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Interstellar Juggernaut
Interstellar Juggernaut

Ol' Republic Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.70% ABV

3.73/5  rDev -8.4% | Score: 4.07
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From tasting notes 02/07/18
Had on-tap at Capitol Beer and Taproom in Sacramento, CA

A - Served up in a pint, fair haze and burnt golden orange with a fair, off-white layer of suds sitting atop.Strong lacing with broken sheeting, lines and spotting.

Smell - Malty, wheat-like aroma with lesser citrus, spice and peach.

Taste - Follows the nose. Equal amounts of wheaty and sweet cereal malts with some citrusy, spicy and lightly peachy hops. Lingering fruitness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lightly bitey carbonation. Slick texture with a firm, lightly dry finish.

Overall - A fairly tasty beer, though the malts come through much stronger than most hazy IPAs. Maybe I'd give it another try if I run across a single can some day.

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Four Seasons Of Mother Earth – Autumn
Four Seasons Of Mother Earth – Autumn

Mother Earth Brew Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 11.70% ABV

3.81/5  rDev -7.7% | Score: 4.13
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 13th, 2015 - Coming from Spring to Summer and now to the Fall 2014, the beer in front of me has grown very dark indeed. It is opalescent and black with a little shimmer of cinnamon colored light peeking through at the bottom of the taster where the glass runs down to produce a thinner stem type column. The aroma is huge and coats my nostrils with hazelnut and nutella and molasses, and even the smell of freshly cracked peanut fragments. And the flavor is huge and bold, with a bright clarity and a sense that it's been oaked. Nutella and hazelnut appear here too, alongside stronger notes of whiskey and teriyaki for additional and very much appreciated layers.

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Cali-Belgique IPA - Red Wine Barrel-Aged w/ Sour Cherries
Cali-Belgique IPA - Red Wine Barrel-Aged w/ Sour Cherries

Stone Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.60% ABV

4.19/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.19
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 02/03/18
Had on-tap at Stone World Bistro and Gardens in San Diego, CA

A - Pours a clear and beautiful bright orange with a fair, pinkish hue. An island of suds float the center with a thin, broken ring lining the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S - Aroma is tart with cherry, lesser oak, some citrus and a bit of funk.

T - Tart cherry upront before some underlying citrus bitterness kicks in. Rose-like floral undertone hits mid-taste. Finish continues with  the cherry tartness and a  fair amount of pithy citrus bitterness.

M - Medium-bodied with light, tingly carbonation. Slick texture with a super dry finish.

O - I had the Cali-Belgique aged in red wine barrels last time I was here, and I thought it was amazing. While adding the sour cherries adds to the tartness, for me it detracts from what was an amazing, complex and well rounded brew. This one is killer too, but I think the addition was unnecessary.

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Vanilla Truffle
Vanilla Truffle

Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.70% ABV

4.51/5  rDev +1.6% | Score: 4.44
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin dark brown with a one finger, very quickly dissipating light brown head -- hardly any discernible carbonation after the first minute or two. Smells of sweet vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is sweet dessert in a glass. Tongue is immediately coated in thick chocolate paint, vanilla flavor definitely present, roasty and smooth. Booze comes in a bit as it warms up (as it should at nearly 13%). Mouthfeel is great, silky and rich. Looks poor, smells good, tastes and feels great.
Other than appearance, this is a knock-out in the world of dessert stouts.

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Primal Urge Session IPA
Primal Urge Session IPA

Wild Wolf Brewing Company
American IPA

3.52/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.46
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typically, I don't bother to review IPA's as they are a dime a dozen. This beer came from a small company and I find no reviews as of yet so I thought I would write a short one. The IPA hallmarks are here that we have seen numerous times which I suppose is good if you like the style. I've had some with more hops some with less, all in all if you like the style this will get you at least into the ballpark of enjoyment. Not bad.

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.70% ABV

4.63/5  rDev -0.6% | Score: 4.66
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an event. Appreciate the limited dimensions when done well, however not something I will search out as I think KBS is more drinkable. Bit glad rto have tried it.

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Helldorado
Helldorado

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American Barleywine / 12.80% ABV

4.37/5  rDev +2.6% | Score: 4.26
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden towards the dark side with a white head that has moderate head retention.

Smell: There are aromas of caramel, bread, and wood. There is a touch on honey in the nose with a bit of spice as well.

Taste: It has a strong sweet wood and caramel flavor with alcohol noticeable from the start. There is a bit of a black cherry flavor with moderate spice.

Feel: It is full bodied, but not chewy. There is strong alcohol warming that is a touch hot.

