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Premium Lager
Premium Lager

Kulshan Brewing Company
American Pale Lager / 5.00% ABV

3.73/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 3.79
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can received courtesy of beertunes. According to the stamp on the bottom, it's best by 9/9/17.

Poured into a Bristol Brewing shaker pint glass, this was a clear, golden color, with a modest white head that dropped fairly quickly.

Mildly sweet malts are the dominant aroma. There's a little bit of grassy hoppiness.

Crackery malt flavor leads the flavor parade, but not in a big way. Then a mild,.grassy and herbal hop flavor that forms up with the malts and together they tiptoe out to the finish, which is very slightly dry.

Light bodied, with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little low.

A decent pale lager, but nothing to seek out, unless you come across it while heading out to a barbecue or pool party on a warm summer day.

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Damsel In Distress
Damsel In Distress

Perrin Brewery
Roggenbier / 10.00% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +5.5% | Avg: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a stange. Bottled late 2016. Had 2/18/17.

Pours a caramel/cola color, semi opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. The smell gives you a big sour blast at first, but that settles down. Rye, malt, some rum, vinegar, caramel, a shot of dill pickle. No matter how I just made it sound, it smells pretty good. The taste also is rye forward, then malt, caramel, rum, oak. A light sourness throughout, a little sweet note on the finish. Smooth, creamy, a solid body, well carbonated.

Loved this one. Great flavor, interesting aroma, very well crafted. The rum barrels are subtle overall, and it's not as sour as expected. Well worth a purchase. Perrin does some great stuff.

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Summer IPA
Summer IPA

Smuttynose Brewing Company
American IPA / 5.00% ABV

3.82/5  rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.77
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2017's Summer IPA, from a can that says both 5.5% and (on the bottom) 5.8%. Best by 11/11, so likely canned 5/11/17. Pours a slightly hazed golden color with one finger of white foam, settles slowly, a few rings of lace behind. Smell: apricot and pineapple upfront, background is a little honey and cereal grains, notes of candied lemon peel and grass. Taste: grainy (cereal grains) back, grassy, apricot, lemon-lime. A laid back easy drinker but with a decent amount of flavor at a low ibu.

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Jibe Session IPA
Jibe Session IPA

Green Flash Brewing Co.
American IPA / 4.00% ABV

3.91/5  rDev +4.5% | Avg: 3.74
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can.

A: Hoppy with aromas of citrus, light pine, and dank.

A: Golden color, clear, with a thin white uniform head that has decent retention with very light lacing in the glass.

T: Hop flavors upfront with citrus, pine, dank and resin with a light hop bitterness and dry finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer has lots of hop aromas and full flavor with very little accompanying alcohol, though it drinks more like an XPA. All in all, very easy to drink and sessionable.

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King Of Hop Mango Habanero Imperial IPA
King Of Hop Mango Habanero Imperial IPA

Starr Hill Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.50% ABV

3.59/5  rDev +0.6% | Avg: 3.57
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mango's, sweet. Taste is spicy. I didn't get the habanero in the aroma, but there is plenty in the flavor. There is light mango, moderate bitterness, and more heat, but not overpowering. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent twist on this style.

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Saison Aux Baies Ameres
Saison Aux Baies Ameres

Left Hand Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.80% ABV

3.58/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 3.64
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can bb 11/6/17 poured into a tulip
A: Gold with a pink tinge with a one-finger head and plenty of bubbles
S: Belgian yeast, a touch bready, floral with generic fruit notes
T: Belgian yeast, banana and a touch of what I presume is the chokecherry
M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation
O: Overall a pleasant but unmemorable saison, I wish the chokecherry was more prevalent

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Dragon's Milk
Dragon's Milk

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

4.59/5  rDev +15.6% | Avg: 3.97
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. It looks dark caramel in the glass. It smells like bananas, clove and honey. The taste is a little overly sweet, like toffee. The sweetness clings on a little too tightly. Overall, a beer to experience every so often, but not a regular treat.

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Sideway
Sideway

Martin City Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.80% ABV

3.75/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.76
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled citrusy and floral with hints of caramel. Sweet citrusy flavor with a touch of bitterness and toasted caramel.

