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Eight Point IPA
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Eight Point IPA

Devils Backbone Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

3.38/5  rDev -7.9% | Avg: 3.67
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I think I'll avoid the courtesy of giving this one a proper review. It looks serviceable, clear light copper with maybe 1/2" of white head that disappears in an instant. Lacing & retention are poor. It smells malty with only a trace of piney hops & tastes harsh & unbalanced. The feel is about average. As an overall IPA, this is pretty bottom-tier.

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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA
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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.34/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.32
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hazy, dark orange color. Minimal head.
Citrus aroma. Some floral notes. A hint of caramel malt.
Big taste. Grapefruit and more grapefruit. Some light pine. Caramel as an afterthought.
Very hop forward. Delightful beer.

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Bell's Winter White Ale
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Bell's Winter White Ale

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Witbier / 5.00% ABV

3.1/5  rDev -15.5% | Avg: 3.67
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

love the two hearted ale so was excited to give this a go.....

popping the top pours a light straw, nicely carbonated glass. Cloudy in appearance true to form. Smells are subtle almost non existent. But i also got top close on my first whiff and snorted some foam up my left nostril. so disregard my aroma notes.

The taste is ok. Nothing really sets it apart. Get a little bit of spice and clove but it doesn't seem balanced. Nothing off putting by any means, I guess i like a little more citrus/orange over mostly spice. Mouthful is perfect for the style. Overall a decent beer.

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Death By Coconut
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Death By Coconut

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
English Porter / 6.50% ABV

4.03/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.12
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 4.49. Canned 10/23/15. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours a dark brown, like black tea, that rests in the glass near black with two fingers of tan head. A thin, persistent haze remains throughout and leaves some wide bands of lace.

Smells of toasted coconut, roast, cocoa and caramel. The nose is subdued but pleasant.

The flavors are soft and smooth and follows the nose. Nice, rich coconut is the star along with some milk, mild chocolate, faint roast and caramel. Great balance of sweetness along with just enough roasty bitterness. Very easy to drink.

Light body which somehow achieves an almost creamy texture. Carbonation is fairly soft. Coconut, lactose sweetness and a touch of mild roast create an enjoyable finish.

Irish stouts are typically a bit too weak for my preferences but Death By Coconut is really good. It still has a lighter body than I'd prefer but it is on for the style and it even achieves something close to creamy. This one is definitely worth a try.

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Project PAM
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Project PAM

Founders Brewing Company
American Black Ale

4.28/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.35
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Maple sweetness and vanilla come through up front with roasted malt aromas underneath. Piney hop aromas come through on the end.

T: The roasted malts and hops are much more present here with cacao, char, and resinous pine flavors hitting first. Oak, bourbon, and a bit of maple follow with a moderately bitter and lightly boozy finish. There is also a lightly sweet maple aftertaste.

M: Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation, this beer is surprisingly lively on the tongue despite its abv.

O: An interesting and good beer, overall. The barrel and malt/hop characters work well together to make a unique and enjoyable product.

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Bell's Porter
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Bell's Porter

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
American Porter / 5.60% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +7% | Avg: 3.88
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown (nearly black), non-transparent that pours a one finger head with quite a bit of lacing.
Smell: Malt backbone with a hint of smoke and roasted coffee
Taste: Malt and roasted coffee are up front with some citrus hop presence. Smoky flavor is very subtle, but not overpowered.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with a smooth milk texture. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: Bell's Porter is a wonderful porter that brings a smooth feel and great flavor. Well executed!

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Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale
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Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale

Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Dubbel / 9.00% ABV

4.06/5  rDev +11.8% | Avg: 3.63
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brown with a light haze forming a 1” persistent tan foam collar with a very fine bead. Produces gothic window lace.

S: Yeast driven esters and phenols, citrus, banana, dark malt cake, molasses to brown sugar.

