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Blonde
Blonde

Asbury Park Brewery
Light Lager / 4.90% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +3% | Score: 3.64
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow gold color,why of a medium body. Aroma is cracker/biscuit, hop spice smell. Taste is similar,a little sour bitter taste that lingers and dominates

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Boris The Spider
Boris The Spider

Spider Bite Beer Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev -3.6% | Score: 3.89
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark oily black with moderate head resolving to a thin, tan lacing.
Smell is roasted malt and dark chocolate.
Taste is more chocolate than roasted malt.
Hides the ABV pretty well.

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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

The Lost Abbey
American Strong Ale / 12.50% ABV

4.53/5  rDev +5.6% | Score: 4.29
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful drinking experience! I had aged this beer for over 2 years prior to drinking it. The beer pours dark brown, with minimal head. The aroma is one of the most complex and pleasant I have ever experienced. There are hints of blackberry, or currant, with an subtle earthy aroma. The taste is totally different from the aroma - malty, hints of raisin on the front, with a subtle and pleasant flavor of oak and vanilla on the back-end. This is a beer to sip and enjoy for an extended period of time. As the beer got warmer, the flavors only got richer. If you find it on the shelf - pick it up!

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The Waldos' Special Ale
The Waldos' Special Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 11.30% ABV

4.16/5  rDev -3.7% | Score: 4.32
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got two bottles in Trader Joe's as a part of six pack. I'm not fan of triple IPA's (can't stand high level of alcohol) but this one on my surprise is very drinkable beside having 11.3 % of alcohol. Would buy it again.

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Conquerant
Conquerant

Le Brewery
Belgian Dark Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.17/5  rDev -5.4% | Score: 3.35
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip.

L: Cloudy with thin fizzy white head. Falls fast... modest rim of lacing. Not the most impressive start here.

S: Smells good... like a Belgian dark... caramel and dark sugars... dark fruit and mild yeast.

T/F: Most certainly does not live up to the aroma. Very muted/watery... some mineral/medicinal character. Sugars are present but subdued... some dark fruit notes... more bitterness than expected and it doesn't meld well with the style. Thin carbonation... not flat but not great on the mouth. The finish is... something... not overly pleasant with an offputting aftertaste.

O: I guess you get what you pay for, and this one was definitely on clearance. I got suckered by the label and by the fact that it was a French import (it's not exactly easy to find French beer). It looked ok... smelled good... but the taste/mouthfeel were very subpar. Would avoid.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8
Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 9.20% ABV

4.29/5  rDev -0.9% | Score: 4.33
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a teku.

A- Deep mahogany, with some more reddish hues. Head is tan. Delicate, but dense and hangs on well. Effervescence fuels the head. Nice delicate rings line the glass.

S- Subtle dark and dried fruits: cherry, prune. Caramel sweetness, light bread with a prominent yeast. Spice, and some alcohol sting. Great depth.

T- Sweet and bready at the forefront. Caramel. Delicate dark fruits, and some alcohol comes out more.

M- Body is medium full. Carbonation tingles, with a dry finish. Alcohol warms the palate well after.

O- Another classic from Rochefort. Nice range of flavors and feels. From sweet to dry to warm. Depth is nice throughout this beer.

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2.13
2.13

Oasis Texas Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.00% ABV

3.17/5  rDev -8.1% | Score: 3.45
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brief impression from a can:

"Crystal blonde pale ale brewed and dry-hopped with Chinook, Mandarina Bavaria and El Dorado." 4% ABV.

Canned 03/15/18.

Runs low in ABV for a pale ale, but it drinks clean and is largely well balanced despite its tired hop profile and subdued taste. No off-flavours are present, but it's a low ambition pale ale that won't dazzle discerning or casual drinkers.

Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is cheaper, better, more flavourful, and higher in alcohol than this...why bother?

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Peruvian Morning
Peruvian Morning

Central Waters Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.50% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +2.2% | Score: 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into my Bass imperial Pint glass, the beer is black with brown highlights and a skim of tan head and lacing.

The aroma is of coffee, heavily roasted malts and dark fruit. Appetizing to say the least.

The taste tracks the smell. Lots of roast from both the malts and the coffee. There is a baker’s chocolate, raisins and more coffee. The bitterness is a combination of the heavily roasted malts and coffee. The beer is coating in the best way.

The mouth is silky with low carbonation.

Just a really nice beer here and one I hope you can find and enjoy!

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Manet
Manet

Night Shift Brewing
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 4.80% ABV

3.4/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.77
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Quite a mild flavor for a dry hopped beer, though pleasantly tart. Lower abv is very apparent in the feel and tase. High carbonation comparatively to others of the same style.

