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Trillium / Cellarmaker - Escape Plan
Trillium / Cellarmaker - Escape Plan

Trillium Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 8.70% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +1.8% | Score: 4.42
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Sun Juice
Sun Juice

Stony Creek Brewery
Belgian Saison / 5.30% ABV

3.65/5  rDev +0.3% | Score: 3.64
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pressing Matters: Riesling
Pressing Matters: Riesling

Southern Grist Brewing Co.
New England IPA / 8.00% ABV

4/5  rDev -0.2% | Score: 4.01
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 010
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 010

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American IPA / 5.90% ABV

4.06/5  rDev +1.5% | Score: 4
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Druif
Druif

pFriem Family Brewers
American Wild Ale / 7.30% ABV

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

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No Pumpkin IPA
No Pumpkin IPA

Sloop Brewing
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Juicy Double IPA
Juicy Double IPA

Lake Austin Ales
American Imperial IPA / 7.50% ABV

3.56/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.72
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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DDH IPA Series 4
DDH IPA Series 4

Tupps Brewery
New England IPA / 7.20% ABV

4.5/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.26
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Higher Burnin'
Higher Burnin'

LIC Beer Project
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +1.7% | Score: 4.18
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Newburgh / Five Boroughs - Borough Boss
Newburgh / Five Boroughs - Borough Boss

Newburgh Brewing Company
American Lager / 6.00% ABV

3.78/5  rDev -1.6% | Score: 3.84
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Puppy Love
Puppy Love

Branch and Blade Brewing
American Imperial Stout / 9.20% ABV

4.16/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.18
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Flying Goose Brewing Snulip, not sure when it was canned. Pours a slick very attractive near black, with a half finger khaki head that leaves thin lines of lace behind. 4

Smell is what you would expect peanut butter, dark chocolate, and some vanilla one dimensional isn’t a bad thing sometimes. This is exactly what I signed up for. 4.25

Taste follows peanut butter cup, dark chocolate, some vanilla, and maybe a little toffee, I am liking this. 4.25

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, gentle carbonation, maybe a whisker dry, and at 9.2% goes down very easy. 4

Overall first things first, will be grabbing more next time I hit the store. A little thinner than I prefer, wanted it to be a tad darker with the head and leave thicker rings of lace, but is a very tasty stout for sure. 4

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Packet Line Pils
Packet Line Pils

Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap Room - Downtown
German Pilsner / 4.00% ABV

3.93/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.93
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Key Lime Chameleon Cream-Sic-Ale
Key Lime Chameleon Cream-Sic-Ale

Dead Lizard Brewing Company
American Cream Ale / 6.20% ABV

4.16/5  rDev -1.2% | Score: 4.21
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee)
Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee)

Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
American Imperial Stout / 9.50% ABV

4.25/5  rDev -2.7% | Score: 4.37
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Hop-a-delic Kewl-aid
Hop-a-delic Kewl-aid

Studio Brew
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.79/5  rDev -3.1% | Score: 3.91
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Excellent lacing.

S: A fair, but not outstanding, aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and pine.

T: Tasted of a little bit of malt (mostly in the finish), a decent amount of hops (not overdone), a tinge of pine, some citrus fruit (orange, maybe?), and light tropical fruit. Not necessarily a bad flavor, but slightly underpowered. It's certainly hoppy, but the fruit elements aren't quite as present as everything else.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Kind of a standard issue IPA here. Not bad, but not overly memorable either.

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Citrus Jammer
Citrus Jammer

Sixpoint Brewery
Leipzig Gose / 4.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +6% | Score: 4.01
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a can to a cylinder glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A sweet and fruity aroma of citrus, wheat, salt, and malt.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of cracker malt (only in the finish), a large amount of citrus fruit (lemon and lime as advertised), some light sea salt, and a bit of wheat as well. This is a light, sweet, and vibrant flavor. It's not overly complex, but that really doesn't matter. They blasted the flavor with a ton of lemon and lime. It's definitely tart, but it works.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a slick, almost oily, finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: An excellent and enjoyable gose. Definitely drinkable.

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Suns Out Hops Out
Suns Out Hops Out

Solace Brewing
American IPA / 4.70% ABV

4/5  rDev +0.8% | Score: 3.97
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Heart Pale Ale
The Heart Pale Ale

Hop Nation Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.60% ABV

3.34/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.34
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thus far Hop Nation have coloured me “impressed” with their NEIPA offerings: Jedi Juice NEIPA (up there with my favourite NEIPAs) and The Dawn Double NEIPA (which was also swell). Now it’s time to take a look at one of their lighter (at 4.6% ABV) core range beers with this The Heart Pale Ale. Admittedly I’m a bit of a die-hard American IPA fan (hence my name on BeerAdvocate being “doktorhops”), I can however from time to time appreciate the lighter sibling of an IPA, although at 4.6% I’m curious as to how Hop Nation will excite me… I’m guessing, without even opening the can, Galaxy, Citra and Mosaic hops is how. I could be wrong, cannot find a hop bill on the can or Google, so it’ll be a mystery then [but we all know these hops are the best!].

Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Clear pale straw body with a white sea foam head that fizzes back leaving a thin amount of lace inside the glass and damn-near no head – Colour: Great! Head: Shite, is the take-home here. 6/10.

S: Tropical slant from the off with notes of: Passion fruit, paw paw, and a grassy/green hop character towards the end. Biscuit/dry cracker malt base provides back up. Hop character is very fresh, no wonder – brewed 12/10/18, that’s pretty fresh, good stuff. Sweetness lingers on in the aroma. Kinda reminds me of a mini-jedi, this is some sort of Yoda-beer then. 8/10.

T: Bit too on the lighter side, though we did expect it from the 4.6% ABV. Flavour profile begins with dry cracker/biscuit malt, slight-grainy mid, whispers of those tropical hops leading into the finish and a grassy/green mildly bitter note at the end. A tad too weak to have a discernible tussle between sweet/bitter – it’s like two cowardly French Dukes battling it out with duelling muskets: it doesn’t really get a chance to hit the mark. 6/10.

M: Mid to light, borderline watery, with a thin but excitable carbonation – plentiful burps lay ‘ere. 6/10.

D: Not the best/worst APA, just a run-o-mill brew from Hop Nation. Hey, they were bound to have some boring ones knocking about – can’t all be winners can they? I suspect because they’ve got so many heavy-hitters that they just wanted to have an easy-drinking BBQ beer kicking around for shits and giggles. Only problem is calling this beer “The Heart” of Hop Nation, because the real heart is a banger of a brew like Jedi Juice, this is more of a “Pinky Toe” of a beer. 7/10.

Food match: BBQ fits the bill: hamburgers, snags, you decide.

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Bee Fruitful
Bee Fruitful

Heist Brewery
American Imperial IPA / 7.60% ABV

4.35/5  rDev +0.9% | Score: 4.31
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Blurred Is The Word
Blurred Is The Word

Heist Brewery
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.35/5  rDev -2.2% | Score: 4.45
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Blurred Up
Blurred Up

Heist Brewery
American Imperial IPA / 8.40% ABV

4.35/5  rDev -3.5% | Score: 4.51
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Ãœber Quench'l
Über Quench'l

Heist Brewery
American Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV

4.35/5  rDev -3.1% | Score: 4.49
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bing Bing
Bing Bing

Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

3.56/5  rDev -5.3% | Score: 3.76
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate
Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate

Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.60% ABV

4.38/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 4.36
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Cocktober Fest
Cocktober Fest

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company
German Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.50% ABV

3.52/5  rDev 0% | Score: 2.78
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical Marzen. Pours a darker orangish brown color with almost no head. Taste is nothing special, but has a nice light feeling in the mouth without an aftertaste. Extra points for great word play on the name.

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Appeasement IPA
Appeasement IPA

Loma Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev -7.4% | Score: 4.05
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about fourteen dollars. Have never tried a brew from this brewery, which is new to MA. Was curious to see if Yuke could brew as well as he hit. Not so much with is this one. Not bad, just very bland. Hopefully the DIPA has a bit more flair.

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Peanut Butter PM Dawn
Peanut Butter PM Dawn

Trillium Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout / 10.10% ABV

4.94/5  rDev +10.3% | Score: 4.48
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Vanilla PM Dawn
Vanilla PM Dawn

Trillium Brewing Company
American Stout / 9.00% ABV

3.96/5  rDev -11.4% | Score: 4.47
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Headroom
Headroom

Trillium Brewing Company
New England IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.38/5  rDev -5% | Score: 4.61
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Free Rise - Citra Dry Hopped Saison
Free Rise - Citra Dry Hopped Saison

Trillium Brewing Company
Belgian Saison / 7.30% ABV

4/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Fireplace Bananas
Fireplace Bananas

Trillium Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout / 10.40% ABV

3.75/5  rDev -4.1% | Score: 3.91
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Sour Monkey
Sour Monkey

Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
American Wild Ale / 9.50% ABV

4.04/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

A nice variation of the original. It has all the qualities off the original but adds a nice lemony vibe, Brett and finishes tart. Not too acidic and works well. Will definitely have again.

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Eine Nachtliche Halluzination
Eine Nachtliche Halluzination

Foreign Objects Beer Company
German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier / 5.20% ABV

4.05/5  rDev +10.1% | Score: 3.68
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The mostly clear golden beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that slowly recedes to a web of lacing and foam on the sides of the glass and then becomes a thin cap of foam that eventually becomes a thin irregular island of foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping creates a couple of slender arches and several small patches and legs of lacing, some of which slide back down to the liquid.

The light aromas include some floral and slightly herbal character backed up by some crackery malt.

The flavors are similar to what is expected from the nose with both some floral character and some crackery malt. But the light sweetness from the malt is also a complement to some more noticeable herbal, earthy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and gently crisp with the finely bubbled and light but persistent carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the malt sweetness recedes faster than the floral character leading to a floral tinged but earthy, herbal and bitter ending that moves to the back of the palate to slowly disappear.

Overall a drinkable enjoyable beer that offers a fair amount of complexity and a slightly different than expected in the balance of aromas/flavors. While the malt and some light sweetness are definitely present this beer is really about the noble hops and their flavors. This is a repeatable beer and would make a good choice to serve at a dinner and long evening’s conversation with friends.