T: Big malt flavor, light molasses, dark dried fruit, fig to dates, raisin, light banana, light citrus, a trace of tart on the finish but maintains moderate sweetness throughout. Lingering fig aftertastes. The malt and yeast flavors are medium and the hops are medium low to low.

F: Slightly below medium body, medium high carbonation.

O: A good beer but a little on the sweet side.

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Stupid Face
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Stupid Face

Pizza Port Solana Beach
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

3.98/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.98
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port – San Clemente, CA
Full Pint – 06/06/15

A: Pours a nice mix between dark gold to pale amber in body with some semi-hazy clarity. A dense half finger layer of egg white cream lays over top for a few minutes. Leaves a few squiggles tracks of lace as is slides back dwon into the glass.

S: Citrus fruits, tropical mango, and floral notes make up a good portion of the nose. Getting lots of ripe tangerine and peach character to this. There is a bit of caramel malt there and some softly baked bread as well. Fairly nice aroma. Fresh with the fruity hops.

T: Lots of tropical mango and melon with orange flesh in the flav. Melds into a dash of bread crust and a caramel cracker malt to round out. An upper moderate amount of bitter resins carry through to a climax of moderate dank spice and a little alcohol warmth surfacing. A really solid IPA that is proving easy to drink here.

M: Moderate light body with a lightly filling effect from the malts. Still carries on a very smooth texture as it gathers into a peppery bitterness and semi drying finish. Somewhat resinous with a lasting linger and a bit of alcohol warmth on exhalation. Pretty well balanced in all.

D: A real nice brew to savor. Lots of fresh citrus and tropical mango/apricot flavor. A solid B+ effort here. Not quite in the top echelon of hoppy Pizza Port brews but definitely worthy in itself.

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Hop Oddysey: Cedar Plank Pale Ale
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Hop Oddysey: Cedar Plank Pale Ale

Green Flash Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.00% ABV

4.32/5  rDev +14.6% | Avg: 3.77
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden dark orange color, nice carbonation, with a nice quick/fizzy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a very nice malt note, citrusy. The taste is very nice hoppy, very nice sweet malt note, with some citrus. Medium body, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very decient Pale Ale, especially for the ABV.

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White Russian Imperial Stout
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White Russian Imperial Stout

Sun Up Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 9.20% ABV

4.46/5  rDev -0.4% | Avg: 4.48
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 32 oz. growler from Kings Convenience Market today for $8.00.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head upon the initial pour.

Nose is coffee, vanilla, and chocolate with some hints of roasted malts.

Taste is like the white russian cocktail i enjoyed yesteryear. Dark chocolate, vanilla cream, coffee, and roasted malts are masterfully crafted together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a delicious beer that i could easily be hooked into drinking quite often. It does not quite have the viscosity i love in RIS brews but then again it weighs in at 9.4 abv which obviously makes it less chewy. If you are in Phoenix definitely find this beer!

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Ales From The Wood Richland Reserve
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Ales From The Wood Richland Reserve

Terrapin Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 12.00% ABV

4.32/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.32
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Hazy dark reddish brown. Sparse off white head.
smell: Oak and rum are prominent. As advertised on the bottle, "mellow pipe tobacco". Not getting any of the Hopzilla citrus, and grapefruit. This is a different beast altogether.
taste: Wow, this is really nice but a completely different beer now. Very little hops. Rum, oak, caramel. This should probably be classified as a Strong Ale or a Barley. Delicious.

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Born Yesterday Pale Ale
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Born Yesterday Pale Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.50% ABV

4.56/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 4.41
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours golden with a large, slightly off white head. It is clear with no clouding at all and a good deal of lace.

Smell: It has aromas of grapefruit and pine with hints or caramel that become more prominent as it warms.

Taste: It has grapefruit and citrus flavors with pine and and hints of caramel.

Feel: It feels moderately light and easy to drink with a bitter finish.

Overall: A refreshing pale ale that is wonderfully aromatic and tasteful. The combination of hops and hints of malts are evident throughout from the first drink to the bitter finish.

