Recent Beer Ratings & Reviews
Brauerei Gusswerk GmbH
Belgian IPA / 6.40% ABV
3.27/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.56
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
-pours a hazy golden-orange with a big,foamy,white head
-low-medium carbonation visible
-beer exploded upon opening
-very Citra forward
-Follows the nose
-very low bitterniss for an IPA
-light body,too light for a 6,5%er
T&A is pleasant but it lacks bitterniss and body.
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
Dortmunder / Export Lager / 5.40% ABV
3.08/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.41
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
-pours a clear straw-golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-honey,banana,cooked eggs,floral,lime ,grainy
-Follows the nose plus a fairly sweet malt taste
Not bad,not bad at all
Avery Brewing Company
Belgian Pale Ale / 5.20% ABV
4.19/5 rDev +23.2% | rAvg: 3.4
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured a cloudy amber brown body with a half finger of bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a good Belgian Pale Ale, true to style at the darker end of the spectrum. Scent begins malty sweet with notes of toasty and biscuity malt and a moderate fruitiness imparting aromas of prune, plum and apricot, with a light caramel quality and peppery, spicy phenols in the background at the end. Overall impression of aroma is of a malt-forward beer that blends a variety of aromas into a balanced whole. A good example of a Belgian Pale Ale, though a presence of floral hops would improve it. Flavor begins with soft sweet malt lending notes notes of biscuits and toast to light caramel flavor and fruity flavors of prune, plum and apricot. This carries over into the middle of the sip. Finish is lightly sweet and dominated by soft malt flavors imparting toasty, biscuity and nutty flavors with very light peppery phenols and a light fruitiness. Aftertaste is toasty, biscuity, nutty malt and very light white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a balanced yet malty ale, with enough yeast character and fruit for the style. True to form and quite pleasing for a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a soft, smooth feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good easy drinking ale. Overall this is an excellent example of a true Belgian Pale Ale. Not to be confused with the more phenolic Belgian Golden Strong and Belgian Blonde ales, this is a fine example of the malty, soft, balanced aroma and flavors of the sessionable Belgian Pale. A good beer and quite nice as a light "everyday" beer.
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV
3.85/5 rDev -3.5% | rAvg: 3.99
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
-pours a hazy amber with a big,frothy,offwhite head
-low-medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus a toasty finish
-low-medium carbonation,medium body
-All around good IPA
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Kölsch / 4.80% ABV
3.58/5 rDev -7.5% | rAvg: 3.87
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
-pours a clear golden with a medium,frothy ,white head
-high carbonation visible
-honey,lemon,slightly bready,oranges,slightly spicy
-light body,medium carbonation
This is a great Representation of the Style.
Absolutely destroys the Gaffel and Früh Kölsch
English Strong Ale / 5.30% ABV
3.28/5 rDev -14.4% | rAvg: 3.83
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Nutty brown. Beige head. Fine aroma of dark caramel toffee, Similar taste and aftertaste. Complex and good. Watery and maybe metallic.
Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
American Adjunct Lager / 4.50% ABV
3.71/5 rDev +40.5% | rAvg: 2.64
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Had numerous times in Taiwan. Varies in quality, but usually a great refreshing beer to have with most food items.
American IPA / 5.80% ABV
3.95/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows lychees, grape, mango and fruit confectionery along with some sweet clean malt.
Similar flavours, lots more tropical fruit with some clean malt underneath leading to an assertive bitterness that doesn't quite match the sweetness.
Verde Brewing Company
Dunkelweizen / 4.70% ABV
3.49/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.49
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a cloudy brown body with one finger of foamy tan head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice Dunkelweizen. Scents of rich, bready malt with toasted bread notes and a pleasant nuttiness from the pecans, some light spicy phenols impart notes of white pepper. Overall impression of aroma is of a malty beer, not to style for a Dunkelweizen, but with some of the yeast shining through. While not true to style it is pleasant. Flavor begins with a balance of tart citrus flavors, toasted bready malt and spicy white pepper phenols and notes of bread crust with some light banana present. Middle opens up further spicy white pepper phenols adding a touch of clove. Finish is dry with notes of white pepper and clove, toasted bread, bread crust and citrus esters. Aftertaste is bread crust, toasted malt and pecans. Overall impression of flavor is of a good Dunkelweizen. Mouthfeel is light bodied with effervescent carbonation and a drying feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very nice Dunkelweizen. Overall this is a fairly good beer. While its aroma is not an amazing example of a Dunkelweizen it makes up for this with flavor and mouthfeel. Quite pleasant.
