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Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (TIPA)
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Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (TIPA)

The Schlafly Tap Room
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

4.4/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 4.25
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As I stood in the chilled sixers section of Crown Liquors, I contemplated what beer would best excite my palette on another thrilling Friday night.

Suddenly, a hairy hand appeared from beyond the glass, sliding a single six pack of Schlafly TIPA onto the bottom rack. Curious, I stooped down just enough to make out "Tasmanian India Pale Ale". I was sold.

Look: A golden dawn, shrouded in mist

Smell: Citrusy and floral with a hint of pine

Taste: An immediate sweet and sour note followed up with a piney bite. Tastes like someone crossed a tangerine tree with a pine tree and milked its sap. I love it.

Feel: Has a bit of a heavy feel that hangs in your mouth. Probably the only unpleasant thing about this beer.

Overall: The unique taste really carries this beer. It reminds me a bit of Milky Way White IPA by Anchorage Brewing Company but a little more drinkable. Definitely recommended for something different.

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Triporteur Kinky Berry
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Triporteur Kinky Berry

B.O.M. Brewery
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 6.90% ABV

3.61/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 3.49
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a light strawberry red.

The aroma offers apples, blueberry, blackberry, fruity syrup, adult fruit roll ups.

The flavor hits of tart apples, berry seeds, a medium biscuity malt, onto more acidic apple peel and pear. The sweetness up front is balanced by a light acidity of fruit, which then moves onto a dry finish.

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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

4.69/5  rDev +8.6% | Avg: 4.32
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker, it pours a clear golden yellow with a two-finger head, foamy, with good retention and very good lacing.

The bouquet is a fruit cocktel, tropical and dank. Mango, papaya, pineapple, passion fruit… lots of passion fruit. Very assertive.

The fruit cocktel continues in the mouth. Very smooth and light body, with just the necessary carbonation. You can tell it's very bitter, but it balances greatly with the malty sweetness and all the fruits you get; however, the bitterness prevails in its long finish.

Outstanding beer.

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Stone Pataskala Red X IPA
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Stone Pataskala Red X IPA

Stone Brewing Co.
American Amber / Red Ale / 7.30% ABV

4.39/5  rDev +6.3% | Avg: 4.13
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The body is a very clear, deep amber, almost crimson red color with a nice, light tan head that leaves good lacing along the sides of the grass. Tons of pungent, aromatic hops, very sweet tropical fruits, ripe mangoes and peaches, pineapple, candied apricot and orange, lemon/lime, tart berries, blueberries and gooseberries, hint of spicy piney hops. The mouth feel is medium-full, sticky, juicy, and resinous. A lot maltier and bitter than than I expected from smelling the nose. Lots of bitter pine and grapefruit citrus, sweet caramel malt, lime zest, candied orange, dank hops, and melon. Reminds me of ReDankulous.

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't Gaverhopke Extra
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't Gaverhopke Extra

Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 12.00% ABV

4.22/5  rDev +9.3% | Avg: 3.86
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer served out of a 11.2 ounce bottle. There was no head to speak of. The amount of sediment present in the bottle was unlike any other beer that I had ever had. The beer was not just hazy, but downright murky. I must say I do find a beer like this visually appealing. Aroma-wise this beer was very inviting, it reminded me of a Trappist Rocheford 10. The flavor is rich, complex and exactly what you would expect it to be. A nice dessert beer, for enjoying on a winters evening.

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Rubus Cacao
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Rubus Cacao

MadTree Brewing
American Stout / 7.00% ABV

4.95/5  rDev +17.9% | Avg: 4.2
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was very good. Pours very dark, almost black, with a nice light brown head about 1" tall. You taste the cocoa first and then the raspberry hits leaving a lingering tart taste. I really liked this beer and was pleased with the results coming from a can!

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Henry's Hard Orange Soda
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Henry's Hard Orange Soda

Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
Herbed / Spiced Beer / 4.20% ABV

4.36/5  rDev +51.4% | Avg: 2.88
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not really beer, but it's tasty. Don't expect any beer taste. I'm highly overrating this compared to everyone else, but I don't care about schematics. If it's on the site, and I like the taste, it gets a good rating.

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Hop Nookie
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Hop Nookie

Kern River Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 11.00% ABV

4.51/5  rDev +1.1% | Avg: 4.46
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hits the dull orange appearance notes. Good head, 1/2" range. Off white. Aroma was real citrus notes, grapefruit, a little bit of spruce notes.

Taste is super legit, up there with all the best triple IPAs, Pty, Ephraim, Notorious etc. . . this one comes off a tad heavier on the malt appearance, but it actually drinks really easy and without super duper bitterness. It comes across more like their anniversary dipa than it does the citra, in fact I don't think this has citra, the funk hops pops more like mosaic or nelson.

Somehow the mouthfeel can alternate between sticky up front and dry on the back end.

Have had this in growler form from the brewery and on tap at the Bistro dipa/tripa fest '16.

