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SMASH Pale Ale
SMASH Pale Ale

Microbrasserie Charlevoix
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.20% ABV

3.41/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.41
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Saint-Pub: Clear golden color with moderate activity. Light creamy beige 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with shy legs. Flavors of caramel, sweet barley, lemon, and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with crispy carbonation, and light prickly. Light to medium strength finish, moderate maillard effect, a bit bready and dominantly malty. Good freshness, decent intensity, well balanced. Overall good quality craft.

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Gueuze Tilquin (Draught Version)
Gueuze Tilquin (Draught Version)

Gueuzerie Tilquin
Gueuze / 4.80% ABV

4.44/5  rDev +3% | Score: 4.31
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 250ml draft pour into a Tilquin gueuze glass at Moeder Lambic Fontainas.

Appearance: A lightly hazy orange colour with a just over one finger creamy white head that had decent retention and left nice curtain lacing.

Aroma: Strong barnyard funk, lemon peel, light vinegar and chalk.

Taste: Lightly sour, tart, green apple, lemon peel, funk and oak.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: Very nice, complex and easy drinking.

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Daylight Savings IPA
Daylight Savings IPA

Flying Fish Brewing Company
American IPA / 4.90% ABV

3.82/5  rDev +1.6% | Score: 3.76
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We had a recent tasting at The FGBS with the local Flying Fish rep, who coincidentally lives only a block or so from my Mom-Za's house here in Lancaster, PA. At the end of the event, I was asked if I would like any of the leftovers for takeaway. A check of this site showed that I had not reviewed this beer, although my local, in-person trade, tone77, had! This represented an egregious error on the part of The CANQuest (tm) & so I snatched one up for review & rating.

From the CAN: " This refreshing session IPA starts with a base Pilsner and Vienna Malt and then showcases the multiple additions of Warrior, Azacca and Citra hops, yielding tropical aromatics with hints of mango and grapefruit."

I was so anxious to Crack! the vent that once it was opened, I went with an inverted Glug since I knew that this was an extremely fresh CAN. Boy, did the foam ever come boiling up! I was momentarily frightened, but then it formed a dense cap of two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention that slowly fell back, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus for a taste. Nose definitely smelled of Azacca and Citra with loads of bitter grapefruit offset by sweet mango. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, about on par for the style. The taste maintained a greater bitterness than I usually get in these Session AIPAs, but it was not as intense as on the nose. Instead, the sweet tropical fruitiness seemed to have a greater presence and while it was okay, that is not in keeping with the style's hallmark bitterness. Session AIPAs need to be their own separate style, IMHO. Finish was dry and refreshing, but I felt unfulfilled. Still as a Summer seasonal beer, it would definitely have a place in my cooler when headed to the beach. YMMV.

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Word Play
Word Play

Interboro Spirits and Ales
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.06/5  rDev -3.8% | Score: 4.22
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer at Interboro, having never had this before. Love the brews from Tired Hands that I've been able to trade for in front of Other Half and this carried on their legacy as it was quite smooth, sweet, and crushable. Lots of dank fruit and sweetness in this as it went down incredibly easy for something with 8.00% ABV!

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Natty Rush Watermelon Smash
Natty Rush Watermelon Smash

Anheuser-Busch
American Malt Liquor / 8.00% ABV

4.61/5  rDev +51.6% | Score: 3.04
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've already reviewed Blue Frostbite and Hurricane Punch Natty Rush flavors. Both were enjoyed and I noted Anheuser-Busch's ability to create better flavored malt beverages (FMBs) than any other brewer, with Tilt still being my all-time #1 most missed FMB.

This 25 fluid ounce can isn't fresh, with a canned on date of 17291 (October 18th, 2017) it was purchased in June of 2018. The A-B distributor in my area is garbage.

I'll say up front that I'm not a fan of watermelon flavored FMBs.

As always, reviewed within the style of flavored malt beverages.

A: A hard pour into a short 12 ounce glass leaves a two finger head and tons of champagne-like bubbles racing to the surface. Head settles into less than one finger but persists. Some pink foam on top that lasts much longer than expected. Thick and healthy lacing. Beer is a super-clear cranberry color. Reminds me of Cherry 7-UP.

S: Fresh watermelon. Not candy-like or artificial. Nothing off-putting. No booziness at all, I can't even tell this has alcohol in it! Not sugary sweet like most FMBs. Impressive!

