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Ginger Big Eye IPA
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Ginger Big Eye IPA

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.2/5  rDev -18.4% | Avg: 3.92
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look is very dark and tastes pretty malty. I don't really get a taste of the ginger. Not really worth going out of my way. Though, carbonating is on point

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Passion Fruit Kicker
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Passion Fruit Kicker

Green Flash Brewing Co.
American Pale Wheat Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.75/5  rDev -1.1% | Avg: 3.79
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 6/22/16.

Pours a murky golden-yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart with grain, passion fruit juice, and passion fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart passion fruit juice, passion fruit, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of 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 that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Single Shot
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Single Shot

Tree House Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout / 6.40% ABV

4.65/5  rDev +4.3% | Avg: 4.46
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color, with a small beige head.

Smells of roasted espresso beans with a pleasant chocolate sweetness to them. Coffee got both, an earthy rusticness and a toffee sweetness to it, creating an intriguing richness on the nose.

Has a medium carbonation among an utmost silk, soft mouthfeel, unfolding a great creaminess on the tongue.

Tastes of melting caramel, a gentle lactic whiff and a nutty earthiness. Its earth quality evolves to a richer state, as the beers roastiness unfolds. This gets wrapped up by silk milk chocolate a dry berry sourness and rock sugar. Finishes with a smooth, earth entangled sourness, still relying entirely on the profound coffee.

Wow, this develops an incredible richness for its abv, exposing my tastebuds to the used coffee beans in an awesomely pleasant, silk yet intense way.

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Emelisse Espresso Stout
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Emelisse Espresso Stout

Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 3.69
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Jet black with a half a finger tan coloured head that doesn't dissipate.

Smell - obvious coffee. Smells quite sweet. There is also a slight hop presence, a touch of vanilla.

Taste - espresso coffee, quite full bodied, lingering biterness. Not sweet. Quite nice.

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Monk On The Radio
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Monk On The Radio

Band of Brothers Brewing Co.
Belgian Strong Pale Ale / 8.00% ABV

3.72/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.72
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think that this beer has a lot more to it than people tend to give it credit for. A quickly dissipating but strong white head, mild-medium carbonation, and a good balance of light bitterness from the hops and and a fruity quality that makes for a smooth finish. A great beer from a very young brewery.

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Three Legged Lab
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Three Legged Lab

Karbach Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 9.20% ABV

4.27/5  rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.23
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into Karbach Rodeo Clown snifter
(canned on 1/14/16 printed on bottom of can)

L: thin black coming out of can, pushes up thin, sticky head of tan foam, about 2/5-inches tall; some sticking and lacing, at times leaving a really cool pattern; keeps a thick brown collar

S: oak wood, chocolate ... milk chocolate sweet and some more bitter dark chocolate ... sour grain, meaty red wine; a musty kind of note unlike anything I've come across ... it's a little medicinal, almost vodka or even juniper-gin like; roasted rice hulls; a damp forest ... incredibly different and interesting ... I've never run into some of these smells

T: woody ... very woody, oak ... very earthy, too, but not overly bitter; as it warms, some dark-malt sweetness shows up, but it's still very woody and earthy; the aftertaste has a nice semisweet chocolate layer to it; the lack of sweetness is not a detraction, surprisingly

F: the full stout treatment, weighty, a bit thick, almost slick ... full ... the carbonation helps it for me

O: a great beer with both classic and unique notes ... the opening whiff of big chocolate is nice, but so to is the musty/wood/medicinal aroma that's hard for me to place; not overly sweet though it does open up a bit as it warms; that unique aroma shows up in the flavor -- it's not sweet, kind of earthy and a bit floral; I'm getting some more of this ... very interesting and shockingly good despite the lack of sweetness

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Hop Cooler
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Hop Cooler

Ninkasi Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

3.68/5  rDev -2.6% | Avg: 3.78
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours somewhat hazy and golden in color with a finger width, eggshell white head. Good retention, then breaks down to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. The lacing consists of thin sheets, broken lines and scattered spots.

Smell - The aroma is predominantly orange in character, evoking both juicy and pithy notes. Lesser grapefruit and pine. Slight spice, like black pepper.

Taste - Follows the nose. Starts with orange flavor that is equally juicy as it is bitter. Lesser notes of pine and a light black pepper spice bite. Malts are fairly transparent, delivering only a bit of generic sweetness. Bitterness builds into the finish, delivering a lot orange and grapefruit pith character that lingers quite a long time.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with Moderate, bitey carbonation. Slick texture, then a crisp, dry finish.

