Beer Reviews: Alström Bros

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Mortal Sun
Mortal Sun

Surly Brewing Company
American Porter

4.22/5  rDev +0.2% | Score: 4.21
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, media sample from the brewery.

Very dark brown hued brew, nearly black. Lovely light tan lacing on top. Big roasted and toasted malt character, smooth and drinkable with a moderate sized body. Firm kiss of citrusy hops wrap around the suggestions of dark chocolate that comes from the roasted malt. A great example of a Porter and an American one at that with the extra hop presence. Definitely recommend this one.

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Digable Dugable
Digable Dugable

Mumford Brewing
American IPA

3.82/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 3.8
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Third Term
Third Term

Mumford Brewing
American IPA / 6.90% ABV

4.06/5  rDev +3.3% | Score: 3.93
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Liquid Stardust
Liquid Stardust

Surly Brewing Company
American Brut IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.1/5  rDev +2% | Score: 4.02
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, comp media sample from the brewery.

Pours out a pale yellowish straw hue with a touch of haze, very bubbly that hold the head together for a while. Crispness has a pop, citrusy and peppery hop profile. Bitterness is there but not the least bit overwhelming. Kiss of alcohol with a dry finish. Well rounded and balanced but it clearly tell me its an IPA.

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Magic Chords
Magic Chords

Perennial Artisan Ales
New England IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.06/5  rDev -6.7% | Score: 4.35
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy, comp sample from the brewery.

All hazed out, super juicy nose with undertones of mint and pine. Big juicy citrus flavor through out, smooth with a medium body. Bit of crispness show a quick flash of cracker-like maltiness. Very hop forward and quite drinkable. Well done and could easily have more than one.

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Hopstate NY (2018)
Hopstate NY (2018)

Brewery Ommegang
American IPA / 7.40% ABV

4/5  rDev +0.3% | Score: 3.99
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, comp sample from the brewery.

A great looking brew, glowing clarity with a good layer of lace on top. Minty, piney, wild floral, & citrus pith in the nose from the hops ... some bready malt in there as well. Well balanced with an assertive hop bitterness. Lots of back and forth from malt to hops but clearly the hops win. A tasty brew, unique enough from the use of NY ingredients. Gotta give this one a try every year.

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Hood River Helles
Hood River Helles

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
German Helles / 4.90% ABV

4.2/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.93
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Hefeweizen
Hefeweizen

Trillium Brewing Company
German Hefeweizen / 5.60% ABV

3.52/5  rDev -12.9% | Score: 4.04
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

Has all of the usual suspects for the style. Fruit and spicy, there is balance as well. Decent though nothing really pops. This one runs in the middle of the pack when it comes to US brewed Hefe's.

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Permutation Series #65: Helles
Permutation Series #65: Helles

Trillium Brewing Company
German Helles / 4.60% ABV

2.77/5  rDev -24.1% | Score: 3.65
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery.

Beautiful looking beer, great clarity with a decent looking white head. Smells and tastes of grainy DMS, not as bad as one of the Pilsners I had from them but its there. There is also this underlying, almost metallic, twang. Not sure where they were taking this brew but its not close to what a Helles is IMO. Hoping they can work this beer out.

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Triple Seesaw: Boysenberry, Blackberry, Raspberry
Triple Seesaw: Boysenberry, Blackberry, Raspberry

Trillium Brewing Company
Leipzig Gose / 4.90% ABV

4.06/5  rDev -6.5% | Score: 4.34
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Rediculous color, insane fruity aroma. Doesn't drink like a beer but who cares ... Lots of fun. A sour beer for people that don't drink beer and for beer drinkers looking for something different. I dig it.

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Permutation Series #64: Pilsner Bravo
Permutation Series #64: Pilsner Bravo

Trillium Brewing Company
German Pilsner / 4.60% ABV

2.33/5  rDev -42.5% | Score: 4.05
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewery.

Great clarity and a good head on top. DMS loaded, lots of vegtal and cooked corn aromas and flavors. Problematic. Not what you want in a pilsner.

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Simpler Times Pilsner
Simpler Times Pilsner

Minhas Craft Brewery
German Pilsner / 5.50% ABV

3.34/5  rDev +8.8% | Score: 3.07
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, sample purchased at Trader Joe's.

What do you expect for $3.49 a six pack? Nothing great but still a pretty drinkable, yet slightly rough for the first sip, American Pils. They value is there and there are many "craft" brewers that attempt lagers and don't even come close to this. Make sure this is served extra cold and knock them back quick.

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Autumn Landscape
Autumn Landscape

Industrial Arts Brewing Company
German Märzen / Oktoberfest / 6.10% ABV

4.34/5  rDev +4.8% | Score: 4.14
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy can, comp sample from the brewey.

A beautiful rusitc lager, lots of toasted grain and spicy herbal hops. Decent clarity with a tight white head on top. Exceptionally drinkable and clean throughout. One of the most impressive fest lagers brewed in the US, seek this beer out!!!

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Hazedelic Juice Grenade
Hazedelic Juice Grenade

Grist House Craft Brewery
New England IPA / 6.20% ABV

3.89/5  rDev -5.8% | Score: 4.13
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy can, comp sample from the brewery.

Hazed out amber straw hue, decent looking lace on top. Smells of dragon fruit, melon rind, citrus pith, and fresh cut grass. Mild piney bitterness, light creamy mouth feel. More rind than juice, more zest than bitterness. Kiss of alcohol, some graininess within, and a balance in the finish. About a half step in front of the middle of the pack, good drinking for sure.

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Soft Machine
Soft Machine

Medusa Brewing Company
New England IPA / 6.90% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +3.7% | Score: 4.09
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy can, comp sample from the brewery.

Pours out all hazy amber-ish like fresh squeezed OJ, decent head and lacing. Big floral citrus bomb in the nose, hint of esters and grain as well. Restrained bitterness makes way for buckets of juice, big time hop flavor with a good malt backbone to back it up. Soft on the palate, but not too soft. Very well put together for the style, comparable if not better than some of the more hyped beers out there.

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Trigo
Trigo

Founders Brewing Company
American Lager / 6.30% ABV

3.94/5  rDev +1% | Score: 3.9
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, comp sample from the brewery. 16oz tallboy would be preferable.

Lots of suds on top of a crystal clear golden hued brew. Herbal hop, bready malt, and a hint of alcohol in the nose. Quite crisp with a deep smoothness, lighter bodied and very easy to knock back. Cracker-like malt meets the herbal and soft resin hoppiness. Bitterness is there but just for balance. Mild warmth from the alcohol. Drinkable ... perhaps not sessionable though. A beer I'd go back to for sure.

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Solo Project: Meridian
Solo Project: Meridian

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

4.03/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy, comp sample from the brewery.

Mildly hazed pale amber hue. Soft citrus character from start to finish, just enough hop bitterness for a Pale Ale. Lots of flavor from the Mandarina Bavaria hops. Kiss of bready malt, caramel, and a touch of buttery diacetyl. Great showcase of the hop which is the point of it all, I'm digging that it is a Pale Ale and a true one at that.

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