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Oh, The Citranity!
Oh, The Citranity!

Beards Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.40% ABV

3.6/5  rDev -4.3% | Score: 3.76
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy deep golden orange. Foamy, medium, off-white head that last shortly.

Smell citrus peel, caramel, grapefruit and Floral.

Taste citrus peel, Orange, grapefruit, light Pine, light grassy and caramel malt. Finishes dry with a citrus peel and pine linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Bright Pale Ale
Bright Pale Ale

pFriem Family Brewers
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.00% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +4.2% | Score: 4.04
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Handsome clear golden brew and long-lasting white foam in the New Belgium snifter. Flowery aroma with hay and lime peel. Lush and fruity with a biscuit, shortbread base. Hits of resin, orange, pineapple, green apple. It is wheaty, cereal tasting but with a tangy finish.

Overall this is quite delicious. It's the Pale Ale I was hoping for lately, after too many murky big IPAs. From the 500 ml bottle purchased in Bellingham, Wash. for the usual nice price pFriem asks and I'm always happy to give.

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Uncharted Territory - Australian hopped Pilsner Fermented In Oak
Uncharted Territory - Australian hopped Pilsner Fermented In Oak

Magnify Brewing Company
German Pilsener / 5.20% ABV

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

A very inserting take on the Pilsner style.

Massive notes of White wine and Funk complemented by a super bone dry finish.

Don't know when or if this will be brewed again but it was a hell of a lot of fun drinking it.

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Stout at the Devil
Stout at the Devil

Evans Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

3.8/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.72
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a tan, rocky one finger width head. Dissipates rather quickly, leaving a mostly barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - A surprising amount of buttery toffee on the nose. Hints of chocolate and roast.

Taste - Follows the nose. Pure toffee bomb; all other flavors are in the back seat. Hints of chocolate and roasted malt sit beneath the toffee punch. A lightly tart note of red berry and coffee emerges in the finish as the toffee dies down, delivering a surprisingly balanced aftertaste that features all aforementioned flavors.

Mouthfeel - Near full-bodied with fair, tingly carbonation. Slick, almost silky texture with an easy, slightly dry finish. You wouldn't guess this to be 10%.

Overall - The lack of roasty depth threw me, but this beer grew on me as I continued to sip it. The amount of toffee upfront and through most of the experience is as apparent as a flavor gets, so avoid if you are not a toffee fan. Hard to score this because as a RIS it falls well short of expectations, but the beer I'm drinking is actually pretty damn likeable.

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Robusta Nut
Robusta Nut

Petoskey Brewing Company
English Porter / 5.50% ABV

3.67/5  rDev -1.6% | Score: 3.73
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown. Foamy, thick, short, brown head that Fades slowly.

Smells chocolate, roasted coconut, roasted malt and a hint of vanilla.

Taste roasted malt, chocolate and lots of roasted coconut. Followed by earthy and dark chocolate bitterness. Finishes dry with a roasted linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Thee Barleywine
Thee Barleywine

New York Beer Project
American Barleywine / 13.50% ABV

4/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.86
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz Growler fill today. Poured chilled, moderately quickly to a snifter. No head, other than a thin white layer that almost immediately turns to vapor. Nose is honey, cinnamon, sort of whiskey spice. I've read this is aged six months in spent Jim Beam barrels. Color is a dark copper, hazy red. No overt bubbles, but fair amount of carbonation when disturbed. First sips are sweet, dark honey, with a noticeable alcohol bite. I've never had Jim Beam, but there is a strong whiskey-esque presence. I've had this brew before, where the alcohol was more subdued. Mouthfeel is full, syrupy. I've had a few barleywines, many of which were sweet, but this is a whole new level of sweet. If teeters on the edge of cloying, but does not break past it like a dessert beer. The up-front alcohol lets you know to sip, lest ye be thrown into a drunken stupor in no time at all. This is a potent ABV beverage, and it hits HARD...almost to the point where you start to think the 13.5% is under-estimated of its real potency. It is one of my favorite barleywines, albeit a different representation of the typical style offerings. I've recently tried sucaba, which is similar, but a more refined version of this. I'd say cellaring would be a good idea to cull some of the alcohol bite in this iteration, but I enjoy it too much to leave it alone! If you're local, you really need to try it. If you're not local, get a trader to toss in a crowler or two!

