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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse

Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Hefeweizen / 5.00% ABV

4.11/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.04
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very pleased looking monk, rubbing his belly in approval after quaffing a stein of this brew. Poured into a Franziskaner Hefe glass.

Appearance: Amber, cloudy as per the style. Nice head that seems to hold all the way down the glass, no major lacing to speak of.

Smell: Clove and banana, more banana. Very pleasant yeast notes. Slight fruits, maybe a little lemon in there too.

Taste: Very light hops to begin, soon taken over by a lovely chalky, banana & clove flavour. Finishes dry and ever so slightly bitter.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a decent carbonation and very light on the palate. Wonderfully refreshing.

Overall: A great example of the style, certainly one of the best in my area and readily available too! A beer that I will revisit again.

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Mozaik
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Mozaik

Kabinet Brewery
English Bitter / 5.20% ABV

4.6/5  rDev +22% | Avg: 3.77
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really like the grassy notes of this anniversary brew, fresh with a nice aftertaste. A also like a touch of tropical notes that are underneath the first bitter layer. Label says it all, a real mosaic of aromas.

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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

4.01/5  rDev -4.1% | Avg: 4.18
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Used a snifter glass. Pours jet black with a dark tan/brown head. Good carbonation that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Dark roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Background vanilla notes with some oatmeal. Black licorice somewhat.

Taste: There's a lot there, but I went in expecting more. Black velvetly creamy cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, burnt malted coffee with some soy sauce and vanilla at the end. There is a bitter coffee flavor that is previlent throughout. Maybe some spiciness? It's better as it warms up to room temp.

Mouthfeel: Easily the best part. Big creamy soft silky smoothness. Some dryness at the end.

Overall: One of the better stouts I've had in a while. A wide unique array of aromas, flavors and the mouthfeel was fantastic. The ending goes on forever giving this guy fantastic structure!

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Ras Soft Citra IPA
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Ras Soft Citra IPA

Omnipollo
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4.29/5  rDev +1.2% | Avg: 4.24
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a hop bomb but a fruit bomb. It doesn't look that great (a pale yellow) but the smell is amazing, citrus fruits and apricot. The taste is like the perfect balance between fruits and bitterness. So easy to drink, after half the bottle you start to feel the bread, like a weissbier, it's all very mellow, not sweet. Balance is the word for this one. I love fruity IPAs, and it doesn't disappoint. Easy to find in Europe (for now), must be impossible to find in the US. My first Omnipollo and it's a killer.

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Carlton Draught
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Carlton Draught

Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
American Adjunct Lager / 4.60% ABV

5/5  rDev +131.5% | Avg: 2.16
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Carlton Draught, it is one of the best beers in the world. The look, smell, taste and feel are comparable with any beer in the world. I could, and do, drink this beer all day.
Why is Carlton Draught called an American Adjunct Lager?
If there is such a thing as heaven and if I do make it there one day I imagine breasting the bar having a Carlton Draught with God while watching the Carlton Football Club win a Premiership.

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Dogma (7,4%)
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Dogma (7,4%)

BrewDog
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy / 7.40% ABV

4.16/5  rDev +5.6% | Avg: 3.94
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Dark brown with beige head that disapates to a ring. Aroma chocolate, caramel, sugar, toffee and dark fruits. Taste follows the nose, with caramel, toffee, chocolate, slight honey.

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Brooklyn Black OPS
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Brooklyn Black OPS

Brooklyn Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2015.

Pours opaque pitch black with a thin tan head that quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace. The smell is of chocolate, oak, dark fruit, vanilla and booze. The taste follows with chocolate, sweet bourbon, dark fruit and a subtle smoked flavor. Thick and smooth texture. A solid bourbon barrel aged stout.

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Bohemian Hopsody
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Bohemian Hopsody

The Dudes' Brewing Company
American IPA / 5.00% ABV

4.18/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.78
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this brew at Total Wine and More, a 4 pack of pint cans for $7.99. I poured this into a pint glass.

Look:
Pours a hazy amber color, almost like honey. Head fizzles up into a clean, white layer about 1 finger width. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Citrusy hops with hints of bread, not much else

Taste:
Big floral hops up front that gives way to the sweet bitterness of citrus. Hops aren't overpowering, but I probably wouldn't give this to someone who's never had an IPA. Grains make a cameo. Needs more cowbell.

Feel:
The beer is a little on the thin side with a slight bubbly carbonation. Perfect for warm weather, barbeques, tailgating at a concert, etc.

