What Beer Are You Reviewing Now?

Rate, review, and track the beers that you try, and make sure to join today's What Beer Are You Drinking Now? thread!

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Oh-J
Oh-J

Lone Pine Brewing Company
New England IPA | 8.1% ABV

4.51/5  rDev +6.1% | Average: 4.25
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks like orange juice.

Smells like orange, peach, pineapple, and mango.

Tastes like freshly squeezed orange with some bite from the peel. Hints of peach and mango, but orange and grapefruit dominate. White bread and grainy oats in the middle. The finish is lightly dry with a bit of grapefruit peel bitterness.

Creamy, but not gooey. Medium-light carbonation. Soft and silky.

Extremely well made, clean, citrusy NEDIPA. Excellent.

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Citridiculous
Citridiculous

Lupulin Brewing
American Imperial IPA | 8% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +3.2% | Average: 4.11
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, canned 3/3/20. Ploughshare glass.

Has a nice crisp clear blonde body with a creamy head of 1 finger, receding quickly.

Aroma is of sharp dank hop, somewhat grassy and herbal too, with some bright melon and gooseberry, with hints of citrus.

Flavor is delicious. Sticky and dank with grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and cantaloupe. Very enjoyable. Finishes dry with slight lingering resins and grass.

Feel is crisp and semi-dry, with some creaminess. Nice resins hanging on.

Overall a super enjoyable beer, I can honestly say it stacks up pretty well against whatever I'd usually drink IPA-wise. Probably will go buy more.

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Reef Donkey
Reef Donkey

Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.5% ABV

4.96/5  rDev +26.2% | Average: 3.93
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. There aren't many options like this out there. The flavors are bright and come through with effervescence. They slowly crescendo into a mellow and drinkable delight. My only knock on it is it a comes in a four-pack instead of 6'er. It's also priced a little high for four cans at its ABV. I'm just lucky to live in Florida and have this available to me everywhere. If you're ever in the area or find a place serving it do yourself a favor and give it a try even if it's just a sample in a flight.

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The Gadget
The Gadget

Urban Artifact
Fruit and Field Beer | 8.3% ABV

4.15/5  rDev -1.7% | Average: 4.22
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quickly becoming one of the Midwest's premiere sour ale makers, the Urban Artifact team leads with a powerfully fruited flagship kettle soured ale that's built on the backs of blackberry, raspberry and vanilla bean.

Mysteriously dark in its deep violet hues, The Gadget crowns with a loose and lofty lavender froth. As its succulent and tangy scents cascade the rim, the nose soon fills with the juiciness of dark berry puree and with a pep of citrus and wine. Once the ale splashes against the tongue, its full and radiant maltiness seems cobbler-like, pastry-rich and bready with fruit tarts.

As the vanilla and creamy malts begin to lift, the fruit flavors abound with the radiance of raspberry and blackberry, easily taking on aspects of blackcurrant, black cherry, plum and blueberry. Underneath the dark fruits lie a piquantly tart array of lemon, lime, crabapple, gooseberry and yuzu. Trailing with a sour succulence, a scant bitterness seems to reach into the tannic world of wine with the skins and seeds of the berries used.

Medium bodied for sour ale, but certainly drier compared to other ale, the creamy malts and vanilla offer to give the beer its balance, texture and weight even late. Finishing with a strong red wine component, the beer trails into a creamier, spicier version of sangria.

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Surfari
Surfari

Pizza Port Solana Beach
American IPA | 7.2% ABV

4.23/5  rDev +6.8% | Average: 3.96
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Subdued, mellow. A very laid back IPA.
There is a lot going on with this beer, but it's all in the background.
Biscuity sweetness and a push of hoppy fruitiness. It's all the but you just gotta go looking for it.
Damn good!

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Budweiser Reserve Black Lager
Budweiser Reserve Black Lager

Anheuser-Busch
German Schwarzbier | 7.1% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +10.1% | Average: 3.86
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Budweiser Reserve Black Lager, a collaborative effort from A.B. and Jim Beam. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head's three fingers thick and eggshell brown, which webbed lacing, and a clear black body.

Smells like coffee, gloriously roasted malts &a slight touch of the Jim Beam.

