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Bright - Simcoe & Amarillo
Bright - Simcoe & Amarillo

Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.80% ABV

4.09/5  rDev -4.2% | Score: 4.27
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The word I would use to describe this beer is subtle. Compared to Bright with Citra or Bright with Galaxy or any of the BBBrighttts it is much more subdued. It is a great beer but not one that jumps out from Tree House offerings. Not bitter, no taste of excess alcohol, and the hops are very pleasant and flavorful. Maybe the best version of bright to offer someone not into the hoppy IPA's.

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Luau Krunkles
Luau Krunkles

Terrapin Beer Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.13/5  rDev -20.6% | Score: 3.94
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Licksters in Tampa Florida.

Yellow orange, slight haze. Artificial guava and passion fruit on the nose and palate. Aspirin bitter finish. Too unrefined and almost gimmicky. Couldn’t finish the glass. Never again.

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Rye Hipster Brunch Stout
Rye Hipster Brunch Stout

Odd Side Ales
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV

4.42/5  rDev -1.1% | Score: 4.47
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark as blackstrap molasses with ruby highlights and a rather thin head; a few spots of lacing

Smell: Chocolate and coffee dominant, with with the maple, rye whiskey and bacon all adding discernible tones

Taste: The spicy rye element blends with the chocolate and maple, up front, with the bacon and coffee making an appearance, in the middle; the rye whiskey barrel flavors here are prominent, after the swallow, bringing the alcohol into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: What an interesting twist on a barrel-aged stout this is; live the difference the rye whiskey brings and the bacon is a treat

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Amulet Sour IPA
Amulet Sour IPA

Hudson Valley Brewery
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV

4.68/5  rDev +6.6% | Score: 4.39
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L - pours a deep beet red with a slight white milky murk. Cherry-hued head. Looks like the inside of a bloob.

S - blueberry is the farthest-reaching flavor. Like, I can smell it clearly several feet away from the glass. As we get closer, I'm inundated with honey, flowers, and blueberry jolly ranchers.

T - sweet bloob and lemon lime sugar. Ruby red grapefruit juice and rose petals. Blue Warheads with the sour 75% sucked off, leaving a subtle butter behind. Bounces around quite a bit between sweet and tart. Lots of life. Finish is neutral with lingering blueberry.

F - light and fluffy with a fuzzy carbonation. Just enough that makes it difficult to pound this shit, because that's exactly what you wanna do.

O - I'm really digging the range and complexity of this one. Hibiscus and bloobs are a winning combination.

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Cellarman's Reserve - Crystal
Cellarman's Reserve - Crystal

Martin House Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.63/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.63
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mildly hazy, peach colored body; nice, slow rising carbonation; thick, sticky, creamy head. Faint woodsy aroma; some ripe pet fruit tones. Pleasant medium toasted grain malt sweetness with a balanced hop bitterness for flavors. Heavy body; not overdone on the residual sugars but still thick and chewy; warm with a mostly dry character.

Tavour stated the brewery used Crystal hops for this version (the date stamp on the bottom of the can is 07/23/18 - the brewery's web site hasn't listed July's hop varietal yet). For a single-hop varietal, this is a pleasant, easy drinking IPA. It lacks some depth and punch that a more aggressive hop bill may have offered, but this is a great change of pace, delivering a balanced, subtle touch to the palate.

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Grodziskie
Grodziskie

Live Oak Brewing Company
Smoked Beer / 3.20% ABV

3.79/5  rDev +6.8% | Score: 3.55
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy light gold color with white cap and good lacing.

An aroma similar to lightly smoked herring. It's a clean scent yet discernible from the glass at arm's length.

Taste of fuller malt in a good way. Smoke is much less evident than in the scent and is well combined in the beer, which is to say it doesn't jump out and is rather restrained. Spicy hops are evident, particularly mid palate on with a modicum of oak wood smoke reappearing at the finish. Unusual, rather nice and refreshing.

Medium full texture leaning toward full with balancing carbonation.

I can see why this brew is well received in it's home market. It actually should make a good match with complementary style foods. Makes me wish I had some New York deli style smoked Whitefish or Sable on hand along with some water crackers. Or fresh rye bread.

