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Oblivion
Oblivion

Wicked Weed Brewing
American Wild Ale / 8.70% ABV

4.23/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a mahogany red ale with a 1/2" head.

Smell: blackberries, merlot, and some sourness comes through to the nose.

Taste: blackberries, dates, merlot, some lemon zest, and a mild bitterness. Sourness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Medium bodied beer.

Overall: an enjoyable sour that is slow sipping but very flavorful.

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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Weihenstephan Collaboration (2018)
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Weihenstephan Collaboration (2018)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 6.00% ABV

3.73/5  rDev -12.6% | Score: 4.27
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

PKGD 07/23/18.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light amber-hued body with an inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Welcoming bready character, lightly sweet-smelling. Gently toasted grain. Softly spicy, grassy hop accent. A bit of tidy lager yeast.

Taste: Pleasantly bready, a touch grain, slightly toasty. Houses a sweetness comparable to a brush of honey, maybe a bit of blonde caramel. A tad nutty at times. Hops present a low, restrained bitterness with a subtle spiced quality and minor flourishes of grassy herbs. Closes out slick and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation, not quite last year's crispness.

Overall: Smooth, flavorful. A welcome harbinger of Autumn coming to soothe the swelteringly humid, cringe-worthy Atlanta summers.

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Epiphany
Epiphany

Foundation Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.84/5  rDev +8.8% | Score: 4.45
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Finally after 3 years got my hands on a 16 0z can that survived a friend's 2 wk vacation unchilled. Pours a beautiful gold, dark on top, light on bottom. Has a nice white foamy head that leaves bubbly lacing behind. The aroma is rich with flowers and tropical fruit. The taste follows with an earthy bitter follow through. The mouthfeel is creamy.

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Hop Bullet Double IPA
Hop Bullet Double IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.56/5  rDev +14.9% | Score: 3.97
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Why can't Sierra go wrong? Because they are brewing with the best materials, best craftmanship, best recipes and with a passion like nobody else. Their approach, besides Stone, is one of the best out there, IMHO.
Because here they come with a Spring edition, this Hop Bullet and you know that you can expect excellent quality, outstanding aromas and a pleasant brew. Well that's exactly what you get!
What makes this beer great is the perfect blend of the best US hops and the perfect, almost "creamy" smooth mouthfeel. The hops create an aroma that is so enticing that you immediately lured and feel that you just can't get enough. A combination of resin, pine, fruits and some sweetness, simply an enthralling experience! And the icing on the cake is how it is made: very soft, natural carbonation, smooth to an extent that you feel like you're drinking honey dew. I'm amazed by this beer but not amazed by Sierra: they are simply one of the very best in the World! A truly great beer!

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Keep It On The DL Session
Keep It On The DL Session

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
American IPA / 4.50% ABV

3.54/5  rDev -11.5% | Score: 4
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Six pack copped from Bottle King in Morris Plains. Pours a copper, ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Faint aroma replete with hints of grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Grand Cru
Grand Cru

Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.50% ABV

4.31/5  rDev +3.6% | Score: 4.16
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a lot of sediments floating and a medium top of beige head that dissolves rapidly. Aroma is of dark and dried fruits like plums,raisins,figs and dates, dark malt,candied sugar and spices. The taste is sweet with notes of dark and dried fruits, while it is strong malty and toasted notes in the back. It then get a good amount of spices in the flavour, while the finish has some slight bitterness nicely balanced with the malts and sweetness. The aftertaste has a great lenght. The mouthfeel is creamy and oily with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
This is a great quadruple. Very close to the top.

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VT IPA
VT IPA

Long Trail Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3.89/5  rDev -2.5% | Score: 3.99
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 6/26/18 on the bottom rim of the can, 7.5 weeks since brewing.

Pours a nearly opaque pale yellow-orange with a finger of large bubbled off-white head that dissipated incredibly quickly. Nose of chalky tropical fruits; notes of mango, gooseberry, blood orange, lemon, lavender and oatmeal. Taste of bright citrus and biscuits; the lighter notes of the nose seem to fade away leaving mostly mango, blood orange, oats and biscuits. Well carbonated medium light body, maybe a sliver thinner than a 6% should be. Moderate bitterness and drying, not exclusively sweet tropical fruits, like some NE brews. A great transition brew if you're just moving from west coast to east coast IPA styles, but nothing to write home about. Even though it's a great deal at 10 bucks for 6 pack of 12 oz cans, I think I'll stick with Jigsaw Jazz if I'm going for the value proposition.

