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Rogue Farms 4 Hop IPA
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Rogue Farms 4 Hop IPA

Rogue Ales
American IPA / 4.40% ABV

3.33/5  rDev -10.7% | Avg: 3.73
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells sweet and malty with a scent of leather and tobacco. Strangely smells of an English ale. Scents of citrus and pine board.

Starts out dry and woody with a "too strong tea" bitter and astringent after taste. Taste doesn't change much, mostly strong tea on a wooden stir stick.

Mouthfeel is average to thin.

Overall another session IPA that is mostly just bone dry.

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Evil Twin Brewing
Berliner Weissbier / 4.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +10.7% | Avg: 3.84
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a fizzy, white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of tart wheat and some lemon.

Tastes of the tart lemon with plenty of wheat and some grain. Tart fruit notes lead off with lemon zest predominantly featured. This gives way to some wheat and grainy sweetness. Finishes fairly clean with a slight lingering acidity.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty, clean, and crisp weissbier.

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Mexas Ranger
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Mexas Ranger

Mikkeller ApS
Herbed / Spiced Beer / 6.60% ABV

3.58/5  rDev -8.2% | Avg: 3.9
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Skuli Bar in Reykjavik, Iceland. Served in the house teku glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, one finger offwhite head, fair retention, not muchlacing. Smells of char, smoke, milk chocolate, a bit of espresso. The smoke is pretty hefty in this one, and it kind of wears on you later on, but up front, it is a nice tobacco smoky complexity. Flavour is similar, with a fair bit of tobacco leaf, milk chocolate, a bit of campfire smoke. Its definitely interesting at first, but after a while, it starts to really wear on your palate. I couldn't finish the full pour, although I enjoyed what I drank. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, lower in carbonation, with a smoky finish. Overall, this is one best shared with a bunch of folks, as I thought the smoke and char got overwhelming after a while, especially as it warmed.

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Boddingtons Pub Ale
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Boddingtons Pub Ale

English Pale Ale / 4.70% ABV

3.65/5  rDev +14.4% | Avg: 3.19
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased an individual can of this from a Pick n Save grocery store in Weston, WI. Boddington's Pub Ale pours a golden hue with a very thick head and a fantastic lacing. The aroma is a mild malt resembling bread in a way. The flavor is very creamy with a light caramel malt coming out. There is just a touch of bitterness at the finish. Overall this was a good beer but not something I would seek out more often.

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Schwartz Bier
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Schwartz Bier

Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Schwarzbier / 5.10% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +9.4% | Avg: 3.82
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with small bubbles, nice tan head, though it leaves minimal lacing. Nose not too strong, but not unexpected for this style. Toasty malts dominate. Taste has a clean sharp entry, then the roasted malts emerge smoothly. Never harsh. Does not feel thick or heavy despite dark color. Bottled 3/28/16. Good beer!

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Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.60% ABV

4.32/5  rDev -6.1% | Avg: 4.6
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Great TH mouthfeel. Pineapple and citrus on the palate. Really solid but not even close to my favorite tree house - missing the dank backbone of AE and J.

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Nelson Sauvin Brut Dry Hopped!
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Nelson Sauvin Brut Dry Hopped!

Mikkeller ApS
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut / 9.00% ABV

4.26/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.26
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served out of the bottle at Skuli Bar in Rekjyavik, Iceland- in a sherry glass.

Pours a medium darker yellow body, one finger white head, good carbonation, nice one finger white head with solid retention, bits of lacing. Smells of a tropical fruit, I am thinking dragon fruit or star fruit; mild leathery tartness, but mostly the Nelson hops. The spice from the hops are coming along nicely, with a mild white wine grape kind of aroma. Mild must, a bit of leather. Really quite complex and a fascinating beer. Flavour is a bit less complex, it is more of the spicy Nelson hops, a bit of cereal grain, mild farmhouse funk, a bit of white wine sweetness, but less of the complexity that the nose suggests. A bit of leather as well. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing, a bit higher in carbonation than I'd like, but still really drinkable. Overall, an interesting and complex aromatic beer although the palate and mouthfeel fell a bit short of the expectations that the nose engenders. A great beer, definitely worth trying if you are to come across it.