I taste a slight sweetness with the aforementioned components. Nothing boozy tasting about this brew. There is also a minute smokiness going on, which I suppose is attributed to the stave aging this has undergone. Smooth and clean finish.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to rate Budweiser Reserve Black Lager with a 4.25

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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar
Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar

Erdinger Weissbräu
German Kristalweizen | 5.3% ABV

3.5/5  rDev -3% | Average: 3.61
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, malts, some bananas. Taste is the same as the aroma, light sweetness, highly refreshing. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Screenshot
Screenshot

Prairie Artisan Ales
American Imperial Stout | 11% ABV

4.37/5  rDev +2.3% | Average: 4.27
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tab head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is hazelnut, vanilla and black coffe.

T - The taste is coffee, hazelnut, dark chocolate and vanilla.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Very tasty dessert stout.

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Double Dry Hopped Stacks On Stacks
Double Dry Hopped Stacks On Stacks

Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
New England IPA | 8.5% ABV

4.36/5  rDev -0.7% | Average: 4.39
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can (think it’s 3/9, blurry) into a Belgian glass

L: pours (evenly) a dirty yellow gold with a nice with white head. Great lacing

S: incredibly dank, tropical nose. Melon, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya. Rich, sweet, getting some Very Green vibes

T: nose carries through, again lots of melon/pineapple/passionfruit. Builds to a solidly tropical note with medium finish, think aroma promises a bit more than the taste delivers

F: soft and smooth, well carbonated. Incredibly easy drinking

O: for me this is one of the beers that demonstrates how awesome a “regular” beer from OH can be. Dank, tropical, very smooth but steers clear of overly sweet and even delivers a bit of bite

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Nanaimo Bar Porter
Nanaimo Bar Porter

Vancouver Island Brewing
American Porter | 6.2% ABV

3.94/5  rDev +1.3% | Average: 3.89
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a finger of foamy tan head.

Smell - Roasted malts, semisweet chocolate, vanilla, coconut, hint of graham wafer, earthy/leafy hops, touch of coffee bean, earthy yeast.

Taste - Chocolatey roasted malts, vanilla custard, coconut and coffee bean. Followed up by the bitterness of cocoa and hops. Not getting a lot of graham wafer flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering cocoa bitterness on the palate.

Overall - I love me a good Nanaimo bar, a classic Canadian tri-layer confection. I can detect two of the three layers, which leaves me yearning for more honey graham cracker.

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Grato
Grato

Vista Brewing
Belgian Fruit Lambic | 6.8% ABV

4.5/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really a great beer, and I highly recommend it. Had it both on tap at the brewery and from a bottle bought at the brewery. Both excellent.

Pours a golden pink color with nice initial head and good lacing. Pleasant tart fruit smell and taste. Very satisfying sweetness from the Italian plumbs. Spices but drinks very well. Excellent beer.

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Tiki Fractals
Tiki Fractals

Belching Beaver Brewery
American IPA | 6.6% ABV

3.51/5  rDev -10% | Average: 3.9
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can from Boise Co-op. Orange golden pour, instant foamy head fades down to a thin skin. Light tropical aroma, fruity, guava, melon. Taste is more tropical fruit with a splash of orange juice. Finishes with a blend of mild sweetness and bitterness.

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Wizards Revenge Strawberry Milkshake IPA
Wizards Revenge Strawberry Milkshake IPA

New Level Brewing
New England IPA | 7% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +19.6% | Average: 3.47
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This one pours a very nice light coppery/golden color, with just a slight hazing going on. The head is super white, dense and creamy looking, and has retention that is good but not great, settling fairly quickly into a thick-ish layer of foam over top the brew. There are many columns of carbonation rising to the top, but the bubbles are fine and really do lumber their way to the top in hypnotizing fashion. The lacing is very impressive, with puffy clumps of protein clinging to the inside of my glass, giving me a cascade of snow capped mountains to ponder over.

S- Comes with an enticing round of strawberry infused hop bitterness right off the top, but this is not overpowering by any means....just distinct. Underlying aromas of lactose, cream, strawberry syrup sweetness, yet also shows some grainy and/or grassy dryness to help balance things out. I like how this has a medley of aroma vs how some of these are all hops.

