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Hopkist
Hopkist

Ithaca Beer Company
American IPA / 4.75% ABV

3.99/5  rDev +9.9% | Avg: 3.63
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice refreshing brew - more or less a session, I think this would be better with more punchy citrus and a higher ABV - then again that changes the beer.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 17
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 17

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Baltic Porter / 9.20% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +5.5% | Avg: 3.99
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saint Arnold house yeast culture up front.
Very robust flavor with German Perle hops to balance sweetness.
Definently warming from alcohol. In a word I would define this beer as balanced.
Very drinkable Imperial Porter style. One for the ages.

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Morning Wood
Morning Wood

Funky Buddha Brewery
American Porter / 12.00% ABV

4.61/5  rDev -0.4% | Avg: 4.63
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a huge and magnificent beer obtained in a trade with the sunshine state.
This looks like a word class stout ought to very dark brown ( not quite black) and a mocha head that fades slowly sticking to the glass.
The aroma is incredible, wood, whiskey, vanilla ,and LOTS of it. The second pour and the third are almost as fragrant
slight quibble but this is about a notch too sweet, I'll get my sugar fix from Ben and Jerry still delightful, just saying
This coats the mouth/throat like cough syrup, wonderful.
Out of 700 plus ratings I may have given a dozen this high. Good stuff!

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Stone Enjoy By Chocolate & Coffee IPA
Stone Enjoy By Chocolate & Coffee IPA

Stone Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.40% ABV

3.34/5  rDev -10.5% | Avg: 3.73
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (enjoy by 02.14.17, bottled on 01/08/17). Beer is pale orange amber in color, and crystal clear. Looks exactly like IPA, except there's way less head than I'd expect from Stone. Aroma is... sweet a little bit? Flavor has more of the same sweetness, plus some mid-palate bitterness. There is a very faint earthy kind of flavor just on the roof of my mouth, which, I suppose, could be coffee. In the aftertaste again, a thin hint of coffee. Perhaps this is an IPA that leaves you with coffee breath. Either way, the coffee and chocolate flavors I was hoping for are super muted. And as a double IPA, it's really not that great. It hides the alcohol exquisitely, but the hop flavors are not at all fresh, and the beer is way less aromatic than it should be. There is something enjoyable about chewing on this one and experiencing the various diverse aspects included in this brew. But it's neither sessionable nor does it demand a repeat purchase.

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Winter Mess 2016
Winter Mess 2016

Brasserie de la Senne
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 8.50% ABV

3.45/5  rDev -6% | Avg: 3.67
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Murky dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is yeasty with belgian sugar, slightly burnt. Taste starts yeasty and spicy, quite balanced overall. Medium to light bodied, quite smooth carbonation for a Belgian ale. Overall it's decent but really generic.

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Brewer's Art Birdhouse Pale Ale
Brewer's Art Birdhouse Pale Ale

The Brewer's Art
Belgian Pale Ale / 5.00% ABV

3.99/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 3.85
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by May 5th.

The colour is gold. An inch of foam that seems to be long lasting.

I get some spice and yeast and a candi sugar like sweetness in the smell. Maybe some grassy hops.

Quite sweet from the candi sugar/caramel malt that the yeast is bringing. Spicy with some cloves hints of banana. Hops are way dialed down. Again, perhaps some grass.

Mouthfeel is fine.

No indication on the can that this was a Belgian Pale. For what it is, it's very good.

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Dragon's Milk
Dragon's Milk

New Holland Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

4.06/5  rDev +2.3% | Avg: 3.97
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 bottle, into a snifter.

I'm a big fan of barrel aged stouts, and have had a lot of them. This one is milder than many, but it strikes me that's a good thing, not a defect. Imagine an iced latte, milky and full of coffee (light roast, not Charbucks), with a dash of bourbon. That's what you get here. Well, not literally, but that's what Dragon's Milk reminds me of. It's got lots of vanilla, and it's sweeter than many stouts, but not excessively so.

It seems odd to call any BBA stout understated, but that's what this feels like. It's a delicious beer, and you can't beat the price.

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Gnomegeddon Blonde Ale
Gnomegeddon Blonde Ale

Brewery Ommegang
Belgian Strong Pale Ale / 9.50% ABV

4.38/5  rDev +9.2% | Avg: 4.01
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a bright golden orange with a bright white head, lots of carbonation, full, creamy head, good amount of lacing.

A: Lots of brett funkiness coming through, barnyard, horse stable, musty grassiness, wet hay, light stone fruits, touch of Belgian yeast, very nice.

T: First impression is that it's balanced, hit of brett notes, some spice notes like coriander and clove, finish has yeast notes like banana, apricot, bread, touch of brett in the finish, very nice.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, creamy, smooth, very drinkable.

O: Very tasty beer, it's balanced not overtly tart, just enough to another layer of flavor, great classic Belgian mouthfeel, very enjoyable.

