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Side Project Brewing
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.00% ABV

4.59/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.67
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a collaboration with Brian Moxey.
This is a Saison brewed with clementines. Essentially BdP with Loads of Clementines

A - Pours a beautiful hazy orange. Straight mimosa looking beer with legitimate pulp out of some of the first pours of the keg

S - Cuties/clementines and orange on the nose dominate with that base saison smell

T - Citrus flavor that competes with a sour presence. some of the first pours of the keg were less acidic then later pours.

M - Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied as it should be for the style, within its style right in the middle range.

O - A great beer, but actually preferred the pours with pulp in them, the bottom of the keg was much clearer and seemed to be more acidic.

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Dirt Nap
Dirt Nap

The Veil Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.80% ABV

4.44/5  rDev +1.1% | Avg: 4.39
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can from Veil Anniversary. Poured into Behind the Veil glass.

L: 2F head with good retention, leaves spotty lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a hazy golden orange.

S: Ripe tropical fruit like pineapple, mango, and also peach. Lots of dank earthiness on the back end.

T: Tropical fruitbomb with ripe pineapple, mango, banana, peach, and some clove-like spice (mild). Little bit of malt in the middle, and then tons of earthy dankness on the back end with maybe a hint of allspice or vanilla? Very odd, but it adds rather than subtracts. No bitterness to speak of, alcohol hidden well despite the fact this is pretty boozy.

F: Medium body, light to medium cabonation. Very good construction and balance.

O: Outstanding NE-style DIPA. If I liked the overly dank ones over the bright fruity ones, this would be just about perfect, but this is tops for what it is.

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Goin' Coastal
Goin' Coastal

SweetWater Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.10% ABV

3.67/5  rDev -5.9% | Avg: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wish this beer was better than it is, actually. No pineapple, little citrus, and overall very underwhelming. The best this this beer has going for it is the smooth taste. Excellent blend of hops and malt. But to be billed as a pineapple IPA is just overselling an average pale ale.

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Cinnsanity Barleywine Ale
Cinnsanity Barleywine Ale

Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
English Barleywine / 13.30% ABV

4.28/5  rDev +12.9% | Avg: 3.79
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Pours with a cloudy orange-brown body topped by a semi-weak (leaves a lasting ring) beige head.

Feel: full body with medium+ carbonation. False heat from the cinnamon and some warm from the alcohol.

Aroma: cinnamon!, alcohol, baked bread, vanilla and fruitcake.

Flavor: Boozy with a high level of cinnamon but not so much as to mask hints of fruitcake and vanilla, Nicely sweet fading to mildly bitter by the aftertaste

Overall: a great choice as an after dinner beer.

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Witbier / 4.60% ABV

3.25/5  rDev -17.5% | Avg: 3.94
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My girlfriend got this since she likes Witt beer and raspberry lambics or fruit-infused beer. This was good but she expected perhaps a little more raspberry sweetness. The raspberry was very subtle in smell and taste which some may like but those looking for sweetness may be a little disappointed.

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Forager Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4.32/5  rDev +4.1% | Avg: 4.15
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Crowler into a snifter. Canned 3/9/17.

A: Pours a super hazy, rusty orange in color with a one inch, frothy, tannish-cream colored head with short retention. Thin, white lacing throughout.

S: Big tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango, guava, melons, orange, and tangerine with dank, piney, and floral hop notes as well.

T: Starts of with big grapefruit and citrus rind notes followed by tropical fruit notes of pineapple, melons, and guava. Finishes with a mild, lingering piney, resinous hop bitterness. Somewhat juicy.

F: Medium bodied. Smooth and crisp with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish.

O: Overall, this is a really good IPA. Hoppy, bitter grapefruit bomb that's slightly juicy. Would definitely give this one another try.

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3 Candles
3 Candles

Side Project Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 15.00% ABV

4.6/5  rDev -5.3% | Avg: 4.86
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on draft at the only location it will ever be on draft... the cellar

A - Black with no head, dark as night. Nice legs and lacing as you stir the glass even without the carbonation

N - Sweet chocolate vanilla and coconut with some barrel presence on the nose as it warms

T: Cloyingly sweet, coconut and vanilla seem to meld in flavor and sweetness almost dampening the 32 months it spent in the barrel. Tough to finish the pour of this but comes around as it warms. I think a few more months in the keg will either make this beer a mess or mellow out the sweetness as the adjuncts and barrel meld.

