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Patraiki Brewery
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.58/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.41
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy mahogany color, two finger off white head, decent lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Sweet, tropical fruits, hops. Really nice.

T: Tropical fruits, sweet, hoppy. Malty on the back end. Superb!

F: Ridiculously drinkable. This will go down like water all year long :)

O: One of the top Greek IPAs. Juicy, fruity, hoppy.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Kristalweizen / 5.40% ABV

4.11/5  rDev +2.2% | Avg: 4.02
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500 ml bottle in late July from TW Arrowhead for $3.79.

Beer poured straw yellow with a beautiful billowy white head that left lacing behind.

Nose is very nice, fruity esters great you with hints of banana taking control.

Taste is clean with banana impartations from the wonderful yeast strain the brewery uses over a wheat base, So easy to drink yet so flavorful.

Feel is light to medium bodied and fairly refreshing,

Overall a delightful beer that i highly recommend if you are looking for something on the lighter side of the spectrum!

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 7.50% ABV

3.93/5  rDev +5.4% | Avg: 3.73
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber/red color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Some woody, spicy, and earthy notes up front along with some lighter fruity and herbal notes. Definitely different and on the level of hoppy oktoberfest

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the woody, spicy, and earthy notes and slowly moves into the fruitiness with some definite strong herbal background. The Idaho 7 evokes some apricot notes that compliment the initial flavors nicely. Finishes with some citrus (very surprisingly) and more woody and earthy notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Quite a different take on the traditional Oktoberfest with a very odd malt and hop combination, but it works in a few ways. Remains drinkable and interesting throughout the entire beer. Worth checking out

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Narragansett Have A Hefeweizen!
Narragansett Have A Hefeweizen!

Narragansett Brewing Co.
Hefeweizen / 5.00% ABV

3.54/5  rDev -4.6% | Avg: 3.71
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly cloudy golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that leaves some decent lacing

S: Banana, clove, and wheat dominate, not really much else going on aside from some other spices

T: Follows the nose. Banana and clove up front with a strong wheat background. Some muddled spices in there with the wheat

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky

O: A decent hefe, not really much going on aside from the banana, clove, and wheat though. Refreshing and easy to drink, but that's about it

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Einbecker Ainpöckisch Bier 1378
Einbecker Ainpöckisch Bier 1378

Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Maibock / Helles Bock / 6.70% ABV

3.75/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 3.87
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this up at the Cloverleaf last night as this was on their fall PhD list. This was the first time I had this beer and it was tough to pinpoint as it felt like a Pilsener because of how light it was and the type of malt used. It had a skunky taste and feel to it but not because it was out of date. It just took a bit of getting used to, especially during this season of Pumpkin beers and Octoberfests!

The pour to this beer was decent as it was unfiltered, amber, and didn't have a lot of head to accompany the liquid. Not a lot of lacing either as the murky appearance was quite thin in consistency. Lots of bread and malt in the nose with more in the taste, along with a grassy undertone. A bit of citrus could be found here but this wasn't that flavorful and the mouthfeel was light. Enough carbonation was present to be felt but not to make this bland.

This was pretty typical for a Maibock / Helles Bock, down to the alcohol as I felt a bit warmed up once I finished this off. Wish this didn't come in green glass as I'm sure this would taste a lot better out of a tap. As it was, I welcomed the change from everything else that's on shelves now but wish this had more wheat and fruit flavors to liven it up a bit more.

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Passion Fruit Pinner
Passion Fruit Pinner

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
American IPA / 4.90% ABV

3.88/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 3.76
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Some passion fruit and light citrus up front along with some grassy and earthy notes. Nothing too special

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a big wave of the passion fruit and slowly transitions to the other fruity, grassy, and earthy notes. Moderate sweetness from the passion fruit and light malt background. Finishes with lingering passion fruit

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This would be a good BBQ beer while transitioning away from hard fruity drinks. Drinkability is good, but it's pretty standard and one-dimensional. Solid regardless

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Rebel Scum
Rebel Scum

Beer Lab HI
American Wild Ale / 5.70% ABV

4.45/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.45
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is their tart saison, brewed with local pineapple and li hing powder. Li hing pineapple is a local treat, think pineapple with a tajin like powder. It's salty, sweet, savory, with a little tart on the back end. Beer Lab is killing it, not only making fun beer, but great fun beer.

