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Born Again Yesterday
Born Again Yesterday

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 7.00% ABV

4.12/5  rDev -1.4% | Avg: 4.18
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours hazy golden with a fluffy white head that lasts forever. tropical and floral smells turn into honeydew and pineapple, much more complex than i was expecting. well balanced and bursting with hops, this was a delicious beer. piney in all the right ways.

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Worker's Comp Saison
Worker's Comp Saison

Two Roads Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 4.80% ABV

3.99/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 3.86
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy golden colored body with white head

Smell - ginger, coriander, clove, lemon, yeast, lemongrass

Taste - lemongrass, ginger, clove, coriander, lemon

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus burst upfront, ginger/clove in the finish

Overall - very well done saison here, worthy of a re-visit

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Saison Dupont
Saison Dupont

Brasserie Dupont sprl
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.50% ABV

4.13/5  rDev -1.2% | Avg: 4.18
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is pretty solid, a bottle conditioned brew which if poured correctly leaves a light hazy body and medium head. The head is quick to scarper, but the hazy body is consistent.

Aroma is definitely on the citrus side, but is clearly an inviting brew.

Taste and feel are both very good. A light hoppy taste is just subtle enough to want more, and is quite a thirst quencher.

I like to think this is how a beer should be, probably different from bottle to bottle, but gets a thumbs up and a couple of solid boofs from the bujon.

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Apocalypse IPA
Apocalypse IPA

10 Barrel Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

3.88/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.87
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A solid, if unexceptional IPA. I happen to like the look of unfiltered beer, and the look of this ale is perhaps the strongest thing about it, even though it doesn't retain much of a head. The smell is suitably hoppy, somewhat citrusy. The flavor is pleasant. A tad bit more piney than is my preference. A slight bitterness remains at the back of the throat. Carbonation is moderate.

All in all, a decent ale, and refreshing on a warm or hot day.

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Gunner's Daughter
Gunner's Daughter

Mast Landing Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout / 5.50% ABV

4.25/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.32
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate head but it leaves beige rings after every sip. The liquid is nearly black. No light passes even along the edge.

Deep chocolate aroma. It reminds me of Coco puffs. It's sweet with a semisweet chocolate nose.

Light chalkiness to the strong darker cocoa flavor. Lots of carbonation to the relatively rich body. The finish is darker and less sweet but it never crosses over to mocha flavor-wise. The aftertaste is like Baker's chocolate--with no discernable sweetness.

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Leitmotif - Opus 03
Leitmotif - Opus 03

Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 4.00% ABV

4/5  rDev +8.7% | Avg: 3.68
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap at the brewery

Light fizzy head fades with decent lacing, murky blond yellow color

Nose fruity, tart lemony, little orange more Clementine or tart orange, little farmhouse funk and saison spices, straw malt wheat, toasted, little grassy hop

Taste mild sweet malt, bread dough wheat, creamy wheat, toasted notes, touch floral grassy hop, tart lemony and orange but again like a tart Clementine, juicy little bitter rind, bright citrus

Mouth is lighter bod, decent fluffy carb, little acidity

Overall not bad, nice creamy wheat with tart slight lemony and tart Clementine, enjoyable summer beer

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Molten Mirrors
Molten Mirrors

3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.60% ABV

4.66/5  rDev +4.3% | Avg: 4.47
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 3-2-17. Served in a Three Floyds pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that didn't stick around for too long. Not much lacing, either. I like the aroma a lot, it smells like peaches and more peaches. Peach nectar/juice and fresh peaches dominate the aroma, but there's also some grainy malt and citrus noticeable too. As the aroma is mostly sweet and fruity, there's a lot of sourness in the taste. It tastes like tart and sweet peaches, citrus, vinegar, tropical fruit and earthiness. Reminds me of eating some sour candy, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's acidic but easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I really liked this a lot, it's probably my favorite brew of 2017 so far! I need to find another bottle or two of this, if you like peaches this is a must try beer! $16.99 a bomber.

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Washed Up
Washed Up

Sand City Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.4/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.37
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, light golden color with a huge white head that was well retained and left lots of blotchy lacing. Smells of tropical fruits, citrus and a hint of pine. Tastes of mangos, peaches, oranges, hint of grapefruit, sweet malts and piney bitterness. Well carbonated, medium bodied, smooth, crisp and clean.

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The Alchemist
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.00% ABV

4.17/5  rDev -1.2% | Avg: 4.22
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black, with a decent thumb's worth of head. Smell is roasts, chocolate and a touch of hops. Taste is dominated by roasts, and then hops sneak in along with some chocolate. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Nice lingering bitterness makes this a nice drink.

