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Double Fat IPA
Double Fat IPA

The Piggy Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

3.77/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.77
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well I'm a bit disapointed with this one. This is not a bad beer per se but it's what I was expecting for DIPA. This fruity that for sure but it's mostly estery with orchard fruits presence and some spicy notes. The hops bring some tropical notes to the mix. The malt base is good and the mouthfeel is almost juicy. An alright beer just would'nt call it a DIPA. Maybe more of a belgian IPA or a hoppy triple

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Crew Roundhouse Kick
Crew Roundhouse Kick

CREW Republic Brewery GmbH
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.20% ABV

4.49/5  rDev +10.6% | Score: 4.06
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice RIS. Not a roasted bomb this stout is very well rounded. It reminds me somehow of an aged Cuvée Delphine with a distinct riz au lait character. Vanilla, booze infused raisins, velvety mouthfeel. The 9.2% ABV ain't that present and the beer remains really drinkable all along

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Watou Tripel
Watou Tripel

Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Tripel / 7.50% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +3.5% | Score: 4.05
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice tripel. Great mouthfeel with a nice carbonation. This beer is quite dry and fruity as hell. Mostly orchard fruits esters are present and the balance is good. Once again a great beer from st bernardus

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Destroy Angel
Destroy Angel

Ichijoji Brewery
English India Pale Ale (IPA) / 6.60% ABV

3.11/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.11
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

270ml keg at Ichi-Ya Bar, Kyoto, Japan (¥648):
This was a beer with a pleasant enough taste & it was definitely the better of the two beers from the brewery that I tried during my time in Japan but like the Joshuaku Plum Ale before it, this one just wasn't strong enough at any point & almost seemed weak & bland at times too. There was some hop & pine bitterness at times & the nose wasn't quite as bad as the taste but it never really got going sadly.

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Joshuaku Plum Ale
Joshuaku Plum Ale

Ichijoji Brewery
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 5.30% ABV

3.03/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.03
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

270ml Keg at Ichi-Ya Bar, Kyoto, Japan (¥648):
This one was definitely a weak offering but also one that took a while to open up so it didn't end up being as bland or poor as I'd initially feared; it still wasn't the strongest but some nice funk and tart flavours did feature further on. The plum advertised in the beer's name was relatively light and difficult to detect but there was some background fruits and a light sweetness to the beer but it wasn't great really; still it's likely the only Japanese fruit beer I'll try for a while.

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Living Daylights
Living Daylights

Grimm Artisanal Ales
American Wild Ale / 5.80% ABV

3.91/5  rDev -5.8% | Score: 4.15
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look is somewhat hazy bright yellow
smell really isn't there
taste is sour funk with noticeable hops. nice citrus taste
overall, really crisp and refreshing.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter
Alaskan Smoked Porter

Alaskan Brewing Co.
American Porter / 6.50% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +2.2% | Score: 4.16
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle 2015 poured to tulip
Sight: Very dark brown/black, small tan foam
Smell: very fragrant, malty/nutty, aroma of alcohol
Taste: low bitterness, some sweetness, long follow through
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, creamy, sweet follow through, long finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, very good porter, ok to repeat, and look for; serve at 50-55

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Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor
Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor

Anheuser-Busch
American Malt Liquor / 8.10% ABV

3.6/5  rDev +48.8% | Score: 2.42
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 25-oz. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: 5 Star Market & Liquor in La Mesa, Calif..
Price: $1.49
Purchased: Oct. 3, 2017
Consumed: Oct. 3, 2017
Reviewed as: American Malt Liquor
Misc.: Canned on May 8, 2017 (I think)

Recently was dared to review a King Cobra. Actually did not know that Malt Liquor was reviewable on Beer Advocate. Once I looked it up and saw I was, had to go with it. Once I saw that there were seven (seven!) other Malt Liquors at the next-door market, made it a point to review one each Tuesday until I run out. Typically am against all the big boy beers, but I am breaking that rule for this challenge. Next up was Hurricane High Gravity, which I had never heard of prior to seeing it with the seven others a few weeks ago. Currently ranked as the 80th-worst beer, which was better than Mickey’s (68th) and King Cobra and Old English 800 (both in bottom 30). I actually thought Mickey’s was pretty good for the style, but hoping this is better.

