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Switchback Extra Pale Ale
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Switchback Extra Pale Ale

Switchback Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.80% ABV

4.06/5  rDev +2.8% | Avg: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From an undated 22 oz. bottle. Hazy golden pour with a thin slow dissapating head. Spicy and piney hop flavor, with a hint of floral flavor at the finish. Thin mouthfeel.

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Mulish Amber
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Mulish Amber

Headstrong Brewery
American Amber / Red Ale / 4.00% ABV

3.76/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.66
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep deep amber with plenty of long lasting foam and the lacing is smothering my glass. Gotta love that.

Smell is of caramel malt with a smidgen of grain and an almost unnoticeable hop presence.

The taste is grainy with a solid malt sweetness and near nay bitterness though 3 different hop varieties are used. They blend in so well.

Nice mouthfeel, nice all around. Actually a great mouthfeelfor a beer clocking in at 4.0% abv!

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Left Hand Brewing Company
American Barleywine / 10.00% ABV

3.53/5  rDev -6.4% | Avg: 3.77
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is a pure rich amber tone that holds when held to light. A foamy cream grows on top equalling two full fingers of frothy, yeast colored head. Dots of lace are left behind. Nose is very soft with some malts wrapped up in a bit of subtle smokiness, that is really about all I get. The smoke was right on as that is the first thing you notice as you take the initial sip. the smoke is not big and overpowering but soft and well presented. Some bready sweetness gets mingled in mid palate. Towards the end and as you drink you get a bit of a hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Complexity is lacking but it does come in layers. I will say this is a unique barleywine. Mouthfeel is a bit thick tingly and woodsy. Drinkability is very good its just not what I look for in a barleywine.

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Holy Mountain Brewing Company
American Wild Ale

4.49/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.53
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the release. Pour is a reddish pink, aroma is pure cherry, raspberry, sour funk. Tastes like a top-tier fruit sour, not overly acidic. HM's house bugs are doing wonders. Can't wait to see what a bottle tastes like. Better execution than Barrel #7. Keep 'em coming!

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Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Riegele Collaboration
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Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Riegele Collaboration

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 6.00% ABV

3.84/5  rDev -5.9% | Avg: 4.08
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around a while. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like grainy/bready malt, toffee and some earthiness. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, with the addition of some herbal hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy, smooth and easy to drink. Overall I liked this, it's a solid brew and worth trying at least once.

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Farm Table: Märzen
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Farm Table: Märzen

Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.50% ABV

3.62/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.6
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice orange/copper color to it. It has a nice creamy light beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, some grains, light nuttiness, faint caramel and subtle herbal/grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has grainy and bready malts upfront, light caramel, some nuttiness and faint herbal/grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Heady Topper
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Heady Topper

The Alchemist
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.96/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.66
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Excellent beer. Recommened to drink out of the can instead pouring into a bottle. Wonderful fruity aroma and delicious hoppy tasta. The great think about this IPA is that it lacks the bitterness that non-hopheads hate. Overall, a great drink and one that is worth the hype.

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Liquorice Confidence
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Liquorice Confidence

To Øl
American Double / Imperial Stout / 14.00% ABV

3.82/5  rDev -2.3% | Avg: 3.91
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

The colour is pitch black, the four finger compact head is deep brown. It sinks very slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is very sweet with lots of roasted malts, Pumpernickel, some clean bitterness, spicy chili and creamy sweet (Danish) liquorice.

The taste is creamy and very smooth with roasted malt and dark rye bread. Hints of bitterness and malt sourness. Light notes of sweet liquorice and dark chocolate. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is sweet with fruity somewhat hot chili and a touch of unripe fruits. The finish is sweet and quite short with some clean alcohol.

The carbonation is smooth with lots and lots of small bubbles. The liquid is very thick and smooth.

A very smooth and creamy imperial stout with subtle notes of liquorice and chili. The alcohol is very well hidden!

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

Stone Brewing Co.
American Strong Ale / 9.50% ABV

4.46/5  rDev +9.9% | Avg: 4.06
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes dated 5-2-10.

A deep ruby red body is very elegant as it sits in my Maudite glass. Head is a full three fingers of biscuity tan rocky foam with nice retentions. Scattered lace is left all over the top of the glass. Nose previews a nice mixture of woodsy hops and mineral based malts. It is a very appetizing aroma for sure. Enters the mouth crisp and just as rustic as the nose previewed. Hops hive a nice bite up front but are not overly dominate as the malts equally shine. the hops may have been more prominent when this brew was freshest, but it is just right for me now. Beautiful balance on this beer. Hops do come back and get a little prickly on the back of the tongue as you drink but this is quite nice. The mouthfeel it produces is wonderful. This beer really reminds me of Double Bastard which I love. Superiorly drinkable.

