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Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout
Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout

Stone Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV

4.02/5  rDev -1.7% | Avg: 4.09
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: very dark, with nice dark fizzy foam
S: smell was good, didn't pick it up very strong though
T: a little bitter
F: a little bitter aftertaste
O: decent initial taste, aftertaste mediocre

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Cape Cod IPA
Cape Cod IPA

Cape Cod Beer
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3.02/5  rDev -19% | Avg: 3.73
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours great with a two and a half finger head on a clear copper body. A mellow IPA relative to other IPAs. Quenching on a hot day without any overpowering hops, which to have cancelled out with the malt. There isn't much of a dinstinctive flavor. It does leave a dry finish.

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 4.50% ABV

4.49/5  rDev +2.3% | Avg: 4.39
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2017 16.9oz bottle

It is a foggy straw yellow with a good sized, dense, creamy/frothy white head. It receeds for the most part fairly quickly into the beer, but the remaining foam on top sticks clings to the glass on the way down.

It smells outstanding. Some distinct straw and green lemongrass along with some pear/apple, pineapple, lime, apricot, some white vinegar like acidicness, musty wood, sour green grapes, and a hint of a light berry to almost candy.

The flavors fall right in line with the aromas for me. A lot of fruit. Mostly lemon, pear, pineapple, and green grapes. Not sure if it is just the musty/wet oak flavor combination with everything else, but it still seems like it has apricot too. The light berry note is also more noticeable. Kind of like a pink gum, but not as strong as a Hefeweizen.

It has a very light tartness and yeast bite with a ripe fruit sourness and a lot of lingering grain and earthy flavor. The body is very soft and almost creamy feeling and insanely easy to drink.

This beer has a ton of flavor that is not only impressive for a 4.5% beer, but it holds up with a lot of world class saisons in general in my opinion. I wish it came in 750s

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Lederhosen Lager
Lederhosen Lager

Pearl Street Brewery
Märzen / Oktoberfest

3.63/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.66
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into Weizen glass. Looks like a Marzen with clear copper color and 2 finger foamy white head. Fades into a collar and leaves webbed lacing on my glass. Aroma is lighter Vienna malts with some nuttiness, hints of toffee, and a bit of spicy hops. Flavor is similar to Vienna Lager, which keeps this on the lighter side. A nice clean flavor of malts and hops with a crisp pleasant finish. Decent beer that isn't too sweet.

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Ocean Beach West Coast IPA
Ocean Beach West Coast IPA

Uncle Bear's Brewery
American IPA / 6.90% ABV

3.62/5  rDev +10% | Avg: 3.29
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can:

Pours hazed orange amber with a thin head. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus/grapefruit with some tropical notes and slight pine.

The taste is of caramel with grapefruit. A bit thin. Balanced for the style, though some bitterness lingers.

It's slightly watery but hangs on. Not a particularly complex IPA, but it fits the style overall. Easy to drink with the alcohol well hidden.

Nice, but nothing particularly special.

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.00% ABV

4.55/5  rDev +5.3% | Avg: 4.32
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours an opaque golden color. There was a bit of a frothy white head that dropped off rather quickly and leaves some lacing. Nice nose. Some tart lemon as well as a bit of a white grape/champagne air. A bit musty and earthy too. The taste is excellent. Tart lemon, champagne, earthy, maybe some sour apple too. Really an excellent brew!!

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English Mild
English Mild

Holler Brewing Co.
English Dark Mild Ale / 3.20% ABV

4.53/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.53
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a clear but dark amber/mahogany color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Excellent lace is left down the glass.
S: A beautifully subtle and deceptive nose. Pretty much all malt, with an amazing baked bread aroma with a nutty toasted character as well. Light grains, light earthy hops in the background. Though a malty character that I find amazing and hard to find in many American representations, which is pretty hard style to find in the first place.
T: Like the nose, the malt character at first seems subtle and simple, but continues to grow. Starts out with toasted and grainy malts. Then the wonderful baked bread and nutty character takes over. Maybe just a touch earthy, which might be some faint hop flavor. Though all wonderful malts are the show as should be the case. So warm and inviting, as well as amazingly moreish.
M/O: With the alcohol content, this is certainly light, but ridiculously smooth. Enough carbonation to satisfy, and the smoothness is great. Along with being supper clean and dry. I think being on cask would put this over the top. Though as is, I gulped down three pints without a problem. So yeah, this is something really drinkable, not only that but this keeps me interested pint after pint. As true session beers do.

I just love the malt character that Holler has created with not only their English styles, but German as well. There is a depth that I find few breweries can match. This Mild is outstanding in that sense, and can only wish they put this on cask in the near future. As really good English representation of the style is few and far between, this is a winner and I can't say enough good things about true amazing session beers being available locally.

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Mornin' Delight
Mornin' Delight

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV

4.27/5  rDev -8.8% | Avg: 4.68
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #4, on tap at 8/19 release.

