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Elephant Beer
Elephant Beer

Carlsberg Danmark A/S
Euro Strong Lager / 7.20% ABV

3.68/5  rDev +31.4% | Avg: 2.8
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My local Groc Out is selling undated six-packs bottled in Denmark for $3.99, so I got a couple of six-packs. I'm very favorably impressed. Compared to American malt liquors, Elephant is far superior in terms of flavor. It is getting extremely difficult to find beer of this quality and strength (it's listed as 7.2 %) at this price, so I expect it will be long gone by next week's Groc Out visit.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 14.00% ABV

4.5/5  rDev -1.1% | Avg: 4.55
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 16 tons last night.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retention, and very fine, almost creamy lacing. This beer looks spectacular (but then what would you expect?). On the nose, this really is just a coffee version of Parabola. It has all the same characteristics of the regular parabola (milk chocolate by the boat load, vanilla, bourbon and milk duds), but with a huge coffee presence as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this rich, sweet, impressive BA stout. The coffee tended to drown out the bourbon and sweetness somewhat, but it still wasn't at all overwhelming. Mouthfeel was very full, and like the regular parabola, the beer was long, fairly soft, and very smooth on the palate. Parabajava seemed to be a bit less boozy than parabola, but this is still a big beer.

Excellent stuff, obviously.

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Stone Mocha IPA
Stone Mocha IPA

Stone Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

4.79/5  rDev +18% | Avg: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-amber with a two-finger off-white head into a nonic pint glass. Purchased a crowler at Stone in RVA.

The nose on this is fantastic. If you put fresh hops in a bag with freshly roasted coffee, stuck your head in the bag after it was sealed for a while, this is would you'd smell when you open it. Smooth and a touch creamy in the finish with a nice bitterness, helping the finish end cleanly. It also doesn't drink like it is 9%, which is a dangerous situation for me because this beer is close to flawless for a DIPA/Experimental brew.

Well-executed, delicious beer. I think this would be interesting to try in a variety of ways with food. One pairing that could be interesting is pound cake. On the other hand, this would be fun with spicy steak tacos.

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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock
Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock

Utah Brewers Cooperative
Doppelbock / 8.00% ABV

3.89/5  rDev +7.8% | Avg: 3.61
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: An opaque brown, ruby bulb up to the light. No real lasting head. Good level of carbonation when rocking the glass. No lacing.
AROMA: A bit earthy, lots of sweet toffee malt.
TASTE: Bread crust, caramel, cola, and a background earthy quality.
FEEL: Medium thick, sticky, high carbonation.
OVERALL: Almost to the chewy level, no off flavors, lots of sweet caramel malt.

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Mosaic IPA
Mosaic IPA

Lionstone Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.30% ABV

4.11/5  rDev +5.4% | Avg: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the best consistently brewed beer in the awesome bedroom community of Gemeseo, Il. The beer pours a very clear, Amber orange with a thin, white head. Very little carbonation.
Nice mix of candied hops in the smell.
Taste is hop forward, and the malt mix lets the hop go. The hops resonate a little, but not to over the top. He resonating occurs n the back of the throat. A very refreshing APA that is more hop forward for an APA.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. I am glad this APA is close to home and one of the better ones in the QCA, even in quality with the Green Tree's and sleeper Geneseo Brewing Company.

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Canvas Series: Myrtille
Canvas Series: Myrtille

Wicked Weed Brewing
American Wild Ale / 6.00% ABV

3.96/5  rDev -6.2% | Avg: 4.22
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-purple, shiny with mild haze. Small pinkish head which vanishes quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is fruit and funk forward. Blueberry and blackberry. Brett and lacto. Wine grapes, oak, and leather.

Taste is dominated by the blueberry. Wine barrel, horse blanket, and leather. Grapes and citrus.

Sharp on the tongue with crisp carbonation. Lingering fruit and funk. Vinuous.

Love the blueberry but it does hide some of the underlying flavors.