Poured a gold clear color with two fingers of frothy-to-fizzy white head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled red apple, pear, wet grain, honey, hints of green grape, popcorn kernels, some boozy malts and a smidgeon of spice (cinnamon?). That 8.1 pct. ABV seemed to be slowly creeping through, but wasn’t overwhelming. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted better than the smell. Not too bad. That 8.1 pct. didn’t taste like it. Got apple, pear, wet grain, green grape, popcorn kernels, lingering unknown spice (cinnamon? pepper?) and grass. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, clean finish. (Feel - 3.50)

A pretty solid American Malt Liquor overall. Not as good as Mickey’s, but much better than King Cobra and Old English. (Overall - 3.50)

3.60 | 82 | B

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Coffee Tompkins
Coffee Tompkins

Three Magnets Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.10% ABV

4.2/5  rDev -0.7% | Score: 4.23
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can pour into a snifter.

L: Pours midnight black with half finger of tan medium density white head that had moderate retention, eventually settling to a persistent ring, and left sporadic spotted lacing.

S: Lovely nose, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some earthy and woody undertones.

T: Much more coffee dominant, other aspects are faint to lost. Finishes with moderate bitterness, lingers slightly on the palate.

F: Slick on the tongue, some burn from the ABV, slightly chewy on the finish.

O: Good coffee stout, but prefer mine more like FBS with fuller mouthfeel at a lower ABV and more prominent chocolate.

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Imperial Something Came In The Mail For You Today
Imperial Something Came In The Mail For You Today

Wiley Roots Brewing Co
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV

4.28/5  rDev +6.7% | Score: 4.01
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Ball 16-oz. mason jar
From: ucsbmullet on Beer Advocate
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Sept. 22, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 29, 2017
Reviewed as: American / Imperial Double Stout
Misc.: No bottled on date

Thanks, Nick!

Was psyched to get this from Nick on a recent trip to Colorado Springs. Had tried smaller bottled of Cinnamon (4.30), Coconut (4.36) and Coffee (4.32) variants and enjoyed them all, so was looking forward to trying the basic version. Bottled called it an “Imperial Chocolate Stout Brewed with Hazelnuts and Almonds.”

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Just a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent spotty, foamy lacing. Excellent thick foamy retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled hazelnut, vanilla, smooth milk chocolate syrup, almond, popcorn, toffee, caramel, milk and some nutty malts. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose for the most part. Initially was getting that 11 pct. booze, but that mellowed out somewhat. Got hazelnut, milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, vanilla, almond, toffee, creamy caramel and nutty malts. Alcohol did not taste like 11 pct. by the end. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Just an excellent beer. Wanted to say base beer, but really want to have their base Something Came in the Mail for you Today. Really enjoyed this. (Overall - 4.25)

4.28 | 95 | A

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Blam Blam
Blam Blam

Modern Times Beer
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.71/5  rDev +6.1% | Score: 4.44
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just visited San Diego and picked up a 4 pack of this from their brewery. Drove it back today 9.5 hours back to Chico and cracked this one as a night cap. Smells phenomenal. Rain pouring out my window while I sip on this one with some nice background music. Also looks to be a Garage Project collab which is awesome. Super juicy, tons of citrus, but not overbearingly sweet. Poured completely hazy same color as a ripe persimmon. Glad I picked these up, cheers!

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9021 Gose
9021 Gose

Platform Beer Co.
Gose / 4.20% ABV

4.04/5  rDev +6.9% | Score: 3.78
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16 oz. can into a stange glass, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy, but mainly clear, pale, medium golden color with a white head that is initially well over an inch thick when first poured. Head makes a sizzling sound like the head of a soda pop does when you pour it into a glass. Head dissipates pretty quickly to a thin to medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with practically zero lacing to speak of. Aromas of some bready malts, watermelon and a pungent tartness with just a hint of astringent barnyard funk. Flavors of bready malts, watermelon, tart and just slightly funky saltiness with a nice sour hint. No discernible hop presence in the flavor profile here, which is not at all uncommon for this beer style. one of the saltier Goses I've had, and that works very well here I feel. Has a fairly crisp, slightly prickly, yet also smooth and somewhat frothy, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a very clean finish with a pretty dry aftertaste. Easy to drink in the way good, well crafted beer ought to be.

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Time Crystal
Time Crystal

Cerebral Brewing
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

3.84/5  rDev -5.9% | Score: 4.08
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: ucsbmullet on Beer Advocate
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Sept. 22, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 29, 2017
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 21, 2017 at 11:39 a.m. MT

Thanks, Nick!

Was psyched to get this from Nick on a recent trip to Colorado Springs. Pretty sure he picked it up the day I got it (Sept. 22). Enjoyed Strange Claw the night before, giving it a 3.90. Online, the description for this one was, “Brewed with both malted and flaked oats with immense amounts of Galaxy and a sprinkling of Amarillo.” Still not on the Galaxy train yet, but I do love me some Amarillo. Back of the can added Columbus. This should be interesting.

