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Double Dry Hopped Farnsworth Street IPA
Double Dry Hopped Farnsworth Street IPA

Trillium Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

4.75/5  rDev +6.7% | Score: 4.45
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Swung up to canton today w the fellas. This is canned 3 days ago. Always been a fan of the street series and had heard great things about this beer. Did not disappoint! Juice bomb but bright tropical fruit side of the spectrum. Huge melon and noticeable creamsicle. Solid brew from one of the kings of the NE juice bomb. A new favorite for sure!

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Double Chocolate Sonata
Double Chocolate Sonata

Clown Shoes
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

4.15/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 4.17
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

S: Roasted malt, cacao nibs, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and hints of anise up front. Some very light fruitiness in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, anise, vanilla, and cacao nibs (which definitely aren't on the sweet side). Bourbon, oak, and caramel notes come through slowly. Again, very light hints of fruitiness in the back. Finishes with lingering roast, oak, anise, and bourbon notes

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Could definitely benefit from more chocolate (I mean, double chocolate is in the name), but no real complaints. The anise/dark fruit notes help to balance the barrel and base and really restrain any sweetness. Very well balanced, super complex, and a nice sipper. Just don't take the double chocolate thing too far or literally

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Super Collider
Super Collider

Brouwerij West
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

5/5  rDev +14.2% | Score: 4.38
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a fantastic cloudy orange juice body. Thick luxurious head, 2 fingers width, perfect retention. The head sticks like a starbucks frappachino.

S: I'm from Vermont and this smells like New England beers. Stone fruit sweetness, mango, sweet oranges, fresh hawaiian rolls on the backend.

T: Stone fruit, mangos, kiwi, and sweet oranges,

M: Soft, pillowy, and creamy. Carbonation is playful on the tongue. Mild dryness on the backend. Aromas come back up on exhaling. ABV is just right.

O: This is down right perfect. It's one of the best NE IPAs I've had and it's shocking to me it's brewed on the West Coast and so easily obtainable.. This is on par with Julius, Hillfarm Steads IPAs, and Heady Topper. Ridiculously juicy and balanced. The ABV is just right as well. They very well could raise the ABV and this recipe would hide it extremely well. I will be stocking up on this!

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Up The Beach
Up The Beach

Sand City Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.18/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.09
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack at the brewery today, it pours cloudy/hazy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Smells of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, melon, coriander, biscuit, lightly roasted grains, fresh cut grass, floral hops, faint caramel, tea leaf, peppery spices and hints of graham cracker. Well balanced, but the citrus fruit still dominates and seems like lemon peels are floating in the brew.

Tastes like it smells with grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, tangerine, red grapefruit, pineapple, piney hops, peppery spices , coriander, biscuit, lightly roasted grains, fresh cut grass, floral hops, faint caramel, tea leaf, and hints of graham cracker.

Mouthfeel is thin and quite bitter with mild carbonation, some texture and a wallop of citrus zest as it trails off with citrus fruit and toasted grains. The bitterness is more than I like, but it hides the 8.5% ABV completely.

This was a nice collaboration with Horus Aged Ales that was a tad too bitter at this early stage, so this might be better sitting in the can for a few weeks. Another nice IPA from Sand City.

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel

Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Doppelbock / 7.10% ABV

4.43/5  rDev +3.5% | Score: 4.28
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into dimpled seidel.

L: Dark ruby brown. Nice beige head, retained as a ring.

S: Lots of dark bread, some fig.

T: Same as above, dark malt, figs, very light cocoa. Boozier as it warms, but not overly.

Fee: Big, but very smooth. Some carbonation on the swallow.

No twists with this doppelbock, just a solid beer that does everything well. A grand dame of dark lager, rightfully celebrated.

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Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

New Belgium Brewing
Pumpkin Ale / 6.40% ABV

2.33/5  rDev -38.2% | Score: 3.77
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Good Lord! Aroma of pumpkin fails to inform the taste buds of what is about to assault the tongue. The cinnamon is intense, there is some vanilla, and then serious hot chili peppers. Light bodied, silky mouthfeel. Oh, and it's amber color with not much foam.

Hot pepper taste, and it lingers and lingers. This is just silly and not very fun. What a ghastly combination of flavors with that cinammon-vanilla cranked up in your nose while the heat roasts the mouth. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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Gahan Vic Park
Gahan Vic Park

The Gahan House
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.40% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +0.2% | Score: 4.2
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another tasty CANBIF treat. This is a lovely, yellow/orange with a bit of haze and a soft foamy white head. The nose and taste line up nicely - citrus, white pepper, and malt make for a tasty treat. This is easily the best beer I've had from Gahan and I would be happy to seek it out again.

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Propaganda Machine
Propaganda Machine

Gun Hill Brewing Company
Dortmunder / Export Lager / 5.30% ABV

3.91/5  rDev +3.7% | Score: 3.77
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a mostly clear dark orange, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells bready and yeasty, with slight fruitiness, and doughy malt.

