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Upside Down
Upside Down

DEEP Brewing Company
American Porter / 6.70% ABV

4.31/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.31
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Brass Tap in Tallahassee, FL.
Looks just light the goose Island BC Stout next to it: opaque brown-black with a thin tan head.
Full, very smooth body with moderate coffee, conservative coconut and plenty of dark roasted grain flavors. Excellent, balanced and remarkably harmonious finish and aftertaste.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale

Guinness Ltd.
Irish Red Ale / 4.50% ABV

3.51/5  rDev +1.7% | Score: 3.45
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. It's been years since I had one of these! Pours red in color with a creamy beige head that eventually fades to a foam. Sweet grainy aroma with caramel and earthy hops. Malty flavors with bread crust, toasty grain, caramel, earthy & grassy hops, slightly nutty. Lighter side of medium for body, modest earthy bitterness, finishes dry for optimum drinking ease. It's been awhile since I had one, and it will probably be awhile until I have another one. Not too bad & always good around St. Patrick's Day.

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Potosi Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

4.77/5  rDev +20.5% | Score: 3.96
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

$2:00 / pint - on draught at Metro Market, Shorewood, WI. March Madness 2018.
Pours a hazy golden amber in a pint glass. Deep, sweet maltiness, with the lingering, biting bitterness that befits any good IPA.
This Double IPA is potent. 9 % ABV with lots of flavors. A must-have. At any price.

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WarPigs Brewpub
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 4.17
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-03-19 from a 12oz canned on 2017-10-10

A - Mostly-hazy orange with a 1.5-finger white head and excellent lace.

S - Ripe pineapple, mild-moderately dank, cracker and light floral.

T - Pineapple and orange flesh, lots of orange zest, hop bud goodness, light pepper, balanced bitterness. Very nice, lingering orange zest finish.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth and resinous. Just lightly prickly. Nice feel.

O - Goes down easy; especially if you like an orange flavor. A well done collaboration.

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Call The Hops
Call The Hops

Fortnight Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3.61/5  rDev -3% | Score: 3.72
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nonic a deeply hazed and murky kind of orange-tea color mix with a thick half finger sticky head atop,a strange color but I like.The feel is a little thin and light on the back end wich takes a little away from the beer.Citrus up front quite a resiny-pine-like finish wich you don't see to much in the 'NE' style.I'ts close to being really good but the feel isn't so great and the flavors lack a little punch.

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Genesee Bock Beer
Genesee Bock Beer

Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Bock / 5.20% ABV

3.82/5  rDev +10.4% | Score: 3.46
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber, clear, good carbonation & head. Aroma is malt forward, semi-sweet, watered down caramel. Taste isn’t exciting or revolutionary, but it is a solid beer. Just caramel malt, a little dry hay / straw underneath, faint hops. Great pounder / session beer.

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Alien Church
Alien Church

Tired Hands Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

5/5  rDev +14.9% | Score: 4.35
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this canned on 3/14/18 into my Tired Hands Teku glass. Pours like a glass of pineapple juice, with a big 2 plus finger head that leaves fantastic gobs of lace behind, with excellent retention.

Smell is guava, papaya, passionfruit, pineapple, and some grapefruit rind.

Taste follows tropical front to back ripe guava, papaya, pineapple, passionfruit, and just a slight tickle of grapefruit in the very balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, soft but not too soft carbonation, not dry but a little sticky fresh the insane amount of fresh hops, and this is as drinkable as any beer I have ever had.

Overall this thing is perfect, I wouldn’t change anything, I have had so many great NEIPA/DIPA and none have been better. Thanks THEIPAHunter for this incredible beer.

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Irish Donut Coffee Cream Stout
Irish Donut Coffee Cream Stout

Spring House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.20% ABV

4.43/5  rDev +3.7% | Score: 4.27
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks as you’d expect. Smell is transportive- you’d think you are in a coffee shop bakery if you closed your eyes, aroma of glaze, cream, light coffee, chocolate. They really nailed the smell. Taste isn’t quite as robust - it loses a lot of those sweeter qualities, perhaps for the better - but it a really solid coffee / chocolate stout. Good balance, coffee isn’t overwhelming, clean finish. But man that aroma was really incredible

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Boston Common
Boston Common

Two Sergeants Brewing
American IPA / 5.25% ABV

1.21/5  rDev -60.8% | Score: 3.09
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Poured from a 473 ml can. Unfortunately all four cans in the pack suffered from infection problems and smelled and tasted like band-aids. Serious quality control issues making this beer undrinkable. Given this was a collaboration between Two Sergeants and Outcast, hard to know where the fault lies, but that unfortunately makes me wary of both breweries.

