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Future Glow
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Future Glow

Burlington Beer Co.
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 3.50% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +1.5% | Avg: 4.03
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-very pale, cloudy pour, can to glass. There is some citrus hop in the nose. Grapefruit juice is the dominant flavor with some spruce at the back end. This tasty and refreshing pale ale finishes dry.

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Mach 10
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Mach 10

Bear Republic Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.20% ABV

3.9/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 3.92
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber (12) pour with billowy off white head; thick, long lasting cap; super heavy lacing; excellent clarity. Fresh hops, citrus and pine nose. Bitter orange rind with caramel malt flavors. Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Long lasting bitter citrus linger.

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Libertine Black Ale
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Libertine Black Ale

BrewDog
American Black Ale / 7.20% ABV

3.94/5  rDev +1% | Avg: 3.9
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark colour, with an off white creamy head that last for a good while, leaving a lot of lace. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, licorice. Medium body, creamy palate and lively carbonation. Taste is similar to aroma: chocolate, dried fruits, coffee,licorice. Really good.

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Valkrie Red
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Valkrie Red

Dempsey's Brewery, Restaurant & Pub
American Amber / Red Ale

2.24/5  rDev -18.5% | Avg: 2.75
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Dark amber (18) reddish draught pour with off white head; no cap retention and no lace. Weird overripe fruit odor. Sharp vinegary taste. Light watery mouthfeel and no carbonation. This was a really bad beer on all fronts.

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Built To Spill
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Built To Spill

Foam Brewers
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.48/5  rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.44
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler one day after filling.
Pours a nice hazy deep yellow, slightly orange hue with two fingers of head.
Aromas are really nice citrus, lemon zest and dank hops.
Flavors are beautiful. touches of candied mango.
Mouthfeel was really nice as well.
This was my favorite hoppy beer from Foam so far. An excellent beer!

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Magnetic Compass
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Magnetic Compass

Grimm Artisanal Ales
American IPA / 6.40% ABV

4.49/5  rDev -1.1% | Avg: 4.54
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - super hazy, one finger head fades to a thin layer, lots of lacing

S - somewhat subdued aroma of citrus and tropical fruits

T - loads of orange and pineapple, somewhat sweet up front, but finishes with a dry and slightly herbaceous bitterness

F - creamy, smooth, medium to low carbonation

O - reminds me of HF's Susan -- perhaps riwaka and rakau are similar hops

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Double Barrel Derivation
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Double Barrel Derivation

Side Project Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 15.00% ABV

4.48/5  rDev -4.9% | Avg: 4.71
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed half a bottle at the cellar before the Oude du Ble release yesterday.

Look was going to be 4.25, but I'm giving bonus points for the label, which is textured yet minimalistic. So alluring...

Aroma of dark candied fruits--the port is evident here.
On the tongue it brings some vanilla, cherry, molasses, then finishes with the port. I really never got the whiskey.

This is a sweet beer--not quite Bruery stout sweet and not under-attentuated, but it takes some adjustment if you're not used to consuming a bunch of sugar. The last notes of the port barrel do help dry it out a bit. That said, there is a balance among the component flavors that's very impressive.

Carbonation is almost non-existent, as was the case in D4. I prefer more bubbles in my beer, even in these big stouts. Full mouthfeel though.

A great imperial stout for sure. I'd put it in the middle of the derivation lineup. From most to least favorite in the series: 2, 1, 5, double barrel, 4, 3.

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Long Ship Lager
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Long Ship Lager

Dempsey's Brewery, Restaurant & Pub
Munich Dunkel Lager

3.49/5  rDev +17.9% | Avg: 2.96
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light brown (24) draught pour with off white head; decent cap retention and moderately heavy lace; excellent clarity. Lite malt nose. Light caramel malt taste. Light mouthfeel and very light carbonation. Overall a fine tasting dark lager, but under carbonated.

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

Brouwerij Lindemans
Gueuze / 5.50% ABV

4.75/5  rDev +16.4% | Avg: 4.08
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden orange colour, with a small head full of tiny bubbles. YThere's always a ring on the top and a tear lace. Aroma of grapes, citrics, wood, cider, cellar, notes of apple, sour. Medium body, crispy and creamy palate, fizzy carbonation. Taste is sour, there's citrics, grapes, wood, cider, notes of apples. Great.

