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Stella Artois
Stella Artois

Stella Artois
European Pale Lager / 5.00% ABV

3.55/5  rDev +14.9% | Score: 3.09
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Saint Landelin La Divine
Saint Landelin La Divine

Les Brasseurs de Gayant
French Bière de Garde / 8.50% ABV

3.6/5  rDev -2.7% | Score: 3.7
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Chestnut Head - Barrel Aged
Chestnut Head - Barrel Aged

Roak Brewing Co.
American Imperial Porter / 11.50% ABV

3.8/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.02
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Gnarl
Gnarl

North Peak Brewing Company
American Amber / Red Ale / 7.00% ABV

3.47/5  rDev -11.5% | Score: 3.92
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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Chornyye Dyela (Чёрные дела)
Chornyye Dyela (Чёрные дела)

Plan B Brewery
American Porter / 8.00% ABV

4.17/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.38
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Currently 10% ABV.

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4 Pines Hefeweizen
4 Pines Hefeweizen

4 Pines Brewing Company
German Hefeweizen / 5.20% ABV

3.3/5  rDev -7% | Score: 3.55
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This isn't a bad beer, I don't mind the flavours but the flavours aren't consistent with a german hefeweizen. It would be far more aligned with a Belgian Wit, with the focus being more on citris and coriander for me. Tastes a lot like Hoegarden. Found the head a bit too "sudsy" rather than the creamier head that you'd find on say a Franziskaner or Weihenstephaner. If you're craving a Hoegarden then you'll probably like this. If you're craving a Franziskaner then you'll be disappointed.

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Pick Your Own
Pick Your Own

Allagash Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 6.00% ABV

4.55/5  rDev +5.8% | Score: 4.3
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer is ridiculous!!!

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Something Strange
Something Strange

Transient Artisan Ales
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.11/5  rDev -2.4% | Score: 4.21
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a monster two finger head with good retention. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a pint glass. The beer slowly dissipated and left lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a pale gold color with a touch of amber. The head is bright white creamy, frothy, and airy. The clarity of the beer is reasonably clear the beer does have the cold haze. The appearance of the beer is beautiful.

The initial aromas in the beer are tropical fruits and pears. The next aromas I get are honey, biscuit, toasted notes, juicy oranges, and grass. The background aromas are herbal, floral, and lemons. The smells in the beer are faint and difficult to gather.

The initial flavors in the beer are juicy tropical fruits and oranges. The next flavors I get are cardboard, musty, grass, pears, herbal, floral, and malt like sweetness. The finish flavors are toasted malts, biscuit, yeasty, rye, lemons, pine, herbal, and resins.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry, astringent, and fizzy.

The body of the beer is medium-light, medium-high carbonation, and a full finish.

The beer for me as an IPA is lacking character. It does have all the qualities of a New England IPA. The rye notes in the beer are not as strong as I would have liked. The malt backbone in the beer suffered from scoliosis. The harmony was a choir group on their third practice. The beer is good but I am not a fan.

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Bad Advice
Bad Advice

Council Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

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

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Sanctimonious IPA
Sanctimonious IPA

Stone Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.5/5  rDev -10.5% | Score: 3.91
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Declaration
Declaration

Taxman Brewing Co.
Belgian IPA / 9.00% ABV

4.35/5  rDev +10.7% | Score: 3.93
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Expedition Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Expedition Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Russian Imperial Stout / 13.40% ABV

4.44/5  rDev -1.1% | Score: 4.49
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Maduro Brown Ale
Maduro Brown Ale

Cigar City Brewing
English Brown Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.75/5  rDev -4.6% | Score: 3.93
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pilsner
Pilsner

Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
German Pilsner / 4.50% ABV

4.09/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.94
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can at Bier Stein Eugene,

A: Average head, cloudy for a Pilsner but not crazy hazy for a lager/pils.

