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Texas Rig!
Texas Rig!

Southern Pines Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4/5  rDev -0.2% | Score: 4.01
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of hops, malt, pine, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of a bit of citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon), some malt notes (mostly in the finish), a whole lot of hops, light pine, a little bit of caramel, and a light floral quality. This is one of the more balanced DIPA flavors I've tried recently. More hoppy than fruity. Not a groundbreaking taste, but well done.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Texas Rig is a super solid DIPA. Well made and definitely easy to drink.

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Des Moines IPA
Des Moines IPA

Confluence Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.10% ABV

3.75/5  rDev -5.3% | Score: 3.96
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Johnny Watts, thanks for the opportunity! Slightly hazy light golden color with a small but long lasting bubbly white head. Earthy minty citrus and light grass on the nose with hints of bready crackery maltiness. Flavor follws the aroma but add a bit of resinous grassy green hop to it. Pretty decent decent drinker.

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Terrapin Side Project #29: Chubby Bunny
Terrapin Side Project #29: Chubby Bunny

Terrapin Beer Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.50% ABV

3.21/5  rDev -19.1% | Score: 3.97
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Flat, black pour. Aroma is kinda odd - there is a generic sweetness, and toasted malt, but it somehow just smells like an extinguished campfire, which maybe fits the smores theme but wasn't super appealing to me. Taste is pretty sweet, not so much lactose but sugary nonetheless - maybe some marshmallow, sure, but not much graham cracker or dark chocolate. rest of the is pretty run of the milk sweet stout.

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Samuel Adams Maple Red
Samuel Adams Maple Red

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
American Amber / Red Ale / 6.20% ABV

3.2/5  rDev -11.4% | Score: 3.61
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Poured clear amber red with dark cream colored head. Sweet malts with a subtle hint of maple on the nose. Tasted a bit bitter on the front with a subtle maple sweetness on the back end. Decent red ale. Initially was concerned it would be too sweet with an overpowering maple but was pleasantly surprised. A decent offering.

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Goatmeal Stout
Goatmeal Stout

Iron Goat Brewing Co.
Oatmeal Stout / 5.60% ABV

3.96/5  rDev +2.9% | Score: 3.85
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice very dark appearance with tan head that disipates quickly. Mild nutty aroma. Taste is nutty with a coffee hint very smooth without any bitterness.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Tröegs Brewing Company
Doppelbock / 11.50% ABV

4.56/5  rDev +10.1% | Score: 4.14
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a beautiful dark copper with minimal heat that dissipates quickly.

Smell: lots going on here - boozy, molasses, bourbon, Camilla, some coconut; aroma lingers for a while.

Taste: a little lighter that I had expected but still a big beer. Lots of caramel and malts up front, touch of molasses and vanilla, hint of coconut, boozy but restrained, sweet, has an interesting, tangy finish.

Feel: full bodied and creamy.

Overall: very nice job with the barrel aging, added a nice bit of flavor to an already great beer. A bit on the expensive side but worth a try.

500ml bottle
4.5 rating
2017 bottle

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Bright W/ Nelson
Bright W/ Nelson

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

4.29/5  rDev -1.8% | Score: 4.37
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanx to rudzud, canned 10/04/17

Pours a rich foamy slight creamy head fades semi slowly, some sticky lacing, hazy murky blond orange color

Nose big bright tropical fruit, little grassy floral, bright pineapple and musty tropical papaya like, dank pine, but little musty vinous grape, citrus, little creamy wheat and malt

Taste big hops, tropical fruit little pineapple and papaya, citrus orange tangerine zest, creamy wheat soft mouth, candied tangerine, little white grape skin but musty, then white wine and grape juice, and a little spicy.

Mouth is med bod soft creamy mouth, nice fluffy carb

Overall pretty nice, some of the Nelson I expected, and some not expected but still nice.

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Beer Hunter
Beer Hunter

Robin Hood Brewing Co. (Home D Pizzeria)
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

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

Solid double - lots of stone fruit / pear / mango / assorted tropical hops, but not super-bitter, allows the malt base to play its part & highlight the hops

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Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale (Pilot Series)
Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale (Pilot Series)

Alaskan Brewing Co.
English Brown Ale / 7.00% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +7% | Score: 3.88
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel mug. Best by December 14th 2017.

L: Beautiful russet brown, quite clear, finger width light beige head has average retention.

