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Red Master Mark Ale
Red Master Mark Ale

Crowded Castle Beer Company
Irish Red Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.49/5  rDev -0.6% | Avg: 3.51
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reddish brown with thin off-white head. Nutty malt and red plum in the nose. Creamy flavor with nutty malt and plum again. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. It's okay.

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Revolution Brewing
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

3.95/5  rDev -4.8% | Avg: 4.15
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Such a tough category to differentiate yourself, but his is a very solid American IPA with a heavy lose of lemon in the smell and flavor that gives it a semi-distinct personality. Like it.

Pours a pale copper, quite clear, with a soft but thin white head that provided a ring of sticky lacing towards the top of the glass.

Smell is certainly hop-forward but there's some clear malt balance (ish) there. First impression is some tropical fruit (guava?) with a lot of deep dankness. Then the citrus takes over, with grapefruit and a lot of lemon. Lemon is probably my least favorite citrus characteristic on the nose and tongue, but I'm really liking it here -- works really well with the heavy biscuit and earthy notes. There's some herbalness, too, very hempy, which speaks to the dankness.

Flavor very much follows the nose, with dank wood and grass leading the first wave, lemon and grapefruit and orange peal coning in second, pine resin and little green onion on the backside. Very chewy and bitter, with some balancing sweetness provided alongside the breadiness from the malt. Really well balanced.

Feel is much greater than the thinnish look would suggest. Really creamy and silky and well-carbonated. Love the texture.

Your standard (ish) American IPAs are having a harder and harder time standing up against NE IPAs and fruited IPAs and IIPAs, but this one is a good reminder of how rock solid a more traditional, semi-balanced IPA can be. Very solid beer that I would happily drink on a regular basis.

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Voodoo Ranger IPA
Voodoo Ranger IPA

New Belgium Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.39/5  rDev -11.5% | Avg: 3.83
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it. It wasn't served as cold as I would like. Nevertheless, it was a fine beer. Look 3.5
Smell 3.25 Taste 3.5 Feel 3 Overall 3.5 Only had one before switching to a Labatt Blue draft - ugh.

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Skeleton Park Amber 6.6
Skeleton Park Amber 6.6

Skeleton Park Brewery
American Amber / Red Ale

3.25/5  rDev +6.6% | Avg: 3.05
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The colour is a coppery amber. Taste has hints of malt and caramel. Also has a bit of a bitter taste to it as well, which isnt quite so pleasant. Its ok but I've had better.

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Hop Hunter
Hop Hunter

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

4.29/5  rDev +6.7% | Avg: 4.02
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely pale amber or dark gold, your decision. Quite clear for an IPA. Pours a tightly bubbled white head with decent retention.

Big hop nose with lots of pine and also some caramel malt sweetness.

Almost pure hoppy goodness in the flavor, just the slightest hint of a supporting malt backbone. Hop flavors of the earthy and piney variety. Nice to have a non-tropical IPA. Very clean - nothing interferes with the hop flavors. Bitterness is assertive but not overpowering, and finishes with a nice hop flavored bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency despite the hoppiness. Somewhat drying, but that isn't a flaw.

A nice clean drinking IPA with big hop flavor and aroma. Has a bit more of an "old school" pine hop vibe that I appreciate. So many of the newfangled hops are tropical fruit sweet. They have a place, but good to see a classic flavor profile executed to perfection.

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Giddy Up
Giddy Up

Stable 12 Brewing Company
American Stout / 4.30% ABV

4.09/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.09
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Near black with a thin light tan head. Decent lacing.

Nice, French roast, black coffee aroma. Just a hint of cream and chocolate behind, but really coffee forward.

Pleasant iced coffee flavor. Coffee, cream, roasty malts. Not too dark, but again, very coffee forward.

Light to medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

Really drinkable, iced coffee feel to this one. I like it.

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Riptide India Pale Lager
Riptide India Pale Lager

Spindrift Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Pilsner / 6.50% ABV

3.96/5  rDev -2.5% | Avg: 4.06
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours misty pale yellow with a large fluffy head and good lacing. Aromas of pineapple, toffee and grapefruit. Flavour of tropical fruit, caramel, significant fruity sweetness with a buttery edge that is really the only hint that this beer is lagered.

