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Double Shush
Double Shush

Frost Beer Works
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

3.9/5  rDev -7.6% | Score: 4.22
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not going to write a full review as I feel this can is a little old, and thus perhaps behind its prime. Will write one when I get a fresh can soon.

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Trickster IPA
Trickster IPA

Green Man Brewery
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.5/5  rDev -13.6% | Score: 4.05
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden, big white head; hoppy aroma; hoppy, grassy taste; Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

I had about a third of a can in a tasting session after sampling several other IPAs. I probably need to give this one another go.

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Leaves Of Grass: July 15, 2016
Leaves Of Grass: July 15, 2016

Hill Farmstead Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale

3.94/5  rDev -4.6% | Score: 4.13
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, July 15, 2016 on the front of the label, no information about bottle date, poured into a 12oz white wine glass.

The beer pours a bright golden color, lightly cloudy with a soapy finger of white head, minimal retention and no lacing of substance. The aroma is pleasant, bright and delicate, floral and herbal, lightly citrusy with some pale grain, light funk and soft oak. The flavors are good, the yarrow brings out some nice floral and herbal qualities, like standing in a meadow, delicate and inviting floral bouquet, citrus rind, a bit of white grape, vinous wine barrel, lightly acidic, pleasantly tart with a more hearty, but still light and pale malt bill. The mouthfeel is good, coating and creamy medium body that has a nice liveliness, crisp and bubbly with a tart finish.

Verdict: A good saison from Hill Farmstead. The yarrow is a very pleasant adjunct, brightens the beer up nicely and the floral character is well presented without being too medicinally herbal. The balance is well struck and for anyone who likes a nice floral and vinous beer, this works nicely.

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Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser Double IPA
Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser Double IPA

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.40% ABV

3.61/5  rDev -5% | Score: 3.8
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Clear, darker amber look with 1-finger foamy white head. Light carbonation with good lacing and retention.
S - Bready malt but really nothing much else.
T - follows the nose with caramel malt. Pretty bitter and alcohol warmth.
F - fairly crisp on the tongue. Full mouth feel.
O - This one really warms me up. I feel like I couldn’t find consistency with this beer but I’d like it.

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Frog Brothers
Frog Brothers

Twin Elephant Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.90% ABV

3.99/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.89
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled and reviewed at the brewery. It pours an orange-ruby color with a thin, ecru head and a thin sheen of lacing. It features a nice farmhouse smell of strawberry, apple, pear, banana, clove, and coriander. What a nice flavor! It opens with big red berry, along with banana, apple, pear, raisin, clove, pepper, and Belgian spicing. The finish is slightly sour. All of the tastes blend really well. It's crisp and lite with pleasant carbonation, and the 6.9% ABV gives it a nice kick. Overall, this is a nicely-crafted and appealing farmhouse ale. I only wish that Twin Elephant's outdoor seating area was open because Frog Brothers should be quaffed outside with good friends and lively conversation. Props for brewing a red farmhouse ale!

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IPA
IPA

Stone Brewing
American IPA / 6.90% ABV

3.54/5  rDev -15.9% | Score: 4.21
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, white foamy head, persistent, very lacy; Aromatic, fruity; Sweet, medium hoppy; Tangy; Good with with a strong aftertaste.

My initial impression is so far below the BA average, I should try this one again to see if it can change my mind.

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Darkness - High West Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged (2015)
Darkness - High West Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged (2015)

Surly Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV

4.44/5  rDev -1.8% | Score: 4.52
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark as fuck. They should have named this beer "darkness". Oh. Wait...
Smell: Is that olives? Ok, i know there are no olives in this beer, but it has a hint of it on the nose. Probably the tart cherries giving that smell.
Taste: Wow. There's a lot going on in this beer. If there was any chocolate or coffee in this beer, it's gone. The cherries and raisins have dominated over the lesser flavors.
Mouthfeel: Viscous, like an imperial stout should be.
Overall: This is definitely one of the more unique imperial stouts i've had. Definitely recommended.

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Imaginary Friends
Imaginary Friends

Prairie Artisan Ales
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.96/5  rDev -2.7% | Score: 4.07
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the OKC location.

Hazy orange with a smooth white froth that tops out just above the rim.

Big orange and lemon zest and juice across the tongue before a faint bitterness makes it's play to the finish.

Light in body and well-carbonated.

Excellent brew. Why isn't it on the shelf?