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De Troch Oude Gueuze
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De Troch Oude Gueuze

Brouwerij De Troch
Gueuze / 5.50% ABV

3.94/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 4.12
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Again, I fail to become a devotee of the style... try as frequently as I still do.
I bought this because MJ "Great Beers of Belgium" focussed on the De Troch family's traditional brewing methods (read if you are a fan of the style.)
As for his review: "oaky, earthy, cellar notes in its from and palate, with a refreshing acidity in the palate and finish." I suppose I got all that, but not the "refreshing" part ... more like a very tight pucker, as the acidity was too sour for me (and others I shared with).
But if you like the traditional gueuze without the syrup/sweetener, then seek out De Troch's rendition.

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Black Bear Stout
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Black Bear Stout

Dempsey's Brewery, Restaurant & Pub
American Stout

3.5/5  rDev +5.4% | Avg: 3.32
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light black draught pour, thin but no ruby; light tan head which vanished immediately; good clarity under cap. Light roast malt nose. Toasty caramel malt flavor. Lite mouthfeel and almost no carbonation. Some roast linger. Ok.

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Neon Gypsy
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Neon Gypsy

DuClaw Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.77/5  rDev +2.2% | Avg: 3.69
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Doma Nna rohu in Greenwich Village, NY.

Pleasantly heavy on the hops and certainly puckered your mouth. Certainly a thickness to it which meant it didn't slide down quickly. Would happily drink again but it didn't quite have the balance that would have left me wishing I'd had a second.

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Battleaxe Blonde Ale
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Battleaxe Blonde Ale

Dempsey's Brewery, Restaurant & Pub
American Blonde Ale / 3.90% ABV

3.39/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.51
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold draught pour (a 3 - 4) with thin white head that disappeared quickly and left no lace; excellent clarity. Lite floral hop nose. Lite floral hop taste. Light watery mouthfeel and almost no carbonation. Not much here...

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Fantôme Brise-BonBons
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Fantôme Brise-BonBons

Brasserie Fantôme
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.00% ABV

4.54/5  rDev +11.8% | Avg: 4.06
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

02/2014 release served cold in a teku

Appearance: deep straw colored with a massive creamy head of white foam. The beer poured fairly clear considering its microbial composition. I really love the bottle presentation with the crown cap and cork underneath. Very Belgian farmhouse

Nose: hay, funky Brett, sweet malts, spicy hop character, lemons, limes, slight acidic note, very nice and smells similar to Saison Dupont

Taste: follows the nose. hay, Brett funk but not too heavy, slightly tart and dry, spicy hops remain and add a significant amount of bitterness, lemons, lime, little acid. Delicious.

Overall: This one was a winner for me. I'm going to take more chances on Fantome in the future

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Brewers IPA
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Brewers IPA

Ass Clown Brewing
American IPA / 5.00% ABV

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

This session style IPA pours a beautiful gold color with wonderful tropical fruit and green pepper aroma. Flavor is identical to the aroma. I believe they probably use a generous helping of Equinox hops for this one. There was some nice body to the beer although I felt it was a little thin as I drank more of it. Nice bitterness on the back-end. Overall an excellent IPA!

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Banshie Pale Ale
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Banshie Pale Ale

Dempsey's Brewery, Restaurant & Pub
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.50% ABV

3.43/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 3.37
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Gold (4) draught pour with thick white cap and heavy lace; excellent clarity. Lite malt and floral hop nose. Lite malt and very light bitter hop flavor. Medium lite mouthfeel and almost flat carbonation. Very lite bitter linger.

