Beer Reviews: Alström Bros

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Summer Landscape
Summer Landscape

Industrial Arts Brewing Company
American Pale Lager / 5.50% ABV

4.04/5  rDev +1.8% | Score: 3.97
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample was sent complimentary from the brewery.

Slightly cloudy dark straw hue, clear enough to see the bubbles rise to the top. White lacing stick well to the glass and leaves some rings down the side of the glass. Smells bready form the malt and slightly spicy from the hops, more or less clean. An underlying rustic graininess melds well the a dry bready maltiness and spicy hop on the palate. Kiss of alcohol, clean crispness. Easy drinking but packed with flavor, perhaps a hint of nuttiness and tannin from the spelt ... this actually makes the beer a bit more interesting IMO. Could easily crush a few of these tallboys at the beach.

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Mocha Stout
Mocha Stout

Abnormal Beer Company
American Stout / 5.10% ABV

4.41/5  rDev +7.8% | Score: 4.09
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine #131 (December 2017):

This Oatmeal Milk Stout pours pitch black with a rich, coffee-colored, creamy lace. It smells fresh and roasty like cold-brewed coffee, with a hint of hops. Full-bodied and viscous, with a slight chewiness and prickly carbonation beneath that creates a creamy and silky feel. Brewed with local San Diegan coffee from Mostra Coffee, this Stout drops plenty of roastiness, baker’s chocolate, bitter cacao nibs, espresso beans, cola, and dark cherries onto the palate, all of which folds into a rounded lacto sweetness with some oat bread notes. Semi-astringent with a dry finish and lingering coffee. Thanks to Abnormal for taking two things that I geek out over and mashing them together.

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Boss Pour
Boss Pour

Abnormal Beer Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.27/5  rDev +0.7% | Score: 4.24
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine #131 (December 2017):

From the can, Boss Pour is a lively, bright, pale golden color with a foamy head. The nose is loaded with fruit, tropical notes, vegetal suggestions, and dankness. Medium-bodied with a crisp carbonation, This beer greets you with a big splash of citrus rind, orangey notes, salty suggestions, sticky resin, oily feel, and a dry, aspirin edge that rides into the finish. What I like most about this beer is that not only does it check all of the West Coast IPA boxes (bright, clean, hoppy AF), but it brings the dank along with delicious layers of raw, leafy, resiny, and hoppy goodness. And it does so like a—wait for it—freakin’ Boss.

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Juicer
Juicer

Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
American IPA / 6.60% ABV

4.01/5  rDev -4.1% | Score: 4.18
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy, free sample from brewery.

Hazed out golden beige color, decent looking head on top that sticks around. Grassy, semi-dank, citrus rind, and wild herb hop nose. Drinks smooth with a medium body, just enough carbonation to keep this beer going. Hop bitterness is higher than most hazed out IPAs, this is a huge plus for me. Dare I say juicy? This is without a doubt an IPA, perhaps I've become a bit jaded with some haze bombs that are sitting at less than 40 IBUs and taste like chalk. I'm really digging this one.

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Hop Lion
Hop Lion

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +7.9% | Score: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine #130 (November 2017):

Dark golden in color, Killer Lion has a frothy head with stick and a damn hoppy nose that screams with Citra and Mosaic hops. It’s fresh, green, dank, floral, and minty. Overall, it has a nice tropical-ish and orangey flavor with a hit of zest and rind and 82 IBU. A bit peppery, it’s oily, sticky, and resiny into the finish, which also offers some crackery malt character. In a word, dankalicious.

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Killer Red
Killer Red

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
American Amber / Red Ale / 7.30% ABV

4.16/5  rDev +3.7% | Score: 4.01
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine #130 (November 2017):

Amber with a creamy head and lace, Killer Red brings apple aromas in the nose, with a bready and malty profile. Hopped entirely with Perle, this 78 IBU beer is sweet with suggestions of tropical fruits, pine, browned red delicious apples, and a slight dankness beneath it all. A spicy finish and earthy afternotes linger on the palate while tasty apple-y notes dominate and reign from beginning to end.

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Killer Green
Killer Green

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.60% ABV

4.46/5  rDev +13.8% | Score: 3.92
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine #130 (November 2017):

Bright amber with a super creamy, foamy head, Killer Green is piney, fruity, and juicy, with blood oranges, citrus rind, berries, a hint of melon, and an herbal quality throughout. Plus, it’s resiny with a leafy, raw edge. I also got some candied fruit-like sweetness and a dry bread crust finish. This IPA is packed with the fresh flavors of Centennial and Simcoe hops. Even at 96 IBU, it’s so damn smooth, too.

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Sea Señor Mex Lager
Sea Señor Mex Lager

SouthNorte Beer Co.
American Pale Lager / 4.50% ABV

3.64/5  rDev +0.3% | Score: 3.63
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden-straw in color. Lively carbonation and foamy white head. Cereal grains in the nose. Light-bodied, crisp, and a bit creamy with a watery feel on the palate. The lightness carries through to the flavor, too. Thin, crackery malts, a hint of corn-like sweetness, a light and lemony citric bite with some rinds, and an underlying perceived saltiness. Finishes dry.

A simple and quench worthy lager perfect for knocking back without much thought.

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