T: Well balanced. Again, not sugary sweet. From the beginning to the end it's 50/50 sweet and sour. The sourness was not expected and puts the drinkability through the roof! Watermelon flavor is reserved and not as strong as it smells. Bitterness lingers and invites another drink.

M: Some alcohol warming on the drink down. Carbonation is creamy and slightly lacks a needed tightness/kick.

O: Anheuser-Busch is putting on a clinic with the Natty Rush line. Whoever makes the Mike's Harder line needs to pay for lessons because this is how it's done. Tasty, reserved, refreshing, and drinkable. Damn.

Hey A-B, how about making a Lime flavor of Natty Rush that is the same flavor as green Tilt was? I'd buy that by the case!

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The Garden Milk Stout
The Garden Milk Stout

The Garden Brewery
English Stout / 4.10% ABV

3.57/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.57
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml can, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.1%. Black colour, moderate beige head. Roasty aroma of chocolate and mild coffee. Medium dry flavour, coffee notes, hints of chocolate, Moderate hops.

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Oppigårds 15 Years of Independence Pale Ale
Oppigårds 15 Years of Independence Pale Ale

Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.50% ABV

4.34/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.12
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an unclear yellow with fine, soapy foam.

Smell is crisp and citrusy, with notes of pineapple and a hint of bready malt.

Taste is refreshing and fruity. A very nice, slightly sweet maltbase supports a perfectly blanced bitterness, and notes of citrus, pine and some melon. This is how you do a modern pale ale.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a terrific pale ale, which is a style Oppigårds have always been very good at. This, however, feels more modern than their other offerings, and is pretty much a perfect summer beer.

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Transboro Steel
Transboro Steel

Interboro Spirits and Ales
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.70% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +5.6% | Score: 3.96
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Interboro late last year, finally getting around to it on this mild night at the beginning of astronomical summer. Loved the can design the the fact that two of my favorite breweries in this area collaborated on this and thankfully, the end result was a beer worthy of both of their monikers.

Lovely pour to this as the liquid, was golden, bright, and radiant with a moderately sufficient head to top it off. Surprisingly, not a lot of lacing was left on the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this. Lots of Belgian yeast, fruity esthers, grain, and spicy bead on the nose as the taste had all of these in the mix as well. Lots of bready malt, bright citrus juice, sour grass, and lemon on the palate along with floral spice, minty herbal notes, and a moderate and muted tangerine slickness to tie everything in together. Impressed with how understated but solid the feel of this was as it felt Belgian without being overly strong or yeasty as the feeling of lively bread was enough to carry the day here...

There were plenty of hints that this had enough booze in it but in the end, it was the sensual notes that carried the day. Dated 12/13 on the bottom of the can with "BELGIUM COMES TO INTERBORO" written above it, this was such a winner as it featured the best of borh breweries in an immensely likeable brew. Enjoyed this from start to finish, down to the last drop...

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Pilsner
Pilsner

Hop Federation
German Pilsener / 5.50% ABV

3.51/5  rDev -5.6% | Score: 3.72
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairy clear yellow, with some fine foam.

Smell is floral and a bit bready with a hint of lemon.

Taste is citrusy with some sweetness to it, and a nice floral hoppiness. Notes of oranges and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly undercarbonated.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. It is NOT a pilsner however. I could go for India Pale Lager, but there is just not nearly enough malt to be a pilsner.

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Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008)
Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008)

Hanlons Brewery
Old Ale / 11.90% ABV

4.9/5  rDev +18.6% | Score: 4.13
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This bottle was gifted to me at my wedding in 2016. Bottled in 2005, the brew pours a dense black/brown into my small tulip glass, with no head and little carbonation to be seen. It smells immense - chocolate, molasses, raisins, burnt brown sugar - extremely enticing. Tge taste is smooth, sweet and shockingly drinkable for how boozy it is. Lots of caramel notes come with hints of espresso and raw cacao. Slight fruitiness on the back end with tidbits of warm prune and dark chocolate covered black cherry. The feel is sticky in a sugary way. Moves slowly down the palate and delites each second it goes down. Wonderful.

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Bayern Dragon's Breath
Bayern Dragon's Breath

Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Dunkelweizen / 6.00% ABV

4.41/5  rDev +23.5% | Score: 3.57
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber colour, great head and good lacing. Very beautiful.

Flavor wise; bananas are low in the mix, cloves punch through the haze, and then the sweet malts settles in and it is good. Carbonation is medium and great.

Very, very good !