Overall, not as heavy in the body as I would expect from a beer this high in alcohol content and smooth even if it is a touch hot. A great taste from beginning to finish.

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The Parnellser
The Parnellser

Rotunda Brewing Co.
German Pilsener / 5.00% ABV

4.6/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.6
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We went to Irv’s in Hershey PA and I was eager to sample a Tröegs Pilsner. They didn’t have it so I had a Parsneller...loved it! Just cool and delicious - such an easy beer. Wish they carried this in my hometown of Buffalo NY.

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Rodenbach Alexander
Rodenbach Alexander

Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Flanders Red Ale / 5.60% ABV

4.33/5  rDev -2% | Score: 4.42
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber color with nice carbonation, head and lacing .
I just sat here and enjoyed an entire bomber from a snifter glass and it is one of the most enjoyable sippers . This brew is the closest thing to wine that you may find .
Highly recommended to any Belgian Red fan .
OUTSTANDING !!! :)

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No IBUs Given Collab w/ Track 7
No IBUs Given Collab w/ Track 7

Alpha Acid Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.08/5  rDev -2.6% | Score: 4.19
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 02/03/18
Had on-tap at Track 7 Brewing in Natomas, CA

A - Served up in a 13oz snifter, hazy and orange in color with a thin, broken layer if suds sitting atop, thickening up into a ring around the edge of the glass. Good amount of lacing, with broken sheeting and spotting.

S - Aroma is juicy orange, lesser pineapple and a hint of stonefruit.

T - Follows the nose. Juicy orange and pineapple bite with a bit of floral character and some spice. Nondescript stonefruit flavor. Dry pit nuttiness emerges mid-taste and sticks around. Finish has some pithy bitterness and pineapple acidity lingering in the aftertastes. No IBUs? Interesting...

M - Medium-bodied with a fair, tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker before a dry, yeasty/chalky finish.

O - Interesting concept, even if the end result is a beer that has a high IBU taste. Sort of a novelty act in a way, but the beer still tastes great.

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SEHT
SEHT

Tired Hands Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.00% ABV

4.1/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Ourison glass

A- A slightly hazy golden straw color with three finger fluffy head.

S- Sour, lemons, oak, some peppercorn, some light fruits.

T- Sour, lemons, some pears, sweet wheat, oak, touch of earthy funk.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- A tasty sour, good but not at the same level as other Saisons from Tired Hands.

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Psychosis 7 Double IPA
Psychosis 7 Double IPA

Whitetooth Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.80% ABV

4.17/5  rDev -3.9% | Score: 4.34
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle.100 IBU, Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, El Dorado, Mosaic, Galaxy, Amarillo
Additions: Candi Syrup
Malts: Pilsner, pale (2 row), Crystal
Yeast: British
A terrific Double IPA one of the best out of B.C. Super balanced great hop bitterness.

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Desired Effects
Desired Effects

Honor Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.50% ABV

3.96/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.96
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.49
Purchased: April 27, 2018
Consumed: April 28, 2018
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: No canned on date

Picked this up with five others at Windmill Farms. Had never heard of Honor Brewing and that piqued my interest. Back of the can has it being brewed in Denver, while everything I see has it brewed in Chantilly, Va. I’m guessing maybe it was contract brewed in VA, but not sure. Online description has it, “Generously hopped with Mosaic hops which provide a floral and perfume aroma with flavors of citrus and lemon peel. Slightly tropical and earthy with an herbal finish. Late addition dry hopping with Centennial hops that provide a fresh sweet note to the beer.”

Poured a pale clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy-to-rocky white head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled lime, bubblegum, Mosaic, floral, lemon, green vegetables, light blueberry and papaya. A little more papaya and some mango from the can. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted a little better than the nose. Got lime, lemon, Centennial, Mosaic, floral, bubblegum, papaya, blueberry, guava, purple grape and Blueberry Blow Pop candy. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Overall just a solid DIPA. (Overall - 4.00)

3.96 | 89 | B+

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Liberty Station Lifeblood
Liberty Station Lifeblood

Stone Brewing
American Brown Ale / 7.20% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +2.9% | Score: 4.07
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes 01/31/18
Had on-tap at Stone World Bistro and Gardens in San Diego, CA

Appearance - Served in a 16oz tulip, brown in color with ruby red highlights when held to light. Sandstone, half finger width head. Decent retention before a thin, consistent layer of suds. Good amount of lacing holds in a web-like fashion, with some broken lining and spotting dancing around the outside.

Smell - The aroma is whipped chocolate with lesser coffee roast character. Some caramel and faint nuttiness.

