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India Pale Ale
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India Pale Ale

Brasserie Trois Dames
American IPA / 6.30% ABV

4.02/5  rDev +6.3% | Avg: 3.78
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Drinks of the World, Basel (5.40 CHF):
A nice change up for a Swiss beer after a lot of lagers & spiced beers. Good bitterness & hops with a caramel sweetness to back them up. The balance was good & the alcohol was well hidden which made it an easy one to drink & one of the better Swiss offerings I've tried.

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Grapefruit Sculpin
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Grapefruit Sculpin

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.83/5  rDev +12.6% | Avg: 4.29
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip it has a crystal clear golden orange body with a 3 inch thick foam head of slightly orange off-white. Smell is grapefruit, citrus, biscuit malt, grass, floral, nice bit of lemon zest, and clementine. Taste is big grapefruit juice and lemony citrus, some orange, tiny bit of grass in the background, tiny bit of floral, a nice background of that biscuit-y malt that evens out the grapefruit, and just a tad bit sweet and not overly bitter. A moderate to full mouth feel that has a perfect amount of carbonation and a light to moderate body that makes it a dangerously drinkable beer deserving of it's status.

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Brooklyn Black OPS
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Brooklyn Black OPS

Brooklyn Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

3.67/5  rDev -10.5% | Avg: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Ops pours beautifully, however for me that's where it stopped. Too much of a punch on the front end with the carbonation ruined this one for me.

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The Walking Dead - Blood Orange IPA
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The Walking Dead - Blood Orange IPA

Terrapin Beer Company
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

3.73/5  rDev -0.3% | Avg: 3.74
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 11/29/15 notes. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip, bought this strictly because of the bottle.

Pours a dark reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Fruity malts, bready malts, grapefruit, citrus hops, pine, and resin. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall decent but pretty malty....not the best for an IPA.

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East Bank
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East Bank

Casey Brewing & Blending
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.50% ABV

4.38/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 4.29
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Natural to compare this to Anna and I find this sweeter, juicier, less minerality. A softer body to Anna's more taut profile. Both great beers but I prefer East Bank slightly; the honey seems to linger whereas in Anna it dries out the beer (in a good way) but leaves the house culture to contribute all the flavor.

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Wicked Weed Brewing
Pumpkin Ale / 8.20% ABV

4.22/5  rDev +5.8% | Avg: 3.99
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is great - totally avoids the traditional pumpkin beer profile. The chocolate has cocoa depth but doesn't overwhelm the base. Chili gives a bit of a fruity, savory note to the aroma and contributes smooth heat to the finish. Body is medium and creamy.

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GUBNA Imperial IPA
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GUBNA Imperial IPA

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

4/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 3.76
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 5/12/15 at 42 degrees into SA “Perfect Pint”
$ 3.82/12 oz can ($ 0.311/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Aroma of fruit and pine, fades
Head large (six cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and heaped partial layer
Lacing good – very torn curtains and frothy partial rings
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor – moderately bitter with some fruitiness; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Saison Lunaire
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Saison Lunaire

Forest & Main Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +3.7% | Avg: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a straw color into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy with a light clear tan head hugging the glass. Light funky aroma. Excellent light tartness and balanced carbonation with light white wine finish towards the end. This was an outstanding saison.

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20th Anniversary Ale
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20th Anniversary Ale

Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 11.00% ABV

4.05/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a reddish copper body with one finger offwhite head that left little lace. A delicate aroma that balances between light notes of anise and dark fruits i.e. figs, raisins, and there are notes of typical Belgian yeast/candi sugar. Smooth beer that is light to medium bodied and hides the booze for the most part so it's easy to drink. Dark fruit flavors like figs & raisins along with that typical yeast fluffy smoothness and there are some spices like coriander/anise coming through. Flavors balance and there is sweetness not only from fruits/yeast but a candi sugar more than caramel/toffee type sweetness. One of the few American beers that I've had that is a worthy representation than simulacrum.

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Jack D'Or
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Jack D'Or

Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.50% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 4.01
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Right away this crystal clear golden beer looks promising as the thick white pillow of a head rises right up and leaves behind a slightly sticky lacing.