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Blue Pants Brewery
German Pilsener / 5.60% ABV

4.12/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 4.04
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pilsener glass. It's pretty old, with a stamp saying "born on 2/25/2015." It's quite an attractive pour: a cloudy, golden-straw color with an enormous, fluffy, gelato-like head of cream color, and significant lacing that didn't dissipate. Adding to the appearance are myriad tiny, champagne-like bubbles quickly surfacing, adding to the head. It has a rather hoppy nose for a pilsener with a nice aroma of lemon and biscuit. I'm impressed with the depth of flavor: it begins with sweet pils malt that gives it almost a vanilla taste, followed by citrus, biscuit, and a crisp, bitter, hop finish. This beer is light and crisp but it also has a creaminess I didn't expect. At 5.6% ABV, It's easy to drink, particularly on a hot day. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a well-crafted pilsener. It's not marketed in my area but hope to find it again some day.

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Pilsner 2016
Pilsner 2016

Southern Tier Brewing Company
German Pilsener / 5.00% ABV

3.84/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 3.98
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can born on 6/08/16 poured into a Pilsner glass. Pours a clear gold with a one finger white head that moves to thin lace immediately. Smell is mildly floral with bread notes. Taste is the same, with some mint and pine thrown in. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium level of carbonation. Interesting story with this beer, with the six pack box (sealed) having only five cans in it, and the first one drank was a drain pour (it tasted like glue). Outside of that, a decent Pilsner worth trying.

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Sixpoint Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.10% ABV

4.1/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.07
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can: This one pours a cloudy, slightly orangish color. There was a huge head that dropped off rather quickly and left some lacing. The aroma is good. Tropical fruit and pine notes. Some maltiness coming thru also. The taste is good. Some bitterness and sweetness at the same time. Malts, pine and some tropical fruits. A good brew.

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206 IPA
206 IPA

Pratt Street Ale House
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.81/5  rDev +1.9% | Avg: 3.74
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 7/7/16 so very fresh. Nice brown colored IPA with great lacing and head. Smell is of fresh cascade hops. An aroma that brings back nostalgia of the 1st wave of IPAs in the 90's. Taste is nicely balanced with the malt bready and sweetness and piney hops. Something just a touch off though, in the flavor that I can't pin down. It's a solid throwback West Coast style IPA out of Baltimore if you need a change up from your current IPA styles.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale
Flower Power India Pale Ale

Ithaca Beer Company
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.18/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.18
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ithaca Flower Power IPA:

Pours a hazy straw color, and smells of tropical fruits and hop bitterness. Taste follows the nose. Piney, tropical hop flavors. Quite bitter, but has great drinkability. This is one of the staples for me as IPA's go, and it is always readily available near me. Flower power!

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Raspberry Lemon
Dragon's Milk Reserve Raspberry Lemon

New Holland Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV

4.23/5  rDev +9.9% | Avg: 3.85
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: been a while since i had the base beer but this looks darker. Still has the thick tan head and lacing.
smell: has the subtle vanilla and bourbon notes of the base plus surprise! Raspberry and lemon.
taste: much like the nose. Subtle vanilla roasty bourbon plus the right amount of raspberry and lemon. The base beer lends itself well to the additions imo.

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Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
American Amber / Red Ale / 5.60% ABV

3.84/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.83
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a muddled, opaque, brown coloring with a low profile, bubbly, off-white head. Looks like muddy water. Aromas of rich and sweet malt profiles of toffee, caramel, and hints of chocolate, with overlays of piney hops. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, again with the caramel and chocolate, but the hops follow is much more intense this time around, with a blast of sticky resin and pine tassels, dank and wet, providing a bolt of bitterness through the middle of all of those rich and sweet characteristics. The body is big and slick, with a sharp edge underneath it. The aftertaste is slightly cloying sweet, but with that bitterness still lingering around. Piney and caramel/toffee sweet. The finish is slick, slow, and with that bitter linger still going strong. Interesting take on a Red.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune
Maredsous 8 - Brune

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Dubbel / 8.00% ABV

4.04/5  rDev +1% | Avg: 4
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown color with a light tan head that recede to remain just covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing remains.
The smell is of dark cereal malts; the taste is of dark plum, raisin and malt, with a peppery yeast finish.
The beer is medium to full bodied thanks in part to the high carbonation that releases with each sip.
Overall, an very enjoyable Belgian ale.

