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Alter Ego
Alter Ego

Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.6/5  rDev +1.1% | Score: 4.55
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can date 6/13/18. Poured into a tulip. Gold/straw yellow around the edges, darker in the center. Smell: some pine, more citrus. Some onion or dank. Taste: follows the nose, but I also got a weird and very enjoyable trace of licorice, but maybe I’m crazy. Mouthfeel: where this beer shined. Some beers are better on the nose, but this one shined once you tasted it. Better than I remember. Nice job.

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Think Tank #16
Think Tank #16

Kern River Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.21/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.21
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kind of like my feelings for Kate Upton, I’m coming around to these Kern IPAs. Ya know, Blondes didn’t really do it for Raul at first, and this rocket fuel Kern IPAs didn’t really tickle Raul’s tickle for the longest time. But what we have here in Think Tank #16 is perfect subtle West Coast hoppy flavors, met by a delicate warmness that I believe I would obtain from Kate after a date.


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De-Lovely Porter
De-Lovely Porter

Urban Growler
English Porter / 5.60% ABV

4.39/5  rDev +13.4% | Score: 3.87
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprisingly good beer. It is a wonderfully drinkable porter. The beer pours dark brown - pleasant 1/4 inch white head. Greta mouthfeel - carbonation is perfect. Had one with a burger for dinner, and sipped on one for an hour late at night - great for either drinking experience. Toasty, nutty - flavorful!
Try it!

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Mixed Media
Mixed Media

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 7.50% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +0.3% | Score: 3.74
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. 1 finger of fizzy white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Grape must... white wine and summer fruits. Oak.

T/F: Light grains... very white-wine-esque.. grape and melon. Mild yeast... a bit of oak. Light bodied... some residual sugars/sweetness. Well carbonated. ABV well hidden.

O: A quirky cool beer. Definite white wine character... some residual sweetness but well balanced. Enjoyable brew.

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Heir Apparent
Heir Apparent

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout / 11.50% ABV

4.05/5  rDev -2.2% | Score: 4.14
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'll just say this is a sweet stout unlike what I have had from this brewery before. It has a hint of the char found in their other stouts. This beer starts caramel and builds to slight chocolate, massive vanilla, and heavy (but not overwhelming) pepper presence. I wanted a bit chewier, but I have to say they have melded these flavors together very well. I'd definitely recommend this beer if you see it and want a sweet chile stout.

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Little Bo Pils
Little Bo Pils

Smog City Brewing
German Pilsener / 4.40% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +16.5% | Score: 3.51
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a pale SRM 3 or so, with a nice layer of white head. The beer is very clear and a less-than-average amount of carbonation rises up the beer at a slower-than-average rate. The white head dissipates down to a thin layer after a couple minutes.
S: A strong and fairly hoppy lager aroma
T: A nice blend of hops and malt. Minimal aftertaste and not bad to the extent it's there.
F: Crisp.
O: My experience with Pilseners is limited, but this seems like a very good one.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter

Karbach Brewing Co.
American Porter / 10.80% ABV

4.39/5  rDev +1.9% | Score: 4.31
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 variant. Pours a pitch black color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. Has a nice roasted aroma with heavy bourbon, some molasses and mild chocolate. Taste follows the same route. Bourbon is a little more dialed down with more chocolate at the end. Medium to heavy bodied with mild carbonation. Very good.

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Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.79/5  rDev +1.7% | Score: 4.71
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Warm apricot and peach hues with a frothy white head and ample lacing
S: Orange marmalade, gummy peach rings, tropical, floral, and slightly dank
T: Typical Froot Loops tropical fruit bomb led handily by the Galaxy-profile of pineapples, but met by a creamy wave of piña colada on the finish
F: Soft on the palate, but very even bodied for the bold hop profile - almost a bit lighter than I would have expected
O: Another world class IPA from Tree House. An incredible tropical ride with a delicate creaminess that tastes like a more restrained and refined Milkshake-style IPA. Gggreennn makes a unique statement among the elite stable of Tree House IPAs. Awesome.

