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Recent Beer Ratings & Reviews

Kasteel Rouge
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Kasteel Rouge

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 8.00% ABV

4.04/5  rDev +6% | rAvg: 3.81
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rouge pours a dark amber color with a small lacing head. There is a huge cherry aroma. The taste has a real cherry taste, dry and bitter aftertaste. Good body good flavors. Overall its very big on the cherry flavors, not too sweet.

Saranac Immortality
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Saranac Immortality

Matt Brewing Company
American Amber / Red Ale / 7.50% ABV

4/5  rDev -1.7% | rAvg: 4.07
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass. This beer pours clear with an amber color and thick white head of over 1 inch, which eventually settles into less than a 1/4 inch lacing. Tropical and citrus aromas highlight a sweet character and then the taste brings in a balance of citrus and herbal hops. As expected with the style, there is a medium body with some sweetness on the tongue. Nothing overly impressionable with this beer, but certainly center target with the experience.

Saranac Imperial IPA
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Saranac Imperial IPA

Matt Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4/5  rDev +5% | rAvg: 3.81
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass. One this in apparent from the first whiff – this is a double IPA. It pours a clear dark gold with a limited 1/4 inch head. Both the smell and taste highlight the tropical notes and while the taste of pine shows up at the end, the hops aren’t overpowering. This imperial/double IPA is quite drinkable for 8.5%, but certainly isn’t an everyday option for this guy.

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout
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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout

Elysian Brewing Company
Oatmeal Stout / 7.50% ABV

3.61/5  rDev -10.4% | rAvg: 4.03
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Black with a nice mocha colored head, lots of lacing, creamy head, not much carbonation, looks like a good stout.

A: Roasted chocolate, coffee notes, some alcohol on the end, there is a hoppy northwestern aroma in there, reminds me of Redhook beers.

T: Bitter, hoppy northwestern flavor, some chocolate, coffee like flavors, finishes dry, not getting any smooth oatmeal flavors, never had an oatmeal stout with this much bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry finish

O: Very hoppy, bitter, it has that hoppy northwestern aroma and flavor that I get in beers from Redhook, not sure what it is but it's not good, I would prefer this beer with a less hoppy profile, as I don't get any oats on this. Definitely will pass this up, there are better oatmeal stouts out there than this.

Saranac Legacy IPA
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Saranac Legacy IPA

Matt Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +14.7% | rAvg: 3.75
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass. This IPA pours a clear gold/amber that has me looking for a mosquito like in Jurassic Park. A slightly sweet citrus nose leads into a tropical citrus taste that is nicely balanced with malt. A sharp hop bit lingers on the sides of your tongue after swallowing the medium body with a thick white head. A great representation of an American IPA, this is good both out of the can and bottle.

Saranac Gen IV
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Saranac Gen IV

Matt Brewing Company
American IPA / 4.50% ABV

3.7/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.09
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass. A hazy light straw color has a thin white head that quickly dissipates. The nose is bright with citrus, reminiscent of many notable IPAs from California. The taste is full of citrus hops and dry without much in the way of a malt backbone. Relatively light on the palate, this is a session beer for those who need a focus completely on hops and is true to the “session IPA” style, but the lack of malt presence leaves me wanting a traditional pale ale. A good, albeit unbalanced, offering showcasing Amarillo and Citra hops.

Schlafly Pale Ale
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Schlafly Pale Ale

The Schlafly Tap Room
English Pale Ale / 4.40% ABV

2.56/5  rDev -28.7% | rAvg: 3.59
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer is ok. There are pale ales I like better

Green Flash Le Freak
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Green Flash Le Freak

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Belgian IPA / 9.20% ABV

4.83/5  rDev +20.1% | rAvg: 4.02
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber poured into glass.
L: Nice orange color. Quite hazy.
Off-white head that lingers a while.
S: Fruitiness you'd expect from a Belgian yeast with malt and alcohol.
T: Nice malty flavor. The alcohol flavor is not as pronounced as you would expect from the scent. The Belgian fruitiness is definitely there. There's also a nice hoppy IPA bitterness.
F: Medium body. Highly carbonated.
O: Overall, I can see why Le Freak is so popular. Green Flash has successfully blended Belgian and IPA styles into a delicious brew.

Prost Pils
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Prost Pils

Prost Brewing Company
German Pilsener / 4.60% ABV

3.95/5  rDev +7.6% | rAvg: 3.67
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden pale yellow. Frothy white head. High carbonation, decent lacing.

