Beer Reviews: Most Recent
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.00% ABV
3.77/5 rDev +6.8% | Avg: 3.53
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Thin for the style. Not a ton of bourbon character on the nose or palate, but nice tasting non the less. A very drinkable/introductory? Example of the style
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Jester King Brewery
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV
5/5 rDev +6.2% | Avg: 4.71
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This was the first offering that I've ever had from JK and I was simply floored! If everything from that brewery was like this I would move to Austin Texas tomorrow. Easily the best sour out there, bar none! Everything about this beer was beyond exceptional. I can see why it trades beyond the moon!
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Vienna Lager / 4.90% ABV
3.27/5 rDev -13.9% | Avg: 3.8
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Nice looking beer with a lasting head and lacing but too sweet and too much caramel character to be as sessionable as one would hope in a lager. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit pasty in the finish. Other than that quite drinkable.
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Cismontane Brewing Company
Belgian Pale Ale / 5.50% ABV
3.9/5 rDev -1.3% | Avg: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip. According to the label, this is aged in chardonnay barrels.
Appearance: medium gold hue with a light haze and a thin finger of frothy white foam. Head doesn't stick around too long; it's relatively attractive.
Smell: lightly tart up front with a definite oaky character. The wine element is much more subdued than in other beers I've had from chardonnay barrels; I like the subtlety.
Taste: oaky up front with, again, a very light tartness and a little bit of a sweet vinous character. I think the complexity is just right and that the elements play well together.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not bad at all.
Overall: this beer has a nice zippy feel from the very light tartness and the oaky astringency. I like it.
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Avery Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.01/5 rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.11
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Piney, tropical notes forward. The brew is a deep golden yellow with a thick white head, great retention and suitable lace. I get melon, guava, passionfruit, and sweet tangerine on the nose. A supple amount of sweet malt defines itself in a firm, yet inviting, alcohol sweetness.
The taste comes with a rush of those same tropic-pine notes, lasting and mildly bitter. Sweetness follows quickly and becomes a bit cloying at times. A creamy- thin mouthfeel presents its fault at the end of the drink with a residual hint of alcohol.
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Anchorage Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.00% ABV
4.54/5 rDev +7.1% | Avg: 4.24
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottle purchased at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.
This one pours a brilliant hazy orange-ish yellow, with a one inch fluffy head, and a good amount of lacing. The first pour was more yellow, but the second pour from the bomber seemed to include the yeast at the bottom, and it made the beer more opaque orange.
This smells like stone fruit, orange, oak, lemon, flowers, and spicing. Smells pretty wonderful.
As mentioned above, the two pours of this beer were fairly different experiences. The first pour, without the yeast, had a ton of oak and spicing, and a really healthy dose of earthy, slightly bitter barnyard Brett flavors. The Brett melded really well with the oak which melded really well with the hoppy bitterness- all in wonderful harmony. There's a lot of citrus too, from the Citra hops. However, the second pour really shifted the balance, a lot of the complexities went away, but the citrusy fruit flavor was much stronger, and featured a really strong earthy and sweet citrus flavor that dominated everything. This flavor was so strong I could have sworn there was fruit added- but there's not.
This is medium bodied, with a really crisp and lively mouthfeel, with a moderate, active level of carbonation.
Another exceptionally tasty beer from Anchorage. Gabe Fletcher really knows to flex his Brett muscles with the best of them.
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.00% ABV
3.62/5 rDev -13.6% | Avg: 4.19
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had out of the bottle pouted into a Belgian style tulip glass. A number of sour notes to the smell and taste that seemed off. Not sure if I had a bad batch but almost felt like a lambic style any other st. Bernadus beers
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Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.00% ABV
3.49/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.49
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L: Head was short lived and lasted briefly, little to no lacing brilliant and amber.
S: A bit short of malt in the nose.
T: Pleasant but not as malty as one would expect in a Marzen
F: Carbonation is bright and too biting
O: With more malt character and a bit more body this would improve, but as is a nice drinkable version of the style. Made with NW hops rather than usual noble hops.
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Pumpkin Ale / 5.40% ABV
3.06/5 rDev -11.3% | Avg: 3.45
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This was a good pumpkin beer, but like many others I've tried recently it didn't really knock it out of the park.
Aroma is of cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices, but the malts overtone all of that.
