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Trail Dubbel
Trail Dubbel

Side Project Brewing
Dubbel / 10.00% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +1% | Avg: 4.2
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has to be one of the most unique beers that I've had the pleasure of trying. On paper, this beer is not up my alley at all. After tasting this, it is flawlessly executed. It pours like a still old ale, dark and murky but has a good pop of red wine barrel on the nose. The flavors were far more complex than expected. If offers dark fruits with a sharp red grape character that despite being flat, definitely stimulates your palate. That unique aspect allowed the beer to drink like it was not actually 100% still. This is definitely worth trying and sharing with others. It's a great conversation starter.

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House Lager
House Lager

Jack's Abby Brewing
Munich Helles Lager / 5.20% ABV

4.17/5  rDev +5.6% | Avg: 3.95
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into pint glass smudged but looks like canned on 5/10.

A: Bright gold body with perfect clarity. head is creamy small bubbles and white.

S: Lots of floral hops intertwine with some toasted doughy malts.
A little bit of a cracker smell as well.

T: Lots of floral slightly spicy hops give way to a sweet almost honey like breadiness with a light toasted flavor. Nice floral hop presence through.

M: Medium bodied clean beer fairly crisp with just a light bit of cling.

O: This is a good Helles Lager it's smooth light and the hops and malts balance pretty well. This is an easy drinking beer that you can enjoy several of in a sitting.

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Julius
Julius

Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.43/5  rDev -4.5% | Avg: 4.64
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was hoping for a touch more on the nose just based on what I've heard about this beer. So take my rating with a grain of salt. Definitely deserves the hype.

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Oxtongue IPA
Oxtongue IPA

Lake of Bays Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

3.76/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.83
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473ml can served cold into a Smithworks (now Smithhaven) chalice. beer canned on April 20, 2017. Purchased for about $3.25 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - A deep and rich golden color. hues ranging from orange to honey brown. Impressive finger or so of fluffy and creamy white head. Lots of little tiny bubbles popping inside the foam. Reasonably hazy. Moderate head retention and a small ring of lacing stays for the duration.

Smell - Tropical and fruity, grapefruit and pineapple are the stars. There is nice malt backbone here too, dense and grainy to keep things aromatic. Not as aromatic as i would've hoped, we'll see if this improves at all as it warms.

Taste- Plenty of grain up front, the grapefruit and orange peel with just a touch of pineapple sweetness. Definitely more on the bitter side, but not overdone like some IPA's are. Not that it tastes like a big ABV beer, but if you suggested it as 7.5-8%, I would believe it.

mouthfeel - Smooth, medium to heavy bodied, a little astringent on the tongue and a certain stickiness to the roof of the mouth and under the tongue.

Overall - Oxtongue is definitely an upgrade on other IPA's made by Lake Of Bays to date. While it doesn't blow me away the thick almost resiny grapefruit flavors are quite bold in contrast to an underwhelming nose. Worth a try for Ontario BA's just to prove that Lake of Bays can do a pretty good IPA and they are maintaining if not shrinking the gap with the likes of Great Lakes, Muskoka and Nickel Brook.

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Vintage 2014
Vintage 2014

Side Project Brewing
Lambic - Unblended

4.67/5  rDev +1.5% | Avg: 4.6
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a beautiful polished gold in color with great clarity. The nose is pure, aged chardonnay. The nose literally smells like a Kalin Cellars vintage chardonnay with white grape notes as well as a touch of honey. That grape character also carries over into the flavor profile but plays second fiddle to the bright and dry acidity and standard Side Project funk. It also offers just a touch of stone fruit. This is a superb beer and a fine example of what American brewers and blenders can do on the lambic front.

This was well worth the 2013 Cable Car that I traded for it.

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Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale
Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale

Trillium Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.60% ABV

4.19/5  rDev -7.5% | Avg: 4.53
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. The nose wasn't quite there. Would have liked a bit more body and a bit more flavor. Im just being picky. This is obviously a world class brew. Just splitting hairs here.

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Grandes Lagos Mexican Lager
Grandes Lagos Mexican Lager

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
American Pale Lager / 5.40% ABV

4.04/5  rDev +5.5% | Avg: 3.83
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bartendress worked hard to pour this without a head so we will never know what is could have looked like; anyway, the beer arrives relatively clear and amber colored with just a hint of pink mixed in; no lacing even though I tried to work up a small head

Smell: Cracker malt with a hint of caramel and a fruity bouquet of strawberry and raspberry; hibiscus tones as well

Taste: Cracker malt forward with a hint of caramel; the berry tones build, along with the hibiscus, through the middle, bringing strawberry and raspberry; the beer avoids sweetness with the tartness from the fruit and the floral hibiscus rounding out the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: The berry flavors make this distinctive and the carbonation is perfect for the warmer months

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Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 4.20% ABV

3.43/5  rDev +9.9% | Avg: 3.12
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Call me crazy, but I like this ice cold during the summertime. Refreshing, crisp, low abv, and reasonably priced. Love the 16oz cans! Great BBQ or boat choice.