T- Love the flavor that of fresh strawberry here, which promotes a natural sweetness, to help balance out a generous, but again, not overpowering, hop character. Creamy strawberry vanilla ice cream blends with dry biscuit/cracker, raw grains and grassy pale malts, which help create the more traditional qualities of an IPA. With ripe berry forwardness, this proves to be quite a delight on the palate!

M/O- Solid medium body, provided by the use of oats, and the carbonation is creamy, allowing full flavors to permeate over the palate.....the 7% alcohol is extremely well hidden and this is quite a sociable drinking brew....no issues having this over the course of an evening. Not sure why this is getting underwhelming grades....this isn't meant to be bitter like a DIPA or the like....read about it on New Levels website...its the perfect IPA for those who hate IPA's!!

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Robust Porter
Robust Porter

Reuben's Brews
Robust Porter | 6% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +6.3% | Average: 3.94
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draught
Very rocky tan head. Clear, very dark auburn brown hue. Caramelized roasted grain smell. Smooth roasted barley flavor with a pleasant finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

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Oktoberfest Weissbier
Oktoberfest Weissbier

Erdinger Weissbräu
German Hefeweizen | 5.7% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +14.5% | Average: 3.66
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle.

Pours a dark straw color with a thick, creamy, foamy white head that retains really well. Laces really well all the way down the glass.

Aroma is faint, but it is bready and some malt is evident too.

Taste is a great balance of wheat, malt, spices, and a tiny bit of hops, perhaps more for balance than for hop taste.

Feel is very smooth. Light-to-medium body and strong carbonation. Finish is long and fairly dry.

Overall, very good. One of the better Oktoberfest brews I have tried.

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Shop Series - Loral & Crystal
Shop Series - Loral & Crystal

Two Roads Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.5% ABV

3.32/5  rDev -3.8% | Average: 3.45
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Canned 1/7/20. Can art is BEAUTIFUL.
Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

L: Slightly darker than pale, pale ale. White, thin head dissipates. Looks pretty unassuming... Laces.
S: Smells wonderful off the pour, and is fragrant inches away. Profound orange and citrus scent with some hop character...
T: Juicy with sweet orange and grapefruit burps afterwards. Citrus kind of overbears everything. Bitterness is most impactful on the finish. Dry finish for sure. Pine-y malts that aren't complex.
F: Super thin and not lasting. Light to medium carbonation. Shame!

I was expecting this to be better... A little disappointed but is a serviceable enough beer.

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Jubelale
Jubelale

Deschutes Brewery
Winter Warmer | 6.7% ABV

4.59/5  rDev +16.2% | Average: 3.95
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

draught
This is a 2010 batch, aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels.
Thick, fine bubbled tan head. Opaque dark brown which has a reddish auburn hue when held next to light bulb. Spiced caramel with a tiny toasted floral hop in the aroma. Raisin, prune & molasses without most of the sweetness with some of the heavily roasted grain coming through during taste. A smooth, spiced dried fruit finish, with a full mouthfeel. Very good.

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Sang Noir
Sang Noir

Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
American Wild Ale | 9.3% ABV

4.46/5  rDev -0.2% | Average: 4.47
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to get this for a while, and corona stay at home time seemed like a good time.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Deep brownish garnet color with brief head and lacing. Smell and laste of dark tart cherries. Rich red wine, oak, sour berries and a pleasant earthiness. Brighter fruit flavors as it warms, strawberry, lime. Excellent with meat and cheese. Definitely mellows as you drink it. Great beer!

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Maple syrup barrel aged MF Donkey Stout
Maple syrup barrel aged MF Donkey Stout

Founders Brewing Company
American Stout | 9% ABV

4.02/5  rDev -4.5% | Average: 4.21
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draught
Black with light brown ample head. Good smooth caramelized malt aroma. Taste is as advertised, bourbon & maple flavor with a good bit of initial sweetness. Medium/heavy in body.

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Dragon's Milk Reserve - Rum Barrel-Aged With Chocolate, Hazelnut & Coconut
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Rum Barrel-Aged With Chocolate, Hazelnut & Coconut

New Holland Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout | 12.5% ABV

4.46/5  rDev +13.8% | Average: 3.92
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming just a finger of brown head. Very nice rum smell, not overpowering like some other rum aged stouts. Taste is similar, with the stout background to a primary rum taste with a bit of chocolate and coconut in the background. No sign of hazelnut, which is a little disappointing, but it's still very good if you like rum. Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Probably the best rum aged stout I've had.

