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Twisted Tale Cream Ale
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Twisted Tale Cream Ale

White Lion Brewing Company
Cream Ale

4.63/5  rDev: +30.8% | rAvg: 3.54
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light bodied with a dry finish. Light citrus nose. Clean and refreshing.

Corona Light
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Corona Light

Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Light Lager / 4.10% ABV

2.31/5  rDev: +20.3% | rAvg: 1.92
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

It is what it is. Refreshing on summer days in the sun though.

White Lion Pale Ale
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White Lion Pale Ale

White Lion Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.50% ABV

4.84/5  rDev: +19.2% | rAvg: 4.06
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Clean and crisp taste with a nice citrus aroma. Well balanced and completely crushable. Overall delicious.

Coors Light
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Coors Light

Coors Brewing Company
Light Lager / 4.20% ABV

1.48/5  rDev: -26.4% | rAvg: 2.01
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I mean it's Coors light...lol

Mountain Goat Hightail Ale
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Mountain Goat Hightail Ale

Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
English Pale Ale / 6.80% ABV

3.19/5  rDev: -9.6% | rAvg: 3.53
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance -
Clean and clear dark copper colour. Pours a 1cm head which dissipates to a thin off-white film. Some lacing. Little carbonation.

Smell -
Burnt toffee, caramel, plenty of malt and biscuit, red orange. Hops are quite faint. I'm also getting a roast coffee smell which is odd for the style. However, I'm getting a slightly stale water smell.

Taste -
Like the smell, it's quite malty - lots of toffee, caramel, biscuit flavours and a hint of roast coffee and almonds. A little bit sweet. Slight hint of grapefruit and citrus rounds it off. Flavour is slightly watery.

Mouthfeel -
Despite observing virtually no effervescence, there's a bit of fizz on the tongue and a tangy feel. Again, slightly watery. Clean on the way down and the fizz adds a bit of foaminess when swallowed. Not over-carbonated however.

Overall -
The malt flavours are pretty well balanced by the hops. Shame that it's a bit watery otherwise this would have been a cracking brew if the flavours were in full swing. Quite drinkable nonetheless.

Préaris Grand Cru 2013 B.A. Peated Whiskey (Ardbeg)
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Préaris Grand Cru 2013 B.A. Peated Whiskey (Ardbeg)

De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Quadrupel (Quad) / 9.00% ABV

3.81/5  rDev: 0% | rAvg: 3.81
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewer site says 6 months in Ardbeg barrels. Available from April 2014 while stocks last. 2014 edition available from March 2015.

The plastic Champagne-shaped corked eased out with a light pop and a puff of vapor. Poured a light mahogany, leggy-looking liquid under a heavy-cream head, quite attractive. In a tulip glass, the nose is powerfully smokey — good thing I noticed it said "peated whiskey" barrel-aged. Some toast and fruity esters under that, but they took some work to sniff out under the wee turf fire in the glass. Again, very peaty flavor, more so a middle-of-the-road Islay Scotch (I'm not familiar with Ardbeg), and not just in the smoke but also in earthy chocolate and licorice, a bit of grass, and lemon zest. Oily and coating feel, substantial, with a tingle of alcohol and perhaps wood tannins.

Jeff Stout Sweet Potato
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Jeff Stout Sweet Potato

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout / 4.50% ABV

4.19/5  rDev: +24.3% | rAvg: 3.37
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The color of espresso beans underneath a mocha colored head. The head tecedes leaving only a mocha collar, and light yet soapy spots of lacing remain.

Aroma: Loads of sugary lactose on top of some roasted grains and faint chocolate notes.

Taste: Not much in the way of sweet potatoes, but a really good milky and lactose sugar body. Perhaps a faint, earthy potato note comes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky.

Overall: This is a really sweet and smooth cream stout. I think the sweet potatoes emerge as the beer warms.

Halcyon
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Halcyon

Thornbridge Brewery
American IPA / 7.40% ABV

4.26/5  rDev: +7% | rAvg: 3.98
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden honey color. Something tick in the glass, from yeast or something else, very interesting. White foam, low carbonation.
S - Honey, haze, fresh, grassy, highly aromatic.
T/M - Haze, honey, balanced bitterness, refreshing, crisp.

O - Very good. Maybe a bit less imperial IPA, and a bit more English IPA.

S:t Eriks Orange Winter Porter
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S:t Eriks Orange Winter Porter

S:t Eriks Bryggeri
American Porter / 9.00% ABV

3.25/5  rDev: -9.5% | rAvg: 3.59
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Released at Systembolaget, Sweden 2014-11-03
Dark brown, mahogny colored beer with a small, beige head. No lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Orange, brown sugar, burned malt, dried fruit, syrup and pumpernickel.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, honey, dark bread, plum, hazelnut, licorice, a little bit of chocolate, alcohol and orange.
Body: Medium body with light carbonation. A little boozy. Short taste. A little bitternes.

