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Casco Bay Oktoberfest
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Casco Bay Oktoberfest

Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.75% ABV

3.99/5  rDev +7% | Avg: 3.73
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Once more, my utmost thanks to tone77 for his outstanding tradesmanship. He (usually) lives locally and stops by Chez Woody with an armload of bottles & CANs for me which I exchange for a CANlection of CANs. Unfortunately, I have fallen behind, especially as bottles are concerned, leading to the Bottle Backlog. I am happy to be winnowing it down to something approaching manageability.

From the bottle: "An Oktoberfest Style Ale". Huh? We'll see.

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, resulting in a finger of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was biscuity, bready, very pleasantly malty. It actually smelled more like dough than bread. I miss being in and around a working bakery. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was slightly grassy, but overlain by a doughy, bready maltiness. This was much more to my liking after the previous malty-sweet Oktoberfest. I could drink something like this all day during Oktoberfest, while its sweeter counterpart(s) would be a one-and-done. The finish was semi-dry, much closer to dry than sweet and as such, it was a welcome segue from the last one. I am running through several Oktoberfests tonight and this would be 1 of 2, but stay tuned.

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Life.Death.Life.Truth
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Life.Death.Life.Truth

Orpheus Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.06/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.16
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep gold/pale amber producing 1.5 fingers of off-white, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves blotches of frost-like lace. Aroma is floral, grapefruit pith & rind, melon hints, a little tropical & piney in a caramel malt background. Taste is similar floral tea like notes, grapefruit pith & rind, pine & pineapple, melon, cigar cedar wood hoppiness with caramel malt more balanced than the nose but still off centered in favor of the hops. Finishes only slightly sweet but becomes increasingly bitter in the aftertaste is faintly malty rapidly gravitating to predominantly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, finishes juicy but rapidly drying with a mild prickle & slight drawing nature on the tongue.

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Terrapin Maggie's Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse Ale
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Terrapin Maggie's Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse Ale

Terrapin Beer Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.55% ABV

3.72/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 3.84
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light red to copper color, thin off white head that dissipates quickly, no lacing to speak of

S: Fruity blackberry smell, funky Belgian yeast smell

T: Tart blackberry, funky belgian yeast, spice, bubblegum, band aid, classic saison yeast flavor

M: Medium

O: This beer has been in my fridge for a while and I figured the Super Bowl would be a good excuse to drink it. A classic saison with the blueberry tart flavor and sweetness. No graham cracker taste but still a great representation of the style.

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Maharaja
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Maharaja

Avery Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.20% ABV

3.96/5  rDev -5.7% | Avg: 4.2
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is dank/spicy hops, citrus/fruit and a hint of pork greasiness. The flavor is grapefruit, hops/slight hop resin, malts, light tropical fruit and a bitter/slightly oily finish.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge
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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge

Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
Flanders Red Ale / 5.50% ABV

4.49/5  rDev +4.7% | Avg: 4.29
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Fantastic bottle art with Buddha-like monk adorning the label. Deep, rich mahogany color with moderate head.
S: Vinuous. Barnyard funk. Sharp sour oakiness.
T: Super mouth-puckeringly sour. Almost vinegary. This is probably. To the best sour to get introduced to the style with. Fantastic to my palette.
F: Again, vinegary. Acidic. Possible a bit thin.
O: An absolutely fantastic representation of the style. This one always a treat.

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Chocolate Porter
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Chocolate Porter

Maltese Brewing
American Porter / 6.30% ABV

3.96/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.96
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Squealer, it pours a dark brown with a tan head, lasting briefly. Chocolate and coffee in the nose. Roasted malt and chocolate in the mouth. Yum!

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Stone Enjoy By Black IPA
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Stone Enjoy By Black IPA

Stone Brewing Co.
American Black Ale / 9.40% ABV

3.87/5  rDev -8.5% | Avg: 4.23
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly perfect appearance. Deep black, with a solid tan head with excellent retention.

Candy lemon drops, ruby red grapefruit, finished by a smooth chocolatey roastiness. Lovely aroma.

Bitter and earthy; surprisingly so. The Vic Secret must have quite the presence, as this is nowhere near as juicy and fruity as the regular EB. A touch of pineapple. Malt is fairly grainy and subdued. Very disappointing profile.

Good bite; very drinkable; lingering bitter hoppy finish.

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Hopslam Ale
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Hopslam Ale

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

4.27/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 4.44
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into pint glass-
Burnt orange color with nice carbonation leading to nice head. Hops jump at you on the pour. Balanced malty/hoppy taste - medium bodied.