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Relativity
Relativity

Ellison Brewery & Spirits
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.05/5  rDev -1.9% | Score: 4.13
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Superspak special.

Pours a clear-yet-hazy golden blonde color with a firm, fluffy white head of 3 fingers. Amazing lace left behind as well.

The nose is telling me to expect it, in a big way. Tons of hops - fresh cut oranges and tangerines, some grapefruit, honeysuckle, slight hop resin and floral notes.

Toasted malts open the show with the first song being orange peel (a bit dated tasting), some pithy grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and hop resin.

Feel is quenching - crisp and clean yet has waves of medium bodied creaminess and a slightly resinous and dry finish.

Overall, an enjoyable IIPA that isn't quite as good as its brothers but still worth checking out. Nice work.

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Chocolate Covered Black Angel
Chocolate Covered Black Angel

Wicked Weed Brewing
American Wild Ale / 7.20% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +3.9% | Score: 4.14
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am stoked to try this beer. Mike sent me this beer, thank you very much. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a tulip glass. A rough pour produced a dark brown one finger head. The head was fizzy and airy with poor retention. The head left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown SRM 32. The clarity of the beer is opaque. A ton of carbonation bubble are visible on the top of the beer.

Chocolate, stone fruit, earthy, wood, bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugars, yeast, sour note, and hints of citrus for the aroma.

Stone fruit, earthy, hint of bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar, chocolate, sour lemons, yeasty, caramel, and wood for the taste.

The mouthfeel of the beer is sharp and fizzy.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-high carbonation, and a long finish.

Beautiful balance in the beer. I would like to taste more chocolate and cherries in the beer. As a sour ale this beer is very tasty.

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Born Again Yesterday Unfiltered Ale
Born Again Yesterday Unfiltered Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 7.00% ABV

4.45/5  rDev +6% | Score: 4.2
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My good friend Hutchie gave me a bottle of this tasty treat during hockey tryouts at the Fuel tank in Indy. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had pine and citrus presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus peel and pine flare. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Melvin IPA
Melvin IPA

Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.05/5  rDev -3.3% | Score: 4.19
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a willibecher.

A- Golden color with a bit of haze. Head is off-white. Fairly dense with some decent retention.

S- Citrus, pine, faint tropical notes. Clean and fresh aroma, slightly juicy.

T- Clean, sweet citrus, orange and tropical pineapple. Malt shows up light, but noticeably toasty. Not a ton of depth, but nice flavor.

M- Body is medium-light. Sweet throughout with a mostly clean finish. A faint dryness lingers.

O- Great flavors, though quite sweet for an IPA.

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Hawaiian Pizza
Hawaiian Pizza

Rockaway Brewing Company
American IPA / 5.90% ABV

4.27/5  rDev +5.2% | Score: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Teku glass. Canned 17 April 2018.
4/4.5/4.25/4/4.25
Light yellow, very hazy, light head and heavy lacing.
Smells delightfully hoppy with lemon twist topnotes and fulgent pine.
Crisp, full, and a sort of classic West Coast IPA with a touch of fruity nouveau hops, but mostly just dank pine and citrus. Very full-flavored without being heavy.
Recommended to anyone who's looking for a solid IPA in between a crusher and a sipper.

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.80% ABV

4.79/5  rDev +4.1% | Score: 4.6
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is just fantastic. I have KBS aged and fresh and drinking it fresh is a whole new experience. The coffee is more up front and the bourbon sticks to the background but still present. World class for sure.

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Copra Kai
Copra Kai

Southern Grist Brewing Co.
Milk / Sweet Stout / 6.20% ABV

4.42/5  rDev +8.9% | Score: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Buck89 for this beauty.
Pours a deep mahogany. Fluffy tan head pushes upward sending a glorious hint of toasted coconut, smooth chocolate notes, and a slightly charred caramel note. Lacing aplenty while the receding head settles to a thin film. The flavor follows pointedly. The coconut is phenomenal. It begins with that toasted flavor, but then doesn't overshadow the other malty components. Yet it never quite leaves. An amazingly steady course was navigated there. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium to full body, and just wow.
Overall, an amazing milk stout.
Thanks John!

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Atomik Apple
Atomik Apple

J. Wakefield Brewing
American Wild Ale

4.3/5  rDev +5.9% | Score: 4.06
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy, yellow, small head that remains and great lacing
S: Candied apple and pears
T: far exceeds the nose, apple jolly rancher, pear, tropical skittles, hay, horseblanket.
MF:, Slightly puckering but clean.
O: Spot on sour. Hits all the elements it was going for,:sour fruity candied.

