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Blood Orange Lorenzini Double IPA
Blood Orange Lorenzini Double IPA

Maui Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

3.92/5  rDev +2.9% | Score: 3.81
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My local, in-person trader, tone77, has expressed some CANcern about my backlog, especially as it pertains to ones that he has dropped off for The CANQuest (tm). I am doing my best to plow through & get caught up. Disappointingly, there are many without approved pics & my trusty camera has died! Some are just going to have to wait until I CAN procure a replacement.

From the CAN: "Island Brewed"; "Limited Release"; "India Pale Ale brewed with local citrus and blood orange juice"; "20 (deg.) 44' N 156 (deg.) 26' W"; "Island Brewed"; "Crafted with passion from the heart of paradise. We are an innovative and independent brewery. Welcome to the 'ohana."

As a Haole, it is always exciting to see Maui CANs wash up here on the mainland for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm)! I beCAN with a loud Crack! since their lids tend to be a heavier grade than most. A Gussie Busch Glug followed, producing just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky head with decent retention that left a load of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was a CANbination of pine resin, grapefruit & orange, making my hophead mouth begin to water. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was interesting in that, although Blood Orange was given top billing, the pine resin was the primary flavor. The citrusiness of the blood orange and the grapefruit flavors blended nicely throughout, giving the beer a very pithy quality. Make no mistake, this was quite bitter, but that is why I gravitate to AIPAs & DIPAs in the first place. Finish was dry and bitter with a lingering citrusiness. Mmm.

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Scoopshot IPA
Scoopshot IPA

Sisyphus Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.87/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scoopshot India Pale Ale. 7% ABV. 60 IBU. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

I said I'd stop drinking milkshake IPAs. Maybe this one from Sisyphus is different from the others.? Maybe I'll like this one.

Hazy, golden-hued, lush ivory head above, looking good.

In the nose: Bright hoppy flavors, pine, tropical tones, yet soft, smooth. Creamy, fruity, mmm.

In the mouth: A burst of tropical notes on the palate, pineapple-y, fruity, creamy, delightful, yum. There's plenty of hop flavor, but practically no bitterness. Juicy. Sweet. And along comes the vanilla. Medium-boded, easy drinking. Uh, huh.

Okay, so I don't hate it. But, I won't return to it, unless there's nothing else around. I need that old time IPA. The bitter, hoppy ones. I love those. Those are the good ones.

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Gin Barrel Aged Saison w/Guava
Gin Barrel Aged Saison w/Guava

Sisyphus Brewing
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.70% ABV

3.96/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.77
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gin & Guava. 5.7% ABV. Saison aged in gin barrels, with guava puree added. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Clear, bright golden color, slim, swiftly departing head.

In the nose: Fruity phenolics. Tropical and plush. Like it.

In the mouth: Sweet and fruity. And here comes the booze. Tasty tango going on here. Plump and luscious. There's a saison here somewhere, covered in guava and gin, and it's alright. I enjoyed this one all the way down.

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Et Tu Brut IPA
Et Tu Brut IPA

Sisyphus Brewing
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

3.89/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.87
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brut IPA. 7.2% ABV. 65 IBU. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Another new IPA style? Again? Already? What? Several local breweries have made their version, and this is Sisyphus'. I was confused after I brought it home, because I misread the label and though I had the Brett IPA. Opened it up, started drinking, and with half the crowler in the my glass realized that this tastes nothing like Brett IPA. There's enough left to do a review, so here we go:

Clouded, bright golden hue, sizable, stable head of ivory foam.

In the nose: Citrus and tropical tones. Muted, less emboldened. Mellow. Very cool.

In the mouth: Bold, fresh, fruity flavors, but subdued, not harsh or bold in the least. Some bitterness, but kept on a leash. Ending on a very dry, even brittle side of things. Balances between fruit sweetness and very dry finish. An interesting experiment. Not sure how much I care for it. Definitely better than the previous crop of IPA extensions (milkshake, NE-style, etc.).

