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High Sticke Alt
High Sticke Alt

Summit Brewing Company
Altbier / 7.50% ABV

4.34/5  rDev +3.3% | Score: 4.2
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Pours a brilliant deep garnet hue with a lush off white head on top. Massive malt character. Grainy, grassy, toasted, and biscuity ... perhaps even a kiss of slight roastiness. Ample hop bitterness is simply there to give balance and its herbal tone compliments throughout. Warming but no fruitiness, clean from start to finish. An exceptional brew to say the least.

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Naked Pilgrim
Naked Pilgrim

Ithaca Beer Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.04/5  rDev +3.9% | Score: 3.89
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

While unfiltered this beer pours clear, at the same time the big juicy fruitiness is nothing short of epic. Just enough bitterness but clearly the focus is on the flavor with suggestions of passion fruit, pineapple, kiwi, lemon pith, and dried grass. Kiss of alcohol shows of its strength a little bit. A most delicious brew, well done Ithaca!!

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Dr. Zaic, Dr. Zaic
Dr. Zaic, Dr. Zaic

Ithaca Beer Company
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.11/5  rDev +1.5% | Score: 4.05
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Clear pale copper hued brew, great looking lace on top. Smells of Mandarin oranges, white tea, orange pith, fruit alcohol, and bread. Ample bitterness on top of a slightly juicy tropical fruit and pithy citrus flavor. A bit warming from the alcohol, esters on the breath. Good balance from a very hop forward brew, very much an IPA with a great showing of Mosaic hops.

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Buchenrauch Lager
Buchenrauch Lager

Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Rauchbier / 5.70% ABV

4.1/5  rDev +0.2% | Score: 4.09
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Dark tawny hue, good clarity with a decent amount of off-white lacing on top. Good balance of smoke in the nose and on the palate. Very malt forward with suggestions of toasted bread, dried grass, grapenuts, crust, and faint chicory. Modest hopping and a kiss of alcohol in the finish. Very much to style, clean and drinkable.

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American Brown
American Brown

The Civil Life Brewing Company
American Brown Ale / 4.80% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +4.3% | Score: 3.98
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Nearly clear deep brown hue, love the lacing as it leaves a trail down the glass. Big toasted malt nose. Smooth within the medium body. With each sip its like my palate gets slapped with a loaf of toasted bread. Mild hopping is there to balance, suggestions of dried grass, grapenuts, chicory, cocao nibs, and mildly roasted grain in the finish. Such an amazing Brown Ale, loads of flavor and extremely drinkable.

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Riegele Speziator Hell & Stark
Riegele Speziator Hell & Stark

Brauhaus Riegele
Maibock / Helles Bock / 8.50% ABV

3.79/5  rDev +11.1% | Score: 3.41
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

33cl brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

You don't run into many Pale Doppelbocks, this one is a doozie rest right at 8.5%. A bit of chill haze topped with a great looking off-white lace. Smells of grass, alcohol, and herbal hop. Smooth with a creamy full-ish body. Big smooch of alcohol is met but a brawny malt character. Lots of fresh grain with a mild sweetness. Herbal hop and more alcohol in the finish. Good drinking all around, hunt a bottle down.

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Home Grown New American Lager
Home Grown New American Lager

Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
American Pale Lager / 5.00% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +12.9% | Score: 3.73
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Slightly in the raw, but with tons of balance this somewhat hop forward lager shows off a nearly clear yellow hue and an impressive head on top. Smells of citrus, while flowers, green tea, & fresh cut grass. Incredibly smooth with a very refreshing crispness. Citrus, grassy, mildly herbal hop flavor go far into the after taste. Not too bitter, just loads of hop flavor. More or less clean and drinks like a lager. In the big world of hop forward beers I'd love to see more hoppy lagers like this.

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Surf Wax
Surf Wax

Burial Beer Co.
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +2.7% | Score: 4.14
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Rich golden hue, nearly clear with a lovely looking white froth. Big citrusy aroma and flavor, suggestions of orange rind, grapefruit pith, and faint lime zest. Bitterness has a bite which rides along with the crispness of this brew, very refreshing. Long citrus hop flavor linger ... malt backbone is sturdy enough to hold this brew together. Quick kiss of alcohol and fruitiness round things out. A pretty kick ass IPA, Papa Bear wants more!!

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Cucumber Kolsch
Cucumber Kolsch

High Water Brewing
Kölsch / 5.40% ABV

3.3/5  rDev -5.4% | Score: 3.49
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can from the brewery. Pours amber (kind of dark for a Kölsch) with a thin, creamy lace. Noticed sediment in the can, but none got into my pour. Nose is full of fresh and melon-y cucumber notes and plenty of mint. Body is light, but there's a firmness to it with a crisp carbonation and some smoothness. Tastes like it smells, but it's slightly vegetal. A semi-sharp rind flavor that livens things up, but the mint flavor is quite prominent. Dry overall, with some herbal notes and a crackery malt profile in the finish.

It is what is says (an ale brewed with cucumber and mint), and it's not bad, but there's barely any Kölsch-like qualities. I couldn't see myself drinking an entire 16oz can due to the vegetal flavors and level of mint.

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Commerzienrat Riegele Privat
Commerzienrat Riegele Privat

Brauhaus Riegele
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.20% ABV

4.13/5  rDev +6.7% | Score: 3.87
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Stunning pale yellow clarity with a good looking head on top. Very clean with only a hint of cooked veggies, grassy throughout with a very mild herbal hop character. Hop bitterness is modest but is more than enough to balance. An exceptional showing of this style of beer, could easily knock back mugs of this.

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Carpe Brewem Peanut Butter Porter
Carpe Brewem Peanut Butter Porter

Empyrean Brewing Company
American Porter / 6.00% ABV

2.91/5  rDev -22% | Score: 3.73
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery. Label states they use artificial flavor and caramel color ... not crafty at all.

Dark brown, some clarity. Decent lacing on top. Smells sweet and artificial, toffee popcorn. Slick medium body with a smoothness throughout. On the sweetside with some odd confection peanut flavor. Sort of one-sided in that aspect as well. Not much else happening other than some toasted malt and a kiss of alcohol. A hard pass on this one, flavors are just not appealing.

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Yard Beer (Batch 4)
Yard Beer (Batch 4)

The Hermosillo / Highland Park Brewery
American Wild Ale / 7.20% ABV

4.07/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.07
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine #128 (September 2017):

There's a good amount of sediment, so even a gentle decant yields a pale yellow, cloudy glass of beer with a thin lace. A soft, but distinct, funkiness in the nose mingles with slight medicinal notes, citrus rinds, and hay. The body is very light with a crisp carbonation that’s creamy on the palate. Massive bursts of lime are sharp and puckering with suggestions of brininess. A floral and herbal tea-like bitterness brings another layer with some lemony and earthy qualities, followed by delicious quinine-like flavors. Very dry with a bready linger of malt and earthy tones, Yard Beer Batch 4 is a real treat to experience, and I love how the urban-cultivated ingredients don't get lost.

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