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Skimpy Sparrow
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Skimpy Sparrow

Trillium Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.40% ABV

3.3/5  rDev -24.5% | Avg: 4.37
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I appreciate that this is a departure from the brews that put them on the map, but this beer didn't have a lot going on. Not much body, flavor was muted. I don't need a giant hop bomb every time, in fact I want to see more people get away from it Like this attempt. But this one was just a bomb. Can't win them all

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Back Bay ESB
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Back Bay ESB

Biloxi Brewing Company
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) / 5.40% ABV

4.06/5  rDev +12.2% | Avg: 3.62
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biloxi Back Bay ESB has a medium-to-thick off-white head, a semi-hazy, orange-copper appearance, with lots of powdery sediment and some rather big tan yeast chunks, roiling about. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is of orange peel, yeast, sourdough, light brown bread crust, and nut oils. Taste is of all that, with mild bitterness, a slight cream cheese cake icing, nuts, and some tannin. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Back Bay ESB finishes medium dry and delicious.

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Fargo Original
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Fargo Original

Fargo Brewing Company
American Pale Lager / 5.10% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +4.6% | Avg: 3.91
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold (4) pour with white cap that vanished quickly leaving a slight ring: no lace to speak of; excellent clarity. Lite floral hop nose, no DMS. Floral hop and and a touch of lemon. Medium, kinda fluffy mouthfeel with moderate plus carbonation. I enjoyed the lite lemon touch, a solid lager.

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Big Sky IPA
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Big Sky IPA

Big Sky Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

3.62/5  rDev -6.2% | Avg: 3.86
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale auburn pour with thin white head; cap disappeared quickly and left a ring of little to no lace; good clarity. Citrus and a little grass hop nose. Lemon rind and fresh bitter hops with lite caramel malt base. An ok IPA.

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Dreadnaught IPA
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Dreadnaught IPA

3 Floyds Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

4.54/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.4
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Bottle date was rubbed off but it was 5/11/16 if I remember correctly.

A: Pours a hazy, dark, Amber-red color. One-inch, cream colored, foamy head with great retention. Thin cream colored lacing throughout.
S: Tropical and citrus notes of Mango, pineapple, peach, and grapefruit. With sweet and carmel malt undertones.
T: Getting lots of piney hop bitterness with some grapefruit notes mostly, accompanied by very mild fruity notes, which are all balanced well with sweet malt flavors.
F: Near medium bodied, smooth, good carbonation, with a slightly dry but crisp finish.
O: Overall, a great IIPA. Love the strong hop and grapefruit flavors. This was my first time having this one. Would love to try a fresher bottle. Wish 3 Floyds stuff hit distro in MN would love to try some of their other offerings.

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Brew Free Or Die IPA
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Brew Free Or Die IPA

21st Amendment Brewery
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.52/5  rDev -8.8% | Avg: 3.86
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent and golden. Nice head. Taste is somewhat crisp, but not super hoppy (as I have been accustomed to lately). Aroma is subtle. Nice IPA that isn't a "hop bomb".

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Mexican Cake
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Mexican Cake

Westbrook Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

4.46/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 4.37
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Jet Black with thin mocha head.
Smell- Cocoa, Cinnamon, Vanilla . Loved the smell
Taste- Up front chocolate with vanilla second in line but the peppers are def there leaving a hot aftertaste I have not experienced before.
Mouthfeel was medium
Overall- While I have def had better imperial stouts, this was enjoyable. I can see how the pepper would def turn some people off, as I did not expect the aftertaste from it. That being said, I am stoked I was able to try it and would down the road def drink this again if I had opportunity.

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King Sue
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King Sue

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.92/5  rDev +6.3% | Avg: 4.63
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bought a case of 12 22oz bombers at King Sue release day 6/24/16. Well worth the 2 1/2 hour drive to come home with this beer. Poured into 2 TG chalice glasses for my wife and I to share. We were not dissapointed. The flavor compared to the original PsuedoSue (which I think has great citra hop flavor) doesn't compare. This screams flavor, amazing citra hop flavor smacking you in the face. This one is in my top 3 IPAs I've ever tried along with Dinner and Pliny The Elder. Look forward to trying more of the 22 oz bombers soon.

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Enlightened Despot
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Enlightened Despot

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout / 11.30% ABV

4.31/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 4.19
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall pretty good. This stout is WAYYYY too hoppy to begin with, and is one that definitely made to be aged for a year or to. Could also be a little thicker with a better mouthfeel, but all in all really good after aging for a little. Unless you like extremely hoppy stouts, then drink it right away.

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