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Alter Ego
Alter Ego

Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.45/5  rDev -2.2% | Score: 4.55
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, bright gold with a 2 finger soapy off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is sharp and inviting with sweet, intense citrus notes

Flavor is even more sweet with a candied orange thing going on. Some pineapple in there too. There is a light malt that come through in the mid-taste that kind of anchors down the excessive hop flavors.

Feel is very soft and not very sticky on the lips. There is a hint of alcohol but barely noticeable. Light to moderate bitterness creeps in with the finish.

My initial half pour of the can apparently was not including the cloudy particulates and it resulted in a far more candied flavor than once I poured the rest in. I'm not a big fan of candy sweetness so I'm glad to say that the full beer profile counters it well and adds in some tartness, balancing it out perfectly. My original score in the very low 4's is upgraded.

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Colonius Kölsch
Colonius Kölsch

Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
Kölsch / 4.80% ABV

3.42/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.42
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Half litre can from Netto, branded as Colonius Kölsch.

A: Golden, clear, small head disappeared quickly without leaving much lacing.

S: Slightly curious mix of soap, diacetyl and Chardonnay grapes.

T: Basically followed the nose, finished with a real astringent sharpness.

M: Low carbonation, slightly think texture for the low abv.

O: A well made budget Kölsch, good for the price.

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California Knows How to Party
California Knows How to Party

Tool Shed Brewing
California Common / Steam Beer / 5.20% ABV

3.71/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.71
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can - a collaboration with fellow Calgarians Trolley No. 5. Cool name, I gotta say!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, mildly estery yeast, some faint pome fruitiness, and very tame earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery cereal malt, a spicy yeastiness, muddled apples and pears, and more understated leafy, weedy, and musky floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a sense of wayward yeasty notes maybe not playing well with the local children here. It finishes trending dry, the biscuity character really showing some lingering oomph.

Overall - this is a pleasant enough rendition of the style, with the craft Alberta malt profile really coming through. Crisp, and easy to put back, which is not something that I typically utter about 'Steam Beer' (suck it, Anchor!), so maybe this one should be checked out by more of y'all.

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Hop House 13
Hop House 13

Guinness Ltd.
Euro Pale Lager / 5.00% ABV

3.54/5  rDev +7.3% | Score: 3.3
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Galway. It's nothing to write home about, but it's a fine lager. Looks good, golden in color with a thick white head. Not much aroma or flavor, but it's crisp and very drinkable.

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Two Roads / Lawson Finest Liquids - Typecast Farmhouse IPA
Two Roads / Lawson Finest Liquids - Typecast Farmhouse IPA

Two Roads Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.07/5  rDev +9.7% | Score: 3.71
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2018-08-18 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz canned on 2018-06-08

A - Pretty-hazy golden-orange with a 1-finger white head that dissipates in a minute, leaving mild lacing.

S - Perfumy Belgian yeast, clove, wheat bread, mild grass and a hint of orange, cracker. The clove/perfume aromas dominate.

T - Mmm, I like the flavor more than the aroma. Orange flesh, rye bread with honey, spruce/pine, herbal spice, milder clove than the aroma. Finish is just mildly bitter and complimentary to the rest of the flavors.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Soft and refreshing. Finishes reasonably dry but the residual sweetness is welcome since it helps enhance the fruit flavors.

O - An interesting brew. I'm not a big fan of the perfumy Belgian yeast aromas but thankfully, this didn't carry too much into the taste. The IPA aspects of this brew balanced well with the Farmhouse aspects, which together; worked well for me. I enjoyed this brew from first sip to last.

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White Walking Tree IPA
White Walking Tree IPA

Walking Tree Brewery
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

3.25/5  rDev -15.1% | Score: 3.83
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

**
August 18th,2018

On tap at Marriott Harbor Lakes pool bar.

Look : bright yellow small white head . clear. Medium retention.

Aroma: dry hoppy, hair spray, very light citrus

Taste: grasses, light hints of wood (pine), grapefruit, hair spray,

Feel: very light and easy drinking. medium combination. A touch slimy, but very refreshing.