Nose is wildly pleasant as that yeast brings a bouquet of slight clove, musty clay, champagne, a dash of pepper, hints of melon and bitter hop.

Fantastic tast. Melon pops immediately, followed by a musty, earthy and ever so slight funk. Further on along I get pear and pepper. Finish mostly carries the bitterness which floats between nondescript and slightly earthy along with an almost eucalyptus sensation in my nose.

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Stone Brewing Co.
American Stout / 8.10% ABV

4/5  rDev -6.1% | Avg: 4.26
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger tan head and an aroma that is mostly coffee but I can detect notes of chocolate and cinnamon along with a peppery spice. A thick bodied yet very smooth, easy drinking/milk-like sweet beer that tastes like coffee w/ vanilla and cinnamon added along with a hints of chocolate and peppers. A beer that is a must try and I appreciate how all of the elements blend together rather than one or two ingredients overpower everything else.

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Up And Atom
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Up And Atom

Alechemy Brewing
American IPA / 4.80% ABV

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

Cask-only limited brew from Alechemy. Pint on cask at Blackfriar's in Glasgow.
Poured in an odd glass to the brim...head and lacing unknowable. Poured a hazy amber-gold. Nose is a bit muted at first against the other bar smells. Light fruity hop notes. Taste is very nice after the toned-down expectations so far. Pulled taffy and juicy fruity notes. Really interesting and different. Mouthfeel is actually harmed a bit by the cask in this rare instance. I think the nose in particular could have really been helped with a bit more carbonation. A bit more dryhopping would have helped as well. Overall, a good and interesting beer that could be made even better.

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South Face
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South Face

Top Out Brewery
American Amber / Red Ale / 5.90% ABV

4.18/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.18
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On cask at the Pot Still in Glasgow. Pours a deep bronze...not particularly red, with small head and little lacing. Nose is damn fruity. Juicy orange, like a canned fruit salad. Flavor is on the malty side of IPA; full bitterness asserts itself more and more after initial taste through finish. Mouthfeel is cask...smooth. Overall, a very good beer that I was happy to get to try in this format.

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Old Engine Oil (Cask 4.5%)
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Old Engine Oil (Cask 4.5%)

Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
English Porter / 4.50% ABV

4.28/5  rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.2
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint on cask at Bon Accord in Glasgow. I feel lucky to have been able to get this beer (the 4.5% cask version) as it is only brewed once a year. Pours black with a small dense head that lasts and sticks all over the sides of the glass. Nose is mild, like an iced coffee with roasted malts and toffee. Flavor is a bit sweet. Very creamy, with light roasted flavor and very high drinkability. Mouthfeel was perfect cask.
Overall, really a treat. I wish I could get it all the time.

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Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
English Pale Ale / 4.00% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +8.8% | Avg: 3.76
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint on cask at Bon Accord in Glasgow. Pours a pale gold with small but dense and sticky head. Lacing is more like a coating all over the glass. Nose is primarily citrus, but somewhat soft and rounded. Flavor is a mix of fruity, citrus, bitter, and malt. A bit vegetal. Mouthfeel is cask...so creamy good. Overall, a very good beer that could use some small tweeks.

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Kelburn Brewing Company
English Pale Ale / 4.50% ABV

4.18/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.85
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint on cask at Bon Accord in Glasgow. Very happy to see this GBBF gold medal winner here.
Pours a straw-gold with minimal head (pour was to the rim) and lacing. Nose is a nice floral-citrus mix. Very fruity flavor with tight bitterness that prolongs a clean finish. Mouthfeel is cask...so creamy good. Overall, an excellent beer that I'd love to be able to get in London all the time.

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA
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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American Black Ale / 6.80% ABV

4.32/5  rDev +11.9% | Avg: 3.86
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark with wine hues in the light. Tannish brown chunky foamy head that retains and laces very well. Aromatically it's pine, perfume, pepper, paint, dankness, roastiness, alcohol. Palate-wise, it's molasses-like roastiness, light smoke, strong black coffee, tobacco, tartness, cereal, coniferous sap, leather, vegetal and soapy bitterness, strong peppercorn in both finish and retro-olfaction. Hops in this are amazing. Medium-bodied but kind of chewy, with fine gentle prickles. Quite astringent with lingering bitter, smokey, and even meaty aftereffects.