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Deciduous Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 4.90% ABV

4.06/5  rDev -3.3% | Avg: 4.2
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice

Golden yellow with a thin white foam layer , quickly settled to a ring of white bubbles

Tart with a hint of orange , tastes like a lemon juice

Good beer

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Bink Grand Cru
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Bink Grand Cru

Brouwerij Kerkom
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 13.00% ABV

3.99/5  rDev -3.2% | Avg: 4.12
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poof! And the tan froth atop this dark brown brew magically disappears.

Aroma with raisin, fresh-baked bread, caramel, faint cinnamon and spent grain.

13% ABV and commesurately hot across the tongue, but there's plenty of sweet chocolate, raisin, burnt sugar, black grape/juice and a slight bitterness in the finish to even it out quickly.

Medium and maybe even a little thin toward the end, but fine drinking with no major hiccups...until later maybe.

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Coffee Okie
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Coffee Okie

Prairie Artisan Ales
American Brown Ale / 13.00% ABV

4.08/5  rDev -4.9% | Avg: 4.29
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours thick dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, loads of toffee and caramel. Flavors follow the aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, coffee and some hints of bourbon and vanilla.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

North Coast Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.00% ABV

4.83/5  rDev +12.9% | Avg: 4.28
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is pretty perfect stout. Poured dark black with big head. Smell of roasted malts, with only vague hints of other flavoring. The taste was full, complex but the malts weren't buried by chocolate or coffee. Feel is very full bodied, and the finish is a creamy after-taste of the malts. Great beer.

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Saison Du BUFF
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Saison Du BUFF

Stone Brewing Co.
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.80% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +9.6% | Avg: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange color with thin white head that persists. Smells citrusy and spicy I imagine from the Belgian yeast. The taste is full but nicely balanced with plenty of the farmhouse style ale flavors that you'd expect - citrus and peppery herb notes. Feels modestly thick on your tongue. Finishes crisp with a pleasant aftertaste. I look forward to tasting this as it rotates to Victory and Dogfish Head in the collaboration.

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Dunham / Kissmeyer La Résurrection De Broderus
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Dunham / Kissmeyer La Résurrection De Broderus

Brasserie Dunham
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.90% ABV

3.48/5  rDev -8.9% | Avg: 3.82
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mikkeller and Friends in Reykjavik, Iceland. Served in a sherry glass.

Poured a medium caramel, darker yellow hued body, one finger white head, a bit of lacing, not much retention. Smells of lemon, a bit of leather, cereal grain, a bit of farmhouse funk. Nothing too crazy, but solid. Mild acetic tartness, a bit citrusy as well. Flavour is similarly somewhere in between, with cereal grain and a bit of leathery lemon to go along with it, it is a fairly pedestrian tasting saison, but solid nevertheless. Mild farmhouse funk and acetic tartness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, although for a Brett beer, this isn't too surprising. Solid carbonation, refreshing and dry. Overall, a solid but otherwise forgettable Brett beer.

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Modern Brewery
Belgian Dark Ale / 6.80% ABV

3.86/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown to light black with no light penetration. There's a quarter inch of creamy beige head on top. The aroma is Cocao Puffs. Not sure that was what they were going for but that is what it is. I taste plenty of chocolate and dark malt. The mouth is creamy, slightly watery, and mildly carbonated.

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Crucial Taunt
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Crucial Taunt

The Veil Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.33/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.4
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours bright hazy orange, thin white head, fades slowly to a ring, coating rings of lace. Pineapple and citrus aroma. Tastes similar with citrus, pineapple, dank grassy hops. Medium slick mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish. My first brew from The Veil, excellent start.