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Green Bullet Triple IPA
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Green Bullet Triple IPA

Green Flash Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.10% ABV

4.38/5  rDev +11.5% | Avg: 3.93
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opaque orange amber body
Citrus hops, kiwi, mango, apricot, biscuit
Grapefruit, honey, grassy hops, bright citrus, orange, spice/pepper
Medium-heavy, a little syrupy
Delicious beer. Balanced earth tones and fruit/malt sweetness. Don't taste the booze at all

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Evil Twin / Intangible Ales Sour Bikini
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Evil Twin / Intangible Ales Sour Bikini

Evil Twin Brewing
American Wild Ale / 3.00% ABV

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

A: poured into a tulip to a clear yellow with a three finger dense and rocky white head that retains well
S: Smells of apricots and peaches with some nice tartness
T: Taste is sour and fruity with some apricots and other stone fruits with a little graininess. Swallow brings more tartness and granyness with some lingering fruitiness.
M: this beer is pretty light and flirts with watery. Carbonation is more than adequate but never approaches prickly. This beer has a dry finish from the acidity as well.
O: Overall this is a very good wild ale. It's a little grainy at times bit it doesn't detract too much and provides some malt balance. With the flavors and ABV it's very drinkable.

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Bitter Valentine
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Bitter Valentine

AleWerks Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

4.29/5  rDev +2.4% | Avg: 4.19
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate copper + honey highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium to large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/mango, citrus/tangerine, citrus/grapefruit pith, and stone fruit/peach hops over the top of moderate aromas of grainy + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavor of grainy + caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/mango, citrus/tangerine, and stone fruit/peach hops in descending order of strength. There is a moderate to strong amount of bitterness which slowly fades away.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Really nice combination of tropical, stone fruit, and citrus hops with a moderate amount of sweetness. Easy to drink with extremely well hidden alcohol. Definitely a really nice DIPA and especially great when fresh.

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BiFrost
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BiFrost

Elysian Brewing Company
Winter Warmer / 8.30% ABV

3.41/5  rDev -8.6% | Avg: 3.73
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle (Case of 6)
Outdated Label on current Beer page.

At first pour, A nice solid Orange / Carmel Color with faint visability in glass. Although other viewers stated they had lasting 2 finger head. I received about 1 finger head with decent carbonation. Borderline Lager/Champaigne look.
Upon first smell, a faint hint of citrus with a strong Malt/Alcohol Scent. Which is understandable for a 8.3 Alcohol Volume Ale.
Now the Taste. A consistent Rich citrus Malt blend, with a hint of hoppiness. A strong kick of that 8.3 alcohol as well. As for the after taste, those flavors of citrus will kick in, along with a faint zesty pepper note to top it off.
All in all a nice beer. Definitely not packed full of flavors, but if your looking for a strong consistent Citrus Malt Ale. With a zesty after kick. This beer is the way to go.

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Green Flash/Alpine Handshake IPA
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Green Flash/Alpine Handshake IPA

Green Flash Brewing Co.
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.94/5  rDev -5.7% | Avg: 4.18
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Vibrant golden body, small soapy head, streaky lacing. Piney hop aroma, moreso in taste, and incredibly smooth. My first assumption was a session IPA, hard to believe this is 7%. Very tasty.

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Habanero Sculpin
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Habanero Sculpin

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

2.64/5  rDev -29.8% | Avg: 3.76
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

S: Smells like habanero/cheapy Walmart hot sauce. Not much else.

T: Tastes like some a*hole dumped Frank's Red Hot into what could have been a solid IPA. Habanero
overwhelms everything I like about regular Sculpin'. Now I have 5 more of these beers because some a*hole from bumfukc PA convinced me to buy this at $16 for a six pack.

F: Very light, smooth.

Overall: Mediocre flavor infusion that ruins the character of a standout IPA. Habanero is bush league anyways. Sriracha lyfe.

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Allagash Tiarna
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Allagash Tiarna

Allagash Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 7.10% ABV

3.93/5  rDev -5.1% | Avg: 4.14
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, THIS is the champagne of beers. In that it actually tastes a bit like champagne and has identically structured carbonation - tight and insistent.

A: Clear, crisp golden yellow. Absolutely beautiful. Visible carbonation bubbles persist long after our pour. Tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity with grape and spice noticeable right way.

T: Is it an ale? A cider? A sparkling wine? The oak aging really soars and lends a wine-like base on which stone fruits come alive. Yeasty and savory notes round out this confounding but delicious brew.

F: Crisp with abundant carbonation. Not too thick, sticky or gummy. Nice and clean.

