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Sunny Side Up (Bourbon Barrel)
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Sunny Side Up (Bourbon Barrel)

Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

4.47/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.47
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Pours pitch black with a half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smells of strong dark roasted coffee, cocoa powder, wet oak, dash of coconut, vanilla and a decent amount of bourbon. Taste starts off with plenty of cocoa and bitter coffee quickly being joined by the sweet vanilla, woody oak, warm bourbon, hint of that coconut again and some light booze burn. Smooth, toasty feel with a decent amount of dryness clinging to the palate after each sip.

Overall this is an excellent example of a bourbon barrel aged coffee stout. All of the original flavors are there and the bourbon is prominent but not overpowering. Looking forward to having this again in the future... (789 characters)

Color Blind Red IPA
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Color Blind Red IPA

11 Below Brewing
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

3.92/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.98
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good IPA, nothing mind-blowing, but well-balanced and tasty. Color is ideal (sorta medium deepish red) and the pour showed a nice head with solid lacing. The aroma is dominated by hops, which is good, and the taste shows the same hop focus without a harsh aftertaste. This is a well-done beer but not one I'd go out of my way for, frankly. (339 characters)

Kuchlbauer Alte Liebe Dunkle Weisse
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Kuchlbauer Alte Liebe Dunkle Weisse

Weissbierbrauerei Kuchlbauer
Dunkelweizen / 5.20% ABV

3.62/5  rDev +11.7% | rAvg: 3.24
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber-reddish colour, dark red to the light, big head that last all the beer, with a good lace. Smell of cloves, bananas, roasted notes, spices. Body is a bit laight, even watery,, good carbonation. TAste of cloves, bananas, fruits, spices, hints of vinegar. Good. (264 characters)

2xPRESSO
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2xPRESSO

Southern Tier Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout / 7.50% ABV

3.97/5  rDev +2.3% | rAvg: 3.88
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a beige foamy head of an inch and a half. Smell of coffee, chocolate, citrus, earth, roasted malt, lactose, and some vanilla. Taste is coffee, a slight citrus on the back, not too citrus-y at all, chocolate, vanilla, a tiny bit of lactose sweetening, and roasted malt. It has a creamy smooth mouth feel with a light to moderate body. (350 characters)

Otter Creek Fresh Slice
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Otter Creek Fresh Slice

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Belgian IPA / 5.50% ABV

3.77/5  rDev +0.8% | rAvg: 3.74
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass the beer was a hazy gold color with a nice white head that left a good amount of lace.

Citrus and spice in the aroma.

Lots of orange taste. Some coriander.

Very nice, easy-drinking beer. (205 characters)

White Russian Imperial Stout
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White Russian Imperial Stout

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

4.39/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.53
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

by far my favorite beer I tried from them...absolutely delicious and velvety mouthfeel...the finish was a bit acrid but now I'm really splitting hairs at this point - overall a very solid beer (192 characters)

Yokel
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Yokel

New Glarus Brewing Company
Munich Helles Lager / 4.20% ABV

3.89/5  rDev +1% | rAvg: 3.85
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden straw in color, topped with an off white head. Clarity is near-excellent.

Bready malts on the nose, along with a lighter, classic lager yeast character. Clean, bready, lightly yeasty, but quite neutral as it should be.

Fairly sweet on the first sip, but with the breadiness backing it up all the way to the tail end of the drink. Creamy. Sweetness doesn't overwhelm and in no way is this a cloying beer, as there's a crispness that is so subtle that you might miss it.

Very good mouthfeel and excellent drinkability.

A very good, very clean lagerbier and a great rendition of a classic style. (622 characters)

19th Anniversary Imperial IPA
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19th Anniversary Imperial IPA

Coronado Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

4.59/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.39
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night so mostly going off memory. Clear light golden color. Smell was extremely tropical. Piney and resiney. Taste followed the nose. Mango, guava, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, resin. Just enough malty sweetness. Light bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little on the thick side but to be expected from a 9% IIPA. Crisp and clean with good carbonation. Overall, I was extremely surprised by this one. I had all but given up on Coronado but this made me a fan again. Well done. (482 characters)

Double Citra
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Double Citra

Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.72/5  rDev +5.4% | rAvg: 4.48
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rarely does a beer grace the lips in the dominant showcase of a single hop variety as well as the "Citra" hop variety has done in the capable hands of Hill Farmstead. The nearly teeth-churning fruit flavors on display to seduce the senses and refresh the palate with the intangibles that go far beyond what's expected of imperial IPA.

Though its unadulterated and hoppy haze, the ale pours like fruit juices with a pillowy lemon-stained froth. With the overwhelming scent of tropicana orange juice at the precipice, the unmistakable twang of passionfruit, lime, gooseberry, red grapefruit and blood orange is ripe and vibrant to the nose; evoking mouth watering at its mere scent.

To taste, the racy flavors of citrus and tropical fruit engulf the mouth entirely. A malty backdrop of seemingly tangy fructose, faint honey and confectioner's sweetness and a light drizzle of honey- all just enough to bring out the brightness of fruit. Yet, the culmination of sherbet precedes the smooth bitterness of fresh pine shavings, grassy verbena and tea-like sassafras.