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Industrial Arts Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.22/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/16/2017. Poured into Industrial Arts pint glass. It pours an opaque, turbid, golden-honey color with a finger of milk-white head and elegant lacing with significant retention. The nose features lemon, grapefruit, pine needles, and floral hops. The taste is mostly citrus: lemon peel and grapefruit, with a moderately bitter, slightly peppery, astringent finish. The best thing about Wrench is its mouth feel: for an American IPA it is very creamy and pillowy. It is moderately carbonated and its 6.8% ABV gives it substance without being overpowering. Overall, I believe that Wrench is Industrial Arts' second foray into the the NE IPA style and it is pleasant and easy drinking although not as fruity as I anticipated.

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Founders Centennial IPA
Founders Centennial IPA

Founders Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.11
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12Oz can stamped 5/22/17. Nice caramel color and some citrus on the nose. Tastes include malt and citrus hops. Some grapefruit bitterness on the finish, but well balanced to make a refreshing and easy-to-drink beer. Purchased at Windmill Liquors.

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Single Brothers
Single Brothers

The Veil Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.90% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +3.9% | Avg: 4.33
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Veil on 8/14/17 4 pack of 16oz cans costing $16.50+tax! Poured a murky grapefruit with immediate aromas of same fruit! Low bitterness smooth crusher but watch out at 8.9% abv have a Uber/lyft standing by!! They replaced the centennial hops with El Dorado and after just One on draft I don't know if I prefer it? Time will tell! Don't get me wrong I like this beer ALOT! Very Very much recommended! Love the Veil and it's local! Enjoy the rest of the summer! SEH

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Eight Bells
Eight Bells

Brothers Craft Brewing
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 5.30% ABV

3.71/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 3.69
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a nice head. The head lasts a bit. My wife gets a slightly fruity scent, possibly blueberry, but my clogged nose doesn't. Taste definitely includes cinnamon along with the malt.

Try it when you need something different! ...with French Toast!

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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Boulevard Brewing Co.
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.50% ABV

4.12/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.15
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazy yellow with a huge head and lacing all the way through. The smell is hops and grass. The flavor is lemon and hops but not overpowering like a lot of hop forward beers. It grows on you as you drink it. A very good beer.

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Saranac Gen IV Session IPA
Saranac Gen IV Session IPA

Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
American IPA / 4.50% ABV

3.64/5  rDev +2.2% | Avg: 3.56
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice whitish head and slightly hazy golden look from this beer. Looks pretty nice for a session IPA. My first impression of the nose is unripe grapefruit and malt, maybe something sweet in the back. Still doing pretty good in my book. Here is where the problem arises, it's got generally weak flavor, and the flavor, which itself isn't too bad, is a mix of slight hops bitter/citrus and slight malt(sort of no depth) Also, I think it would benefit this beer to have more carbonation but that's just my opinion.

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Genesee Oktoberfest
Genesee Oktoberfest

Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Märzen / Oktoberfest

2.82/5  rDev -25.6% | Avg: 3.79
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: Ver clear light amber body with a light cream colored head that retains well -- decent film with splotchy world map lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts, toffee, aluminum.

Taste: The aluminum cheapness cuts through the malts, but there's nice toasted bread and toffee. Bitter tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin, too thin.

Overall: First sip was okay, too much toffee but as it warmed and I dissected it became what it is: a cheap beer.

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Home Grown
Home Grown

Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
American Pale Lager / 5.00% ABV

3.54/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.54
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, which is getting more common these days. Short lived head, followed by lacing. It's supposed to be a lager but the floral hops is not typical, which I guess is why it's call the new american lager. Good overall but nothing extraordinary.

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Kirsch Gose
Kirsch Gose

Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Gose / 4.70% ABV

4.77/5  rDev +20.8% | Avg: 3.95
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Now here we have a good cherry bomb of a gose. Bottle was undated. Not much of a head, which is fine, and dissipate to a strange almost yeast like covering of white. But the color of the head before it goes is off white pink. Beer is also distinctly pinkish. And it tastes tart like it should. Not something you'd drink in winter, but a great refreshing summer tart one.

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Odell IPA
Odell IPA

Odell Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.77/5  rDev -11.1% | Avg: 4.24
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is so subjective I wonder if my opinion even matters. However, my first impression was that this beer needed a little more malt to balance the hops. It seems a bit dry to me, but, that may be exactly what your looking for. It has significant lacing that totally coats the sides of the glass. It smells amazing but the taste doesn't match the smell, at least for me. The 7% abv will sneak up on you and bite you in the ass, so be aware. It is a good alternative to the sweeter variations of ipa styles. A great ipa, rock solid.