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Alter Ego
Alter Ego

Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.31/5  rDev -5.7% | Avg: 4.57
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose is nowhere near Julius, which is surprising because it is supposedly dry hopped with more varieties than Julius. Still an excellent beer, but the nose was underwhelming.

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MacKroken Flower Grande Réserve (Vieillie 4 Mois - Fût De Chêne)
MacKroken Flower Grande Réserve (Vieillie 4 Mois - Fût De Chêne)

Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy / 10.80% ABV

4.31/5  rDev +5.9% | Avg: 4.07
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750ml bottle with some arcane code-stamp which may or may not have anything to do with a date... served in an outsized tulip.

Pours a mostly opaque maple-black with caramel highlights and a half-finger of short-lived tan head which leaves a small, fizzy collar.

Nose is rich and earthy, toasty malts, burnt caramel, roasted nuts and smoky, dried flowers.

Taste is moderately sweet and unapologetically boozy, burnt toast, vanilla toffee, milk chocolate, cigar wrappers, walnuts, apricots, peat and dried flowers. As it warms, a little honey becomes apparent, mostly in the sinuses.

Full mouthfeel, slightly chewy, medium-hefty body, low carbonation and smooth, clean drinking.

Overall, a very nice, sophisticated big-boy beer. Sweet throughout without being cloying, sticky or syrupy. A well-crafted wee with an understated, subtle barrel character. I could drink this every day until my liver gave out.

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Blackfish
Blackfish

Salish Sea Brewing Co.
Oatmeal Stout / 5.80% ABV

3.64/5  rDev -1.9% | Avg: 3.71
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: rich dark brown with good ruby highlights and a finger of creamy tan foam. A very attractive beer.

Smell: sweet and malty with plenty of caramel character, though not much roast.

Taste: rich and really quite sweet; there's a lot of caramel character and a little roastiness but it's mostly just sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: for all that this beer is a nice quaff, it's not quite stouty enough for the style. Not bad, but it could work a little better.

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Citra Pale
Citra Pale

Salish Sea Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.20% ABV

3.94/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a touch of haze and a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. A good lace is left on the glass, though, which I dig.

Smell: fruity, earthy and a little citrusy. A decent pale ale aroma, if not especially complex.

Taste: citrusy, piney and earthy; there's a nice complexity of hop flavor here. I really like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and a concomitantly good creaminess. A very nice texture for the style.

Overall: a good example of a Citra pale ale. While the aroma doesn't quite bring it, the flavor is rich and complex. I dig it.

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North Peak Original
North Peak Original

North Peak Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.30% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +9.8% | Avg: 3.87
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More details to follow, but this one stood up with some of the best in a recent blind taste test we had. Out of the many pale ales we tried, there was about a four way tie for first and this was one of them. We were a little surprised. I only had the one so far, but I am planning to buy this again for sure.

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The Goods
The Goods

At Large Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

3.9/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.9
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a mug at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: hazy light golden hue with a thin layer of frothy ivory foam.

Smell: earthy, piney hops with a little bit of dank character and a bit of a sweet base. Not bad.

Taste: earthy and fruity with a few melon notes. An interesting IPA; it's not crazy complex, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and decent creaminess.

Overall: a very mellow IPA, this beer is totally working for me. Damn drinkable for a 7.2% beer.

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Old Stove Lager
Old Stove Lager

Old Stove Brewing Co.
American Pale Lager / 5.90% ABV

3.58/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.58
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a thin layer of ivory foam.

Smell: light and a little grainy without a ton of hop character, but appropriate enough for the style.

Taste: quite grainy with a bit of sweetness and a little bit of a harsh edge; bitterness is moderately strong and the overall effect is a little heavy for the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and a rocky creaminess.

Overall: a bit rough around the edges, but overall a very drinkable American pale lager.

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Drumroll APA
Drumroll APA

Odell Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.30% ABV

3.76/5  rDev -3.6% | Avg: 3.9
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy yellow grapefruit color with a small white head and nice rings of lacing around the glass.

S: Ripe tropical fruit mixed with some flowers and weeds and some dank hops, a sweet malt presence underneath.

T: Ripe tropical fruit, with a medium pine bitterness and some weedy and floral hops. Sweet malt at the end.

F: Creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O: Drinkable but this is a pretty average NE pale ale.

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Incommunicado Pale Ale
Incommunicado Pale Ale

Old Stove Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.40% ABV

3.95/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: hazy rich orange hue with a thin layer of ivory foam. Great color, more head would be better.

Smell: lightly fruity hops; uncomplicated, but nice.