I don't mind this. But, I still like more bitterness in my IPA. Because that's what they're for. But if you like an IPA that's more like champagne, be my guest.

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This Beers For  Jay
This Beers For Jay

Sisyphus Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

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

This Beer's For Jay IPA. 7% ABV, 64 IBU. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Clear, bright golden hued, lace-leaving ivory foam above.

In the nose: citrus and pine, pineapple and lime, with a little bit of tropical fruit on the side.

In the mouth: blast of bitterness starts it off, riding waves of fruit. Medium-bodied, clean, easy drinking. Traces of melon mixes with the citrus. Tasty little IPA. And you can drink it. Hats off to Jay.

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Monk’s Bread
Monk’s Bread

Sisyphus Brewing
Belgian Dark Ale / 4.80% ABV

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

Monk's Bread Belgian Pale Ale. 4.8% ABV, 17 IBU. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Clear, crimson-colored, slim off white head.

In the nose: bread-y, toasty, Belgian yeast. Malt giving off caramel touches, hops display stone fruit and citrus. Sweet treat.

In the mouth: Caramel, toast, minor hop bitterness. Sweet and malty, but well-balanced. Medium bodied, long malty finish. Tasty stuff, and exquisitely drinkable. Quite a nice rendition of the Belgian pale ale. I'll be polishing off this crowler in no time at all.

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BA Dubbel Trubel
BA Dubbel Trubel

Sisyphus Brewing
Dubbel / 8.00% ABV

4.21/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.99
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Barrel-aged Dubbel Trubbel. 8% ABV, 40 IBU. Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis, MN.

Deeply crimson colored, utterly opaque, slim, short-lived, beige-ish head.

In the nose: all kinds of big and rich, major doses of dark fruit, plums aplenty, and more from raisins, dates, and let's not forget grapes. Wow, this one has it all, true believers. Depth and complexity all in a row.

In the mouth: Massive malt flavors, rich wine barrel additions. Long lasting flavors, full bodied. So many flavors. Take all those notes from aroma and plop them on the palate. Beautiful blend of red wine barrels and one of my favorite Belgian styles, the abbey triple. This is flat-out tasty. As heck.

I am digging this big-time. Yummy. Delicious. And intoxicating. Oh, yeah.

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Cherry Jane
Cherry Jane

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 5.50% ABV

4.17/5  rDev +5.3% | Score: 3.96
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into chalice good 1 finger pink head recedes quickly to a pool then dissipates, good lacing. Clear red in the glass, like a good old cherry koolaid. Smells of lactic, lemon and cherry, there is a mild underlying funk peeking out. Taste is initially smooth cherry, lemon, with a big cherry tart dry finish. The nicest part of this beer is there is a lingering cherry finish on the palate, which pretty much makes this just awesome in some respects. Another solid one hitter, going to have to hide this from my daughters, they will demolish it.

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Hazy Like A Fox
Hazy Like A Fox

New Realm Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.40% ABV

3.99/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.99
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can poured into a tulip glass. Canned 8/1, enjoyed 8/11.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, decent white head with minimal lacing. Aromas of pineapple, mandarins and tangerines. Not jumping out of the glass, but it’s there.
Taste follows with ripe pineapple, tangerines, orange, definite hop presence with a light lactose sweetness and a bitterness on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel, yet very dry actually. Solid offering from New Realm. My favorite beer I’ve had from them by far. Not the best NE Style example but it’s certainly a start in the right direction.

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König Pilsener
König Pilsener

König-Brauerei GmbH
German Pilsener / 4.90% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +9.8% | Score: 3.78
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My mom's family is from Duisburg/Hamborn and this was one of my favourite beers in Germany! A properly poured draught of this nectar is something to savour and in Duisburg, they do pour it right! Perfect to slake the thirst of working in the steel mills at Thyssen.

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Löwenbräu Original
Löwenbräu Original

Löwenbräu AG
Munich Helles Lager / 5.20% ABV

2.72/5  rDev -17.1% | Score: 3.28
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brewed by Labatt here in Canada! Overall it is better than macro Canadian lagers but way below Hacker Pschorr Münchner Gold Hell or Spaten Münchner Hell. Too light tasting compared to the real thing!
The real thing in Germany is actually a decent lager brewing it in Canada hasn't done it any favours but it is well priced!

