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Sensi Harvest 2015
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Sensi Harvest 2015

Sixpoint Brewery
American IPA / 6.30% ABV

3.54/5  rDev -9.2% | Avg: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber (copper) appearance with a nice head of two fingers. Laces well. Smells funky - full of dairy-like aromas (yogurt, curdled cottage cheese, etc.). Can't say I dislike it but it's weird. Taste is very malty - if this is supposed to be a wet-hopped ale it tastes like someone forgot to add the hops. Much of the nose profile pulls through to the palate, especially on the finish. Drinkable but not one of Sixpoint's better efforts. Unfortunately Sixpoint is starting to turn into a one-trick-poney for me - I love their IIPA.

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2XONE - Equinox (2015)
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2XONE - Equinox (2015)

Southern Tier Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.10% ABV

3.36/5  rDev -13.2% | Avg: 3.87
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma very faint, herbal
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular one to five mm ring and a few frothy islands
Lacing fair – narrow complete rings with tiny to medium bubbles
Body medium orange, slight haze
Flavor oddly herbal and medicinal; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Lips Of Faith - Eric's Ale
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Lips Of Faith - Eric's Ale

New Belgium Brewing
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV

4.06/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy but a brilliant golden orange with a slight amount of airy carboation.

Peach, stone fruit, lactic acid, and a slight mustiness, but overall very fruity and a sense of tartness.

Same as aroma, but seems toned down in comparison. A light acidity and sweet peach flavor shine through.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, light, soft, subtle tartness.

Overall, while I would enjoy a bit more acidity, the light and smooth lager body paired with a touch of peachy tartness makes for a worthwhile brew.

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3rd Anniversary Ale
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3rd Anniversary Ale

Prairie Artisan Ales
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.00% ABV

3.92/5  rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.06
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark pinkish color with a ton of head (although that may have had more to do with my handling of the bottle; not sure). Smells like dank yeast, grass, and some brett, as well as raspberries. Taste is not as heavy on the raspberries as the smell was but you can still taste them plenty. The raspberries are tame enough to allow this beer to taste like the farmhouse ale that it is. Mouthfeel is a pretty traditional mouthfeel for a farmhouse, nothing crazy here. All in all this is a solid beer with a fun twist by Prairie.

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Summer Ale
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Summer Ale

Fremont Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.20% ABV

3.62/5  rDev -11.3% | Avg: 4.08
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden yellow/orange. Not a lot on the aroma - maybe some citrus/herbaceous notes. Mildly hopped but noticeable with the taste, a nice bready/malty character to it with some hints of orange and citrus. Mild beer, very sessionable.

All in all, not a very complex beer. Very one dimension, yet pleasant.

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Imperial Pumpkin
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Imperial Pumpkin

Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Pumpkin Ale / 9.50% ABV

4.67/5  rDev +12% | Avg: 4.17
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Looks like the leaves of fall. A deep ruby brown. No head.

S- Lots of pumpkin and cinnamon, allspice. Like thanksgiving. Not picking up a whole lot of brandy.

T- Probably the most complete, well rounded pumpkin ale I have every had. Amazing. I get a little brandy but it's not overpowering.

M- Medium carb and a coating mouthfeel.


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Smuttwater 1.0
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Smuttwater 1.0

Smuttynose Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.20% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.15
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of kaffir lime leaves are present in the nose along with notes of Brett funk.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of kaffir lime leaves along with stronger notes of Brett and some hints of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Some hints of dryness are perceptible.
O: This beer has an interesting, balanced mix of lime leaves and funk.

Serving type: bottle

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Three Legged Dog
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Three Legged Dog

Manantler Craft Brewing
Tripel / 9.50% ABV

4.15/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.15
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Package: 650 ml bottle.

Appearance - Medium hazy gold..

Smell - Caramel, fruit esters.

Taste - Sweet, wheat, malt, hops, dry finish.

Mouth-feel - Full-bodied.

Overall - Fantastic. Can't wait to have it again.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.80% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +6.9% | Avg: 3.94
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle was cellared for over a year but still good.
Rich malty flavor with a little bit of apple and spice, with some tartness but not bitter. Comparing to Sam Adams (my yardstick for Oktoberfest): a little less sweet and a little more spice.

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Queen City Brewery
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy / 7.50% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.21
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had in a small sample at the brewery. This was the star of the 8 beers I had at the brewery. Very subtle peat flavor and aroma with a very nice malt flavor. Lots of the traditional caramel notes. This was very nice.