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Jenny Said Double Dry-Hopped IIPA
Jenny Said Double Dry-Hopped IIPA

SingleCut Beersmiths
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.70% ABV

3.99/5  rDev -8.5% | Score: 4.36
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: slightly hazy dark orange amber color with frothy 1 finger off-white head

S: tangerine, mango, pineapple, juicy sweet oranges, green apple, sweet grains, and cracker

T: bitter grapefruit, apricot, mango, pine, some sweet malts and something a little grassy

M: medium mouth with some sticky sweetness. Mid-carbonation

O: a balanced DIPA. It has bitter, and sweet. Smooth and very drinkable for a DIPA

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Ipanema Double IPA
Ipanema Double IPA

NOVO Brazil Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.30% ABV

3.59/5  rDev -8.9% | Score: 3.94
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow slightly hazy pour. Muted hops and malt. Undefined hops and malt leaving me wanting more. Not up to par with the abundance of good/great available DIPAs. Moderate carbonation does help it go down easy. One and done for me.

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Living Like My Double
Living Like My Double

Platform Beer Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA

3.89/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 3.91
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - light copper color with slight head and some skimming
Smell - candied tart orange scent
Taste - very different than the smell, threw me off. Bitter melon slight mango.
Feel - medium full body and a little to much carb
Overall - I wish it tasted the way it smelt

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Happy Hermit Pale Ale
Happy Hermit Pale Ale

Green Bench Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.70% ABV

3.83/5  rDev +1.9% | Score: 3.76
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a foggy straw-orange with a finger of white foam. Aroma is biting hops, with herbal and pine with biscuit malts. It has a bitter punch. Flavor profile is pine, herbal, citrus, and slightly medicinal. Big hop notes that drive a bitter profile with a quick, dry cut. Mouth feel is a light fizziness, but otherwise feels like cold brew tea. Overall, a bitter, biting beer within a light profile.

Served in a Teku 3.0 from a 12oz can.

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Pumking
Pumking

Southern Tier Brewing Company
Pumpkin Ale / 8.60% ABV

4.97/5  rDev +22.7% | Score: 4.05
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best Pumpkin Beer there is on the Market! I put sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg on the rim of my Pint glass to take it to the next level.

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First Noel
First Noel

Lazarus Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.20% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +9.5% | Score: 4.11
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly an excellent beer! Reminds me of a slightly sweet Orval.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Wonderful head and lacing atop a golden yellow body. Smell of apples, oak, and figs. The taste is a lovely blend of light fruit, funkiness, and a hint of sour. This is one I will definitely buy again.

Another great beer from this brewery!

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IV
IV

Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.50% ABV

3.94/5  rDev +1.3% | Score: 3.89
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how old this bottle is - it's been sitting in my fridge for awhile after being gifted to me by a friend who received it from the Shelton Brothers themselves. Last review here is well over a year ago, so I'm guessing this is not a youngster.

A: Poured from the bottle into a Palm tulip. Body is straw-yellow/light golden with a half-finger of bright white head.

S: Modest yeastiness, some florally scents and ripe fruits - think white grapes, primarily.

T: Surprisingly clean - white grape skins, modest grainy foundation and a touch of lemony bitterness at the finish. Well-balanced.

M: Light in heft, solid active carbonation - feels like a Saison should, notwithstanding all the time in the bottle.

O: Quite good. Pleasantly surprised.

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Honey, Please With Mesquite Beans
Honey, Please With Mesquite Beans

Armadillo Ale Works
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 5.30% ABV

4.42/5  rDev +12.8% | Score: 3.92
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brew is cloudy and pours clean with a golden... honey color. The carbination is low, but there is a crisp finish to each drink. The flavor is complex with notes of honey, a woody vanilla, spice, and sour hops. Medium bodied and easy drinking, but with plenty to tempt the tongue.

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Somewhere, Something Incredible Is Waiting To Be Known
Somewhere, Something Incredible Is Waiting To Be Known

Tree House Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout / 7.90% ABV

4.26/5  rDev -6.6% | Score: 4.56
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't get this obsession about stouts. They just quite simply are not that good and often overdone. This one is OK, maybe better than OK. I like the tones of chocolate espresso, but it is just too much for my taste.

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Black Butte XXX
Black Butte XXX

Deschutes Brewery
American Porter / 13.60% ABV

4.55/5  rDev +5.1% | Score: 4.33
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft in PDX
It wasn't on their beer list, but I got offered it when I ordered a sour that had been tapped.

The details from the other reviews are correct. This is a world class beer. Made my red eye flight so much better!

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Super Cluster
Super Cluster

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.02/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.02
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Looks is a crystal cl we yellow orange with a frothy white head.

Aroma is biscuit malt with a slight orange at the end.

Taste matches aroma, lots of biscuit malt and a little orange hop candy.