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Bourbon Barrel Black Maple
Bourbon Barrel Black Maple

Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
American Porter / 11.00% ABV

4.34/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.41
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml Bottle

This one come's my way courtesy of Dave! Thanks a million, guy!This beer is black. No shadows, no hints of anything, just black. The foam is a little hard to get going but it rose as I finished pouring. The head grew to a thin cap, shy of a finger in height, and was the color of milk chocolate. A thin ring remains with a tiny island traversing the surface. Thin drink lines are left after each drink. This beer looks and acts like an 11% porter.

Oh, man. The nose on this beer is decadent. A big ol' flash of pecans gets the ball rolling. Burnt sugar and molasses join he fray shortly thereafter. There's a moderate roast in the middle high cocoa content chocolate, rich yet bordering on bitter. I don't get a ton of maple but the barrel aging was deftly handled. The barrel aspects compliment, instead of overtake, by wrapping the base beer in an embrace of toasted marshmallow, damp oak, and rich caramel. I love the toasted marshmallow quaility when pulled from barrels.

While the nose was very good, the flavor actually tops it. Walnut and pecan in the flavor, a nice nutty start. Burnt sugars and molasses again in the middle. This follows the nose fairly closely but the components are more well integrated. Dark chocolate picks up mid palate and pushes through to the finish where it's met with those fantastic barrel characteristics; toasted marshmallow sweetness, tannic bourbon soaked oak, and rich caramel. A soft peppery heat wraps it up. There are no hard edges. This is an outstanding sipper of a beer.

The body is lighter than expected yet works amazingly well. It's a couple ticks above moderate in weight with a really soft, velvety feel. It literally feels like velvet. The carbonation is dialed in perfectly. There's a little sweetness on the swallow but it's in no way cloying. Alcohol fumes get exhaled through the nose but there's no heat on the swallow. Excellent.

Bourbon Barrel Black Maple is a really outstanding beer from Jackie O's. It's rich and decadent, silky and smooth, flat out delicious. The brewers did a great job with the barrel aging and integration. They pull out all the best characteristics of the barrel while keeping the actual beer at center stage. This is some great stuff. Thanks, Dave!

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Tripel Karmeliet
Tripel Karmeliet

Brouwerij Bosteels
Tripel / 8.40% ABV

4.31/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.24
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best by 8/25/18, had 2/17/17.

Pours a clear, bright, pale yellow with a two inch foamy head- with great retention, and lots of foamy lacing. Very active carbonation. Smells of Belgian yeast, light banana, cloves, black pepper, bread, light malt, other spices- maybe coriander. A little funky and straw- like. The taste also leads with the Belgian yeast, then cloves, a little more malt than the nose, spices, some pears and apples. Still a little bready, a bit of lemon. Smooth, dry, creamy, a solid medium body, the carbonation is on the high side.

A classic Tripel that's well executed. I appreciate this more, each time I have it. One of the best for the style, make sure to give it a try.

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Hoppy Lager
Hoppy Lager

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American Pale Lager / 7.00% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +6.2% | Avg: 3.85
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of/04/13/17

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and pure golden in color with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention leads to a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edges. Lacing consists of some broken sheeting, but mostly spotting.

Smell - Bright and citrusy, with lesser notes of floral hoppiness. Hints of spice. Light caramel and bready undertone.

Taste - The predominant flavors are certainly hoppy, but not excessively so. Floral character with faint notes of mild lemon citrus and pink grapefruit. Firm, spicy bite. Malty backbone delivers a nice, complimentary caramel sweetness with a hint of grainy bread. Lingering citrus sweetness and pith bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Near medium in body with crisp carbonation.

Overall - I'm assuming this is the same beer as the '15 Beer Camp sixer. If so, I must have been in a funny mood the day I first reviewed it. Not that I gave it a bad review, but this is a fantastic hopped-up lager. Floral, citrusy hops with the crisp, easy drinking body of a lager. It's one of the better IPL's I've had, frankly speaking.