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Moon Man
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Moon Man

New Glarus Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.00% ABV

4/5  rDev -2.7% | Avg: 4.11
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good and exceptionally sessionable Pale Ale. Fruity hops of fruit punch, oranges, tangerines and citrus. Very light but stable malt backbone of honey and caramel. Delicious.

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The Peace That Money Can't Buy
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The Peace That Money Can't Buy

Clown Shoes
Quadrupel (Quad) / 11.50% ABV

3.97/5  rDev +7.9% | Avg: 3.68
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/16/14. Served in a DFH signaure glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/brown color with about an inch creamy light tan head that stuck around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (red grapes, plums), bourbon, oak, vanilla and some bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some cherry, sweet spiciness and a dried fruit flavor noticeable. The bourbon character in this is moderate, there's enough that you can tell it's there, but it's not close to being overpowering either. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a medium amount of carbonation. It doesn't seem boozy at first, but it does catch up to you after a while. I thought it was an enjoyable brew, glad I got to try this one!

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PsycHOPathy IPA
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PsycHOPathy IPA

MadTree Brewing
American IPA / 6.90% ABV

3.76/5  rDev -4.6% | Avg: 3.94
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a can glass, canned 12/29/15

A- pours a clear deep golden color with a two-finger creamy and foamy white head that has good retention, sticking around long after the pour

S- up front has a bit of a vegetal & herbaceous aroma; leafy greens & cooking herbs. Beyond that, aromas of grass, floral hop, citrus & subtle toasted malt

T- juicy, slightly tangy citrus fruit up front with an emphasis on grapefruit peel, followed by vegetal notes that follow the nose, piney, floral and grassy hops kick in near the finish, with dry linger of more grass and toasted malt

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthful and a dry crisp finish

O- easy drinking ipa with a nice mix of hop flavors

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Alter Ego
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Alter Ego

Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.55/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.55
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a tree house snifter

Deep amber, hazy, thin layer of white bubbles

Great aroma of citrus, orange, tangerine, pine, mango

Great hop taste, back of the tongue, well balanced, smooth with only a slight bite

Good micr sudsing, slight after taste

Tree house knows ipa's

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White Reaper White IPA
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White Reaper White IPA

Evil Czech Brewery
Belgian IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.53/5  rDev +21.4% | Avg: 3.73
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very citrusy beer. Lots of hop flavor. 4/5
Not in my top 10 but maybe a close top 20.
Recommended for ipa lovers.
Hints of lemongrass and citrus. Poors with a little head.

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Fat Squirrel Ale
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Fat Squirrel Ale

New Glarus Brewing Company
English Brown Ale / 5.80% ABV

3.77/5  rDev -1.8% | Avg: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Called Fat Squirrel for a reason cause this has a fat nutty taste. Nutty pecan, barley grain, malt, touches of yeast, a bit of roasted kilned nuts and even chocolate malt.

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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock
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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Doppelbock / 5.70% ABV

3.63/5  rDev +13.8% | Avg: 3.19
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before May 5th. From their variety pack.
Pours a dark brown. .with reddish hues. Small off white head of foam.

Smells of caramel malt, hints of chocolate and molasses.

Tastes sweetish from the caramel, bits of grain, molasses and chocolate lightly done. I sense a peculiar fruity note that I got in the smell as I rechecked.

Body is good.

Pretty enjoyable beer this is.

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Stone Americano Stout
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Stone Americano Stout

Stone Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.70% ABV

4.09/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.19
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Teku at fridge temp.

Look: dark brown (though light peeks through around the edges); no head.

Smell: very strong aromas of coffee and cocoa.

Taste: coffee, pine, grass, cocoa, smokey roast.

Feel: medium, well-carbed. Not bad, but nothing stands out either.

Overall: a little too middle-of-the-road, I guess. No one element is really great. The balance between hops and coffee is good, but I wonder if it wouldn't have been better if one had been dominant.

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Peter, Pale And Mary
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Peter, Pale And Mary

Mikkeller ApS
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.60% ABV

4.72/5  rDev +18.6% | Avg: 3.98
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L Pours a nice golden colour with a large fluffy head. Lacing is medium as the glass somehow seems to empty itself :p

S Beautiful aroma of citrus lime lemon orange and pine. Malt has a small hidden aroma and is dominated by the hops.

T wow. This is an amazing pale ale. Hands down one of my favourite pale ales yet. Soo much going on and each sip makes you thirsty for more.

F: Feel is a bit of a let down sadly. Small bit creamy. Almost too heavy. Would have been nice if it was light and easy. Medium to full carbonation.

O: this is an amazing pale ale and is definitely worth seeking and destroying. Had the full 500ml can gone in 5 mins and really wanted a second one!! Reminds me of a more refined version of Lagunitas IPA without the Additional ABV.