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Independent Pilsner
Independent Pilsner

Coppertail Brewing Co.
German Pilsener / 5.10% ABV

3.6/5  rDev -2.7% | Score: 3.7
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale golden, white head, somewhat persistent, lacy; rich slightly pungent aroma; Foamy crisp mouthfeel; Stay, smooth, mild hops, a faintly soapy but not objectionably so (my bottle was two months past its best-by date);

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Speedway Stout
Speedway Stout

AleSmith Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV

5/5  rDev +14.2% | Score: 4.38
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could give this beer a 6 I would. My opinion is that this beer is the best beer I have ever drank!! No after taste. The flavors of coffee and Malt are well balanced. It is not extremely heavy like other 12%’ers are. So it’s not going to make you feel full. This beer is well balanced in every aspect. I recommend this beer to everyone no matter what your preference is. Cheers!!! And thank you Ale Smith!

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Froth
Froth

Twin Elephant Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

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

On draught at the brewery. Pint pour. It pours an opaque, dirty gold color with a very thin milk-white head and minimal lacing. It has a fragrant smell of tangerine, lemon, tropical fruit, onion, oats, and floral hops. The oats provide a sweet, almost honey, taste that balances nicely with the tart citrus and flavorful blend of Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, and Hohatu hops, and a hint of tropical fruit. The hops are bitter but do not have a strong bite. The finish features strong pepper notes. This ale is medium-bodied with lively carbonation and the 6.8% ABV gives it substance without distracting. Overall, this is a solid American IPA but it lacks the wow factor of some of Twin Elephant's recent offerings.

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Bee Fruitful
Bee Fruitful

Heist Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.60% ABV

4.44/5  rDev +2.1% | Score: 4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3.23.18

“Bee nice to bees”

Can poured into a teku glass, frothy two finger white foam cap, yellowy orange hazy liquid, some lacings

Aroma of candied citrus, orange peel, tangerine

Citrus hop , mildly sweet , good hop taste

Hop taste without the bite

Another great heist beer

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Game Of Thrones: Winter Is Here
Game Of Thrones: Winter Is Here

Brewery Ommegang
Witbier / 8.30% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +6.9% | Score: 3.91
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow with orange hues and a billowy white froth.

Smells of orange zest, wheat, cardamom and grapefruit.

Tastes of lemon zest, pear, white grape and a bit of grain in the background. There's an undercurrent of gum and candy.

Light to medium in body. Dry then creamier as it warms. Has a faint spicy alcohol heat in the finish.

Classic goodness.

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Pizza Port / Three Floyds - Shredd Session
Pizza Port / Three Floyds - Shredd Session

Pizza Port Carlsbad
American IPA / 5.00% ABV

3.97/5  rDev -2.5% | Score: 4.07
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge flaky bubbles on the pour, not much consistency. aroma is delicious and hoppy and the flavor is easy-going and round. easy to drink, and probably the best Pizza Port-affiliated brew i've had. i dont much like most of their stuff.... love the Three Floyds though!!

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Whole Leaf Magic
Whole Leaf Magic

Kane Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.90% ABV

3.95/5  rDev -1.7% | Score: 4.02
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at a restaurant, paired with a burger. It pours a slightly hazy, bright golden color, with a small bright white head and minimal lacing. The nose was rather subdued - dank and mostly lemon, grapefruit, pine needles, and floral hops. The taste is also quite dank with tart citrus offset by sweet oats and strong, fairly bitter Mosaic and Citra hops. It's spartan but still quite flavorful. This ale is surprisingly viscous, oily, and chewy. It's lightly carbonated and potent with an ABV of 7.9% Overall, it's flavorful and rather unique. This may be a one-off from Kane but I'm glad to have tried it.

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Freshly Picked Citra
Freshly Picked Citra

Southern Swells Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

4.39/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.39
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

“A bright and soft NE IPA packed with generous amounts of Citra hops.”

Seemed to be the most popular offering at the brewery judging by the number of glasses filled with this bright yellow super thick liquid. This is obviously delicious since it’s brewed with Citra but I actually preferred Karate in the Garage. This is a bit one-sided and a tad too bitter. Still great nonetheless.

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Florence Wheat Saison
Florence Wheat Saison

Hill Farmstead Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.00% ABV

1.55/5  rDev -63.2% | Score: 4.21
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

750bottle dated 7/19/17 purchased at the brewery on 4/18/18 and poured on 4/21/18. It was as though I had poured glasses of Mountain Dew, let the carbonation decrease and added salt water. The wife took 2 sips and poured it down the drain and I had trouble finishing half. Was the problem a bad bottle or was 10 months too long? I suspect the latter and if true, shame on Hill Farmstead. Sign says all sales are final where you pay before your order is filled, so no recourse. Glad we only had 1 bottle and will not be making a return trip.

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Preserve & Protect
Preserve & Protect

Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
American IPA / 7.80% ABV

4.46/5  rDev +3.2% | Score: 4.32
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a juicy looking and super hazy orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like tangerine, candied orange, weed, grass, and grapefruit.

This stands up to their biggest DIPA guns (Swish and Reciprocal). It's a big juicy blast, with lots of sweet tangerine and orange candy, a bit of weedy dankness on the back end, grassy bitterness, and the requisite grapefruit. It's a classic DIPA through and through- most everything you want in the style, really.