The flavor is malty and cinnamon up front, with a few notes of cloves and biscuits in the middle/finish. Basically, the beer is sweet and tastes of caramel malts, with a hint of anything else I mentioned.
It's good, it just wasn't exceptional in my opinion.
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
American IPA / 7.00% ABV
4.32/5 rDev +2.4% | Avg: 4.22
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottled September 23, 2015 enjoyed October 6, 2015 in a MadTree tulip/snifter.
Look - Orange body. Any haze mellows with warmth. Nice head with fine bubbles. Nice lacing.
Smell - Earth. Rye. Grass. Citrus. Pine. Sweet.
Taste - Rye and grass. Pine. Bitter finish. Fruits like mango and tangerine.
Feel - Chewy and heavier than expected. Head is explosive but not overly carbonated. Dries up. Little spice burn.
Overall - So many times I say "I will try something different today" and end up pulling a new 3 Floyds and it always turns out to be an IPA. I was thinking Saison/Farmhouse but I'll take this too. Good.
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Russian River Brewing Company
Irish Dry Stout / 4.80% ABV
3.84/5 rDev +1.6% | Avg: 3.78
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Had a pint on tap at russian river along with an order of pliny bites. Not my favorite stout or favorite russian river beer. Head poured as 1 finger and was a frothy off white. The feel was light on the palate....almost watered down compared to other stouts.
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Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.00% ABV
4.16/5 rDev +4.3% | Avg: 3.99
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
l- Rich hazy amber
S- Peppery somewhat underwhelming for a saison
T- Dry Caramel how is that a thing?
F- Smooth and effervescent like a saison should be
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Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
4.32/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.32
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a pale, almost cloudy copper color. Nice foamy head. Nice heady lacings.
Smells hoppy, but mild.
Flavor is mainly of hops, but the beer has a refreshing taste and very smooth, soft mouthfeel.
My favorite while recently visiting the brewery.
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 6.00% ABV
3.84/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.84
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Clear pale gold with one finger of white head that fades in under five minutes. Splotches of lace on the side of the nonic pint glass.
Smell is bread malt and grassy herbal hops.
Taste is moderately sweet malts balanced by a nice herbal hop push.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with lots of carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and mild bitterness.
Overall a beer worth trying. I could drink quite a few without tiring of the flavor and that is what Oktoberfest beers are all about. From a 12 ounce greenish brown bottle and no skunk in aroma or taste.
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10 Barrel Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.90% ABV
4.18/5 rDev +5% | Avg: 3.98
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had this beer on tap in a pint glass with a rib eye and creamed spinach. Enjoyed the 3 kinds of hops that created a great blend of floral notes to the smell and a mellow bitterness to the taste. Great lacy head that leaves a lasting imprint on the glass.
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Green Flash Brewing Co.
American Wild Ale / 5.50% ABV
4.32/5 rDev +5.6% | Avg: 4.09
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2015 vintage. Batch 01. Brewed in February 2014. Bottled on 5/7/15.
Pours a murky orange-red with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, dark fruit, red wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, red wine, wood, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and easy to drink.
Serving type: bottle.
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DuClaw Brewing Company
Pumpkin Ale / 8.20% ABV
3.6/5 rDev -1.4% | Avg: 3.65
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Been loving Duclaw with their experimental releases and all. Always like trying a new pumpkin ales despite of being disappointed half the time.
A - Wow so dark didn't expected such a brown dark brew. 1/2 inch of head mocha tint that dissipates slowly to a good lace ring.
S - Good spicing so far with cinnamon and clove spices. Smell is both sweet and vegital I lake a swig.
T - Quite good slight spice nothing overpowering major points for not too vegital and a slightly bitter finish all greatly influenced by the text on the bottle. AMAZING!
M - Medium bodied smooth drying finish.
Overall far from my favorite pumpkin ale but not too bad either its a shame the base is so bland to make it not feel like a pumpkin pie so work on that Duclaw!
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Cismontane Brewing Company
California Common / Steam Beer / 6.00% ABV
3.69/5 rDev -1.1% | Avg: 3.73
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and moderate effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam; not too bad.
Smell: nicely malty without a lot of complexity. It's a bit on the sweet side for my taste, though.
Taste: earthy malt flavor with quite a bit of toastiness. With a dash of sweetness, it actually has a very tea-like character; like an iced earl grey or something. Unusual, but enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.