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Tap & Screw Brewery
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.60% ABV

3.52/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.52
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a growler via the brewery in a pint glass. This fest pours a nice clear red tinged amber with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and solid lacing. Nose of caramel, breaded malts, and herbal hops. Flavors follow the nose with light bread and caramel malts on all sides that fade a a light tart fruity note that rests on a moderate herbal hop bitterness. Good carbonation makes for good sesionability. Nothing too outstanding, but decent for the style.

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Collaboration Without Representation
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Collaboration Without Representation

Deep River Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.80% ABV

4.34/5  rDev -1.4% | Avg: 4.4
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin layer of tan creaminess on the surface. Smells of brown bread, dark roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, moderate woody bourbon, coffee and cream, chocolate cake, and subtle plummy fruits. Taste is big and rich, but not overwhelming for its strength. Sweet coffee, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, caramel, lactose, and just a hint of wood. Not boozy at all, the bourbon blends really well with the sweet stout base. Heavy, nicely creamy body finishing tidy, not cloying. A sipper, but not a chore to drink. Tasty!

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Rampant Imperial IPA
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Rampant Imperial IPA

New Belgium Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

3.64/5  rDev -3.7% | Avg: 3.78
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper body, out of control milky frothy head. It seriously looks like porous whipped cream. Smell is the usual citrus fruit and pine, some malt. Flavor is similar: minty refreshing pine and orange juice, some tropical fruit, some bready malt. Good amount of bitterness is unchecked. Rich/syrupy body, but still some biting carbonation.
Another IPA in the barrel. Tasty, refreshing, common.

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Darkest Hour
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Darkest Hour

Anchorage Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV

4.57/5  rDev +7.8% | Avg: 4.24
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip. Batch 1, bottled March 2013. Consumed 10/10/15.

A: Pours thick and black with just a few splashy bubbles for a head. Sits heavy and near flat in the glass. A very thin collar lasted the whole beer through.
S: Red wine and rye are surprisingly prominent on the nose and gives off an almost twany port-like character when mixed with the base stout notes of rich chocolate, caramel, and a touch of leather.
T: Extremely smooth and integrated flavors of chocolate, caramel, greasy oak, spicy rye, mellow vinous red wine, leather, butterscotch and tobacco. Very decadent, rich, and complex. All the flavor notes are layered together extremely well. This is one of the richest and most potent stouts I’ve had. Both barrels equally come through and add hints of red grapes and tannic red wine mixed with sweet whiskey and spicy rye. Tons of greasy, buttery, oak in the finish, powdery cocoa, sweet dark chocolate syrup, and a honey-like sweetness in the aftertaste. The red wine is almost berry-like at times. Fairly sweet overall.
M: Very thick and heavy body, chewy and rich mouthfeel, very low carbonation. The double digit alcohol overall is hidden very well, but there is still a slight warming presence and thickness to the body that lets you know it’s there.
O: Where is the hype for this one? Completely underrated as a beer. If this came in a little 33cl bottle for the same price, or if it was a two bottle only annual release, people would be going crazy for it. This is masterfully executed, along the same vein as a deal with the devil.

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Foundation Brewing Company
American IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.44/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 4.5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

orange copper color, light head that fades quickly, nose is on the dank side (in a good way) not as bright an floral like others of it's ilk. Slight oily mouth feel that lingers behind a bit. Def up there on the list though, well worth grabbing a few.

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Vital IPA
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Vital IPA

Victory Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.38/5  rDev +7.9% | Avg: 4.06
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First off, the can and labeling is amazing. Victory always kills it. Love their artwork/graphic design style. I remember going to the brewery with my dad when I was a kid shortly after it first opened and always getting a pretzel with their house mustard and house root beer. So glad I can actually (legally) enjoy their beers now.

This beer, has a clear, golden straw color upon pouring. Super fruity and bright hop notes on the nose. Pretty soft on the palate. Waves of bright, fruity, citrusy hops grace the palate first, then the finish has a distinct bitterness/crispyness to it. Much like Prima Pils. Great, new, solid IPA from Victory. Cheers.

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216 Dry Hopped Session Ale
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216 Dry Hopped Session Ale

Portside Distillery & Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.80% ABV

2.8/5  rDev -13.3% | Avg: 3.23
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Uh, oh. I had two bottles of Portside I bought at Heinen's and neither were good. I want to hope there was something wrong with the bottling or handling - I doubt it was supposed to taste like this.

