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White Bark Ale
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White Bark Ale

Driftwood Brewery
Witbier / 5.00% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +2.5% | rAvg: 3.99
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brilliant golden lemonade color with a touch of haze. Low white head, slightly sticky. Creamy rich taste of cream and wheat with medium light malt. Smoothe rich and delicate with florals of cherry blossom and finishes flavorful with sweet orange and lemonade notes. Tingly tangy epravescant finish with a bread yeastiness and a very slight touch of warm spice. Yeast notes finish long with little to no sweetness or bittering aftertaste lingering. This is a great example of a belgian style wheat beer. It reminds me of some of my favorites that are so hard to find in North America: Vedett White, Brugs. They them if you can if you like white bark and compare for yourself. (680 characters)

Blowing Stone
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Blowing Stone

White Horse Brewery Company Limited
English Bitter / 4.20% ABV

3.43/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.43
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light hazy orange. Long lasting bubbly head.
Aroma of malt and sour hops.
Sour bitterness continues with the taste along with a firm malt profile. Not particularly well balanced.
Smooth mouthful at cellar temperature as would be expected from a hand pulled pint. (262 characters)

Hop Devil Ale
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Hop Devil Ale

Victory Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

3.74/5  rDev -8.1% | rAvg: 4.07
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz, Enjoy by 24/11/2015 10:48 P. Pale amber colour with frothy off-white head which reduced to a ring but left some nice lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, caramel and sweet malt. Medium bitterness, light sweetness and a hint of saltiness. Noticeable alcohol. Light to medium body; thin, slightly sticky texture; average carbonation; noticeable malt backbone and a long, slightly dry, pine bitterness in the finish. Not as hop dominant as I was expecting but decent enough. 8. (482 characters)

Jack Rabbit Pale Ale
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Jack Rabbit Pale Ale

Carver Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA)

3.71/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.46
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in the restaurant. Nice clear dark golden color, so-so head but probably due to the pour. Head settled to a light film, so-so lacing as well. The aroma was pretty muted, got some light citrus notes, but more grainy malt aromas. The flavor was better than the aroma, with some tart citrus flavors, less sweet malt than in the nose. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Overall, wasn't the greatest APA, but far from the worst. (455 characters)

Wadesda #5
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Wadesda #5

Brasserie de la Senne
Belgian Pale Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.54/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.77
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crips, clean and acutely spicy with hops, the De La Senne experimental ale is a testament to pilsner malt but manipulated in order to celebrate what's grand about Belgian brewing.

Its strong reliance on pilsner malt begins with the eye, casting a hazy straw shade against the glass. Its arid and champagne-like froth bursts with hops and grain, washing the senses with lemongrass, hay, pepper, white grapefruit and herbal grass clippings while the ale's bread sweetness is short and dry even early.

With the trailing maltiness playing less and less of a role, the fruit and spice prevail and dry the palate with the leathery and dehydrated citrus, tropical and orchard fruit medley. Its peppery balance is of fresh-cracked peppercorn and faint cumin to counter the lemon, apple, orange and papaya-like esters. Gaining bitterness late, the ale isn't shy on hops as its fleeting taste is grassy, stemmy and of leafy verbena.

Strong effervescence keeps the ale medium-light throughout as it thwarts any residual sweetness and promotes a dry peppery finish with playful carbonic bite. Lightly tart and bitter, the finish is herbal with sassafras and dry hay. (1,157 characters)

Deschutes River Ale
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Deschutes River Ale

Deschutes Brewery
American Blonde Ale / 4.00% ABV

3.24/5  rDev -14.1% | rAvg: 3.77
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes exudes quality for me, so I was surprised to find a rather off-putting nose on this one, a touch vegetal, not quite textbook DMS, but something off to be sure. Palate improved things a touch, with a sort of light bittering hop note working alongside some crackery malt. Body is thin, which makes sense for the low ABV take on the style, I suppose, but still wasn't really endearing. I don't know...the whole time I just kept thinking, "Why bother with this -- just spend the extra .5 - 1% ABV and have a Mirror Pond or Twilight Ale." (543 characters)

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Track 7 Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.60% ABV

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

Had this beer a few times, and it has been the most inconsistent imo. Not sure if the batch is not as fresh, or if the batches vary in flavor that much.
When this beer is fresh it is a very solid ipa.very nice balance of fruity hops , piney hops, and malt. The malt has a little carmel note to it. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy. Lacing is top notch. (347 characters)