S: it hits the nose like a cream ale, you’d more than excused for assuming this to be another half-assed attempt at a bottom fermentation by an Ale first operation. But it’s not quite a cream ale, something is sneaking in...
T: Boom, this has a nice bread crumb up front, sneaking in fresh cut grass (much subtler than pfriems pils) and a nice pepper hint. Nicely executed, might be my previous history but I get a bit of the yeast characteristics off of other TG beers (Looking at you Strong Blonde)
F: Pretty Light for the “new world”, not Bavarian Autobahn or Czech light but a solid C5 Corvette ZR1 light.

Conclusion (forget standard beer judge note convention): This is pretty good, I’d take it to my “unwashed” Silver Bullet friends and my Pendleton Portland Collection Homies. I don’t know if it hits the target perfectly for both Garbage/Highspeed/BlueCollarSwill and Boutique/CzechCaves/BoHoSasquatch but f*ck them, I think Wallowa County is not only home to the Oregon Alps (those fuckers are lung busters) but that is some of the best water in the state, and those righteous bastards at TG have a monopoly on it.

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Banker’s Pils
Banker’s Pils

Resident Brewing Co.
German Pilsner / 5.10% ABV

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

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Coffee Cocoa Stout
Coffee Cocoa Stout

New Belgium Brewing
American Imperial Stout / 8.80% ABV

3/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.32
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Chocolate Oatmeal Raisin Brown Ale
Chocolate Oatmeal Raisin Brown Ale

South Park Brewing
American Brown Ale / 5.90% ABV

3.9/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dank & Woody
Dank & Woody

South Park Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.30% ABV

4.16/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.16
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Mortal Sun
Mortal Sun

Surly Brewing Company
American Porter

4.09/5  rDev +2.8% | Score: 3.98
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Tangerine Express IPA
Tangerine Express IPA

Stone Brewing
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

3.96/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 3.98
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Smuttynose Whole Lotta Lupulin Double IPA
Smuttynose Whole Lotta Lupulin Double IPA

Smuttynose Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA / 8.60% ABV

4/5  rDev +5.5% | Score: 3.79
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bronze-ish orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: A good mix of pine, citrus, and floral hop notes up front along with a light malt sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the hop combo, which really puts the citrus and floral notes forward with hints of pine. Goes into a little bit of bready malt sweetness to balance things out. Not too bitter. Finishes with lingering citrus and floral hop notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the softer side

O: A solid DIPA that is dangerously drinkable at 8.6%. Very good balance. Check it out

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I Always Felt Closer To IPAs Than I Did To People - Double Dry-Hopped
I Always Felt Closer To IPAs Than I Did To People - Double Dry-Hopped

Evil Twin Brewing
New England IPA / 7.50% ABV

4/5  rDev -3.8% | Score: 4.16
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel

Erdinger Weissbräu
German Dunkelweizen / 5.30% ABV

3.95/5  rDev +5.3% | Score: 3.75
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle poured into a pilsner

Look:
Brown and murky. Fluffy light khaki head.

Smell:
Toasty malt and yeast. The German yeast.

Taste:
Ester-y dark fruit, some phenolic spice. Peppery and clove. Sour tartness. Sweet.

Feel:
Some sharp carbonation, then very easy and smooth as warms up.

Overall:
Refreshing and drinkable. It’s a “dark Hefeweizen”, and that is what it tastes like. I’d prefer either a true Hefeweizen or a dark bock, but not in-between. For that reason, thought it’s a good beer, I probably won’t get it again.

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Over the Falls
Over the Falls

Pizza Port Solana Beach
American Imperial IPA / 8.30% ABV

3.9/5  rDev -2.5% | Score: 4
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/24/18

Appearance - Pours moderately hazy and golden yellow in color with some fine sediment found floating around the glass. White, near finger width head displays fair retention before dying to a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Mild pineapple, lychee, lesser mango and a hint of citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild pineapple character upfront and throughout. Hints of lychee, mango and crackery malts. Finish hints at some tangerine before some light, pithy bitterness. Aftertaste mostly lingers with that mild pineapple flavor

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium-bodied with fair, tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty nice drinker. A bit on the bright, sweet side. A touch of toasted malts or earthiness would go a long way toward giving this a bit of balance. I don't think I could drink two cans in a row.