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DKML
DKML

Founders Brewing Company
American Malt Liquor / 14.20% ABV

3.86/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.86
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin clear light amber-ish gold with medium bubbles to the body with a white head rising almost two fingers length off the body. Slightly sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light alcohol scent which is nice after it warms up and the potency does level up a bit but there's nothing else.

Taste: Malt and hops with an overwhelming alcohol characteristic which makes your palates think about what are you really drinking.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a super sticky scotch after tone. Might be the closest spirit tasting beer I've had in my life and I have had a lot.

Overall: Good brew but drinking two back to back would be overkill for some. Happy drinking and Salud!

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Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout
Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout

Mother Earth Brew Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.10% ABV

4.32/5  rDev +9.1% | Score: 3.96
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a foamy 2 finger head. Almost completely pitch black but you can see some carbonation. This is a beautiful drink.

S: Definitely smell the peanut butter. In addition to that, it has all the right notes for an imperial stout. Coffee, chocolate, malt, some roasted flavors, but the sweetness of the peanut butter cuts right through it. Not sure how I feel about this.

T: Starts off with some nuttiness which transitions into a nice deep malty chocolate flavor and crescendos into a big peanut butter finish. Terrific if you're a fan of peanut butter cups. Alcohol is hidden well. Sweetness is a little much, but I didn't imagine peanut butter could be integrated so nicely into a beer.

O: I'm a fan. It's not for all occasions, but when you want both a beer and a peanut butter cup, this is the go to beer.

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Every Little Step
Every Little Step

Mirage Beer Company
German Pilsener / 4.50% ABV

3.47/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.47
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Dry hopped PIls" is the entire description. Appearance is golden yellow with a modest swirl of foam in the Brigand chalice. Light body with a frothy mouthfeel. Aromatic with resins and something flowery.

Not exactly a typical PIlsner. Hops are bitter but not at all perfumey. Moderate bit of malt with a pleasant sweetness to start. MIneral finish and long bitter and herbal aftertaste. Oversteeped green tea, lingering. Well, it goes down alright, but the promise is better than the follow-through. From the 16 oz can in a four-pack purchased at Elizabeth Station.

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Tonight At Noon
Tonight At Noon

Interboro Spirits and Ales
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

3.5/5  rDev -4.1% | Score: 3.65
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to like this collab between Interboro and Pipeworks as I think both of them have made some fabulous beers that I've been lucky enough to get my hands on. While this wasn't a drain pour, this had an odd taste and a *very* thin consistency to it that wasn't fitting for a Russian Imperial Stout. It was a welcome change from the IPA's that I'm used to from these guys, but there wasn't much of any heft outside of the amount of alcohol that was present...

Of course, the pour to this was dark - root beer-like with a mocha head full of big bubbles that quickly, and loudly, settled down. No lacing could be seen on the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this and there was quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the liquid too, but that was probably more to do with me than the way this was crafted. Milk and bitter chocolate, cherry, and booze filled the subdued nose as the taste featured all of those as well. Licorice, nuts, and red wine filled my palate as I sipped this but seriously, how many Russian Imperial Stouts have those flavors in their profile? The roast wheat gave this a mild burnt feel and plenty of body but this just seemed too odd to me to ever fully catch on...

Of course, this was plenty strong but that was a detraction as this went down *too* easily for a beer of this sort. This had a date of 10/4 from last year with "LIFE AFTER DARK" written above it but even if I had this fresh, I doubt that I would have warmed up to it (no pun intended). A rare misfire from both parties involved - at least the label was worth holding onto...

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Hiding Place
Hiding Place

Hudson Valley Brewery
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.45/5  rDev +1.6% | Score: 4.38
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can, dated 5/22/18, won in auction. Cannot attest to storage, but was cold when I got it. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Small 1F or so white bubbly head, with very poor retention. Leaves no lacing and a very thin ring. Beer is a hazy golden yellow.

S: Very complex nose, with grapefruit and rosemary (!!!) and grape and orange and yeastiness and lactose all involved. You have to be REALLY careful with rosemary in beer. Tried only one and in the words of Men on Film, HATED IT. This seems more promising...

T: Man, this is complex. Certainly more than any IPA I've tried. Grapefruit, lime, grape, orange, and very well-controlled rosemary. Grains and yeastiness hold it all in check. Sour flavor kept controlled.

F: Medium body with light carbonation. Very solid construction and balance holding this work together.

O: Solid and very complex sour IPA.

