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Steal This Can
Steal This Can

Lord Hobo Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.40% ABV

4.01/5  rDev +5.8% | Avg: 3.79
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Moderately hazy orange-gold, with quickly-dissipating off-white head, leaving light lacing.

Smells of tangerine,grass,grapefruit, and (oniony) booze.

Favor is grass,pine,tangerine,grapefruit juice, grapefruit pith, and (very slight) onion powder, with a pleasant touch of pine/grapefruit bitterness on the finish .

Moderately fine carbonation , with a touch prickle on the finish.

Overall , pretty good, and would have it again.

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Walk Don't Run
Walk Don't Run

Suarez Family Brewery
American Blonde Ale / 4.00% ABV

3.97/5  rDev -4.3% | Avg: 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a super hazy straw gold, with a pleasant, fizzy one finger head
S: the suggestion of fruity hops with a direct reference to anything in particular, nice, you can almost smell the thickness
T: not complex, but oh so refreshing, subtly fruity with a crisp, buscuity flavor, and a very mild (almost negligible, but still present) hop bite
M: thick, like orange juice, very nice, works better thank it should
O: it's a shame they don't distribute much because they could build an empire on this, easy to enjoy and easy to appreciate, an excellent beer

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Espresso Porter
Espresso Porter

Bemidji Brewing Company, LLC
American Porter / 5.30% ABV

3.99/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.3
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours quite dark. 1 1/2 finger head. Tan head.
The nose is nice and rich with a coffee aroma. Really no other favors.
Taste is very coffee forward. It's Got a bit of a mellow flavor on the backside.
The beer is more toward watery feeling, but it works well for the style.
Overall a delicious coffee beer.

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Ugly Pug Black Lager
Ugly Pug Black Lager

Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Schwarzbier / 4.50% ABV

3.53/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 3.61
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a nice low alcohol dark lager here that has plenty of lager yeast flavor to it and brings a sturdy dark grain complexion without being too intense. this is a real session sort of dark beer, and not just because of its low strength. the bitterness that usually comes with such a full roasty grain flavor like this is somehow absent here, and there is a slightly sweet cocoa character as well that works nicely with the coffee suggestion in the more roasted barley. there is a european vibe to this, maybe the yeast, maybe the slight oxidation my bottle has (got lost in the fridge a little bit), but it all comes together pretty well. not as distinct as some, and certainly more mellow, but i like being able to taste the lager yeast as it dries the beer out before the finish. there is a bready earthiness about it, and a smoothness i like a lot for how mild the beer is on the whole. i havent had much from these guys, but it seems like the cover the basic styles pretty completely and pretty well. this isnt going to change the world, not even close, but its a fine american take on a style we dont see enough of. enjoyed it thoroughly, and rather quickly, this one goes down like the breeze, especially for its color...

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Drop A Gem
Drop A Gem

LIC Beer Project
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 4.44
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-Pours a hazy straw yellow with a big 2 inch head and great retention and heavy lacing that sits on the side of the glass forever

S-Big aroma of tropical citrus hops......lemon-lime, mango, papaya, grapefruit, orange

T-Sweet apricot, lemon-lime, orange, mango......similar to the nose.......very smooth, limited bitterness,.........some juicyfruit gum........sweet, clean finish, with a touch of lingering bitterness

F-Rich, creamy, limited carbonation and bitterness..........smooth.........very drinkable, alcohol almost undetectable.

O-very good, very drinkable, great combination of hops that really shine without overwhelming the brew.......well done and hope this gets brewed again

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout
Samuel Adams Cream Stout

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Milk / Sweet Stout / 4.90% ABV

4.08/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 3.94
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: small and brown foam with high persistency. S. Milk, coffee, caramel. T. Milky taste honoring its name. M. low alcholic feeling, light body. O. a little bit flat in comparsion with other Stouts (Not Imperials, of course), but good beer , nice to be enjoyed after a Carne Asada.

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Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager
Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager

Rock Art Brewery
Bock / 5.80% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +2.2% | Avg: 3.67
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pilsener glass and rated as a regular "bock." The appearance was a hazy dark bronzed orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than thirty seconds. Filmy/semi-thick lacing runs in a messy sort of way around the glass. The smell starts off with a sweet breadiness running into light raisin, sweet apple, a light vanilla, and sweet cherry. Caramel tones do run nicely underneath. The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and uses them to smooth it all out emphatically sweet and barely any bitterness (as a bock should be!, but then again, this is an aged review as well). Creamy sweet apple to cherry and a slight little bit of cocoa aftertaste running into a sweet wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice and smooth (really light/good). Overall, this is a really good Bock made for the holidays.