This is surprisingly light bodied and drinkable, with a good level of carbonation.

Bissell knows how to massage those hop cones, and knows how to bring the hazebois to the yard. This is great.

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Strawberry Provance
Strawberry Provance

Beachwood Blendery
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV

3.86/5  rDev -5.9% | Score: 4.1
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, 2017 release, poured into a 12oz white wine glass.

The beer pours a bright orange color, light amber, straw hues, cloudy with a foamy white head, about two fingers tall with minimal retention and no lacing of note. The aroma is pleasant, soft strawberry, light funk, lemon acidity, pale grain, light peppercorn and some lightly floral character. The flavors are very good, bright strawberry, lemon peel, fruity funk, soft oak, mineral water, pale grain, peppercorn and a lightly earthy floral character. The mouthfeel is good, vibrant and lively lighter body, crisp and very carbonated that coats well and finishes with a tart and dry bite.

Verdict: A nice strawberry wild ale from Beachwood Blendery. Strawberry is such a delicate fruit and the flavor can be overshadowed so easily but this is done very well, the strawberry is very distinct and with the funkiness almost imparts a strawberries and cream type flavor, nice beer.

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Engram
Engram

Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
American Pale Wheat Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.76/5  rDev -9.4% | Score: 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dull and hazy light yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like wheat, grass, piney hops, orange, and grapefruit rind.

This is definitely tasty, but it's comparatively a little boring compared to other Bissell beers I've had. There's lots of wheat flavor, which kind of drowns out any attempted hop flavor. There's a crispy malt character, and it's certainly very drinkable, but I don't get much hop flavor other than slight orange and piney hop bitterness.

This is light bodied, crisp and very clean, with a typical level of carbonation. It's very drinkable- goes down super easy.

This isn't Bissell's best, as it's bit pedestrian and boring. It's not bad, though, and I was able to easily finish it.

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Stone / NOFX  Punk In Drublic Hoppy Lager
Stone / NOFX Punk In Drublic Hoppy Lager

Stone Brewing
American Pale Lager / 5.80% ABV

3.94/5  rDev +7.9% | Score: 3.65
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used to kill the record in my skating days, and would have never imagined a beer would be named after it.

Clear and brassy with a finger of fluffy white froth that tops out right above the rim of a pils glass. Aroma of straw with a squirt of lemon, other light fruits and zest. A slight caramel sweetness is followed by a generous hit of herbal hops and finishes with crackery notes and more light fruits.

Really easy going down, a touch dry only at the end, and if you're not careful you may lose track after a few and end up punk and disorderly.

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Big Small World
Big Small World

Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.50% ABV

4.4/5  rDev +6.5% | Score: 4.13
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a bright and hazy light orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells soft, fruity and tropical, with oats, biscuity malt, mango, pineapple, and sweet grapefruit.

Bissell continues to be legendary at low alcohol hoppy beers. The flavor here is killer, and doesn't betray the fact it's only 5.5% ABV. There's lots of soft tropical exotic "down-under" hop flavors- peach, mango, sweet grapefruit, with soft creamy wheat and pine, and a bit of biscuity malt flavor. The oats add a nice creamy flavor.

This is light bodied, but still rich and creamy, which is great. There's a normal level of carbonation.

I really dig this one- I can count on these guys to make sessionable beers that are delicious.

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20th Anniversary Double IPA
20th Anniversary Double IPA

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

3.81/5  rDev -8.9% | Score: 4.18
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, apricot color. Good streaky 3D lace from a mild head.

Mellow, mostly soft malt.

The taste is more harsh than the smell with a bitter, black pepper hop. Thinner body with a higher carbonation. Good bitter finish with a lengthy aftertaste.

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Matisse
Matisse

Night Shift Brewing
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.80% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +5.9% | Score: 3.92
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can, into a tulip glass....3/22/18 stamped on the bottom

Pours with a medium haze, lighter, yellowy, off white and frothy cap, lasting and leaving thicker low sheeting and spotty lacing. Last pours adds a bunch of yeasty cloudiness and a hint of nuts on the, crisp, bright and peppery sniff

Super flavorful, crisp and bright brew, with some moderate sour bite, notes of pepper, yeast, and floral goodness...aggressive and highly enjoyable take on the style.....bring on the cheese, bread and salads,,,,well done and well worth a try.

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Stone / Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube  Merc Machine
Stone / Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube Merc Machine

Stone Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

4.08/5  rDev -1.4% | Score: 4.14
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells piney. Tastes sweet. Flavor is is a nice balance of honey, Pune & citrus. Feel is a bit thin, not not much carbonation, not much alcohol detected but a one pint, 8 oz bottle with nake your head spin around a few times.

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