Calm Before The Storm
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Calm Before The Storm

Ballast Point Brewing Company
Cream Ale / 5.50% ABV

4.36/5  rDev +12.7% | rAvg: 3.87
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

There's a small cafe in Somerville that serves something they call "coffee soda." It's espresso, soda water, and vanilla. Refreshing and light, it really lets the acidic yet earthy flavor of the espresso shine through. When describing this beer, I compare it to the flavor profile of a coffee soda. I've always found cream ales fairly underwhelming, and as a result the base ale provides a STRUCTURE for the blend of coffee and vanilla, rather than a forward flavor on its' own. It marries so well! I wouldn't describe it as sweet at all, but it is not bitter either. It's a well rounded, amazingly refreshing "iced coffee" beer!

Pours golden, smells like creamy earthy light-coffee, tastes like a crisp iced coffee with mild vanilla and almost over roasted beans, feels fluffy and moderately spritzy. I love this beer, but i can see how others would not care for it! (869 characters)

Little Bavaria Pilsener
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Little Bavaria Pilsener

Frankenmuth Brewery
German Pilsener / 5.25% ABV

3.3/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.65
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 08:54 2164 SP at 42 degrees into shaker
$ 1.69/12 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma of grain
Head average (four cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy, diminishing to three mm ring and layer
Lacing fair – some frothy partial curtains and islands
Body light yellow, some chill haze
Flavor starts more sour than bitter but not a particularly pleasing sour, kind of spoiled. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

I see from the label that this was contracted to Stevens Point. Bad choice.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 2.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5 (615 characters)

Corne Du Diable
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Corne Du Diable

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.74/5  rDev -0.5% | rAvg: 3.76
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Devil's Horn"

Cloudy dark amber/copper color with powerful subtle activity. Creamy frothy beige 1 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of spicy fruity citrus, a little faint. Flavors of fruits like orange, lemon, grapes, berries, ester with some toffee, coriander, and floral/herbal spices. A little grassy, piney, and earthy/woody. Pleasant sugary feel with low sharpness.

Slick light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Medium strength finish, ending with a strong sweetness and minimal sourness, but more of a herbal peppery like spiciness and oaky feel.

Overall this is a good craft offering decent flavors and a really nice look. Although some freshness is perceptible, it feels a little flat. This is DDC's sweet version of an IPA, while I tend to like those more, it does not compete with the sharper ones like Moralité. (867 characters)

Cinnamon Red Velvet Cream Ale
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Cinnamon Red Velvet Cream Ale

Hideout Brewing Company
Herbed / Spiced Beer / 5.20% ABV

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

First review, I see how it is. $6.99 bomber poured into 20oz pint glass. I've enjoyed most of Hideout's beers, so I figured I'd buy another one of their experimental ones. Beer 28 - Batch 4.

Appearance: Pours copper colored with a small head on top that fizzles away quickly. Lacing left behind is minimal. I like the color of the beer, but as usual, I hope for more head (who doesn't?) and lacing.

Smell: Cinnamon red velvet creme sounds about right for this beer. I'll honestly say that I don't even know exactly what the hell red velvet is other than that I always figured it was just chocolate cake with food coloring added. This beer mostly seems to have a cinnamon frosting sort of aroma. I'm not sure if this beer is brewed with lactose, but it seems like it has been because something about it comes off as milky.

Taste/feel: Really quite a lot like the smell. I could say this about a lot of beers, but if this were thickened up a bit (ABV added and such) and barrel aged with some sort of peppery heat, this beer would absolutely blow me away. Of course, then it wouldn't really match the name of this beer... it's be more SINammon. Eh? Eh?? Anyway, really quite like how a cake flavor actually manages its way through along with the frosting sort of taste (there has to be lactose in this beer). The cinnamon isn't super strong, which is nice. Being at 5.2%, it doesn't have the biggest mouthfeel. This beer is medium bodied (though I do get and enjoy a slight creaminess to it) with a surprisingly assertive carbonation that I enjoy.

