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Recent beer reviews by @Todd with a personal rating of 3.5 or higher.

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Pliny For PresidentTodd from California

Pliny For President

IPA - Imperial | 8% ABV

Russian River Brewing Company
Santa Rosa, California

4.72/5  rDev +4.2% | Average: 4.53
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16oz canned on 07/23/2020. Sample from the brewery.

Two-stage, double dry-hopped version of Pliny the Elder. Vinnie told me there's 4 lbs of dry-hopping per barrel over two stages with the first mid-fermentation and promote biotransformation. Huh?! It's what happens when hop oils and active yeast interact. Apparently it can transform certain terpenoids into terpenoids that weren’t originally present. So magic, basically.

Pour pale golden with a touch of hop haze. Frothy two-fingered head with a most impressive head retention and lace. Nose is wonderfully floral, earthy, weedy, and fruity. First sip is crisp, smooth, super creamy, and soft. Fairly light-bodied, but there's a slight chewiness that emerges as the beer warms. Grapefruit. Tons of sharp, tart, citric, grapefruit and rinds. Bitter, dank, sticky pine, and resin. Spicy and peppery. Notes of tangerine, mango, peach, strawberry, and kiwi round things out, while a semi-toasty, honey, and bready malt character drops layers of supporting backbone to provide some semi-sweet balance. Finish is dry, leafy, raw, grassy, a bit astringent, and insanely moreish with a faint and interesting peppermint tea-like linger and some oiliness on the palate.

Pliny For President has my vote. Hands down one of the best beers of 2020.

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Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPATodd from California

Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPA

IPA - American | 6.7% ABV

El Segundo Brewing Company
El Segundo, California

4.54/5  rDev +15.5% | Average: 3.93
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz canned on 06/24/2020 "HELL YEAH!" 6.7% ABV. This one is from a 4-pack that I grabbed at Pavillions in Marina del Rey, CA. Stoke to see them carry some El Segundo beers.

Pours a bright, pale golden with smidge of unfiltered haze and thick, foamy white head and sticky lace. Nose is grassy, citrus, and a bit tropical and floral. Crisp, smooth, creamy, and light-bodied. Tons of fruity hop bitterness with grapefruit, tropical, melon, citrus rinds, pine, and resin notes. The semi-sweet, toasty, bready malty backbone pushes back just enough to provide some balance. Bone-dry, grassy, and semi-astringent finish.

HELL YEAH! (Insert Stone Cold Steve Austin Beer Smash GIF) Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPA is an old-school West Coast IPA brewed with three of my favorite hops; Citra, Cascade, and Chinook. Since moving to SoCal, this beer has become one of my favorite local beers. I try to buy it whenever I see it. And so should you.

"And that's the bottom line! Why?! Cause Stone Cold said so!"

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Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPATodd from California

Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA

IPA - New England | 6.7% ABV

New Belgium Brewing Company
Fort Collins, Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -0.5% | Average: 3.93
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with an enjoy by date of 22 Nov 2020. Sample from the brewery. "India Pale Ale with mango flavors & spice." 6.7% ABV. 30 IBU.

Pale yellow, cloudy, and semi-opaque with a thick soapy white head that clings to the glass. Nose is packed with ripe mango. Soft, oaty, mouthfeel with a crisp bite beneath. Super juicy and fruity with more mango, sweet guava, some pineapple, pear, melon, and strawberry. Rind bitterness. Getting suggestions of vanilla toward the finish, too. Dry and slightly doughy finish.

I'm not sure what this IPA has to do with 1985, but it's pretty dope...if you like mangoes in your face, as if.

Jul 31, 2020
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Lush PuppyTodd from California

Lush Puppy

IPA - New England | 6.3% ABV

Bootstrap Brewing
Niwot, Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -2.7% | Average: 4.07
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, best before 09/25/2020. Sample from the brewery. India Pale Ale with orange peel. 6.3% ABV.

Touch of haze, golden with amber hues, and a thin, tight-bubbled lace. Very tropical in the nose. Smooth, low-ish carbonation with some prickliness, medium-bodied with a slight chewiness. A bit of caramel and honey sweetness plays wells with the deep orange flavors that combined creates a well-rounded juicy character on the palate. There's some ripe, fleshy mango, too. Bitter orange peels, faint floral and herbal notes, and some bread crust follows. Finish is a bit oily, resiny, and powdery.