O: I'm not just being flowery with the language. It has a sophisticated taste that is almost more sparkling wine or cider than an ale. The flavors are really well balanced between savory warm flavors and light fruits. Extremely drinkable and fascinating for real lovers of beer (and cider.... and wine... and champagne...).

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Silver Salmon India Style Pale Lager
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Silver Salmon India Style Pale Lager

Breckenridge Brewery
American Double / Imperial Pilsner / 4.86% ABV

3.59/5  rDev -1.4% | Avg: 3.64
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. What a curious drink. What is this I have? An IPA? A lager?

It looks like either - yellow and foamy. The aroma is a nice hoppy smell. Nothing too pronounced or overboard.

The taste is bitter and dry. Malts and yeast are overpowered by hops. This is a fishy taste - not enough of any except too much hops.

This is a way too dry taste and not recommended unless you want something like those one dimensional IPA's that is in fact a beer. Where are the malts?

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Stone Enjoy By Black IPA
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Stone Enjoy By Black IPA

Stone Brewing Co.
American Black Ale / 9.40% ABV

4.1/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5 oz draft pour.

A dark brown color with some Amber tints when the light hits it. Very small head on this pour. The aroma is nice, with a lot of hip character. The taste is the same, with some definite citrus notes and a pretty bitter kick at the end. It is nicely carbonated, with just a little sting in the swallow.

Not my favorite of Stone's Enjoy By series, but a solid entry.

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Running With The Bull
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Running With The Bull

Marble Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.20% ABV

4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear sunburst orange color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of bright hops and caramel malt.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over a solid malt base. Hops lead off with notes of pine and citrus mostly. Malts add in next with some caramel and toasted bread. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a well executed pale. I wouldn't say it is anything special, but it certainly hits all the right notes.

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Art Car IPA
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Art Car IPA

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.17% ABV

4.11/5  rDev +2.5% | Avg: 4.01
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance is copper/light gold in color with minimal transparency. The head is a good three fingers thick with excellent retention and lacing around the glass.

Smell is strong earthy and piney hops with a little bit of citrus (mango, lemon).

Taste follows the aroma fairly closely with a nice combination of piney hops and citrus (nice mango flavors). There is a nice malt backbone that creates good balance and flavor profile. This IPA is fairly dry with a good amount of bitterness that is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat oily with moderate carbonation.

Overall Art Car IPA has a very good hop profile and great head. Their is a decent amount of bitterness, but it plays well in this beer. The first time I had this beer the bitterness seemed a little high. Having had the beer a few more times, the flavor profile has really grown on me. This is starting to become one of my regular choices, which is nice living in Houston.

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Divergent
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Divergent

Rivertown Brewing Co.
Berliner Weissbier / 3.80% ABV

3.29/5  rDev -8.6% | Avg: 3.6
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very well executed sour. Good fit for warmer weather. Guess what I expected from the label. Would like to see this go with more carbonation or a little flatter. Berliner Weiss beers are often consumed with fruit syrups. May try with this soon.

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)
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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.85% ABV

4.36/5  rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.32
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fun. Fun. Fun. Complex, citrus, pine, hops, and a little touch of malt. Long, tangy after taste. The citrus and pine overload is the opposite of boring.

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Big RICC
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Big RICC

Tallgrass Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

4.18/5  rDev -1.2% | Avg: 4.23
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black from the can with a healthy chocolate head. The aroma is primarily warm chocolate and vanilla. Those are present on the tongue, but coffee predominates. The finish is nicely bitter. Medium thick mouth with just a bit of oil. Finally, a Tallgrass stout that's not horribly thin. This is a really nice coffee stout.

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New Growth Pale Ale
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New Growth Pale Ale

Driftwood Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.00% ABV

3.82/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 3.97
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, light orange body with a bubbly white head about a finger high. The scent is very strong in citrus aroma, with a slight pineyness to it. The taste is immediately bitter in hops, with less fruitiness in all. It has an alright feel as well. I honestly think this nearly goes to the IPA zone, and maybe tries to hard to appeal to that group, but it is ok. Would buy if cheaper.

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Old Viscosity
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Old Viscosity

Port Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

4/5  rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.14
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - motor oil, as you would expect
S - nice brunt malts
T - coffee, chocolate and slightly bitter
M - thick
O - solid stout, not too complex, may be a good one to age, especially at the very reasonable price point

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Tripel Brun
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Tripel Brun

Overshores Brewing Co.
Tripel / 9.50% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +5.8% | Avg: 3.95
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time drinker of Overshores beer. Found this to be very very different. I'm usually drinking a hoppy beer. I thought this was a very smooth great tasting beer. If I had 2 more in the fridge I would have drank them both!!!

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