Beer Reviews: Alström Bros

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Lunch Break (Session India Pale Ale)
Lunch Break (Session India Pale Ale)

Breakside Brewery
American IPA / 4.70% ABV

3.84/5  rDev -1.8% | Score: 3.91
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

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Go Play IPA
Go Play IPA

Avery Brewing Company
American IPA / 5.50% ABV

3.35/5  rDev -9.5% | Score: 3.7
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Beerbank Brut IPA
Beerbank Brut IPA

Simmzy's
American Brut IPA / 6.10% ABV

3.84/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.84
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Simmzy's in Venice. Fruity, but not sweet. Vinous. Herbal. Bitter. Biscuity. Effervescent. Dry AF. Delicious!

My only beef is the lack of head and subsequent impact on the aroma, which wasn't bad, but could've been better.

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Espacio (Mexican-Style Lager with Lime Zest)
Espacio (Mexican-Style Lager with Lime Zest)

Ecliptic Brewing
American Adjunct Lager / 4.80% ABV

3.92/5  rDev +8.9% | Score: 3.6
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Space" pours a bright golden color with a worthy lace. Lots of lime zest in the nose with soft floral and grainy notes. Light-bodied, soft on the palate, crisp, and creamy. Crackery malt character with hint of sweetness. A hit of tart citrus wakes the palate, while a solid dose of lime zest, perceived saltiness, and dry edge keep things interesting and incredibly refreshing. Lime zest lingers with an oily feel and slight astringency.

I'm a sucker for the style and not having to add my own lime is a big plus. I could crush this beer all day.

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Sleek IPA
Sleek IPA

Surly Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.14/5  rDev +0.2% | Score: 4.13
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, free sample from the brewery.

Pale golden hued brewing with a brilliant clarity, great lacing on this brew as well. Grapefruit in the nose and on the palate from an assertive hop character that throws down a stern bitterness. Balance is there as the maltiness goes cracker-like and stays on the palate. Long lingering hop flavor of grapefruit rind, evergreen, green tea, & pink peppercorn. Get a little hay-like in the finish as well. Leans dry with a kiss of alcohol. Lots of fun this IPA is, way to easy to knock back.

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Kitsch Hoppy Lager
Kitsch Hoppy Lager

Surly Brewing Company
American Lager / 6.10% ABV

4.11/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 4.09
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, free media sample.

I'm glad they at least label this as a "Hoppy Lager" and not a pilsner. Pour clear with a great looking lace on top. Very hop forward but does not dominate to the point of taking it out of balance. Lots of soft herbal, flowery, and resin-like hop flavor ... bitterness is pretty level. Clean and drinkable, could easily knock this back ... the 6.1% abv is not too noticable though.

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Pineapple Creamsicle IPA
Pineapple Creamsicle IPA

Beer Tree Brew Co.
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.07/5  rDev -3.1% | Score: 4.2
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, free media sample from the brewery.

Haze bomb pour, decent lacing with an extremely cloudy pale liquid underneath. Juicy and creamy with a mild pineapple flavor. Pretty damn close to the Creamsicle flavor with a touch of bitterness to back it up ... enough for an IPA? Perhaps only enough for its NE (Hazy IPA) style, it works ... more bitterness would only take away from the brewers intention. A great brew to share, doubt I could handle more than a can or two of this but would certainly have it again.

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Singular
Singular

Edmund's Oast Brewing Company
American IPA / 4.80% ABV

3.69/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.69
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy can, free media sample from the brewery.

Pale yellow colored brew, thin white lacing leaves a bit on the glass. Light and fluffy, could be considered a Pale Ale but it is a nice showcasing of the Idaho 7 hop. Good amount of bittterness, lots of herbal and exotic fruit flavors that bounce off of the cracker-like maltiness. Dry finish and very drinkable.

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Lord Proprietor's Mild
Lord Proprietor's Mild

Edmund's Oast Brewing Company
English Dark Mild Ale / 3.50% ABV

4.45/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.45
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz tallboy can, free media sample from the brewery.

Pours a very dark brown hued brew, thin tan lacing sticks around for a while. Malty but a little light, a little savory and a little crisp. The tea works very well along with the hops to go up against the maltiness. Impressive, as English as you can get ... would love to try this one cask one day.