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Barrel Aged Mountain Standard
Barrel Aged Mountain Standard

Odell Brewing Company
American Black Ale / 10.60% ABV

4.54/5  rDev +16.4% | Avg: 3.9
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark into a snifter, great smell first off. Notes of a great IPA mixed with the thick rich smells of a nice stout. Nose is bourbon and a little bready. Mouthfeel is amazing, I'm not one to rate mouthfeel often but this one is nice. Finish is smooth with a slight roasty bourbony burn but very smooth not bitter at all. I NEED to find another and try to age it!

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Beer Camp Across The World: Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale
Beer Camp Across The World: Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
English Strong Ale / 8.50% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +9.1% | Avg: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

it's surprisingly cool in minnesota tonight - makes this one a bit easier to take.

amber with a bit of haze. very mild carbonation with a bit of lace.

very sugary. dark fruit element is there, but the sugar sweetness tends to overshadow it. booze is well masked for 8.5%.

it's pretty thick. mild carbonation.

i would get to like these a lot in october, but i'm glad it's only 60º tonight so i can enjoy it now.

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Midnight Lightning - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Midnight Lightning - Bourbon Barrel Aged

Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.60% ABV

3.99/5  rDev -3.9% | Avg: 4.15
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 Vintage
Bottle Count 2100
Aged 18 months in Woodford Reserve barrels
Poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours deep black with a one-finger creamy espresso-like head that retains for a while before settling to a ring and leaving some lacing behind

S- aroma opens with plenty of barrel notes; bourbon, wet oak, vanilla & caramel. Undertones of mocha brownies, dark chocolate, espresso & fig. Lots of alcohol on the back-end

T- opens with big barrel notes, heavy with bourbon, woody oak & vanilla. Mid-palate gives notes of caramel, dark chocolate, fig, raisin and light espresso. The finish is very boozy with a linger of strong bourbon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel that continues into a big warming finish

O- extended barrel aging gives this a barrel-heavy flavor profile. At this point, it's really boozy, some aging may mellow it out a bit over time

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Schneider Weisse Tap X Marie’s Rendezvous
Schneider Weisse Tap X Marie’s Rendezvous

Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Weizenbock / 10.00% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +3% | Avg: 3.97
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy brown color ale with an off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with some dried fruity notes with light candy ester is very interesting. Taste is a mix of light candy ester with some dried fruits with some caramelized malt and light residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no real apparent alcohol. Solid weizen-bock though not sure extreme take on the style is the best way to enjoy.

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SeaQuench Ale
SeaQuench Ale

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Gose / 4.90% ABV

3.88/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 3.8
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can

A: Light fruitiness, moderate limes, tart, with some bready notes and light saltiness.

A: Deep straw color, hazy almost opaque, with a frothy, mostly uniform head that has solid retention.

T: Lots of lime (juice, zest, rind bitterness) with a bready presence, citrusy/grassy, with moderate lingering tartness, with noticeable salty finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation.

O: Alright; the beer has a lot going on (almost too much) and there is so much lime presence that it almost overpowers the other aspects of the beer. However, the beer is definitely drinkable.

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Brown Ale
Brown Ale

Bunker Brewing Co.
English Brown Ale / 6.30% ABV

3.58/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.58
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a somewhat dark brown color with a slight transparency about it. Finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace to leave some light lace. The aroma had some sweet nuts, some cocoa powder, light butterscotch and some caramel/toffee malts. The flavor definitely leaned towards the sweet side through all of the previously mentioned aromas. Fully sweet aftertaste. Sly earthy yet sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a touch of cloyingly sweet effects, but some of that noticeable earthiness came back to stabilize the cloying effects. ABV felt good at the 6.3. Overall, mostly nice brown ale I think I could come back to.

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Porter
Porter

Radius Brewing Company
American Porter / 6.00% ABV

3.79/5  rDev +0.8% | Avg: 3.76
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and toffee. Sweet caramel and malt flavor with hint of dark chocolate & roastiness.

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Rumor Has It IPA
Rumor Has It IPA

Radius Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.60% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +6.8% | Avg: 3.97
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled very tropical with notes of pineapple, mango and grapefruit. Sweet tropical fruit flavors with caramel and a nice bitter bite.