Poured a pale-to-gold hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy white head, similar to last night’s Strange Claw. More bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass than Strange Claw. Excellent layered spiderweb foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled juice - orange, tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple - up front. I usually associate Amarillo with the orange family, so probably that leading the way for hops. Also Columbus (got that in Strange Claw too), but only a touch of Galaxy. Also orange blossom, orange creamscicle, lactose and hints of mango. Sugary orange in the can, probably some mango and guava too. (Smell - 4.00)

Hops came out to play in the taste, more balanced and noticeable than the nose. If I had to pick order I would say Amarillo, Columbus and Galaxy, but it seemed equally distributed. Also orange juice, tangerine peel, orange creamscicle, lactose, pineapple and boozy mango rind. Seems stronger than 6.8 pct. ABV. Think I got some oats late. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Bitter, dry finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a solid New England Style beer overall. Might have underrated it slightly. (Overall - 3.75)

3.84 | 86 | B+

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Strange Claw
Strange Claw

Cerebral Brewing
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

3.9/5  rDev -4.9% | Score: 4.1
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
From: ucsbmullet on Beer Advocate
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Sept. 22, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 28, 2017
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: Can read 6.3 pct. ABV; Canned on Sept. 21, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. MT

Thanks, Nick!

Was psyched to get this from Nick on a recent trip to Colorado Springs. Pretty sure he picked it up the day I got it (Sept. 22). Online, the description for this one was, “Brewed with a bend of pale, pilsner and wheat malt with a touch of crystal malt and hopped with an immense amount of Citra and Columbus.”

Poured a pale-to-gold hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of fizzy white head. A few light bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Very good spotty lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled those Citra and earthy Columbus hops up front. Also pineapple, dank resin, white pepper, sugary orange blossom, floral, spoiled orange peel, juicy mango and stone fruit. Very sweet, but missing something overall. Can helped it out more with juicy orange, guava, mango and papaya coming in. (Smell - 3.75)

First thought on the taste was that it was bigger than 6.3 pct. ABV. I like tasting hops in my New England Style beers and not just juice and I was getting some hops here. Got pulpy orange juice, pineapple, white pepper, almost Chinook like for me, earthy Columbus, dry-hopped Citra, dank resin, sugary orange blossom, floral, bitter orange peel, Sprite, mango rind and stone fruit. Tasted much stronger than the 6.3 pct. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

A couple of these categories could’ve gone a few different ways, but I thought this was very good overall for the NE style. (Overall - 4.00)

3.90 | 88 | B+

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Velvet Mocha Merlin
Velvet Mocha Merlin

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Oatmeal Stout / 5.50% ABV

4.1/5  rDev +5.7% | Score: 3.88
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter

Dark chocolate color with mocha head dissipating quickly. Plenty of lacing. Smell is mocha, plenty of coffee and chocolate sweetness. Taste follows the aroma, sweet and chocolatey with a bit of a hop bitterness barely detected at the end. Feel is pleasantly robust for a beer of this ABV. I truly welcome stouts of this ABV with plenty of appealing tastes. Coffee and roast dominate a bit too much IMO but overall a very delicious and welcome addition to the FW lineup. I'll be disappointed is I don't see a Nitro Mocha Merlin within the next 6 months.

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Amber Ale
Amber Ale

Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) / 5.80% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +3.6% | Score: 3.62
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: Jason B.
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Sept. 23, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 28, 2017
Reviewed as: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Misc.: Best by Nov. 17, 2017

Thanks, Jason!

Got this from Jason on a recent work trip to Colorado Springs. He wasn’t going to take it back with him, so he asked if I wanted to. Was already taking 12 beers back, but what is one more? Didn’t know much about it, although looking it up Dry Dock called it an ESB. Still new to this style, but was looking forward to it.

Poured a medium amber murky color with two fingers of khaki-white frothy head. Good deal of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass at different speeds. Good foamy lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled toffee, roasted caramel, butterscotch, earthy dark fruit, sweet barley malt, nutty malts and toasted grain. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose for the most part. Chewy caramel, toasted toffee, earthy dark fruit, butterscotch, nutty malts, sweet barley malts and toasted grain. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, roasty finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Still new to this style, but this was perfectly fine. (Overall - 3.75)

3.75 | 85 | B+

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Hopperella
Hopperella

Odd13 Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.08/5  rDev -1.4% | Score: 4.14
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: ucsbmullet on Beer Advocate
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Sept. 22, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 27, 2017
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 2017 at 10:52 a.m. PT

Thanks, Nick!

