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Hell Melon Single Hop
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Hell Melon Single Hop

Boxing Cat Brewery
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 5.80% ABV

3.9/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.9
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me of Anchor Steam...first thing that came to mind. The beer poured a clear golden with thick white head that left a very nice lace. The scent had hints of spice and citrus. The taste was even balanced but finished slightly bitter. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer. (334 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale
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Union Jack India Pale Ale

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.03/5  rDev -5% | rAvg: 4.24
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deliciously crisp brew with a great balance of tropical fruits in both taste and smell as well as a piney, sticky finish. The malt complemented it well, but I think they could've made this beer elite if they tinkered with the recipe a bit. (241 characters)

Anchor IPA
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Anchor IPA

Anchor Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.98/5  rDev +8.7% | rAvg: 3.66
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BEER #150: An Apple-y, grapefruity ipa, with a bit of a hoppy bitter bite. Sweet yet it has some bang to the mouth with their hops that makes it very appealing. The malty aftertaste is too dry for this beer, should've stuck with keeping it quenching and it would easily be a 4/5+ rating. (287 characters)

Stateside Saison
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Stateside Saison

Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.80% ABV

3.52/5  rDev -11.3% | rAvg: 3.97
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle that has a bottling date code of 364:14 aka 30th December 2014. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy orange tinted golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Bready malts, quite yeasty, hint of coriander, honey and then some fruity banana, pineapple, apple and lemon to end.

Taste: Starts sweeter than expected but ends with a lasting bitterness. Honey and bubblegum upfront, followed by mild or even weak apple juice, and hints of banana, spicy pepper and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: I prefer my saison’s sour whereas this one is hoppy. Having said that, it’s still very refreshing and easy to drink. (755 characters)

Diebels Alt
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Diebels Alt

Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
Altbier / 4.80% ABV

1.59/5  rDev -56.9% | rAvg: 3.69
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought this famous german Altbier in a 500 ml bottle. This beer is everywhere available where I live. I tried it once and I really didnt like it much. The look of the Altbier is dark amber with a good, beige head. When I opened the bottle an unpleasant odor of foul hops came to my nose...The first sip was also unpleasant. It had a very harsh aftertaste from the foul smellng hops to me. Not very drinkable. I wonder about the good ratings here, cause its way overrated in my eyes. This Altbier really didnt convinced me at all. (529 characters)

Pauwel Kwak
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Pauwel Kwak

Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgian Strong Pale Ale / 8.40% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +0.5% | rAvg: 3.73
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best-known for its weird glass, this is more of a curiosity than one of the best in its genre. Can't say I order this often, except to show it around. (150 characters)

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Oatmeal Stout / 5.00% ABV

3.61/5  rDev -14% | rAvg: 4.2
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very subtle in all its departments except the malted barley. Didn't really get the robustness I was looking for, and seemed almost watered down. Guess I was looking for an oatmeal stout that would smack me in the face with flavor. (230 characters)

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Brouwerij De Prael
Kölsch / 5.70% ABV

3.4/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.74
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale, hazy color with huge head. Aroma has lemon notes, something like a witbier. Taste starts really fresh, with some dough and slightly tart, lemony notes. Carbonation is on the high side and the body is quite light. Overall it's a decent, refreshing beer. (258 characters)

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

Stone Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.90% ABV

3.26/5  rDev -23.1% | rAvg: 4.24
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this thinking it was considered a great IPA. I didn't get that at all. Extremely bitter, no hop aroma and very little flavor. As if all they added were the bittering hops. Consumed about 1 month after being bottled, perhaps that explains the loss of hop aroma and taste. Not for me, despite the rave reviews. (316 characters)

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Clown Shoes
English Barleywine / 12.00% ABV

4.59/5  rDev +11.1% | rAvg: 4.13
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well apparently this brew is retired so I guess this one I'm having has at least a year age on it. That being said, it tastes incredible. Murky amber color with nice lacing. Cognac and sweet fruit aroma which matches the taste in every way. Has the feel of a sweet yet complex and flavorful beer that is a smooth sipper. (320 characters)

Carrefour Lager Light
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Carrefour Lager Light

Font Salem
Light Lager / 2.80% ABV

2.3/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 2.3
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In Ikea’s pilsner glass. From a can. At lunch, with rice soup. Soft. and drinkable although not much tasty. In any case, better than some spanish industrial beers with more alcohol (182 characters)

