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Go West! IPA
Go West! IPA

Anchor Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

3.52/5  rDev -8.3% | Avg: 3.84
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is mid-way between yellow and orange, having a two fingers white head with a somewhat harsh appearance. There's no lacing and retention seems average, getting smaller with time but taking a long time to be minimal.
S: The aroma is mostly earthy and resinous, having this big big piney and resinous touch that covers almost every other thing present in the nose. There's also a bit of phenolic touch to the beer.
T: The taste begins to be very sweet, having an approach very different than usual, like a belgian candi or toffee like flavour. In the next step, this gets a bit more bitter, having a rather not very well balanced connection because it lacks flavours that provide either sweet and bitter tones. The end is enjoyable due to the big hoppiness present.
M: Body is medium to low. Carbonation is a bit harsh. Bitterness is mild. Sweetness is too big for a west coast IPA.
O: Clearly this is not my favourite Anchor. And it seems to me that it doesn't represent quite well the west coast sub-style.

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120 Minute IPA
120 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 18.00% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +5.3% | Avg: 3.97
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 1/14/15 poured into a tulip glass at 55 degrees F. No ABV listed on bottle. The beer is reddish, copper color with tan head. Retention is good for a 28 month old beer and there is more lacing than I expected. There is quite a bit of sediment for a beer that's been in a refrigerator at 55 degrees, but I poured aggressively to produce a one inch head. Aroma is sweet caramel and a hint of booze. There is also some pine from what's left of the hops. The taste is sweet smooth malt and dark fruit at first, followed by piney bitterness on the backend. The mouthfeel is rich and full transitioning to bitterness and a moderate alcohol bite. Carbonation is still abundant. Overall, very good. I purchased this 2 years ago and intended to age it and drink as a barley wine. I may have jumped the gun by a year or two. I've had this fresh and it's too much for me (overwhelming bitterness). I think a few more years would really smooth it out, but I could just buy DFH Olde School which is pretty smooth at two years.

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Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA
Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

2.56/5  rDev -29.3% | Avg: 3.62
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A pretty insipid IPA. My primary criteria for evaluation is flavor; so in spite of having a good head and color, I found this to be lacking. It seemed closer to a pilsner than an IPA; just lacking in hoppiness, which is what I look forward to in a good IPA.

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Farmer's Daughter
Farmer's Daughter

The Alchemist
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.00% ABV

4.24/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.25
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cans poured into tulips. A hazy light yellow beer with a two finger pure white, foamy head that leaves some lace. Aromas of lemons and citrus. Very enjoyable taste with soft lemon meringue followed by just a bit of soft finishing bitterness. Mouth is medium bodied, fairly sweet - not highly carbonated or dry like a traditional saison. Overall, a great beer that is so easy to drink.

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Oakflesh
Oakflesh

Cognition Brewing Company
Oatmeal Stout / 4.60% ABV

4.1/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being a smoked beer fan, I approached this one cautiously but was pleasantly surprised. The base of the oatmeal stout comes through nicely (chewy with slight sweetness) and the smoked malt compliments the beer. Smoke is at a subtle but noticeable level.

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Orchard Fire
Orchard Fire

Cognition Brewing Company
American Porter / 6.70% ABV

3.95/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.95
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was a little nervous coming into this beer as I'm not a big smoked beer drinker, but this was done very well. The base style of the porter shined through nicely and the smoke flavor was a good compliment too it. It was not domineering as in other smoked beers.

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Maha Sona
Maha Sona

Cognition Brewing Company
Oatmeal Stout / 5.40% ABV

4.17/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.17
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another well made, to style beer. It had the chewiness that I love in an oatmeal stout and with the raisin flavor it tasted like drinking an oatmeal raisin cookie. There was also a touch of cinnamon in the beer that gave a nice little kick of spice to the flavor.

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Oblivion
Oblivion

Cognition Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout / 5.00% ABV

4.15/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.05
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, this is one of the better milk stouts that I've ever had. There was a good level of sweetness to the lactose that complimented the deep chocolate flavors. The sweetness was not cloying at all. Very delicious beer.

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Dunwich
Dunwich

Cognition Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.30% ABV

4.09/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.09
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their interpretation of a NE style IPA and done fairly well. It was definitely hazy and the flavor was popping with juicy flavors. They were not doing growler fills on this one, so have to drink it at the brewery.

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Fresh As Helles
Fresh As Helles

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Munich Helles Lager / 5.40% ABV

3.52/5  rDev -3% | Avg: 3.63
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I have been provided the (inadvertent) opportunity to conduct brewery horizontals and while I completed a BOS Beer Co/Samuel Adams horizontal earlier this year, others from them are coming available, causing me to indulge in what I refer to as "chipping" - onsie/twosies here & there just to keep current. It really is no wonder that I have difficulty keeping up.