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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American Porter / 10.00% ABV

1/5  rDev -77% | Avg: 4.35
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Whole vanilla beans my arse. They dumped a bunch of artificial flavour in here. I can tell because it tastes like vanilla extract. I'm pretty sure the coffee is artificial, too. This would probably be appreciated by people who don't really like beer but are into, I dunno, dessert or liqueur or whatever. You could almost make this beer at home with just some vanilla extract, instant coffee, artificial sweetener and a bottle of adjunct lager. It truly is a cup o' world-class shite. Wait, whaddya mean that's not what world-class means..?

Seriously, though, if people don't start calling out this bullshit then we'll eventually be buying beer that isn't brewed at all but is just a mix of artificial flavors, additives and carbonated water developed in a laboratory. This shit made me ill about a third the way through. And with that said -- Ballast Point Drink Lab, go fuck yerselves.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 003
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 003

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American IPA / 5.90% ABV

4.1/5  rDev +1% | Avg: 4.06
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves some good lacing

S: A good deal of citrus up front, along with some stone fruit and very light maltiness. Definitely heavy on the citrus

T: Follows the nose. The maltiness shows up a little more and provides a nice balance to the citrusy notes. Stone fruits are on the sweeter side as well and help to lessen the bitterness. Finishes with lingering citrus and a light bitterness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This iteration of LD definitely goes citrus/stone fruit heavy without much residual bitterness, which makes it extremely easy to drink. Definitely worth checking out if you're into FW IPAs or IPAs with lots of hop flavor without much bitterness

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Chasin' Freshies 2016 - Centennial
Chasin' Freshies 2016 - Centennial

Deschutes Brewery
American IPA / 7.40% ABV

4.46/5  rDev +7% | Avg: 4.17
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big two finger white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A crisp and juicy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and grass. Citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, and pineapple along with lime. Earthy and floral hops with some grass. Malt hints of caramel, cracker, and biscuit with some yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and juicy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and grass. Upfront citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, and pineapple with some lime. Earthy hop notes of grass. Background malt notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and biscuit along with yeast. A nice juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty good Fresh Hop IPA. Not as in your face with the ripe bitterness of other Fresh Hop brews but pretty good.

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Equinox Ale
Equinox Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 8.40% ABV

4.75/5  rDev +17.3% | Avg: 4.05
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had quite a few Lagunitas brews, favorites including the Little Somethin Extra, Brown Sugar Substitute, and Hairy Eyeball Ales, but I think this one's my favorite. There's nothing extremely sharp in this one. It's a very mellow cruise down good flavor creek, so if you necessarily need big hops in a beer, this one's not for you.

Bomber into a chalice:

L: Very well carbonated, almost as bubbly as champagne. Coppery orange with two-finger pale cream head, excellent retention, but probably mostly from the excessive carbonation, as lacing is slipery. There's a chill haze in this one, I suppose, as there are clouds of clumpy pulp-looking stuff in the bottle that disperses into an even haze when poured, then turns completely clear after warming a little. Never seen that before, very interesting.

S: Sour. A lot of orange, lemon, grapefruit, pine, with more than a hint of soft oat and the dark fruit (particularly blackberry) and caramely sweetness characteristic of malted barley.

T: It's crazy, because I haven't had a beer at this abv before whose flavor profile doesn't start straight off with hops. With this, the first thing is that smooth subtle oatyness, then apples, orange marmalade, grapefruit, a tiny bit of pine, a peak of oaty bread character that settles into a very fruity malt character. Plum and blackberry. The oat flavor carries throughout, like a canvas for the fruit. Overall, very much like, and almost as tasty as an oatmeal cookie.

