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Santa Fe Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.81/5  rDev -2.3% | Score: 3.9
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can best by 11/7/18. Pours orange with a finger of white head. Grapefruit and orange smell. Light feel. Grapefruit and papaya taste with some malt undertones. A solid, balanced IPA. Not as hop forward as I expected given the "West Coast" description on the can.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier
Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier

Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.80% ABV

3.92/5  rDev +1.3% | Score: 3.87
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz, brown bottle into glass. Dating information on front label '01.19 m (probably best by date) L00985 M 7382A'.
Clear, medium to deep amber colored body. Pours a half of finger of bubbly white head, which disappears and leaves a thin, bubble fed ring.
Aroma of roasted malts and grassy hops.
Taste of toasted malts with toffee, and then some grassy, spicy hops. Bitterness level is noticeable but rather low.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Another bready, roasted malt lager with a rather strong taste profile. Touch of sweetness is mostly overcome by the roastiness of the toffee malts.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American Wild Ale / 6.30% ABV

4.42/5  rDev +3.5% | Score: 4.27
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/28/18; drank 8/15/18 @ the Yarchives.

Blood red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice pink head; strong, frothy tree-run lace.

Currant, raspberry, oak & tart cherry notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Currant & oak flavors up front; tart cherry notes on the finish. This became more sour as it warmed.

I'm not sure American "wild ales" can get much better...

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Greek Blonde
Greek Blonde

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
American Blonde Ale

3.14/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.14
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A blonde ale, containing lemon and cucumber. I got a slight bit of lemon in the aroma and flavor, which I may or may not have had i not been forewarned, but no cucumber. Which is good, cuz I hate that.

Overall, an OK take on a Blonde Ale. If you see it, try it or don't. Tick away folks, tick away.

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Soft Style
Soft Style

The Veil Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.17/5  rDev +0.2% | Score: 4.16
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly surprised by this one, as I'd never had a beer from The Veil, and this brand new brew seems to be a good place to start. Contrary to the name, this beer is anything but soft at 8%, though you'd never guess it from the creamy mouthfeel and fruity aftertaste. Just a really, really solid NEIPA. Not extraordinary, but something I'd easily seek out and buy again if given the opportunity.

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Down To Earth Session IPA
Down To Earth Session IPA

21st Amendment Brewery
American IPA / 4.40% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +9.1% | Score: 3.83
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the fence of 4 or 4.25. I am a big IPA fan and am generally disappointed with session IPAs. I like the idea of lower alch but they tend to leave me... unsatisfied. I gotta say, with this one - if I'm already there, this is a great one to have to top off the evening! Like the flavor

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Currantly Hip
Currantly Hip

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
American Wild Ale / 4.90% ABV

3.37/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.37
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in 14oz Teku. Poured a solid and attractive red color, with 3/4 of an inch of pink head, that was very attractive in the glass.

The aroma was mostly tartness, no real grain or malt notes, with a gentle fruitiness in the background. nearly identical on the tongue; tart and fruity, but no grain or yeast.

The body was light, smooth, and crisp, and had a dry finish. Overall, a nice brew, worth a shot if you see it.

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Rogue Farms 10 Hop IPA
Rogue Farms 10 Hop IPA

Rogue Ales
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.10% ABV

4/5  rDev +0.3% | Score: 3.99
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed golden copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head.

S: Sweet toasted malts and piney hops. Milder citrus and honey.

T/F: Caramel malts... sweet and bready up front. Bitter hops. Resinous pine, light citrus, and herbal notes. The hops mostly balance the sweet malts and booze ( you definitely notice the ABV). Honey and mild spice. Medium bodied... oily on the tongue.

O: A pretty outstanding DIPA (probably crosses into the Triple IPA realm). Boozy... hoppy... sweet and bitter in turns. Very nice beer.

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Brew Free! or Die Blood Orange IPA
Brew Free! or Die Blood Orange IPA

21st Amendment Brewery
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +4.5% | Score: 3.97
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a giant fan of 21st but I enjoy their beers. Something is right with this Blood Orange or I'm beginning to like the style more. Got this as part of a variety pack and place this one probably at the top of the pack.