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Ghost Hammer IPA
Ghost Hammer IPA

Stone Brewing
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

3.99/5  rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.94
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is an awesome new beer from stone, and while i have not heard of loral hops before this beer, i now know that i like them. aside from the unique hop aroma and flavor, which hints at sweet orange, canned pineapple, and vegetal freshness, its just another bitter stone ipa type, lost in the shuffle i think, malty as they go, and nothing real special if it werent such a great showcase of this new and unique hop varietal. the beer is majorly fresh, and as soon as i crack the can the room is filled with a wonderful hoppy aroma, orange zest comes to mind, even mago, its gorgeous. there is some sturdy grain flavor to this, needed balance for the oncoming bitterness, but sort of still not interfering with the hops much, a nice relationship between the two. hops start to turn towards very bitter like almost all the stone beers do at some point, but the flavor the contribute remains, tropical and zesty and lush and new to me, this loral hop really has something going i reckon! a fun can of beer, easy drinking for what it is, and something ill dip back into a fair few times this summer i think. one of the better new stone beers ive had in awhile!

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Even More Coco Jesus
Even More Coco Jesus

Evil Twin Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV

5/5  rDev +19.6% | Avg: 4.18
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz Can (Batch #001) into an oversized (Harpoon branded) Belgian balloon/snifter glass.

A - Pours a jet black color with an accompanying 1+ finger, creamy, chocolate milk colored head. Head retention is strong for a beer of this size....nothing to fault in this category (5.0)

S - Aroma is that of toasted coconut, maple syrup, nutty coffee, and milk chocolate. Soft, yet complex and impactful. If I was not aware, I would think that this is a barrel-aged offering. (5.0)

T - Chocolate milk, medium roast coffee and maple syrup sweetness take charge along with a perfect dose of toasted coconut coming along for the ride. The finish is dry consisting of a mixture of powdered cocoa and a medium roast coffee. Again, the comparison to a barrel aged stout carries through in the taste. (5.0)

M - Medium-Full and creamy on the palate but thinner than that of the base Even More Jesus. This drinks well under the advertised 12% ABV. (5.0)

O - Absolutely decadent for decanting to finish...I cannot find fault with this in any category. At $16 for a 4-Pack of "pounder" cans (however, this is one beer you should refrain from quick consumption), it is a great deal and IMO, far superior than the base beer (even though it can be found at $10-$12 for the same volume). The pseudo-barrel aged flavors is what really makes this an absolute home run. This is easily my favorite Evil Twin stout (with Imperial Biscotti Break a close second). I only hope this is a year-round offering. (5.0)

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Double IPA
Double IPA

Wyndridge Farm Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.30% ABV

1.2/5  rDev -68.7% | Avg: 3.83
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is not an IPA. It tasted like a cross between a cheap chardonnay and some mead I brewed using bread yeast. I had to create an account just to comment how terrible this was.

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Raspberry Funky Wit
Raspberry Funky Wit

Perennial Artisan Ales
American Wild Ale / 5.00% ABV

4.23/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: light strawberry color with a film of head that fades fast
S: light raspberries and sourness.
T: much like the nose. Very approachable, soft and gently flavors.
F: light and refreshing, high carbonation.

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Le Roar Grrrz 20th Anniversary (with Chenin Blanc Grape Juice)
Le Roar Grrrz 20th Anniversary (with Chenin Blanc Grape Juice)

Bullfrog Brewery
Lambic - Fruit / 7.00% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +1.5% | Avg: 4.12
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a a bright clear straw yellow, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells oaky, but not quite as oaky as some of the other variants. I get sweet grapes, slight acidity, and lemony funk.

This doesn't feel quite as bold as beautiful as some of the best Grrrz variants (Kriek, Apricot, Plum, etc), but it's a mighty tasty wild ale. Like I said above, it's fairly oaky, but not the oak bomb most of the other variants are. The grapes don't stand out a ton, and mainly add a little sweetness. There is some other fruitiness, a kind of almost pineapple-like funk, with lemons as well.