I enjoy Hideout... they seem to do the "unexpected" beers right, more like Odd Side or Short's and less like Right Brain. This is a tasty beer that's quite a bit like described, I would just prefer a luscious 10% or so boozy sipper that tasted like this. The name of this beer makes it sound like it'd be a dessert beer, but given its ABV and way it drinks, this is something that could be sipped anytime.... it is just too bad it's not in six packs. (2,000 characters)

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Track 7 Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.40% ABV

4.49/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.27
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged one year at the brewer in their cooler. flavor is not too roasty, some dark and semi-sweet , smoth, and abv definately not present. Creamy and mellow mouth-feel. Pari with vanilla flavored desserts, beef stew, pot roast, food with no spice. (245 characters)

Unplugged Imperial Saison
Unplugged Imperial Saison

New Glarus Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.70% ABV

4.6/5  rDev +14.1% | rAvg: 4.03
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From notes dated 2/21/10.

Well time in the cellar hasn't hurt the carbonation level in this one al all. I get nearly four fingers of rocky off white bubbles with ease. Bubbles crackle quickly and fade leaving dots of lace behind. Body is a murky haze of orange like a sunset into the sea. Nose is full of powdery fruit tones and soapy yeast notes, this is a very nice fragrance all together. Slightly tart but wonderfully fruity is what you get with first sip. This isn't big sour like most wild ales but rather the fruit tone really shinning. The yeast lengthens this fresh fruit feel all along the palate. Really just juicy and delicious. On the end of the palate is a nice soft dryness and slight hop presence that really bring perfect balance. Mouthfeel is just right like eating a peach. New Glares really should make this one again, it is a superb and wonderfully drinkable Saison. (899 characters)

Heavy Seas - Cutlass (Amber Lager)
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Heavy Seas - Cutlass (Amber Lager)

Heavy Seas Beer
Vienna Lager / 5.40% ABV

3.95/5  rDev +11.3% | rAvg: 3.55
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In all honesty, I'm not really a lager fan, but this is a pretty decent beer. The glass presentation is the first thing that captures your attention, with a cloudy sunshine egg-yolk color topped by an inch or so of white foam. The nose has a crisp clean lager scent with a slight sweetness to it. Similarly, the taste showcases a nice upfront sweetness that transitions into a slight bitter finish. A full and creamy mouthfeel + a pleasant level of carbonation accentuates the overall experience. Really well done and for me, an actual lager that I'd consider creating a little space, whether to offer to others or have occasionally myself. (646 characters)

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Lift Bridge Brewery
German Pilsener / 5.20% ABV

4.29/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.84
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite US-produced pilsners. Great all-malt body, crisp hop bite, but very drinkable on a hot day in July. Well balanced, and well done. (158 characters)

Transmigration Of Souls
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Transmigration Of Souls

Orpheus Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

4.8/5  rDev +15.1% | rAvg: 4.17
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The smell is very good for a DIPA, at 10.5% abv its a really tasty citra. Probably the 2nd best beer in GA behind Tropicalia. 13.99 a 6pk is a little pricey but worth it. Bummer that they only make it for about 4 months at a time though. (237 characters)

Whitecap Wheat Ale
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Whitecap Wheat Ale

Boshkung Brewing Co.
American Pale Wheat Ale / 5.00% ABV

3.27/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.27
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Note: From a 32 oz. growler that is a little more than 3 weeks old.

A: Bright copper with minimal head. Moderate thin lacing.

S: Mild citrus aromas. Overall aromas very mild.

T: Very light malt backbone. Minimal bitterness, low hop character. No yeast presence whatsoever.

F: Very light with low carbonation (likely in part as a result of the age of my growler).

O: Pleasant if unremarkable American Wheat Ale. It is unlikely I would buy again, but when next in Minden, I would be happy to seek out other beers from Boshkung. (536 characters)

Jester's Choice #1
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Jester's Choice #1

Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Czech Pilsener / 5.20% ABV

3.91/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.91
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-draft. Clear pale yellow/straw colored body. White head. Aromas are fresh grass clippings, earthy hops and clean pale malts. Flavor is crisp and snappy, a really nice restrained burst of earthy hops to complement the clean malt base that really is what the beer is about. Really enjoyable, easy drinking. (314 characters)

Marathon IPA
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Marathon IPA

Top Shelf Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4.11/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 2.92
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Father-in-Law brought some over the other day, finally getting around to trying it.

Look: My hopes weren't especially high for this beer, but I'll be damned if this isn't a beautiful brew. Underneath the fluffy, pure white head, the beer is light gold and slightly hazy. Substantial film follows the beer down the glass with good lacing.