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Comatose Imperial IPA
Comatose Imperial IPA

GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

4/5  rDev -2% | Score: 4.08
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-amber colored body; frothy, sticky head; some lacing inside the glass. Sweet, fruity aroma; pear; very subdued citrus. Fruity sweet flavor; mild herbal notes; bitterness builds up nicely from mid-sip and lingers through the finish. Heavy body; slick and viscous; some alcohol heat at the finish.

A nice, potent IIPA, delivering a fine mix of malt sweetness, bold hop bitterness, and a noticeable yet tempered boozy presence.

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Prairie Flare
Prairie Flare

Prairie Artisan Ales
Gose / 5.40% ABV

4.9/5  rDev +24.1% | Score: 3.95
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Orange, cloudy, funky wild raw taste and aroma that could only be described as rodent pheromone. Gose all the way. Hard find. Get it if you can. A bier only a Mutter could lieb.

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Gunner's Daughter
Gunner's Daughter

Mast Landing Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout / 5.50% ABV

4.31/5  rDev +0.7% | Score: 4.28
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/03/18 "Happy birthday Tom Brady" yay!

Pours a huge foamy bubbly 1 finger off-white head that fades at a med pace with big bubble lacing, super dark basically black beer

nose brings loads of peanut butter, tons of raw peanuts, some dark chocolate and milk chocolate, a sweet mocha and malty aroma with a little milky lactose, toasted biscuity cookie wafer with some candy bar notes, def like a peanut butter twix, a mild roast and coffee in the background

Taste brings a lot more of the same, basically a peanut butter twix again, tons of peanuts, creamy plenty of lactose and oats, little milk chocolate and hints of dark chocolate on the back end, more cookie wafer biscuity notes with nutty toffee mixed in and a touch of caramel, mild coffee, a little mocha and coffee fudge, touch of bitterness late, finishes mild sweet creamy more milk lactose and tons more peanut butter

Mouth is med bod, very creamy rich, decent carb

Overall quite nice, loads of everything they promise and balanced well with base milk stout, which is not my fav style but works well here.

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Strawberry Milkshake IPA
Strawberry Milkshake IPA

Untitled Art
American IPA / 6.40% ABV

4.06/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Willi becher glass. Cloudy and hazy straw yellow body. Lactose, vanilla, light caramel, cake frosting, a very slight bit of strawberry, grapefruit aromatics. The grapefruit hop character seems to overcome the subtle strawberry, especially on the palate. The nose has more of the strawberry cake frosting and the palate has more of the grapefruit and lactose. Medium body, good carbonation, slightly creamy with a sweet caramel finish.

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Spildt Mælk (Boys Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk)
Spildt Mælk (Boys Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk)

To Øl
Milk / Sweet Stout / 13.00% ABV

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

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger of deep tan head which fades slowly and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and a little coffee
T: Taste is sweet upon entry with some milk chocolate, roasted malts, slight charred wood and toasted marshmallow followed by some bitter dark malts and coffee. Swallow is toasted marshmallow, coffee, and roasted malts with some lingering milk chocolate and roasted malts.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a slightly silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side but adequate for the style and ABV while the beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall this is a very nice beer. It has good flavors and some solid complexity. It also drinks pretty well for the ABV. It's represents the style well and is worth a try if you can find it.

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Carton / Interboro - Fat Mad Monkey
Carton / Interboro - Fat Mad Monkey

Carton Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.40% ABV

4.04/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.04
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 8/9/2018 and poured into Carton teku glass. It pours a cloudy, bright orange color with slight ruby hues, and a small, milk-white cap and thin sheen of lacing. The nose is rather subdued but there are distinct aromas of mulberry, lactose, and and a whiff of wheat cracker. On the whole, the smell is on the sweet side, without noticeable hops. The taste opens with a lot of sweet mulberry and lactose which matches the nose, followed at mid-sip by a spicy, slightly bitter hop blend of Mosaic, Citra, Rakau, and Wai-Iti that add some really nice lemon and orange notes. The wheat cracker is prevalent at the finish and in the after taste. The taste is far from ordinary and the various flavors compliment each other very well. This ale features a rich, creamy mouth feel with pleasant carbonation, and the 7.4% ABV is noticeable. Given the sweetness it's a fairly boozy. Overall, Fat Mad Monkey is a unique, and thoroughly enjoyable brew with lots of flavor. It's adventuresome but it works, as you'd expect from Carton and Interboro, two of the finest brewers in the metro area.