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Fireside Chat
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Fireside Chat

21st Amendment Brewery
Winter Warmer / 7.90% ABV

3.56/5  rDev +4.4% | Avg: 3.41
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yardhouse

A: Pours deep reddish brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Toasty, kinda nutty, toffee sweetness, light pine, and a little spice.

T: Toasty malt, a little spice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, light pine, and some toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I've had this one in years past and I remember it having a bit more spice presence. As it sits now it's a very average but not offensive beer. With any luck I can retry it and have a better experience.

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Summer Triple
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Summer Triple

Mammoth Brewing Company
Tripel / 7.20% ABV

4/5  rDev +0.8% | Avg: 3.97
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mammoth Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Fruity and spicy, Belgian yeast, honey sweetness, and a little bready malt.

T: Fruity, apple, pear, orange zest, spice, clove, honey sweetness, faint vanilla, Belgian yeast, and slightly toasty bready malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very nice beer.

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Cobbs Hill Black Lager
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Cobbs Hill Black Lager

Three Heads Brewing
Schwarzbier / 6.00% ABV

3.72/5  rDev +6.3% | Avg: 3.5
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours not quite clear . Darkest browns with blackened hues that show a ruby tint under a haze. Scant head of tan foam that falls but leaves a film and shimmering clinging bubbles. Scent is boiled peanuts. Earthy coffee. Roasty sweet. A hairy little bit of noble hop on the nose. Taste is good. A touch of caramel type sweetness that underlies a very roasty malt that has a bit of bitterness to it. Nutty rather than fruity and finishes with a moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Excellent.

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8 Wired Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 16.00% ABV

4.4/5  rDev +9.7% | Avg: 4.01
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Brewed on 2011, bottled 2013, best before 2028.

A: Opaque. No foam (expected since it aged in oak barrel for years).
S: Chocolate. Caramel and syrup notes. Toasted bread. Slightly nutty aroma.
T: Roasted coffee. Herbs. A little woody. Somewhat sour. High bitterness. Semi-sweet. Dry and long finish.
M: Full bodied.
O: A really big stout. Powerful flavors and smells. Not way too sweet. Outstanding!

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Punk' In Drublic Imperial Pumpkin Ale
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Punk' In Drublic Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Coronado Brewing Company
Pumpkin Ale / 8.00% ABV

3.58/5  rDev -5.3% | Avg: 3.78
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Clear. Cropper to brown. 1.5 fingers high of head.
S: Sweet spices. Moderate cinnamon candy.
T: Cinnamon pie. Sweet. Low bitterness.
M: Full bodied. Pretty thick.
O: I personally dislike it, but can imagine people like apple pie would also like it.

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Heretic Brewing Company
Rye Beer / 4.40% ABV

3.84/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 3.76
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Bottled on 2014-10-17. Poured into tulip.

A: Hazy. Cropper. Large amount of head (5 fingers high), with moderate retention.
S: Starfruit. Lychee. Grapefruit. Cloves. Little hints of sourness.
T: Cloves. Tropical fruits. Mildly toasty. Moderate bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. High carbonation.
O: Pretty rye forward, but unfortunately the hoppy characters are somewhat overwhelming. Fruity and flavorful. Not bad.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 3.95
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

A: Amber. Clear. 4 fingers high of head and medium retention.
S: Grapefruit. Lemon peel. Somewhat grassy. Hint of spicy notes.
T: Grapefruit. Caramel. Semi-sweet. Medium high bitterness. Finish is long and bitter.
M: Medium- bodied. High carbonation.
O: Great IPA. Easily exceeds I expected.

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Black House W/ Coconut & Cacao Nibs
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Black House W/ Coconut & Cacao Nibs

Modern Times Beer
American Stout / 5.80% ABV

3.8/5  rDev -7.5% | Avg: 4.11
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A: opaque. No foam.
S: Intense coconut. Hint of nuts and coffee.
T: Cocoa and coffee. Mildly coconut. Some nuts. Low roasted flavor. Moderate bitterness. Dry.
M: Medium bodied. Crisp carbonation.
O: Not very impressive, but presented it intends to.

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