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Recent Beer Ratings & Reviews

Grolsch Krachtig Kanon
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Grolsch Krachtig Kanon

Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Euro Strong Lager / 11.60% ABV

3.24/5  rDev +26.6% | rAvg: 2.56
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a strong lager, very hard to find.

Squeal & Deal
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Squeal & Deal

Pig Minds Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 9.00% ABV

4.45/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.22
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer doesn't smell as strong as it tastes. When I first opened it the smell was mild and then I poured it. It pours beautifully dark. Then I taste it and there it is....the delicious taste of a barrel aged beer. It's stronger than I anticipate but reminds me of bourboun county. I am not disappointed.

Ãœber Special Bitter
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Über Special Bitter

3 Ravens Brewing
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) / 6.10% ABV

4.06/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.85
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass

L - copper, cloudy, pours a reasonable sized beige head that fades to a lacing

S - golden syrup, dark fruits notes in an overall nutty, caramel malt and moist soil like aroma

T - moderate syrupy, and burnt sugar sweetness, with a nice bitterness and boozy warmness switching in 2/3 the way through. A touch of cinnamon as well the finish. Dark fruits (plums and dates) drifting in and out, and in the lingering aftertaste.

M - well carbonated for style, dryish texture, quite noted the alcohol content, feels more like 7-8%

O - good winter beer, the warming feeling is quite strong - like a bit of port has been thrown in. Worthy of an ESB tag.

Trumer Pils
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Trumer Pils

Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
German Pilsener / 4.80% ABV

4.6/5  rDev +21.4% | rAvg: 3.79
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Outlier review of Trumer pils....amazingly refreshing Pilsner done.

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Bale Breaker Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.55/5  rDev +9.1% | rAvg: 4.17
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 01/13/15

A: Orange / Gold in color. Filtered with a small amount of sediment. 1 finger of solid white head, leaving a sticky lace.
S: Pine tree, floral forest in aroma. Sweet rich topical fruit notes (passion fruit / tangerine), straight hop nose.
T: Hops are center stage. Moderate tropical fruit, huge piney resinous hop bill. Sweet malts which are almost unnoticeable and help round out the body.
M: Moderately carbonated. A lingering, resinous hop characteristic. The bitterness/flavor stayed with me for a few minutes, leaving me craving another sip.
O: A hop bomb. Unbalanced and hop forward. Straight from the land of hops, Yakima, WA. It's an outstanding example of a Pacific Northwest IPA.

Dorada Pilsen
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Dorada Pilsen

Compañía Cervecera De Canarias, S.A.
Euro Pale Lager / 4.70% ABV

3.06/5  rDev +19.1% | rAvg: 2.57
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent pilsener good for a hot summer day.

Lahaina Town Brown
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Lahaina Town Brown

Maui Brewing Co.
American Brown Ale / 5.30% ABV

4.14/5  rDev +15.3% | rAvg: 3.59
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

AMAZING after taste. Yummy chocolate!!!

Red Chair NWPA
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Red Chair NWPA

Deschutes Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.20% ABV

1.95/5  rDev -52.4% | rAvg: 4.1
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

At some points too grassy and bitter, but leaves you feeling like you have drank to much rootbeer, overly sweet. Earthly after taste.

Hop Odyssey: Symposium IPA
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Hop Odyssey: Symposium IPA

Green Flash Brewing Co.
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.51/5  rDev +14.8% | rAvg: 3.93
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber, copper color with a 1 1/2 finger white head. The nose is delicious, probably the best part. It us citrus and pine up front, with notes of pomelo, orange, papaya, lemon zest and a soft sweet malt. The flavor is really good, more bitter than the nose would have you believe. Heavy emphasis on the grapefruit.

Tripel Cafe
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Tripel Cafe

Southern Tier Brewing Company
Tripel / 8.80% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +11.6% | rAvg: 3.8
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and somewhat hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head with decent retention.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style aroma with big hints of coffee and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with spice hints of clove, peppers, coriander, and funk. Big scent of coffee beans stick out giving a roasty edge. Fruit hints of banana, orange, green apple, grape, and pear. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Floral and earthy hops with some good hints of grass. A pretty unique and good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a pretty spicy, yeasty, and fruity Belgian Tripel style taste with good notes of coffee, spice, and fruit. Belgian yeast with some spice notes of clove, peppers, coriander, and funk. The coffee flavor is pretty noticeable and strong but doesn’t overwhelm the Belgian elements. Fruit notes of banana, orange, lemon zest, green apple, pear, and grape. Sweet taste of candied sugar. Background notes of grassy hops. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Spicy, crisp, and pretty drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is pretty mild.