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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen

Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.90% ABV

3.69/5  rDev +1.9% | Score: 3.62
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 355ml, green colored bottle into glass. Date coding on back label is '07.2018 L1877204 15:50'.
Clear, medium amber colored body. About one finger of head upon pouring which reduces to small island and ring. A few spots of lacing are left behind with each sip.
Aroma is of roasted malts and a little caramel. Rather subtle.
More expressive taste of roasted malts, nuttiness, and caramel. Some spicy hops to counter. Overall more sweet than spicy.
Medium mouth feel, with good carbonation.
Bready beer with some sweetness and a touch of spice. Tasty and sessionable.

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Forbidden Fruit Apple Ale
Forbidden Fruit Apple Ale

Cathedral Square Brewery
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 5.00% ABV

3.65/5  rDev +46% | Score: 2.5
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My wife picked this beer up for me at the local bottle shop. From a classic twelve ounce brown bottle, it is a crystal clear ale with a medium white head. The aroma has a lot of apple and a clean Belgian-ish aroma. Some malt and a bit of spice are there as well. Clean and balanced flavor with more fresh apple notes. Medium body. I'm not usually a fan of fruit beers, but this one is okay.

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Untitled Art / Bottle Logic - Neopolitan Stout
Untitled Art / Bottle Logic - Neopolitan Stout

Untitled Art
American Double / Imperial IPA / 12.00% ABV

4.3/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.3
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Snifter glass. Dark black body, two finger mocha head, fair retention. Took a minute or so for the head to settle down so I could drink it. Smell is strawberry milkshake, with a bit of cocoa and milk chocolate. Sweet chocolate malt. Flavour is a bit less of the strawberry and vanilla; more of a chalky cocoa spreading onto the mouthfeel; fairly sweet base stout similar to that of Hazelnut or Pudding or Waffle; it's quite sweet to the point where it gets fairly diabetic. Still, the cocoa and chocolate adds a fair bit of bitterness that helps out a lot. I think it would help if the base stout wasn't already so sweet on its own that the strawberry and vanilla could come across more strongly here. Medium body, good carbonation, no heat. As you may have surmised, I'm not a huge fan of the base stout that Untitled Art likes to use for their stouts because it's so sweet. In a beer like this, I suspect that sweet adjuncts like strawberry and vanilla can easily get lost in the background of a very sweet base stout. The nose is all great, though. Just my opinion.

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Permutation Series #55: Gose w/ Guava, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Lime, Orange
Permutation Series #55: Gose w/ Guava, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Lime, Orange

Trillium Brewing Company
Gose / 5.70% ABV

4.63/5  rDev +7.2% | Score: 4.32
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing fruited Gose. So much fruit expression here, hitting primarily with juicy guava and zesty lime, with notes of the other fruits as well—seriously, you can parse our pineapple, pomegranate, and orange really easily; it’s uncanny how they all maintain a voice in this crazy cocktail. Bright acidity that’s a bit stronger than other goses I’ve had recently (while still only really being “tart”), and only a hint of salinity (something that I feel is overdone often with this style). Probably the best example of Fruited Gose I can think of

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Farnham Ale & Lager - Vermont Laboratory
Gose / 3.80% ABV

3.96/5  rDev -5.5% | Score: 4.19
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer poured a cloudy light yellow color with no head despite my usual robust pour.

The smell opened with sweet pineapple followed quickly by strong lime and brine. Wheat was present, but light.

