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Tripel B
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Tripel B

Adelbert's Brewery
Tripel / 9.30% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +6.5% | Avg: 3.84
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold (4) draft pour with white head; thin, almost no cap; excellent clarity and almost no lacing. Spicy Clove nose and I think I smell citrus. Spicy clove and subtle banana; pear in the middle and caramel presents itself as liquid warms; I swear there is a lemon in here too! Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation with some warmth from the alcohol. A very pleasing lite Tripple.

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Upslope India Pale Ale
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Upslope India Pale Ale

Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

3.47/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 3.63
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Amber-chestnut in color. Light tan head, keeps well and leaves good lacing.

S- Evergreen, woodsy, with juicy citrus.

T- Piney and evergreen. Citrus is faint and pithy.

M- Medium. Dull bitterness with a dry finish.

O- Not bad. The aroma is nice. Other qualities are lacking a bit.

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Surrender Dorothy
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Surrender Dorothy

7 Locks Brewing
American IPA / 5.80% ABV

3.9/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 3.82
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, gold-orangish, opaque appearance. Nice head that quickly fades. Spicy rye & citrus hop notes within the aroma, a touch of resinous pine/dank as well. Taste follows up on the nose, yet the malt seems to distract from that spicy citrus character in the nose. While this is balanced rather well, maybe some more dry hopping would have helped? As a rye ipa fan it is hard not to compare this to atlas rowdy. Rowdy comes out in top, but seven locks is showing some early promise here.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale
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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Amber / Red Ale / 8.80% ABV

4.34/5  rDev +5.9% | Avg: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a pint glass. The color was rust red, a fluffy off-white head. The flavor and aroma here were very dank, oily, hopsy pine, with a great malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very smooth considering the amount of booze. Good stuff!

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Brighton Bier
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Brighton Bier

Brighton Bier / Brighton Beer Dispensary
English Pale Ale / 4.00% ABV

4.02/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.02
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy tangerine into a tulip glass from a 330ml can. The white head starts off three fingers high, and is comprised of large, silky bubbles that slowly diminish into a single finger foam; threre's good lacing.

The nose is full of sweet ripe citrus, mango, peaches, and biscuit malts; those really juicy tropical stone fruits particularly which ooze sweetness. There isn't much of a light floral character with this beer, or any bitterness that I'm able to detect at present; it's fruity, lightly malted, and juicy.

The flavour is a blossoming one which rolls languidly through several big characters before settling. The sweetness prevalent in the nose doesn't manifest in this ale, rather you get the bitter and pithy zest on the sip, and that tart unripened mango. The fruit subsides and you're then presented with a middle of biscuit malts with some great rich tea/digestive flavours, before turning bitter once more and leaving on a finish of hops. The aftertaste is a tug of war between tart grain and a bitter hop that lingers. The fruit doesn't completely leave, but you do still get those unripened notes.

In the mouth it feels zingy on the tongue, but the beer has a slight gravity to it, somewhere between oily and dry. The carbonation is there but after the initial sip it leaves quite quickly.

It's a more bitter-centric version of a biscuity pale ale with some good flavours. It's definately a thirst quenching product, good for sessioning as well as nursing, and quite unoffensive. Great beer.

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Special Sauce
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Special Sauce

Mikerphone Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.54/5  rDev +3.7% | Avg: 4.38
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 500th unique beer since joining BA in May 2013. Heard great things about this un and coming brewery so I was psyched to get this in a very generous trade. The nose was a bit muted and grassy. A bit of an aggressive pour produced a thich white head with terrific lacing. What this beer lacked in aroma it made up for it taste. Juicy, tropical, citrussy...my 3 favorite qualities in an IPA. It masks the 8.5 abv well. Be on the lookout for this one!

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Upslope Pale Ale
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Upslope Pale Ale

Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.80% ABV

3/5  rDev -15.5% | Avg: 3.55
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a willibecher.

A- Pale straw with great clarity. White head retains at a small pad.

S- Slight hint of fruit. A little boozy (unexpected) in smell, and sweet bread backbone.

T- Mild fruitiness, and a little citrus. A bit of pine.

M- Light body, a little fruity, and lightly bitter in the finish.

O- This one is a little bland. It drinkable, but lacks any real complexity.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale
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Union Jack India Pale Ale

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.8/5  rDev +13.5% | Avg: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Now this is a serious IPA. Whatever hops notes you like in your IPA, you will find here. Plenty of grapefruit, citrus and some pine. I had this from a can into a pint glass at The Shack in Houston and was head over heels in love with one of the best IPAs I had ever tasted and then...my server brought me a Yellow Rose (see review) and I had to nudge Jack down one very small notch. This beer had more tropical tastes and the Yellow Rose had more resiny pine and that slightly dankness that I hardly ever get short of a DIPA. Wonderful beer and I feel very happy that it is available in my market (actually much easier to get than the aforementioned local Yellow Rose).