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Sidamo Brown
Sidamo Brown

Blank Canvas Brewery
English Brown Ale / 5.00% ABV

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

Growler share with a buddy. My portion was poured into a mug. The appearance was a muddy semi-dark brown color with a finger’s worth of off-white foamy head that left some moderate lacing. The aroma had a huge amount of milk chocolate closing down on a sly roasty coffee bean sweet to almost acceptable acidic tang to it. Light earthiness. Some sweet cream. The flavor wraps together the previously mentioned aromas together. Acidity isn’t really found in the flavor which is a good thing. Coffee and chocolate are the leaders but a super light nuttiness is there. Sweet chocolate to coffee aftertaste running into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionable feel about it. Moderate carbonation. Good ABV. Coffee beans seem to pounce on the malts leveling out the feel all around, smooth yet having a good harshness. Overall, very good brown ale mixing in the coffee and the chocolate to enliven a style that doesn’t usually draw in a huge crowd.

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Rye Ale
Rye Ale

Radius Brewing Company
Rye Beer / 6.30% ABV

3.82/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.67
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, reddish/copper color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled spicy and somewhat floral. A fruity flavor with roasted malt and spicy rye bite.

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Scottish Spruce
Scottish Spruce

Blank Canvas Brewery
Scottish Ale / 5.00% ABV

3.25/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.25
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Growler share with a friend. My portion was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a dark orange close to brown color with a good foamy thick finger’s worth of white head. Mild thick lace. The aroma starts off with the Scottish styled malts with some ash and then opens up into the spruce/piney freshness. And then some citrus. The flavor seems to try and blend all of these previously mentioned aromas but seems to leave out the so called sour that is supposed to be there (which is good, in my opinion, since I can’t really see that any sour effects would actually make this good). Lingering ashy aftertaste with a wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Spruce seems a bit tamer and doesn’t produce any bitter harshness. Sour harshness isn’t there. ABV feels fine. Overall, interesting idea for a Scottish ale, the Scottish ale qualities seem there, and I like the idea of the spruce integration, but probably should leave out the sour part. It didn’t even come across anyways.

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Bud Light Radler
Bud Light Radler

Anheuser-Busch
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 2.40% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +4.7% | Avg: 3.58
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured an opaque pale yellow color beer with a medium foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of grapefruit juice with light residual sugar notes. Taste is pretty close to grapefruit juice with light residual sugar notes. Body is full with medium carbonation. Closer to grapefruit juice then beer but still work nicely on a hot summer day.

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Murder Of Crows
Murder Of Crows

Skookum Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 9.00% ABV

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

On tap at the Parkway tavern today.

The pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there's considerable licorice, along with some dark chocolate, vanilla, and a pronounced roasty character. I guess there's a hint of the cheap bourbon, but it's not very pronounced. The flavor profile is more of the same, with a considerable amount of sweet licorice and vanilla As the beer warmed, there was more of the dark chocolate and roasted malt character, with a hint of the bourbon. Mouthfeel is pretty good, with the beer displaying a fairly long, smooth finish. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, so drinkability is pretty good.

This is a decent, easy to appreciate RIS. However, it's pretty easy to find BA stouts that are better than this, so I'm not sure I can see myself revisiting this any time soon.

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5000
5000

Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Berliner Weissbier / 5.50% ABV

4.03/5  rDev +15.1% | Avg: 3.5
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i still have had terribly little from these guys, but in the few i have had, especially lately, its becoming increasingly obvious why they are as beloved as they are! their beers range from basic styles to extremely ambitious, and they are all so extremely well done. this is the first sour i have seen from them, a fuller bodied but impossibly clean berliner that features the wheat malt flavor itself as much as it showcases this citrusy tangy lacto strain. this is a well refined take on the style, clean front end souring, puckery without being too acidic, and not just sour, but also flavor with it, and dry and gone in the finish, no funky weirdness, so sweaty feet, no yogurt yuck, its just dialed. i like it being a bit fluffier from the grain, and i also like it being streamlines, simpler, all the fat trimmed, its straight forward and bright without trying to do too much at all. best when ice cold, this was a fun one to share, and a special beer, 5000 batches! heres to 5000 more for these guys, and the hopefully the opportunity to try a lot more of the next 5000 than i did of the first 5000! thanks to my buddy for bringing this one down for us to share!

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