Overall, a very refreshing IPA that a seasoned hop lover can enjoy but also friendly enough for those just easing their palates into happy brews. Sessionable, but satisfying. I could see throwing a carne asada and having a ice chest full of these. Will definitely pick some more up and share with good friends and even better music.

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Pineapple Sculpin
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Pineapple Sculpin

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.45/5  rDev +10.7% | Avg: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A fruity and earthy hop driven aroma with a scent of pineapple, pine, and citrus fruit. Good scent of pineapple juice. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, melon, and tangerine. Earthy and spicy hop hints of pine resin. Malt hints of caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a fruity and earthy hop driven taste with notes of pineapple, citrus, and pine. Solid taste of pineapple juice along with some citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, melon, tangerine, and lemon. Some nice notes of pine resin as well. Light backing malt notes of cracker, caramel, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and drying.

Overall: A very good twist on Sculpin. Th pineapple is more balanced and subtle compared to the mango and habernero versions which allows the base to shine more.

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël
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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël

Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 9.00% ABV

4.1/5  rDev +2.5% | Avg: 4
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours dark clear ruby red with huge dense tan head. Aroma cherries, brandy, raisins, dates, cinnamon, spices. Taste follows the nose as well as caramel, prune, grapes. Very nice.

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2xPRESSO
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2xPRESSO

Southern Tier Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout / 7.50% ABV

4.08/5  rDev +5.2% | Avg: 3.88
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch black with a thin, sticky tan head that leaves lacing.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla.

Taste: Milk chocolate, caramel, white sugar and cream; black coffee/espresso, no discernable lemon peel, lingering coffee bitterness.

Feel: Medium, creamy, smooth.

Overall: While I would like more lemon peel, I love that this wasn't too sweet and had a great coffee taste.

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Floating World
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Floating World

Modern Times Beer
American IPA / 7.80% ABV

4.7/5  rDev +11.9% | Avg: 4.2
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Looks exactly like a Modern Times pale ale. Very light looking, mild carbonation, yellow off haze, almost sour looking, little to no head.

Smell: Reminds me of those skittle hard candies. Kiwi, pineapple, cherry, orange, mild wood pine. A very fresh smell.

Taste: This is like a cocktail. Pineapple, mango, kiwi are the first things I get. A sweetness that reminds me of hawaiian punch. Ends with a mild malt and bread taste.

Feel: This is ridiculously light. Mild carbonation. If you can manage to wait a few seconds until the next drink you'll see it ends dry. But this beer is just something I have my tongue to the whole time.

Overall: Like all of Modern Times bottled releases, I wish they were in 4 packs. I think this definitely builds and improves on top of their sturdy character foundational recipe. You can taste a Modern Time beer and automatically know it's them. My only suggestion is I wish this had an unfiltered variation. I want to taste that placenta of the beer known as the yeast cake. I would request a 4 pack of this, but given the hop profile, I highly doubt they will be able to massively produce this. My suggestion is you try this now and enjoy it slowly. Very good beer. NIcely done Modern Times.

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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale
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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale

Peak Organic Brewing Company
English Brown Ale / 4.70% ABV

3.07/5  rDev -12.3% | Avg: 3.5
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

look; shiny ruby caramel, big head without much retention that leaves lacing
smell; a sharp, nutty malt and vague hop smell
taste; sharp sweetness, dry and dusty, malty sweet, dirty, reminiscent of a 90's tremont with more malt
feel and taste
feel; ok, mild carbonation,
overall; i've tried on three different occasions and it just doesn't taste good, their other stuff always good, it's like they roasted their garbage to see what would happen and it's almost acceptable...

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Americano Stout
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Americano Stout

Stone Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.70% ABV

4.29/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 4.2
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.50
Purchased: Feb. 5, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 5, 2016
Misc.: Too hard to see the bottled on date

This one came out of nowhere for me. Saw it at Trader Joe’s and instabought a bottle (along with about three other new ones). Split up a 6-pack, but Trader Joe’s, you know? Hope that it can be somewhat close to Xocoveza.

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky tan head. Good, swirling, uneven, layered, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled rich, dark, coffee malts, dark chocolate, dark espresso, dark cocoa nibs, vanilla, dark coffee beans, roasted toffee, nutty malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, Mexican chocolate, wintery notes and slight Chinook hops. Yes, I saw that the bottle mentioned Chinook but I’m getting it. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted probably better than the nose. Getting creamy dark espresso, roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, dark cocoa nibs, dark roasted nuts, dark toffee, vanilla, spicy Mexican chocolate, char wood, bitter crayon and Chinook hops late. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Really liked this one. Great sipper for the winter. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.25)

4.29 | 95 | A

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Bohemian Hopsody
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Bohemian Hopsody

The Dudes' Brewing Company
American IPA / 5.00% ABV

3.68/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.78
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Abide by 7/26/16.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and earthy hop 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 pretty good beer with a nice mix of citrus and tropical hop qualities all around.