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Monkish Brewing Co.
English Sweet / Milk Stout / 6.80% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +3.2% | Score: 4.36
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Lagunitas Sucks
Lagunitas Sucks

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA / 7.85% ABV

4.44/5  rDev +2.8% | Score: 4.32
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This, feels like a good mixture of Sumpin' Ale + Brown Shugga. It has the sweetness of Brown Shugga alright, but it also has that rich smell of citrusness coming from the likes of Sumpin' Ale. For me it would be Sumpin Ale > This > Brown Shugga, but only by really close (0.1 point difference) range. Overall a great beer, didn't know Lagunitas was this great.

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Big Barrel Double IPA
Big Barrel Double IPA

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

3.71/5  rDev -8.2% | Score: 4.04
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Old Speckled Hen
Old Speckled Hen

Greene King / Morland Brewery
English Pale Ale / 5.20% ABV

3.43/5  rDev -0.6% | Score: 3.45
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Biomimetic
Biomimetic

Speciation Artisan Ales
American Wild Ale / 6.00% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +3.4% | Score: 4.16
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a 16-ounce can. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour of the beer produced a two finger airy and frothy head. The head dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer SRM 3 a pale straw with bright sunny yellow colors. The clarity of the beer is hazy with carbonation. The beer's appearance of the beer is fair for this beer. The beer has poor head retention which and a light color similar to Budweiser. I hope this beer is not a Budweiser.

The initial aromas I get from beer is lemon and grass. The smells I detect next are a funky barnyard, herbal, floral, biscuit, toasted malt, tropical, a malty sweetness, and a touch of resin.

The first taste I get is horse blanket, lemon, and grass. The middle flavors beer is herbal, floral, solvent, cardboard, toasted malt, tropical, and grapefruit. The flavors in the background are resin, wheat, biscuit, and with a malty sweet finish.

The mouthfeel of the beer is powdery, dry, and astringent.

The body of the beer is beer light, high carbonation, and a full finish.

The beer has these funky flavors and aromas with IPA background. The malt holds well with the beer assertive flavors and aromas. Overall, I think this is an experiment with various hops and yeast. The beer is reasonably balanced. The beer is a wild ale with vanilla and peaches and dry hopped. I smell and taste the funky wild ale with hop aromas. I could not detect the vanilla. The beer is intriguing nonetheless.

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Cymbals
Cymbals

Stellwagen Beer Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.00% ABV

3.86/5  rDev -3.7% | Score: 4.01
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Isomerizer IPA
Isomerizer IPA

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.71/5  rDev -7.7% | Score: 4.02
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Curmudgeon's Better Half
Curmudgeon's Better Half

Founders Brewing Company
English Old Ale / 12.70% ABV

4.24/5  rDev -1.6% | Score: 4.31
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Trademark Pale Ale
Trademark Pale Ale

Breckenridge Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.70% ABV

3.5/5  rDev +1.4% | Score: 3.45
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Pillow Cannon
Pillow Cannon

WeldWerks Brewing Co.
New England IPA / 6.90% ABV

3.56/5  rDev -5.1% | Score: 3.75
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very hazy dark orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like grassy hops, grapefruit peel, overripe fruit, and malt.

I expected more out of this one, given the brewery. It's got an odd off-flavor that kind of reminds me of rotten fruit. There's some honey sweetness, and a honestly a flavor that really reminds me of gin- kind of herbal and boozy.

The body on this is kind of weird- weirdly big bodied but also kind of thin at the same time, on the back end. It kind of makes this feel pretty weird.

This was not all that great. It feels raw and sloppy.

