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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Weihenstephan Collaboration (2018)
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Weihenstephan Collaboration (2018)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 6.00% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +3.2% | Score: 4.36
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

After finding their Braupakt collaboration too harsh on the palate for the style (or for either brewery), this one went down nice and smooth. The malt conveyed subtle flavors of figs, date, grain, bread, and spice. What really brought the whole thing home was how smooth it was. If I'm drinking an Oktoberfest, I want to drink multiple, so light and smooth is the way to go. Great beer!

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Candi Crushable
Candi Crushable

18th Street Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.50% ABV

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

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright amber color with a small white head. The aroma is fruit driven with some hops. The taste is a creamy blend of hops and fruit.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
American Pale Wheat Ale / 5.60% ABV

4.37/5  rDev +4% | Score: 4.2
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden flow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is sweet lemon and wheat. The taste is wheat, lemon and hops.

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Potosi Pilsener
Potosi Pilsener

Potosi Brewing Company
Czech Pilsener / 6.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +4.7% | Score: 3.58
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is corn grain and malt. The taste follows the nose.

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Big Tiki
Big Tiki

Hop City Brewing Co.
American Blonde Ale / 4.50% ABV

2.8/5  rDev -1.1% | Score: 2.83
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Starts off pretty, interesting colour, big head. Candy after that. Even as a kid I was never fussed on tropical punch flavours, now as a bigger kid I'm not real excited about punch and beer it seems. Just a not so good novelty brew that might be of interest to the sugary cooler crowd.

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Gweilo IPA
Gweilo IPA

Gweilo Beer
American IPA / 4.80% ABV

3.81/5  rDev +16.9% | Score: 3.26
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml can, with a best before date of 29th June 2019. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: A nice clear golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that had excellent retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Orange zest, peel and rind, floral, honeydew melon, pine and a very small hint of caramel malt.

Taste: Light bitterness, biscuit malt, orange peel, bittersweet tea and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice and refreshing Session IPA.

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Los Locos
Los Locos

Epic Brewing Company
American Adjunct Lager / 4.80% ABV

3.49/5  rDev -1.4% | Score: 3.54
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl. oz. can with no canned on or best before date. The only thing I see is on the bottom of the can “5507, up in smoke”. Poured into an Epic pint glass.

Appearance: A very lightly hazy, golden straw pale yellow colour with a just less than one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt, corn and a dash of lime.

Taste: Lightly tart, sweet malts, lime, corn and a hint of salt.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Light and easy to drink. Another good hot summer thirst quencher.

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Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter Börb’nåhallon
Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter Börb’nåhallon

Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.00% ABV

5/5  rDev +11.1% | Score: 4.5
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with brown fudge dense creamy head with good retention. Chocolate on the nose lasts throughout. Taste is chocolate raisin molasses, and mouthfeel is thick and silky smooth. This is the top non-adjunct RIS on the planet!

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Blood Orange Lorenzini Double IPA
Blood Orange Lorenzini Double IPA

Maui Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

3.92/5  rDev +2.9% | Score: 3.81
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My local, in-person trader, tone77, has expressed some CANcern about my backlog, especially as it pertains to ones that he has dropped off for The CANQuest (tm). I am doing my best to plow through & get caught up. Disappointingly, there are many without approved pics & my trusty camera has died! Some are just going to have to wait until I CAN procure a replacement.

From the CAN: "Island Brewed"; "Limited Release"; "India Pale Ale brewed with local citrus and blood orange juice"; "20 (deg.) 44' N 156 (deg.) 26' W"; "Island Brewed"; "Crafted with passion from the heart of paradise. We are an innovative and independent brewery. Welcome to the 'ohana."

As a Haole, it is always exciting to see Maui CANs wash up here on the mainland for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm)! I beCAN with a loud Crack! since their lids tend to be a heavier grade than most. A Gussie Busch Glug followed, producing just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky head with decent retention that left a load of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was a CANbination of pine resin, grapefruit & orange, making my hophead mouth begin to water. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was interesting in that, although Blood Orange was given top billing, the pine resin was the primary flavor. The citrusiness of the blood orange and the grapefruit flavors blended nicely throughout, giving the beer a very pithy quality. Make no mistake, this was quite bitter, but that is why I gravitate to AIPAs & DIPAs in the first place. Finish was dry and bitter with a lingering citrusiness. Mmm.

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Scoopshot IPA
Scoopshot IPA

Sisyphus Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.87/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scoopshot India Pale Ale. 7% ABV. 60 IBU. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

I said I'd stop drinking milkshake IPAs. Maybe this one from Sisyphus is different from the others.? Maybe I'll like this one.