Ok but I think the alcocol (ABV 9%) is bad hidden. A little to boozy.

Guinness Draught
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Guinness Draught

Guinness Ltd.
Irish Dry Stout / 4.20% ABV

4.31/5  rDev: +22.8% | rAvg: 3.51
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love it. Hands down a staple and constant can't go wrong beer.

Widmer Hefeweizen
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Widmer Hefeweizen

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Hefeweizen / 4.90% ABV

4.5/5  rDev: +36.4% | rAvg: 3.3
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable and very good.

Olde English 800
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Olde English 800

Miller Brewing Co.
American Malt Liquor / 5.90% ABV

1/5  rDev: -50.7% | rAvg: 2.03
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If there were negative ratings I would choose them.

Bell's Expedition Stout
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Bell's Expedition Stout

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

4.5/5  rDev: +6.1% | rAvg: 4.24
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent stout. Bell's never seems to disappoint.

Golden Monkey
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Golden Monkey

Victory Brewing Company
Tripel / 9.50% ABV

2.79/5  rDev: -24.4% | rAvg: 3.69
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Just not that into this one

Mickey's
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Mickey's

Miller Brewing Co.
American Malt Liquor / 5.60% ABV

1.23/5  rDev: -50.6% | rAvg: 2.49
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

No no no no no

Miller Genuine Draft
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Miller Genuine Draft

Miller Brewing Co.
American Adjunct Lager / 4.66% ABV

1.5/5  rDev: -33% | rAvg: 2.24
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

You know what your getting of you drink this.

Miller High Life
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Miller High Life

Miller Brewing Co.
American Adjunct Lager / 4.60% ABV

1.71/5  rDev: -36.2% | rAvg: 2.68
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Nothing to really say about this....

Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita
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Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita

Anheuser-Busch
American Malt Liquor / 8.00% ABV

1.68/5  rDev: -25.3% | rAvg: 2.25
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Not good not good not good

RAD
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RAD

Sixpoint Brewery
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 3.20% ABV

2.99/5  rDev: -10.7% | rAvg: 3.35
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance -
Opaque, murky apricot colour, some sediment and pulp. Virtually no head and effervescence or lacing. Lively carbonation.

Smell -
Summer fruits, peaches, apricots, orange peel, and grapefruit hops. A hint of yeast.

Taste -
Hoppy up front , with apricot, orange, peach nectar body. It's pretty much juice with a hoppy grapefruit undertones. Sour candy aftertaste. No surprises there. However, there's a hint of yeast to remind you it's a juice beer. Odd - not bad, above average, but odd.

Mouthfeel -
Prickly fizz on the tongue, medium body, sticky nectar and finishes cleanly.

Overall -
This is juice - thick, hoppy, yeasty juice.

Bud Light
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Bud Light

Anheuser-Busch
Light Lager / 4.20% ABV

2.18/5  rDev: +17.8% | rAvg: 1.85
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Ehhh not bad for this kind of beer

Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat
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Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat

Anheuser-Busch
Witbier / 5.50% ABV

3.38/5  rDev: +50.9% | rAvg: 2.24
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hints of bourbon and honey that don't perfectly blend together for some reason in this but not terrible.

Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat
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Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat

Anheuser-Busch
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 5.20% ABV

4.06/5  rDev: +31.4% | rAvg: 3.09
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very refreshing. The crispness of the Apple is very present.

Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale
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Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale

Coors Brewing Company
Herbed / Spiced Beer / 5.80% ABV

3.71/5  rDev: +21.2% | rAvg: 3.06
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice hints of caramel and spice, not overpowering

Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)
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Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)

Heavy Seas Beer
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) / 7.50% ABV

2.98/5  rDev: -21.6% | rAvg: 3.8
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little bland but not terrible.

Mecha-Hop
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Mecha-Hop

Garage Project
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

4.33/5  rDev: +5.4% | rAvg: 4.11
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Format: a 100mL taster from the cellar door at Garage Project during Wellington Good Beer Week.

Appearance: pours a strong ruby-brown in colour with a light cloud. A two-finger tan head slowly drops to a creamy half-finger. Looks brilliant.

Aroma: a big aroma of pine, grapefruit citrus, tropical fruits and grass hops. I'm surprised to smell grass in an IPA - but hey, it works.

Taste: a very strong palate of the characteristics on the nose, just amped up a bit. You can tell it's a 10% considering how strong the flavour and feel is.

Aftertaste: plenty of bitterness from the amalgamation of hops, but crucially the hop flavours are there too, along with the bitterness. A touch of sweet malts round it out. Fantastic.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate to higher, fairly sharp carbonation per the style.

Overall: this is one of the better IPAs I have had to date. Trust Garage Project to push the envelope and amp up the flavour and the ABV. This is absolutely not a beer for craft beer newcomers, but rather for people that love their IPAs strong as. Not cheap at AU$25 for a 650mL bottle, but I would say that it may actually be worth it.