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Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse - Blueberry
Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse - Blueberry

Mikkeller ApS
Berliner Weissbier / 3.70% ABV

3.94/5  rDev +1.5% | Score: 3.88
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Reno Beer Invitational last week. They brought three cans, tried this one first. Pours a blue and purple kind of color. Small off white pink streaked head in the 1/4" range. Aroma does impart some berriness, you really gotta pack a lot of blueberry into a beer to get it to impact it enough in this way. Nice job.

Taste is full on blueberry juiciness. The sourness is appropriate, the base wheat body seems decent enough to follow tradition and merely give you a lively carbonated light bodied beer as a delivery mechanism for blueberries in this beer. Can't say there was anything I thought it did bad, everything was appropriate. They did a light traditional berliner base, b but dropped a heavy concentration of fruit, especially on this one. One a 1-10 sour scale, they went appropriate and kept this one around a 3.5 - 4. I dig it, if it was affordable and available around during hot weather I'd be sure to pack a 4 pack on down to the river.

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

4.25/5  rDev -0.9% | Score: 4.29
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottled 5/8/18 (40 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours almost completely bright with a little chill haze. The color is straw yellow with a hint of orange and sticky, nearly white head. The head recedes to a fat island and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is mild with lemon and floral notes. The taste follows the nose with lemon and floral hoppy notes laid over a soft pilsner malt base. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. The bitterness is not heavy handed and shows up about one-third of the way through the sip. Overall, very good.

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Contemplation Ale
Contemplation Ale

Brewery Vivant
Bière de Garde / 6.50% ABV

3.47/5  rDev -5.2% | Score: 3.66
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Working on day old memory...

Pour: on tap at BCC. Served in a pint glass. Golden color with slight amber tone. Some head but don’t recall any lacing or clouds.

Nose: very subtle sweetness from the malts or honey. Not real distinct.

Taste: somewhat bland at first but grew on my as it warmed. Bready malts with some depth. Subtle caramel, spice, honey tones.

Mouthfeel: moderate to low carbonation. Somewhat viscous but not heavy feeling. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: good but not special. Maybe gets better the second time around? I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from trying this but it won’t bi in my regular rotation.

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Green Man India Pale Ale
Green Man India Pale Ale

Green Man Brewery
English India Pale Ale (IPA) / 6.20% ABV

2.65/5  rDev -28.4% | Score: 3.7
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I get that English IPA's are hardly a crowd's favorite these days, where we can't open a can of hops unless it is triple dry hopped brewed with lactose and oats and dipped in dragonflies soaked in experimental New Zealand hops... but hey, some folks do the English IPA right, such as Yards here in Philly. This Green Man ain't it, alas. Don't bother.

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Obelus Galaxy
Obelus Galaxy

Transient Artisan Ales
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.20% ABV

4.27/5  rDev +3.1% | Score: 4.14
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy gold with a large foamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is funky brett, hay and light citrus.

T - The taste is funky brett, oak, pineapple and passionfruit.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - A very tasty Saison. Nice mix of bright citrus and funky brett.

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Bastard of Disguise
Bastard of Disguise

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.40% ABV

3.45/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.6
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Unfiltered Double India Pale Ale brewed with lactose and sweet orange peel, fermented with orange juice and double dry hopped with Centennial and Citra".

Way too much stuff to do to a beer, and unfortunately it falls short. Tastes like straight orange juice with a shot of Everclear.

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Sea Salt & Lime Summer Lager
Sea Salt & Lime Summer Lager

Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
American Pale Lager / 4.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +1.6% | Score: 3.69
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The highly hazed pale golden beer pours out into a Shaker Pint with a 3/4” off white head that recedes slowly leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass to speak of.

The light pleasant aromas include some lime and lime zest, a bit of a malt in the background that has a slight salty character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the focus on the lime and slightly tart lime zest. In the background there’s just a bit of bready malt and the whole flavor profile has a slight touch of salt.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with some prickly crispness from the moderate carbonation. The finish begins as all the flavors start to fade except for the touch of lime zest and it’s slight lime tartness and bitterness. The ending is fairly dry and persists for a while.

On the whole this is a pleasant enough beer for summer drinking. It’s refreshing but not challenging or particularly complex. I’ll be taking a pass on a repeat but would have another if offered.

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale
Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale

Yards Brewing Co.
English Strong Ale / 8.00% ABV

3.87/5  rDev +2.7% | Score: 3.77
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 06/06/18. Enjoyed on 06/17/18.
L. Clear dark-orange with a big fluffy head which reduces slowly for a thick lacing.
S. Spicy rye and honey are the first aromas I get, dark caramel, dark bread crust, earthy grassy hops. Smells good.
T. Bready, spicy, a bit of malty sweetness like caramel and honey, spicier in the middle mixing with grassy bitterness toward the end. Real bitter aftertaste. Not super complex but different and quite good.
F. Full side of a medium body, smooth with low-ish carbonation, not much warming or drying.
O. This is a fresh bottle that I'm sampling, so it has a nice bitter/spicy hop presence to compliment the combination of grains in this one. For quality, flavor, value, Yards is an excellent choice. Cheers!