Not JaiAlai.

**

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Hippotizing IPA
Hippotizing IPA

River Horse Brewing Co.
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.17/5  rDev +3% | Score: 4.05
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy orange with an off white head.

Aroma is an orange blossom honey.

Taste is bitter with a nice honey sweetness balance.

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Snickerdoodle Stout
Snickerdoodle Stout

Pipe Dream Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +1.7% | Score: 4.18
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells better than it tastes, not that it’s a bad taste. However, immediately after opening the can it smells exactly like freshly baked snickerdoodle cookies. Loads of cinnamon and vanilla on the nose. Flavor is a little bit of a let down compared to the nose. The cinnamon and vanilla are there, but it’s a bit faint and getting a little bit of burnt coffee. It’s also kind of thin for 10%. Expected it to be more viscous. Still, a solid stout.

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Farmer's Fresh
Farmer's Fresh

Fort Hill Brewery
American IPA / 5.50% ABV

4.03/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.03
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fort Hill still isn't dating their cans, could be a few weeks old or a year. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Real bummer.

Pours a hazy pale orange with high particulate and a finger + half of fluffy white head. Lots of different herbal light fruit on first nose; notes of light peach, florals (chamomile), light herbal tea, a tiny hint of licorice, bark, light pepper, soft pineapple and an oat-like malt. Taste is balanced, the malt might be a little more pronounced due to age, but I can't be sure. All the notes of the nose are there, but everything is light, so you get a little bit of one of them, it fades, then another shows up. Great medium body for a 5% brew. Dry, slightly bitter finish with a little stickiness. Overall, a wonderful lower ABV IPA at a great price point (7.99 for a 6 pack of 12oz cans). Fort Hill is the best bang for the buck you can get in New England and this brew holds it own amongst the rest.

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La Follinetta
La Follinetta

Birra Follina
Belgian Pale Ale / 5.00% ABV

4.29/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.29
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, gold with one half inch head. Taste is green apples, hay, and Belgian spice. Light bodied, sweet with high carbonation. Makes for a really enjoyable and refreshing ale.

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Shadowclock Pilsner
Shadowclock Pilsner

Burial Beer Co.
German Pilsener / 5.50% ABV

4.33/5  rDev +10.5% | Score: 3.92
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bearing the best can art I've seen in quite a while, this pilsner from Burial stands poised to impress me with the beer contained within said can as well! The label says it is brewed with German barley as well as American corn, then dry-hopped with Saphir and Tettnanger hops. Sounds delicious!

Pours a straw yellow color that seems to take on a light-medium amber hue when held up to light. Frothy head and some lace splotches show up after a few minutes sitting in my glass. This beer is completely unfiltered, lending to the body an indomitable haze, though there is some visible carbonation streaming upward if I really look for it.

The nose here is honeyed malt, light herbal qualities, crackery graininess and some floral and spicy elements, all marrying together in a very balanced and well-blended way. I really like how surprisingly hoppy this smells, even though it's a few months old now. Seems to really hold up through time; probably the fact that it's a lager and very cleanly fermented, I assume, but it's still nice to experience. Almost has a kellerbier-like yeasty/doughy aspect going on, too. Very nice nose!

The flavor profile is similarly well-balanced with the grains coming to the forefront, lending snappiness and crackery depth to the proceedings. Dense hoppy flavors ranging from earthy and floral notes to light citrusy, rind-like character bring out some unique interest as well. I can, however, tell this would probably be a little better fresher, as the hops are definitely on track to really fade away if I had waited any longer to crack this bad boy. Definite yeast presence on the tongue, as the mid-palate feels rather heavy bodied, though the beer retains a high refreshment factor due to the use of corn in the grist. Without that, this likely would feel a bit too heady, but the finish has a drier aspect that rounds everything out. The carbonation here is not super expressive, but it also doesn't have to be, as the taste carries the entire beer pretty far on its own merits without the need for intense effervescence.

As with most pilsners, there is a delicate dance going on here where any aspect that is not in equilibrium with the rest will be felt pretty apparently. Burial clearly knows this, luckily, and this comes across as a very refined and flavorful drinking experience! It definitely feels more like an Americanized "keller pilsner" at times, with the dry-hop and unfiltered nature taken into account, but I'm happy to say I wouldn't have it any other way! I would gladly drink more of these, and would love to try it a bit fresher somewhere down the line to see if the hops pop more.