Overall - This is a pretty good beer, but something about it just doesn't quite work. Mayhap there's too much pithy, peel-like bitterness that is throwing off the harmony. It's the kind of invasive citrus character that can be felt in the mouth, down the esophagus and in the stomach. It's like eating an orange whole; peel, seeds and all.

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Peanut Butter Cup P-51 Porter
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Peanut Butter Cup P-51 Porter

Wingman Brewers
American Porter / 8.00% ABV

3.79/5  rDev +7.4% | Avg: 3.53
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark color, nice tan head, fine lace.

Smell of boiled and roasted peanuts, idiosyncratic.

Flavor of peanuts, malt.

Mouthfeel is moderate, could be richer, carvonation is light, just right.

Finish is bitter: licoice, coffee grounds.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar
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Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Rogue Ales
American Brown Ale / 6.20% ABV

4.42/5  rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.06
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cold 12oz bottle poured in a glass.

A: Pours a red-brown with a thin head, white in color. Somewhere between a coke and iced tea in color when held to the light.

S: I get a cherry, vanilla, caramel smell to it.

T: Slight bitterness to start with carbonation that finishes smooth and on the sweet side but not so sweet that it is a dessert beer. Really fun twist on a brown ale (think adding creamer to a black coffee.)

M: Smooth brown ale with flavor. I'd say medium body.

O: Fantastic brown! Traditional brown, smooth (overall) and malty that gives it a great flavor and slight sweetness. One of my favorites and can be enjoyed year 'round!

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Casper The Friendly Gose - Pumpkin Gose
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Casper The Friendly Gose - Pumpkin Gose

10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Gose / 4.30% ABV

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

Mini growler from the Boise pub... Pours clear, polished golden... no real head.. coriander and bay leaf are pretty strong, but not over the top.. light lemony note.. Body is light with okay bubble.. Not getting anything in the way of pumpkin.

All 3.5's

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Sneak Attack Saison
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Sneak Attack Saison

21st Amendment Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.20% ABV

3.95/5  rDev +10.6% | Avg: 3.57
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 4/30/16.

Pours a murky golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, yeast, earth, spice, and herb aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, spice, herb, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice mix of spice and herb qualities all around.

Serving type: can.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.20% ABV

4.96/5  rDev +8.8% | Avg: 4.56
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 bottle and drank on Feb 2016. Very clear smell of bourbon but hardly detect smell of coffee and chocolate. Taste is very smooth and balance with nice bourbon aftertaste.

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The Abyss
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The Abyss

Deschutes Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.20% ABV

4.24/5  rDev -5.6% | Avg: 4.49
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a thick, mocha colored head. The nose is mild yet complex. Dried figs, currents, raisens, roasted coffee, booze, molasses. The flavor is very nice. Smokey, bitter, slightly hot from the booze. It really lacks in mouthfeel though, and that hurts the rating.

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Beer Camp - Tropical IPA
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Beer Camp - Tropical IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +8.1% | Avg: 3.93
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear Amber with 1 finger head. Smells juicy hopped with minor citrus. Tastes moderately hoppy with a mild bite on the finish. Very drinkable and would buy again, if I could find it.

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Founders Breakfast Stout
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Founders Breakfast Stout

Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.30% ABV

4.84/5  rDev +8.3% | Avg: 4.47
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet blac with nicelooking head. Beautiful lacing. Strong smell of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste vey creamy and balance of coffee, dark chocolate and base beer. Alcohol is hidden very well. Quite warming. Long bitter aftertaste.

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800 Years Too Late Gruit
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800 Years Too Late Gruit

Woodland Empire Ale Craft
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale / 4.50% ABV

3.59/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.59
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mini-growler picked up at the COOP... Pours very hazy light orange.. No real head, but that could be because the growler was filled very shallow.. Rye with light mint and plenty of celery seed .. Light lemony essence makes for a surprisingly refreshing brew. Mint comes through on the finish and is very pleasant... The acidity is humble and adds to the overall complexity... The is pretty damn tasty.. Nothing I am going to want pint after pint, but the little goblet is certainly welcome.

I wish knew enough about Gruits to give this a solid review, but I assume that it looks and tastes much like a brew that my ancestors enjoyed... Hazy and a little tart with some weird herbs and seeds mixed in to make it more drinkable... Very interesting... Matt and the folks at Woodland did a great job with this concept brew.

3.25/3.5/3.75/3.5/3.5

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Drake's Black Robusto Porter
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Drake's Black Robusto Porter

Drake's Brewing Co.
American Porter / 6.30% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 4.01
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to glass mug. Colour is almost black with a tan head. Plenty of lacing. Smell hits you with coffee and chocolate aromas. Tastes malty with the coffee flavour hitting hard with just a slight hop backtaste. Great beer. Prost!