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Whole Lot Of Trouble
Whole Lot Of Trouble

Artisanal Brew Works
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.50% ABV

4.04/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.04
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy, free media sample from the brewery.

Pours a dark tawny hued liquid with a light tan lace on top. Full bodied, slightly creamy and very smooth. Suggestions of prunes, raisins, brown sugar, cocoa powder, toasted bread, browned apples, and pears. Warming but the alcohol is so intertwined with the big malt character it never really gets in your face. A clear sipper, one of the better US brewed Quads I've had a in a long time.

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SPA Classic
SPA Classic

Artisanal Brew Works
American Pale Ale (APA) / 4.00% ABV

4.2/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.87
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy, free media sample from the brewery.

White lacing sticks around long enough, mildly hazy golden straw hue. Show suggestions of tangerines, lime pith, faint pine, guava, & white tea. Graininess goes a little hay like, well balance with a decent amount of crispness. Great use of Mosaic hops, well balanced and love that it stays a Pale Ale.

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East By Northwest
East By Northwest

Untold Brewing
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.2/5  rDev +1.4% | Score: 4.14
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy, free media sample from the brewery.

Clear and vibrant, big head down to the sticky lacing ... this is a great looking brew. Smells of pine, citrus rind, blonde tobacco, fresh cut grass, crackers, a orange pith. Well balanced even for being hop-forward, very much an IPA. Sip after sip this one grows on me and does remind me of the a lot of the hoppy west coast ales. A whole lot of fun crushing this can.

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Beer Runner
Beer Runner

Beer Tree Brew Co.
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

4.14/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.14
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, free media sample from the brewery.

Minimal head becomes a thin white lacing on the glass after each sip, properly hazy as light still can be seen through it and there are no signs of chunks so that is a plus. Big aromas and flavors of orange zest, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and lime pith. Smooth with a bit of body, moderate level of carbonation does well here. Ample bitterness, its not too much of a bite but enough to keep it within the realm of IPAs. Much of the haze is actual chill haze, as the beer warms up there is a bit of clarity. All in all this is a very hop forward brew and still shows some balance. The 6.8% abv is noticeable but not a problem. Would want more than one for sure.

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Slanted & Enchanted
Slanted & Enchanted

Notch Brewing
American Lager / 4.50% ABV

4.16/5  rDev +13% | Score: 3.68
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy can, purchased at store.

A beautiful white head tops this nearly clear bubbly golden hued brew. Big herbal, grass, tea-like hop nose with some graininess in the back. Quite crisp and clean. Dry maltiness let the hoppiness shine, herbal and tea-like with perhaps some grape-skin within. Dry and crisp, easy to knock back more than a couple during a long session.

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Sour Passionfruit
Sour Passionfruit

Edmund's Oast Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 6.50% ABV

3.94/5  rDev -5.3% | Score: 4.16
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy can, comp sample from the brewery.

Cloudy pale amber hued brew, lacing leaves quickly. Big mouthful of passion fruit with the smacking tartness backing it up, just enough tartness ... it stays drinkable. Good balance, low hopping, & the passion fruit really shines. Don't get me wrong, the sourness is there ... its just at the right level.

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Funky Hop Sour NEIPA
Funky Hop Sour NEIPA

Beer Tree Brew Co.
New England IPA / 7.10% ABV

4.09/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.09
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, comp sample from the brewery.

Hazed out straw hue, white head and lacing leaves some clinging suds on the glass. Suggestions of mango, papaya, guava, pineapple, & passion fruit with a mild pucker of tartness. There is some or should I say enough hop bitterness for this to pass as an IPA. Lots of fruitiness on the palate, well balanced and not soft at all. With everything going on it all seems to work, it stays and IPA even to the finish which is a plus. Quite drinkable, well done!!

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Grizzled Canary: Grisette
Grizzled Canary: Grisette

Cinderlands Beer Co.
Belgian Saison / 4.00% ABV

4.1/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz Crowler, free sample from the brewery. Slightly hazy pale straw hue, decent white lacing on top. Smells tart with fruity over tones of grapes, lemon zest, & fresh nectarines. Mild crispness, big tartness that fades quite quickly in a very refreshing way. Fruitiness abound, graininess within. Light on the palate but the complexities keep unfolding. Dry and lightly nutty in a cracker-like way in the finish. Way too easy to knock-back this brew. Lots of fun.

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