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Earth Rider Caribou Lake IPA
Earth Rider Caribou Lake IPA

Earth Rider Brewery
American IPA / 7.40% ABV

3.25/5  rDev 0% | Score: 2.91
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can. No date on can. Amber color with a finger of fizzy head. No lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of evergreen forest. Pine with herbal and grassy notes. Malty but bitter. Weaker hop flavor of wintergreen and herbs. Bigger IPA and it is undercarbonated. Weak effort in the crowded IPA market.

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Hop Stoopid
Hop Stoopid

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.27/5  rDev +1.9% | Score: 4.19
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

omg, what a pleasure to drink. How can anyone not love this beer? Hop Heads unite! Who cares if Rome falls? Warning: It's hoppy, if you like that kind of thing. I do. It's God's gift to hops, and I'm an atheist.

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Triple H-Haze-Haze-Haze
Triple H-Haze-Haze-Haze

BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
American IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.54/5  rDev +4.4% | Score: 4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz can canned 10 days ago. The look was hazy as you would expect. The smell was great, oranges, mango, pineapple, lots of fruit. The taste was also a lot fruit up front and no bitterness at the end. Very smooth with a good mouthfeel. Really liked this beer. The 8% abv was very well hidden. Nice job Brickstone.

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The Citizen
The Citizen

DC Brau Brewing Co.
Belgian Pale Ale / 7.00% ABV

2.06/5  rDev -41.8% | Score: 3.54
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't like Belgian beers in general, but since it was advertised as a Belgian IPA, I thought what the heck. Ick. Tastes like stale bread soaked in alcohol. Now the other 5-1/2 beers are in the fridge just staring at me, reminding me of what a terrible mistake I made. Please, God, make it go away. I had to mix the 1/2 beer I did drink with Bing cherry soda just to get it down. OMG. Yuk. Ick.

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Kicking And Screaming
Kicking And Screaming

Threes Brewing
German Pilsener / 5.20% ABV

4.08/5  rDev +7.9% | Score: 3.78
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is awesome, a foudre fermented pils, understated but amazing, this has been among my favorite beers so far on my trip back east here, and another good one from these guys. i have liked all i have had from them so far! its not overly woody or wild, but there is a really interesting complexity to this, lumber more than barrel to me, a white pine sort of note to it, really great layer, dry and frothy feeling, expansive, even soap in texture, full lather, and that keller type pils rawness i like, rugged, multigrain tasting, and classically german with the lager yeast flavoring this quite a lot and a very mellow noble hop complexion, soft spice and lime zest to it, but way in the background. some really fresh pils malt, maybe some wheat too, a little starchy, and made dense and richer without any sweetness at all by the wood, such a cool feature in this. i could see this being a killer brett lager, but i love it as it is, all the depth you could ever imagine, especially in this style, no sacrifice of drinkability at all. beer drinkers lager right here. seriously epic can of beer, thanks to my brother for hooking it up!

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Battle IPA
Battle IPA

Monument City Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.64/5  rDev +20.8% | Score: 3.84
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked it up at the local grocery COOP, and was I ever surprised. They have some beers there that disgust me but this one is excellent. Hops over malt dominate, which matches my west coast IPA taste. Not as hoppy but the hops they use are really enjoyable. I'd recommend this to anyone and will buy more. I bought a sixer of some other stuff that made me gag, but I'll rate that later. Kind of a sweet bitterness to it, if you get my drift. Not sweet like sugar but just a more flowery type hops that I think you hop-heads will enjoy.

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Koloss DIPA
Koloss DIPA

Marsh Island Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.80% ABV

4.17/5  rDev +3.7% | Score: 4.02
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is hazy golden like pineapple juice not much of a head but some nice sticky lacing.

Smell- pineapple citrus fruit some papaya mango also coming through.

Taste follows the nose. Pineapple mango guava grapefruit notes

Feel- smooth soft creamy finish with a little sticky resin aftertaste.

Overall this is a beautifully made NEIPA that I would buy on a regular. Marsh Island you did it again! Juicy haze bomb!

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