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Raspberry Provincial
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Raspberry Provincial

Berliner Weissbier / 4.20% ABV

4.32/5  rDev +8.8% | Avg: 3.97
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Kinda hard pressed to not rate this even higher, as there's something about it that just works. We deceive ourselves if we think all sours must be über-funk bombs. This is tart, yes, but eminently approachable, beginning with its wheaty/cerealish nose, accompanied by some tart, acidic, perhaps citric notes, and just a light hint of raspberry. Palate is equally restrained with the berry influence, but again it works really well, keeping the beer light, drinkable (actually downright crushable), and free to expose its other features, that light wheat malt, the lovely acidity, etc. Really a delightful Berliner -- one that is sure to become a go-to sour in m my fridge.

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ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA
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ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA

Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

4.98/5  rDev +19.1% | Avg: 4.18
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into tulip glass.

Look: Deep copperish/amberish color with about a half inch of head when poured. Lacing very present and remains throughout.

Smell: Loads of hops and citrus.

Taste: Hoppy deliciousness! DANK! Hops present from start to finish with a bit of a malt backbone.

Feel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall: This is hands down the best imperial red IPA I have ever tasted. Hoppy, smooth, DANK, delicious. This beer is very worthy of its gold medal at the GABF. Wish I would I have gotten my hands on more than one of these bombers. Founders once again never disappoints!

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Doppel Sticky
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Doppel Sticky

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Altbier / 7.70% ABV

4.71/5  rDev +15.2% | Avg: 4.09
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. My liquor got 1 case by accident. Almost clear nice amber color. Nice happy aroma and flavorful taste. I like when the hop nose matches the hop taste. Full mouth feel and nice lacing. Has a bit of a bite on the back end. I definitely wasn't expecting thus good a beer when I bought it.

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Barrel Aged Dystopia
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Barrel Aged Dystopia

Greenbush Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.50% ABV

4.04/5  rDev +1.5% | Avg: 3.98
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with off-white lacing. Nose is hot, harsh with some strong stout backbone. The taste is fairly smooth with some good bourbon notes. Finish is enjoyable. Overall a very solid beer.

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Hamm's Brewing Co.
American Adjunct Lager / 4.70% ABV

3.21/5  rDev +15.1% | Avg: 2.79
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a pale straw hue with a thick head that dissipated rather quickly. However there was some lacing as I drank this. Smelled of corn syrup and grain but both were somewhat faint. Tasted much better with the corn and grain notes coming out stronger. Went down easy enough as well. One of the better AALs I have had so far.

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ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA
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ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA

Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 4.18
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in mid-September for $10.99. No freshness date visible.

Beer poured amber red with a beautiful white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose is wonderful, tropical and citrus and pine combine for a wonderful aroma of epic proportions.

Taste is true to the style, toasted caramel malts form a nice base line but are overtaken by those dank hops. Finish is an appropriate lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very nice beer that i would love to see in a four pack at some point! A bit spendy but definitely nice on the palate!

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Queen City Brewery
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.50% ABV

3.94/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.93
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a small sample at the brewery. A very nice Octoberfest. Very nice color and a very traditional flavor. If you can find this one I would get it as it is one of the better Octoberfest's I have had.

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30th Anniversary Ale
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30th Anniversary Ale

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV

4.2/5  rDev -4.3% | Avg: 4.39
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with half a finger of brown head that almost vanishes completely with no lacing.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate dominates with vanilla and a bit of caramel. Roasted malts come through as well with licorice towards the finish.

T: Roasted malts with bitter chocolate up front followed by sweeter vanilla and caramel notes. The finish has a roasted and charred flavor with a bit of hop bitterness. Surprisingly smooth for its abv.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is quite viscous with enough bitterness and carbonation to prevent it from being syrupy.

O: A dang good imperial stout, overall. Nice mix of roasted and sweet characters throughout.

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Queen City Brewery
Rauchbier / 5.50% ABV

3.4/5  rDev -13.7% | Avg: 3.94
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is definitely a lot of smoke in this beer. In talking to the brewer, he said that traditional rauchbier would even be heavier with smoke. I liked this beer and the smoke did border on too much for me, but did not go over the line.

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Trip In The Woods - Barrel-Aged Old Ale
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Trip In The Woods - Barrel-Aged Old Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Old Ale / 8.20% ABV

4.06/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the time-honored, savory, mature and masculine taste of olde ale pulling from its bourbony cocoon, the experimental "Trip In The Woods" series employs the techniques, ingredients and patience from the historic British style and gives it an American facelift.