What is a lush and velvety fruit tang up front dries wonderfully into a resinous dryness to house the bitterness and promotes its more herbal hop essence. An aftertaste of cream sickle with accompanying bitterness outlasts the sweetness and gives the ale its transcendent acclaim. (1,344 characters)

Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale
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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale

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

3.62/5  rDev -6.2% | rAvg: 3.86
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber color, 1.5 inch off-white head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing. Moderate to active carbonation. Typical pale ale hoppy aroma. Nice but as expected. Initial taste is a bit malt-forward, with the hops coming through in the middle. A nicely bitter aftertaste. Tingles the tongue and has a moderate feel - not thin, but not thick, either. This is a very well made, nicely balanced, tasty pale ale. Recommended. (422 characters)

Klosterbier
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Klosterbier

Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
Munich Dunkel Lager / 5.30% ABV

3.28/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.96
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a coppery and dark ruby brown hue into the glass. There is a cream colored head that forms and struggles to leave behind much lacing.

S — Smells of some sweetness and a bit of smokiness, a bit of some bitterness as well. This is nicely smokey and roasted without being overbearing.

T — Tastes rich, sweet, heavy, full bodied, and a bit sweet. Little bit of smokiness comes though again as well.

M — Medium bodied, long and lingering finish.

O — OK overall, not a style I've had much of, really nice bit of smokiness here. (560 characters)

Spruce Session
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Spruce Session

Foley Brothers Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.70% ABV

3.76/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.33
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale golden color much in the same vein as some of the highly popular session IPAs. I sense lemon, the eponymous spruce, and hints of ginger. Biscuit malt. Citrus flavor and perfumy with vegetal undertones; spruciness often overpowers other characteristics. Tart, drying, satisfying. The spruce tips sneakily slip in reminitions of the woodsy, sappy maple syrup beer VT is known for, but one refreshingly crafted with summer in mind. Good APA, excellent seasonal APA. (475 characters)

Red Chair NWPA
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Red Chair NWPA

Deschutes Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.20% ABV

4.02/5  rDev -2% | rAvg: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time for a different IPA.

A : A beautiful dark honey/iced tea glow with a popcorn colored head (2 fingers). The lace is sparse but still present. Opacity is about 90%.

S : Sweet fruits, some gardenia (flowers, sap, leaves), a hint of maple syrup, and a faint biting grapefruit note. Malts are roasted in the nose. Solid 4.

T : Delicious beer. Candied, almost. Lots of caramel, with roasted malts and yeast, so that kind of yields itself to a caramel roll-like taste. Some fruity sweetness from berries and figs, and a sharp pungent grapefruit rind note in the hop arena. Still better than the "Sucks" I had earlier.

F : Very creamy, dense, well-lit carbonation but easy drinking too. The carbonation electrifies the experience, and it ends slightly dry and pasty.

O : I'd have it again, but probably only on tap as it's gotta be better there. I don't like it enough to buy it in bottles again but it is a fair shot at a Red? IPA. Very nicely done, Deschutes. (965 characters)

Hop Crisis
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Hop Crisis

21st Amendment Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.70% ABV

4.67/5  rDev +18.2% | rAvg: 3.95
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled into a can of this a couple of weeks ago at a bar and it knocked me out (not literally, although at 9.7% it could certainly have that impact). Bought a four-pack last night and my initial impression was confirmed: This is my new favorite beer. It's got exactly what I love: HUGE hops, citrus (grapefruit), and bracing bitterness. Can claims it's "aged on oak spirals." I'm not quite sure what that means. Can't say I detected oak, nor do I care. Quite light in color compared to most DIPAs I've poured. It would fun to pour this for someone who thinks all bold-flavored brews are darker and then watch his/her reaction when drinking it. Anyway, this just assumed a place in my personal beer pantheon along with Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Flying Dog The Truth. (767 characters)

Helles
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Helles

Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
Maibock / Helles Bock

3.36/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.43
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a somewhat hazy, lemony yellow hue into the glass, there is a white colored head that leaves some adequate lacing behind it.

S — Smell is a bit sweet, though there is a nice dry and crisp hop tone underneath to balance it out.

T — Tastes lightly grainy and malty, as well as some nice noble hop character to add some bitterness.

M — Light-Medium bodied, there is a nice enough carbonation level here.

O — OK overall, a bit sweet but really not out of line. (498 characters)

Bell's Oarsman
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Bell's Oarsman

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Berliner Weissbier / 4.00% ABV

3.77/5  rDev +5.9% | rAvg: 3.56
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mild vinegar and grapes on the nose, smelling a bit like an acidic white wine. Thin but refreshing on the palate with just a hint of sour. Refreshing summer beer. (164 characters)

Lupulin River
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Lupulin River

Knee Deep Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.56/5  rDev +5.1% | rAvg: 4.34
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer on draft and it was phenomenal...not sure if it was fresh or not, but if it wasn't - can't imagine how good this would be right out of the tank...sublime! (168 characters)

Anacortes Porter
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Anacortes Porter

Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
American Porter / 4.60% ABV

2.24/5  rDev -37.6% | rAvg: 3.59
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a medium brown hue into the glass, there is a bit of clarity and a lot of light passes through around the edges, very light appearance. There is a creamy tan colored head on-top, but it fades quickly and doesn't leave much in the form of lacing.