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Mango Cart
Mango Cart

Golden Road Brewing
Fruit and Field Beer | 4% ABV

3.73/5  rDev -5.3% | Average: 3.94
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thanls to the amazing woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a slightly cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mango, little else. Taste is mango, wheat, some malts, both tart and sweet to some degree. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality and highly refreshing beer.

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12 Beers Of Christmas - Trillium
12 Beers Of Christmas - Trillium

Evil Twin Brewing NYC
American Imperial Stout | 12.5% ABV

3.92/5  rDev +1.3% | Average: 3.87
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a small glass taster

L: Bare minimum dark brown head that disappears immediately, no lacing. Bit more of a head once it warms

S: not as in my face as I expected. Chocolate fountain and raspberries, syrupy sweet, not boozy. Sweetness grows as it warms

T: same as the nose, at first raspberry is so assertive it tastes artificial. As it warms chocolate comes through more, but a bitterness grows as well and overall it gets somewhat muddled. Medium finish, lingering taste probably my favorite part

F: somewhat light body, mouth coating but not thick. Middle of the road carbonation for a stout like this, for me

O: decent but the raspberry makes me think of artificial filling in gas station chocolate, plus the growing bitterness isn’t ideal

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Golden Pilsner
Golden Pilsner

Yuengling Brewery
German Pilsner | 4.7% ABV

2.59/5  rDev -27.2% | Average: 3.56
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

L: Golden pale and brilliantly clear. Carbonation looks heavy with a lot of fizzy rising bubbles. Very thin absolute white head and no lacing.
S: Yeasty, bready malts with almost no hop profile or depth.
T: Not for me. Tastes like a regular Yuengling without the caramelized malts and some sourish finish. No bitterness. Doesn't taste like a hig-quality pils.
F: Feels pretty light, similar to regular Yuengling. Carbonation medium to heavy.

I'm from PA. It hurts to bash Yuengling. But this beer falls short of expectation.

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Founders Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout | 12.3% ABV

4.36/5  rDev -6.2% | Average: 4.65
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

draught
Very thick with very fine nitro like light brown head. Black with no light coming through next to a light bulb. Dark chocolate & good black coffee with roasted grain, chili pepper and vanilla joining the aroma. Roasted grain, chocolate & coffee arrive together equally on the palate with a touch of booze, initially. A fine, smooth finish with the roasted grain then the unsweetened chocolate combine as the taste trails off. Very good.

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Snowed In - Maple
Snowed In - Maple

Copper Kettle Brewing Company
English Oatmeal Stout | 12.5% ABV

4.21/5  rDev -1.9% | Average: 4.29
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high mocha-colored head that died down and left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with hints of maple. The maple becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of bourbon along with a bit stronger notes of maple, the latter of which become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This stout has a nice, strong dose of bourbon in the smell and taste and has more of the maple once it warms up. It also does a rather good job at masking most of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

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Icelandic Wee Heavy
Icelandic Wee Heavy

Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy | 8% ABV

4.53/5  rDev +11.9% | Average: 4.05
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Strong caramel & malt flavor and smell. Dark lager color. Limited foam. If you like toffee and caramel you will like this beer... dominates both the taste and aftertaste.

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Cerveza Aguila
Cerveza Aguila

Cervecería De Barranquilla
American Adjunct Lager | 4% ABV

3.81/5  rDev +40.1% | Average: 2.72
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was given to me by a friend who picked it up while on a cruise. He said it was the worst beer ever, but I found it to be a pleasant surprise. Poured from a 473-ml can into a lager flute. Very nice appearance, with a thick snowy white head atop a pale golden colored body. Aromas and flavors of light biscuit and notes of grass, grain, and herbal hops. There is a spicy hop kick on the palate, with some pleasant bitterness and a crisp, dry finish. Light bodied as expected, with a little sweetness that is not at all overpowering. Recommended, if you can find it.

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Happy Happy
Happy Happy

Third Space Brewing
American Imperial IPA | 8.5% ABV

4.03/5  rDev -4.5% | Average: 4.22
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of floral and citrus hops. Tastes of citrus and floral hops with just a hint of sweet grain. Beer is medium to full bodied, good carbonation and fairly easy drinking. Overall, a very good beer.

