Recent Beer Ratings & Reviews
Central City Brewing
Witbier / 5.00% ABV
3.5/5 rDev: +3.6% | rAvg: 3.38
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
a little overly yeasty on the belgian front in this one for me. it seems gimmicky and cheap, not patient and authentic as belgians go. more esters than other flavors or character, and the beer has a sweetness that makes it almost taste like a tripel at its core, but its also overdosed with coriander, so the whole thing seems overly stretched in a belgian direction, but maybe getting away from the wheelhouse a bit. its really really light beer, definitely not all wheat on the malt front, its too light for that. carbonation is awesome, really high and active which is critical for me in the style, but it has no body at all, and the lingering sugars hurt the overall mouthfeel experience. cant say i hate it though, just that one can is plenty as a session for me on this one. there are just too many other better belgian styles out there to spend much time with this one, although im glad to see these guys branching out a little. this one could use a few tweaks.
StonedTrippin, 7 minutes ago
Paradox Beer Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.50% ABV
3.78/5 rDev: -5.7% | rAvg: 4.01
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
its been awhile since i had a new beer from paradox, i mean, i certainly see them around on shelves and all, and there are so many of them, but i had some negative experiences all right in a row with these beers, so i let them drift out of mind for awhile, but im glad i decided to revisit some of the newer releases. this is a cool saison, done in wine barrels with a darker almost chocolaty malt base and a really different mix of bugs than i am used to in older paradox beers. more of the lacto, less of the decaying wood weirdness. hazy on the pour with a nice head, mocha colored, but not quite that dark, that shade, but diluted just a bit. the nose is puckery, but not just sour, its got a cool funk to it too that seems fresher and more lively than i remember from these guys, maybe some new barrels and new cultures down there. the wine aspect is strong, fruity and tannic in a good way, and it goes great with the dark malts. the flavors are right on for this time of year, and i think its a well timed release. not yet ready to let paradox all the way off the hook for a run of really poor beers, but this is a huge progression for them i think. eager to try some of the other new ones now too.
StonedTrippin, 12 minutes ago
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV
4/5 rDev: -7.6% | rAvg: 4.33
Tasting dark fruit, vanilla, oak and a touch of tobacco. Very little sweetness. Short finish. This is head and shoulders above the original but still lacking elite status.
Davepoolesque, 12 minutes ago
Transient Artisan Ales
American Porter / 7.50% ABV
4/5 rDev: -5.9% | rAvg: 4.25
This beer pour a thick opaque black body that has thick dark cocoa colored head that fades to an oily sheen. The nose has a nice bitter roasted black malt with some slight char notes in the finish. The flavor is a full inky black roasted malt with some chalky qualities and dark cola and chicory notes. There is a spice cinnamon character in the bitterness that lingers. Some green woody hops come through as the beer opens.
This is a big dark earthy beer that is dry and a touch chalky. It is nice to have a glass but it really could use a bit more depth or character to make me drink more than one at a time.
rhoadsrage, 13 minutes ago
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV
3.5/5 rDev: -16.1% | rAvg: 4.17
Chocolate, roasty, big hop background. Short, dry finish. on the thin side. This is just mediocre. Hopefully the barrel will have a positive effect on this subpar base beer.
Davepoolesque, 13 minutes ago
Two Roads Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.20% ABV
4.25/5 rDev: +13.6% | rAvg: 3.74
Found this on tap. Liked it so much I bought a bottle for aging. Nice combination of dark chocolate, cream, and espresso on the finish. Complex, sweet, with some hops on the finish. A very good beer.
tigg924, 15 minutes ago
Goose Island Beer Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.40% ABV
3.45/5 rDev: +4.2% | rAvg: 3.31
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
hundreds and hundreds of unique beers are listed for goose island, so of course all of them cant be back yard rye bourbon county or madame rose right? well, this one feels a bit corporate, like a reach to the perimeters of craft beer, rather than a beer for those at the center. i appreciate bringing new people on board, but they already have beer for that. this is a dumbed down american pale, pretty tasty actually in its hop profile, and very fresh, but there just isnt enough of it. its like the flavor is great but the part that makes it great is reduced or suppressed or just a flash rather than a presence. grassy and floral and summery are the hops, very mild bitterness, and an irrelevant grain base thats clean and simple without much structure. i know the purpose of this beer, and i can appreciate that, but i know they are capable of making better beer, so i have mixed feelings about this one. totally pleasant and definitely a league better than other beers that will share its contexts.
StonedTrippin, 17 minutes ago
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.60% ABV
4.23/5 rDev: +12.2% | rAvg: 3.77
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the can, the head takes up 3/4 of the glass but boils down to a deep hazy copper body. The full dark classic "C" hops come through in the nose. The taste starts with a soft creamy sweet malt flavor that is cut by a big hop flavor of dark green herbal character. The finish has a nice balance of hop bitterness and alcohol spice note to follow.
This beer real has a good balance of big sweet malt and bitter hops and it is very easy to drink for such a big beer.
rhoadsrage, 18 minutes ago
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV
3.75/5 rDev: -14% | rAvg: 4.36
Nice and tropical IPA. Big pineapple, grapefruit, light pine. Very well rounded and complex for the style. Probably the best beer I have had from this brewery.
tigg924, 19 minutes ago