Wasn't really sure what to expect from this, but I did know it would be nice...turns out it's very nice.

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Mosaic IPA
Mosaic IPA

Lost Nation Brewing
American IPA / 5.50% ABV

4.47/5  rDev +7.7% | Avg: 4.15
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can dated 3/24/17 (1 month old) Pours a cloudy but bright gold color. half finger bright white pillowy head - very attractive looking beer.

Aroma is also bright with wafts of grapefruit and sweet tropical back notes.

Taste is all hops as this is a thinly malted beer with maybe a touch of sweetness behind it. Hop flavors start off sweeter like tropical fruit but quickly give way to citrus tones before ending with a faint pine note. Just a great flavor profile.

Feel is thin without much malt, which is what this style is about. With the low alcohol (5.5%) there is no burn, only fresh yet light flavor. This is a great summer IPA for sure!

I gotta have some more of this brought down. Wish I was closer.

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Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA
Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA

New Belgium Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

2.52/5  rDev -33.9% | Avg: 3.81
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

I was very excited when I saw this on the shelf as I've enjoyed several other New Belgium beers. This one was a big disappointment, and I'm convinced it was an unfortunate bad batch.

Pours a medium amber/gold color. Thick white head that quickly dissipates. Medium lacing that lasts through the entirety of the beer.

It smells very good. Strong pine scent with floral and spicy notes and a little citrus.

Taste was of wet cardboard. The cardboard flavor is overwhelming and can't be overcome. This beer clearly was either introduced to oxygen when it shouldn't have or bad yeast during the fermentation process.

Mouthfeel was average for a strong IPA. Strong, but not chewable like I would have liked with something this high ABV.

Overall, I give it a 2 because my overall experience was ruined by the fact that it tasted like cardboard.

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Cloudwater Brew Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

4.66/5  rDev +7.4% | Avg: 4.34
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared by Justin. Thank you sir! 49/50 on the top rated beers list. Caution light yellow body, hazy, white soapy head. Aromas of melon, pineapple, guava. Hop forward and delicious. Super juicy. Absolutely wonderful.

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Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War)
Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War)

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.10% ABV

4.33/5  rDev +5.6% | Avg: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with a dense finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Aroma is a combination of citrus and tropical fruit. Some dankness and raw green hop smells as well. The flavor is quite bitter and dominated by the hops. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango with a little pine and earthiness. Full bodied IPA and wonderfully carbonated leaves an outstanding texture on the palate.

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Son Of A Baptist
Son Of A Baptist

Epic Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.00% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +1.2% | Avg: 4.14
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a snifter glass. DYNAMITE!

Creamed good two finger topped, and slow settle to a finger of a nice khaki to light tan head on creation. Dark mahogany brown body color with not much see through clarity, quite opaque, and hardly a hue to be had. Nice looking brew.

Good solid creamed coffee with touches of an almost tannic walnut like character. Minor sensing dark chocolate with an almost husky grain like quality as well. Stays away from rich lage flavors but just solid ones.

Palate makes a fun run. Creamy and nearly silky body, with a light texture but plenty of coating flavors that last on first sip. Nutty coffee and milky cream sensation with minor roast and husky like grains hit quite a bit it seems in the mid palate. Finishes a little sticky and a bit tannic, but with excellent dark chocolate bitterness on the finish that lingers. Plentiful amounts of roast coffee, and even a piping like quality.

Excellent coffee stout, even though the nibs angle doesn't seem obvious, other coco qualities seem to push the beer into interesting and very tasty territories. Well done.

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The Reverend
The Reverend

Avery Brewing Company
Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.00% ABV

4.08/5  rDev +6.3% | Avg: 3.84
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a can into my Big Eddy snifter. It's a nice reddish brown with a small tan head that leaves some nicely laced glass,
S: Fruit.
T: Currants, cherries, dates and molasses.
F: Medium bodied, spot on carbonation. ABV well hidden.
O: My original score dropped noticeably from the start. It just seemed to get sweeter as it warmed, and this was a real sipper. A one and done purchase.

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White Label Barley Wine Old Smokey Moonshine BA
White Label Barley Wine Old Smokey Moonshine BA

Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
American Barleywine / 12.00% ABV

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

Mahogany color with a bit of beige foam with large bubbles. Aroma is dried fruit forward with figs, dates and raisin notes. Also caramel and woody/earthy notes. Taste starts with really nice toffee and caramel, continues with an aromatic wood bitterness and lingers on the aftertaste with butterscotch flavor. Medium body, slightly sticky, soft carbonation. You can feel it’s a big beer but it’s not too sweet, actually it has a healthy dose of bitterness, making it dangerously drinkable. After it warms up, you can taste the booze but it's not too bad.