S: Smells richly of coffee and chocolate. Faint roasty note. A little lactic too.

T: Rich, roasty coffee, chocolate is just a backnote. Quite as advertised, very nice flavor.

F: Light-Medium, crisp, lingering roasty note.

O: Pretty good beer, solid Brown Ale.

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Frost Autumn IPA
Frost Autumn IPA

Robin Hood Brewing Co. (Home D Pizzeria)
American IPA / 8.25% ABV

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

Slightly darker, copper color. Not a super-strong IPA, reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Celebration, mild PNW hops (cascade mostly) with a moderate malt backbone.

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Taps Fish House & Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.30% ABV

4.09/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.09
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brea location.
This is a must try for juicy fans.
Straw in color. Fluffy white head that settles to a consistent semi-milky layer of foam.
Smell is very fruity. Initially, I pick up some berry notes that are quickly overwhelmed by a blend of lemony citrus notes with pineapple, mango, and an earthy pine note.
Flavor is definitely bursting with lemony citrus, mango, some pineapple, and pine. I think I'm picking up a little dirty, earthy papaya as well.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. But well carbonated. Keeps a good activity level in the mouth that helps pull your palate through so many flavors.
Overall, a really tasty take on a DIPA.

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3 Floyds / Dark Horse - Oil Of Gladness
3 Floyds / Dark Horse - Oil Of Gladness

Dark Horse Brewing Company
American Barleywine / 11.00% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +10.3% | Score: 4.08
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The picture of this in the bottle looks off to me. I went to the site of the 3F brewery today and it is dark, served in a snifter... meaning it is strong and whisky -like in taste. Great taste though, and very malty -rich in flavor. I only wish I could get it closer to home.

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Noon Whistle Brewing
American IPA / 8.20% ABV

3.59/5  rDev -15.5% | Score: 4.25
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:: Arrives hazy and headless; the amber liquid leaves a string here and there

Smell: Melon, tangerine and berry tones

Taste: Melon forward, with sugary bubblegum and berry flavors building; through the middle some tangerine builds; the bitterness is restrained and the finish is on the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Somebody missed the exit for I-95 here as this is not even close to the NE IPA style; maybe in the restrained bitterness but that's about it

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Blitzkrieg Hops DIPA
Blitzkrieg Hops DIPA

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
English India Pale Ale (IPA) / 9.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +10.1% | Score: 3.86
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A slightly hazy golden-amber color with a frothy off-white head. Decent retention in the glass. I was surprised by the potent aroma right from the can - floral, citrus, and some earthy pine with faint bready malt. Really liked the taste - clean and very bitter with big floral and piney notes, balanced with a bit of citrus. The malt was present as expected but restrained and no caramel notes or sweetness. Dry and clean with well-hidden ABV.

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I Always Felt Closer To IPAs Than I Did To People
I Always Felt Closer To IPAs Than I Did To People

Evil Twin Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

4.29/5  rDev +1.4% | Score: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky medium to dark golden burnt orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate apricot + honey + dark golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of juicy tropical/mango, tropical/papaya, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/pineapple, and citrus/orange hops over the top of moderately sweet biscuit + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of biscuit + caramel malts with a just shy of moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of juicy tropical/mango, tropical/papaya, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/pineapple, and citrus/orange hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly leaving a lingering juicy hop sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of crispness upfront with a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Drinks very easily considering the strength, the alcohol is well hidden and there are some really great tropical + citrus hops flavors/aromas. Very enjoyable and I would be glad to get it again.

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Long Trail Brewing Co.
English Brown Ale / 4.40% ABV

1.9/5  rDev -48.1% | Score: 3.66
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer has a very misleading name. I expect a barn ale to be something like a saison or maybe a marzen, but not a dark coffee-chocolate porter style. Right away, the smell turned me off because I'm not a coffee drinker, and then the taste was really off-putting when I was expecting an ale. Yuk--down the drain it went. Please re-label this as porter lite.

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Sneak Box American Pale Ale
Sneak Box American Pale Ale

Kane Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.20% ABV

4.44/5  rDev +1.8% | Score: 4.36
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a juicy yellow gold with thick head and sticky lacing. Smells of citrus, hops, floral, and honey. The taste is amazing, this is ultra clean and full juice bomb, loads of citrus and hops with a sweetness that just makes it perfect. This is by far one of the best APA I have consumed.