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Nut Crusher Peanut Butter Porter
Nut Crusher Peanut Butter Porter

Wild Ride Brewing Co.
American Porter / 6.00% ABV

4.98/5  rDev +25.1% | Score: 3.98
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is perhaps the best porter I've ever had. The foam is minimal but a beautiful caramel color, the best itself almost black. The smell is sweet, liked caramel. Once sipped, there is just a tad of carbonation but you quickly get past that to a pb taste, not too much or too little. It's just the perfect sweetness and the body is light. Can't wait to get some more, and I'm not a fan of peanut butter in the least, but this works!

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Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA
Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA

Cervecería de MateVeza
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +13% | Score: 3.32
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a dark golden/amber color, with 1 finger of off white head------------- the aromas are of grass/floral, tobacco, tea, pine and dank weed--------------- the flavors are of grass/floral, citrus, pine, tobacco, Carmel malt and dank weed, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with almost no bitterness at all--------------- overall this beer was nice, it was interesting I can say I have never had a beer with yerba mate until I had this one, it was like an old school west coast ipa with a lot of earthy flavors

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Flash Lamp
Flash Lamp

Urban Artifact
Witbier / 5.50% ABV

3.7/5  rDev +0.3% | Score: 3.69
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light hazy, pale gold. Short, foamy, off-white head that Fades immediately.

Smells tart citrus, lemon, light Funk and quite tart.

Tastes tart lemon, citrus peel, bready malt. Followed by light sweetness, light funk and grain. Finishes Dry with a citrus peel linger. Lighter body and fizzy lower carbonation.

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LegenDAIRY - Pumpkin
LegenDAIRY - Pumpkin

Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3.87/5  rDev +0.3% | Score: 3.86
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a half finger of head. The nose has decent notes of pumpkin spice. The flavor has a slightly sweet pumpkin essence and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

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Barley Wine
Barley Wine

Kiitos Brewing
American Barleywine / 11.10% ABV

2.61/5  rDev 0% | Score: 2.61
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can poured into a mini-snifter. From Hinda_65 in Utah.

Pours a color that's roughly tea brown with some fiery orange edging. Head is beige-grey and tall. Leaves a ton of lacing on the sides.

Aroma is mostly of nothing, but some dry wood can be sensed. Very very faint caramel with some agitation. I can't rate it highly when there's nothing there! :-(

Flavor is of wet wood and moss. Very faint hints of caramel. Little else. I suppose it hits the style as the peppery caramel is present in the finish, but whoa this is boring.

Feel is clean, crisp, and then turns to resin on the finish.

Overall, a shoddy barleywine. I can and have done better in my kitchen. I don't know what they were thinking here. A peppery woody mossy wet beverage? C'mon guys...

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Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPA
Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

3.93/5  rDev +1.6% | Score: 3.87
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost crystal clear with a 2 finger chunky white head. Golden in color. Awesome lacing. Sticky and thick.

Huge hop presence in the aroma. Tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango and papaya. A little peppery.

Taste of light sweet malts and light bitter hops with a backbone of light tropical fruits. Hint of caramel.

Medium plus in body. Pretty sticky and fairly astringent. Awesome retention.

A great beer! Well rounded and easy drinking for an IPA.

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8th Anniversary Ale
8th Anniversary Ale

Joseph James Brewing Inc.
American Strong Ale / 9.70% ABV

4.29/5  rDev +3.6% | Score: 4.14
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a fine, one finger dark khaki head with great retention and thick lacing. Looks good. Aroma of mild dark toasted and biscuit malt, vanilla, mild bourbon, raisins, dates and dried plums. Flavor is dark toasted, caramel and biscuit malt, fresh and dried plums, raisins, figs, vanilla, hints of nuts, oak and cherry. The flavor thins out slightly in the finish revealing a nice faint smoky note. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. Wow, the malt flavor is all over the place in this one and there is such an odd variety that it shouls be a mess, but somehow it all comes together very nicely. All the component malts have at least a suggestiong here; stout, doppelbock and Belgian dark, with the stout subsumed into the fruitier bock and Belgian components, which is quite a feat, since stout malt is usually very dominating. The hints of of smokiness and fresh fruit in the finish make it exceptional and interesting. I think Joseph James did a fine job with this blend. This bottle oddly showed up in a local grocery store (that does have good craft selection) about a month ago but apparently is over a year old, so it's been stuck in a warehouse somewhere for a while. A year on a fine strong ale is no problem and that seems to be the case here, it's very enjoyable. In the unlikely event I see this again, I'll put another bottle away for another year. It is cellar worthy. Well done.