Hazy, golden-hued, lush ivory head above, looking good.

In the nose: Bright hoppy flavors, pine, tropical tones, yet soft, smooth. Creamy, fruity, mmm.

In the mouth: A burst of tropical notes on the palate, pineapple-y, fruity, creamy, delightful, yum. There's plenty of hop flavor, but practically no bitterness. Juicy. Sweet. And along comes the vanilla. Medium-boded, easy drinking. Uh, huh.

Okay, so I don't hate it. But, I won't return to it, unless there's nothing else around. I need that old time IPA. The bitter, hoppy ones. I love those. Those are the good ones.

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Gin Barrel Aged Saison w/Guava
Gin Barrel Aged Saison w/Guava

Sisyphus Brewing
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.70% ABV

3.96/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.77
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gin & Guava. 5.7% ABV. Saison aged in gin barrels, with guava puree added. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Clear, bright golden color, slim, swiftly departing head.

In the nose: Fruity phenolics. Tropical and plush. Like it.

In the mouth: Sweet and fruity. And here comes the booze. Tasty tango going on here. Plump and luscious. There's a saison here somewhere, covered in guava and gin, and it's alright. I enjoyed this one all the way down.

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Et Tu Brut IPA
Et Tu Brut IPA

Sisyphus Brewing
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

3.89/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.87
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brut IPA. 7.2% ABV. 65 IBU. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Another new IPA style? Again? Already? What? Several local breweries have made their version, and this is Sisyphus'. I was confused after I brought it home, because I misread the label and though I had the Brett IPA. Opened it up, started drinking, and with half the crowler in the my glass realized that this tastes nothing like Brett IPA. There's enough left to do a review, so here we go:

Clouded, bright golden hue, sizable, stable head of ivory foam.

In the nose: Citrus and tropical tones. Muted, less emboldened. Mellow. Very cool.

In the mouth: Bold, fresh, fruity flavors, but subdued, not harsh or bold in the least. Some bitterness, but kept on a leash. Ending on a very dry, even brittle side of things. Balances between fruit sweetness and very dry finish. An interesting experiment. Not sure how much I care for it. Definitely better than the previous crop of IPA extensions (milkshake, NE-style, etc.).

I don't mind this. But, I still like more bitterness in my IPA. Because that's what they're for. But if you like an IPA that's more like champagne, be my guest.

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This Beers For  Jay
This Beers For Jay

Sisyphus Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.88/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.88
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This Beer's For Jay IPA. 7% ABV, 64 IBU. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Clear, bright golden hued, lace-leaving ivory foam above.

In the nose: citrus and pine, pineapple and lime, with a little bit of tropical fruit on the side.

In the mouth: blast of bitterness starts it off, riding waves of fruit. Medium-bodied, clean, easy drinking. Traces of melon mixes with the citrus. Tasty little IPA. And you can drink it. Hats off to Jay.

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Monk’s Bread
Monk’s Bread

Sisyphus Brewing
Belgian Dark Ale / 4.80% ABV

3.83/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.83
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Monk's Bread Belgian Pale Ale. 4.8% ABV, 17 IBU. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Clear, crimson-colored, slim off white head.

In the nose: bread-y, toasty, Belgian yeast. Malt giving off caramel touches, hops display stone fruit and citrus. Sweet treat.

In the mouth: Caramel, toast, minor hop bitterness. Sweet and malty, but well-balanced. Medium bodied, long malty finish. Tasty stuff, and exquisitely drinkable. Quite a nice rendition of the Belgian pale ale. I'll be polishing off this crowler in no time at all.

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BA Dubbel Trubel
BA Dubbel Trubel

Sisyphus Brewing
Dubbel / 8.00% ABV

4.21/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.99
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Barrel-aged Dubbel Trubbel. 8% ABV, 40 IBU. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Deeply crimson colored, utterly opaque, slim, short-lived, beige-ish head.

In the nose: all kinds of big and rich, major doses of dark fruit, plums aplenty, and more from raisins, dates, and let's not forget grapes. Wow, this one has it all, true believers. Depth and complexity all in a row.

In the mouth: Massive malt flavors, rich wine barrel additions. Long lasting flavors, full bodied. So many flavors. Take all those notes from aroma and plop them on the palate. Beautiful blend of red wine barrels and one of my favorite Belgian styles, the abbey triple. This is flat-out tasty. As heck.

I am digging this big-time. Yummy. Delicious. And intoxicating. Oh, yeah.