Lush Puppy is indeed a citrusy, juicy, and luscious IPA. Solid offering.

Jul 30, 2020
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French's Mustard BeerTodd from California

French's Mustard Beer

Wheat Beer - American Pale | 5.2% ABV

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Lyons, Colorado

4.34/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.34
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Sample from the brewery. Tropical wheat beer brewed with French's Mustard and other natural flavors. Brewed in collaboration with French's for National Mustard Day on August 1, 2020. #MustardBeer

Semi-opaque, pale yellow with a tight, creamy head and lacing with plenty of stick. Aroma is slightly pungent and perfumy. It stings the nostrils with mustard powder, notes of peppercorns, spices, and citric suggestions. Smells like...mustard! Light-bodied, lively, and super creamy on the palate. Fruity with tropical, citrus, and some Juicy Fruit gum suggestions. Soft wheat malt backbone. Not very sweet. There's a nice citric tartness that's a bit lemon-limey, which works well as the yellow mustard tanginess that emerges with hints of pepper, turmeric, paprika, garlic powder, and even some saltiness. Everything that's in French's Classic Yellow Mustard, basically. Finish is quite dry, a bit husky, and very moreish. Long-lasting, spicy, mustard linger. The finish might be my favorite part.

Over-the-top marketing crap aside, I loved Mustard Beer. Sure, it's gimmicky AF, but it's fun, surprisingly balanced, refreshingly crushable, and full of tangy yellow mustard goodness. But I'm also a fan of mustard and beer. If you're not a fan of mustard, you'll probably want to pass on this one and stick to destroying hotdogs with ketchup.

Jul 29, 2020
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Stick's Pale AleTodd from California

Stick's Pale Ale

Pale Ale - American | 5.5% ABV

Bootstrap Brewing
Niwot, Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -6.4% | Average: 3.77
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, best before 10/09/2020. Sample from the brewery.

Golden with a hint of haze, a fluffy head, and lacing. Tropical with biscuity in the nose. Soft, light-bodied, and smooth with low carbonation. Fruity with apple, pineapple, and some melon rind. Hints of pine, some oiliness, and a bitter astringency that builds with each sip. Doughy, dry malt profile with some tastiness and light caramel. Earthy and biscuity finish.

Stick's is a bit rough around the edges, but it's a good Pale Ale.

Jul 24, 2020
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Rainbows are RealTodd from California

Rainbows are Real

IPA - New England | 6.75% ABV

Clown Shoes
Boston, Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +5.8% | Average: 3.79
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz canned on 05/25/2020. Sample from the brewery. Hazy IPA Infused with Terpene. Azacca, Citra, and Mosaic Hops, Beta-Pinene and Linalool Terpenes (naturally derived from botanical sources), 2-Row, Golden Promise, Wheat, Oat, and Honey Malt.

Hazy peach, near opaque, with a fluffy head and decent lacing. Nose if full of sweet herbs, soft grains, floral, hints of citrus, and suggestions of stone fruits. Mouthfeel is soft, body is light, slight chewiness, and a nice carbonation bite. Fruity upfront with ripe tropical fruits, some grapefruit, rind, apple, fleshy peach, and sweet orange. Berry esters. Quite juicy, too. Bready malt backbone with some honey and biscuit. And there's an underlying resiny stick that rides into the finish with herbal tea, spicy, piney and woody notes.

I'll be burping rainbow terpenes for hours.

Jul 23, 2020
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Shipping Out of BostonTodd from California

Shipping Out of Boston

Lager - American Amber / Red | 5.3% ABV

Jack's Abby Brewing
Framingham, Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +17.4% | Average: 4.08
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16oz canned on 06/03/2020. Sample from the brewery.

Clear, bright, amber, with lively carbonation and a frothy head that laces down the glass. Soft aroma of dark bread, caramel, toasted grains, and earth. Mouthfeel is super creamy, smooth, and a bit chewy, but it's light on the palate with a crisp carbonation. Layers of malty goodness with plenty of toasty malts, caramel, brown sugar, honey, and graham cracker. A bit fruity in the middle with some dark grape. Sweet, but not cloying. And there's just a kiss of hoppy bitterness to keep the malty profile in check with some grassiness and rind. Bread crust and herbal notes linger in a semi-sweet finish.

