with a biscuit background.

The flavor is about as hoppy as average for style. Tasty with some complexity in the citrus and pine mixture. Good bitter-sweet balance is moderately bitter. (414 characters)

Sculpin IPA
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Sculpin IPA

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.27/5  rDev -2.7% | rAvg: 4.39
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look is ok, light orange/yellow hue. The smell is bursting with fresh citrus. Easy drinker, quick hoppy flavor up front that dissipates fairly quickly. The feel is slightly carbonated and thirst quenching. I would say this is good beer for a hot and humid New England day. Not my favorite, but definitely in the normal rotation at my house. Cheers! (352 characters)

Gerst Amber
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Gerst Amber

Yazoo Brewing Company
Altbier / 4.50% ABV

3.96/5  rDev +10.3% | rAvg: 3.59
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New to craft beers, so take this with a grain of salt. Im still trying to find something I like, and this beer is really tasty. Im not into hoppy beers...yet. I also cannot give you every detail and tasting note like many online, but this beer is not too watery, not too hoppy, not too malty. Just really good and drinkable. Could drink this year-round. If you are new to beers, give it a try! (393 characters)

Big Juice DIPA
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Big Juice DIPA

Three Magnets Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.71/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.71
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big Juice DIPA lives up to it's name - this is a juicy and delicious beer! I had the pleasure of enjoying a couple pints at the brewery a couple days ago, and I'm looking forward to going back this weekend - specifically to drink this beer.

Appearance - a little light for the Pacific NW, but perfect for me. Appears fairly clear and amber.

Smell - Juicy juicy juicy. Citrus is the most noticeable, but there's a certain dankness to the smell as well.

Taste - The best part - an explosion of citrus fruit. Tangerine, grapefruit, and some tropical juice flavor mixed with just the right amount of malt sweetness. Smooth and delicious. This beer is well over 100 IBU, and I can't tell. It's so juicy and smooth. Reminds me of Hill Farm Abner.

Mouth - Well carbonated and smooth.

Overall - this is a fairly new brewery, but they're already doing a lot of things right. Big Juice is very well crafted and right up there with the best DIPAs I've had (Heady, Pliny, Abner..). If you're near Olympia give these guys a visit - you'll be glad you did! (1,048 characters)

Volume # 3
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Volume # 3

4 Hands Brewing Co.
Rye Beer

4.23/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.29
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My first Rye Wine. Poured from the bottle. Look is a translucent dark orange with very little head and slight carbonation. Smells slightly of rye and vanilla. Taste is great and very smooth Lighter feel than I initially expected, but tons of Rye Whiskey and wood. I wish the feel was a bit thicker, but it is still very good. I'm curious to see how age affects this one. (376 characters)

Peach Sour
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Peach Sour

Hermitage Brewing
American Wild Ale / 6.50% ABV

4.24/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.24
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sour ale aged for two years with peaches added towards the end, details were limited and given by the bartender. The beer has a nice golden hue with a delicate peach nose and decent head retention with some lacing. Taste is full of juicy peach, sourness is very soft with a hint of funk at the end. Thin mouthfeel but again, soft on the palate with not a lot of lingering sourness, finishes very clean. Overall, a soft sour with tons of juicy peach. Interested to see what age does to this as the fruit falls off and the bugs take over. (541 characters)

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
American Porter / 6.00% ABV

3.56/5  rDev -16.6% | rAvg: 4.27
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really a big porter fan but I thought I should at least try and expand my horizons. Pours a nice dark red/chocolate brown color. Little to no carbonation with thin creamy caramel color head. Taste immediately like coffee and toffee with a milder coffee finish. Lacing is very good. Overall, I think this is a good solid brew for anyone whom enjoys porters. (365 characters)

Elevator Bear Ass Pale Ale
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Elevator Bear Ass Pale Ale

Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.50% ABV

3.33/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.58
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub.
pours amber colored with excellent clarity and a good head.
Good but not exceptional aroma. Moderate strength.
The flavor is a bit bolder than expected, leaning a bit toards IPA. Nice hop mix adds complexity. (233 characters)

Crusher IPA
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Crusher IPA

Funky Buddha Brewery
American IPA / 4.30% ABV

3.28/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.8
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fairly forgettable. Nothing special about it, and in the blend of better local IPA's this one get's left behind. I'll definitely pick it if it's the only local/craft option, but definitely won't go out of my way to get it. (224 characters)

Pinedrops IPA
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Pinedrops IPA

Deschutes Brewery
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4/5  rDev +2.6% | rAvg: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 10/16/2015 printed on the label. Another new IPA creation from Deschutes, acquired several six packs from the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - A crisp golden orange body, just over a finger of frothy off-white head, some chill haze, and some fine hop sediment twirling in the glass. Spotty soapy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A fresh, floral, hoppy aroma. Earthy, herbal, grassy, lightly piney, resinous. Fruity & berryish at times. Maybe it's the Equinox hops? Either way, it smells very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose - piney, herbal, grassy hops, with just enough earthy baked bready malt backbone to give it some balance. Fruity, piney, & berryish. Good moderate hop bitterness.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Bready, hoppy, dry, & bitter finish. Beckons the palate for another sip. Medium-light in body with excellent carbonation. Very easy-drinking, borderline refreshing.

Overall, a very nice fresh, floral, herbal IPA offering from Deschutes. Fits in well with the rest of this series, and i continue to look forward to more.

Deschutes Pinedrops IPA -----4/5. (1,132 characters)

Elevator Procrastinator Dopplebock
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Elevator Procrastinator Dopplebock

Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Doppelbock / 7.50% ABV

3.11/5  rDev -15.9% | rAvg: 3.7
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub.
pours clear very dark brown with a cream tan head that has great retention.
Good but slightly boozy aroma. Moderate strength.
The flavor, unfortunately, is even more boozy. This does have a good dark roasted grain flavor, but too much alcohol comes with it. (284 characters)

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Mikkeller ApS
Lambic - Fruit / 7.70% ABV

3.94/5  rDev +1.3% | rAvg: 3.89
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light ruby red with a gentle orange hue and a half finger of active off-white foam.

Subtle fruit aroma, not necessarily cranberries, slight musty funk, and a sharp acidic aroma.

Must, cranberry, tart acidity, and slight vinegar bite.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, tart, has some bite.

Overall, while the fruit character feel short, this is a subtle, but refreshing brew. (401 characters)

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Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

5/5  rDev +7.1% | rAvg: 4.67
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Julius is perfection in a glass. I don't know how the guys at TreeHouse do it, but this beer is one of the few that lives up to the hype and surpasses it.

Appearance is a beautiful unfiltered orange color.

Smell is tropical and juicy. Orange is there, but also tropical fruits.

Taste is an explosion of flavor. Orange, Tangerine, and tropical fruit - you name it and it's there. Juicy juicy juicy beer - and with just the right amount of malt backbone behind it. This is the best tasting IPA I've ever had. I don't think it's possible to make one better - and I've had almost every top IPA on draft in the US.

If you have the opportunity to get your hands on this beer, do it! (680 characters)

Lunch Break ISA
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Lunch Break ISA

Breakside Brewery
American IPA / 4.70% ABV

4.1/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.97
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I nice solid Session IPA, one of the best session one's i have had. Poured a light yellow with a light head.
Good citrus nose to it. Really nice on a hot day the hops stand out well. (182 characters)

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