Russet brown and uniquely bronze with its pour, the ale builds a dainty crème of froth that swirls in the glass like cognac. Above which the robust perfume of brown sugar, maple, molasses and caramel builds to full the nose. And its first decadent sip slathers the mouth with its rich toffee-laden maltiness.

Remarkably smooth and relaxed, the beer's taste is less taxing on the palate than expected as its brown sugar and browned butter flavors are of moderate intensity. Dark fruit flavors add to the complexity with a light grape and prune blend and an earthiness of freshly pulled tobacco and peppercorn.

While full, the beer's textures are relaxed, smooth and playfully sultry as a hint of smoky chocolate washes over the finish. Warming but never hot, the beer closes with butter pecan and maple with a hint of woodsy bitterness to extend, keeping the beer balanced even in its afterglow.

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Ain't No Sunshine When Saison
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Ain't No Sunshine When Saison

Odd Side Ales
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.00% ABV

3.13/5  rDev -8.7% | Avg: 3.43
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle MFG 01/02/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 1.99/12 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma of mixed fruit, doesn’t last
Head average (four cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to irregular two to eighteen mm frothy ring and partial frothy layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of small to medium bubbles
Body medium orange, chill haze
Flavor very fruity and yeasty, some light plastic flavor at the end; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Queen City Brewery
English India Pale Ale (IPA) / 7.50% ABV

3.5/5  rDev +0.6% | Avg: 3.48
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer. Very different from the normal American IPA. The malt takes a bit of a more prevalent role and the hops do not have that typical fruitiness. The bitterness is there and overall an enjoyable beer.

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Adaption Ale: Batch 2
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Adaption Ale: Batch 2

RoughTail Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.05/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.05
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance- Dark golden in color and a two inch fluffy head.

aroma- Very strong hop aroma that is apparent as soon as the canned is opened. Not much in the way of malts as the mosaics hops dominate with pineapple, mango, and citrus.

taste- Pretty the same as the aroma with pineapple big upfront followed by a little bit up pungency and mango fruit flavors. A bready malt is evident especially as this warms up, but its perfect for letting the mosaic hops shine. With that said a little bit of malt sweetness might help this beer out because it is really dry.

feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a clean finish.

overall- Roughtail set out to make a wet hop beer that showcased the mosaic hop and they certainly succeeded. The mosaic are really great in this beer, however, they are kind of on a island here without any help from the malt or yeast. Outside of the mosaic hops the flavors are bland , and just a touch more sweetness from either the malt or yeast would really make this beer pop. Overall, this was well worth the try, but I'm with just one four pack, especially given the steep price.

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Loirette 5.5 %
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Loirette 5.5 %

Brasserie De La Pigeonnelle
Witbier / 5.50% ABV

3.95/5  rDev +7.9% | Avg: 3.66
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very large head, fills close to half the glass, you can hear it sizzle off from a distance, as if the glass was a frying pan, so hard to gauge retention since this is so weird, slightly off white color, close to zero lacing. More filmy than cloudy, translucent rather than muddied by sediment, the liquid is almost wall-to-wall hyperactive bubbles, a veritable storm, light orange rust water to yellow in hue. The nose is fairly bold, spotlights crackers, pretzels, salt, country bread and pulped lemons, has a floral dimension as well but does not consistently shine, cardamom, a few used peach pits, overall what it smells like is a walk in the fall countryside. Full-bodied, its dryness counters the creaminess the carbonation naturally strives for. Bolder lemon citrus here and the clove and anise spice comes into sharper focus. Caraway and cardamom still in support. You get a fuller sense of the peach and apricot fruit once it warms. The salty edge takes on a more metallic character here. There is a strong aftertaste of earth, metal and leafiness. Most intriguing in that it presents the components subtly while as a whole it is more of a “one big statement” kind of beer. Interesting and worth seeking out.

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Bell's Best Brown
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Bell's Best Brown

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
English Brown Ale / 5.80% ABV

4/5  rDev +4.2% | Avg: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice deep mahogany amber color with an off white head with good retention and lacing
S-graham cracker, caramel, and burnt marshmallow
T-nutty, biscuit, caramel, and cracker flavors with hop bitterness providing balance but not lending a lot in flavor
M-medium bodied and smooth
O-really solid english brown ale, would not hesitate to get again

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