From the bottle: "Helles Lager with orange blossom"; "18 IBUs".

I am buoyed by the contemporary use of orange in beer, whether it be orange blossoms as in this case, or blood orange juice, which is quite prevalent. In fact, I plan to follow this one up with a blood orange-infused beer!

My special Samuel Adams glass was handy from an earlier usage, so I readied it, Pop!ped the cap & gave it a heavy-handed pour to allow the nucleation dimple at the bottom of the glass to do its job. It surely did just that! I wound up with three fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention that left behind sticky lacing as it slowly fell. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with 24-carat clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, all vying for a taste. Nose had a perfume-y, citrusy sweetness, clean, but not easily identified as orange blossom. Curious. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, light, but not watery, but still appropriate for the style. The taste was clean, light, ethereal and lightly citrusy. I was still having trouble identifying it as orange blossom, but the taste definitely had a citrus aspect. Finish was semi-dry and the light citrusiness lingered well after the swallow. It was a good one-off for Spring, but it just was not scratching my particular itch.

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Refuge IPA
Refuge IPA

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 4.11
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours slightly hazy deep golden orange with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Earthy, piney, grassy, and herbal notes hit first, but are soon overpowered by tropical fruit and citrus, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Juicy, tropical, lots of passion fruit, citrus, lemon and a little grapefruit, pine, a bit grassy, underlying earthy slightly herbal notes, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, soft on the palate.

O: You really have to let this one open up. First sip the earthy/herbal/piney side dominates, but before you know it the tropical and citrus notes come out to play. Really dig this one.

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All My Tomorrows
All My Tomorrows

Great Raft Brewing
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.00% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +7.9% | Avg: 4.17
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All My Tomorrows has a thin, white head, a bright, gold-yellow, murky appearance, and some sheet glass lacing. Aroma is of sweet, white bread and horse blanket. The flavor is more rye-oriented, with downplayed horse blanket. Sweetness is strong, and bitterness is present and pleasant, yet moderate. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and All My Tomorrows finishes medium dry. RJT

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Revolver Bock
Revolver Bock

Revolver Brewing
Bock / 6.50% ABV

4.12/5  rDev +7.3% | Avg: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Strong caramel smell. Taste is well balanced -- malt sweetness dominates but does not overpower. Easy drinking, feels lighter than it could be. Overall good choice and would get again.

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Ho-Lee-Chit IPA
Ho-Lee-Chit IPA

Cobra Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.90% ABV

4.19/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.23
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing beer that really surprised me full of froth in the mouthfeel dept straight pulpy grapefruit and orange going on with a pleasant taste throughout. I'll be honest this one caught me off guard as I wasn't expecting it to be as juicy and bitter in a great way.

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Travelin' Man
Travelin' Man

Adelbert's Brewery
Belgian IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.44/5  rDev -6.5% | Avg: 3.68
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't have as much of the Belgian character I was hoping for. Drinks more like a regular IPA -- dominated by hops, strong bitterness. Solid but not what I was hoping for.

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Electric Jellyfish
Electric Jellyfish

Pinthouse Pizza - South Austin
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.03/5  rDev -4.5% | Avg: 4.22
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow, almost opaque. Lots of lacing.
Strong citrus/grapefruit smell with some spice and funk. Taste is not quite as strong as the smell, but tends to be a bit tart. Strong bitter grapefruit finish. Overall solid and bonus points for being interesting.

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Thirty Hours
Thirty Hours

Magnify Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.71/5  rDev +9.3% | Avg: 4.31
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love the fact that the peach is there but very subtle in this one. Very tasty brew that I could see enjoying on a warm summer day. I don't get any alcohol in this - just smooth n drinkable. Lottsa flavor. Well done

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Black Shark
Black Shark

Camba Bavaria
American Black Ale / 8.50% ABV

4.32/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.17
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice black IPA. The smell is roasted and floral (rose?) the taste is very balanced between the licorice, the chocolate, the flowers and the grapefruit. The mouthfeel is thick and very enjoyable. Very nice. Can't tell it's at 8.5% ABV till it hits you some times after

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¡Viva La Beaver!
¡Viva La Beaver!

Belching Beaver Brewery
Milk / Sweet Stout / 7.50% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.22
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap served in a snifter at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok.

The beer pours inky black with thick frothy tan head that withstands with decent retention. It gradually dissipates and leaves some lacing on the glass-side.

The aroma is led by rich and slick peanut butter together with mellow sweet milky sugar, dark and creamy chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, butter, some roasted profile, dark bread, and again sweet roasted peanut butter to wrap all the things up. It has more intense sweetness comparing to the original peanut butter deriving from chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Sweetness, nuttiness, vanilla, cinnamon, and butter dominate all over the taste buds. All of them are derived from lactose, peanut butter, intense Mexican chocolate, roasted, and smoothness of oat. It is so nutty sweet overall that is also lingering well in the aftertaste with its residual peanut butter sweetness. There is no bitterness at all.