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Mystic Topaz
Mystic Topaz

Revision Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.33/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.33
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a tall, narrow pint (Green Cheek nucleated flute). According to a black ink canning date on the underside of the can, this was packaged on June 14, 2018 (just seven days ago!)—“WAKE AND BAKE BY THE LAKE 06/14/18”. Purchased at the brewery, went into a cooler, and transferred to my fridge as soon as I got home. Fresh, cool, clean.

Appearance (4.0): Two and a half fingers of chunky, ecru foam rise off of the pour, capping a hazy, not quite foggy pale yellowish-tan body. The body is … fine, but the head is pretty. It dies down slowly, leaving a rocky puck of foam and broad, scattered arcs of delicate, leggy lacing around the glass, punctuated by a few meringue-y clumps here and there.

Smell (4.75): The nose is straight up candy fruity fun: orange Otter Pops, crushed pineapple, oily ruby grapefruit zest, tangy limeade, pineapple basil, and lemon Claeys candies. A hint of slightly resinous dankness adds subtle, raw veneer. Some grain comes through, too, showing raw oats, cracked wheat, and boule crust. I loooooove this nose.

Taste (4.25): On the palate, the beer is lean and dry, offering a funky, slightly musky papaya flavor married to a grassy, lemony bitterness with a dank, resinous tingle on the back end. The malt/grain body comes through here nicely, as the perfect pairing for that grassy, lemony, slightly floral hop profile—it’s dry and a little floury, with a subtle, crisp starchiness, like a crisp flatbread (like a cross between whole grain and sourdough Wasa crispbread). The strange confluence of grassy, lemony, and resinous comes through on the back end, washing away the already lean grain presence with a slightly sour hop flourish that leaves only a light bitterness that never approaches overbearing. No sign of booze, which is good for 7% ABV.

Mouthfeel (4.0): This is a surprisingly easy drinker, with a medium-full, solidly medium-weight body with a creamy, juicy feel. That said, it lifts up gently and leaves little behind, despite only a modest carbonation that spreads evenly and foams softly on its way out. The hops come through and clean it all up on the back end without leaving any parching or astringent feel to linger. It’s juicy and chewy, but light and crisp at the same time.

Overall (4.25): I really, really like this beer. I know what more I’d like to see on the palate and in the feel, but the nose really impressed me. Regarding the appearance, there’s only so much you can do with hazy IPAs (though they can be gorgeous, in my opinion). All that said, the flavor and feel were great—they just happen to pale in comparison to the nose. Psyched to drink another one, and psyched to revisit my initial impressions. Recommended!

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Supah Phunk #7
Supah Phunk #7

Hermit Thrush Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.90% ABV

4.25/5  rDev -1.2% | Score: 4.3
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can dated 11/30/17. Seems pretty close to Phunks #5 and #6, but not as good as well as I can judge from memory and prior reviews. Probably a factor of freshness and storage. This one's been sitting somewhere for 6 months, probably at room temperature. My previous tastings for #5 and #6 were of cans a month or two old.

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Bel Air Sour
Bel Air Sour

Brooklyn Brewery
American Wild Ale / 5.80% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +4.3% | Score: 3.92
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is fruit, mild tropical fruit and dank/slightly skunky. The flavor is fruit/candy, malts, tropical fruit and a slightly sugary/very tart/dry finish.

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False Pattern
False Pattern

Modist Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.50% ABV

4.13/5  rDev +1% | Score: 4.09
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It’s another shrink wrapped can my third of the evening is everything plastic— this particular one is decorated with maze artwork— and now I’m wondering if there’s a start/finish to the maze as it’s actually quite intricate— or is it really just a false pattern..

The can states “..brewed with a grip of oats and juicy hops”. I’m assuming a grip of oats means fist fulls — as in a lot. By the way, these oats show up later in a good way.

Pours the now popular/typical hazy PA/IPA style which is a cloudy pineapple yellowish orange. This has a foamy white cap that initially looks weak but thickens a bit as it lays down and is persistent and sticky at about a half inch.

I’m getting faint citrus notes, lemongrass, even fainter mango and papaya on the nose.

Taste is just like the smell only a bit stronger laying in the mango, papaya, peach, with a clean citrusy bitterness on the finish. An easy drinking tasty beer one can enjoy.

Body is straight up medium, but it holds well across the tongue and it must be the grip of oats lending some heft resulting in a soft but solid carb almost chewy. Very nice.

One of the better tropical hazy style PA’s for sure. I’d buy more and I’d like to see this amped up to a IPA.