It's a sexy looking stout, flirting and looking exactly like a stout should. Everything was pretty spot on with this whale minus the taste. Too much coffee bitterness. Tolerable but definitely there every sip. I wasn't sure how'd I react with this Being my first tasting of the hype train. I didn't hate it instinctively like I wanted too and thought I would. My crtitique was rather mild. Overall, the release was organized well but that place sucks. No atmosphere and just feels like the Dinseyland of breweries in the purely money making machine sense.

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Sri Lanka Dubbel
Sri Lanka Dubbel

Dageraad Brewing
Dubbel / 7.50% ABV

3.5/5  rDev -4.1% | Avg: 3.65
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very Quick: (Might have been an older bottle) Poured a remarkably golden red in color, which seems odd for a dubbel. An enormous head that never broke the entire time I was drinking made for a distraction rather than a positive. The smell was slightly metallic, bready malts and some fruitiness. The taste was much like the nose. It was a bit of a sweet mess. Feel was marked by an aggressive carbonation. It really distracted from any other aspect.

Not a great example of the style, nor really enjoyable to be honest. These things happen, not every one is a winner.

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Girardin Kriek 1882
Girardin Kriek 1882

Brouwerij Girardin
Lambic - Fruit / 5.00% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +12.8% | Avg: 3.68
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I feel like Giradin is criminally underrated compared to all the attention given to Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. I think this compares very favorably to fruit lambics from those two breweries. Nice pink color. Aroma is heavy cherry, slightly reminiscent of cherry sucrets. Slight bread or is it butter in the aroma as well, not unpleasant. Flavor is sweet cherry, extremely fruity. This is definitely a showcase for the fruit, its not real funky and not really sour at all. I think it is better than Cantillon Kriek because it is not as abrasive.

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Busch NA
Busch NA

Low Alcohol Beer / 0.50% ABV

3.5/5  rDev +53.5% | Avg: 2.28
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have tasted a few non alcoholic brews and this one most closely resembled a real beer. tastes like regular Busch Beer. I could actually unwind on Friday night with a 6 pack of this and not worry about feeling like crap the next day if I had to get up early and go to work.

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Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown
Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown

Founders Brewing Company
American Brown Ale / 9.00% ABV

3.94/5  rDev -8.2% | Avg: 4.29
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while visiting the States.

Appearance - Dark honey brown / amber in color.Capped with a finger of light tan colored and moderate retention. Some carbonation and clarity, the shade is just dark enough to prohibit a good clarity test.

Smell - Loads of coffee, wet coffee grounds. Subtle caramel and vanilla notes. Mostly coffee with a subtle smokiness and peat characteristic to the nose.

Taste - Coffee is certainly there but a subtle juiciness as well. Banana, dark chocolate as well as a tiny amount of orchard fruit makes for an interesting combo. Roasty coffee and some dark chocolate on the back end. Kind of a grainy, stale and slightly burnt banana bread thing going on. Booze hidden very well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and medium bodied with good carbonation. Body is pretty light for a 9% ABV, but fits the flalvors well.

Overall - A very good if not great brown ale. The coffee doesn't quite work as well as I had hoped, but nonetheless a flavorful and well made ale that masks the 18 proof qualities of this beer very well.

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Tangier India Pale Ale
Tangier India Pale Ale

Southern Tier Brewing Company
American IPA / 4.60% ABV

3.45/5  rDev -6.3% | Avg: 3.68
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a wispy white head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is sweet from the tangerine peel. There is some grass and pepper notes.

The taste is of a grassy bitter hop with a noticeable tangerine presence. Hard to tell if any tropical notes are coming from the hops. Not overly fruity which is good.

The feel is light with a chalky dry finish. Fizzy carbonation.

A meh IPA. Noticeable tangerine but nothing fantastic otherwise.

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Shock Top Belgian White
Shock Top Belgian White

Witbier / 5.20% ABV

1.86/5  rDev -38.4% | Avg: 3.02
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

uninspired and flat. kinda creamy mouth feel . I got in this in a can to taste and try. Can looks cool and I like oranges so I expected a hint of it but there was none.not much flavor. Busch NA was more satisfying.

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Shark Meets Hipster
Shark Meets Hipster

DryHop Brewers
American Pale Wheat Ale / 6.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev -2.1% | Avg: 3.83
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a crowler on August 20, 2017. A nice example of a wheat IPA. Very drinkable for a beer with an abv this high. Not too bad.

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Coors Light
Coors Light

Coors Brewing Company
Light Lager / 4.20% ABV

2.13/5  rDev +3.9% | Avg: 2.05
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had it from a can poured into a pint class. Very light yellow with a very short lived head and no lacing to speak of, a few bubbles. Sweet grassy smell. Taste had a hint of banana, very watery. I remember having this on draft and enjoying it more. Maybe an old can?

