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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin
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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin

Shipyard Brewing Co.
Pumpkin Ale / 11.40% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +6.9% | rAvg: 3.91
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork & cage bottle, 2014 vintage
Bottle number 05195

A- pours a murky brown color with a fizzy off-white head that reduces quickly and eventually disappears completely

S- lots of bourbon on the nose up front with undertones of oak & vanilla. The pumpkin spices is subtle at this point, although there is some cinnamon poking through with the bourbon controlling most of the aroma

T- bourbon and oaky up front with some notes of spiced cider, brown sugar and honey. The spicing kicks in as it nears the finish with an emphasis on cinnamon and nutmeg. More woodsy bourbon & cinnamon on the linger with a resemblance to cooked cinnamon apples

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- barrel treatment has proved successful to an already solid pumpkin beer, definitely worth a try (854 characters)

Fortunate Islands
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Fortunate Islands

Modern Times Beer
American Pale Wheat Ale / 4.80% ABV

4.51/5  rDev +7.4% | rAvg: 4.2
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Solid in terms of the style, which is clearly labeled on the bottle/can. The smell is pungent with the citra and Amarillo. The feel is a little thin but is expected especially due to the low abv. It is session-esque and is delicious. Worth buying. (259 characters)

Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA)
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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA)

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

4.47/5  rDev +4.9% | rAvg: 4.26
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - From the howler, the beer poured a golden orange color.

Smell - A bright orange aroma was present.

Taste - Spicy orange makes the initial impression. This is followed by grapefruit and a slight hint of lime. Normally, tasting the rice is a bad thing, but not in this case. The taste mellows into a resiny after.

Mouthfeel - There is a wine-like quality to the mouthfeel making this akin to sake. The carbonate is muted, but that is not a bad thing.

Overall - This beer is a bit unusual, but it is certainly worth seeking. (540 characters)

Coors
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Coors

Coors Brewing Company
American Adjunct Lager / 5.00% ABV

2.94/5  rDev +5.8% | rAvg: 2.78
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden hue with a head that quickly disappeared. Smelled sweet with hints of grain and corn. Tasted the same way. Refreshing but there are better AALs out there. (176 characters)

Celestial Meridian Cascadian Dark Lager
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Celestial Meridian Cascadian Dark Lager

Base Camp Brewing Company
Euro Dark Lager / 5.10% ABV

3.84/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.84
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thick patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of roast and hop qualities that work together slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: can. (664 characters)

Drie Fonteinen Hommage
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Drie Fonteinen Hommage

Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Lambic - Fruit / 6.00% ABV

4.64/5  rDev +5.9% | rAvg: 4.38
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500th review. 2013 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F crystal tumbler. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a slightly hazy mahogany-cherry body with a big, slightly fizzy, fluffy light pink head that reduces fairly quickly but leaves a quarter inch of retention and very little lacing.

Aromas are out of this world.. berries take the front seat here, big cherry notes punch you in the nose, a medley of raspberries and fermented berries, cranberry, a distinct musty funk, souring yeastyness, and subtle oak in the background.

It has a super tart start on the tongue, followed by a pronounced but not overbearing medley of dry, juicy, berries, cherry and cranberry being predominant but raspberry notes are present (not sure why this is the case, or maybe I'm mistaking the raspberries for other berries. Either way it's delicious). On the follow through is musty basement, borderline sour fruit, lactic, oak, finished by a tongue drying tartness that sticks around for a minute or so.

Carbonation is medium and ideal for this style, medium-light body, making it nice and refreshing.

Overall a fantastic beer, well worth the wait and worthy of my 500th review. (1,173 characters)

Citra
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Citra

Pipeworks Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

4.71/5  rDev +9.5% | rAvg: 4.3
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into my DFH IPA glass.
A - Pours a clear dark orange with a 1 finger head that settles to a nice cap.
S - A big grapefruit aroma prepares you for your first sip.
T - Very juicy, lots of citrus flavor.
M - A little sticky but not as much as some DIPA's.
O - Outstanding beer, wish I'd purchased more bombers. Yes, the east and west coasts have outstanding IPA's and DIPA's, but don't overlook the Midwest. We can hold our own. (448 characters)

War Bird
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War Bird

Pipeworks Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 4.50% ABV

3.7/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz. can, canned on date 08/20/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. My first review of a Pipeworks beer from a can!! And I couldn't be more excited. 'Session Ale' per the can. 4.50% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice cloudy light lemon-yellow colored body with about a finger of frothy white head.

S - Very fresh, floral, & herbal. Floral, juicy, fruity hop content, and lots of peppery saison / Belgian yeast. Fruity in the vain of peaches & pineapples.

T - The taste follows the nose: light & juicy, mildly fruity, and actually very yeasty / bready. A decent enough 'session' saison I suppose, but it lacks the oomph that drives some of their bigger and badder fruit-induced higher abv saisons.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Bready & yeasty, with mild spice. No clove, to my liking. Very yeasty on the finish. Light-bodied & easy-drinking, with excellent carbonation.