Overall: A pretty unique and good twist on a Tripel. Has the spice and fruit esters you expect from the style with a big twist of coffee that oddly works well.

Mr. Saison
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Mr. Saison

Trinity Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.60% ABV

3.7/5  rDev -3.6% | rAvg: 3.84
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Little's Wine and Liquor in Denver, CO. 6.99 for a 12.7oz bottle. Decided to try something without any opinion/ knowledge about the brewery. Bought for celebrating my first publication!

A&S: Super highly carbonated (foam came out of the bottle). Pours 2.5 fingers of fizzy white head that dissipate very quickly. With the beer vanishing so quickly I expected no head to be left, but it actually retains a layer on top (with thick circles that almost resemble bacteria growths in a petri dish). Beer is a lively with carbonation, murky very unfiltered light yellow. Super sour upon first opening, really milds out when in the glass. earthy, slight citrus, after a while way less funk.

T&M: Overall very subtle. Flowery hops, very like almost non-sweet corn like background. Barely any funk to it. Mouthfeel was on, it was on the lightish bodied and on the higher side of carbonation.

Overall: Wasn't a huge fan of this beer, I really love the idea of a beer inspired by hiking, but it was just a little bland for my taste. I would be interested in trying more from this company, but it would be on a recommendation only bases.

Pappy Legba Saison
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Pappy Legba Saison

Trinity Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 13.00% ABV

4.37/5  rDev +17.2% | rAvg: 3.73
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy pink.
S: Saison spices from yeast, tart cherries, sweet malts.
T: Medley of spicy yeast, tart cherries, and sweet malts.
M: medium to Full body, low carbonation.
O: Delicious sweet wine. Mix of flavors hides the high ABV. Smooth drinking.

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale
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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale

Green Flash Brewing Co.
American Amber / Red Ale / 8.10% ABV

4.37/5  rDev +10.1% | rAvg: 3.97
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the amber that taught me to appreciate the style.

Wild Apple Saison
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Wild Apple Saison

Trinity Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.10% ABV

4.25/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.45
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice tart apple flavors. Tastes like a cross between a dry cider and a saison.

Alaskan Big Mountain
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Alaskan Big Mountain

Alaskan Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.70% ABV

3.72/5  rDev -4.9% | rAvg: 3.91
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Deep yellow in color. Short lasting head. Smells good. Piney, orange, slightly floral aromas. Those mosaic hops really cut through. Dank citrus hiding a subtle pear with just a light floral note. Lightly carbonated and a bit watery. This crushes their APA in my opinion.

AleSmith My Bloody Valentine
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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine

AleSmith Brewing Company
American Amber / Red Ale / 6.66% ABV

3.93/5  rDev -1% | rAvg: 3.97
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.93 overall rating is correct.

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Costco in Santee (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Jan. 11, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 29, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Dec. 22, 2014

Poured a reddish, brown, mahogany hazy color with five fingers of khaki-tan, frothy head. Excellent spiderweb, layered, lacing on the sides of the glass all the way down. Great retention on the top. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled a pleasant mix of hops up front and malts late. Got floral hops, light grass hops, Citra hops, sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, chocolate milk, hints of roasty nuts and raspberries (wishing?). (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t as good as the nose, but still decent. Got floral hops, bitter grassy hops, chocolate, chocolate milk, caramel, toffee, roasty malts, toast, nuts and faint vanilla. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was pretty good for the style. One of the best looking beers I’ve seen in a long time. (Overall - 3.88)

3.93 | 88 | B+

Don't Act Like You're Not Impressed
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Don't Act Like You're Not Impressed

Mission Brewery
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

3.77/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.1
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.77 overall rating is correct.

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $5.00
Purchased: Jan. 28, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 28, 2015
Misc.: Collaboration between Mission Brewery and Alpine Beer Company

Poured a copper, orange, murky color with a small amount of white head when I got it. Sporadic, spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.63)

Smelled lots of hops up front. Got Simcoe, floral, Citra, Mosaic, grapefruit, nectarine, unknown spicy hops and caramel. Also reminded me slightly of a white IPA. (Smell - 4.13)

Tasted bitterness right away, initially reminded me of a Port Wipeout IPA. Also some Simcoe hops, Amarillo hops, Mosaic hops, sharp grapefruit rind, tangerine rind, tropical hops, floral hops, Citra hops, funky hops, pine and booziness. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Astringent, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

I was a bit disappointed overall. Not quite all the way there, but maybe I’ll give it another try when I’m 100 percent healthy. (Overall - 3.63)

3.77 | 85 | B+

Pit Bull
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Pit Bull

City Brewing Company, LLC
American Malt Liquor / 10.20% ABV

1.02/5  rDev -23.9% | rAvg: 1.34
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'll admit it. When the wallet is thin, I will jump to the cheapest beer/malt liquor around to get by until the next paycheck comes around. This is not worth it. Even if it takes scrounging the sofa/laundry/streets to find a few extra cents, buy anything else. This is not meant to be consumed. If this was made with the sole purpose of making every other malt liquor feel good about themselves, it has succeeded in its life goals.