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Beer Camp Across America - Family Values
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Beer Camp Across America - Family Values

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American Brown Ale / 8.50% ABV

3.68/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 3.85
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ahh, a midwest beer for us in the heartland. A dark, rich brown ale with a thin head that fades to a skim coat in no time. The aroma is malt and yeast, but no trace of the chocolate listed on the label. A sweetness to the taste as expected, with maybe the honey contributing. We think we pick up on the grassy notes from the wild rice and some richness from the oats, but still no chocolate (sigh). The hops come across more in the finish. It's interesting and well done.

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Armory XPA
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Armory XPA

Deschutes Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.90% ABV

4.34/5  rDev +13.3% | Avg: 3.83
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid pale ale. Pours medium gold with a large head. Taste is not overly hoppy, but the citrus comes through nicely. This had medium body, with a very nicely balanced finish.

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Evil Twin Wet Dream
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Evil Twin Wet Dream

Evil Twin Brewing
American Brown Ale / 6.00% ABV

4.36/5  rDev +11.8% | Avg: 3.9
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A brown ale brewed with coffee, Wet Dream is a new can from Evil Twin's operation out of Two Roads in Stratford, CT. Seems as though this actually isn't a new beer, but a rebrew of something of a collaboration with The Trappist out of CA from several years ago. Interesting. Nevertheless, the can looks nice and the concept is solid. Hoping to see more coffee browns soon actually, as some that I've had recently have been much more fitting to coffee's bright acidity and complexity than to the acrid and roasty, bitter flavors often highlighted when the base beer to which it's added is a porter or stout.

Pours a hazy, deep chestnut color with a solidly-built ecru head that laces spottily. Similarly-hazed surface with wisps of smoky foam retaining for a while. Nice looking.

Nose is very interesting with definite citric acidity, sandalwood, cedar, toffee and roasted coffee beans. Biscuity, heavy malt backbone is apparent though there's definitely some unique hoppy notes here too, playing well with the coffee addition. A bit ashy and maybe even tobacco-like as well at times. Smells awesome, actually. I feel that these days, some well-utilized adjuncts may be all that's really necessary to rekindle the beer fan's love of brown ales. This seems like it may have one of the best marriages of base beer and adjunct in a brown ale base that I've had of late.

Flavor is vibrant and bright, belying the beer's deep brown color: lots of chewy biscuity malt, brown bread and English toffee mingling with bright acidic notes of grapefruit and Meyer lemon. Earthy, spicy coffee comes across close to the finish where it helps dry out the palate from the well-constructed maltiness present in the first half of each sip. The tannic notes from the nose translate into the conclusion on the palate with woodsy and herbal notes helping to round everything out.

Feel is rather smooth and round with moderate, fitting carbonation that helps maintain a good level of drinkability. Pretty creamy despite some sharp notes of hoppy/coffee acidity. Everything mingles well here and this drinks very unique and enjoyable. I should probably get more of this while it lasts.

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Bière De Garde Ale
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Bière De Garde Ale

Ponysaurus Brewing Co.
Bière de Garde / 6.30% ABV

3.43/5  rDev -9.5% | Avg: 3.79
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my Hennepin stemmed glass a slight chill hazed copper/bronze with a very thin head atop.Very yeasty in the nose giving off clove and pear notes,I detect funk wich should not be in a true beer of the style.Slighty sour and lactic melding into spiced pears and green apples,not much sweetness with a bit of that "funk" i the finish.The true northern French beers have a big malt base with lower hops but not much funk to them,to many brewers wanna brew Belgian Saisons and call them Biere De Garde's wich they are not!Sorry had to rant there.