Light DMS but in acceptable range. Grassy hops, cracker malt. Some honey-like sweetness. No fruity esters. Minerally and nice.

Graham cracker malt with some sweet corn. DMS seems within reason. Just enough hops to balance the beer. Hops are herbal and grassy.

High creamy carbonation. Slick mouthfeel but still light body. Very quaffable. Mostly dry finish with lingering hop bitterness.

Would prefer this drier and if it had a tad more hop bitterness and character. Still, quite drinkable and refreshing.

Saranac Tramonay Rogue
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Saranac Tramonay Rogue

Matt Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale

4/5  rDev +9% | rAvg: 3.67
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into New Belgium tulip glass. A slightly hazy pale amber coloring with a pink hue has a thin 1/4” head. The fruit forward nose unmistakably recalls a touch of Belgian and wine, which is mirrored in the taste. A touch of tartness follows berries and melon in a medium body. This is a wine-drinker’s beer for the summer months and should be paired with cheese. I wouldn’t have more than two of these in a sitting, although at 8% I wouldn’t want more.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Vienna Lager / 4.90% ABV

4.43/5  rDev +18.4% | rAvg: 3.74
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle. Amber-red in color with minor head. Hoppy aroma, not overpowering. Very good hoppy flavor with a nice taste of cereal grains and malt. Finish was a little strong on the grain. Excellent mouthfeel. Excellent lager.

Saranac Disruption Nitro Brown Ale
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Saranac Disruption Nitro Brown Ale

Matt Brewing Company
American Brown Ale / 7.00% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +4.9% | rAvg: 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into traditional Guinness glass. A dark ruby color around the edges of a brown/black pour with a 1” head that settles to 1/2”. The toffee, caramel and vanilla notes are apparent on the nose and reflected in the taste. Traditional smooth, velvety mouthfeel with the nitrogen widget and like most dark, malty beers, this beer really gets an extra star due on nitro. The 7% ABV will sneak up on you in comparison to some of the dry Irish stouts people are used to having.

Saranac Legacy IPA
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Saranac Legacy IPA

Matt Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.79/5  rDev +1.1% | rAvg: 3.75
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge fluffy creamy head, fades slowly with nice lacing, semi clear light hazy orange color.

Nose decent generic hops, mild citrus fruity, grassy, floral, little earthy and leafy, mild sweet malt.

Trade sweet malt note, toasted malt, nice hops, little floral and mild fruity citrus, nice grassy hops, nice bitterness, little chewy note. Nice crisp bitter finish, grassy hops.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, old style ipa, grassy with little fruity citrus note, nice malt mild balance, enjoyable, bit still light for these days.

Single Hop Pale
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Single Hop Pale

Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.90% ABV

3.71/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.09
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this as a single hop (lemon drop) on tap at the brewery. The citrus was much more in the smell but still a nice drinkable pale ale.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

The Schlafly Tap Room
Pumpkin Ale / 8.00% ABV

3.02/5  rDev -28.3% | rAvg: 4.21
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not a big pumpkin beer fan but this is my favorite. Very smooth with good aftertaste.

Holland Lager 1839
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Holland Lager 1839

Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
Euro Pale Lager

3.75/5  rDev +30.2% | rAvg: 2.88
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is surprisingly good for a "cheap knockoff" beer. Of course given that it's made by Bavaria, it's not exactly from an unknown brewery. It's very very similar to Heineken (a good thing in my opinion) and while it may not be super cheap (like the $5 for 6 as someone else said it's worth), it's still cheap enough, and similar enough to make it worth it considering Heineken can go anywhere from $7.99 to $8.99 around here for a 6 pack. $5.99 versus $7.99 or $8.99 definitely makes it worthwhile in my book.

Curiosity Thirteen
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Curiosity Thirteen

Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.60% ABV

4.5/5  rDev -0.4% | rAvg: 4.52
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay cans... somehow my review for this got lost, but luckily I have more cans. Wasn't a huge fan of it fresh, but maybe like other Tree House IPAs it's better now.

Pours a nice frothy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, nice sticky lacing, typical murky blond orange creamy color.

Nose brings nice tropical note, juicy dank tropical fruits, passion fruit, papaya, with some orange juice and pith, lots of citrus orange juice, nice orange cream, and even a little tangerine, mild creamy malt base.

Taste brings lots of juicy citrus again, quite creamy too, orange cream and orange juice all over, a little pith and mild bitterness in general, mostly just orange tropical juice. Mild tropical notes, little papaya like and touch of mango, citrus tropical notes in general. Nice creamy malt base, just a hint of sweetness, with nice pith and even a touch of rind coming on the back end, and a touch of dankness. Finish is dry and a bit of creamy malt lingering, but lots more orange juice, a little pith, more orange cream, and little tangerine with tropical fruits lingering.