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Les Ronces
Les Ronces

Bruery Terreux
American Wild Ale / 6.00% ABV

4.53/5  rDev +6.8% | Score: 4.24
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had a few of these now, the most recent one last night at the concert in the park, all female mariachi band, never seen that before. Pours a light purple color. Purple drank in the house. Made a fine 1/5" off white head around the collar. Aroma hits the "jammy" berry notes, lemon, dry oak. What a treat.

Taste was one of the best juicy berry beers I've ever had. It was a clean sour, no berry feet like fermentation results here. Plenty of sourness to it, but the light blonde ale base make this a joy to drink with no challenge to it. Light on its feet for summer, but with enough juice to make it a special occasion. The boysenberry aspect of this is well done, can't really overstate how well they did with the actual fruit use on this one. Totally makes a difference having them available to be locally sourced. Similar to Room For More in that way.

Anyways, I will be buying bottles of this every year they offer it up, world class stuff. Another great beer for drinking.

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No Hero
No Hero

Evil Twin Brewing
Oatmeal Stout / 7.00% ABV

4.23/5  rDev +8.5% | Score: 3.9
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour at Doc Ponds, Stowe, VT.

3/4 inch tan head over a dark brown body with some sticky lacing. Nose of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste mirrors nose nicely with a bit of espresso as well. Nice feel and overall, a very good oatmeal stout from the evil one. Cheers!

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Speakerswagon Pilsner
Speakerswagon Pilsner

Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery
German Pilsener / 5.00% ABV

3.89/5  rDev +5.7% | Score: 3.68
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is lemon/citrus, malts and mild sweetness/bananas. The flavor is lemon, malts/bread, fruit, a hint of citrus and a slightly grainy/sweet/smooth finish.

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Bee(r) School
Bee(r) School

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
American Pale Wheat Ale / 5.00% ABV

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

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company "Bee(r) School"
$6/pint @ Whole Foods Market, South Street, Philadelphia on 2 June 2018

Notes: Cloudy orange body beneath a finger-thick head of white foam. Very good head retention and lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits including orange, lemon, peach, and apricot as well as sharp apple and pear over a softly grainy and somewhat wheaty malt base. The flavor follows in the same way. Median bitterness with a dry, fruity finish. Medium leaning towards medium light in body and crisp. Enjoyable.

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Sacred Vessel
Sacred Vessel

Jester King Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 9.50% ABV

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

I am a huge Jester King fan; however, I am not a huge rosemary fan.

That said, I feel I did my best to rate this as honestly as possible. If you like rosemary as an ingredient in oter things (i.e. foods, etc.) then you will definitely enjoy this. As with any JK beer, it is cery well done.

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Bono Loco
Bono Loco

Stone Cow Brewery
American IPA / 6.40% ABV

4.19/5  rDev -0.7% | Score: 4.22
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on site on 6/16/18
Pint can 5.5 %abv. N.E IPA

Slightly Hazy golden and orange color, lively with a fat, white foam top. Dissipation is slightly quick for the style, lays out to be only minimal coverage and no lacing.

The aroma has an earthy punch, grains, wheat and lightly malted barley. The hops come across as both earthy and sharp citrus with fruit juice style, pine sap, citrus, dry wheat and lightly sweet honey. A very nice, but not overwhelming nose.

The bodyfeel and texture is very light, super-crisp, slightly dry with a very dry-hopped feel and flavor effect. Some round and juicy feelings happen later with a very sharp and dry finish.

The flavor is dominated by an excellent, dry-earthy, bitter and piney hop complexity. The malt seems to compliment these hops perfectly with a ligh, golden, crispy and grainy effect. Sour and tangy wild fruits, tons of earthy, dried grains and pepper sums up the hoppy complexity pretty well. Drinkability is really off the charts. Medium complexity and depth of flavor but seriously enjoyable, especially if you like the earthy side of hops.

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Plan Bee Farm Brewery
American Wild Ale

4.29/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.29
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle purchased at SPTR in Philadelphia during Philly Beer Week. A delightful, delicate wild ale that balances tartness, honey sweetness and a faint but lovely barrel finish.

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Not from Concentrate
Not from Concentrate

Heist Brewery
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.22/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.22
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Filled 06/09/18. This version does not appear in the database yet. I'm led to believe this will be a lineup regular.
L- The beer pours the color of pineapple juice. It's hazy and the head rises a solid one finger of off white. The head recedes to a thin film leaving an excellent ring of lace on the glass.
S- The nose is a musty mix of sweet tropical fruits. Pineapple being the most prominent although that could be the power of suggestion.
T- The taste starts slightly sweet reminiscent of pineapple and orange, but a balancing bitterness takes over in the mid palate. The bitterness lingers slightly in the finish and dries out the beer nicely.
F- The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium and has a not quite creamy texture. Carbonation is light, but not so much that it feels flat. The dry finish invites further sips and increases the drinkability.
O- A high quality NEIPA from Charlotte NC. Well worth your time and money if you have a chance to pick some up. This was easily my favorite of the IPA's I had, even more so than the highly popular citraquench'l.