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60 Minute IPA
60 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3.93/5  rDev -3.7% | Score: 4.08
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was and interesting beer to me. It took me a while to place what I was tasting, but I realized, to me at least, it had a lager type taste to it. The bottle I had was about 6 weeks old, so I would like to try it fresh, but this was a good change of pace from the IPA's I've had recently.

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Odell Isolation Ale
Odell Isolation Ale

Odell Brewing Company
Winter Warmer / 6.00% ABV

3.57/5  rDev -8.9% | Score: 3.92
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into willibecher.

A- Amber in color withgood clarity. Head is tan and dense. Good lacing is left behind, though the head doesn't hang on very well.

S- Deep toasty malt. A bit sweet and some mild spice notes. Very faint.

T- Toasty, and the spice comes through a bit more in the flavor. Still not much there.

M- Body is medium. Low carbonation. Finishes a bit spicy-dry.

O- A bit bland. I could take some stronger malt characteristics, especially for being a winter beer.

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Two To The Dome
Two To The Dome

3 Stars Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.90% ABV

4.26/5  rDev +12.1% | Score: 3.8
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer that grows on you. Pours with a minimal head - nice color. Solid, hoppy aroma; not overpowering. The Initial taste is rather simple, and bitter. Mouthfeel is perfect for an IPA. However, as time went on the taste became fuller - the bitterness became less pronounced and the flavors became more piney and citrusy. Really a nice beer!

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Woodhouse Stout
Woodhouse Stout

Woodhouse Brewing Co.
Irish Dry Stout / 4.70% ABV

4.66/5  rDev +31.3% | Score: 3.55
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wood house is an exceptional and distinctive stout, with excellent flavour and a smooth refined taste. The only limitation is that it is very hard to purchase, something tha that the LCBO should remedy.

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Mirror Universe Hazy IPA
Mirror Universe Hazy IPA

Fair State Brewing Cooperative
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.15/5  rDev -24.5% | Score: 4.17
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hello! Live from Minnesota, it’s Saturday night! Fresh off of a lovely tasting hosted by a buddy, time for some IPA to bring me down. 16 oz. can.

The pour is hazy, as advertised can-side, but it’s a light, lemon-infused haziness. No oranges need apply. Nose: guava, citrus, along with an almost candied sugar sweetness.

Mirror Universe will forever live in the shadow of the magnificent Spirit Foul. Is the comparison fair? No. Rather than the singing of the seraphim, this is more authority territory. This is mostly sweet lemon water, with a healthy dosing of bitterness. Not much depth & way too much residual sugar. Dry. Glad I split this can with my wife.

I had this on draft right after it came out & it’s either better outta the can or a few weeks have done it good, up from mediocre boringness to decent. But way, way too sweet.

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The Jewels
The Jewels

Hop Butcher For The World
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.07/5  rDev -1% | Score: 4.11
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A murky orange yellow. Almost no head. The smell is slightly grassy with hints of citrus. Nice but faint. Taste is way better than the nose. Somewhat herbal/grassy balanced out with a pleasant orange and grapefruit taste. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Well balanced with nice medium texture.

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Parabola
Parabola

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 14.00% ABV

4.43/5  rDev -3.9% | Score: 4.61
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 2017
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The color might seem black, but it's fairly easy to get bits of super-dark brown. There's a minimal amount of head, and not much resulting lacing.

Smell has tons of anise. There's also cola and cilantro. Very thick sorghum.

First of all, it's a sipper. Very intense. If I could sum it all up concisely, it's like a coffee-flavored dark rum. Toasted sugar provides the backdrop for everything else. It's beyond toasty, even, all the way to smoky. (Not quite all the way to charred barrel though.) Anise and cilantro are dialed way back. The coffee flavor isn't as fresh as some that I've had. Bits of both coconut husk and fine tobacco.

I can't tell that this is a fifteener; the alcohol is very well hidden. Minimal carbonation. Medium-heavy for the type. Aftertaste is sweet and smoky, along with an herbal element that's not overly strong.

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Disco Ninja
Disco Ninja

Revision Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.14/5  rDev -1% | Score: 4.18
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy to murky pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the edges of the glass and moderate straw yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of juicy citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, stone fruit/peach, citrus/orange zest, and dank resinous hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of bready + biscuit + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready + biscuit + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of juicy citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, stone fruit/peach, citrus/orange zest, and dank resinous hops which impart minimal amounts of bitterness which fade away almost instantly leaving juicy citrus + tropical fruit hop flavors lingering.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly crisp with a smooth mid-body and a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and very enjoyable. Refreshing with a really pleasant hop profile and I could easily have a couple of these.

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