It starts slightly flat looking with medium sized bubbles. Yellow and somewhat cloudy. There is fizz, but only a little. The aroma is fresh hops dominated by a rotten organic smell. The taste similarly has a bad tang to it. There was a pale in there (you can tell that it might have been good) but now it's a zombie. The aftertaste thankfully does not linger too much.

So I got myself some bogus bottles at Heinen's. Two out of two were drain pours. I won't write this brewery off yet, but I won't buy any more bottles of their either.

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Short's MMMKAY
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Short's MMMKAY

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

3.49/5  rDev -9.6% | Avg: 3.86
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz bottle
Served in a pokal glass

This beer pours pale yellow in color and is not clear as I expected. It has a very slight haze. It is capped with an inch of off white head.

It has a lime and metallic aroma.

It starts out innocuous enough. Then the finish leaves a bitter, metallic taste in my mouth.

Moderate to thin mouthfeel

It's a decent beer. The bitter finish isn't my cup of tea, but it's worth a try.

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Wet Hop Ale
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Wet Hop Ale

Indeed Brewing Company
American IPA

3.93/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.93
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar to the cask version with mosaic that I had. Better temperature and better feel. I liked the extra carbonation. Sticky. Weedy. Dank. Oily. Juicy.

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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
Altbier / 5.30% ABV

3.83/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.82
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a clear redish brown 1.5 fingers head. head dies down quickly leaving a film overtop being replenished by some great carbonation.

Aroma - Very sweet, Caramel, Candy, malts, Some light hop in the backround. The reason for the low rating is because the smell doesnt stand out. its just not very strong.

Taste - Caramel, Grainy malt, Very light pine hops in the background followed by a peppery finish.

Feel - Medium bodied and sticky, prickly carbonation.

Overall - This is a good beer not the best ive ever tasted and definitely not the best from DDC but its a decent beer and I'd enjoy it again.

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Headstrong Brewery
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 6.20% ABV

3.57/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.57
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a small head of foam that does last.

Big notes of freshly baked bread with a mild caramel malt nose.

Bread is also big in the taste as is some caramel malt with a minimal bitter presence.

Smooth mouthfeel with just the right level of carbonation.

Pretty authentic interpretation of the style.

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Altenmünster Hefeweizen
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Altenmünster Hefeweizen

Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
Hefeweizen / 5.30% ABV

4/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from Aldi.
Cloudy yellow. Thick frothy head.
Yeast and wheat aroma.
Soft citrus and other fruit taste. Plenty of spice.
Rich and chewy with a good level of carbonation.

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Sherbrooke Liquor Store
American Stout / 7.50% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +3.7% | Avg: 4.06
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought online from LiquorDirect.ca. Poured into a Stone double bastard glass because why not.
Label looks cartoonish, epic and very original. Captured my attention instantly. Looks like a light porter. A small tan head, black, filtered body with red gleams. Not very stout-ish. The smell... absolutely amazing. Like my mums homemade texas brownies with a tinge of cayenne pepper. Taste is the same. Nice, subtle heat. Very well balanced, tasty stout.

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Wet Hop Ale With Mosaic
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Wet Hop Ale With Mosaic

Indeed Brewing Company
American IPA

3.84/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hop resiny and oily. Cask so Lowe carbonation. Earthy and weedy. Very floral. Grapefruit. Lots of stickiness.

Decent IPA. One of the better ones out of mn but I'd probably prefer the regular tap version.

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Scorcher IPA
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Scorcher IPA

Brooklyn Brewery
American IPA / 4.50% ABV

2.42/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.01
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle. Pale, cloudy with quickly vanishing head. Initial palet flowery with pleasant bouqet. Slightly metallic aftertaste, quite enjoyable with high drinkability due to the low alcoholic content.

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Black House
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Black House

Modern Times Beer
Oatmeal Stout / 5.80% ABV

3.73/5  rDev -7% | Avg: 4.01
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Five Eyed Fox in Montague MA.
A - Translucent dark shades, a loosely constructed froth of mocha cap.
S - Coffee forward, some cocoa and dark roast malt.
T - Chocolate and coffee, surprisingly bitter, cold brewed coffee maybe. The flavors run in
a tight band, even with a temperature increase.
F - Thin in body, dry finish, surprising in its bitterness.
O - A nice coffee stout, a bit thin in body, big in aroma.

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