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Neutrino
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Neutrino

Aslin Beer Company
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

3.73/5  rDev -12.9% | Avg: 4.28
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery:
I've gotten use to these cloudy IPAs even though I still don't like the look, but this is a tad ugly even for the substyle. Looks like someone threw a little dirt in my IPA. Head is lasting, but thin and soapy.

Nose is the rinds of citrus and tropical fruits, to me. Not the sweet fleshy parts, but a more dull and slightly bitter version of the fruits. There's also a wet grain note, but that could be ambient.

Taste is similar to nose but gains a little bit of the flesh of the fruits. There's also a little coconut note - similar to what I get with Sorachi Ace at times. With warmth, feel improves, but there's a light roughness to the feel, unlike I've gotten before from these guys. A decent level of bitterness joins the fray, but different than the dull fruit rind from the nose - somewhat of a cross of wood and grass.

I've had better from these guys, but this is still quite ok.

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Paradise Lost:Dry Hopped Sour
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Paradise Lost:Dry Hopped Sour

Blood Brothers Brewing
American Wild Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.66/5  rDev -1.9% | Avg: 3.73
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a nice large foamy head with some retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of light sour notes with some dry funky yeast notes also noticeable and some subtle dry hoppy notes are also noticeable. Taste is also a mix between some tart notes with light acidity and some subtle dry hops notes. Light funky ester are also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but the base beer is lacking in complexity.

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Sunshine Wheat Beer
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Sunshine Wheat Beer

New Belgium Brewing
American Pale Wheat Ale / 4.80% ABV

3.35/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 3.47
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into a willibecher.

A- Pale straw, and pretty clear. Head is white and dense.

S- Tart citrus, lemon and orange. Sweet bread, and a bit of stonefruit. Smells fresh.

T- Light bready grain, and a little fruity.

M- Light body with a citrusy tang. Just crisp in the finish.

O- Aroma is nice, however, flavor is just lacking any complexity.

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Juicy Bits
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Juicy Bits

WeldWerks Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.17/5  rDev -5.9% | Avg: 4.43
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name does not lie. This is juice. It tastes like a starburst candy or something. Its even tangy and tart to an extent.

It is lacking any bitterness or resinous hop characteristics to really balance out the fruit flavors.

If I did not know any better I would say this was a fruited saison.

A for taste. C for style.

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Maple Bourbon Double Negative
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Maple Bourbon Double Negative

Grimm Artisanal Ales
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV

1.17/5  rDev -69.8% | Avg: 3.88
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Was lucky to try this at dark lord day this year. Thank you kind sir for sharing in the dark matter coffee line.

Well like some have stated before me though, this bottle was indeed infected this year. I was looking forward to trying this so bad and got let down :( had that bad metal green apple brandy taste and smell.

Would like to try a non-infected bottle in the future though!

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Simple
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Simple

Barrier Brewing Company
California Common / Steam Beer / 5.20% ABV

3.63/5  rDev -3.7% | Avg: 3.77
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Astoria Bier & Cheese in Astoria, NY.

Deep amber / light brown in color with a very small head and poor retention. Aroma is comprised of toasted and caramel malts with earthy hops. Light fruit upon tasting, but otherwise more of the same toasted malt flavor and earthy hop bitterness. Dry, bitter, and clean finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

My first beer from Barrier Brewing was solid yet unspectacular. It actually became much more enjoyable as I starting sampling some cheeses with it.

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BD Épisode 2 : American Pale Ale
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BD Épisode 2 : American Pale Ale

HopEra
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.00% ABV

4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.83
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pale light yellow color ale with a nice large pure white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy and grapefruit notes with grassy notes is quite nice. Taste is a nice mix of citrusy hops notes, juicy grassy notes with some grapefruit notes and some light residual sugar notes. Body is light with great carbonation. I wasn’t expecting too much from this but quite enjoyable overall.

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Odell Easy Street Wheat
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Odell Easy Street Wheat

Odell Brewing Company
American Pale Wheat Ale / 4.60% ABV

3.93/5  rDev +3.7% | Avg: 3.79
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into wilibecher.

A- Hazy gold. White foamy head has decent retention.

S- Yeasty, citrus. Pale malt and a very faint bubble gum.

T- Toast and bread. Citrus is dull and a little pithy.

M- Light and wet. There's some tang from both the citrus and wheat left in the finish.

O- Easy drinker and refreshing. This one is good all around.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale
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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

Central Waters Brewing Co.
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy / 9.50% ABV

4.31/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.29
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with no head. Nose is mostly bourbon with hints of sweetness. Caramel, toffee, molasse, smoke and of course the bourbon flavors. Smooth, creamy and incredibly easy drinking. IMHO the best BBA Scotch Ale I've tried and compares favorably with the best BBA Imperial Stouts. Terrific beer.

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Bikini Blonde Lager
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Bikini Blonde Lager

Maui Brewing Co.
Munich Helles Lager / 5.10% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +13.4% | Avg: 3.66
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at City Tap House University City.