Was psyched to get this from Nick on a recent trip to Colorado Springs. Have pretty much liked (loved?) every beer I had from Odd13. This was an IPA, but New England Style for my reviewing purposes. Can on the back read, “Hopperella is an IPA first brewed to celebrate our third anniversary. It’s loaded with hops that evoke orange-like aromatics: Galaxy, El Dorado, Centennial and Citra. Should be able to recognize all four hops, but Citra is the only one I really like.

Poured a pale-to-gold hazy color with two fingers of rocky white head. Good deal bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Excellent uneven foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled huge orange flavors right out of the get-go, including orange juice, orange creamscicle, orange blossom and candied orange. Also pineapple, floral, light grapefruit and mango. For hops, got a nice mix of all four mentioned on the can, in order Galaxy, Citra, El Dorado and Centennial. Even getting a little Amarillo. Very balanced. From the can the candied juicy orange dominated. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t nearly as good. Very sweet. Pulpy orange juice, candied orange, really like orange pound cake, pineapple, orange creamscicle, orange blossom, sharp grapefruit, mango, nectarine, passion fruit and floral. Citra and El Dorado led the way for the hops (still think Amarillo), followed by Galaxy and Centennial. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, juicy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was an outstanding New England Style beer. (Overall - 4.00)

4.08 | 91 | A-

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Slow Pour Pils
Slow Pour Pils

Bierstadt Lagerhaus
German Pilsener / 5.10% ABV

4.33/5  rDev +0.7% | Score: 4.3
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 32-oz. crowler
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: ucsbmullet on Beer Advocate
Price: $5.00
Purchased: N/A; Received Sept. 22, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 27, 2017
Reviewed as: German Pilsner
Misc.: Crowled on Sept. 22, 2017 (I think)

Thanks, Nick!

Got this from Nick on a recent work trip to Colorado Springs. He specifically picked this one out because it was supposedly the best pilsner in Colorado. Did not know anything else about it (or the brewery).

Poured a pale clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy off-white head, which dissipated rather quickly. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, like a good pilsner should look. Good spotty lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled skunk, grain, wet fresh-cut grass, sourdough bread, white saltines, marijuana and some spice (think Saaz, but more of a skunkier version). (Smell - 3.75)


Tasted much smoother than the nose. That skunk was practically gone. Very clean and crisp. Grain, grass, sourdough bread, white pepper, skunk, saltine crackers, biscuit and leafy green vegetables. (Taste - 4.50)

Light body. Thin texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, clean and crisp finish. Awesome. (Feel - 5.00)

This was just a world-class German Pilsner. I don’t think I’ve had one better. (Overall - 4.50)

4.33 | 96 | A

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Tripel Perfection
Tripel Perfection

Brewery Ommegang
Tripel / 8.90% ABV

5/5  rDev +21.4% | Score: 4.12
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at La Bodega, Tripel Perfection is a Belgian-style Tripel Ale crafted by Ommegang Brewery.

The smell of yeast, bananas, pear, and orange are sensed as you take a drink. The yeast body is huge and the character yields more flavors as you continue to drink. An alcohol content of 8.9% is noticeable.

The taste of banana is robust. A creamy vanilla flavor enraptures the yeasty body. Orange rind accompanies the vanilla character. Coriander adds an accent to the mouthfeel. A honeyed sweetness emboldens the banana presence and its stickiness is noted when you lick your chops.

Pear is noted and has a pronounced presence in the finish. Clove provides a nice spice to the complexion of the body. A light lemon bite grabs you right when you drink the beer.

Tripel Perfection is a spectacular Belgian-style Tripel Ale. First off, it’s hard to call anything perfect because there is no so such thing as perfection in an imperfect world. However, the imported Belgium brews have always been the golden standard. Personally, I’ll consider a brew perfect if it matches that standard. Tripel Perfection deserves to be regarded as part of the Belgium standard because this beer tastes too damn good. It’s a blessing to get a beer to match the Belgium standard and get it locally.

Cheers. Prost. Drink For the Love of Beer.

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.86/5  rDev +7.5% | Score: 3.59
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden amber color with a thick white head that stays for awhile. Has a strong hop smell with hints of citrus. Taste has a malty forward with a hoppy finish.

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Dirk Diggler
Dirk Diggler

Odd13 Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.50% ABV

3.99/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.87
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: ucsbmullet on Beer Advocate
Price: $1.83 (est.)
Purchased: N/A; Received Sept. 22, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 26, 2017
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: Canned on Aug. 30, 2017 at 8:46 a.m. MT

Thanks, Nick!