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Stone Ripper
Stone Ripper

Stone Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.70% ABV

3.04/5  rDev -20.4% | Avg: 3.82
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not a big hop aroma that I thought I was gonna get, and more malt taste which was a surprise for a stone pale ale. Wasn't a big fan of this one but I am a big fan of stone so if they make Um I'll try um. Cheers

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Coffee Mamoot
Coffee Mamoot

Logboat Brewing Co.
English Pale Mild Ale / 4.00% ABV

4.11/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.11
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy brown with a finger of khaki head. Head retention was poor despite a foamy head. Very little lacing. Aroma is coffee, with a little caramel and bitterness. Coffee note is nice, with just the right touch. It refrains from being overpowering, or over roasted. Flavor profile still features coffee, just toned down. Bitter malts smooth out the simplistic flavor profile. Mouth feel is slippery/oily, and smooth, with a medium-thin thickness. Overall, a great beer. The coffee notes are nice, and still give the base beer plenty of room to shine.

Served in a Nonic Pint Glass. 12oz draft. Reviewed from notes.

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Black IPA
Black IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American Black Ale / 6.90% ABV

4.02/5  rDev +2.6% | Avg: 3.92
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass bottled on 12/15/16. Pours a very attractive near black, with a two plus finger light tan head that leaves gobs of lace behind.

Smell is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows expresso upfront, vanilla, biscuit, toffee, pine, and grapefruit in slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium or bigger, plenty of life, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is a very nice beer, pretty straight forward for the style, but very enjoyable.

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La Morena
La Morena

Cheluna Brewing Company
Hefeweizen / 6.00% ABV

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

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance- a darker orange than most hefe's; hazy almost purée like; head is a medium creamy white that leaves decent lacing!
Smell - orange peel with hints of banana, clove and coriander.
Taste - sweet, a touch tangy and just enough banana to give a nice well rounded flavor!
Feel - light, but teetering towards medium body; sweet and tangy, well rounded!
Overall - too bad Cheluna doesn't have an outdoor patio, as they have some beers that are excellent patio beers, including this Hefe!

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License To Dance
License To Dance

4 Hands Brewing Co.
American Wild Ale / 8.00% ABV

3.72/5  rDev -1.1% | Avg: 3.76
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

License to Dance: Collaboration between 4Hands and Logboat brewing. 4oz draft pour reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear orange-straw color with a finger of khaki head. Okay head retention with great lacing. Aroma is cherry, citrus, with some sort of punchy, industrial cleaner funk. Flavor profile is a little better with cherry, and lemon. It does have a lactic sour funk to the flavor profile, which is well executed. Balanced flavor profile despite a startling off-putting note in the aroma. Mouth feel is a little fizzy, but otherwise medium-thin. Overall, a promising brew, but the industrial cleaner note in the aroma is off-putting. Trying to sniff around it proved nigh on impossible.

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Zoe
Zoe

Maine Beer Company
American Amber / Red Ale / 7.20% ABV

4/5  rDev -4.5% | Avg: 4.19
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a small, off-white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of some pine and citrus hops along with toasted malt.

Tastes of the toasted malts layered with some hops. Malts lead off with notes of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. This gives way to some molasses and more burnt flavors. Hops come next with citrus and pine mostly. Some dark fruits comes towards the end before a malty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done amber.

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Saison
Saison

Rock Bridge Brewing Co.
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.84/5  rDev +4.9% | Avg: 3.66
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color with vibrant carbonation bubbles within the body. There's a quarter inch of dishwater white on top. The aroma is of earthy, peppery saison yeast and light biscuity malt. The taste is comprised of the earthy, peppery yeast, but there's a banana note at the end that is more along the lines of a hefeweizen. The body is light, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

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Toats
Toats

Modist Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.80% ABV

3.74/5  rDev -1.8% | Avg: 3.81
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a crowler purchased at Top Ten Liquor in SLP. No date. Pours a dark, hazy amber with a finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass. Huge citrus aroma with notes of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Hops dominate the flavor which is not surprising considering, as stated on the can, "made with over 50% oats". Not much malt to carry the load. Flavors of orange, or rather tangerine, grapefruit, and a touch of lemon. The body is where you expect the oats to play their part, and they do. It is not a big, full body, but it is extremely smooth and nicely carbonated. But with the lack of malt it falls away all too quick. Interesting take on the session IPA and it offers more than just "hop water" but I would of wanted a little bit more depth in flavor and body.

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Fully Frothed
Fully Frothed

Other Half Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.54/5  rDev +4.4% | Avg: 4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much nose considering the big and interesting taste that follows - a little melon. I get fruit punch, honey dew, a bit of cotton candy (no, I left my crack pipe in the other room), guava, mango. Nice dank follow up that dispels any an expected sweetness. Smooth with nice carbonation. I don't get any hint at all of the 8.5. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. Lots going on from a flavor point of view and some flavors that I am not sure I have experienced in an NE style IPA. I really like this a lot. My first Other Half - now I need more.