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Crooked Run Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.1/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer has a hazy appearance with a reddish brown and a slightly pinkish beige topping of loose foam. Head retention is good and lacing is slick. It's aroma has a solid citrus and floral hop presence over light malt. These hops don't add much in the way of flavor however. I get an interesting mildly sour/tart cherry flavor note over a sweet vanilla and almond pastry like malt base. Hop flavor and bitterness are very distant and the finish is light and clean. Mouthfeel is medium with balanced carbonation. My overall feeling is that it seems like two beers in one. IPA in the nose and sour on the tongue.

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Bruery Terreux
Gueuze / 5.60% ABV

4.12/5  rDev -1.7% | Score: 4.19
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L) Pours a straw colored, opaque, golden hue with a little bit of head retention and lacing

S) The smell is ripe with stone fruit, in particular, apricot, and other juicy citrus fruits. Very acidic, but nothing that makes the nose too aggressive.

T) The tongue on this brew include a ton of unripe stone-fruit, including apricot, white peach, and even a bit of sour mango. The taste is incredibly tart, yet refreshing.

F ) The mouthfeel on this brew is uncharacteristically full bodied for the style, but I refused to complain. I love a tart and full bodied sour. The carbonation is also perfect for the style.

O) This is an easy recommendation to any sour lovers that can get their hands on this brew. Again, be ready for unripe, tart juice, and lots of stone fruit and citrus, cause this brew really brings it.

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R&D Kriek
R&D Kriek

New Glarus Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 7.60% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +3.4% | Score: 4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour at new Glarus brewery. Dark red body white head. Smells of cherries and oak. Boatloads of cherrys with light oak & funk. Lightbody with low carbonation. Carbonation is adequate. Semi dry finish. This kriek is incredible. It’s better than 2010 bourbon barrel kriek!

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Sour Pineapple
Sour Pineapple

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 6.10% ABV

4.66/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.66
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sour and pineapple. Need I say more? The sweetness of the pineapple worked well against the tartness of the brew otherwise. Really though, the pineapple was front and center for this brew and was damn good.

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Krush Sally w/Berries and Mint
Krush Sally w/Berries and Mint

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 5.80% ABV

3.93/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.93
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not heavy on the sourness, which allows the berry and mint flavors to show up...lightly. More or less like a mint/berry wine cooler than anything. Works alright though!

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The Fox and the Hunted Coffee
The Fox and the Hunted Coffee

18th Street Brewery
American Porter / 5.20% ABV

4.22/5  rDev +7.1% | Score: 3.94
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark/roasted malts, fruit, coffee and big acidity. The flavor is coffee, dark malts, fruit/dark fruit/mild raisins and an acidic/slightly sweet finish.

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Leo V. Ursus: Wookus
Leo V. Ursus: Wookus

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American Black Ale / 8.20% ABV

4.06/5  rDev -2.2% | Score: 4.15
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a hint of ruby tinge, and 5 finger of beige head.

Smells of coco, chocolate, milk, pine and rust.

Tastes of coco, chocolate, chocolate milk, and a hint of pine and citrus.

Medium body, little carbonation.

Got at World Market, Redding, drinking in Chico CA, Aug 13th, 2018. Very chocolate and malt forward.

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Bock Beer
Bock Beer

Yoerg Brewing Company
Bock / 6.10% ABV

3.46/5  rDev -7.7% | Score: 3.75
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L-Black with brown highlights...big frothy tan head.

S-Black licorice, burnt toast, toffee, and a touch of maple syrup.

T-Unsweetened dark chocolate, toffee, a hints of black licorice, caramel and molasses.

F-Medium bodied. Ample carbonation. Lacks the clean body of a lager.

O-KarlHungus nailed it on his review. Definitely closer to a Baltic Porter than a Bock. Decent enough beer but perhaps an old school American made bock (which may have been closer to Baltic Porters in their day). Scoring it a little above average because its not bad beer...just off the mark for style..