This is fairly simple, with a good level of crispness, and a very subtle hop character. I wish the malt character was a bit richer, but I could see being able to drink a lot of this.

This is light bodied, crisp and clean, with a good level of carbonation.

There aren't too many Dortmunders on the market, so this is cool to drink.

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Voodoo Ranger Red IPA
Voodoo Ranger Red IPA

New Belgium Brewing
American Amber / Red Ale / 8.00% ABV

4.45/5  rDev +6.5% | Score: 4.18
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear medium red body with one inch head; lacing is very good and thick.

Flavors are really good; beautifully deep, roasted malts which subtly transition to pine hops, ending in slight citrus and sweet malts. It’s all good, but them deep roasted malts are the stars in the firmament. Carbonation is medium light.

Really good.

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Go Devil
Go Devil

Upstreet Craft Brewing
American IPA / 6.66% ABV

3.49/5  rDev +0.3% | Score: 3.48
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer #3 of my CANBIF box from the east coast. This is a pleasant enough beer - balanced malt/hop character, with nothing distinctive. I would drink it again, if it was sent my way. However, I wouldn't actively seek it out.

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Anchor Coffee Porter
Anchor Coffee Porter

Anchor Brewing Company
American Porter / 6.70% ABV

4.05/5  rDev +0.7% | Score: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really like this beer it's as dark as an imperial stout with a nice cocoa head and smells of bitter chocolates and coffee roasts but the taste shines. Drank rather warmed up I got a ton of cocoa nibs and coffee bitterness with just a twinge of hop bitterness. Body is medium and kind of chewy. Overall a really great coffee stout that is fairly easy to find.

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Cyclope Gamma IPA
Cyclope Gamma IPA

Brasserie Dunham
American IPA / 5.70% ABV

4.11/5  rDev +7.6% | Score: 3.82
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange/peach color with good foam and lacing. Not so tranlucide. The nose is amazing. Green grapes, pineapples, mangos, oranges, mandarins, peaches, apricots. Very fruity and inviting. The taste is as fruity with a very mild bitterness. I perceive notes of grassy hops in the middle of the sip. Quite dry finish. A very good IPA, very straightforward.

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MXPX Secret Weapon
MXPX Secret Weapon

Silver City Brewery & Taproom
California Common / Steam Beer / 5.70% ABV

2.7/5  rDev 0% | Score: 2.7
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear tea-colored brew with just a suggestion of foam in the snifter. There is a little spritz in the mouth, and it's quite light-bodied. Smell is something like bark dust, leaf mold, and a damp closet. Dishwatery flavor but not very bitter.

There is a little malt with a touch of caramel and a hint of French onion soup. Overall, this is an oddly mucky-tasting brew with an off-putting aroma that never fades. Taste gets to the "why am I drinking this" stage about 8 ounces down. From the 16-ounce can purchased at Central Market north of Seattle.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard
Founders Backwoods Bastard

Founders Brewing Company
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy / 11.20% ABV

4.56/5  rDev +4.8% | Score: 4.35
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To the eyes this brew is quite dark with some ruby red tones towards the bottom of the glass. Light tan head that disappears quickly.

This beer fizzles on the palete.

The aromas I am getting are oak-y, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and boozey bourbon.

Taste is fantastic. Lots of ooey gooey caramel and milk chocolate.

Highly recommended. I would go out of my way to acquire this beer.

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Barrel Aged Lunar Lycan
Barrel Aged Lunar Lycan

Angry Chair Brewing
American Stout / 11.50% ABV

4.26/5  rDev -2.3% | Score: 4.36
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque pitch black. A tan head slowly forms and then disappears completely leaving only faint dots of lace. The smell is of coffee, cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon. The taste follows with coffee, cream, fruit, a hint of almond and a rye/cinnamon spice element that I was not expecting. Full, thick texture with low carbonation.

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Blazing World
Blazing World

Modern Times Beer
American Amber / Red Ale / 6.80% ABV

4.13/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 4.11
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense light beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a coating running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dank hops are present in the nose with some notes of toasted malts and hints of citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of dank hops with some citrus and pine with hints of tropical fruits and strong notes of toasted and caramel malts. The hops also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and hoppy but has a strong underlying base of malts. The hops provide a lot of complexity to the flavors.

Serving type: can

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wheatwine (Oblivious)
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wheatwine (Oblivious)

Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Wheatwine / 10.00% ABV

3.95/5  rDev -2.9% | Score: 4.07
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to @ecoboostinst for this one.

2015 vintage

Copper orange color with no real head.

Smell is sweet wheatwine with some vanilla and slight slight barrel.

Taste is good. Nothing stands out as exceptional though. The Bruery makes a BA wheat wine that is much better imo. But this is not bad though.

Silky feel. Clean finish. Pretty creamy.

Overall this was good. But I was hoping for more to be honest since I am a fan of the style.

