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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve
Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve

Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
American Pale Lager / 4.80% ABV

4.1/5  rDev +32.7% | Avg: 3.09
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is it a craft brew? absolutely not. Is it about the same price as miller, budweiser, and all the other American simulated rice beverages? Yep. When held to its price point, this lager is downright outstanding. It's strong enough to have real depth of flavor without sacrificing any summertime drinkability, enough carbonation to survive a pour into a glass without being overly bubbly when enjoyed from the bottle, convenient twist off cap for said outdoor activities, and no strange or offputting flavors. No astringency, bitterness (hops or otherwise), resinous or tinny tastes. It's very bready and malty for a lager, with very subdued hops (particularly so for a PNW hopped beer) but it really does strike a fine balance. As someone who brews his own beer, enjoys craft brews of all sorts, but still wants something cheap that can be kept in the fridge in large quantities at all times, this has been my go-to beer for years now. Nobody tips their nose up when offered a henry weinhardts, when the alternative was a can of horrible, locally brewed rainier or any other mass market american brew.

To reiterate, you have to take into account the insane cheapness of this beer, and when that is factored in, it's just head and shoulders above anything else near the price point.

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Hoppocalypse
Hoppocalypse

Apocalypse Ale Works
American Amber / Red Ale / 8.00% ABV

3.92/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.95
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

am both proud & embarrassed by tone77's mentioning me in relation to this beer. I clearly purchased some in support of each of our CANQuests (tm), but I am embarrassed to say that I have no reCANlection of it before it appeared in my backlog.

From the CAN: "Virginia Crafted"; "2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship Silver Medal Winner"; "Recipe By: [undersigned] Jose Johns[,] Artwork By: [undersigned] Adam Valentine".

I applaud whomever took and submitted the approved pic as the graphics on these CANs are really stunning!

The Crack! unleashed some foaming through the vent, so I allowed it a little bit of calming time before CANtinuing. The culprit eventually revealed itself to be a brimful craft CAN with nowhere for the tongue to go when pushed open by the tab. I then employed a gentle Glug which resulted in three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with fantastic retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. The lacing left behind as the head fell was both sticky and remarkable. Nose had a lemony/grapefruit citrusiness underlain by a biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more hoppy than many Amber/Reds, which I find to be a nice update to the style. The real danger here was that the alcohol was well-hidden, making for an easy drink. The hops and malt(s) CANbined nicely to create a dry Red/Amber, much more to my liking than the early craft iterations of the style, which were often sugary & sweet. I would drink this again.

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Raja
Raja

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

3.4/5  rDev -17.9% | Avg: 4.14
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks like a pilsner. smells like a butt. initial taste is extremely fruity and malty. it almost feels like a malt bomb fruity pebble bowl that punches you in the face. nice

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Steamboat IPA
Steamboat IPA

Bent River Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

4.07/5  rDev +5.2% | Avg: 3.87
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1/2 finger beige creamy head hangs around for a few minutes, nice lacing. Looks dark hazy golden in the glass, yeast in suspension. Smells caramel malt, citrus, mango and pine. Initial smell hits me with more dank than tropical. Taste is initially sweet caramel and flows into pine resin bitterness, that is smoothed out by a more tropical mango/pineapple on the end. This is a beer that doesn't shy away from the malt, which I like. So many IPA's are trying to hide the malt, this one just puts it in your face. Has a great body that leaves your mouth thinking you are drinking a DIPA. Got this is a wine shipment I am sharing with someone who doesn't like IPA's so I get to keep all 3 :)

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Amalgamator
Amalgamator

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
American IPA / 7.10% ABV

3.97/5  rDev -10.2% | Avg: 4.42
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look is amazing, smell is of pine, citrus and mango. very pungent smell. initial taste is quite bitter. then after i get a slight pine taste. this sort of leaves the tongue numb. also my burps keep coming up foamy. there is no date on the bottle for me to figure out if it is old or not. i had high hopes for this beer taste wise.