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Pearfigt IPA
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Pearfigt IPA

Wicked Weed Brewing
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It poured a dark golden/orange color. You can definitely smell the pear and I get some pine and fig as well. Definitely some fruitiness and as some reviewers pointed out definitely some spices as well. Upon drinking the fig and pear immediately hit the tongue as well as some pine. Also some grapefruit. Very juicy. Overall its a well done IPA from Wicked Weeds.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

Bières de Chimay S.A.
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 9.00% ABV

4.38/5  rDev +2.3% | Avg: 4.28
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Grande Réserve from Belgium

The look of it: dark brown body

The smell of it: Cherry/ strawberry with the malt

Taste : Vanilla, straberry , cherry, malt and the sweet is really present. 9% ABV feels like a 6 or a 7. Very light in the mouth.

So overeall would I recommend it ? Hell yes, what a beer I really did enjoy that beer. Thanks to my friend to recommend that beer.

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The Bruery
Belgian Strong Pale Ale / 8.50% ABV

3.81/5  rDev -5% | Avg: 4.01
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an interesting beer to review. It's very reminiscent of a Duvel but with the volume turned up to 11. I might like a little more restraint in the ABV department, this seems overly boozy for a dry pale ale that bears some resemblance to a saison.

Grassy in the early going on the nose. Some hop resin but this is quite muted. Pepper notes come through more as you acclimate to the beer and it opens up temperature wise. Belgian candied sugar in the mid palate. Seems to me like a beer that is having a hard time deciding what it wants to be. Nothing bad of course, quite the opposite. But it does seem to have a little bit of identity confusion.

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Clown Shoes
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.14/5  rDev +4.8% | Avg: 3.95
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/27, still under one month, very fair assessment.
Pours a clear light copper/pink with solid one-finger dense white head. Staid and heavy to the eye.
Smell is sticky pine, honey, lime juice, bubblegum, orange rind, some sour mash.
Taste mostly lime juice and pine boughs. It's not an aggressive hoppiness, but rather that there's so much volume of hop treatment on this, it's thick with competing hop notes. Any pale/amber/copper maltiness is relegated to the last part of the swallow, when it does seem to have a little honey-amber gravity to it. Finish/aftertaste is tingly sharp pine.
Feel is in the same ballpark as 90 min. very thick/heavy all the way through. Not an alcohol taste, but you feel the abv in the body the whole time.
Overall, I almost really like it. Nice quantity of and focus on various hops. Nice gravity in the body. Does not translate all the hop smells to taste, as it's dominated by lime/pine. Does not get much counterbalancing sweetness or toastiness from the malt body, so that aspect is felt in weight only and doesn't broaden the palate for me. Where I shop, this is a buck cheaper than 90 min., which makes it a perfect buy on a very good, but not mind-blowing, dipa. I will buy again on occasion.

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Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Cuvée Barrique
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Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Cuvée Barrique

Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Weizenbock / 9.50% ABV

4.2/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 4
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky swamp water, thin layer of head with no retention of lacing. Hints of sour cherry, oak, vines grapes and barnyard funk. Nice sour flavors alongside sweet cherry notes, subtle toffee and caramel linger alongside a nice candied apple flavour. A tad thin but super ooh and ABV is undetected. I will be grabbing another bottle of this, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Saison De Brettaville
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Saison De Brettaville

Almanac Beer Co.
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.20% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +9.2% | Avg: 4.12
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A meringue of a head sits atop the cloudy honey colored liquid and shows off great retention and lacing character

Smell: Leathery Brett funk, with apricot, peach, pear and lychee; the white wine grape and oak barrel treatment is also very apparent

Taste: A bit tart, up front, with white wine grape, oak and a hint of vanilla; it doesn't take long, however, for the fruit salad on the aroma appears on the tastebuds; after the swallow, there is a bait of tangerine and then the Brett takes over the show, drying out the tongue and bringing the funk

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation

Overall: Really enjoying this Brett bomb; the fruit flavors range across the spectrum, too

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AleWerks Brewing Company
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 10.00% ABV

2.67/5  rDev -31.5% | Avg: 3.9
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with no head at all. No head obviously means no retention and no lacing.