Konomi Nante Kiitenaize SORRY Kurogo Imperial Porter
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Konomi Nante Kiitenaize SORRY Kurogo Imperial Porter

Yo-Ho Brewing Company
American Porter / 7.00% ABV

4.05/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.25
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is very dark orange-brown in the nonic. Flavor is actually really pleasant. I was a little fearful after reading the ingredients, but nothing goes overboard. The aroma is cedar and rye bread, reminding me of the Kvass I had the other night.

Fruity and malty, with something like plum and pomegranate, which must be the black currants. Deep roasted malt flavors with dark caramel. I don't know if this is hop free, but the other flavors dominate. Robust flavors, slightly sweet, nicely fruity, and balanced with a resiny tang.

Here's a brewery waiting for someone to do a collaboration with. From the 12 oz can purchased at 4505 Burgers & BBQ in San Francisco. Crazy label in the Japanese graphic arts tradition.

Break Water Australian Pale Ale
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Break Water Australian Pale Ale

Gage Roads Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.50% ABV

3.05/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 2.99
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Needs more nose and flavour, a bit bland.

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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oatmeal Stout / 7.20% ABV

3.69/5  rDev -5.9% | rAvg: 3.92
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good and dark. Sweet roasted malt nose. Rich roasty flavor with a light sweetness followed up by some hop bitter that might be a bit more than I like in my oat stouts. Feels medium in body. This is one of the better oatmeal stouts you can get in a 6 pack in my area.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse

Hefeweizen / 5.00% ABV

5/5  rDev +22.9% | rAvg: 4.07
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Worlds Best beer, hands down!

The Devil Went Down To Oregon (Devils Backbone Collaboration)
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The Devil Went Down To Oregon (Devils Backbone Collaboration)

Ninkasi Brewing Company
Rye Beer / 7.20% ABV

3.66/5  rDev -2.4% | rAvg: 3.75
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an interesting shade of orange-red-brown with a robust foam on every pour. Medium body with some malty substance.

A little of the scratchy rye flavor. An edge of burnt and twiggy tastes with moderate bitterness. A little too much of the raspy back-of-the-throat taste. A substantial mouthful with lots of roasted malt. Burnt toast finish.

This is an interesting brew. It's malty but the rye adds that sharp edge. Not as spicy as many rye brews. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, Pearl District.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 10.60% ABV

3.93/5  rDev +5.4% | rAvg: 3.73
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a snifter to reveal a dark auburn brown with with a light khaki colored 1/2 finger head. Sub-par retention fizzes away rather quickly, leaving behind a somewhat barren surface and a razor thin ring of suds around the edge. Leaves virtually no lacing, save a spot or two, but those slide down the glass in due time.

Smell - Dark cherry and a bit of cherry cola with that sweet, sugary aroma. Lesser hints of chocolate and clove spice. Faint raisin and banana.

Taste - Follows the nose with prominent cherry and sugary cola flavors. Touches of chocolate. Fair amounts of clove spice bite by mid-taste and follow through in the finish. Distant banana. Slight tartness from the cherries. A bit of alcohol burn near the finish with a sweet/tart/spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Heavily-bodied and somewhat creamy but with a spritzy, bitey carbonation that livens it up. Smooth for a 10.6% brew.

Overall - I'm not head-over-heels in love with this one, but I do like it quite a bit. By that same token, I wouldn't trade for it, nor hope that it would come to me in a rare beer club membership again. :)

Two Hearted Ale
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Two Hearted Ale

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +0.7% | rAvg: 4.27
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so this was canned 7/22/14 and today is 1/29/15. Pours perfectly with an inch head. Nice lacing. Smells bitter with a hint of chipotle? Maybe. Tastes pretty hoppy initially but has an oily mouthfeel and it is somewhat flat. This honestly tastes like a more bitter blind pig. I would still prefer blind pig over this, buts it's still good