Mouth is creamy med bod, nice carb.

Overall this has gotten a lot better after a couple weeks. The dankness has dropped off, bitterness dropped off, and it's like a tropical citrus juice with nice creamy malt base, quite tasty and enjoyable, a bit of a Green character in general, like an old Green if I had to say.

Double Shot - Sumatra Mandheling
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Double Shot - Sumatra Mandheling

Tree House Brewing Company
American Stout / 7.80% ABV

4.52/5  rDev -0.9% | rAvg: 4.56
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a nonic ten ounce glass.

Pours thick and viscous, pitch-black in body. Head forms a quarter finger thick and slowly dissipates to become a lacy spread over the body. 4.25

Rich coffee aroma that is caramel and toffee-heavy. A touch of boozy is perceivable amidst the the otherwise sweet, malty and coffee-heavy aroma. Smells delicious, I can't lie. One last whiff for good measure and I get some vanilla notes and dark chocolate. 4.75

Quite a rich brew here. Flavors abound, including an almost wine-like quality to the malts. The beers raisiny, chocolatey, and still heavily coffee-flavored. The coffee seems to lend some caramel and toffee that are pretty next level. 4.5

The body is pretty dead-on, medium but still drinkable, and the creaminess is there too. It's a tad hot and this affects the drinkability a bit, but it's pretty damn good. 4.25

This was certainly a stand out in the coffee stout category. Great brew.

Siren / Stillwater When The Light Gose Out
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Siren / Stillwater When The Light Gose Out

Siren Craft Brew
Gose / 4.40% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +8.6% | rAvg: 3.82
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger off white head

S- Sour lemons and cherries, under tones of roasted malts.

T- Sour, slightly salty, and roasted malts, hints of smoke.

M- Smooth, medium body, high carbonation, slightly crisp and a little creamy at the same time.

O- A nice gose, the color throws you off, but well done. I really enjoy this, same level as most beers from Stillwater.

Kirsch Gose
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Kirsch Gose

Victory Brewing Company
Gose / 4.70% ABV

3.65/5  rDev -8.1% | rAvg: 3.97
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great color. Not a strong nose, which is likely in a Gose. Hoping for more tart cherry in the aroma. Came alive on the palate, nice cherry and light lactic tartness. Light on the salinity... still a very enjoyable take on the Gose, and super clean refreshing beer. I have heard a lot about Victory's German styles... hope that this is a peek into the crystal ball.

Ocular
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Ocular

Pollyanna Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.90% ABV

4.02/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.99
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at brewery, solid head with decent lacing. Sweet citrus hop aroma that is mild throughout. Taste is a mild honey mixed with tropical fruit notes, balanced throughout. Lighter to medium body that is very easy to drink. Sweet bitter hop residual that was very pleasant. A very nice DIPA offering from a small, true to craft, brewery.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Rock Art Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

4.64/5  rDev +16.6% | rAvg: 3.98
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aged perfectly in my rock lined basement. Bourbon burn is all but gone and replaced with nice sweet vanilla and subtle caramel sweetness. Both of these hide the usual ashy roasty IRS that Im used to. Aging this is why Im sure my RDev will be high. If youre holding this, drink this now cause its def in its sweet spot!! Good job @rockart

Beach Blonde Ale
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Beach Blonde Ale

3 Daughters Brewing
American Blonde Ale / 5.00% ABV

3.37/5  rDev +1.2% | rAvg: 3.33
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lite gold pour with white head. Lemon grass nose and taste. Citrus juice bite. Lite mouthfeel, good carbonation. Nice lite pale ale.

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)
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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)

Founders Brewing Company
Old Ale / 9.80% ABV

4.23/5  rDev +5.2% | rAvg: 4.02
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet with molasses. Great mouth feel.

Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale
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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American Strong Ale / 13.00% ABV

4.24/5  rDev -2.5% | rAvg: 4.35
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a medium brown color with a nice head; splotches of lace hang around

Smell: Roasty, with chocolate, dark fruit and coffee notes

Taste: Roasted tones and a hint of molasses up front, with dark fruit and chocolate developing; the barrel tones add complexity with just a hint of Tequila on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: It has been a while since I have had one of the Firestone anniversary series and I had forgotten how good they are; after a few years in the bottle this is still an excellent beer