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Cuvee Soeur'ise
Cuvee Soeur'ise

Brouwerij De Leite
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 8.50% ABV

3.75/5  rDev -7.4% | Avg: 4.05
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown or dark red color. Lightly pink head. Smells like sweet-sour cherry. Tastes like a slightly sweeter (but not sweet) kriek, and that's a good thing. Pretty good stuff!

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Sierra Dark Sky "Barrel Aged Quad"
Sierra Dark Sky "Barrel Aged Quad"

Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
Quadrupel (Quad) / 11.30% ABV

5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 5
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt the best quad I have ever had. It has a thick silky body and the taste is just so unimaginable. I have never had a quad that gave so much flavor in one sip, I have had very few beers that have had that much flavor. The aroma isn't over whelming like some quads, it's perfect, a great match for the flavor. It's a very deep brown, there wasn't much head to it, but the creamy texture was incredible. If you like boulevard barrel age, this one will blow your mind.

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Your Lytest One
Your Lytest One

Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.20% ABV

4.6/5  rDev +3.1% | Avg: 4.46
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet sticky spicy rich milk chocolate roast bit earthy
Very sweet, umami rich, sticky, earthy, lingering sweetness and bitterness. Sticky sugar, good amount of bitterness to balance. A bit of founders and evil twin lil b. Thick and oily

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Field To Ferment: Simcoe
Field To Ferment: Simcoe

Fremont Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +3.7% | Avg: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bursts with grapefruit. A green dank pine, lingering leafy. Bit of juiciness, some biscuity sweetness, sugar, dries out with a green leafy quality. Medium green grassy bitterness.

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Gudenhoppy Pils
Gudenhoppy Pils

Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
German Pilsener / 5.30% ABV

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

Grass medium plus grainy, a bit of bready
Grassy, more grains, medium hoppiness, a bit more dark and rounded leaning like Czech style. Crisp, spicy floral on finish.

The beer is wonderful when pairing with the spicy wings at the Portland brewpub.

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Raspberry Bisou
Raspberry Bisou

Great Notion Brewing
American Wild Ale / 6.25% ABV

4.74/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.74
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Raspberry jam, tart, a bit of stinky funk, sharply tart, tons of fruit, atrial light, a bit of character like Oso's Framrood, without the fruit character that jumps out of Jester King's Atrial Rubicite.

I highly recommend blending this with their raspberry sour as creaminess hits the sharp tart qualities so well.

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Peach Zest
Peach Zest

Great Notion Brewing
Berliner Weissbier / 5.00% ABV

4.67/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.67
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Peachy flesh, fuzzy, bright acidity
A bit grainy. Lactic, dry sweet tart acidity. Apricot.

I highly recommend blending this with their raspberry sour as creaminess hits the sharp tart qualities so well.

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Funky Brewster
Funky Brewster

Great Notion Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.20% ABV

2.95/5  rDev -6.6% | Avg: 3.16
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bandaid plastic a bit of fruit.
Tons of plastic, melted plastic. My friend initially thought smokey, with I can agree with. Again, it hits all the non-desirable Brett characteristics. All I got was art class, acrylics, plastics for days.

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Space Invader
Space Invader

Great Notion Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.78/5  rDev +2.8% | Avg: 4.65
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Floral, Vicks vapor rub, pineapple, peppermint, methanol.
Flavor: Green, pine, orange, grapefruit juice, peel.

Again, another Triller of an IPA. Stood out with Ripe and Juice Jr. as the best IPAs on tap.

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Apple-achian Pie Stout
Apple-achian Pie Stout

Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Herbed / Spiced Beer / 8.00% ABV

3.15/5  rDev -15.1% | Avg: 3.71
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep, dark in color(chocolate brown) with decent head and lacing. Aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is ok with hints of pumpkin spice and overripe apples and some strong malts. Finish is a little too strong with dry soice but overall a decent beer.