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Cruising Altitude
Cruising Altitude

Crux Fermentation Project
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.15/5  rDev 0% | Score: 2.58
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ah, a clear DIPA, and such a handsome golden amber color. Plenty of foam in the big New Belgium snifter and lots of unusual aroma. Mango and a whiff of orange squash, and I swear, carrots, but very pleasant. Hops are Strata with help from Galaxy.

This is quite delightful from first sip. It's sweet and malty but crisp and just acidic enough. Flavors of citrus but something elusively fruit, like fruit cake. Another winner from Crux. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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The Blackening - Tequila Barrel-Aged
The Blackening - Tequila Barrel-Aged

Noon Whistle Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.60% ABV

4.13/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.13
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had 3/30/18.

Pours dark and opaque, thick looking, with no real head and some soapy cling. A light ring of foam follows down the glass. Aromas of agave, tequila, chocolate, cocoa, malt, some molasses and caramel, a little smoke. The taste is more tequila forward, then malt, caramel, molasses, some chocolate, light agave, light alcohol. Very smooth for the ABV, a good full body, appropriately carbonated.

Very enjoyable. The tequila is flavorful and well balanced with the solid base beer. Nice effort from NW.

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Science
Science

Hopsters
American Wild Ale / 6.20% ABV

3.54/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.54
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - deep amber, hazy, tan head

S - sour citrus, slight barnyard

T - tight acidic tartness upfront with a mild, almost pale ale like finish

M - a bit slick and heavy. Halfway through starts to feel a bit viscous

O - a decent sour, but a lighter body would make this much better

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Pinkies Up
Pinkies Up

Hopsters
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.20% ABV

3.96/5  rDev +1.3% | Score: 3.91
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Hazy straw, little activity, small half inch head that doesn’t stick around but laces well

S - Grass and bubblegum

T - big beautiful yeasty flavors of candy sugar, cotton candy and bubble gum. Retro funk and fresh grass

M - slightly slick, but a pleasant sweetness

O - a really nice, classic saison.

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Mahr's Hell
Mahr's Hell

Mahr's Bräu
Munich Helles Lager / 4.90% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +13.1% | Score: 3.98
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer gushed upon opening. Pours a cloudy golden color - darker for a helles lager. Beer is cloudy, but even more than that, there is suspended wisps of yeast and sediment in the beer along with a significant layer of yeast on the bottom of the glass as the sediment very slowly sinks to the bottom. Thick white head dissipates steadily eventually leaving almost no residual head.

Aroma is very malt forward with a nice sweet bread aroma, white bread, a bit of yeast, and a hint, ever so slight, of spicy hops on the finish.

Taste follows the nose - lots of malts up front. Sweet bread, white bread, dough, light spiciness on the finish provides a nice balance. Hops are only complimentary allowing the malts to shine completely.

Feel is medium bodied - kind of doughy. Mild carbonation. Smooth beer with a dry finish.

Overall a lovely helles lager - this is everything a helles lager should be. I wish this was readily available as Id drink it all the time.

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Two Hearted Ale
Two Hearted Ale

Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.58/5  rDev +7.3% | Score: 4.27
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a perfectly balanced APA!!! This beer has one of the best mouth feels I have ever experienced in an IPA/APA. Not too bitter, but not too malty either. Incredible that this is my first time trying it when it's in every store I frequent. This will become a frequent resident in my fridge rotation. If you get the opportunity, go for it with this awesome brew!

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Beglo
Beglo

Omnipollo
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4.13/5  rDev +3% | Score: 4.01
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep, dank and resinous, the "post skate" IPA of Omnipollo celebrates what's best of the Simcoe hop variety along with a strong citrus component for extra measure.