Melange No. 3
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Melange No. 3

The Bruery
American Strong Ale / 15.50% ABV

4.83/5  rDev +11.5% | rAvg: 4.33
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 batch cracked in August 2015. Simply amazing that this beer is almost 17% with almost no burn and full of flavors of all three of the blended beers. As many say the the sum is better than the parts. (203 characters)

Short's Cerveza De Julie
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Short's Cerveza De Julie

Short's Brewing Company
American Pale Lager / 5.00% ABV

3.76/5  rDev +2.5% | rAvg: 3.67
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a hefe glass it has a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a big 3 inch thick white foamy head. Smell of lager yeast, lemon, slight lime, some earth, little bit of biscuit malt, and corn. Taste is nice and light, good amount of quick carbonation, a bit of lime, corn, biscuit malt, spice, and mint. It has a light mouth feel and body. (347 characters)

Calm Before The Storm
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Calm Before The Storm

Ballast Point Brewing Company
Cream Ale / 5.50% ABV

3/5  rDev -22.1% | rAvg: 3.85
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer has a great coffee aroma. slightly sweet and roasty flavor but really sort of average. a little too sweet for me maybe. or maybe the cream ale style just isn't for me. still the aroma brings it to a decent level. won't be drinking it again unless someone gives me one for free (291 characters)

Apocalypse Cow
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Apocalypse Cow

3 Floyds Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 11.00% ABV

4.01/5  rDev -3.8% | rAvg: 4.17
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Copper slightly hazy body, lots of swirls of carbonation, but also some sediment on the bottom. Fluffy mountain of white head.

S & T: Smells of tropical fruit, milk sweetness, faint sting of alcohol. Taste is similar, heavy on the fruit (orange, mango, tangerine), virtually no pine, some lactose sweetness, and a disappointing kick of booze. To be expected, I suppose, for only moderately powerful flavors and double-digit ABV. Finish tastes just like the milk after a bowl of Froot Loops- just like it. No guessing it's 100 IBU- most of that bitterness is not only balanced, but somehow hidden.

M: Sticky body, lively carbonation but nothing harsh. Smooth, almost.

O: Awesome concept, well executed. I love the tropical notes of the hops over the pine, and the lactose sugar was well balanced and provided a unique character. Only bummer was the alcohol note- this is one beer I wish was lower ABV. (906 characters)

Hokan's Brown Ale
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Hokan's Brown Ale

HammerHeart Brewing Company
English Brown Ale / 6.00% ABV

4.29/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.27
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. Served in a shaker glass.

Appearance: Color is a dark blackish brown. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of light tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty and fairly sweet dark malt driven aroma with good hints of chocolate and smoke. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of chocolate, coffee, smoke, toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, and yeast. A little bit of pepper like spice along with some brown sugar. Nice hints of earthy and floral hops. A very solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and moderately sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, grains, and smoke. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, grains, biscuit, nuts, toast, and yeast. Slight spicy note which is probably from the Belgian malt. Sweet note of brown sugar. Backing hop presence with some earthy and floral notes. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A really good take on a Brown Ale. Very solid dark malt notes with a nice hop backing. (1,157 characters)

Mosaic Eruption
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Mosaic Eruption

Mazama Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3.71/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.97
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale orange with two fingers of white head with fair retention and a good amount of lacing. Smell is mostly dank hops with a touch of pine and citrus fruit.
Taste is Medium bitter citrus hops with a kiss of pine and herbal hops. Malt level is fairly big for an IPA and makes it even more drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth with just enough carbonation with a lightly bitter dry finish. Overall a very nice hop combination keeps this from being a pine bomb. Easy drinking relatively malty IPA. At 6% abv and 55 IBUs (from the label) it is much better than any "session" IPA I have tried. I would have it again and having it in a can makes this a fine choice for places where glass bottles can't go. (700 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Hefeweizen / 5.40% ABV

4.43/5  rDev +0.5% | rAvg: 4.41
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding Hefe, easily the best I've had. With the hot and humid weather here, definitely one I could and will have again. Taste was breads, citrusy, and light malt. Wouldn't ruin this with any fruit. (205 characters)

Head High
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Head High

Kane Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.58/5  rDev +6.3% | rAvg: 4.31
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured a nice orange almost copper color
sweet pine aroma
nice crisp flavor of hops and citrus
nice hoppy aftertaste very drinkable a solid ipa (222 characters)

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

4.24/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.77
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. Served in a shaker glass.