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Double Dry Hopped Fiona
Double Dry Hopped Fiona

Listermann Brewing Company
American IPA / 5.80% ABV

3.98/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.87
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce can
Served in an oversized, stemless, wine glass

This beer pours a brown mustard color and is quite turbid. It is topped with an inch of off white head that leaves decent lacing.

It has a nice enough citrus and tropical fruit aroma.

It starts out with tropical fruit flavor. Citrus comes through the middle with fruit medley in the finish.

Medium to thin mouthfeel

This is better than Team Fiona, but I don't like it as well as Lil Jimmy or Bring the Hops as far as NEIPAs go.

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Samuel Adams Harvest Hefe
Samuel Adams Harvest Hefe

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Hefeweizen / 5.40% ABV

2.87/5  rDev -23.1% | Score: 3.73
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from JCWattsruger thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy orange gold color with a thin bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Pie spice and light banana and clove. The aromas and flavors clash for me I couldn't finish the glass.

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Czig Meister Brewing Company
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.30% ABV

3.63/5  rDev +1.7% | Score: 3.57
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught in a tavern. Served in a pint glass. It pours a pretty brownish-amber color with 1.5 fingers of foamy, bright white head and lacing that lasted through the pour. There wasn't much on the nose; just a light cracker. There was more to the taste: roasty, toasted brown bread with light but discernible spices and nuts. At the finish there was a subtle but pleasant sweetness. The feel is roasty but crisp, with pleasing carbonation. At 5.3% ABV, you can drink a few, as I did while watching the MLB playoffs. Overall, while Czig Meister's version of the classic Marzen isn't highly rated, it is well-crafted. I'm glad to see a local brewery brew this style each year. I like a roasty Marzen and this one did fine by me.

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Maine Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV

4.42/5  rDev -4.9% | Score: 4.65
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great lacing, thin cap. Slightly hazy light orange. Sharp aromas of fresh oramge, grapefruit rind, and some pine and cattiness (Simcoe?). Flavors follow with a big hit of citrus, medium low but present bitterness, and a long finish of orange and pine. Pretty dry and thin is the only real criticism, though I prefer less bitter. Really good all the way around, but decidedly not in in the super hazy NE IPA vein.

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The Shape Of Hops To Come
The Shape Of Hops To Come

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

3.78/5  rDev -11.1% | Score: 4.25
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Buck 89 for this PA native gem.
Piney, earthy, grassy with a citrus note in the nose.
Flavor is more of the same with more of a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is on the solid side for style. I like that.
Overall, all of the nuances lean to the bitter. Nothing juicy here. A little old school. I like it.

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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Miltenberger Collaboration
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Miltenberger Collaboration

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 6.10% ABV

3.79/5  rDev -4.8% | Score: 3.98
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into stein. It pours a hazy, light orange-amber with a finger of foamy, bright white head and creamy lacing. The nose is perfect for a Marzen: cracker malt, faint lemon peel, and nuts. The taste begins with some malty sweetness, followed by toast, nuts, and more spice than I anticipated. The finish is slightly bitter with discernible hop notes. There's also a touch of pepper at the finish. The feel is nicely creamy with pleasant carbonation, and an ABV of 6.1% that is above average for the style but no impediment to drinking more than one pour. Overall, while the 2017 version lives up to SN's reputation, I prefer a darker, roastier Marzen.

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Founders Harvest Ale
Founders Harvest Ale

Founders Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.60% ABV

3.97/5  rDev -6.6% | Score: 4.25
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on draft. I think this is a very good beer, but it doesn't strike me as having as much fresh hop character as I'm used to in fresh hop beers from the Pacific Northwest. It's hoppy, for sure, and dank. It's surprisingly malty, and even just a bit sweet. It's delicious, but it doesn't have that super fresh floral pop that I expect from fresh hop beers.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout
Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.90% ABV

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

Pours rich, oily, viscous, and motor oil black with a thin layer of frothy tan foam.

Rich chocolate and cocoa sweetness with a noticeable whiff of bourbon, vanilla, and barrel notes.

Chocolate comes through in flavor as well, but dark fruit notes also make themselves apparent in flavor. The barrel definitely added plenty of bourbon and vanilla notes.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, rich, dry finish.

Overall, quite an outstanding brew and well worth a sampling.

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