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Torcedores Series: Founder Fred's Maibock
Torcedores Series: Founder Fred's Maibock

Cigar City Brewing
Maibock / Helles Bock / 7.30% ABV

3.36/5  rDev -0.9% | Score: 3.39
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange color with lighter tangerine edges and one finger white foam head that quickly settles. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet aroma with a balance of toast, light fruit, zesty spice and sweet malt. Carmel malt sweetness along with toffee, apple light pepper, bread and biscuit.

Fuller end of medium body with strong yeast flavors. Floral and almost perfume-like with sweet rose water and slight buttery Chardonnay presence. Toffee and biscuit malt with apple and pear estery sweetness. Slightly toasted with faint coriander black pepper. Decently balanced with well masked ABV. Sessionable with only faint boozy sweetness.

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Juice Machine
Juice Machine

Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV

4.14/5  rDev -11.9% | Score: 4.7
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh can 6.12.2018 and over all good beer but fell below hype. Compared to Gggreen and very green it was in 3rd.
Over all nothing stood out , didn’t have the nice bitterness of VG not the creamy hop taste of Gggreen.

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Tiger Beer
Tiger Beer

Asia Pacific Breweries Limited
American Adjunct Lager / 5.00% ABV

3.35/5  rDev +24.1% | Score: 2.7
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 330ml bottle dated best by November 2018. Pours clear yellow with a half finger of white head. Medium feel. Tastes of grass and floral hops. Compared to all beers, this is mediocre. Compared to lagers from Southeast Asia, this is pretty good. All depends on your frame of reference.

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Straight Outta Newport... Oregon
Straight Outta Newport... Oregon

Rogue Ales
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.80% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +1.9% | Score: 4.13
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A masterful IPA, just right for a June afternoon in Oregon. Golden straw color with a nice crunchy head. Hops assert their dominance right away in the nose. Fresh citrus, yes, but also plenty of sticky, piney resins. Taste is a triumph of balance: the hop notes blaze away, standing firmly on a big stage of honey biscuit malts. Classic, crisp, creamy feel. It’s a fine brew: rich, robust, Roguish!

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Flix Brewhouse
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

4.02/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.02
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden pour. Smells of tropical fruits and dabk grass. Loaded with tropical and citrus flavors, Nebulas features Citra and Mosaic hops to create an out of this world, easy-drinking IPA.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 10.00% ABV

3.84/5  rDev +1.3% | Score: 3.79
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate burnt orange + deep golden yellow + medium bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, spicy/peppery, stone fruit/peach, floral, and citrus/lime hops over the top of moderate aromas of toasted + bready + caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of toasted + bready + caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, spicy/peppery, stone fruit/peach, floral, and citrus/lime hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness. Light flavors of alcohol in the finish as well.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with a light to moderate amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks fairly easily but there is a definite alcohol presence in both the flavor and mouthfeel. Enjoyable but not sure I could have another one of these today - a little too boozy.

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SLO Brewing Co.
Hefeweizen / 5.40% ABV

4.09/5  rDev -3.5% | Score: 4.24
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Caught off guard by how delicious and gulpable this was. Sweet, sour and bitter in balance with notes of blood orange, lemon, grapefruit, wheaty malt, grass, yeast, spice and faint hops combine. Light-medium body, medium-high carbonation. Not for hefe purists.

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Game Of Thrones: Hand Of The Queen
Game Of Thrones: Hand Of The Queen

Brewery Ommegang
English Barleywine / 10.70% ABV

4.02/5  rDev +7.5% | Score: 3.74
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep amber, nearly brown with a solid head

smell is very sweet, almost nut brown ale-y

taste is sweet and raisin-y, slight hop at the end and finishes with charred malt.

soft beer but nothing special, there are plenty of better Barleywines but this isn't bad

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Dragon's Milk
Dragon's Milk

New Holland Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV

4.47/5  rDev +10.6% | Score: 4.04
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum! Served it after letting the bottle sit at room temp for about 15 minutes. Thick, sweet, malty, dark, certainly has a bit of bourbon bite and mild bitterness. Reminds me of why I really gravitated toward stouts when I first got into beer!