Not gonna lie. I almost cried when I first tried this beer. Shipping Out of Boston is a throwback to when brewers didn't give a shit about chasing trends and brewed some amazing malt-forward beers. This is a world-class Amber Lager.

Jul 22, 2020
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Luponic Distortion: IPA Series No. 016Todd from California

Luponic Distortion: IPA Series No. 016

IPA - American | 5.9% ABV

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles, California

4.12/5  rDev +4.3% | Average: 3.95
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz canned on 06/03/2020. Sample from the brewery.

Clear, bright, gold with a lively carbonation and foamy white head. Lots of peach in the nose. Crisp and creamy. More peach with hints of lychee, pear, melon, and some kiwi. Quite fruity, but not sweet. Gets drier towards the finish with some slightly toasty and bready malts emerge as the beer warms. Suggests of strawberries linger in an oiliness that's left on the palate.

I haven't had all of the Luponic Distortion IPA Series beers, but this one ("Hints of: Peach - Pear Drop - Dragon Fruit") is damn good. I also agree with others that dropping the number from the label is confusing. Especially as it's called "No. 016" here and elsewhere. And then there's the whole "Luponic Distortion: Revolution" vs. "Luponic Distortion: IPA Series" naming convention. My head hurts.

Whatever. Damn good IPA!

Jul 10, 2020
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Covered in NuggsTodd from California

Covered in Nuggs

IPA - American | 6.7% ABV

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, Delaware

4.29/5  rDev +5.1% | Average: 4.08
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can with an enjoy by of 08/04/20. Sample from the brewery.

Pale gold with a touch of haze and a foamy head. Aroma is dank, piney, tropical, and citrus. This carries through to the palate with more piney goodness, bitter grapefruit and lime rind, and some juicy mango and peach. Resiny and sticky. Mouthfeel is light, soft, and creamy. Some toasty grain and honey notes from the malts. Dry and bready. The dankness lingers for a while.

Dankalicious! My mouth is indeed covered in nuggs. Surprisingly crushable, too.

Jul 06, 2020
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Juicy Banger IPATodd from California

Juicy Banger IPA

IPA - American | 7.4% ABV

Station 26 Brewing Co.
Denver, Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +2.2% | Average: 4.17
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32oz crowler from the brewery. Pours bright golden with a thick, fluffy, sticky, head. Fruity, pine, and resin in the nose. Firm, medium-bodied, soft, creamy, and a bit viscous. Juicy with tons of tropical fruitiness (pineapple, mango, papaya) as some stone fruit. Hoppy and faintly herbal, but not overly bitter. A bit malty with some toasty and honey notes, but not overly sweet. Finish is a bit sticky, resiny, and biscuity.

Juicy Banger was one of my favorite local IPAs when I lived in Denver. Many years later, it still holds its own in a world flooded by IPAs. This should be at the top of your list if you're a fan of juicy IPAs that aren't hazy.

Jul 05, 2020
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Little SipTodd from California

Little Sip

IPA - American | 6.2% ABV

Lawson's Finest Liquids
Waitsfield, Vermont

4.63/5  rDev +6.9% | Average: 4.33
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Special pre-release sample brewed by Sean Lawson on their 7-BBL brewery in Warren, Vermont. 16oz canned on 06/01/2020.

Light golden in color with a touch of haze and a massive three-finger head that drops to a solid lace with some stick. Clean floral aroma with suggestions of the fruitiness that lurks beneath. First sip is medium-bodied with a lively carbonation, a ton of creaminess, and a soft chewiness. Loving the hop bitterness with its raw, grassy bite upfront. This is followed by layers of fruitiness like melon rind, nectarine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and oranges. It's a bowl of juicy fruits, basically. It's also a little dank with some hop resin and oil that sticks around on the palate and into the herbal, and a little bready, bone-dry finish.

Damn! This is an awesome IPA from Lawson's. Little Sip IPA might be the little cousin of Sip of Sunshine IPA, but its packed with flavor and more crushable at 6.2% ABV.