S — Smells lightly chocolaty and sweet, little bit of a nutty character as well. Almost no roasted or charred character at all.

T — Light overall, there is some grainy malt character, and quite a bit of sweetness, not much else.

M — Light in body, there is minimal carbonation and almost no lingering finish at all.

O — Underwhelming and underdeveloped overall, really needs some more malt character and some hop bitterness to round everything out. (735 characters)

Vicinity
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Vicinity

Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.92/5  rDev +12.3% | rAvg: 4.38
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is another top notch offering from Trillium. Bottled 7/23/15. Hazy and bursting with citrus hop goodness. Literally could not stop smelling and drinking this beer. Phenomenal stuff! (186 characters)

Valentins Hefeweissbier Dunkel
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Valentins Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Park & Bellheimer AG
Dunkelweizen / 5.30% ABV

3.12/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.33
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found it here in Serbia, can 0,5 l.

A - Big head at first, stays for less then minute, not good.
Lots of bubbles. Reddish color.
S - Chocolate at the back, dark fruits, but weak aromas in all.
T/M - In the mouth there is much more alcohol aroma then it should be for this style. On the other hand, drinkable, creamy. Carbonated, low bitterness, wheat malt. Bready taste, some sweetness.

O - Really nothing special. (416 characters)

Anacortes IPA
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Anacortes IPA

Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
American IPA / 6.10% ABV

3.51/5  rDev -14.4% | rAvg: 4.1
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep and slightly hazy orange color into the glass. There is a creamy nearly khaki colored head on-top of the beer that leaves behind some inconsistent lacing.

S — Smells of sweet caramel malts and a bit of sweetness. As well as a piney and somewhat juicy hop profile, little bit of citrus as well.

T — Tastes of some lightly bitter and piney hops as well as some sweet malt undertones.

M — Medium bodied, seems a bit undercarbed and a touch flat.

O — OK overall, would have loved some more complexities. (550 characters)

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)
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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.85% ABV

3.66/5  rDev -15.5% | rAvg: 4.33
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty popular beer around BA. I figured I'd take a swing at it.

A : Very large and insanely tight popcorn colored head, about 3 fingers and sticking around for quite awhile before finally resting at 2 fingers. The lace makes the glass almost solid looking. The body is honey colored and 70% opaque.

S : Practically perfect marriage of orange peel and piney hop. A little bit of body odor/sweat sock but it's muted and distant. It's a solid, no-nonsense nose for an IPA.

T : Here's the downfall. It tastes like arm pit. And sugar. A sugary arm pit? It's got a strange rotting fruity buzz to it, though. I can't explain it. Like the arm pit and a mouthful of mushy cantaloupe. It tastes pretty gross but something keeps bringing me back to it. The Sweetness? Jimmy Eat World might agree. A little bit later the alcohol starts to surface and it takes on a slight warm buzz. I don't even know how to rate this. Am I missing something here that everyone else seems to be raving about? It's both terrible and drinkable at the same time. A 3?

F : Smooth, easy drinking, lightly creamy. Buzzing carbonation. Ends a little pasty.

O : Everything was looking pretty "world class" until I got to the taste. Obviously if I can't drink the beer it loses its merit. I'll pass on this next time. (1,298 characters)

Rye Like An Eagle
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Rye Like An Eagle

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
American Brown Ale / 12.50% ABV

4.05/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.78
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Beachwood a couple months ago.

Pours a brownish black with a short tan head. Nose is definite rye, some chocolate and whiskey. Taste gets caramel first, more rye, chocolate and slight whiskey. To me this beer has mellowed out well as it is not boozy at all. A very good take on a rye on rye barrel aged beer. (329 characters)

Tasting Room Series: Red IPA
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Tasting Room Series: Red IPA

Boulevard Brewing Co.
American Amber / Red Ale / 5.80% ABV

3.91/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.96
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy off-white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy hops, caramel malt and raspberries fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. Excellent brew. (318 characters)

Anchor Summer Beer
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Anchor Summer Beer

Anchor Brewing Company
American Pale Wheat Ale / 4.60% ABV

2.67/5  rDev -20.8% | rAvg: 3.37
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 fl. oz bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a fairly light brown colour with what looked like a fair amount of carbonation. Head was white and frothy and fairly loose. Disappeared very quickly. Left small amount of lacing.

Nose was quite nice. Malty with some toffee and caramel. Some banana coming through.

Palate was very light - not what I was expecting. A little malt and a nice banoffee flavour appearing on the front of the mouth only - not particularly well rounded.

Mouth was disappointing; quite light and lagery. Strong, loose carbonation.

Finish was light with very faint bitterness and dryness.

Overall quite a nice beer if a little lightweight. Not particularly complex or interesting but quite enjoyable nontheless. Easy-drinking but those looking for real flavour or complexity will be disappointed.

Recommended for drinkers of the style. (876 characters)

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