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Belgian Strong Pale Ale / 8.90% ABV

4.28/5  rDev +7% | Score: 4
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, gold with plenty of carbonation. A thinner, fiamy, white head.
Smell of breadiness and crisp fruits. Taste of banana, clove, breadiness with some crisp apple/ pear. Surgar candy. Good malt as well. Lemongrass shows up. Good complexity.
All parts combing for a smooth finish. A slight burn in end. Love it.

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Sweet Jane
Sweet Jane

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.16/5  rDev +6.1% | Score: 3.92
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange with one finger of cream color head. Splotches of cream color head.
Smell is dank and some floral notes.
Taste is dank floral and some pine. Good amount of malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is lightly bitter.
Overall a nice NW IPA. Easy drinking with a lightly bitter finish.

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Schell's Goosetown Gose
Schell's Goosetown Gose

August Schell Brewing Company
Gose / 5.20% ABV

3.63/5  rDev +2.8% | Score: 3.53
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Dating stamped on bottle neck is '100618 003643'.
Clear, deep gold colored body. 1-1/2 finger white head, which settles to ring and partial cap. sheets of lacing on glass.
Bready malt aroma with lemon and coriander.
Taste has the lemon and coriander, along with a bit of salt. Solid bready malt at the back.
Light mouth feel, quite refreshing. Good carbonation. Dry finish.
Good for summer sessions, but on the bland side.

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Berliner Weisse - Passionfruit Peach
Berliner Weisse - Passionfruit Peach

North Coast Brewing Co.
Berliner Weissbier / 4.10% ABV

3.89/5  rDev -3.5% | Score: 4.03
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a glossy burnt yellow semi-copper color. It started with a finger and a half's worth of white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. No lace.
The aroma, well, for as many times I sniffed this beer, I swear the peach is in front of the passion fruit. And the peach is soemwhat sweet and fleshy. Just a whiff of tart to sour hay to wheatiness.
The flavor leans a touch sweet but some sour-ness is trying to escape through the sweet fruits. Once again, the passion fruit plays second fiddle in this song. Mild aftertaste of peach, sour fruit skin, and a slight grainy hay to wheat character.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt decent, somewhat low. ABV felt appropriate. Slight sticky fruit skin on the finish.
Overall, this could be a fruit beer depending upon how one looks at it. The wheatiness, honestly seemed a touch 'off.' I mean, I guess I'm used to a stronger and fully "sour-ed" wheatiness like a true Berliner weisse should have. But yet, this beer provided enough enjoyable traits in other departments that I would want to have again. Consider my numbers and rating to have a slight bias in this beer and not necessarily to style.

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Samarbeid 1.01
Samarbeid 1.01

Hubbard's Cave Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.20% ABV

3.92/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.96
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 6/8/18; drank 6/17/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull yellow/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE eggshell head; almost no lace.

Passionfruit & dry wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Passionfruit & dry wheat flavors up front; faint booze heat notes emerged as this warmed.

The passionfruit is notable, but this is a bit simple & dry. Not bad, but not one I'll seek out again.

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Deep Summer
Deep Summer

Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Herbed / Spiced Beer / 4.80% ABV

3.25/5  rDev -5.8% | Score: 3.45
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks and drinks like an American style iced tea. Clear reddish brown, headless, laceless - meh to look at. Hibiscus is quite noticeable, some spice, but not much. Slightly spritzy in character, dry on the palate.

Soft drinking stuff, low alcohol, inoffensive enough that you could drink a ton of this and even fool someone into thinking they weren't drinking beer.

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Hand Of Glory
Hand Of Glory

Holy Mountain Brewing Company
English Barleywine / 13.00% ABV

4.8/5  rDev +3.7% | Score: 4.63
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent, the tasting group had it blind against the likes of Aaron, Great, ADWTD cognac and double oak, Brew 2000, Anabasis ----- this was hands down the best barleywine of the night, the best I've ever had. so much toffee/caramel- barrel complexity for days!

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Totally Chill Hazy IPA
Totally Chill Hazy IPA

Hopworks Urban Brewery
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4/5  rDev +7.5% | Score: 3.72
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with one finger of white head.
Smell is dank and floral.
Taste is floral and dank with a fair amount of malts.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. The finish is mildly bitter.
Overall a tasty Hazy IPA.

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