This is light bodied, crisp, and well carbonated. It's very drinkable.

It's always fun to try these beers. It's somewhere

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Game Of Thrones: Bend The Knee
Game Of Thrones: Bend The Knee

Brewery Ommegang
Belgian Strong Pale Ale / 9.00% ABV

3.9/5  rDev -3.9% | Avg: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a cool one, and another great beer in this series. black bottles look awesome, probably excellent for the beer too. its a honey based belgian strong, sort of loosely a tripel, but super light in body. beautiful mostly clear golden beer, excessively bubbly and bright, but without much body apparent for its strength and not as complex as some of the other beers in this series. the honey has a lot of flavor, but its only a little sweet. instead there is a bright springy polleny thing going on with it, and without a ton of maltiness to this (the grain base is light in flavor, sugar, and body), its sort of overly simplistic. the yeast is a delicate belgian one, but its produced quite a bit of alcohol here, which can be both smelled and tasted, and when it warms up to near room temperature, its downright hot. the honey flavor is great though, i just think this would have been a better beer at 7% abv, something i could drink all day, bottle after bottle, rather than being strong for strongs sake, which never really resonates with me. carbonation is awesome though and its dry by the end, so if you dont mid a little burn, its not so heavy. ive loved the beers in this series, and ommegang remains one of my favorites. cool use of honey and its not all fermented away.

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Twin Tip Double IPA
Twin Tip Double IPA

Rock Art Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4/5  rDev -4.1% | Avg: 4.17
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a bronzed to burnt orange to almost brown color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Slim glossy lacing clings to the sides of the glass. The smell had bitter pine up front with a light orange rind-like bitter hoppy quality about it. Lemon rind with a light dried citrus pulp bleeds into the overall aroma. The taste was moderately bitter with a nice sweet underscore of the pine into the aftertaste and leaving a dry citrus rind-like finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel about it. Carbonation seemed good for a DIPA and still allowing a nice bitter harshness as a DIPA to pound on my tongue. Overall, for a DIPA, well, what’s not to love, of course it’s good!

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SeaQuench Ale
SeaQuench Ale

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Gose / 4.90% ABV

3.7/5  rDev -2.6% | Avg: 3.8
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The sour lime juice and sea salt in this brew really make it shine. Pours a hazy amber brown. Little to no head. Nose is of lemon peel and slight bready malt. Wow, taste does not disappoint. Dogfish Head brews some truly unique beers. This brew is no exception. Lemon and sea salt are quick to awaken the tounge. I would pair this with sea food definitely. I think I've discovered a summer staple.

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Nawch Hoppa
Nawch Hoppa

Rock Art Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.50% ABV

4/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 4.13
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The lace just rims the entire upper part of the glass in a full thin glaze. The smell starts off with a sweet dank onion leading on to a grassy sweet bitterness. Fully bittersweet bursting with juicy citrus and piney hops just pummeling my nose. The taste was fully bittersweet through the previously mentioned flavors and running the gamut in the aftertaste of sweet to bitter and dankiness (really sticky). On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. I’d say its a good sipper with a nice oily smooth stickiness clinging to my tongue. Overall, DIPA, its really good.

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien

BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Bière de Garde / 11.00% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 4.28
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an interesting beer. Unlike too many that I've had before. Scent of strawberries and flavors of melon, cherry and champagne vinegar. The fairly high alcohol content is fairly well masked by all that's going on. Recommended to any sour beer/lambic fans.

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Bass Pale Ale
Bass Pale Ale

Bass Brewers Limited
English Pale Ale / 5.10% ABV

3.42/5  rDev +0.9% | Avg: 3.39
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with disappearing white cap.

Mild scent of sweet malt and floral hops.

Taste on entry is malt and hops in about equal proportions. If forced I would say malt led but it's really a toss up. Malt is slightly rich and hops pleasantly floral, the whole being balanced without being exceptional.

Medium texture with matching carbonation.

It's been so long since I had the original version any direct comparison to this one would be unfair. I do feel comfortable in saying this recent bottling seems a diminished version of the British brewed original. It did go well with popcorn shrimp.