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Cherry Jane
Cherry Jane

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 5.50% ABV

4.17/5  rDev +5.3% | Score: 3.96
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into chalice good 1 finger pink head recedes quickly to a pool then dissipates, good lacing. Clear red in the glass, like a good old cherry koolaid. Smells of lactic, lemon and cherry, there is a mild underlying funk peeking out. Taste is initially smooth cherry, lemon, with a big cherry tart dry finish. The nicest part of this beer is there is a lingering cherry finish on the palate, which pretty much makes this just awesome in some respects. Another solid one hitter, going to have to hide this from my daughters, they will demolish it.

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Hazy Like A Fox
Hazy Like A Fox

New Realm Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.40% ABV

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

From a 16 oz can poured into a tulip glass. Canned 8/1, enjoyed 8/11.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, decent white head with minimal lacing. Aromas of pineapple, mandarins and tangerines. Not jumping out of the glass, but it’s there.
Taste follows with ripe pineapple, tangerines, orange, definite hop presence with a light lactose sweetness and a bitterness on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel, yet very dry actually. Solid offering from New Realm. My favorite beer I’ve had from them by far. Not the best NE Style example but it’s certainly a start in the right direction.

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König Pilsener
König Pilsener

König-Brauerei GmbH
German Pilsener / 4.90% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +9.8% | Score: 3.78
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My mom's family is from Duisburg/Hamborn and this was one of my favourite beers in Germany! A properly poured draught of this nectar is something to savour and in Duisburg, they do pour it right! Perfect to slake the thirst of working in the steel mills at Thyssen.

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Löwenbräu Original
Löwenbräu Original

Löwenbräu AG
Munich Helles Lager / 5.20% ABV

2.72/5  rDev -17.1% | Score: 3.28
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brewed by Labatt here in Canada! Overall it is better than macro Canadian lagers but way below Hacker Pschorr Münchner Gold Hell or Spaten Münchner Hell. Too light tasting compared to the real thing!
The real thing in Germany is actually a decent lager brewing it in Canada hasn't done it any favours but it is well priced!

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Crooked Run Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.1/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer has a hazy appearance with a reddish brown and a slightly pinkish beige topping of loose foam. Head retention is good and lacing is slick. It's aroma has a solid citrus and floral hop presence over light malt. These hops don't add much in the way of flavor however. I get an interesting mildly sour/tart cherry flavor note over a sweet vanilla and almond pastry like malt base. Hop flavor and bitterness are very distant and the finish is light and clean. Mouthfeel is medium with balanced carbonation. My overall feeling is that it seems like two beers in one. IPA in the nose and sour on the tongue.

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Bruery Terreux
Gueuze / 5.60% ABV

4.12/5  rDev -1.7% | Score: 4.19
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L) Pours a straw colored, opaque, golden hue with a little bit of head retention and lacing

S) The smell is ripe with stone fruit, in particular, apricot, and other juicy citrus fruits. Very acidic, but nothing that makes the nose too aggressive.

T) The tongue on this brew include a ton of unripe stone-fruit, including apricot, white peach, and even a bit of sour mango. The taste is incredibly tart, yet refreshing.

F ) The mouthfeel on this brew is uncharacteristically full bodied for the style, but I refused to complain. I love a tart and full bodied sour. The carbonation is also perfect for the style.

O) This is an easy recommendation to any sour lovers that can get their hands on this brew. Again, be ready for unripe, tart juice, and lots of stone fruit and citrus, cause this brew really brings it.

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R&D Kriek
R&D Kriek

New Glarus Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 7.60% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +3.4% | Score: 4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour at new Glarus brewery. Dark red body white head. Smells of cherries and oak. Boatloads of cherrys with light oak & funk. Lightbody with low carbonation. Carbonation is adequate. Semi dry finish. This kriek is incredible. It’s better than 2010 bourbon barrel kriek!

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Sour Pineapple
Sour Pineapple

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 6.10% ABV

4.66/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.66
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sour and pineapple. Need I say more? The sweetness of the pineapple worked well against the tartness of the brew otherwise. Really though, the pineapple was front and center for this brew and was damn good.

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Krush Sally w/Berries and Mint
Krush Sally w/Berries and Mint

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 5.80% ABV

3.93/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.93
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not heavy on the sourness, which allows the berry and mint flavors to show up...lightly. More or less like a mint/berry wine cooler than anything. Works alright though!

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The Fox and the Hunted Coffee
The Fox and the Hunted Coffee

18th Street Brewery
American Porter / 5.20% ABV

4.22/5  rDev +7.1% | Score: 3.94
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark/roasted malts, fruit, coffee and big acidity. The flavor is coffee, dark malts, fruit/dark fruit/mild raisins and an acidic/slightly sweet finish.

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