Taste - The flavor is surprisingly balanced with malt and hop character. Mocha-like malty character upfront that's equally sweet with milk chocolate as it is roasty with coffee, and then the citrusy hops kick in. Mild grapefruit. Hints of caramel, but the finish is a culmination of those three main flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. Slick, slightly creamy texture with an easy, semi-dry finish.

Overall - In the land of well crafted but often boring browns, this one shines. Interesting, cohesive flavor profile, but still light enough to land well within that brown style range. Take notes, brewers. This is an innovative take on a classic style.

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Golden Pilsner
Golden Pilsner

Yuengling Brewery
German Pilsener / 4.70% ABV

3.57/5  rDev +5.3% | Score: 3.39
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Simple....appearance is “golden” with a little lace, clean aroma with a smooth taste & a “ bite” at the end making it a little different then most Pilsners. Good add to the line up.

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Gose O's
Gose O's

DuClaw Brewing Company
Gose / 5.50% ABV

4.61/5  rDev +19.7% | Score: 3.85
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours slightly hazy, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is big cantaloupe, big salt, and grains of paradise. Light bodied, high carbonation and salty. The world needs more cantaloupe beers. Love the high saltiness. Great beer that reminds me of their experimental saison.

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Stone Liberty Station / Societe  The Skedaddler
Stone Liberty Station / Societe The Skedaddler

Stone Brewing
American IPA / 7.30% ABV

3.94/5  rDev +4% | Score: 3.79
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From tasting notes 01/31/18
Had on-tap at Stone World Bistro and Gardens in San Diego, CA

Appearance - Served in a 16oz tulip, crystal clear and pure golden in color with a white, half finger width head. Good retention, then dissipates to a thin, broken layer of suds. Strong lacing that displays broken webbing and small spotting.

Smell - Strong citrus and tropical fruit aroma, with grapefruit, guava, pine and even a hint of peach.

Taste - Strong, bitter grapefruit rind upfront and throughout that buries much of what was found on the nose. Midtaste brings dry stonefruit nuttiness that strengthens toward the finish. Vague white bread sweetness. Aftertaste is pithy and 'pitty'.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with fair, bitey carbonation. Slick texture before a crisp, bone dry finish.

Overall - It would be a phenomenal beer if it tasted exactly as the aroma hinted to, unfortunately the high bitterness buried any hope in that. It does do well as a classic West Coast, but those are a dime a dozen.

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Clever Hoppy Name #2
Clever Hoppy Name #2

Second Chance Beer Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.93/5  rDev +5.9% | Score: 3.71
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Melvin 14-oz. Spiegelau IPA glass
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.19
Purchased: April 27, 2018
Consumed: April 28, 2018
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Canned on March 27, 2018; Not sure this is the same beer as what is listed on Beer Advocate

Picked this up with five others at Windmill Farms. Thought I had tried it before in some form, but could not see that I had on Untappd (or Beer Advocate). Generally was a big fan of Second Chance, so was excited to try this one. Can description read, “Fruity hop notes from Citra and Mosaic, combined with a hint of real tangerine peel. Create a bright, crushable pale ale. Yes, we said ‘hint’ of tangerine. By design, this brew is well balanced. We don’t hit you over the head with tangerine. This is beer, not a fruit cocktail. We’re focused on brewing great beer for you instead of marketing cute hop rhymes. We simply went with “Clever Hoppy Name” and continued brewing. Would you have it any other way?”

Poured a gold clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding spiderweb lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 4.50)

First thing I thought on the first whiff is that it was definitely a XPA. Got tangerine, Citra, mixed berry, floral, lime, lemon zest, buttered white bread and grass. Got the Mosaic from the can. Just a good-smelling old school pale ale. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. Got Mosaic up front, though, and the Citra. Also dry grass, pepper, tangerine, bubblegum, mixed berry, floral, bitter citrus rind, lime and lemon zest. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Dry finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was outstanding for a pale ale. (Overall - 4.00)

3.93 | 88 | B+

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Totalitarian
Totalitarian

Stone Brewing
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

3.76/5  rDev -7.6% | Score: 4.07
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This may get better with age but was not as impressed with this as I am with other RIS's. Seems to be a bit thin with lack in flavor. I get mainly baking chocolate and hops. Alcohol is well hidden but it's more bitter than harsh. Yet easily drinkable. Putting the other five away to age with hopes flavors will in turn become more complex.