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Invasion Pale Ale
Invasion Pale Ale

Cigar City Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.00% ABV

3.5/5  rDev -10.9% | Avg: 3.93
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a becher glass. The appearance was a light semi-burnt golden amber color with a sly carbonation running up into a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head. Nice rings of lace slide in and around the glass. The smell had a light dried citrus to pine aroma combining over top of some caramel malt. The taste was semi-sweet with the bitterness displacing a well rounded malty sweet flavor. Lingering malty aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs sly with the maltiness sticking decently to my tongue. Overall, decent APA, glad I tried but see other APA’s more desirable.

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12th Of Never Ale
12th Of Never Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.50% ABV

3.45/5  rDev -13.5% | Avg: 3.99
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold colored ale with a tall puffy white head.

Smells strongly of NW style hops. Cedar and pine in equal amounts. Scent of willow tree and a faint whiff of aspirin.

Starts out mild and slightly woody and dry. Far milder tasting than it smells. Tastes of pine board and hard water. Light in the mouth and easy on the tongue, this is what you would call a lawnmower beer. Bitterness is mild. Light enough that this could pass for a lager.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a mild easy drinking beer. Don't expect a hop bomb if you buy this, it is just an easy drinking ale suitable for 4th of July relaxing.

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak

Cigar City Brewing
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.05/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.15
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: clear golden amber color with some really nice dark orange notes. head pours 1 finger off-white, pretty solid

s: tons of mango and pineapple upfront. following that is a nice woody blast and some dry crackers. caramel malts and a bit of sugary sweetness behind that. more juicy pineapple and wood kind of round out the nose here

t: caramel, tons of oak up front. grapefruit, a strong herbal bitterness, ripe mango and strawberry. very big bready flavor in here as well with a hint of dry crackers. the finish is dry and oaky

m: solid medium mouthfeel here. carbonation is low-mid

o: not quite as juicy as the nose led me to believe, but that is because the wood really shines here. oak and earthy bitterness are the main players here. i think i prefer regular Jai Alai to this, but it is still a really nice use of oak, and i would recommend it for sure

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Pineapple Mana Wheat
Pineapple Mana Wheat

Maui Brewing Co.
American Pale Wheat Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.58/5  rDev +1.1% | Avg: 3.54
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a lager glass.
Lightly hazed amber body with a good off-white head. Limited lacing.
Aroma: cooked pineapple and wheat bread
Flavor: cooked pineapple and wheat bread. Lightly sweet and tart.
Feel: Medium+ body with a surprisingly dry finish. Medium carbonation.

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Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War)
Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War)

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.10% ABV

4.1/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.12
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottled 4/14/17 poured into a tulip glass. Pours a murky orange/red with a half finger head that moves to a slim off tan lace fairly quickly. The aroma is of malt, citrus, maple...almost barleywineesque, and some pine on the finish. Like an American Saturn. The taste is right in line with the aroma. The feel is heavy, though the carbonation is fairly light. Overall, I am glad this returned, as I missed it during the original Planet series release. Here's hoping Saturn and Uranus follow.

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Wedge
Wedge

Great Rhythm Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

4.46/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.46
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received 16 oz can from brewery. Less than one week old. Description from brewers website is

( A double dry hopped IPA with El Dorado, Citra, and Mosaic hops.)

L Pours light cloudy haze with a minimal head.
S Hoppy,slight tropical smell.
T Taste follows smell. Bitter hop taste on front of tongue, little bit of malt on back of tongue The finish is dry
This drinks a lot lighter than 6.70ABV.
Very nice beer from Great Rhythm

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Full Sail ESB
Full Sail ESB

Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) / 6.50% ABV

3.5/5  rDev -5.9% | Avg: 3.72
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance has a hazy yet mostly transparent bronzed amber color. The head was about a finger and a half’s worth of white foaminess. There’s a light somewhat speckled lacing trying to show its face, but the head must last for at least a good minute before the lacing can actually be seen. The smell has a fairly decent light apple with a light vanilla and light English maltiness running about my nose in a powerful sort of way. The taste takes those previously mentioned flavors to balance with a slight bitterness very underneath (Fuggles hops, I think, I could be wrong, but I think that’s what they are). The aftertaste is very bitter and dry and has a decent crisp feel into the finish. On the palate, this one really wanted to sit at a light, but somehow showed a quality that wanted to sit at medium. Sessionable, kinda yeah, I could see it. The carbonation is really smooth if that helps. Overall, in my opinion, well, this was a fairly good ESB worthy of having again.

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