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Swim Good
Swim Good

HenHouse Brewing
American Blonde Ale / 4.80% ABV

3.78/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.78
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light, pretty thin. Some tea flavors. Easily drinkable, but one of the more nondescript brews for this brewery's line. Either way, nice on a hot day or in a flight.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock

Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Rauchbier / 6.60% ABV

3/5  rDev -27.5% | Score: 4.14
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Intense smoke flavor and smell, feels like there should be some anise flavor added (first rauchbier I have had, so maybe not). Light body. I would share this with a couple friends and pair it with something that goes with the smokey flavor.

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Hop Hunter
Hop Hunter

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

3.88/5  rDev -4.4% | Score: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, copper filtered with lots of carbonation, and 2 fingers of whitish head.

Aroma of hops fills the air upon opening the bottle. Pine, citrus, and lemon zest. A closer look reveals pineapple, mangos and yellow jello.

The taste is predominately yellow jello, pineapple, and big grapefruit pith like bitterness.

Medium body with medium carbonation. A little light for what I was expecting.

Got this at the brewery in Chico, drinking it here in Chico CA, August 13th, 2018.

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La Cabra Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.04/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.29
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can traded from BA user Beerchaeology. Canned 6/25/18. Snifter pour.

Hazy though not juicy appearance, bright gold, with a fluffy head of 2 fingers.

Dank, piney, ashy pot aromas from the Simcoe coming straight forward, with slight lemon and grapefruit aroma.

The hop profile kind of clashes, rather than compliments; with lots of bright fruit assumed to be from Idaho #7 (orange, grapefruit, lemon gummy bear), with the pine resins and wet grass, slight ash/bark, and dank pot of Simcoe. That being said it still drinks real easy, and has a lot of flavor to offer. Simcoe does not always play easy with other hops and it's quite a balancing act - this is an example of that.

Feel is acidic and highly carbonated but not overly so, with resins hanging tight.

Overall, it's making me re-think a bulk purchase of Simcoe, man that hop takes over everything. It's very dank and pot-like, with the Idaho 7 brightening things up a bit, but the profile still clashes a bit. However - I think you should check this one out if you get a chance. It's flavorful in spades and has a lot of dank and pithy flavors.

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Blood Belt
Blood Belt

Southern Star Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.30% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +5.7% | Score: 3.87
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out orange brown in color. head is off white and is going rather quickly. Lacing is minimal but present.

I cant really say anything other than this beer smells like Hawaiian punch.

Taste like fruit punch with a hop bitterness in the back of the through. Aftertaste is also of fruit punch. Burp as well.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and wet with very refreshing carbonation.

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Trail No. 3 (Mohawk Lakes)
Trail No. 3 (Mohawk Lakes)

Outer Range Brewing Co
American IPA / 7.30% ABV

4.02/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

great beer, cooler can though, the label unrolls off the can to form a map, so cool. must be a pretty heady spot too, my buddy who knows everywhere in colorado was unfamiliar with the destination! this one is lower alcohol than the other two in this trail series, but its the heaviest to drink on, easily the most hazy and full of sediment, this one is real dense, more so than i generally find appealing, but the hop profile is great. southern cross and simcoe and some others, mosaic and wakatu, but its the first two there that jump out at me, southern cross interesting and fruity like little rip wild strawberries and honey, and the simcoe with its high alpha grapefruity vibe, a cool mix for sure, and they are just about as good in the flavor as they are in the nose, cantaloupe, marijuana, and passion fruit la croix water come to mind. a touch sweet, made heavy by all the starchy dense malt in here, huge wheat bill here i would think, full of sediment but the enjoyable and intense hop profile keeps me drinking it. it doesnt warm up real well, falls apart a bit, but i like the hop combination and flavor, i just wish they could get that into a clear ipa that hovers around 6% abv, then they would have crafted the perfect beer! this series has been a lot of fun though, and outer range keeps on kicking butt!

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