Medium body with some good crisp and good lively carbonation through the palate, creamy smooth through the mouthfeel, finish is pleasantly dry.

This one is quite similar to the original peanut butter one but with the extensive hand of cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolaty sweetness.

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Lemke Original
Lemke Original

Brauerei Lemke
Vienna Lager / 5.40% ABV

3.53/5  rDev -0.6% | Avg: 3.55
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Brauhaus Lemke am Alex, Berlin (€2.18):
Definitely a sweeter beer than expected without being sickening, the beer was also more fruity and floral than anticipated but the balance was good and prevented any one flavour overpowering. I particularly enjoyed the berries and lighter summer fruits that came through in the early going which were unexpected but seemed to work well with the darker malts and caramel. It was quite an easy going and drinkable beer with enough difference between it and a standard Vienna lager to keep things interesting throughout, as well as making it one that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Belching Beaver Brewery
Milk / Sweet Stout / 5.30% ABV

4.05/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.02
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a snifter at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok.

The beer pours inky black with no real head to speak with, there is only some tan bubble popping up and quickly vanishes. It leaves some lacing patch and spot thereafter.

The aroma is led by rich and slick peanut butter together with mellow sweet milky sugar, dark and creamy chocolate, some roasted profile, dark bread, and again sweet roasted peanut butter to wrap all the things up.

Sweetness, nuttiness, and butter dominate all over the taste buds. All of them are derived from lactose, peanut butter, chocolate, roasted, and smoothness of oat. It is so nutty sweet overall that is also lingering well in the aftertaste.

Medium body with some good crisp and moderate carbonation through the palate, smooth through the mouthfeel, finish is dry.

Sweet Stout to carry its name, anyway, it is presented in good shape, not that excessive or too overwhelming.

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Beavers Milk
Beavers Milk

Belching Beaver Brewery
Milk / Sweet Stout / 5.30% ABV

3.83/5  rDev +1.1% | Avg: 3.79
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap served in a snifter at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok.

Black in color with fairly thick frothy tan head, it stands for a while with average retention before sinking to some bubble film atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

In a nose, rich sweet milky sugar, roasted coffee bean, butter, charred nut, vanilla, sweet candy, hint of cinnamon, and dark bread.

The taste is still led by the big sweetness of milky sugar. Then it is followed by roasted malt like a roasted coffee bean, charred nut, vanilla, toffee, the smoothness of oat, also dark and butter bread. The end and aftertaste is quite lasting with roasted malt and some residual sweetness.

Medium body with some good crisp and moderate carbonation through the palate, smooth through the mouthfeel, finish is dry. Pretty good Milk Stout with lots of milky sweet portion.

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Zulu Haze
Zulu Haze

Moonraker Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +1% | Avg: 4.17
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can purchased at the brewery. Appears a hazy orange with a good head. Lots of citrus in the nose, especially orange and grapefruit. Medium to full mouthfeel. Dry finish on the end.

Fantastic take on the NE style of IPA.

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Session IPA Mosaic
Session IPA Mosaic

Mikkeller ApS
American IPA / 4.50% ABV

4.02/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.02
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Hazy pale golden yellow color, it comes with thick fluffy white head that stays with good retention before slowly sinking to some bubble sheet atop and leaving numerous of sticky lacing wave all around.

In a nose, it is floral, tropical, earthy, some spice, and fruity with some biscuity malt in the background.

Very well balance in the taste with all the hoppy characters stated in the aroma nicely mingle with good biscuity malt bill. It is not too sweet nor too heavily bitter.

Light to medium body with good crisp and lively carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, the feeling is refreshing with a dry finish.

Good Mosaic IPA without doubt, it is light, crisp, refreshing, and sessionable, but still very tasty.

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Session IPA Cascade
Session IPA Cascade

Mikkeller ApS
American IPA / 4.50% ABV

4.02/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.99
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Hazy pale golden yellow color, it tops with thick fluffy white head that stays with good retention before gradually sinking to some bubble sheet atop and leaving plenty of lacing wave all around.

In a nose, floral, spicy, citrus, grapefruit, some piney resin, and fruity with also some biscuity malt in the background.

Very well balance in the taste with all the hoppy characters stated in the aroma nicely mingle with good biscuity and bready malt profile. It is not too sweet nor too heavily bitter.

Light to medium body with good crisp and lively carbonation through the palate, smooth mouthfeel with a refreshing touch and dry finish.

Good Cascade IPA without doubt, it is light, crisp, refreshing, so citrusy and grapefruit, and still sessionable, yet very tasty.

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