Was psyched to get this from Nick on a recent trip to Colorado Springs. Have pretty much liked (loved?) every beer I had from Odd13. This one was an American Pale Ale, but New England Style. Can on the back read, “Dirk Diggler is the winning entry from our homebrew competition with Lafayette Homebrew Supply. Travis Trembly created the recipe for this New England Style Pale Ale that features tons of Citra and Amarillo with just a touch of Centennial.” Was looking forward to it.

Poured a straw-to-pale hazy color with two fingers of frothy white head. Some slow-moving bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Very good spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled Amarillo from the get go and the relatable orange family. Orange juice, orange blossom, pineapple, floral, candied orange, dry-hopped Citra and even that dry Centennial late. Out of the can got even more pronounced flavors, including guava, mango and passion fruit. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose, maybe even better. Pulpy orange juice, dried orange peel, passion fruit, orange creamscicle, Amarillo, dry-hopped Citra, guava, mango and hints of dry Centennial. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Citrusy, juicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Another outstanding beer from Odd13. Would love to kill a 6-pack of this. (Overall - 4.00)

3.99 | 89 | B+

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Mickey's
Mickey's

Miller Brewing Co.
American Malt Liquor / 5.60% ABV

3.9/5  rDev +55.4% | Score: 2.51
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 24-oz. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: 5 Star Market & Liquor in La Mesa, Calif..
Price: $2.10
Purchased: Sept. 26, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 26, 2017
Reviewed as: American Malt Liquor
Misc.: Best by Feb. 12, 2018

Recently was dared to review a King Cobra. Actually did not know that Malt Liquor was reviewable on Beer Advocate. Once I looked it up and saw I was, had to go with it. Once I saw that there were seven (seven!) other Malt Liquors at the next-door market, made it a point to review one each Tuesday until I run out. Typically am against all the big boy beers, but I am breaking that rule for this challenge. Next up was Mickey’s Fine Malt Liquor, which is only rated as the 68th-worst beer. Not too bad. King Cobra and Old English 800 were both in the bottom 30. Still was not expecting much.

Poured a pale-to-gold clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of off-white frothy head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding sporadic foamy lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smell reminded me of an American Adjunct Lager, specifically a PBR. Got corn, apple, pear, honey, grain, skunky malts, scrambled eggs, wet grass and green grape. Really smooth on the nose for a malt liquor. (Smell - 3.75)

Wow. Not too bad on the taste. Certainly not as bad as King Cobra or Old English. First taste was the best (like the others), but it did not drop off as much as the other two. Specifically got apple, pear, green grapes, corn, grain, honey, hints of scrambled eggs and grassy malts. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Pleasantly surprised overall. For sure the best American Malt Liquor I’ve reviewed. Very good. (Overall - 4.00)

3.90 | 88 | B+

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Sum
Sum

Eagle Rock Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +3.5% | Score: 4.01
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hops are listed as Summit, Citra, and Galaxy. They even give you the percentage of each. It's an interesting combination that I can't every remember seeing, but Eagle Rock has produced the most delicious rounded, fruity big IPA. Pours clear orangey amber with plenty of foam in the Piraat tulip.

Moderately sweet, boldly aromatic, and just moderately bitter. Peach and mango flavors and aromas, with some orange marmalade. There is just a touch of grapefruit and perhaps a hint of onion. This makes me want to throw out the "juicy" murky IPAs that are cluttering my fridge. This is like the best of the Stone Enjoy By DIPAs, but a little sweeter.

Well balanced, just sharp enough, and endlessly aromatic. From the 16 oz can purchased at Barons Market in San Diego. I'm going back to buy whatever they have left. I love the bold labels from Eagle Rock.

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Pumking
Pumking

Southern Tier Brewing Company
Pumpkin Ale / 8.60% ABV

3.96/5  rDev -2.2% | Score: 4.05
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber appearance with slight white head. Very very mild aroma. Taste is a significant nutmeg with a minimal pumpkin taste. Very artificially tasting pumpkin beer

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Tart 'n Juicy Sour IPA
Tart 'n Juicy Sour IPA

Epic Brewing Company
American IPA / 4.50% ABV

4.02/5  rDev +6.3% | Score: 3.78
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The look is standard light orange/gold IPA color, with a modest amount of head. The smell is also what you'd expect for an IPA. juicy & citrusy. The taste is outstanding. There's the sour flavor, as promised on the can, but also with the citrusy & slightly sweet IPA flavor. It's a great combination, balanced and not over-hopped. The mouthfeel is Medium bodied, but very drinkable. I really enjoyed this one.

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