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Sandinista!
Sandinista!

Torrside Brewing
American IPA | 7.4% ABV

4.06/5  rDev +1.2% | Average: 4.01
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and bottle conditioned and played whilst drinking guitar hero
Pours a slightly cloudy golden body with good thick white head head
Aroma is sandlewood and white spice
Flavour has that sweet malt playing against some bitterness with apple notes
Good body

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Gamma Ray
Gamma Ray

Terrapin Beer Company
American Wheatwine Ale | 10.8% ABV

3.04/5  rDev -20.2% | Average: 3.81
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong aftertaste. Loved the color... strong hazy yellow. Not much foam. One and done... meaning one is a ok, but you will not want to drink several of these beers.

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Coffee Nemesis
Coffee Nemesis

Elk Valley Brewing Co.
American Imperial Stout | 9% ABV

4/5  rDev +0.3% | Average: 3.99
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. Nice roasted coffee taste with chocolate, toffee and a subtle bitterness.

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Maximus
Maximus

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA | 8.2% ABV

3.41/5  rDev -14.8% | Average: 4
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Has a very IPA-ish taste with a full bodied texture. The smell is mild, a lot of hops come through. It looks beautiful. Honestly the first time I have actually been impressed by the look of a beer. Otherwise, though, it’s just a nice IPA. Not too impressive, just enough to appreciate the work that went into it.

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Imperial Outmeal Stout
Imperial Outmeal Stout

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
American Imperial Stout | 9.5% ABV

3.81/5  rDev -3.1% | Average: 3.93
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

draught
Nearly black and opaque. Off white head. Basic, subtle dark roasted grain aroma. Medium light roast flavor with a bit of sweetness. Medium bodied.

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Margarita Gose
Margarita Gose

Cigar City Brewing
Leipzig Gose | 4.2% ABV

4/5  rDev -2.2% | Average: 4.09
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head of foam. It smelled of lime, salt and wheat. Salty taste with lime, lemon and a hint of sweetness.

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On The Wings Of Armageddon - Amarillo
On The Wings Of Armageddon - Amarillo

DC Brau Brewing Co.
American Imperial IPA | 9.2% ABV

3.74/5  rDev -5.1% | Average: 3.94
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with one finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & nice lacing

S: Some breadyness,

T: Big time pineyness, some pineapple, & bready dryness up front. Cakeyness, woody hops & a little sweet orange, plus plenty of dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with some grapefruit & more pronounced pineyness

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation, nice balance

I wish this can was fresher, but this will do as a placeholder review until I can score this. Still a rock solid DIPA

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Blue Hotel
Blue Hotel

Kane Brewing Company
American IPA | 7.5% ABV

3.83/5  rDev -8.2% | Average: 4.17
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love the flavor. The hop profile is unique. Dank, oniony, marijuana-esque. Very different in a good way. I don't care for the malts/grist which detracts from the beer in a minor way. It's not that it has a ton of character malt, but the base malt is a little old/dusty tasting. A little boozy, possibly from a quick fermentation and not enough dryhops to cover it up. Other than that, this is an excellent beer, but not for $18/4-pack.

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The Influencer
The Influencer

American Solera
American Imperial IPA | 8.2% ABV

4.44/5  rDev +5.5% | Average: 4.21
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copperish in color, nose is citrusy with. A sweetness undertone. Taste is straight up hop bitterness. Lovely beer that will certainly meet high standards of the judges.

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Bits & Bobs
Bits & Bobs

Reuben's Brews
American IPA | 7% ABV

3.92/5  rDev -1.5% | Average: 3.98
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020 Release. Received from @woemad in a BIF. The can had no label and the canning date wasn't indicated. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a dark honey color with copper hues and a huge, long-lasting, thick, creamy head that is a site to behold. It's quite effervescent with myriad tiny bubbles ascending the glass. The nose opens with sweet, bready malt and notes of tangerine, cantaloupe, honey, and grassy herbs. It opens with tart citrus and fairly bitter hops but as the glass warms a bit there is more honey and stone fruit. It has thick, creamy mouth feel and seems less carbonated than at first. And at 7% ABV it drinks easily. Overall, Bits & Bobs isn't a typical West Coast IPA. The herbal honey notes play well against the citrus and bitter, biting hops.