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Tecate
Tecate

Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
American Adjunct Lager / 4.50% ABV

3.3/5  rDev +30.4% | Score: 2.53
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

24 Oz Can poured into a glass
Look - pale looking, light yellow almost straw colored. Decent foam head is slow to fade with some lacing
Smell - Certainly not bad smelling but typical beer aroma. Pick up the grains, malt, sweetness. Nothing off about it and certainly no bitterness detected.
Taste - One thing about the Mexican beers that i think is similar is that the beer is well made, but not much in the way of flavor. If you like beer this is your beer, it tastes like a house beer at a Mexican restaurant. Not too carbonated, Not too sweet, and no bitterness that i can pick up. There is a lingering note of malty grass but that's about the only thing that stands out to me.
I like it, and i like it more than Corona. This good beer gets a grade of B-

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Tea Weiss
Tea Weiss

Crane Brewing Company
Berliner Weissbier / 4.10% ABV

3.98/5  rDev -1.2% | Score: 4.03
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle. Bright copper-light red color. Good bit of foam upon aggressive pour. Nice and tart. Sourness is there but it pleasantly fades before it feels like it's going to rip your face off. Some fruity tee flavors in there.

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IPA
IPA

Many Rivers Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

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

12 oz. Can
BB: 11/10/2018

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a tulip a nice hazy golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew. A nice thirst quencher.

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White Witch
White Witch

Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
English Pale Ale / 3.90% ABV

3.59/5  rDev +3.2% | Score: 3.48
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2018. Purchased a while back from Home Bargains. Described on the label as a blonde ale with fruity and citrus flavours.

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. An amber colour with slight haze and moderate carbonation. Produces a smallish head of creamy white foam that lasts for a moment before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of light, fruity hops with hints of mild white fruits, subtle citrus, grass/hay, vague leafiness, ale yeast and pale malt. Understated but pretty good.

T: Tastes of fruity hops with notes of berries, white fruits, mild citrus, grass/hay, subtle leafiness, ale yeast, earthiness and pale malt. Very dry, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body for the strength. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of grassy, fruity hops, mild leafiness, earthy yeast and faint malt.

O: Not bad - though probably better on cask. Subpar looks, however the aroma and flavour are pleasantly balanced with delicate aroma hops, ale yeast and light malt. Body is OK. Lacks charisma, but would be very drinkable on a hot day. Worth sampling.

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Hazy Daydreamz
Hazy Daydreamz

Corridor Brewery & Provisions
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.52/5  rDev +4.6% | Score: 4.32
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Corridor. Bright orange appearance with good foam head on pour. Tropical fruit basket aromaticity and flavor. Mango. Peach. Juicy. Just solid overall with good mouthfeel. Reminded me a bit of the Cosmic Juice Box.

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Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale
Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale

Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 5.30% ABV

3.07/5  rDev -16.6% | Score: 3.68
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a can style glass.

Look is a slightly purple/ dark orange with an offwhite head.

Aroma is a light fruitiness with tons of candy sweetness.

Taste is very chemical. I can’t discern a definite blueberry, but what I do is medicinal.

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Oat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Oat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Southern Tier Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.60% ABV

4.28/5  rDev +4.4% | Score: 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bomber enjoyed in a snifter. This FANTASTIC brew pours a
deep and muddy blackish brown with subtle cola highlights and displays
a nice thick brown quickly dissipating foam that settles to a thick ring, thin
wispy pool, and displays some light sudsy lacing. Nose is muted for such
a critter---toasted malts, coffee, brown sugars, light char, and bourbon.
Flavors hit it out of the park with bourbon and oak up front that
are enveloped in marshmallow fluff and touches of char. Dark fruit
hit middle of the taste with coffee and tons of chocolate that dance
about notes of cola and a touch of coconut with earthy malts and
warming booze. Vanilla and marshmallow fluff appear with warmth.
Excellent mouth feel for such a heavy beast of burden---medium
carbonation that is invigorating for a stout of this heft, full body,
moderately sticky, rich, lightly syrupy, lightly coating, and warming
with a bourbon heavy finish.

Overall----the little lady and myself like this one a LOT!

One of the best imperials I have tried this year!

Cheers

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La IPA
La IPA

Brasseur De Montréal
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3.68/5  rDev +11.2% | Score: 3.31
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L'Amer series IPA 2018. 6.8% ABV. Hazy gold with a moderate head. Spicy pine hops on the nose. Firm malt body with more pine hoppiness on the finish. A better English than American IPA.

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