Beglo pours with a cloudy pale yellow color and crowns with a rich cottony lather. Its tangy, tropical and tantalizing scent comes with an abundance of citrus and a complement of herb. Gentle sweetness glosses the tongue with a honey-like sweetness that's redolent of angel food cake and simple grain sweetness.

Yet as the sweetness falls away, the citrus flavors command the middle palate with the strong presence of white grapefruit. Guava, gooseberry, passionfruit and kiwi add minor nuances to the citrus before a striking, acute, and clean bitterness laces with lemongrass, lemon pepper, citrus rind, pinecone and an overall character of herbaceous grasses.

All about the hops, the medium bodied beer carries a creamy texture into a dry and bitter finish of hemp, green tea and fragrant sassafras. A long aftertaste of bitter citrus pith and peel grips the gullet tightly while its alcohol spice trends gin-like and with green berry.

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Rickard's Red
Rickard's Red

Molson Coors Canada
American Amber / Red Lager / 5.20% ABV

3.89/5  rDev +25.1% | Score: 3.11
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love the look of red beers and this one looks as tasty as any other. Pretty average nose and mouth feel but when you're at a pub with nothing interesting to try, this is an excellent choice. One of my favorite macros.

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Speedcult Black Lager
Speedcult Black Lager

Short's Brewing Company
Schwarzbier / 4.00% ABV

3.84/5  rDev -0.8% | Score: 3.87
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Had 4/3/18.

Pours near black and opaque, with a two inch foamy head and lots of foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, caramel, smoke- which fades, cocoa, chocolate, light vanilla. The taste is malt, chocolate, molasses, some caramel, light smoke. A fair amount of hop bitterness. Tasted almost burnt at first, but it either went away or I got used to it. Mostly smooth, a good medium body, well carbonated.

This is a good example of the style, enjoyable. Great aroma.

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Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA
Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

New Belgium Brewing
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

3.66/5  rDev -5.9% | Score: 3.89
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous yellow-orange haze like turbid orange juice. Head is about 1/4" and stark white.

Faint aromas of citrus and fresh citra hop. Slight biscuit malt.

Flavor is like chewing on a citra hop pellet and drinking club soda to chase it. It's relatively bland. it has a burst of club soda to start, some sweet grain, and then a purely dry-hopped flavor of citra and mosaic, bringing green dusty hop pellet, herbal pine, and sweet grapefruit.

Feel is crispy, resiny, and oily.

Overall, it's no "Hazy Thing". I liked Sierra Nevada's offering much better. This is extremely herbal and dusty, with nothing else to supplement it besides a bland, semi-saline club soda.

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Pilot Peak Pilsner
Pilot Peak Pilsner

Bonneville Brewery
German Pilsener / 4.00% ABV

3.29/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.29
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A perfectly okay, acceptable pilsner, nothing more. The thin body and low alcohol content is very evident in the taste. The hops are a pretty basic, expected palate - nothing bad, but nothing impressive either. As I got to the end of the bottle, there was definitely a bit of an unpleasant slight acidic taste that you don't get with better beer.

It's not a bad beer, but it's an option I would only take when there's nothing else really available. Perfectly acceptable, but unimpressive.

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Sip, Sip, Pass
Sip, Sip, Pass

New Glory Craft Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.10% ABV

4.34/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.34
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 4/20/18 can release

Appearance - Pours with a slight haze and golden orange in color with a white, finger width head. Solid retention before dying to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Not much for lacing aside from a handful of small spots.

Smell - Cracking the can hits your nose with a boquet of hoppy goodness. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, floral qualities and some lesser dank and pine notes sitting beneath the fruitiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lots of citrus and pineapple fruitiness upfront. Lesser mango and papaya. Solid undertone of pine and earthy dank character. Finish is almost purely a mix of orange and grapefruit oils, leaving an aftertaste that's mildly bitter, with fading citrus and fruity flavor still overshadowing traces of dankness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a clean, crisp finish.

Overall - New Glory does it again, this time with the help of Mraz. This brew is awesome, and not nearly the dank-laden DIPA I was expecting, instead it's tasty as hell and goes down smooth as hell for a 9.1% brew. I only got a single can. I should have grabbed a 4-pack.

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