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Killer Bees
Killer Bees

Thai Me Up / Melvin Brewing
American Blonde Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.6/5  rDev +6.5% | Avg: 3.38
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Copper gold color with a creamy white head, lacing around the glass and a lot of carbonation bubbles.

S: Sweet honey, milled wheat and cereal grains. The grains dominate but there are some spicy floral hops.

T: Sweet honey, milled wheat and other cereal grains. Once again the malt dominates the hops but there are some floral hops. Solid but nothing special.

F: Medium body and higher carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but if I'm drinking Melvin I'd rather have one of their IPAs.

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Bud Light Platinum
Bud Light Platinum

Light Lager / 6.00% ABV

2.01/5  rDev -11.8% | Avg: 2.28
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow and very clear color. Very light malty flavor but really pretty bland. Best thing to say about it is that it is refreshing on a hot day, but then again so is water. Not great but nothing really unpleasant about it either.

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Juice Jr.
Juice Jr.

Great Notion Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.00% ABV

4.41/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.39
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz crowler, 11 days old. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a moderately hazy orange, no particulates, one finger thick white head, plenty of carbonation is apparent; rings of lacing, thin film. Looks good. Smells of rich citrus, blood oranges, pulp, light caramel sweetness. Flavour is quite juicy with citrus and orange pulp. Mild caramel sweetness, light astringent cereal grain. Lots of citrus following through the remainder of the way. Mild zesty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy and smooth with a light bitter, zesty astringency at the end that doesn't linger long, inviting another drink. Very tasty stuff; reminds me a lot of Toppling Goliath pseudoSue at its best.

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Elements Of Funk: Brettanomyces Lambicus
Elements Of Funk: Brettanomyces Lambicus

The Bruery
American Wild Ale / 6.50% ABV

3.76/5  rDev -0.3% | Avg: 3.77
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a pale amber (touch of gold) body with a frothy three finger eggshell colored head.

S - Funky, earthy and light belgian yeast. Straightforward.

T - Funky, bready, belgian esters and mild tartness.

F - Light bodied, high carbonation and a dry finish. Crisp.

O - Super drinkable. It didn't wow me and that's really not the point of the series. It's a very simple beer to put focus on the individual brett strain.

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Terrapin Maggie's Peach Farmhouse Ale
Terrapin Maggie's Peach Farmhouse Ale

Terrapin Beer Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.30% ABV

3.77/5  rDev +7.4% | Avg: 3.51
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Agree this is better than most fruit beers, of which, I am not usually a fan. I'm enjoying mid July Sun afternoon with Frittata made by Tink.

An American Farmhouse Ale with beer first and plenty of natural tasting peach second. Of course Georgia is a peach state. l

A: Mid size, fast fade head, hazed golden body, no lace, per usual fruit beer.

S: Ripe peaches, grassy, yeast, lemon rind, salt water taffy.

T & F: Smooth, crisp, fluffy body, peach skin, earthy, yeasty, peppery with dried grass, esters, herbs, biscuit. Complex mouth, and finishes dry.

Not much carbonation. Fine summer beer.

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Bourbon Barrel Scotty Karate Scotch Ale
Bourbon Barrel Scotty Karate Scotch Ale

Dark Horse Brewing Company
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy / 9.75% ABV

3.91/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 3.96
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a clear rusty brown with no head but looks a very dark brown in the glass
S: sweet, like caramel drizzly over chocolate, but mostly caramel
T: that weird....caramel brittle sweetness, some alcohol in the finish, no bourbon to speak of like a ba stout or like founders backwoods bastard which is disappointing.
F: syrupy but medium thickness.
O: it was an extra in a trade, and should be bought as so too.