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Don'thazemebro
Don'thazemebro

Great Notion Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.66/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.58
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy, pineapple, tangerine, biscuity malt. A bit of green. Herbs, bready. Herb and diesel. Drives floral.

The beer has similar issues with Juice Box that it did not pop as much as the other IPAs. Despite the name, most of the beers came out hazier than it.

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Ripe IPA
Ripe IPA

Great Notion Brewing
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4.72/5  rDev +10.5% | Avg: 4.27
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Juicy oranges, creamy a bit of Tang drink, pineapple, a bit of pine and earth, green on the finish. One of the best IPAs I had at the brewery. Again, another banger that one could associate with Trillium.

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30A Beach Blonde Ale
30A Beach Blonde Ale

Grayton Beer Company
American Blonde Ale / 4.60% ABV

2.86/5  rDev -12.5% | Avg: 3.27
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L-Bubbly straw blonde with slight reddish hint. Small soapy head.
S-Strong wheat. Slight malt.
T-Very slight malt. Sourness comes from the wheat which is pretty pleasant and refreshing. Also an off put flavor that I can't put my finger on... huh...
F-Thicker than expected. It's okay, but not very fresh.
O-Is it a good beer for outdoor shenanigans such as barbecues and beach outings? Yes.
Is it a good beer for casually sipping and experiencing sophisticated flavors? Not by a long shot.
To put this simply, this beer is better than corona. With lime it would be awesome, outside at that beach or somewhere hot. So, this beer is pretty good for what it is. It's calling for lime, and hot weather which pretty much sums up everything this brew is about. No, it isn't exceptional at all. But once again, its good for what it's worth.If you're going somewhere hot and want a refreshing beer, give 'er a try.

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Juice Box
Juice Box

Great Notion Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV

4.54/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.51
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Juicy, bit of biscuity, dank,
Taste: A bit of bigness and hint alcohol. Biscuity sweetness, dank, earthy. Chewy. Green. What makes this beer different is clear from the appearance with more malts coming through, and thus not having that bright hop quality that Jr. has.

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Juice Jr.
Juice Jr.

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

4.85/5  rDev +8.5% | Avg: 4.47
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Guava passionfruit
Taste: Bright mosaic, straight Trillium Melcher, a bit of hop zing, pineapple juice, grapefruit zest. One of the best beers I had at the brewery and better than Juice Box.

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Blueberry Muffin Sour
Blueberry Muffin Sour

Great Notion Brewing
American Wild Ale

4.82/5  rDev +6.2% | Avg: 4.54
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Literally smells like muffin, sweet, dried blueberry. Jammy.

Follows with that white doughy character, medium tart, green apple. Bits of candy sweetness.

This is one of those mind blowing experiences where they hit all the points in imitating food. From the blueberry, to that perfectly sweet cakey note, while still being refreshing and tart.

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Adam
Adam

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Old Ale / 10.00% ABV

4.86/5  rDev +14.6% | Avg: 4.24
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Umami, leather, cigar, bitter chocolate, smokey meats, licorice, chewy caramel, sweetness, woody bitterness. Moves on the palate gracefully. This beer is absolutely unreal.

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Doggie Claws From The Stone
Doggie Claws From The Stone

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
American Barleywine / 11.50% ABV

4.31/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.29
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Woody, earthy, wonderful sweetness, a woody bitterness, hops dance in, wood candy sweetness, caramel. Medium bitterness. On the sweeter side balancing it from other American barleywine/strong ale.

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Belgian Chocolate Stout
Belgian Chocolate Stout

Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 6.50% ABV

4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate, medium roast. Vanilla, hints of banana, sweet, a bit of dry toast to it to balance. Desserty flavors, with restrained Belgian quality. Lighter body, but a creamy feel and taste.

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Hop Dependency
Hop Dependency

Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.80% ABV

4.36/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 4.3
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Juicy mango, passion fruit.

Flavor follows dank, smooth drinking for ABV. Weed green finish. Tons of juicy mango, sweet grapefruit. Onto dank flavors.

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