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Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale
Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale

New Holland Brewing Company
Tripel / 9.00% ABV

3.83/5  rDev -2% | Score: 3.91
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly fine American style tripel - meaning it focuses a lot of the banana / fruity phenol notes while having very little of the classic Belgian yeast quality that supports and balances it out. Good just one dimensional

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Luau Krunkles
Luau Krunkles

Terrapin Beer Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.03/5  rDev -23.1% | Score: 3.94
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Very pale and cloudy. Honestly didn’t get a lot of tropical / citrus notes, it was surprisingly bitter and had more of a grassy / earthy hop quality than something bouncy and tropical

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Seamus' Irish Red Ale
Seamus' Irish Red Ale

Sly Fox Brewing Company
Irish Red Ale / 5.60% ABV

3.27/5  rDev -8.1% | Score: 3.56
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

About what you would expect - nothing “off” or offensive, just middle-of-the-road and pedestrian. Malt is a tad sweet and it tastes more like an amber laber than a traditional irish red, needs more toasted malt to balance it out and the hops are bland and don’t add anything

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Ceci N'Est Pas A NE Style IPA
Ceci N'Est Pas A NE Style IPA

Evil Twin Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.05/5  rDev -2.4% | Score: 4.15
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a thick white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. There are massive amounts of "floaties" that stay suspended in the beer. The aroma is feint pineapple and oranges. The flavor is much stronger than the aroma, but follows the nose with orange most prominent. The feel is smooth and silky. Overall a fun overpriced beer.

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Safety Committee
Safety Committee

Inbound BrewCo
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +6% | Score: 4.01
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: brilliant burnished brass with a light copper note capped by 1" of white foam with a very fine bead

S: big fruit cocktail of tropical fruit, melon, lemon, and citrus aromas with a hint of berry and stone fruit and light support from bread crumb malt aromas

T: clean fruity hop flavors lead with a moderate biscuit back

F: very creamy with medium body and carbonation

O: This is a very drinkable, flavorful, hop forward IPA

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Finch Beer Co.
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.96/5  rDev +2.3% | Score: 3.87
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into a standard pint a clear light to medium golden with a minimal head atop.Floral and citrusy hops in the nose,not in your face but pleasant enough.The palate has a bit of sharp hoppy bite upfront with a good amount of citrus,a little grassy in the finish with a sugary sweet note to balance the hops.Not a bad ipa to have on hand,not something that will blow you away but it's not a throw back beer either.

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Sam '76
Sam '76

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
American Pale Lager / 4.70% ABV

3.54/5  rDev -1.7% | Score: 3.6
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good color & smell, taste is reminicesent of Schlitz (perhaps the can?), overall a good beer, but pricey. This is a beer a I would buy again just to remember what a Schlitz tasted like.

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

4.42/5  rDev +0.9% | Score: 4.38
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown colour, pouring with a beautiful and persistent head.
Chocolate and oak barrel on the nose. Some cognac also.
Roasted coffee taste, dark malt, burned caramel, charcoal, chocolate liquor, oak wood, alcohol- cognac.
Bitter-dry aftertaste, after an initial sweeter sensation, with some woody and ashy notes.
On the can it is written "fully roasted ale" - couldn't agree more.
Very good indeed!

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Ever Weisse
Ever Weisse

Night Shift Brewing
Berliner Weissbier / 4.50% ABV

3.98/5  rDev -6.4% | Score: 4.25
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 3/08/18. 1.5 weeks in the can.

Pours a completely opaque pale raspberry color in the glass with half a finger of a fast dispersing slightly pink-white head. Strawberry and hibiscus forward on the nose followed by kiwi, sour raspberry and confectioners sugar. Taste at first reminds me a of weak watermelon Warhead candy, followed by the kiwi+strawberry and ends with a slightly toasty malt. Light-medium body with a indistinguishable 4.6% ABV, you could tell me this didn't have alcohol and I'd believe it. Overall a beautiful looking beer that I could imagine being extremely refreshing sitting on a patio by the beach.

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Patriot Ale
Patriot Ale

Amistad Craft Beer
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.96% ABV

3.63/5  rDev +5.2% | Score: 3.45
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber colour pouring with a decent head.
Nice flowery smell.
The taste is not very intense, but pleasant overall.
Refreshing and easy to drink on a hot summer day.

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Like Clockwork
Like Clockwork

Foam Brewers
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV

4.23/5  rDev -0.9% | Score: 4.27
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1/11 can consumed on 1/14, from notes. Had tons of orange rind and clementine flavors, nice raw hoppiness to it. Body was deceptively light, definitely thought this was a regular IPA at first. Foam still killing it with their beers!