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Cascade Bourbonic Plague
Cascade Bourbonic Plague

Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
American Wild Ale / 11.50% ABV

4.11/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.21
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy barrel aging batman. Gorgeous dark brown pour with a monster head that doesn't fade and leaves a ring of lacing. Nose of bourbon, oak, and more bourbon. Taste hits dark fruit, cinnamon, and sour with a whisper of bourbon on the finish. Light body and medium carbonation.
It reeked of barrels but actually came through with a sophisticated and layered beer. Balanced and enjoyable, and definitely not straight bourbon.

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Banded Horn Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.70% ABV

3.73/5  rDev -10.1% | Avg: 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head but it leaves extensive lace on the glass. Hazy gold liquid.

Piney and citrusy in equal measure. I get some weediness in subsequent whiffs.

Brief, dry pale malt start. The strong hop is the story here. The finishing flavor is simply bitter with little subtlety. Full bodied with light carbonation. This beer doesn't land like a DIPA. I don't get the warmth of alcohol nor is the malt strong enough to provide any balance. The hop is near appropriate and borderline extreme.

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The Space In Between (#1)
The Space In Between (#1)

Lawson's Finest Liquids
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

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

Bottle from Lawson's 9th Anniversary event on 4/8/17. Poured into Behind the Veil Teku glass.

L: Pretty hazy pale gold beer. 2F head on pour with good retention, leaving lots of frothy lacing and a cap and ring.

S: Light citrus and light malts. Positive, but not a whole lot to it.

T: Follows nose. Light grapefruit and lemon. Light malts.

F: Light body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, if not particularly flavorful.

O: This has "new SuperSession" written all over it

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Saison Brett
Saison Brett

Les Trois Mousquetaires
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.50% ABV

4.22/5  rDev +2.7% | Avg: 4.11
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden bronze with a white head, not much retention but it shows some lace.

Aroma is cidery, with a little tropical fruit.

Surprisingly tart, with a nice leathery funk. Good bitterness, alcohol is hidden.

Nice body, with a dry finish.

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Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown
Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown

Founders Brewing Company
American Brown Ale / 9.00% ABV

4.56/5  rDev +6% | Avg: 4.3
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: deep brown, thin tan head, minimal lacing
Smell: heavy coffee nose
Taste: delicious coffee up front followed by a light roasty flavor
Feel: heavy for the genre, but it fits

Overall: I'm typically not a huge fan of brown ales, but this is damn delicious. It was hard to find, but I'll be buying this again!

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Bears Hump Nut Brown
Bears Hump Nut Brown

Coulee Brew Co.
English Brown Ale / 5.60% ABV

3.77/5  rDev +1.1% | Avg: 3.73
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can poured into tulip 29/4/17

A clear ruby red when held to the light, lots of tiny bubbles feeding a finger of foam that falls after a few sips leaving a couple partial rings

S cocoa powder, nutella spread, dark bread, some leafy notes, and a hint of dried dark fruit

T a hint of cold coffee, earthy, leafy notes, not that far from the nose

M lighter side of medium, softens up stopping short of cream, fairly dry finish with some leafy cocoa lingering

O decent but nothing sets it apart from the rest of the pack, no complaints but it doesn't stick out anywhere either

I though their red ale drank darker then this but respectable nonetheless

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The Waldos' Special Ale
The Waldos' Special Ale

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

3.87/5  rDev -10.4% | Avg: 4.32
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a tulip glass. Pours a golden amber color with a finger head that recedes moderately and leaves a thin ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Nose of dank and pine hops. Decent amount of malt with citrus, pine, and dank hops leading to a sharp, boozy finish. Medium body and medium carbonation with an unavoidable boozy aftertaste.
It's an interesting beer but the aftertaste was too much for me. For me, it's a once in a while sipper but taste is subjective.

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Vienna Lager
Vienna Lager

Double Nickel Brewing Company
Vienna Lager / 5.30% ABV

3.59/5  rDev -7% | Avg: 3.86
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good Vienna. Poured into a pint glass looking a hazy amber. A little bitey on the front end but finishes well. As someone already said it reminds of Eliot Ness. Good feel and flavor. Give it a try.

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Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)
Bourbon Barrel Quad Barrel-Aged Ale (BBQ)

Boulevard Brewing Co.
Quadrupel (Quad) / 11.80% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.22
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - light brown color slight disappearing head with sediment.
Smell - booze and cherry
Taste - doesn't taste as boozy but still has lots of dark cherry and some wood
Feel - Medium light body and carbonation
Overall - PRetty damn good dark cherry quad.

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