Clare Valley Brewing Co.
English Pale Ale / 3.50% ABV
1.99/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 1.99
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows cardboard-like malt, spicy hops and bready notes.
Flavours include sweet malt and soft spicy hops, little else.
Verde Brewing Company
American Blonde Ale / 4.60% ABV
3.9/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a clear golden body with a thin bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice blonde ale, true to form. Scents of highly floral, jasmine-like hops, light earthy sweet notes of alfalfa and light grainy malt and a light sweet malt aroma. Overall impression of aroma is of a light, aromatic beer that is quite appealing. Flavor begins dry and floral with notes of jasmine, Noble hops and alfalfa. Middle gains in dryness picking up further floral hop flavors, light grainy malt and notes of herbal hops and alfalfa. Finish is dry with notes of floral and herbal hops, alfalfa and some grainy malt. Aftertaste is floral and earthy hops. Overall impression of flavor is of a very nice golden ale that is floral and very appealing. Mouthfeel is let bodied with moderate carbonation and a chalky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice golden ale, true to style and nicely light. Overall this is a fantastic golden ale. It is flavorful and light, aromatic and appealing. A very nice example of the style that shines by showing the floral and herbal side of hops.
Victory Brewing Company
Belgian IPA / 6.60% ABV
3.94/5 rDev +1.3% | rAvg: 3.89
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked this up a few weeks back at the Bottle King in Livingston, having never had this before. I liked the idea behind this and even though #3 was the only one they had, I grabbed it hoping that it would live up to the other offerings that I've had from Victory. While not anything outstanding, the mastery of this beer was how well it straddled the line between the Belgian and IPA aspects of it - as neither the hops nor the yeast overpowered everything else!
Nice golden hue to this that had a slight radiance while not being completely clear at the same time. The head was soapy and bubbly at first before quickly settling to a moderate cap to this beer that lingered all the way down to the last sip. Good yeast and lemon up front in the nose as the hops kicked in once I gave this a taste. Some lemon, citrus, and earthy notes here with some bubblegum sweetness underneath everything. Wonderful carbonation that kept this light as the hops were present, but recessed and not at all like those found in west coast beers. The mouthfeel was juicy and the aftertaste slightly floral but from start to finish, this was quite light for the style.
That was even true for the alcohol, which was certainly present but not noticeable. No candied sugar, yeast overload, hop burn, or need for a glass of water to chase this down. Would be interesting to get my hands on the other offerings in this series to see how slight the variations of this were but by itself, this was a wonderful beer that showcased how well Victory straddled the line between the two styles at hand. Nicely done!
McLaren Vale Beer Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.50% ABV
3.39/5 rDev +11.1% | rAvg: 3.05
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
golden amber in colour with a fading two-finger white head. Mid-fruits, caramel and grassy hop aromas with a distinct and not entirely pleasant leafy, earthy yeast character that carries on to the palate. Light to medium body, medium carbonation and a nutty, toasted malt linger in the finish.
Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
American Pale Lager / 5.50% ABV
3.71/5 rDev +6% | rAvg: 3.5
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a slightly more golden colour than lager. Orange citrus aroma. Caramel and malty in flavour. Very different must try for yourself.
American Barleywine / 11.50% ABV
4.19/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.93
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
One of a beer style that I enjoy whenever I open a complimentary bottled. Forceful, balanced within the forcefulness, the alcohol is well treated. I found it somewhat lacking in depth.
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.50% ABV
3.1/5 rDev -20.3% | rAvg: 3.89
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Tastes ok but boozier than it is. A little too malty for my tastes in this style. Still will drink it without much hesitation.
McLaren Vale Beer Company
American Pale Lager / 4.50% ABV
3.31/5 rDev +5.8% | rAvg: 3.13
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Clear golden beer with solid white head. A few bubbles. Cleansing bitter taste. Finish is good. Early maltiness is overtaken by increasing hop bitterness then a floral hop note right at the end.