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Sip Of Sunshine IPA
Sip Of Sunshine IPA

Lawson's Finest Liquids
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.77/5  rDev +4.8% | Avg: 4.55
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can at a brew pub in Stowe, VT. Poured into a pint tulip glass. Nice golden color with one inch head an lots of lacing as it was consumed. Very strong citris smell/ grapefruit, pineapple etc. Nice hop finish and very drinkable for the 8.00% ABV. I will definitely buy a four pack of this on my way through Warren,VT.

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Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Tripel / 8.60% ABV

3.02/5  rDev -16.1% | Avg: 3.6
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, courtesy Woemad, poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a hazy-cloudy medium honey-gold color, but lacked the pillowey white head that I expect in the style. Thusly, there was no lacing. The aroma had most of the features one looks for, yeasty spice, grain, and a bit of floral notes. It did smell sweeter than I prefer in what is likely my favorite style.

The flavor profile was pretty similar, the yeast and grain dominated, but it just seemed not what it could have been. The body was fairly typical, maybe a wee touch more full than I enjoy, but the finish was too sweet for me. Overall, a pleasant enough brew. This is the first SA brew I've been somewhat dissapointed in. Still worth trying if you see it, but not among the upper echelon of the style.

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Iron O'Rourke's God Of Fear Stout
Iron O'Rourke's God Of Fear Stout

Cigar City Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.70% ABV

4.33/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 4.12
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one poured a deep brown/black with a pinky's worth of root beer head. The smell was great: Molasses, coffee, roasts, some vanilla and a touch of wet leather. The taste was phenomenal, it followed the nose closely, but it was intense and it seemed every element came out for a visit. I really enjoyed the dark molasses and fruits aspects, and the fact that this bottle still had a strong coffee presence after two years really impressed me. This one feels like and is a sipper that you should take your time with. It coats your tongue nicely giving up all the flavors it holds. The carbonation is on the low end, which might be expected. The booze definitely comes through on this as it warms.

Wow, what a really great beer. I enjoyed this beer a great deal, and really wish I could find more.

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Lord Hobo Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.80% ABV

3.91/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 3.89
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours between yellow and orange with just a hint of fog to it. Head formation is a finger in height and snow white in color. Head retention is okay, with very little lacing left behind. Aroma is citrus, herbal, and floral hops. Flavor profile is herbal and floral hops. Nice twist from the regular citrus hops. Biscuit and buttery malts give it a base. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a little effervescent, fizz feel. Overall, nice presence of herbal and floral hops, which is a pleasant twist from regular IPAs.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Founders Doom
Founders Doom

Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 12.40% ABV

4.02/5  rDev -1.5% | Avg: 4.08
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange. Short, bubbly, white head that Fades fast.

Smell Citrus, tropical, bourbon, Oaky vanilla and caramel malt.

Citrus peel, orange, tropical and light Pine. Followed by bourbon, Oak, caramel malt. Finish is dry with a Pioneer and light bourbon linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Two Juicy
Two Juicy

Two Roads Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV

4.1/5  rDev -1.4% | Avg: 4.16
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light gold in color with a nice thumb's worth of head, which breaks slowly leaving a few islands and a thin collar. Not much in the way of lacing. Smell is citrus first, with piney coming closely behind. There is a malt presence as well. The taste starts citrusy, then moves slowly to a piney/resiny flavor. The lingering flavor is of fresh hops. The feel is remarkably light for a DIPA. Definitely smooth, and the carbonation is moderate.

Pretty tasty beer. This DIPA drinks like a session to me, but at 8.2 ABV, I'll just have one. First brew by these guys for me, and I am quite impressed.

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Two Tides India Session Ale
Two Tides India Session Ale

Granville Island Brewery
American IPA / 4.60% ABV

3.69/5  rDev +2.5% | Avg: 3.6
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two Tides India Session Ale.

Made by Granville Island Brewing Company in Vancouver, B.C. The brewery is now part of Molson-Coors.

473ml can. 4.6% alc.

The beer has a light beige head that dissipates relatively fast, leaving behind some attractive lacing.

The colour of the beer is an orange/amber.

Smell is pine and grapefruit, some white bread, and malt. All kind of subtle but pleasing.

Taste is pine and grapefruit. There is mild hop bitterness.

The body is light and kind of watery.

The finish is dry and tart.

As a session ale, this is enjoyable. It's something non-craft beer drinkers might like to try.

It's a good beer and well-made. Not great but respectable in every way. Certainly one I'd buy again. And well worth trying, if it's new to you.

Incidentally, I had the pleasure of touring their brewery in 2006.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6
Trappistes Rochefort 6

Brasserie de Rochefort
Dubbel / 7.50% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 4.13
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky brown with hints of orange-red. Candied red fruit, apricot, cinnamon, and faintly soapy yeastiness. Medium+ malt profile. Effervescent carb, and dry white pepper on the finish. Overall, drinkable and complex. 8.5+/10

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Highway To Haze
Highway To Haze

Corridor Brewery & Provisions
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4/5  rDev -6.5% | Avg: 4.28
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a growler on August 20, 2017. Decent but I wanted there to be a little more bite from the hops and a tad more carbonation.

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