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Crowd Pleaser
Crowd Pleaser

Stable 12 Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

3.48/5  rDev -5.2% | Avg: 3.67
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangey gold with a thin white head that dissipates in to a crown.

Iced tea, orange and a little spice and smokey herbs in the nose. Similar taste with a hint of nuts and butter.

Medium bodied, fairly still, with a light prickliness.

A little subpar, honestly. My favorite part is the slightly smokey, herbal note.

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Jewbelation 20
Jewbelation 20

Shmaltz Brewing Company
American Strong Ale / 16.80% ABV

4.56/5  rDev +10.7% | Avg: 4.12
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jewbelation 19

Look: Very deep brown that nears a black hue in the body while maintaining a brown edge to it, The head is an off white that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Coffee and loads of it. Without many other notes of anything detected here.

Taste: Seems to be almost entirely toffee and caramel.

Feeling: The high alcohol made the feeling remain an interesting drink throughout the entire drink. It was a very worth while feeling with the loads of excitement in the high content of it.

Overall: A very tasty drink that is worth to hold onto for a good occasion.

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Gen IV
Gen IV

Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
American IPA / 4.50% ABV

3.64/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 3.73
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice whitish head and slightly hazy golden look from this beer. Looks pretty nice for a session IPA. My first impression of the nose is unripe grapefruit and malt, maybe something sweet in the back. Still doing pretty good in my book. Here is where the problem arises, it's got generally weak flavor, and the flavor, which itself isn't too bad, is a mix of slight hops bitter/citrus and slight malt(sort of no depth) Also, I think it would benefit this beer to have more carbonation but that's just my opinion.

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Cold Brew Coffee Stout
Cold Brew Coffee Stout

Hunga Dunga Brewing
American Stout

3.74/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.74
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2 ounce sample at Spokane Brewers Festival. Pours very dark brown with minimal loose foam. Aroma is strong coffee. Taste is more dark roast malt with distinct coffee notes.

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Tsonami Session IPA
Tsonami Session IPA

Sonoma Springs Brewing Co.
American IPA

3.64/5  rDev +27.7% | Avg: 2.85
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

amber and not particularly aromatic

tastes bready, herbal, slight piny bitter, finishes clean, no booze, very English sessiony, but with a slight American influence since I think the hops are American, more I drunk, the more Im ok with it, but not great

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Astro Dwarf
Astro Dwarf

Rhinegeist Brewery
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4.28/5  rDev +5.4% | Avg: 4.06
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Collaboration with Pipeworks. Canned on 8/3/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze and a big creamy eggshell white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice and full of ripe tropical fruit. Some sweet sticky grapefruit in the mix as well. Malts are there, but the hop aromas shine. The flavors are very clean, crisp and refreshing. Nice sharp bitterness. Nice hop flavors. Fresh grass is there along with some subtle hints of pine. Malts take a backseat. Finishes clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's on the fuller side of light with sharp active carbonation. It's slightly fluffy and extremely smooth. Easy drinking stuff.

This is a great collaboration and a great IPA. The craftsmanship is on point. It's highly enjoyable and very fun to drink. Well done. I know I'm giving it a high "numerical score", but there's something about this one that I really like.

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Iron Duke Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.70% ABV

4.32/5  rDev +3.1% | Avg: 4.19
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a 1 pint 9.7oz bottle of IDB Stud Finder at my local for 30% off sale local the craft brewers. This DIPA features "Topaz, an Australian hop standing alongside a variety of American favorites."

The bottle poured 2 full cloudy gold colored glassfuls with a nice foam head which laced the glass until gone. I was not taken aback by any new hop aromas of the brew and the taste is smooth and flows easily over the palate.
I'm still looking at a fully laced glass (ratings) as i finish the review and the last beer. My first IDB was a Baby Maker that went so well with a burger at the mall last winter. You can't beat local freshness. Try the Iron Duke brews......

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Leo V. Ursus: Fortem
Leo V. Ursus: Fortem

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV

3.98/5  rDev -5% | Avg: 4.19
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tall can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a pale haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam. It pretty much fills the bill!

Smell: rich, sweet, fruity aroma with just a hint of a perfumey quality and a richly malty base. Very intriguing!

Taste: sweet, above all; a nice fruitiness with an almost melon quality and fresh hop character is present as well. It's very tasty, although I'd say it's a bit on the heavy side.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a tasty and interesting DIPA. The melon fruitiness isn't something you see everyday; I like it.

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