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Wolverine
Wolverine

Commonwealth Brewing Company
Baltic Porter | 7.8% ABV

3.73/5  rDev -2.4% | Average: 3.82
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a mostly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular, aroma of dark fruit, wood, malt, caramel, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a tinge of caramel (sweet, but needed more), a whole lot of wood (cedar, in particular), a hint of vanilla, light coffee notes (less than expected), some malt (present throughout), and a bit of dark fruit (raisins, in particular). This is kind of a thin flavor. The elements are there, but there simply aren't powerful enough.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth and dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer. It has bright spots, but isn't one of Commonwealth's best.

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S'mores Yeti
S'mores Yeti

Great Divide Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout | 9.5% ABV

3.83/5  rDev -6.6% | Average: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, very long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A decent, but overly low key, aroma of chocolate, malt, marshmallows, hops, and spices.

T: Tasted of a bit of marshmallows (sweet, but definitely subtle), a hint of hops (mostly in the finish; not a big presence), a decent amount of chocolate (not bad, nut could've used more), and a good amount of malt (present throughout). Like the aroma, this isn't a bad flavor, but kind of underpowered in some ways. Still, not bad.'

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but it has some good attributes. Worth a look.

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Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Belching Beaver Brewery
English Sweet / Milk Stout | 5.3% ABV

3.59/5  rDev -13.1% | Average: 4.13
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

draught
Very dark auburn hue with tan head. Smells like peanut butter & some toasted malt. Candied peanut butter flavor with a medium body. A quick and light finish.

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Socks and Sandals
Socks and Sandals

Humble Sea Brewing Co.
New England IPA | 6.8% ABV

3.99/5  rDev -4.3% | Average: 4.17
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 3/10/20

Pours a moderately hazy deep gold body with an orange tint and topped with around a finger and a half of frothy white foam; solid head retention leaves a paper-thin cap and slight but fluffy collar on the surface, with some chunky rings/webby spatter of lacing circling the glass.

Aroma is bright with pineapple at the forefront, backed with apricot nuances and a chalky Smarties candy undertone; the middle features some of the ripest, freshest grapefruit, laced with pine, and fading into an earthy back end of malty straw; touches of lemon and a burgeoning dankness and white grape accent the close.

Taste opens with a stony apricot, soft grapefruit pith, and dank peach, phasing into a dehydrated tropical sweet cream middle before a flaky, crackery malt evolves and dominates past the mid-palate; mossy herbs round out the finish while lemon pulp lingers lightly through the swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and tightly wound, with a moderate carbonation adding an appropriately intermittent fluff along the palate; slightly oily at the peak of the mid-palate with a level crispness into a finish showing a mild, herbal bittering; a slight lemon acidity lingers through the swallow.

A soft hazy IPA with an impressive yet fleeting depth never quite realizing it's full potential; the flavor profile shows a bit more trepidation than the more ambitious aroma, though the beer as a whole maintains a cool, easygoing structure that leaves it silky smooth and beyond easy to return to, especially as a new-school IPA with west coast elements.

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Dust of Broken Heart
Dust of Broken Heart

Skookum Brewery
English Sweet / Milk Stout | 10% ABV

4.33/5  rDev +1.6% | Average: 4.26
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 32oz crowler into a tulip.

Appearance: rich black hue with two fingers of creamy dark-tan foam atop. Totally black with no light let through -- stout indeed!

Smell: quite sweet with a little chocolate in the undernote and a little bit of vanilla. Quite nice.

Taste: oh wow. Beautiful flavors of rich dark fruit, plums, tobacco, raisins, all the great hits. Chocolate and toffee and vanilla are present, but not overpowering. This beer is pretty sweet, but well-balanced by all the flavors. I really, really dig it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. It is good, but I feel like this beer should have some more viscosity to it.

Overall: I'm loving this beer. It's got a great depth and complexity, and though it's a pastry stout, it's not overdone. Great.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgian Dubbel | 7% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +2.4% | Average: 4.2
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

draught
Medium bubbled ivory colored head. Very dark auburn color. Malted, caramelized banana with some clove in the aroma. Medium heavy bodied. Thick malt with some allspice/ clove in the taste, without sweetness and has a tiny bit of tartness but finishes with a smooth malty spice note.