M - Medium to Full bodied that coats the mouth

O - Doesn't seem to fit in with the other candles.. one was possibly the best stout I've ever had, 2 rivaled '14 kbbs, 3 is just a sweet beer that is hard to enjoy more than a couple ounces of.

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Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale
Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale

Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Cream Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.85/5  rDev +10% | Avg: 3.5
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alltech's Lexington Brewing Co. "Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "31417" and sampled on 42617
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I'm not sure what I was expecting from a beer labeled "vanilla barrel cream ale", but I was a little trepidatious. For better or worse, however, my curiosity got the better of me.

As might be expected it's got a lot of vanilla too it. You can smell it rising up above its clear amber body and creamy off-white head, and you can certainly taste it. It's not artificial, although the label clearly reads "natural flavor added", but the volume of it makes it appear a bit that way. It's also a sweet beer, or at least distinctly sweetish, which helps to give it that impression; and after a restructuring of the way I was initially thinking of the beer I realized that it's actually a great dessert beer ~ I wouldn't even pair it with anything unless it was something very lightly sweet, and not vanilla in any way, maybe a light water cracker with some strawberry jam. Still, it somehow manages to finish dry.

There's a touch of oaky dryness in the finish, and a whisper of Bourbon, but it's nowhere even remotely as strong as you find in some Bourbon barrel aged beers, and it is listed as "100% barrel aged". Perhaps they've found a way to be frugal and environmentally conscious, and are actually using older barrels that have already seen a lot of aging? That would make sense. But even if that's not true I think more that just the touch of oak and Bourbon that's here would throw it off. It would become unbalanced, and the vanilla, which is its top note, would become muddied.

So what do I really think about this beer? As an everyday drinking beer I'd enjoy one for sure, probably to start things off, but I'd only have just one. I fear that it would build on the palate, or that although it's flavorful and interesting, it would lose its charm on a second go 'round. As a dessert beer I'm even more optimistic about it though, but again, I'd probably just stick with one. I'd imagine it'd be quite nice though on a warm summer night on the front porch after dinner as the sun went down ~ maybe in that case I'd have two. Conclusion? It's really well done, but you're going to have to try it yourself and decide.

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Breakside IPA
Breakside IPA

Breakside Brewery
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

3.56/5  rDev -14.2% | Avg: 4.15
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Pours with a clear, light golden body topped by a good off-white head that has very good retention.

Feel: medium-light body with soft, medium carbonation. A tiny bit rough.

Aroma: fruity and dank hops; tropical fruits.

Flavor: Dank and fruity with hints of citrus, pineapple and guava.

Overall: an fine IPA but a touch inferior to the less dank Dayslayer (Stone/Maine) that preceded it.

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Victory at Sea - Peppermint
Victory at Sea - Peppermint

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American Porter / 10.00% ABV

3.9/5  rDev -1% | Avg: 3.94
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has mint chocolate, cacao and a hint of alcohol. Taste starts quite bitter, continues with dark chocolate with mint, finishes with bitter dark chocolate and a light toothpaste note. Body is quite light for the style, medium to soft carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer but a bit unbalanced.

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Local 755
Local 755

Blackstack Brewing
American IPA / 6.30% ABV

4.64/5  rDev +8.7% | Avg: 4.27
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Taproom.

A: Pours a hazy, bright orange in color with a 1/2 inch, frothy, paper white head with good retention. Thick, billowy white lacing throughout.

S: Aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango guava, peach, and passion fruit. Light piney hop notes as well.

T: Juice bomb! Huge tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango, guava, passionfruit, peach, orange, and grapefruit. Finishes with a mild lingering piney, resinous hop bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, somewhat juicy, smooth, and super crisp. Light carbonation, at the perfect level. Very slight dryness on the finish.

O: Overall, this is an awesome NE style IPA. Nice and juicy, but perfectly balanced with hop bitterness. Phenomenal job for a brewery that just opened. Absolutely cannot wait to see what else these guys have in store!