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Athena Paradiso W/ Cranberry, Rapsberry, Tart Cherry
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Athena Paradiso W/ Cranberry, Rapsberry, Tart Cherry

Creature Comforts
Berliner Weissbier / 4.50% ABV

4.51/5  rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.47
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super tart with a distinct cherry nose. Absolutely beautiful color. Pours with a light pink head that fades quickly to a pale pink ring. Cranberry and raspberry are prominent in the beginning with a tart cherry finish that lingers on the back of the palate. Creature nailed this one.

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Mango Even Keel
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Mango Even Keel

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American IPA / 3.80% ABV

3.81/5  rDev +3% | Avg: 3.7
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear pale amber.

The aroma jumps out of mango smoothie, mango candies, pineapple, sweet lemon, vanilla, with a bit of malt in the back.

The flavor hits with a bit of that mango and tropical candy up front, but mostly the base beer shows with biscuity malt, a light body, onto some earthy and grassy bitterness.

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Dunley Place
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Dunley Place

Aslin Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.37/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.47
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I taste simcoe, no idea if that's in here or not. Tastes like oniony, citrusy dankness. More onion, grassy forward then citrus forward. This is on point. I was recently at OH 2nd anniversary event, and im just saying you better keep an eye on aslin.

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Hoptree IIPA
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Hoptree IIPA

Lone Tree Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

3.93/5  rDev +12.9% | Avg: 3.48
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6pk cans in Denver. No dates indicated...
Pours a dk.gold, hazy. Head is REAL big and creamy.
Given the great head, it is weird that the beer appears and tastes flat. Very little bubble action in the glass, no carbonation on the tongue.
Nice hop aromas and resiny flavors. Not astringent, bitterness is clean. Excellent lacing on the glass.
For my tastes, 8% abv is great, even though that is somewhat light for DIPA style. Booze doesn't dominate.

Main real complaint is the inadequate carbonation.

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Trendy Imperial IPA
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Trendy Imperial IPA

Berryessa Brewing Co
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.50% ABV

4.03/5  rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.17
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has that orange glow all over it. Off white head, in the thin 1/5" range. Aroma was dank pine resin hops mixed with oranges.

Taste did well at hiding the alcohol. There was something different malt wise, like maybe they used pilsner or something. Not bad. Just a little different. Not overly bitter or huge in any way. Able to be a triple without being abrasive or heavy.

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Saranac S'More Porter
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Saranac S'More Porter

Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
American Porter / 6.20% ABV

4.63/5  rDev +17.2% | Avg: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma blasts out of the bottle as soon as you pop the lid. Strong graham cracker, chocolate and vanilla as expected. The taste is on the mild side, which is a good thing for me, this is why I like Saranac beers. Many will complain that the beer lacks strong flavor or ABV but for me this is a perfect beer. I would offer to guests or consume in quantity after my daily workout. I did have to endure a few comments during checkout at my local beer store "how many calories is that" and "beer should not taste like s'mores" and "wouldn't you like to try Chocolate Meltdown before you buy that". Even as I left the store I overheard a final comment "he must be having company". Not surprising that the description elicits such responses, but it is an aptly named beer. Thanks to Matt Brewing for another great DARK beer.

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Fruitbasket IPA
Fruitbasket IPA

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

4.35/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.34
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 2/3/2016 pours a clear copper with a two finger pale white head that settles within the minute lacing the glass on the way down quite nicely. I get a nose full of tropical fruit for the first few minutes while I sip. It seems to fade, but I am getting over a minor cold so I will revisit. First sip starts off with OJ, then the grapefruit comes into play before finishing with a citrus zest. Just like the can says. The alcohol is behind the curtains on this one. Full of flavor. The carb is spot on and is perfectly crisp. I can see the hype here. I was, respectfully, surprised with how tasty this beer was. My favorite offering to date out of the Charlottesville outfit. Well done.

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St-Ambroise Pale Ale
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St-Ambroise Pale Ale

McAuslan Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.00% ABV

3.32/5  rDev -15.3% | Avg: 3.92
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber colour, with a 2 finger head that dissipates over the course of a couple minutes. Looks very appealing.

Smell is very faint. English noble hops with a caramel malt. Enjoyable, but underwhelming compared to what I was expecting/hoped for from a pale ale.

Taste is about the same as the smell, though there is a lingering bitterness that I'm not a big fan of. Almost reminds me more of an English Bitter, as I feel this is quite similar to Fullers London Pride. That being said, the taste certainly is not unpleasant, though I hoped it would reveal more of a hop bite than what the aroma was revealing.

Mouthfeel certainly feels more carbonated than it looks, as other reviewers have mentioned. Appropriate level of carbonation for the style.

Overall this is a nice tasting beer, though I was hoping for a little more excitement. However, I understand that not every beer has to blow you away with such a strong flavour. I do not see myself purchasing this again as there are plenty of other options out there that more suit my preferences, but I will say that this could be a great beer for any lager drinker who is looking to try something a little different.

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