Serving type: can.

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Dank & Sticky IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
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Dank & Sticky IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)

The Hop Concept Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.08/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: Feb. 5, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 5, 2016
Misc.: Released in Feb. 2016

Actually thought this was the Hull Melon & Blanc IPA, so happy to see it was the Dank & Sticky. Enjoyed the other two - Lemon & Grassy and Tropical & Juicy - I had from Hop Concept and excited for this one. Hoping for the best.

Poured a caramel, honey, semi-clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of off-white, rocky head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of layered spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled dank resin, pine, Citra, Juicy Fruit gum, passion fruit, tropical, Simcoe, Mosaic and earthy mango rind. Nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as potent as the nose. Got resin, wet dankness, pine, tropical, spicy Simcoe, Mosaic, bitter, earthy mango rind, herbal grassy hops and stone fruit (I think). (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, juicy, dank finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Really liked this one. In order, I’ve got it Lemon & Grassy, Dank & Sticky and Tropical & Juicy. (Overall - 4.00)

4.08 | 91 | A-

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Tangerine Soul Style IPA
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Tangerine Soul Style IPA

Green Flash Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.33/5  rDev -6.5% | Avg: 3.56
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.50
Purchased: Feb. 5, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 5, 2016
Misc.: Best by July 25, 2016. Come the fuck on Green Flash.

Saw this in stores, but didn’t want to pull the trigger on a 6-pack. Thank you, Trader Joe’s! Really liked the basic Soul Style (3.96) and I like tangerine so this makes sense.

Poured an,orangeish, golden, hazy color with two fingers of off-white, frothy head. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.50)

First thought on the nose is one of those shitty orange wheat beers. After that, got tangerine, wheat grass, orange zest, Citra, icy Cascade, tangerine peel, caramel, tropical, faint floral and some Juicy Fruit gum. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste followed the nose. Specifically got tangerine peel, icy Cascade, wheat, grass, perfumy floral, Citra, tropical, tangerine zest, faint grapefruit, bitter citrus rind and orange dental cleaning notes. (Taste - 3.25)

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter, citrusy finish. (Feel - 3.25)

Did not like this beer. Very disappointed. Will not have again, regardless of season. Glad I didn’t get a 6-pack of this. (Overall - 3.25)

3.33 | 76 | B-

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Citradelic
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Citradelic

New Belgium Brewing
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3.78/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 3.93
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: A 7-Eleven in South Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99
Purchased: Feb. 4, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 4, 2016
Misc.: Enjoy by June 19, 2016

Had heard of this one, but the 7-Eleven stop for gas and cupcakes was the first time I’ve seen it in a store. Not a bad price and it looked tasty so I picked it up. Guessing it will be about a 3.84.

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with two fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Above average uneven, circular lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled a really nice mix of Citra, tangerine, tropical, orange blossom, mango rind, caramel, orange zest, perfumy floral and buttery malts late. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose. Getting an unpleasant mix initially (maybe the last beer (Melvin’s 4x8) from almost four hours ago was still lingering?). Got Citra, tangerine, tropical, bitter orange zest, orange peel, floral, caramel, honey, grassy and light dry mango. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation Long, citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was decent, but a disappointing overall. Was hoping for something slightly better. (Overall - 3.75)

3.78 | 85 | B+

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Session Wheat
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Session Wheat

Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
American Pale Wheat Ale / 5.40% ABV

3.34/5  rDev -7.7% | Avg: 3.62
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by: 4/23/16.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, earth, grass, and slight yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, grass, and slight yeast 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 an above average beer that calls itself a hefeweizen, but I am not getting any of the fruit or spice qualities like you find in the German examples.

Serving type: bottle.

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Americano Stout
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Americano Stout

Stone Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.70% ABV

4.14/5  rDev -1.4% | Avg: 4.2
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a tan/light brown head that's well over an inch thick when first poured and that eventually settles to a creamy, frothy looking surface film layer along with excellent lacing. Has aromas of dark, roasted malts along with definite coffee and cocoa that gives way to a nice hop presence. The taste is pretty much the same, with dark, roasted malts with some hints of caramel sweetness followed by some cocoa sweetness that gives way to nice coffee notes. All of this is rounded out with some fairly mild but noticeable hop bitterness. Has a sort of charred aftertaste, as the roastyness and the bitterness from the coffee and hops lingers on the palate after each sip. Has a somewhat crisp and prickly, somewhat sticky and oily, slightly chewy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean and dry finish. Another very solid, good beer from Stone.