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Cuvee De Tetreault
Cuvee De Tetreault

Trillium Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 11.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +2.4% | Score: 4.15
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Old Zahm Oktoberfest
Old Zahm Oktoberfest

Market Garden Brewery
German Märzen / Oktoberfest / 6.50% ABV

3.79/5  rDev +5.3% | Score: 3.6
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Description: Amber, apple juice color and clear. Moderate amount of white head and lacing that sticks to the glass. Smell is yeasty and malty with hints of spice - sort of like a tripel - and must. The taste presents more bitterness than the aroma and shows the beer's hops. Otherwise, mostly bready and the spices from the aroma seem to fade out. Feel is light bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) Better than most Oktoberfest beers I've had, although that's a pretty low bar to clear. I wouldn't drink a lot of it but maybe o.k. to have once during the season.

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Aslin / Bottle Logic - Sloth Loves Chunk
Aslin / Bottle Logic - Sloth Loves Chunk

Aslin Beer Company
American Imperial Stout / 16.00% ABV

4.79/5  rDev +5.3% | Score: 4.55
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Bale
Bale

Aslin Beer Company
American Imperial Stout / 13.50% ABV

4.93/5  rDev +7.6% | Score: 4.58
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Attempted RedRum
Attempted RedRum

New England Brewing Co.
American Barleywine / 13.00% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +7.9% | Score: 4.17
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Elvis Juice
Elvis Juice

BrewDog
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.52/5  rDev -10.9% | Score: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Third of a litre at the Craft Beer Kontor.
A: Amber, clear, small head which didn't hang around very long.

S: Grapefruit was the predominant aroma.

T: Grapefruit zest and lime, bittersweet reminiscent of a 90's alcopop.

M: Medium body, moderately carbonated.

O: Brewed with the zest of oranges and grapefruits, wasn't bad, but at times I wondered if it was beer or an alcopop. Memorable, but not necessarily one I'll revisit.

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Daaank Daniel
Daaank Daniel

Heist Brewery
New England IPA / 5.80% ABV

4.28/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.28
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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White Rascal
White Rascal

Avery Brewing Company
Belgian Witbier / 5.60% ABV

3.57/5  rDev -2.2% | Score: 3.65
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light golden color with a very well retained white head that left excellent lacing. Smells of citrus fruits, wheat and spices. Tastes of banana, orange, lemon, wheat, malts, spices (some clove) and yeast. Light bodied, well carbonated, easy to drink but not a very good example of the style.

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Lupulus
Lupulus

Brasserie Les Trois Fourquets
Belgian Tripel / 8.50% ABV

3.94/5  rDev +4.2% | Score: 3.78
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Test Brut IPA
Test Brut IPA

Boulevard Brewing Co.
American Brut IPA / 5.70% ABV

3.71/5  rDev -2.1% | Score: 3.79
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. My first stab at a Brut IPA.

Yellow color, white 3 finger head, lots of active carbonation. Small traces of lacing cling to the glass. Light fruity hop aroma, simple but pleasant. Taste follows the nose. Hop flavors are on the weak side. Champange like carbonation. Finishes dry and thin. I can see some liking this style but it's just not for me.

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Magnifico
Magnifico

Crooked Run Central
American Imperial Stout

4.75/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.75
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Pot Belge
Pot Belge

Woodstock Brewery
Belgian Dark Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.97/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.97
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Public Enemy
Public Enemy

Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom
Baltic Porter / 9.00% ABV

4.41/5  rDev +4.3% | Score: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Dream House
Dream House

Left Handed Giant Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.90% ABV

3.81/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.97
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Keg @ Small Bar, Bristol - Pours hazy yellow with a small white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Aroma- Green hop notes, light citrus - orange/tangerine/grapefruit, tropicals -pineapple, straw feel. Taste - Sweet citrus - grapefruit/orange peel, green hop notes, light, crisp bitter finish. Solid enough without shining.

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Femme Fatale Brett
Femme Fatale Brett

Evil Twin Brewing
American Brett / 6.00% ABV

3.5/5  rDev -11.2% | Score: 3.94
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 22 fl. oz. bomber with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy orange juice, orange rind, lemon, tangy, lightly tart and a touch of brett.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, citrusy, orange juice, orange, lemon, lemon zest, tangy, grass, brett with hints of tropical fruit, pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not bad at all, but not as good or complex as the Femme Fatale Blanc that I had just tried a day earlier. Still worth a try though.

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Somewhere I Belong
Somewhere I Belong

Neon Raptor Brewing Co.
American Porter / 6.80% ABV

3.75/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.81
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Keg @ Small Bar, Bristol - Pours dark brown/black with a medium tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - Sweet, coconut, vanilla, lactose, light dark roasted malts. Taste- Sweet, lactose, coconut, light roasted coffee at the back, medium sweet bitter finish. Solid enough if a little sweet for my tastes.

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Barley Wine
Barley Wine

Brewery Becker
British Barleywine / 12.10% ABV

3.84/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.84
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75