F: Drinkability wise, it's pretty much as nice in the mouth as can be achieved at this ABV. Could maybe have more substance, but isn't too oily from hops or too sticky from the malt, and I can only assume the oat is what helps achieve this perfect balance, while maintaining thickness.

O: Fantastic. I only wonder why more oat ales are not produced. I haven't disliked any of the three I've tried. I feel like it's not right to rate such a subtle and unremarkable tasting beer this highly, but it's an excellent example of a rare style, and it just tastes so good. As I said earlier, nothing off-putting about this flavor profile. Mildly sweet, mildly tangy, mildly bitter, strongly comforting and super easy to drink.

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Newcastle Brown Ale
Newcastle Brown Ale

Heineken Nederland B.V.
English Brown Ale / 4.70% ABV

2.87/5  rDev -13% | Avg: 3.3
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's simultaneously skunky and good. It's skunky upfront with some rather subtly complex sweetness following. Smooth as can be. No head no lacing but a rather nice colour.

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Mage Hand
Mage Hand

Modern Times Beer
American IPA / 7.30% ABV

3.88/5  rDev -11.8% | Avg: 4.4
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a large wine glass. Pours a very light golden, even deep straw in color. A steady effervescence from the bottom keeps a lid on the cap for a good bit and drops lace here and there.

Aroma is hoppy and pleasant, a bit variable at times. No conflicts from caramel notes obviously, as there are none. This looks like an all base malt brew with a basket of hops thrown in for good measure. Hop notes are above average but below desirable in a sense. Without good glassware this beer will fall flat as the hop character isn't enough to reach out and grab you.

Taste is silky with a bit of citrus oil punch on the finish. The ABV is freakishly absent on the palate, and that may be this beers master stroke, and especially given its light body. Bitterness is lacking as expected for the style within a style. I sense some wheat as well given the green tinge we have. Alas I don't see myself supporting experimentation at this price. Cheers.

Picked this beer up at brewery and consumed within two weeks of release.

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Big Bear Black Stout
Big Bear Black Stout

Bear Republic Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.10% ABV

4.13/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.13
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the brewer, the county, the attitude.

A: Pours a dark brown-black color with a 1 inch tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Smells IPA-like, with citrus / pine hops mixing with sweet malt, earthy, roasted coffee, and fresh sawn wood notes

Taste: Starts out with a sweet chocolate flavor that blends with dark cherry and plum ripe fruits, then in the long finish it's hops, pine, cedar, fresh cut, woody dry kindling flavors into the finish. Sweet and pungent balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with good weight, sticky, and low carbonation.

O: An American Double Stout / RIS that's sticky, sweet, with balance, hefty and smooth. Try 24.

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Dragon's Milk Reserve With Coffee & Chocolate
Dragon's Milk Reserve With Coffee & Chocolate

New Holland Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV

4.04/5  rDev -1.7% | Avg: 4.11
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not really my preferred style of beer but I'll try to be fair. Nice black opaque shifter but not much head. I smell bourbon, maybe my palate isn't quite refined enough to pick up on the chocolate and coffee. Taste is bourbon but I am picking up on the coffee and maybe some chocolate. Personally I like some carbonation but this seemed like a mix of cold coffee/ice melted in coke drink, a bit thin. Maybe that's part of the style I'm not sure. I gave it a shot but think I'll stick to my IPAs for now. Are there any hoppy stouts out there?

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Southampton Biere De Mars
Southampton Biere De Mars

Southampton Publick House
Bière de Garde / 6.50% ABV

2.96/5  rDev -21.7% | Avg: 3.78
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass. This Biere De Mars pours a hazy golden amber with a light cap of foam. Some toasted malt with a caramel background on the nose. Taste offers a similar malt delivery along with a firm spritzy carbonatiion and a touch of peppery hop spice. Yeast plays a secondary role here.