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Xtra-Citra Pale Ale
Xtra-Citra Pale Ale

Surly Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.50% ABV

3.7/5  rDev -6.6% | Score: 3.96
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can, canned 9/7/17. Pours hazy yellow gold with a medium bubbly white head that fairly quickly goes to a thin film that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruity malt with some resiny piney hops in the background.

The flavor is sweet cracker malts with tangy fruit and a little earthiness leading to a grassy resiny bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruity hoppy pale.

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Blue Hundreds
Blue Hundreds

Hudson Valley Brewery
American Wild Ale / 6.00% ABV

4.32/5  rDev +10.5% | Score: 3.91
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a super hazy and murky bright yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like lemon creamsicle, grapefruit, orange, and pine.

These guys are the best at this relatively new style- this is so creamy, with a great fruity tartness- almost like hoppy lemon Italian Ice, even. There's lots of grapefruit and orange, with a slight bitterness on the finish.

This is creamy, and rich, with a good level of carbonation.

These guys are doing really fun beers. I love this style.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter
Coconut Hiwa Porter

Maui Brewing Co.
American Porter / 6.00% ABV

3.26/5  rDev -17.5% | Score: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had some high hopes for this Maui offering ...

Decent black colored brew with a relatively decent head but no lacing. The smell had a light smell of coconut, not as much as I had hoped, but it was there. Mouthfeel was much more watery than I prefer, though it was medium-bodied with slight creamy texture. The taste was a tad unremarkable, not so much of the common porter flavors, not so much of the coconut, just middle-of-the-road. A decent enough porter, just not enough to be remarkable in my book...or list...

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Galaxy Dry Hopped PseudoSue
Galaxy Dry Hopped PseudoSue

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.80% ABV

3.92/5  rDev -10.3% | Score: 4.37
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mediocre IPA. Some mild citrus notes, a lot of caramel & thankfully, low bitterness. Not offensive but no need to track this one down, in my humble opinion.

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Fat Unicorn Pale Ale
Fat Unicorn Pale Ale

Royale Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.70% ABV

3.88/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.94
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy, medium coppery amber with a fine, two finger white head that slowly dissipates to a thick patch with a solid band of lacing, looks nice, if a little dark for a pale ale. Aroma of pilsner style, grainy malt, citrus hops, light lemon; lightly spicy. Flavor is smooth, grainy malt, citrus and piney hops, hints of tropical and light stone fruit, slight lemon. Finishes with a little lemon tartness and lightly resinous piney hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess, nice mout feel. A pale ale that seems to step into IPA territory, with robust piney and citrus hops, a darker, coppery color that is not quite pale and a better than expected light creaminess to the body that makes the whole experience more enjoyable. Malty for a pale ale, which is just fine with me. Slightly off-beat and quite drinkable. I like the fat unicorn picture and trope.

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Cultivating Mass
Cultivating Mass

Breakside Brewery
Baltic Porter / 10.50% ABV

4.2/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 4.18
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with no head, just thin patches and no real lacing. Aroma of dark malt with only a light toastiness, whiskey, fresh and dried plums; a bit boozy. Flavor of dark, lightly toasted malt, a little caramel, whiskey, plums, light cocoa. Finishes hot with good lingering whiskey and lightly toffee dark malt. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation despite the near still pour. A dark, rich Baltic porter that hits all the malt and fruit notes for the style. The whiskey is quite forward and unfortunately somewhat steps on the nice flavors from the malt. Baltic porters are one of my favorite styles and this is unusual because of its barrelling and quite high ABV. The alcohol is noticeable, but well supported by the malt. There seemed to only be a few bottles in our market but I'm going to look for another because I think this would be a good candidate for cellaring. I think a little mellowing of the whiskey would bring out some great complex flavors. This has a lot of character of an American strong ale, and I had never appreciated the similarities between that style and Baltic porters before. Interesting. Worth getting this if you can find it.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo

Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
English Strong Ale / 8.00% ABV

4.43/5  rDev +8.3% | Score: 4.09
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage
550ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear deep ruby color with a two-finger foamy off-white head that has great retention long after the pour, beautiful color

S- aroma is highlighted by lively dark fruit notes of raisin, plumbs and fig, along with Christmas fruit cake, brown sugar, herbal tea, leather, caramel & honey

T- flavor follows aroma with a variety of dark fruit notes; raisin and plumb leading the way. Mid-palate gives some fruitcake-like malt and spice, along with some toffee sweetness. The finish has an herbal tea note before closing out with some earthy yeast and light oak on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a bubbly lively mouthfeel that continues into a semi-dry finish, abs is hidden very well

O- delicate yet packed with flavors of fruitcake, spicy yeast and a caramel sweetness, alcohol is barely detectable, delicious

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Colour And Shape
Colour And Shape

Superflux (Machine Ales)
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.85/5  rDev +10.5% | Score: 4.39
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't think of another beer i like as much as this one. It's a deliciously smooth drinking juice bomb. Hopped with 100% Citra i believe. Outstanding!

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