L - bright golden yellow color semi clear haze going on. Very little foam, thin ring around the glass. Loose lacing around the glass.

S - lemon zest, light toasted grain/barley, lemon juicy hop, I want to say breadfruit as well. Not too aromatic

T - Lager maltiness, well-rounded malt taste. Very subtle hop character. Lemon-citrus malty all-around taste. More white bread than toast.

F - Watery body with a slight leathery feeling afterttaste that lingers on the mouth. Very little carbonation feel. Really clean, crisp and pure.

O - This is my first authentic Hawaiian beer. Kona has nothing on this. The water is so pure and clean that it is really the best part of the beer. Compliment that with the maltiness of a German lager and you have a fantastic lager. Will not be having this for a very long time, lucky to have a glass. Cheer!

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Blitzen
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Blitzen

Blue Mountain Brewery
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 7.00% ABV

3.85/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear brown with a short lasting light tan head. A little head hangs on and leaves no lacing. The aroma is malty sweetness and spiced. The taste is close to that but there is an additional tang to it initially that fades as it opens up. The body is medium weight with just a little carbonation.

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Hobbs Farmhouse Ale
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Hobbs Farmhouse Ale

Throwback Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.00% ABV

4.07/5  rDev +9.7% | Avg: 3.71
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz growler poured less than a week ago.

Pours a golden color with a thin white head, big bubbles that fade quickly and leave no lacing.

Smell has a mix of grass and lemon, with a slight funk.

Taste starts out with a grassy citrus bitterness, touch of funk in the aftertaste with some earthiness to it, plenty of sharp carbonation and a dry finish.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 001
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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 001

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American IPA / 5.90% ABV

3.95/5  rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.09
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, crystal clear gold with a big white head. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, appropriate for a moderate ABV beer. Of the common hops descriptors, I would leave out "citrus" as I don't get that at all, other than a touch of grapefruit. Some resiny pine notes for sure and a little dankness. Definitely some tropical fruit aromas and taste. I think the wheat malt base is excellent for allowings hops flavors to shine. I dislike IPAs with a lot of biscuit or caramelly malt tones. The light body and reasonable alcohol makes it a pleasure to drink. I can see this being a beer I would go to when my taste buds are craving something luponic but my body is saying a DIPA is too much alcohol. Mouthfeel might suggest a so-called "session" (why do I dislike that term so much?) beer but it has plenty of flavor. Nice job!

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Extra Special Ale (ESA)
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Extra Special Ale (ESA)

Yards Brewing Co.
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) / 6.00% ABV

3.82/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 3.74
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On cask @ Half Moon Restaurant & Saloon in Kennett Square, PA.

Deep amber/brown color and good clarity around the edges. Average sized white head with good retention. Mild aroma of lightly toasted malt and light fruity hops. Smooth, biscuity and caramel malt flavor balanced with ample hop bitterness. Medium bodied with low carbonation, as this was from the cask. A great candidate for being served on cask.

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Brrr
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Brrr

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Winter Warmer / 7.20% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +7.1% | Avg: 3.82
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper beer with thick beige head, nice retention.
Smell - hops and toasted malts.
Taste - excellent combination of hop character (citrusy, piney, zesty) and toasted malts (biscuity, nutty)
Medium body and carbonation, complex, balanced, delicious
Nice strong ale.

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Swish
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Swish

Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.86/5  rDev +6.6% | Avg: 4.56
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a super cloudy golden yellow color with a 2 finger bright white head that fades to 1/4 inch ring around the edge with a microfilm layer across the top. There are sticky chunks of hanging lacing. Smell is citrus, tropical and green dankness. Grapefruit, orange, pithy citrus, mango, pineapple and dankness burst out of the glass. Taste is the same, simply fantastic. Feel is light and juicy, but has a sticky resinous finish. Cannot believe this is 8%. Overall this beer is amazing. Like more resinous, citrus, and slightly more dank version of Alter Ego. Just fantastic. Also has a similar hop profile to Billy Full Stack in my opinion.

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Gale Force India Style Pale Ale
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Gale Force India Style Pale Ale

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
American IPA / 5.25% ABV

3.56/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.59
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - more seaport-worthy nomenclature from this PacNW coastal brewery - but what's with the barely above average (for beer, not even IPAs) ABV here?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some decent sudsy accordion lace around the glass as it lazily settles into a surface straddling blob.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity white cracker, muddled domestic citrus rind, and fairly tame leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery caramel malt, a hint of salted bread, still hard to delineate underripe citrus notes, some hard water flintiness, and more understated piney, herbal, and grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its well supportive and sometimes jovial frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee hoppy interloper causing a minor tremor here. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, as the biscuity nature of the malt goes all in, amongst the now sweating in their seats hops, who seem to be not long for this world, even for their lingering.

Overall, a pleasant enough tipple, though the leanings to the British side of the IPA coin are quite strong. Maybe Everett is just a bit too proximate to Canada, and all our English/American blending tendencies. Or maybe go and brand this an APA, and you'd get more love, I dunno.

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