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South Side SMaSH Vol. 2
South Side SMaSH Vol. 2

Town Square Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.10% ABV

3.37/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.37
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1L howler from the genial brewpub on Edmonton's deep southside. Yeah. Anyways, this is made with both experimental malt (from Red Shed, natch) and experimental hops, the number I won't bore you with.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of chunky archipelago pattern lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, some cucumber/dill/split pea vegetal notes, a subtle earthy yeastiness, and very tame leafy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a mixed green vegetable acerbity, laid-back yeast, some damp minerality, and more earthy, musky, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-baiting frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and sort of smooth, as that acrid veggie thing seems to get everywhere here, like sand in your kid's clothes at the playground. It finishes trending dry, the malt wavering, while the salad in a glass thing persists.

Overall - yeah, whatever experiment that they've got going on here has not exactly yielded tremendous results. This is just too edgy, too bitter in the wrong way, for me to actually recommend it as an attractive option, which really pains me to say - however, I did pay for it, so I guess not really THAT much.

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Tennent's Sweetheart Stout
Tennent's Sweetheart Stout

Tennent Caledonian Breweries
Milk / Sweet Stout / 2.00% ABV

2.56/5  rDev +12.3% | Score: 2.28
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

£ 1.45/500 mL can at SPAR, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland.
Can dated “31/DEC/18” on bottom. Served at room temperature in an imperial pint glass.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Brown, clear.
Head – Huge (Maximum 11 cm, controlled center pour), tan, creamy, excellent retention, slooowly diminishing to an irregular five mm ring and complete layer. Gobs of lacing remain after head retraction.
Lacing – Very good – thick, wide rings of predominantly tiny bubbles.
First pour – Brown, clear.
Aroma – 3 - Slightly sweet, malt.
Flavor – 2 - Sweet. No discernible flavors of malt or lactose. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 2.5 – Sweet, flavorless mess. Drain pour.

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Merroir
Merroir

Mollusk Restaurant & Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA)

3.94/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.6
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly clear pale amber with modest foam in the Brigand chalice. Quite spritzy and tangy on the tongue. "Brewed with lemons" is the only comment from Mollusk, and it does have lemons and oysters on the label. It's more malty than hoppy. Hints of citrus in the nose and more in the flavor, which is mostly bready.

This is an interesting lighter style of beer (5% ABV). But in Mollusk fashion they manage to make even a Pale Ale something oddball. Still, it's very drinkable and not overly flavored. It combines a malty mouthfeel with a refreshing watery aftertaste that has just a smack of citrus. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station up north.

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Empyrean
Empyrean

Hudson Valley Brewery
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.29/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.29
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 5/22/18. Won in auction. Can't speak for storage, but cold when I got it. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 1F+ white filmy head with poor retention. Leaves only a tiny bit of lacing and a ring. Beer is a very hazy yellow/gold/orange and almost seethes with light.

S: Intriguing mixture of orange and grapefruit, sour yeast, and lactose. Those aren't supposed to go together!

T: But they do! Sour citrus, especially grapefruit and lemon, moderated with smooth flaky oats and lactose sugar. Yeasty. Finish is more sour than bitter, and is well-controlled (depending on your tolerance for sour, of course).

F: Medium body, pretty well-carbonated. Construction and balance on this difficult variety is superb, as the flavors are well-controlled. It's quite drinkable, and has just a little too much body to be poundable (no body and the sour flavor runs away, I would think).

O: Sour IPAs are a very odd thing, but I really like what they've done here.

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The Father
The Father

Half Pints Brewing Company
Dubbel / 7.20% ABV

3.82/5  rDev +1.6% | Score: 3.76
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle - holy (sorry) shit, Half Pints is back in Alberta! And with a mixed pack of their trinity series. I should have reviewed this one last Sunday, but, y'know!

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather fizzy tan head, which leaves some decent melting iceberg profile lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, some white grape and bruised apple fruitiness, brown sugar syrup, a hint of Belgian yeastiness, and some very plain earthy, musty, and floral noble hoppiness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee thing, muddled dark orchard fruity esters, fading Low Countries yeast, mild indistinct spicy notes, and more understated leafy, earthy, and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather laid-back in its bored-seeming frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of estery yeast making a small fuss about here. It finishes trending dry, the malt bottoming out, while the yeast and acrid fruitiness persists.

Overall - this comes across as an affable enough version of the style, one definitely not as sweet as the norm, but ever the more quaffable because of it. An oldie, but a goodie, and I'm looking forward to the other two parts of this particular triad.

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