Overall, a very nice canned saison from Pipeworks, though it might be a bit misleading to label this as a 'Session Ale' without noting that it is a saison on the can. Notable mainly for it's low alcohol content, which is where the session ale tag comes from.

Pipeworks War Bird -----3.5/5 (1,206 characters)

Schloss Export
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Schloss Export

Schlossbrauerei Stelzer
Dortmunder / Export Lager / 5.50% ABV

4.18/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.21
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tasting of this brewery's beer was held at one of my favorite places in DC. I tried the samples and enjoyed them, but I did not bother buying. Fast forward a few months, and I grabbed this one, even though the best-by date on the bottle was a full month previous. Even still, this was tasty and full-bodied. I really enjoyed it. I know nothing about this brewery, but, again, I was very pleased at least with this offering. (425 characters)

Spotted Cow
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Spotted Cow

New Glarus Brewing Company
Cream Ale / 4.80% ABV

3.57/5  rDev -1.7% | rAvg: 3.63
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Clear light golden little fizzy head only around the rim. Mild aroma of cracker malt and yeast. Has that familiar Belgian banana fruity taste but the flavor is soft with a crisp middle and a dry semi tart finish. Very clean. Overall good for the style, could have easily had another. (298 characters)

Thunderstruck IPA
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Thunderstruck IPA

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

4.67/5  rDev +14.7% | rAvg: 4.07
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber dated 08/05/15 into a tulip glass.

The pour is just a tad hazy, with a gorgeous pure-white head. The color is a nice golden orange. The head leaves a decent amount of lacing around the top of the glass. This is a beautiful looking beer.

The smell is pungent with notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango. Some subtle notes of freshly mowed grass are present on the back end. Very tropical nose on this one.

The taste follows the nose and is incredibly juicy. The tropical fruit dominates the flavor while the piney, hop resin hides in the back. I get lots of mango, orange peel, and some melon. Not getting much of a malt character on this one but it is more detectable as the beer warms.

The feel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. The alcohol is present but actually adds to the flavor rather than detract from it. A bit on the dry side, but not overly so.

Overall, I was blown away by this beer. Honestly this may be my favorite Stone beer to date. It's juicy and tropical, yet still retains that bitter, resiny taste that has become synonymous with many a Stone IPA. I am very happy I got to try this one fresh. (1,155 characters)

Rainbow Dome
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Rainbow Dome

Grimm Artisanal Ales
American Wild Ale / 5.00% ABV

4.72/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.41
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a very hazy pale straw yellow.

The beer explodes of apricot, fuzzy white peach, slightly tart of yogurt, with a longing creamy mouthfeel onto a light oak dry finish.

Another explosively delicious dry hopped sour from Grimm. Very in the vein previous iterations of this style, but even more fruity and juicy with stone fruit. (345 characters)

22nd Crooked Line Birthday Suit: Sour Plum Abbey Ale
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22nd Crooked Line Birthday Suit: Sour Plum Abbey Ale

Uinta Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 7.60% ABV

3.96/5  rDev +13.8% | rAvg: 3.48
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is good—it looks nice, tastes nice, and feels nice, but it smells kind of...funky. It's got good sour notes but it's not so prominent that you really feel you're drinking a sour, or an Abbey Ale for that matter. It's good overall, and worth a second look, but it isn't a beer that immediately grabs you and tells you to get it again. (345 characters)

Smuttlabs Kung Fu Hobo
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Smuttlabs Kung Fu Hobo

Smuttynose Brewing Company
Kölsch / 5.50% ABV

3.73/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.88
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright yellow with a big bubbly white head
Smells strongly of spicy hops
taste matches the smell. Very light and crisp flavor
Soft mouthfeel with a carbonation bite
overall a great beer for summer in 16oz cans! I'd definitely drink again (238 characters)

Medora Berry Sour
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Medora Berry Sour

Wicked Weed Brewing
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV

4.3/5  rDev -1.4% | rAvg: 4.36
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy purplish maroon with a soapy off-white head, settling to a thick bubbly ring. Fragrant juicy fresh berry aromas over some acetic funk and a bit of oaky wood spice. Tart raspberries, blackberries, and cherries upfront in the flavor...wine barrel and leathery Brett bring up the rear. Sour, but not to the extreme - finishing dry on the gums and fairly puckering. Very nice! (380 characters)

Cardinal Sim IPA
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Cardinal Sim IPA

Ex Novo Brewing
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.7
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You know that friend you have who tries really hard to be hipster? He runs out and gets skinny jeans, suddenly knows the words to every Ray LaMontagne song, and goes from clean shaven to lumberjack in a month or so? This is that guy as a Pacific NW beer. (255 characters)