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Pig Iron Porter
Pig Iron Porter

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
American Porter / 5.40% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +8.4% | Avg: 3.92
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked how smooth yet rich this porter was with no harsh flavor or aftertaste. Very drinkable. I don't always like porter when they taste too strongly of burnt coffee but that was not the case at all. Assertive but balanced and smooth is how I would describe it and it pared very well with the red pepper and flank steak sandwich.

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Anabasis Blend #2
Anabasis Blend #2

Side Project Brewing
American Barleywine / 14.00% ABV

4.73/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.74
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank and consumed numerous times at Side Project Cellar. 750mL Bottle

A - Dark with a light brown to copper ring around the top of the pour

S - Smell is all toffee caramel goodness with a big rye/bourbon back end that develops in the glass as it warms. Resounding smells that compete with Blend #1

T - Taste follows the nose here with big notes of caramel toffee and bourbon sweetness that develops into some dark fruit depth on the finish. The is present throughout, but not overpoweringly so.

F - Full body for a Barleywine that more closely resembles a stout in terms of viscosity

O - A great follow up of Blend #1 that rids the saying of "In before b1 was better". This stands toe to toe with OG

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Peanut Butter Bandit
Peanut Butter Bandit

Junkyard Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout / 6.00% ABV

4.15/5  rDev -4.2% | Avg: 4.33
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Crowler into a snifter. Canned 3/13/17.

A: Pours cola brown in color with a one inch, foamy, khaki colored head with fair retention. Thick, khaki colored lacing throughout.

S: Aroma is all peanut butter with very light hints of cocoa and roasted malts.

T: Taste is unsweetened peanut butter and roasted malts.

F: Medium bodied. Smooth. Somewhat thin with moderate carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a good beer, but doesn't quite pack the punch I was expecting. Nice PB beer, but I've had better. Would definitely give it another shot though.

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Left Eye, Right Eye
Left Eye, Right Eye

Track 7 Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +5.7% | Avg: 4.07
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden and lively draft 12oz pour at BJs in Folsom - smell to die for, resinous hops and citrus / tropical fruit to the fore. Tastes awesome (after warming up a little - bit on the cold side when served). Was less oily than anticipated, and the alcohol was well hidden; this is a really nice, lively but smooth IPA.

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Blended 2017
Blended 2017

Side Project Brewing
American Wild Ale

4.7/5  rDev +1.1% | Avg: 4.65
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Looks just like most non fruited BA Saisons/wild, straw color fairly opaque towards the bottom of the bottle, medium to little lacing, nice head retention

N- Aroma is funky horse blanket though not as much as say drie or cantillon, but plenty to complete with other american beers in the "Methode Gueuze" Style. Citrusy lemon with a bit of stone fruit the lingers on the nose with more dominating characteristics of white wine grape must

T- Lots of lemon on the tongue. Funky but not as strong as the nose. Horse blanket. White grapes and must on the finish again with light notes of stone fruit. Compares loosely to SdF.

M - Medium body and fairly smooth. The downward trend of less perceived acidity continues, nicely balanced.

O - A beer that I will stock up on and crush over the next couple years. This will age gracefully

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Two Hearted Ale
Two Hearted Ale

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.15/5  rDev -2.6% | Avg: 4.26
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried it for first time in Texas of all places. Always wanted to try it and it didn't disappoint. I call it classic representation of Midwest IPA. Floral, piney, slightly amber, great malt balance and incredibly long lasting finish. Loved it!

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Maine / Stone - Dayslayer
Maine / Stone - Dayslayer

Stone Brewing
American Double / Imperial Pilsner / 7.50% ABV

4.04/5  rDev -1% | Avg: 4.08
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Pours with a golden body topped by a decent off-white head that has good retention.

Feel: medium-light body with soft, medium+ carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Aroma: fruity hops; faint bread; citrus.

Flavor: strong. moderately complex. Hints of citrus, pineapple and soft pitted fruits.

Overall: an excellent IPA with restrained bitterness and great mouthfeel.