Pleasant overall and not too sweet. Lack of yeast a factor certainly, and more of a amber/pale hybrid than its name might suggest. Proceed with caution.

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

3.79/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 3.81
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear amber. Foamy mini-bubbles one-inch head. Thick, almost soapy lacing.

Aroma is pine, dandelion grass, white bread, some metallic earth. Not sure what that is. BA user @bwood06 calls it peat moss. Not that bad, mate. Taste is much more hoppy, bitter, a sharp kale vegetable angle. Soured citrus rind is in there and green onion. Resin? Yeah, resin. Gets juicier as it warms towards room temperature.

Hoppy and slightly boozy at 8%, not sure it demonstrates hops to their best potential but a unique and tasty DIPA.

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Abita Brewing Co.
Vienna Lager / 4.50% ABV

3.25/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 3.4
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L- Bubbly, amberish, red color, clear enough to see through. The head dissipates very quickly.
S- Very minimal nose. Slight caramel sweetness, booziness, and malt. Roasted hops also... Maybe some coffee flavor?
T- A watered down version of the smell. Bitter backing to the flavor. Not much flavor.
MF- In between thin and medium body, dry finish.
O- I see where they were going with this beer. It's smooth and minimal and nice and easy to sip on. This would be good with some crawfish boilin'.

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Reef Donkey
Reef Donkey

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

4.35/5  rDev +9.3% | Avg: 3.98
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love it when my daughter comes up to visit from Tampa and brings me a fresh four pack! Pours bronzy gold clear pint of goodness. Minimal head leaving beads of lace with every mouthful. Citrus hoppy aroma, taste the same with a little pine. Great APA! Not quite Zombie but it's in my fridge and fresh!

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Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.5/5  rDev -3% | Avg: 4.64
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks @ecoboostinst for the chance to have this.

L: same color as the can. Very hazy with nice white head that stays and laces.

S: great citrus grapefruit smell. Very aromatic.

T: amazing ipa. This beer lives to the hype. The flavor booms right away with citrus.

F: crisp but creamy. Great feeling beer.

O: excellent beer. Might be the best ipa I have had. Very lucky to try this since the only way to get this in CA is trade. I would recommend this beer to everyone.

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Alaskan Summer Ale
Alaskan Summer Ale

Alaskan Brewing Co.
Kölsch / 5.30% ABV

4.59/5  rDev +27.5% | Avg: 3.6
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was fantastic. The Kolsch style - My first, but not last! Instantly has become one of my favorites. This ought to be a mainstay and I sure hope Alaskan brewery keeps making it forever.

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Born Yesterday Pale Ale
Born Yesterday Pale Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.50% ABV

4.75/5  rDev +7.5% | Avg: 4.42
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic beer. Shocked by how good it was. Was given as a gift, a surprise - and boy it sure was! Just awesome. Skip the LAME oatmeal ale by the name 'equinox'. Total waste of money. This is fantastic.

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Anti-Hero IPA
Anti-Hero IPA

Revolution Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.83/5  rDev -5.9% | Avg: 4.07
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Coming from San Diego, the Mecca of breweries with Stone leading the way......this beer is avg to barely above avg. Smell is malty and needs more citrus.....hops are mediocre at best and it finishes with a very thick carmel consistency. However, this beer has a lot of promise it just needs a bit of tweaking.

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Fuzzy Knuckles
Fuzzy Knuckles

Defiance Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.60% ABV

3.69/5  rDev -11.9% | Avg: 4.19
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the originator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is of strong coffee, I didn't pick that up in the aroma, chocolate, bitter at the finish, alcohol is well hidden. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Juxtapose Wild IPA
Juxtapose Wild IPA

Four Winds Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.46/5  rDev +7% | Avg: 4.17
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful opaque golden colour. Aromas of candied orange and slight barnyard from the Brett. Flavour starts with a solid hop bite and progresses to orange and tropical fruit. Malt backbone is solid and bready Finished slightly on the dry

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