The Machine
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The Machine

Marz Community Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.30% ABV

3.71/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.06
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: light golden hue. Bleached white one finger head.
s: Tropical aroma (mango, pineapple, tangerine)
t: Tropical flavors from the aroma are there but much more muted in the taste. The muted tropical flavors which start off seem to abruptly end mid way and the flavor quickly transitions to a bit of harshness. An astringent-like aftertaste. A rough finish in the taste unfortunately.
m: Carbonation is light medium and seems fine. A bit watery.
o: the machine seems a bit of a miss to me. The aroma was very nice but the beer lets down in the taste department imo. At the current price point I don't think I'll be revisiting this one. My first from Marz was DJB which is excellent, the rest I've had so far have been a mixed bag. Will try some more from them with hopes they get their mojo back. (807 characters)

Redhook Copperhook
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Redhook Copperhook

Redhook Ale Brewery
American Amber / Red Ale / 5.80% ABV

3.25/5  rDev -0.6% | rAvg: 3.27
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Toned copper color, as befits the name, with small but persistent white head. The lacing is fine and scattered, the carbonation sparse and slow-rising.

Aroma: Lightly toasted malt pairs well with grassy hops.

Taste: Opens with toasted and caramel malts, offset by citric and pine hops, overall managing to seem quite balanced. These tastes carry to the close, where there is a light surge of citric and pine hops tp bring the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Soft, fairly full, pleasant, with a bit of stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A decent and drinkable example of a familiar style. The ABV at 5.8% seems a little high, but such is the zeitgeist.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long-neck with a pry-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

This review is from handwritten notes ca. April 2007. (851 characters)

Tallgrass Velvet Rooster
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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster

Tallgrass Brewing Company
Tripel / 8.50% ABV

3.99/5  rDev +4.2% | rAvg: 3.83
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink by 3/26/16.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, spice, yeast, and slight chalk aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, spice, yeast, pepper, and dried citrus peel flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of spice and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink despite its higher ABV.

Serving type: can. (605 characters)

Stone RuinTen IPA
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Stone RuinTen IPA

Stone Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.80% ABV

4.32/5  rDev +0.2% | rAvg: 4.31
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Extremely boozy - which is obviously to be expected with a 10.8% beer, but the alcohol is extremely apparent. The smell is magnificent, though - about as citrusy and reisny as any IPA or double IPA I've ever had. I'd give it a higher score if the alcohol was masked more, but it's still a great beer nonetheless. (312 characters)

Humulo Nimbus
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Humulo Nimbus

Sound Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +6% | rAvg: 4
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep amber and hazy body. Off-white head that is full, sticky, and creamy looking.
Smell: Malt backbone. Blend of sweet malt, pine, and citrus. Floral notes.
Taste: The taste follows the smell, plus throw in a handful of sweet bread, not much, just enough to make this unique, and some tropical fruit. Excellent blend of malt and hops. Short-medium finish.
Feel: Low-medium carbonation. On the heavier side of medium. Creamy-ish. Very agreeable feel on the tongue and in the mouth. Clean.

Overall - Underrated. Dangerously drinkable for an imperial IPA. Rarely do I enjoy IPAs with a malty backbone. Nicely done. (639 characters)

White Thai
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White Thai

Westbrook Brewing Co.
Witbier / 5.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev -3.4% | rAvg: 3.88
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I hear what they're saying and I can kinda taste it. Ginger and lemongrass undertones in a Wit. Different as all of their beers seem to be. A 'drink with food' beer. Would buy the Gose though. (192 characters)

The Pit & The Pendulum
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The Pit & The Pendulum

SweetWater Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 8.30% ABV

3.28/5  rDev -16.3% | rAvg: 3.92
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

Hazy yellowish orange body with a small white collar. Aromas of peach, brett, funk. Peach juice, mild brett character. Medium acetic character. Overall, pretty mediocre. (211 characters)

ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA
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ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA

Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +2.7% | rAvg: 4.08
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: beautiful garnet/brown, 2+ fingers of tan head. Gorgeous beer.

Smell: some hop fruit, some pine, but a bit thinner on the nose than I expected.

Taste: toffee/caramel flavors from the malt immediately, then a magnificent hop sledgehammer greets you with citrus, pine, and some ..... mango maybe? Most excellent.

Feel: creamy maltiness balances the hops, but there's this nice little tanginess on the swallow.

Overall: I love Founders, so I was REALLY excited to try this. It is a great example of the style, and just a really good beer. (548 characters)

The Hammock
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The Hammock

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
American Blonde Ale / 4.50% ABV

3.92/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.92
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I thought this was a nice sessionable beer. The taste was very crisp and clean and had the hoppy and citrusy finish. I filled up my growler to take to the beach, I think this beer is great for the remainder of the hot days. It reminded me a lot of a KOLSCH style. (266 characters)

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