Holy hammers of hell, Batman. This stuff is aggressively flavored! Tons of lime. The fruity part first then a whallop of sharp, bitter rind. Did I mention pineapple? Of yeah, plenty of pineapple goodness to tame down the aggressive lime. If you can't find the salt in this one, you don't know what salt tastes like. Riding under this party is a mild wheat twang.

The feel...well, it is bracing. It is refreshing while drinking it, but quite drying after the fact. Somehow, it feels rough and maybe a bit too aggressive.

Overall, love the huge flavors this gose delivers. Could probably benefit from backing down the lime just a tad to achieve better balance. If you like a salty, puckery gose give it a shot, but find it fresh. Lime does not are well.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Terrapin Hopsecutioner

Terrapin Beer Company
American IPA / 7.30% ABV

4.01/5  rDev +5% | Score: 3.82
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a complete nerd, I was intrigued by the Tonberry on the can, so I grabbed a Sixer at my local (in Michigan no less) grocery get-out, and gave this one a whirl. Especially since they are a rare and random drop in my neck of the woods.
Anyway, they started out pretty user friendly at first. Tasted pretty mild for the reported ABV, but I must admit, I found it's mellowness pretty great. Kinda like Torpedo, but somehow milder. I was anticipating a gradual learning curve as is often found in such RPGs.... I mean IPAs. Normally when I sit down with a new "game", I like to smash through at least the first 6 levels to get the full effect of what I am in for.
Anyway, despite numerous attempts at leveling up, I just could not defeat this boss. I mean, I took out five of them, but that last one was no joke. Despite my attempts at switching characters and tactics, I just could not beat this sucker. Back to the drawing board. Maybe next time I'll try the spiky hair and gigantic sword on this best; and a next time there shall be!

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Benediktiner Weissbier
Benediktiner Weissbier

Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Hefeweizen / 5.40% ABV

4.01/5  rDev +5.5% | Score: 3.8
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, exp. 12/2018, pouring in a Weizen glass. Cloudy, dark orange beer, with foam in a reasonable amount, but not very thick. Active carbonation may be seen. Alcohol is present on aroma, with spices, a bit of bubblegum and a subtle smokiness, which adds a nice touch. On mouth it's more complex, with nice banana sweetness, medium body, well inserted carbonation and pretty drinkable.

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Dancing Gnome
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4.08/5  rDev -3.5% | Score: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours hazy orange, sugar white head is pillowy and retains as suds.

Smells of fresh orange and grapefruit citrus over hemp and sourdough bread malts. Hints of floral spice.

Tastes of fresh citrus, chewy sourdough bread malts, and hemp. Some floral notes like spring flowers.

Light to medium body with light fluffy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Mild, fruity, fresh and easy drinking. Goes down smooth, pleasant aftertaste. This isn't one of their best but is still quite a bit better than your average beer and worth trying.

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Grand Royal
Grand Royal

Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.30% ABV

4.13/5  rDev +0.7% | Score: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a pint can a nice thick orange/copper color, looks good in the glass. Head lingers. Nose is all grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Taste is the fruit but more balanced than expected by malt. Good beer, good value for what I paid as well.

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India Pale Ale
India Pale Ale

Schmohz Brewing Company
English India Pale Ale (IPA) / 6.20% ABV

3.93/5  rDev +37.9% | Score: 2.85
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

English IPA, you say? Alright, well, I poured my bottle into an English pint glass, go figure.
The appearance was a sly ruddy but orange color with a small cap of a white foamy head. Slight lace here and there.
The aroma had a decent blend of dried biscuits, subtle floral, light soap (yet somewhat acceptable to me), dried cut grass and a little bit of earthy spice - black pepper? Maybe.
The flavor definitely leans into that off kilter way English IPA's tend to have with that sweet soapy, floral and crisp grassy taste that ends up drying with the malts in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a sly sipping quality about it. Sturdy carbonation and good ABV kept their pace with an exact pressure of the earthy spice strutting along my tongue - let's just say it's a nonchalent sort of subtlety of harshness on my tongue.
Overall, as an English IPA, it's hard to bust on since I have had enough exposure to the style but for inexperienced and American palates I can see why many think this is an awful beer. It's not. It's an English IPA.

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