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Raspberry Tartlet
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Raspberry Tartlet

Urbn St. Brewing Co.
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 4.80% ABV

3.29/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.29
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: Plain teku (like) glass
From: Hamilton’s Tavern in South Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.75
Purchased: Feb. 4, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 4, 2016
Misc.: N/A

Was looking forward to this one as a stopgap between a good Melvin IPA and a good Melvin IIPA. Plus, Urbn St. ceasing to brew anymore as of three days ago had me thinking it would be the last time I have would get to try it. Will be shorter review because of locations and atmosphere.

Tough to see at Hamilton’s, but poured a caramel, orange, murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of rocky white head when I got it. Average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled artificial raspberry, buttery malts, amber malts, corn, sourdough bread and grassy hops. (Smell - 3.25)

Taste followed the nose with artificial raspberry leading the way, followed by buttery malts, caramel, cornbread, grassy notes and some honey. (Taste - 3.25)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.75)

I did not like this one and probably overrated it anyway. RIP Urbn St. At least you have your above average pizza. (Overall - 3.25)

3.29 | 75 | B-

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Dready Copper
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Dready Copper

Thai Me Up / Melvin Brewing
American IPA / 7.70% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.02
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Plain pint glass
From: Hamilton’s Tavern in South Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.00
Purchased: Feb. 4, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 4, 2016
Misc.: Release day and only bar in California featuring Melvin

Bartender recommended this one when I was looking for another Melvin beer to have (they had six on tap) before the big 4x8. Expectations were not that high, thinking that the 2x4 would be the only good one from Melvin. Will be shorter review because of locations and atmosphere.

Tough to see at Hamilton’s, but poured a caramel, hazy color with two fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Excellent foamy layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled floral, very malty, rye, iced tea, Citra hops, orange blossom, tropical and mango. (Smell - 4.25)

First thought in the taste was a smoother Blazing World. Got rye hops, sweetened iced tea, orange blossom, lots of malts, tropical hops, mango rind, buttery malts, caramel and toffee. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Another good beer from Melvin. 2-for-2. (Overall - 4.00)

4.09 | 91 | A-

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Molson Ice
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Molson Ice

Molson Coors Canada
American Adjunct Lager / 5.60% ABV

3.78/5  rDev +45.4% | Avg: 2.6
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dry, cornhusk flavor, with some bittering hops at the end. This is an ICE beer, and a damn good one for the money. I bought mine in a can. There is no skunk.

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The Commodore
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The Commodore

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American Stout / 6.50% ABV

4.34/5  rDev +11.6% | Avg: 3.89
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Instant black coffee smeel once you open the bottle. Pour it hard and it creates a nice dark brown head. Hints of vanilla coffee and milk on the nose. Black coffee stout taste. Solid and very pleasant experience all around.

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2x4 Quadruple Pale Ale
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2x4 Quadruple Pale Ale

Thai Me Up / Melvin Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.50% ABV

4.63/5  rDev +2.7% | Avg: 4.51
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: Plain teku (like) glass
From: Hamilton’s Tavern in South Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $9.00
Purchased: Feb. 4, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 4, 2016
Misc.: Release day and only bar in California featuring Melvin

Had never heard of this beer or Melvin Brewing until a few weeks ago when Nick texted me that Hamilton’s would be the only place in California for 2x4 day. Still wasn’t sold, but snuck out of work early to see what the fuss was about. Place was packed, but I was lucky to find a seat when two jokers left with the rush. A bit skeptical heading in, but hoping for something fantastic. Will be shorter review because of locations and atmosphere.

Tough to see at Hamilton’s, but poured an orangeish, pale, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled tropical notes, dank resin, Simcoe, Citra and floral. Hops I tell you. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was so much better, getting Citra, grapefruit, floral, tropical, pineapple, dankness, resin (but not as much as the nose) and Simcoe. Could practically taste the pulp. Not boozy or bitter. Just awesome. (Taste - 4.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, citrusy finish. Perfect for the style. (Feel - 5.00)

Just an awesome beer overall. Thanks for pointing this out, Nick! (Overall - 4.75)

4.63 | 100 | A

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