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Little Sister India Style Session Ale
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Little Sister India Style Session Ale

Everybody's Brewing
American IPA / 4.30% ABV

3.79/5  rDev +8.6% | Avg: 3.49
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale gold with two fingers of white head that drops to a thin coating in about five minutes. Some lacing.
Smell is pungent floral and resinous hops. Some mild pale malts.
Taste is orange lemon citrus hops with a touch of the pine. A bit of grapefruit comes along later. Just enough malt to make the style.
Mouthfeel is light plus and carbonation is good. Finish is dry and lightly bitter.
Overall a light bodied refreshing beer that offers bit more hops than average for an "India Session Ale". Easy drinking.

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Mikkeller ApS
Lambic - Fruit / 7.70% ABV

3.42/5  rDev -6.8% | Avg: 3.67
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mikkeller and Friends in Reykjavik, Iceland. Served in a sherry glass.

Pours a lighter golden-yellow body, one finger white head, short retention time, bits of lacing. Smells of peach, a bit of rubber, acetic acid, touch of oak, not much more than that. It's solid, but a little rubberiness bothers me a bit. On the flavour, the rubber comes out a bit more, and that is definitely bothersome. Some peach flavour, oak, a little bit of musty funk and cobwebs bt mostly peach fruit and rubber. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, not a ton of depth, good carbonation and dry, refreshing finish. Overall, not one of their better spontaneously fermented beers.

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Double Jack
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Double Jack

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

4.48/5  rDev +4.7% | Avg: 4.28
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange with some bubbles. 3/4 inch head that holds for about a minute.

S - Strong fruity notes. Sweet, passion fruit with hint of grapefruit. Slight hint of orange.

T - Front is sweet almost like a fruit juice. Turns into a grapefruit taste and the bitterness kicks in. It is a medium piney bitterness. Can definitely taste the alcohol.

M - More than a medium thickness with some carbonation burn.

O - Tasty DIPA. Looks beautiful, smells fantastic, and the bitterness is restrained.

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Stone 6th Anniversary Porter
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Stone 6th Anniversary Porter

Stone Brewing Co.
Baltic Porter / 8.00% ABV

4.18/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 4.33
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by brother Murray.

Dark chestnut body with hints of crimson. Sticky tan lacing coats the glass. Aromas of baker's chocolate, earth, pine, resinous hops. Cocoa powder finishing with pine and bitter hops. Tasty.

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Mighty Banyon Double IPA
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Mighty Banyon Double IPA

Left Nut Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

3.93/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.93
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught in a pub in Gainesville, GA. Served in a tulip glass. It pours a hazy orange-brown color with a one-finger, milk-white head and lacing. The smell was somewhat subdued because of the temperature at which it was served but I noticed sweet malt, tropical fruit, and floral hops. The initial taste was the sweet malt, followed by grapefruit and a sweet darker fruit, perhaps plum. Then the hoppy bitterness kicked in. There was a noticeable alcohol burn. This ale is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and its 9% ABV was evident. Overall, this is a very nice malty IPA. I particularly enjoyed the fruit taste. Left Nut is a relative new brewery and they are off to a great start with this tasty IPA.

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Rye Of The Tiger IPA
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Rye Of The Tiger IPA

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.17/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 4.03
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE: May 27, 2016... OCCASION:having negotiated the long week, I welcome the Memorial Day weekend with The Fellowship of the Ring, the Cavs' hopeful ECF-clinching win, and whatever else comes our way... APPEARANCE: dark, dense and approaching a tiger's orange-amber body... white head forms a two-finger cream that settles to coral striping and a strong surf on the surface... high-arching lace forms a distinct cloud line... effervescence is slow and steady but uneventful... AROMA: a nice bourbon and pepper draw early, after which stone fruit, melon, mango and some astringent esters... PALATE: full-bodied, intense and active on the teeth, with a vibrant, lingering aftertaste... chunky and chewy and suckable, if possible... a meal in itself... TASTE: a strong, spicy bite--pepper, allspice and warm rye bread... apple and watermelon late... a bevy of characteristics compete for the tastebuds... OVERALL: what a powerful punch of hops and rye--the rye bread malts especially develop a strong profile that supports east and west coast hop tendencies... another victory for Great Lakes Brewing...

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