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Guinness Original XX
Guinness Original XX

Guinness Ltd.
Irish Dry Stout / 4.20% ABV

4.12/5  rDev +39.7% | Avg: 2.95
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a pint bottle from the fridge. Looks black, maybe a bit red when held up to the light but what are you doing holding it up to the light? Thin head with carbonation dancing merrily on top. Doesn't smell like much but I like it cold. Maybe a bit muted and thin tasting compared to other stouts but it is eminently swampable. Perfect with a packet of crisps on a Sunday afternoon

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Gateway Park Lager
Gateway Park Lager

612 Brew
American Pale Lager / 5.60% ABV

3.93/5  rDev +13.9% | Avg: 3.45
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: has a grainy, light bread crumb aroma scented with a light earthy floral and an initial trace of green apple that quickly dissipates.

L: Streams of rapidly rising bubbles fill a gold pour with a slight haze under a 1" white foam collar with fair retention.

T: Light grains start the flavors with a trace of apple, a hint of corn, light bread crumb, some earthy hop leading to a crisp, medium to medium high lingering bitter finish.

F: The body is medium light to light with medium high carbonation.

O: light, flavorful and very drinkable beer

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This Guy
This Guy

Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.70% ABV

4.26/5  rDev -2.1% | Avg: 4.35
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (appreciate it!). No discernible bottling date. Served in my trusty Phish snifter.

Pours a flat peach hued gold with a three quarter finger cap of pale head. A few trace clumps of bubbles around the edges but otherwise nothing.

The nose bursts with juicy tropical and citrus. Mandarins, passion fruit and a little cake. I like it.

Loads of juicy hops in the flavor. Orange pulp, grapefruit, piney mango, seedy berries, cake, some distant mint and an occasional nip of booze. This is tasty enough that it goes down much easier than the 8% abv may lead you to believe.

Smooth, pillowy body with tingling carbonation. The finish is like bitter grapefruit juice glazed tropical hop cake.

Witch's Hat has it going on with this one. This Guy is a really good DIPA that is full of juicy, delicious, craveable hops.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout
Uncle Jacob's Stout

Avery Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 17.10% ABV

4.25/5  rDev -2.7% | Avg: 4.37
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Pours with a dark, essentially opaque, brown-black body topped by a decent beige head that has very good retention.

Feel: full body with medium carbonation. Boozy and warm but smooth.

Aroma: boozy, sweet and nutty, with dark baked bread and fruitcake.

Flavor: strong. Boozy, but quite tame for ~17% ABV. Hints of roasted nuts, coffee (aftertaste), dark toast, coffee, vanilla, and dark dried fruits. Moderately sweet fading to mildly bitter.

Overall: a rich and delicious whale of a beer.

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The Waldos' Special Ale
The Waldos' Special Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 11.50% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +4.2% | Avg: 4.32
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy-with-fine-yeast dark gold topped with a beauty white head that left bas relief lace as it slowly retreated to a lasting cap.

Med. strength aroma that is a wonderful mix of crisp grainy sweet, sweet general citrus, grapefruit pith, and sativa herb.

Full flavored attack of all the flavors in the nose followed by righteous dank bitter herb at the end of the sip that is a blast of great flavors.

Thick, viscous, med. carb., killer finish mouthfeel that is just a perfect frame for the flavor profile.

Wooaahhh, dude let's party, this one is for the Waldo's. Mad respect da kine brew.

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Lancaster Brewing Company
Doppelbock / 8.60% ABV

4.12/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.12
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lancaster Brewing Co. "Doppelbock"
on tap at the brewery on 11 April 2017
$5.75 / 20 oz.

Notes: Listed at 8.6% ABV and 25 IBUs. Deep mahogany brown body beneath a frothy-then-creamy head of off-white. The retention is good, and it holds fairly well considering its strength, but it does eventually drop to an average collar. The nose displays a combination of grainy, medium and dark caramelish and gently toasty/nutty malts. In the mouth it's crisp, medium to medium-full in body, and fine-bubbled. The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests, with bready and caramelish malt that suggests some light milk chocolate, and underlying mild fruitiness and alcohol. The bitterness is balancing, and and it finishes dry with some lingering toasty and caramelish malt.

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Upland Brewing Company
Flanders Oud Bruin / 9.70% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +15.1% | Avg: 3.91
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The base seems t be a very good dusky Oud Bruin woth moderate tartness. The spices make for a very unique flavor overlay (the spices made me think of the mix that goes into some of the more interesting Winter Warmers).

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