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St. Amatus 12
St. Amatus 12

De Struise Brouwers
Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.50% ABV

4.45/5  rDev +6% | Score: 4.2
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

St Amatus, a bourbon barrel aged quadruple. Batch #05 Vintage 2013. Enjoyed in March 2018.

It seems to have evolved in something completely different to what is described in other reviews for this beer.

It pours a very dark brown body with a thin white head.
Aromas of figs, dates, brown sugar, vanilla, blackberry tartness. Nice balance

Pungeant tartness/sourness all along the session, vinous as hell but with a distinctive quadruple character. Dates and figs are still there. Also some light toffee, cherry. Nice cereal presence. I saw in other reviews than some gets characteristics near from those of a Rochefort 10. I get that. It reminds me of this monster plus the tartness.
The carbonation is nice and amazing for a 5 year old barrel aged beer.

Overall this is a great experience. I'm not sure that the tartness is wanted but it's still great.

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World's End
World's End

Blacks Kinsale Craft Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.50% ABV

4.34/5  rDev +2.4% | Score: 4.24
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured at room temperature. Black colour (even when back lit), two fingers of tan head and lots of lacing. Rich aromas of chocolate and alcohol. Tastes of bitter chocolate, espresso, vanilla and dark fruits marinated in rum. Moderate sweetness up front balanced by a hoppy, bitter finish. Rich, creamy mouthfeel with subtle carbonation and plentiful alcoholic heat. Despite being a big, heady brew this is surprisingly and dangerously easy to drink. Excellent.

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SPON — Méthode Traditionelle
SPON — Méthode Traditionelle

Jester King Brewery
Gueuze / 5.80% ABV

4.59/5  rDev +6% | Score: 4.33
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

‘17, 3 year blend, blend 4.

This one pours a slightly hazy orange, with a small head and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like musty basement melons, oak, vanilla, barnyard funk, stone fruit, and white wine.

This is incredibly complex and it works really well for me. The immediate flavor profile I get is old lemons sitting in an old basement. There’s a light musty funk, a little barnyard-y, with a killer oak character, some creamy vanilla, apricot and peach, pear, white pepper, and champagne.

This is crisp and super clean, with a nice level of carbonation. It’s quite drinkable.

This is really awesome stuff. It’s one of the best of the style made in America.

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Réal double IPA
Réal double IPA

Oshlag Brasserie & Distillerie
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.75% ABV

3.59/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.59
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer pours a really cloudy orange in colour and has a mountain of foamy off white head. Looks fantastic. Carbonation appears moderate but definitely does the trick.

Aroma - I feel less excited when I bring it up to my noes though, On the can it says a "Tres Tres" hoppy beer designed for flavor hunters but I find it malt forward and cracker malt at that, I mean there is some grapefruit and a bit of pineapple but the cracker really outshines it.

Taste - On the flavor profile it rebounds a little bit, The hops are definitely more pronounced here. my problem here though is it isn't really juicy but floral and leafy hops that take charge. I mean I really don't want to come off as someone who sticks his noes up at IPA's that aren't juicy but I think flavor hunters want juicy.

Feel - Mouthfeel is a mid light body with just the right amount of carbonation prickling your mouth. This does make the floraly flavor a bit more pleasant.

Overall - I mean, I have to say here this isn't a bad IPA and definitely worth a try. Is it my favorite? no, not by a long shot but I think that comes more from the fact that I was expecting a different product from what I actually got. Don't judge a book by its cover is the lesson here.

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The Matilda Effect
The Matilda Effect

Theoretically Brewing Company
Herbed / Spiced Beer / 10.00% ABV

3.69/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.69
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle - I suppose that this could also be listed as a wheatwine, but, y'know, lavender and juniper berries, right? Brewed in support of International Women's Day 2018.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random splattered lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of the lavender oil that my mom used to always have in her bathroom, some indistinct red berry fruitiness, bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser crackery wheatiness, white toast, and very subtle earthy, musty, and floral noble hops. The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, wet Wheat Thins, estery lavender, still fairly muddled dark fruity notes, a hint of phenolic yeastiness, ethereal wet smoke, and more understated leafy, herbal, and lit-up floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty laid-back in its innocuous frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of boozy perfume kind of forgetting to use kid gloves here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and floral/fruity essences carrying the lingering day.

Overall - this comes across as a pleasantly rendered, big-ass brew, with both of the adjunct ingredients represented well enough. The 20-proof alcohol measure is likewise expertly integrated, essentially blended into the whole floral thing going on. Worth checking out, I would normally say, but at a production of less than 400 bottles, all I can offer is: good luck!

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