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Not Nelson - Green Bullet Hops
Not Nelson - Green Bullet Hops

Alpine Beer Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.99/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.99
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 01/30/18
Had on-tap at Alpine Beer Co in Alpine, CA

Appearance - Served in a pint, hazy and golden yellow in color with a thin, consistent layer of surface suds. Broken webbing, lines and spotting.

Smell - Moderate aroma, with notes of citrus, mild pineapple and a hint of peppery rye spice.

Taste - Hoppy, juicy flavor with some spicy rye undertone. Orange, guava, mango and lesser pineapple. Malts are sweet and slightly earthy, with black pepper rye spice bite hitting by mid-taste. Finish is mild juicy orange  with fair pith bitterness and lingering pineapple acidity.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, bitey carbonation. Fair drinker with a crisp, dry finish.

Overall - A damn good Rye IPA. If it drank a little smoother it would be phenomenal.

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Angry Chair / The Answer - Take A Seat
Angry Chair / The Answer - Take A Seat

Angry Chair Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.94/5  rDev +13.6% | Score: 4.35
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This surprised me to no end. I had it last night on tap in the restaurant called The Rooster and the Till. Its surprise was its lack of in-your-face hoppiness and instead had a smooth and creamy yet marvelous mouth feel beyond belief. Wow! For a double IPA, this one is a dream to drink.

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Riot Juice
Riot Juice

Hidden Springs Ale Works
Berliner Weissbier / 5.50% ABV

4.52/5  rDev +3% | Score: 4.39
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured onto long fluted stemware 4-14-18 can date “Shotgun Responsibly”

This is basically a sour berry cream soda. There really is no other way to describe it. Absolutely delicious and refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

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Blackberry Daze IPA
Blackberry Daze IPA

Anchor Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +13.9% | Score: 3.68
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay my review somehow timed out here and got lost due to a refresh so I am typing it again as much as I can remember.
I was a bit wondering about this blackberry IPA for knowing the other "fruit infused" stuff from Anchor, them blood oranges and mangoes that went not all the time without criticism. Anchor can make great IPAs, why bringing the fruits in - one could think.
This is the first pink(ish) IPA and you csn see/feel that at one point real fruit was put into the brew. You might argue why the berries were put into there but actually it made me feel a bit nostalgic as it creates a feeling of some kind of funky, raw home-made fruit juice that turned into wine by mistake...
It was okay once but I'm one of those guys who believe that Anchor would be better off without their fruity stuff...

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Meridian Myst
Meridian Myst

Latitude 33° Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.20% ABV

3.63/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.32
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.49
Purchased: April 27, 2018
Consumed: April 28, 2018
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: No canned on date

Picked this up with five others at Windmill Farms. I’m a sucker for Latitude 33 (ranked 10th for me coming in with an average rating of 4.055) and was hoping this would be on pace with their other stuff. Description on can read, “Paying homage to our perpendicular kin, Meridian Myst is where the x-axis of dewy deliciousness and y-axis of hazy adventure intersect to form an unparalleled combination of pure craft bliss. This crushable pale ale is light and dripping with tropical notes of pineapple and fruity citrus. “X” truly marks the spot with this one.” Didn’t know anything else about it heading in except the front of the can called it a Hazy Pale Ale.

Poured a pale hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of white rocky head. Could see a few streams of fast-moving bubbles creeping up the side of the glass. Excellent layered foamy lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled dank from the get-go. Also marijuana, pineapple, peach, nectarine, spoiled fruit and apricot. Could not decipher any specific hops. From the can added orange rind, mango and guava. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose for the most part, although not nearly as dank. Got peach, pineapple, nectarine, Amarillo (guessing), orange rind, stone fruit, light grapefruit and citrus pulp. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Dry, juicy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was good New England Style beer, but not sure I’d have it again. (Overall - 3.50)

3.63 | 82 | B

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Singled Out - Comet
Singled Out - Comet

Alpine Beer Company
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3.84/5  rDev +0.3% | Score: 3.83
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From tasting notes 01/20/18
Had on-tap at Alpine Beer Co in Alpine, CA

Appearance - Served up in a pint, slight haze and golden yellow in color. Thin, broken layer of suds floating atop. Lacing is broken webbing and a handful of spotting.

Smell - Aroma hits on tangerine, grapefruit and mild cattiness.

Taste - Flavor is all citrus. Some brighter tangerine notes that play off the bitter grapefruit pith undertone. Simple, sweet bready malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with moderate, bitey carbonation. Crisp, bone dry finish. A bit too dry for my tastes.

Overall - A single hop that's heavy on citrus and bitterness. Not much complexity, thought that's expected as a single hop IPA. It's good, but not their best.

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