Taste: rich, dank, fruity, sweet hops atop a lightly sweet malt background. I really like the fruitiness, although the dankness provides a bizarre counterpoint which I cannot figure out whether is successful or not. I am going to go with ... successful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge and well-integrated carbonation; it's creamy and delightful!

Overall: a fruity, weird and strangely compelling pale ale. Kind of like an indie film; it'll never be a blockbuster, but it should develop a good following.

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Brett's Mild Mannered Brown
Brett's Mild Mannered Brown

Old Stove Brewing Co.
American Brown Ale / 5.90% ABV

3.88/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.88
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: medium amber brown with a moderate haze and a thick finger of creamy ivory foam. It's a bit red for the style, but the head is great.

Smell: nutty, malty and caramelly, although a little bit light in intensity. Not too bad, though.

Taste: caramelly most of all, but a little bit of toffee and bread. There's a nice depth to this; kind of between a red and a brown. Normally the red ale aspect wouldn't work for me, but here I am really liking it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a really nice creaminess.

Overall: I like this beer, but it's really more of a darkish amber ale than a brown ale.

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Stanley Park Summer IPA
Stanley Park Summer IPA

Stanley Park Brewery
American IPA / 6.40% ABV

3.12/5  rDev -1.9% | Avg: 3.18
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a seriously disappointing beer. I'm thinking Summer IPA, I'm thinking fruit and citrus, and well, no. Thin, malt-dominated, with the ever so slightest hint of hops. Save your money, folks. This one's not worth a return visit.

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Czechvar B:Original Lager
Czechvar B:Original Lager

Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Pilsener / 5.00% ABV

3.03/5  rDev -14.2% | Avg: 3.53
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decanted from a green bottle into a tulip pint glass; best before 09.29.17.
A: Clear golden color with small white head that cleared rapidly.
S: Bitter hops and sea salt predominate.
T: Light maltiness off-set be mild bitterness and salinity.
M: Light to medium bodied; would be more refreshing if not for the persistence of the salinity in the mouth.
O: A basic lager beer. I was surprised by the saltiness; would be more balanced and better without it. I was actually expecting more based on the back story.

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CCCiPA
CCCiPA

Old Stove Brewing Co.
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 8.30% ABV

3.79/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.79
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a strange beer that defies categories - it's listed as a "milkshake DIPA", with lactose and with various fruits mixed in. It seemed far more fruit-forward than IPA-forward, so I submitted it as a Fruit/Vegetable Beer.

I had this beer on-tap in a goblet at the brewery.

Appearance: rich hazy murky red-brown hue with a thin layer of ivory foam. Odd color indeed!

Smell: sweet with raspberries and earthy hops. An interesting blend.

Taste: raspberry and earthy hops, like the aroma; bitterness is pretty strong toward the end. I will say this: it hides the alcohol well!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess.

Overall: a strange beer, but one that earns points for style. It's dangerously drinkable at this ABV.

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Shared: Coffee Shop Vibes - Peruvian
Shared: Coffee Shop Vibes - Peruvian

Side Project Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout

4.88/5  rDev +0.8% | Avg: 4.84
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Giving this same rating as Columbian. Crazy how good these beers are. I would have to have both of these beers side by side in order to see if there is any perceivable difference between them.

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Aunt Rose Red Helles Lager
Aunt Rose Red Helles Lager

Bearded Fox Brewing
Munich Helles Lager / 5.40% ABV

3.67/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.7
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear red color with a thin foamy head. Retention is mild, and lacing is good. Biscuity aroma with mild caramel. Somewhat skunky. Very malty and biscuity. Slight caramel. More skunk inessential in taste (may be rolled oats). Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

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Sünner Kölsch
Sünner Kölsch

Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
Kölsch / 4.80% ABV

3.68/5  rDev -2.6% | Avg: 3.78
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden/dark straw color with a modest head. It soon disapates and leaves an ultra thin ring that doesn't retain for so long.
In the nose there is at first a slightly metallic aroma, followed by a Hefeweizen like banana. The toasted malts are ornamented by a light herbal spice.
Sweet and malt forward at first. Soon, however, a moderate grassy and herbal hops presence adds balance. Nice lemon zest in the mouthfeel. The finish is semi dry. Medium to light in body with a moderate and tingly carbonation which adds crispness.
Solid and refreshing all around.

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Kerosene Hat
Kerosene Hat

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.60% ABV

3.92/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.92
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a crowler into a dimpled mug; purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a moderate haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam. I think it's quite an attractive beer.

Smell: sweet, earthy and floral aroma with just a hint of citrusy fruitiness. Not bad, although the intensity is a little bit low.

Taste: mildly fruity with a nice somewhat citrusy flavor (bitter orange, and maybe a little tangerine); there's also a bit of a piney-ness here too that really works. It doesn't hit me over the head with flavors, and I think that's an advantage here; it's subtle but complex enough to be interesting. A good APA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this is a highly drinkable APA. I could see downing a few of these while sitting in the sun.

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