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Labatt Blue Light
Labatt Blue Light

Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Light Lager / 4.00% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +90.5% | Avg: 2.2
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

labatt Blue Light is very good beer. I started drinking this beer back in 1985 and i will continue to do so. Blue light has a smooth refreshing taste and enjoyable flavor!! Still brewed in Canada unlike Molson. Cheers!!

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Half Acre / Short's / Piece Freedom Of '78
Half Acre / Short's / Piece Freedom Of '78

Half Acre Beer Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +1.2% | Avg: 4.14
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden Amber with thin white head. Nose gives hints of tropical fruit...mostly mango, pineapple. Taste is orange, mango, pineapple and a sweetness that I'd attribute to guava jam. Some hop bitterness that's well balanced by breadt malt. Nice mouthfeel.

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Stochasticity Project HiFi+LoFi Mixtape
Stochasticity Project HiFi+LoFi Mixtape

Stone Brewing
American Strong Ale / 8.80% ABV

3.52/5  rDev -3.3% | Avg: 3.64
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can't get this any more. No great loss. I found this one languishing on the shelves at Saveon. I should have taken something else. There were other of this series that I didn't think much of. This one too.

It's dark yellow. Funky smelling - like BO. Funky tasting, like an unnecessary amalgam of stuff. Not boozy. Dry. Dark. Weird.

Not recommended. Stone gets point for trying off the board stuff but they often don't work.

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Blackberry Apricot Sour
Blackberry Apricot Sour

Iron Goat Brewing Co.
American Wild Ale / 6.50% ABV

4.06/5  rDev +1% | Avg: 4.02
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz pour into a snifter, consumed at Iron Goat for $5. Stopped by to get a growler fill of the Mosaic IPA and was hoping the Gin Barrel-Aged Head Butt would be on. It wasn't, but I realized I'd never reviewed this. According to the chalkboard, this clocks in at 6.5% abv, with a whopping 16 IBUs.

This was a semi-opaque color somewhere between honey and pink, with a thin, white head.

Fruity aroma, basically an amalgam of the two fruits found in the name. I get a touch of grapes as well.

To me, the taste is apricot forward, but the blackberries are present in good quantity just behind the apricots. I'd like to ask one of the brewers if they've tweaked it a bit over the last couple years. When IG first released this a couple years ago I felt the blackberries didn't emerge until the end. Things are pleasing tart but not too terribly sour. This might be a good gateway sour.

The body is somewhere between light and medium. The mouthfeel is somewhere between coating and "cotton-mouthy", which reminds me of fruit juice, which I suppose this could be considered a variation of!

This is an easygoing but enjoyable sour beer. As I mentioned above, I think the apricots and blackberries meld together more than they did when they first debuted this. A nice choice when I walk into Iron Goat and am in the mood for something off the hoppy track.

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Introvert Session IPA
Introvert Session IPA

Left Hand Brewing Company
American IPA / 4.80% ABV

4.05/5  rDev +14.1% | Avg: 3.55
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 09/22/16 printed on the bottleneck.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy cloudy juicy golden orange IPA body with over two fingers of frothy fluffy white head that lingers long, leaving excellent sheets of sticky lacing throughout. Appears aptly carbonated. Some chill haze, some hop / yeast sediment. Looks good.

S - Aroma is pleasant and inviting: soft bready biscuit malt content, some fresh piney hop oils, light dankness, light florals, and a nice earthy yeast presence, slightly bretty, perhaps the same yeast used in Extrovert IPA also? Either way, it's very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready malts & good earthy hop oils / resins / bitterness. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, & orange pith. Again, i'm loving the yeast strand used here, tastes slightly bretty / earthy, with good accompanying yeast-derived fruitiness. Crisp, & super drinkable.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, earthy, yeast, hoppy, lightly oily / piney / resinous / hop bitterness leftover on the palate. Very fresh & quenching stuff for a hot ass summer day (like today).

Overall, big IPA flavor with a modest abv from Left Hand. Definitely impressed by these, and glad i picked up six packs of both this beer and Extrovert IPA. Nice stuff.

Left Hand Brewing Introvert Session IPA -----4/5.

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