Beer Reviews: Alström Bros

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Hopshifter (Bru-1, Chinook, Citra)
Hopshifter (Bru-1, Chinook, Citra)

Surly Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3.78/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 3.8
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

So a gluten reduced IPA ... need to try more of these types of beers.

Mildly hazed dirty orange hue, great looking lace on top. Big citrus rind flavor with lots of earthy undertones, big kiss of what tastes like caramel within the malt bill. Not overly bitter but more than enough to come across as an IPA. A pretty easy drinking IPA without all of the hoopla.

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Knowledge
Knowledge

Rhinegeist Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

3.9/5  rDev -3.2% | Score: 4.03
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Big piney, pineapple ladened, mildly bitter resin filled DIPA is what I get from the first sip. Malt backbone holds up enough against the alcohol and hop onslaught. Easy to knock back, certainly enjoyable enough to have more than one.

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Stardust To Stardust
Stardust To Stardust

North High Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.80% ABV

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

12oz can, sample from the brwery.

Love the level of booziness this beer shows, the hop bitterness is there but not over the top. Lots of exotice flavors from the hops; dragon fruit, green tea, citrus rind, peppery herbs. Clean malt profile with a lingering alcohol in the back. Quite drinkable even for its size. A good sip.

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Blue Dragon Double IPA
Blue Dragon Double IPA

Four Pines Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

3.84/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.84
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sample from the brewery.

Bug fluffy white-ish head, good clarity as well. Fresh zesty citrus nose with some rind, herbal, and spicy undertones. Some tropical fruit in the nose and on the palate. Deep hop resin hop flavor give off suggestions of passion fruit, grapefruit pith, and white tea. Warming but not hot, the 8.5% is there but still easy to knock back. This is my kind of DIPA, its not going to wreck my palate but it does wake it up for sure. Worth checkin out this beer.

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Reef Donkey
Reef Donkey

Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.50% ABV

3.92/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 3.94
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

A very well balanced APA, hop foward but with a lovely dry malt backbone. Citrus zest, fresh cut grass, grapefruit pith, green tea, and a mild tropical fruitiness within. The clarity and lacing that sticks to the glass make for a great looking brew. Drinkability is high, just a kiss of alcohol before the dryness sets in. I could easily see knocking back a few of these and wanting more.

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Love Shadow
Love Shadow

Brewery Vivant
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.70% ABV

4.34/5  rDev +0.2% | Score: 4.33
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

A massive brew, barrel aging is on point ... very much part of this beer but does not take over at all. A great Imperial Stout, the barrel aging and bourbon character from those barrels elevates this brew. Boozy but not over the top which for an 11.7% brew that is saying a lot. This is a brewery to follow.

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Jav-O-Lantern
Jav-O-Lantern

Crooked Hammock Brewery
Pumpkin Ale / 6.70% ABV

4.24/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.03
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

This big bad dark ale has a bit of punch, not just the alcohol but the spicing and coffee. There is a mild smoke flavor but its all about the pumpkin, mild spicing, and coffee resting a delicious dark malt backbone. I don't have a problem stating that this is one of my favorite Pumpkin Ales I have had to date.

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Barn Dog
Barn Dog

Wyndridge Farm Brewing
American Porter / 7.00% ABV

3.91/5  rDev +4.3% | Score: 3.75
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, sample from the brewery.

First and foremost this is a great Porter, not too roasty and so smooth. As for the vanilla and chocolate flavors ... they are much more subtle but extremely well balanced. Modest hopping, lots of malt character. I dig the mild character, flavors could be amped up a bit more but this works.

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Summit Unchained #26 Westie 7th
Summit Unchained #26 Westie 7th

Summit Brewing Company
Belgian Dark Ale / 7.50% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +4.6% | Score: 3.91
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

An American brewer and brewery that understands what it takes to brewery a Belgian Style beer. Not only did they temper the yeast strain used but the addition of candi sugar shines through. Big dark fruit character, mild cotton candy phenolic flavor, and lots of toasted graininess. Slightly boozy, mild but warming. Well balanced with a sweetness that some American brewers leave behind in their Belgian stlye brews. Hope to see more beers like this from Summit.

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