Appearance: Color is a very hazy brownish orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of white head which fades back into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and grassy hop forward aroma with a scent of blueberry, citrus, and herbal hops. Upfront scent of blueberry puree. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, and pineapple. Earthy and herbal hops with some hints of grass and pine. Malt hints of grains, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, A juicy and herbal hop driven taste with notes of blueberry, citrus, and pine. Fruity upfront with some good notes of blueberry puree. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and pineapple. Also some nice floral and earthy hop notes of grass and pine. Background malt notes of grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a lingering finish.

Overall: A pretty good twist on an American Pale Ale. Good mix of blueberry and citrus fruit notes with the pine. (1,165 characters)

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Märzen / Oktoberfest

3.67/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.75
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This four time gold medal winner is a smooth, malty lager brewed in the true Bavarian Style, using Two-row Pale, Vienna, Caramel and imported roasted Munich malts, moderately hopped with imported Czech Saaz and Yakima Sterling hops. Flavors reminiscent of honey, nougat and roasted nuts. Complex and beautifully balanced. Prosit!" ( From the website) Part of the pub series only brewed and bottled from July to September.
Just bought a six pack at the brewery in Hood River. I would say this is one of the better of this fall style and would recommend you try it for yourself. I gave the "look" an average score cause little head no lace. Otherwise a tasty malty "O'Fest" Oktoberfest beer. 5.7% abv. (701 characters)

Overrated West Coast IPA
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Overrated West Coast IPA

Surly Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.30% ABV

4.01/5  rDev -2.2% | rAvg: 4.1
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5 week old can in an IPA glass

L: Straw yellow, with 2 finger white head, minimal but stubborn lacing
S: Citrus, piney hops!
T: Dank hoppy resin, nice bitterness
F: Nothing special - nice balance
O: A fine IPA, prefer other Surly offerings (241 characters)

Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat
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Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat

The Fort Collins Brewery
Witbier / 5.20% ABV

2.97/5  rDev -9.5% | rAvg: 3.28
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a wheat glass.

A : The head starts at 2 fingers but quickly vanishes to a foamy layer on top with some sparse lacing here and there. The body is 90% opaque, slightly hazy, and apricot-honey in color.

S : Some very fruity and floral aromas, both pleasing to the nose. Overripe tossed banana peel. Tons of antiseptic/chemical; an open jar of barley and grain, and then finally the pomegranate in the form of crushed seeds and flesh.

T : Tartness from the pomegranate mixes with a sharpness from the hops. Ordinarily you'd think that would make a great match but it ends up being a bit unbalanced. The hop ends up out front and overpowering the pomegranate, which is tart and fermented anyways, making this one funky taste experience. Behind that the wheat does come in, if only to provide some substance to the awkward see-saw of pom and hop oil. A slight clove presence also comes in to further weird out the profile. This ends up tasting like a horribly skunked saison. If I knew it as anything else other than a Pomegranate beer, I'd be rating this way lower. I can process it better knowing that what I'm tasting is pomegranate, but it's still rather horrible.

F : Medium bodied, the wheat being suspended in the midst of the body, with a very mild hit of carbonation underneath. It ends a bit puckered and tight with some dryness.

O : The tartness of the pomegranate is here, and is easily the best part, but overall this beer is a failure. I want to drink it for the tartness, but each time I end up wrinkling my face and ultimately, the rest of this will be a total drain pour. (1,600 characters)

Delirium Red
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Delirium Red

Brouwerij Huyghe
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 8.00% ABV

3.21/5  rDev -3.9% | rAvg: 3.34
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very prominent cherry flavor and smell. The sweetness really lingers and is a touch too powerful, as it almost feels like you're drinking cherry juice at times. (160 characters)

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock
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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock

Tröegs Brewing Company
Doppelbock / 8.20% ABV

3.61/5  rDev -7% | rAvg: 3.88
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Troegs beers that are high in abv have that really odd metallic, malty liquor like after taste that really puts a hamper on the rest of the beer. You can taste a strong foundation of chocolate and subtle spices. Had potential. (226 characters)

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