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Narwhal Imperial Stout
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Narwhal Imperial Stout

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.20% ABV

4.28/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 4.14
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours an opaque, jet black, cinnamon-colored head.

S - Baker's chocolate, olives, coffee, roast.

T - Starts with an explosion of chocolate malt notes, sweet cocoa flavors but not cloying. A slight umami "soy sauce" taste subtly swims underneath. A gentle roastiness finds its home in the mid-palate. The slightest hint of dark berries is present later in the palate, along with a light booziness. Finish is roasty, slightly bitter, and chocolatey.

M - Full-bodied, slightly less thick than many comparable stouts. No bitterness or dryness, but not syrupy or cloying.

O - Sierra Nevada are no doubt the kings of balance. Chocolatey and just sweet enough, and has every nuance of a good imperial stout somewhere.

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Ghost Face Killah
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Ghost Face Killah

Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Chile Beer / 5.00% ABV

4.02/5  rDev +29.7% | Avg: 3.1
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is not an everyday beer, but you feel like a nice kick in the face this fits the bill.

I understand the poor ratings, but if you don't like it HOT then what the hell are you doing?

Yes, this is hot. Very hot... And I put ghost pepper hot sauce on everything.

Frog in my throat is weird though :)

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Weizenbock
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Weizenbock

Kansas City Bier Company
Weizenbock

4.92/5  rDev +11.3% | Avg: 4.42
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is damn near the perfect Weizenbock. The subtle mix of banana and clove is lingering around but not too proud. The haziness is there, like a harvest moon in Kansas. The only Weizenbocks that might be as good or better would be Ayinger or Vitus. This is a beer worth going out of your way for.

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Imperial Brown Ale
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Imperial Brown Ale

Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
American Brown Ale / 7.50% ABV

4.13/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a dark, hazy brick brown with half a finger of desert tan head that leaves a lumpy sheet of lace as it recedes. Lots of floaties and sediment.

Smells of baker's chocolate, roasted nuts, melted sugar, dark berry jam and leafy green hops.

Tastes of more semi-sweet chocolate, fresh baked bread dusted with brown sugar, mixed dark fruit and more gentle green hops.

Feels creamy and silky. Medium-full bodied with smooth, sturdy carbonation. Finishes mildly dry and nutty.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Nice and rich.

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20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
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20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Stone Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 9.20% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +3.9% | Avg: 4.14
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass

Pours dark cola brown, with lighter edges, mocha colored bubbles that seep into a small film. Smell is of strong roasted cocoa, ground coffee, and a pleasant wet dirt earthiness. Taste reflects the smell. Initial roasted cocoa and coffee flavors meld into a slightly earthy hoppiness that finishes with a nice chocolate semi-sweetness. Feel is medium-thick, nice for the flavor profile. Overall this is a nice beer with great bitter chocolate (duh) flavors.

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Stella Artois
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Stella Artois

Stella Artois
Euro Pale Lager / 5.00% ABV

1.86/5  rDev -39.2% | Avg: 3.06
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 14.9 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date on bottom of can is 04/2016.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, pale yellow color with one finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, lower than average carbonation, there is some lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, crackers and that euro skunk smell.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, bread, crackers and euro skunk.

PALATE: light body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: I did not enjoy drinking this beer, this may be the worst lager I have ever had, it's hard to screw up this style but Stella Artois did just that, I will never have this again and will warn everyone I meet to avoid it.

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Samuel Adams Nitro Belgian White
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Samuel Adams Nitro Belgian White

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Witbier / 5.50% ABV

3.42/5  rDev -4.7% | Avg: 3.59
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/white color into my glass with a thin head.

Soft with a touch of coriander upfront.

Not much different from the white ale itself. Coriander and a bit of clove.

Mouthfeel is where this stands out. It has a creamier, softer feel and I find that it makes it more drinkable if not much else.

If you like the white ale itself and want something a little softer, try this. Nitro doesn't work for every style but I find that the mouthfeel is more tolerable.

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Horse Tongue Thribble Currant
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Horse Tongue Thribble Currant

Anderson Valley Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 10.50% ABV

3.9/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 4.04
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

MIni-growler picked up at the COOP tonight... Paid Tier 2 prices which is about $13ish.. Hazy red when poured into my BeerWars goblet.. No real head or lacing... Huge currant notes are tart, tannic and unapologetic.. berries are front and center and stand tall through the finish.. Don't really catch the EtOH, but the body is a bit thicker than expected, but that could be from an improperly filled growler... Sorta flat.

3.5/4/4/3.75/3.75

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