Aroma: It has a pleasant bourbon and oak aroma but it is very very faint.

Taste: It has a soft sweet edge to the beer. The flavor is comprised of very faint bourbon and oak...it is extremely soft and mellow. What is notable is that at 10% I taste no alcohol at all. There is a candy-like sweetness to the beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has zero carbonation...I mean completely still. This greatly degrades the overall mouthfeel but the beer is still very smooth and extremely easy to drink.

Overall: I really wasn't impressed by the beer. It is supposed to be this special anniversary beer and it was pretty much a letdown. As a BSDA it really didn't give any strong Belgian character so that was disappointing, and it seems like the only real character you get is this generic muted bourbon barrel flavor. I don't recommend it. The yearly offerings by AleWerks are head and shoulders above this beer.

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Citra! Citra! Citra!
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Citra! Citra! Citra!

Marz Community Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.33/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.07
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy brownish amber color. Healthy persistent head with slight lacing. Hops on the nose. Taste is hoppy, strongly bitter with light juice. Very bold and full.

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Another IPA
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Another IPA

Frost Beer Works
American IPA / 7.30% ABV

4.12/5  rDev +5.4% | Avg: 3.91
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at Duncan Donuts in Milton for ~6.00. Poured into glass and shared. Pours an almost perfectly clear light-amber with a soft inch of creamy head. Pleasant but not pungent citrus and pine aromas. Taste is lightly fruity with just a hint of pine and dank, finishing with a very nice balance of soft bitterness. Mouth feel is just right - medium bodied, clean, refreshing. Overall, I liked this a lot, especially as it warmed up a bit. Not as noteworthy as their Some IIPA, but much better than More IPA.

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Blowing Rock IPA
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Blowing Rock IPA

Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

3.21/5  rDev -3% | Avg: 3.31
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drink local. Regional IPA is dtinkable, but not exceptional. Out of a can into glass, this ale does not have a head or hold lace. I don' t drink a beer for its look or smell, but for its taste and feel. There is not much to distinguish this shot at bitter ale from many others, but when in North Carolina, it's worth a try. Pine resin seems to dominate the hops, but that is charcteristic of many east coast efforts. Good attempt if west coast style citrus is not what you want.

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Dark Island
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Dark Island

Orkney Brewery
Scottish Ale / 4.60% ABV

3.83/5  rDev -3% | Avg: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle in Glasgow. Pours near black with a medium head that does not retain much lacing. Nose is lighter than expected. Roasty maltiness with just a whiff of peat in the background. Taste is slightly sweet with light roasted notes on the malt backbone. Not really what I would call a Scottish ale...more like a cross between a light sweet stout and a brown ale. Good, drinkable, and somewhat flavorful, but not exciting. I would love to try this again on cask where I expect it would shine.

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Czechvar 120 B Story
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Czechvar 120 B Story

Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Pilsener / 5.00% ABV

3.34/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.34
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.50 for a 500ml can. Served at 7deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out in less than a minute

S- Some hops and malt but more like a North American brew like a Bud

T- Slightly better than a Bud but not buy much.

M- Same as a Bud

O- Not so good. Will not buy again. It's a European Bud! One thing I can say is at least they have a bit more flavor

Food Pairing

This ok brew at best went well with........ Yup! You guessed it! Anything you would pair a Bud with!


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Burro De Sancho Negra
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Burro De Sancho Negra

Daviyun (Cerveza SAGRA)
English Porter / 5.00% ABV

2.89/5  rDev -5.2% | Avg: 3.05
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. Playing Goodbye Deponia. The worst Burro Sancho. Easy to drink but watery and flat in taste and aroma. Just a mild Guinness-like taste and smell

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