Smell: There's a solid dose of sweet orange (the fruit, not the rind) with some tropical undertones. It's not an aromatic monster like some of the well-known IPA heavyweights, but what it does it's doing very well.

Taste: Very much follows the nose. It tastes like an orange creamsicle, with some pineapple on the finish. Was not expecting this. That being said, the beer finishes dry.

Feel: The creamsicle flavor gives the brief illusion of a full bodied beer, but it's definitely more on the lighter side of medium. Refreshing carbonation makes this okay.

Overall: Clearly the recipe has changed since the iodine comparisons. This is a great warm weather beer. If you see this at your local store, definitely give it a shot. (1,070 characters)

Breck IPA
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Breck IPA

Breckenridge Brewery
American IPA / 6.30% ABV

2.93/5  rDev -22.5% | rAvg: 3.78
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draft. Copper body with a soft white head. Aromas are caramel malt, piney hops and butter. Flavors start with a whisp of earthy hops and then transitions into just a big malt backbone. Not really complex and too malty for my liking. (242 characters)

Zubr Gold
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Zubr Gold

Pivovar Prerov
Czech Pilsener / 4.60% ABV

2.8/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.03
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

0.5L can, 27.04.16. Straw / pale gold colour with a creamy white head which disappeared but left some light lacing. Gentle aromas of malt, floral hop, grass, caramel and bread. Light sweetness and light to medium bitterness. Light to medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation with a lingering, buttery, mildly spicy bitter finish. Meh. 6. (340 characters)

Fantôme DMD
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Fantôme DMD

Brasserie Fantôme
American Black Ale / 6.00% ABV

3.21/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.21
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My 3,000th written review...what a long strange trip it has been. Marking the occasion with a beer that pretty much symbolizes how my review history has gone.

Classic 750ml corked and capped bottle poured into a matching Fantome tulip. The brew appears a very dark, muddy brown color with a khaki to mocha colored head that fades leaving stringy lace patterns on the glass.

The smell is roasty and earthen with slight nod in the direction of chocolate mingled with herbs and an overall vegetative feel. No typical Fantome funk, yeastiness or otherwise distinct noteable characteristics.

The taste is just excessively bitter like pine resin or black tar heroine. Lingering vegetal matter coats the mouth and leaves barely any room for other flavoring. Once the mouth becomes accustomed to how ferociously bitter this is, some charred grain flavor is present with some earth.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. I love Dany and his experimental/whimsical brewing style but the recent fascination with hops and making his beers excessively bitter needs to stop. The hops/bitterness clash with everything else and it just doesnt work for me. This is a beer worth trying just to say you did it but id personally never buy it again when the rest of his offerings are infinitely more pleasing for my taste. (1,315 characters)

1554 Black Lager
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1554 Black Lager

New Belgium Brewing
Euro Dark Lager / 5.60% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +7.6% | rAvg: 3.8
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New Belgium always catches me off guard. They have another winner here. Smooth roasted chocolate taste similar to a porter. Easy drinking lager. Pairs well with dessert. (169 characters)

Live Oak HefeWeizen
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Live Oak HefeWeizen

Live Oak Brewing Company
Hefeweizen / 5.20% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +2.7% | rAvg: 4.38
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orangish color, with very faint hints of pink. This was a crisp and refreshing beer, with nice carbonation. One of the highlights on a trip to Austin and looking forward to having again! (192 characters)

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7 Hermits Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

3.79/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a big and tasty imperial ipa, very colorado, sort of no coast style ipa, or both coast rather, borrowing elements from a variety of regional types in this one, and blending them together quite well. first thing i notice is how strong it is, the alcohol is fusel type and hot in this right from the get go, but the hop complexion is fantastic, bitterness balances oily juicy sweetness, and the mouthfeel is perfectly medium weight and brightly carbonated, with only hop residuals left on the palate after the swallow. its intensely flavored beer, i am getting more pine family hops than anything else from it, and what seems like a warmer fermentation temperature, as there is definitely just a bit of yeast flavor in here, nothing offensive or anything, but its there. because of the mouthfeel, and because its on the dry side for the style, its dangerously easy to drink a few of these. nice first impression from this brewery most people dont even know is up there in the mountains. id like to check this place out soon. (1,022 characters)

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