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Pálida
Pálida

Cheluna Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

3.98/5  rDev +5.9% | Avg: 3.76
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance- gold with just a little carbonation; medium white head that thins out as it sits and leaves decent lacing.
Smell - I detect more juicy citrus fruit and floral hops that set the tone for IPA's that I typically prefer!
Taste - promoted as a well balanced malty IPA, I get more hop forward and bitter rather than sweet! There is a very subtle spicy chili pepper thing going on too that provides a nice little kick!
Feel - a bit of dank bitterness that is sustained from first to last sip!
Overall - solid offering that I suspect with be Cheluna's best seller.

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Marble / Odell / Stone Megawheat Double IPA
Marble / Odell / Stone Megawheat Double IPA

Stone Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.40% ABV

3.96/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 3.85
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peachy color with lots of head.

Dank Aroma with slight garden herb (basil, cilantro, thyme) aromas. Faint wheat malt.

Super clean and refreshing with flavors of dry wheat, onion, and pine. Crisp finish.

Feel is crisp, slightly resinous.

Overall a great DIPA.

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Bright W/ Citra
Bright W/ Citra

Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.80% ABV

4.65/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 4.52
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: More translucent than the typical Tree House IPA, but moderately hazy with a thick and lush white head
S: Grapefruit and Meyer lemons
T: A bit more acerbic hoppy profile than I was expecting that is somewhat reminiscent of the Mosaic-hopped original, but the Citra hops balance out the flavors with rich tangerines, grapefruits, and a lemon/lime mix
F: Soft, slightly creamy, and subtle carb
O: I was really looking forward to this Bright variant and was not disappointed in the least. Fans of the Bright series will love the juicy and tropical fruit counterbalance to the Mosaic-driven base beer. Exceptionally executed as always and a smooth, citrusy ride from start to finish.

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Meriwether
Meriwether

Perennial Artisan Ales
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.72/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep yellow with a little fog to it. Head foamed up to just a finger in my 16oz draft pour. Aroma is of lemon zest, with some floral yeast esters. Flavor profile is simple, with citrus, lemon, floral hops, and some yeast esters to it. Mouth feel is bubbly and effervescent with a medium-thin thickness. Overall, a good saison, but certainly not great. Feels somewhat lacking as an experience.

16oz draft. Reviewed from notes.

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Troubadour Blond Ale
Troubadour Blond Ale

Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgian Pale Ale / 6.50% ABV

3.82/5  rDev -4% | Avg: 3.98
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opens with a barely audible pop, pour a hazy amber with a minimal head. Smells pretty, like a sweet bread, yeast, grains, sweet fruits & a bit of hoppy spiceyness. But the flavor is subdued,it tastes a bit watered down. And flat. But after it vacates the mouth, that's when the flavor comes out & it's very long lasting & pleasant. Even the missing carbonation feels like it's there. Very strange, a disappointment while drinking & yet, very nice after consumed.

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House Brew
House Brew

Torn Label Brewing Co.
American Stout / 6.50% ABV

4.14/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.01
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brown so dark it's nearly black. A khaki head foams up to a finger in height. Aroma is pumped full of coffee, roasted and biscuit malts, and wheat. Flavor profile is very similar, with coffee shining through the crowd. So much coffee, it's almost on the border of being an "iced coffee beer". Wheat and biscuit malts supplement the coffee well. Mouth feel is slightly grainy with some carbonation harshness, but nothing bad. Thickness is right at medium. Overall, a fantastic every day drinking beer with coffee. It's a pleasant twist on standard wheat beers.

Served in a pint glass. Draft.

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Windows Up
Windows Up

Alpine Beer Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.48/5  rDev +6.2% | Avg: 4.22
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear gold with a very solid head, looks pretty damn good

smell is sweet and juicy. citrus notes abound

taste is super clean and hoppy. nice bitterness but balances out with sweetness. this is a pretty damn good beer. smooth drinker with lots of flavor

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Barrel Roll No. 4 Wing Over
Barrel Roll No. 4 Wing Over

Hangar 24 Brewery
American Barleywine / 13.80% ABV

4.27/5  rDev +6.5% | Avg: 4.01
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color and is capped by three fingers of ecru foam; excellent stickage; shards of lacing hang around

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit, pine, oak and Rye whiskey; boozy aromatics

Taste: Caramel, fig and herbal pine tones forward but it doesn't take long for the barrels to make an impact - the Rye moreso than the Bourbon; strong Rye flavors through the middle and into the finish; considerable warmth in the gullet

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: You need to like Rye whiskey to like this beer as it is overpowering; this is a 2016 bottle so I imagine it will become more complex with age

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