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Evil Dead Red
Evil Dead Red

AleSmith Brewing Company
American Amber / Red Ale / 6.66% ABV

4/5  rDev -1.2% | Score: 4.05
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3 Scoops: Pineapple, Coconut, Strawberry
3 Scoops: Pineapple, Coconut, Strawberry

The Answer Brewpub
Berliner Weisse / 3.50% ABV

4.85/5  rDev +4.3% | Score: 4.65
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Golden Thing
Golden Thing

Tröegs Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV

3.86/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 3.88
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a clear golden color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like grassy and piney hops, orange peel, sweet malt, and biscuits.

This is pretty basic, but fairly tasty still. It's very West Coast-y, with a dry hoppiness, and a touch of very lightly sweet maltiness. I want a bit more aggressiveness from this style, and a lot more bitterness.

This is pretty light bodied, with a great level of drinkability and a typical level of carbonation.

This is pretty run of the mill, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Darkness
Darkness

Surly Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.30% ABV

4.29/5  rDev -4.2% | Score: 4.48
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11-15-18

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Barrel Aged Wreck Alley
Barrel Aged Wreck Alley

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

3.87/5  rDev +9% | Score: 3.55
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Slushy XL Pink Guava Peach
Slushy XL Pink Guava Peach

450 North Brewing Company
Berliner Weisse / 8.00% ABV

4.59/5  rDev +3.4% | Score: 4.44
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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CitruSinensis
CitruSinensis

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 7.90% ABV

4/5  rDev -1.5% | Score: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chinese gold, with a light haziness and very little carbonation. Topped with a half finger of off white head.
Smells a purple bubblegum, pineapple, and citrusy candy.

The taste follows the nose but is very dry and has a big hit of bitterness.

Medium body with a little carbonation.

I got this in Reading where am drinking November 15, 2018.

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Roselle
Roselle

Fair State Brewing Cooperative
American Wild Ale / 5.70% ABV

3.55/5  rDev -11.3% | Score: 4
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Stonefruit Popsicle
Stonefruit Popsicle

The Answer Brewpub
Leipzig Gose

4.54/5  rDev +2.9% | Score: 4.41
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Brooklyn Lager
Brooklyn Lager

Brooklyn Brewery
American Amber / Red Lager / 5.20% ABV

3.52/5  rDev -5.4% | Score: 3.72
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Fluffy Tufts
Fluffy Tufts

Gigantic Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.30% ABV

4.02/5  rDev +7.8% | Score: 3.73
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pub glass

A: Pours hazy deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces quite nicely.

S: Tropical fruit takes the lead, resinous pine, citrus, spicy, herbal, and earthy notes, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit, resinous pine, tropical fruit, mango, passion fruit, and papaya, slight herbal and earthy notes, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid brew.

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Duchesse Chocolate Cherry
Duchesse Chocolate Cherry

Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Flanders Red Ale / 6.70% ABV

3.94/5  rDev -9% | Score: 4.33
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Nectar & Knife
Nectar & Knife

Triple Crossing Brewing
New England IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.52/5  rDev +3.9% | Score: 4.35
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Innuendo
Innuendo

Baxter Brewing Co.
American Stout / 9.50% ABV

3.87/5  rDev +9.3% | Score: 3.54
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark tan color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Cocoa, coffee, lactose sweetness, and light roast

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of the coffee and cocoa and continues with the lactose. Moderately sweet. Finishes with lingering coffee and lactose sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the smoother side

O: An interesting white stout with a good mix of cocoa and coffee. The lactose adds a nice mellow sweetness. Easy to drink. Weird but solid

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Excess IPL
Excess IPL

Jack's Abby Brewing
American Lager / 7.20% ABV

4.52/5  rDev +6.9% | Score: 4.23
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy and golden with a good head. Aroma and flavor is pleasantly hoppy and bitter with strong notes of honey upfront with melon undertones. Faint aroma of mango. Honestly it’s s delicious beer to drink and one I don’t get tired of. The hop flavor is perfect and pronounced but also very balanced.

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Benthic
Benthic

Half Acre Beer Company
American Imperial Stout / 13.70% ABV

4.46/5  rDev +2.5% | Score: 4.35
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Killer integration of barrel, coconut and coffee!

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