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Raspberry Blonde
Raspberry Blonde

4 Noses Brewing Company
American Blonde Ale | 6.5% ABV

3.03/5  rDev -15.4% | Average: 3.58
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a dark red pink with a medium frothy head with no lacing on the glass.

S: Raspberry is very up front in this beer, there is a bit of tartness from the beer, other than the raspberry, I don't a lot else.

T: Slightly tart raspberry with a touch of sweetness, no bitterness, this beer is almost all raspberry I don't get much else.

F: light body and easy drinking

O: This is a very raspberry forward beer, i wish the raspberry was toned down abit and we get a little more beer characteristics.

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Porter Baltique Barils D'Exception (Cognac)
Porter Baltique Barils D'Exception (Cognac)

Les Trois Mousquetaires
Baltic Porter | 10.5% ABV

4.52/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.52
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours the usual pitch black color with a tan colored head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

S: Strong smell. Straight out you get a tone of raisins, prunes, marmalade, vanilla, oak and leather from the cognac barrels. Then, the base beer shows through with strong notes of cocoa, pour-over coffee and red berries.

T: Strong taste too with lots of raisins, prunes, marmalade, vanilla, solid oak spice and a tiny amount of leather from the cognac barrels I suppose. Then, you get the delicious strong dark chocolate, coffee and red berries. Long long warm aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium to low carbonation. It does have a little bit more carbonation than expected and I would have loved a touch less of it, but it still is excellent.

O: This is an excellent beer. You can definitely see that the base beer is excellent and the cask paring is also excellent. It doesn't just enhance the beer, it actually makes a new one. Big big fan of this one.

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4 Giants
4 Giants

Founders Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA | 9.2% ABV

4/5  rDev -2.4% | Average: 4.1
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 03.10.20 (22 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 9.2% ABV 80 IBU. The beer pours bright light honey amber in color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island leaving behind lots of lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring sweet caramel malt and vague hops. Maybe some pine and citrus if I'm pushing. The taste is semisweet caramel with big hop bitterness and traces of pine, earth, candied orange and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. There is plenty of hop oil stickiness, but it's not overly sweet. Overall, very good. I really enjoy this beer and it's a throwback to the IIPAs I fell in love with 10-15 years ago. It is a little muddled with all the aromas and tastes running together, but enjoyable.

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Not From Concentrate
Not From Concentrate

Heist Brewery
American IPA | 6.5% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +1.4% | Average: 4.19
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange juice. Small bits of yeast. Long lasting, white head. Pretty opaque with nice color.
S: Orange and rose. Perfumy and fragrant.
T: Almost no bitterness. Sweet with a nice maltiness on the back. Orange with some lemony acidity. Nicely balanced, not overdone.
M: Not the normal haze mouthfeel. A little cleaner and sharper. Not as velvetty.
O: High drinkability. Has a lot of the great flavors of a NE IPA without going overboard.

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Long Forgotten - Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged
Long Forgotten - Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged

Incendiary Brewing Company
English Barleywine | 11% ABV

4.05/5  rDev -2.6% | Average: 4.16
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours chestnut colored with a two finger beige head; dots of lacing line the glass

Smell: Caramel, apple spice cake and Brandy barrel tones

Taste: Caramel forward with the Brandy flavors building; apple spice cake flavors emerge, in the middle, bringing hints of vanilla and cinnamon to the finish

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: I really enjoy English barleywines and while this has some nice flavor, it lacks the rich, earthy complexity and fuller mouthfeel of the top examples of the style

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Malice - Coffee
Malice - Coffee

Bombastic Brewing
American Imperial Stout | 10.5% ABV

3.99/5  rDev 0% | Average: 3.99
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark tan colored head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose along with hints of dark malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very much dominated by flavors of ground espresso coffee beans with a touch of roast and hints of vanilla. The roasted coffee beams are most prominent in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a touch of dryness in the finish.
O: From start to finish, this beer is all about the coffee beans and hides its alcohol very well. It could make for a good choice on a weekend if you want to get your cup of joe but kick back and relax.

Serving type: can

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