Overall: this is definitely an interesting beer; it's got more of a tea quality than other explicitly tea-inclusive beers. I think this adds a very drinkable quality to it. Not bad stuff.
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American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.20% ABV
3.91/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.91
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
9.7% ABV per the label.
Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel, toffee, whiskey, wood, dried pineapple, and pineapple juice aromas. Taste is much the same with melon, berry, honey, caramel, whiskey, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop 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 with a nice mix of the hops and whiskey barrel aging that work together slightly better in the taste to me.
Serving type: bottle.
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American Porter / 5.20% ABV
4.24/5 rDev +2.2% | Avg: 4.15
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Serving Type: Bottle (Best By 2.14.16)
A: 4.5 Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a bit or red around the edge. The one-inch, light tan head lasts a couple minutes, only leaving a bit of lace.
S: 4.25 Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and dark coffee are the most prominent aromas. There’s also a bit of hop character thrown, which blends nicely with the more earthy aromas.
T: 4.25 Flavors start off sweet and mild, but quickly move into the roasty elements from the nose. After the roasted malt and coffee flavors comes a wave of both malt and hop bitterness. Finish has more bitterness with some toasted bread flavors.
M: 4 Body is a little too thin, but it really helps drinkability at the same time. Carbonation, however, is on point.
O: 4.25 This is a great example of a classic porter. Nice flavors and very well balanced. Not quite as rich and flavorful as I remember, but still appropriate for the style.
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Berliner Weissbier / 6.50% ABV
1.48/5 rDev -61.8% | Avg: 3.87
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Dated September 2015, I think. Stamp is kinda smeared. Today is October 6. Poured into a glass. Bubbles disappear like seltzer water. Cloudy yellow appearance. Taste is cidery vinegary sour nastiness. I love FFF but this one is ridiculous. I can't believe all the positive reviews. Did I get a bad bottle or what? Not one bad review? Really?
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Founders Brewing Company
Kölsch / 5.90% ABV
3.29/5 rDev -13.6% | Avg: 3.81
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
just not my favoriate. wasn't terrible, and i wish i had known it was brewed with chamomile, lemongrass, and ginger before I had order it or i probably wouldn't have. that said, now that i know that, at least i know that th bars taps arent screwed up. would be interesting to revisit knowing the adjucts.
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Tree House Brewing Company
American Blonde Ale / 4.10% ABV
4.79/5 rDev +11.4% | Avg: 4.3
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Monson, MA
09 24 15
Served in a pint glass
Amber-tinged, straw yellow appearance. Super cloudy. The liquid was capped by an frothy, inch tall, eggshell colored crown that quickly dropped to a thin film. A wall of patchy, drippy lacing trickled along the glass.
The aroma was simply mesmerizing. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Loads of musty passionfruit. Guava also came through big time. Good amount of mango as well. Super juicy and bright. This reminded me a lot of freshly squeezed orange. Fresh bud also came to mind. Subtle peach notes were also detectible. I wanted keep my nose in the glass all night long.
Citrus notes dominated in the flavor. Loads of juicy orange and tangerine. This was almost like drinking straight up orange juice. Really fresh and bright. Subtle peach notes. Orange zest appeared on the back back. Some grapefruit came through as well. The beer finished with pithy grapefruit rind-like notes. Just a touch bitter. All in all, not as exotic or as complex as the aroma but amazing nonetheless.
The mouthfeel was crisp and lively and contained a fairly large bubbled effervescence. Decent but not extraordinary. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled and the liquid turned frothy and creamy. Super soft and supple on the palate.
Calling this beer an American Blonde Ale is like calling a Lamborghini transportation. This is one of the most impressive hoppy beers I have ever tried, and yet it clocks in at a mere 4.1% ABV. Extraordinary. All things considered, this is the most impressive of Tree House's offerings I have yet to try.
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.50% ABV
3.5/5 rDev -13.8% | Avg: 4.06
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
(22oz bomber) complex aroma and taste (subtlety sour) not what I expect from an American IPA, nevertheles this is a very solid offering, 3rd of 5 (Harvest). Would rate a tad higher as an "ale"
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Winter Warmer / 5.90% ABV
3.81/5 rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.8
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Wow! I first had this beer when I was probably underage with my Dad and it blew my mind. I am still digging it with a aversion cause you can only get 2 in a 12er? WTF? at least give a 6er for the holidays. Top 40 brew amazing stuff.
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