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Disgruntled Brewing
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.32/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.32
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L-Deep reddish oak colored...nice frothy white head and lacing.

S-Nice fragrant aroma of fruits. Strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges. A bit of a caramel malt scent as well.

T- Same juicy fruit notes. A lo of berries and tropical fruits. Caramel malt on the backing. The more you drink the more the caramel seems a bit out of place here.

F-Medium bodied. Smooth. Just very light finishing bitterness.

O-Was curious what the new brewer could do. He's got a big winner right here.

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The Didjits Blood Orange IPA
The Didjits Blood Orange IPA

Burnt Hickory Brewery
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4/5  rDev -7% | Score: 4.3
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spiegelau tulip from a can dated sometime in April (no date on the can itself, but I know the date on the 6-pack I bought was sometime in April). Liquid is bright cloudy orange, and the pour kicks up a solid head that fades pretty quickly to a ring and a film.

Aroma is lots of orange and a bit of soapy astringency, but very juicy. Smells super fruity and great.

Taste follows the nose - a bit of slightly-soapy bitter orange up front (which I'm guessing is blood orange), followed by grapefruit and passionfruit. There's a solid biscuity malt backing it up, and the finish is moderately bitter, with a super juicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy with lots of carbonation.

Overall, solid fruity IPA.

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Schilling Beer Co.
German Pilsener / 5.00% ABV

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

Draft pour at Doc Ponds, Stowe, VT.

3/4 inch white head with some lacing. Beautifully bright body. Nose of cracker, spice, and slight hops. Taste mirrors nose with a nice Pilsner feel and overall a great little Pils right here. Cheers!

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War Hammer Imperial IPA
War Hammer Imperial IPA

4 Hands Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

3.96/5  rDev -3.9% | Score: 4.12
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, golden body; clear with fine carbonation; thick, sculpted head. Pine and grass aroma; some sweetness on the nose; a mild citrus quality. A mild sweetness to the malt base; brisk hop punch. Heavy body; velvety with a prickly tickle.

This is my kind of big IPA. It's straightforward, with a clear, clean look and has a nice balance of sticky, sweet malt base with a punchy, vibrant hop bitterness. Nicely balanced, reasonably complex; overall satisfying.

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Tributary Pilsner
Tributary Pilsner

Tributary Brewing Co.
German Pilsener / 5.00% ABV

4.06/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 06/08/18 printed on the base of he can. 16oz. can served in a pilsner glass. Pours a lovely straw gold with a loose, half inch, bright white head. There's a slight child haze to the clarity. Nose is grassy and floral with a hint of lemon. Taste follows nose with notes of bread yeast and some subtle light, fruity esters at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a smooth, even carbonation. Overall, very drinkable and refreshing.

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Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser Double IPA
Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser Double IPA

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.40% ABV

3.81/5  rDev +0.3% | Score: 3.8
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 3-1-18 for $1.99. Best by January 2018 - doh, not again! Stored in my fridge since purchase.

Beer poured orange with a beautiful white head that has some great hang time.

Nose is grapefruit and orange, pretty nice.

Taste follows the nose, grapefruit and orange along with some passion fruit blends nicely with a strong malt base. Finish has a touch of pine tingle but pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a solid beer that i would have again. I thought i had reviewed when this brew first came out but t could have been lost with past server crashes. Cheers!

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Double Bastard In The Rye
Double Bastard In The Rye

Arrogant Brewing
American Strong Ale / 12.70% ABV

3.14/5  rDev -25.2% | Score: 4.2
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2015 vintage, drain-poured immediately. This is all rye all the time, overpowering and destroying the base beer (which has not, anyways, aged well). A total mess.

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Alaskan Freeride APA
Alaskan Freeride APA

Alaskan Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.30% ABV

3.13/5  rDev -15.4% | Score: 3.7
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It's a nearly clear (slightly hazy), honey color, with an unremarkable, relatively thin head. It has a clean, simple taste, with greater hop presence than the average pale ale. Somewhat piney. It seemed a bit too bitter when right out of the fridge, but it has mellowed upon warming up. The malts are not particularly assertive, nor are they over-roasted, resulting in a mild, refined taste. Overall, it's in the average range for pale ales, without anything exciting or offensive. Reasonably easy to drink.

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Citrus Maxima
Citrus Maxima

Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.70% ABV

4.03/5  rDev +3.3% | Score: 3.9
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can in a mixed 12 pack. Pours to a head that in my experience did not retain very well (others have had different experiences) , very golden color. Aroma is a perfect balance of sweet, biscuity grains and citrus. Flavor delivers on the malt, hops and citrus adjuncts, everything coalesces to a tangy, bitter-ish grapefruit finish. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Very good stuff.

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