Jul 01, 2020
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General Braddock'sTodd from California

General Braddock's

IPA - New England | 6.8% ABV

Brew Gentlemen
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +2.1% | Average: 4.3
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I remember having this beer at our Extreme Beer Fest: Boston in 2018. Stoked to see it in slim and sexy 12oz cans now! Best by 08/17/2020. Love the sleek and simple design. Sample from the brewery.

Murky, opaque, pale yellow with a thick, creamy head and clingy lace. Tropical and stone fruits in the nose. Body is a bit vicious with a slight chew and underlying creaminess. Super soft on the palate. Bitter and herbal upfront with a lemony rind, grapefruit, and some grassiness. Juicy and fleshy fruitiness of ripe apricot, mango, and tangerine. Semi-sweet with bready malts beneath and just a hint of toasty caramel. Resiny, oily, and leafy hop finish.

Soft. Bitter. Fruity. This is killer NEIPA. But I have a serious problem with it. Needs to be in 16oz cans so there's more to enjoy!

Jul 01, 2020
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Funkin NutzTodd from California

Funkin Nutz

IPA - American | 7.5% ABV

Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Boonville, California

3.66/5  rDev 0% | Average: 3.66
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness date. Sample from the brewery.

Bright, golden yellow with a thick, fluffy, white head. Aroma is dank, but soft with ripe fruits. Slightly chewy mouthfeel. Candied fruitiness with tropical and citrus notes and a hit of passion fruit. Herbal and bitter with some pine and an earthiness that runs into the bready finish. Leaves a resiny oiliness on the tongue.

A bit too sweet, but otherwise Funkin Nutz is a fairly decent IPA.

Jun 29, 2020
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Springdale IPATodd from California

Springdale IPA

IPA - American | 6.2% ABV

Springdale Beer Co.
Framingham, Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.9% | Average: 3.89
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz canned on 04/11/2020. Hopped with Citra, Sultana, Amarillo, and Galaxy. 6.2% ABV. Sample from the brewery.

Unfiltered, slightly hazy, golden beer with orange hues and a fluffy and clumpy head that sticks. Citrus and stone fruit aromas. Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Quite fruity upfront with mango, pineapple, orange, and tangy nectarine. Bitter, green, citrus rinds, and herbal in the middle with some dankness, pine, and resiny stick on the palate. Finishes bready with some apple and earthy notes.

Soft. Fruity. Bitter. Dank. I really dig this bi-coastal IPA mashup.

Jun 28, 2020
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Cherry Lime RadlerTodd from California

Cherry Lime Radler

Fruit and Field Beer | 4.1% ABV

Boulevard Brewing Co.
Kansas City, Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +2.1% | Average: 3.77
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Best by Oct 9, 2020. Beer with cherry, lime, and natural flavors. 4.1% ABV. Sample from the brewery.

Murky red with a soft pink lace. Very aromatic with a ton of cherry and lime. Crisp, lively, and light. Semi-sweet and very tart with a ton of cherry juice and a sharp lime bite. Bone-dry and moreish.

Straight-forward, as advertised ("tart, cherry, zing"), and incredibly refreshing.

Jun 21, 2020
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CurieuxTodd from California

Curieux

Tripel | 11% ABV

Allagash Brewing Company
Portland, Maine

4.76/5  rDev +10.4% | Average: 4.31
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle tasted during the Untappd Virtual Beer Festival.

Light and semi-cloudy with a tight creamy head that drops a great lace. Banana, clove, vanilla in the nose. More banana, coconut, distinct Jim Beam, vanilla, oak, peppery. Alcohol is well-hidden flavor-wise, but you can feel it massaging your brain into submission. Fruity with some red delicious apple. Light char and marshmallow. Sweet and toasty with caramel and bready notes. Light-bodied, tight carbonation, and uber-creamy. Spicy and semi-dry finish.

Too many barrel-aged beers are over-the-top. Not the case with Curieux. Allagash was able to retain everything I love about a Tripel and complement it with layers of depth and nuances from the barrel. This is a delicious, world-class beer.

Jun 14, 2020
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Spring Landscape (2020)Todd from California

Spring Landscape (2020)

Bock - Traditional | 6% ABV

Industrial Arts Brewing Company
Garnerville, New York

4.23/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.23
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can tasted during the Untappd Virtual Beer Festival.

Bright, clear golden with a great foamy white head and lacing. Bready and herbal in the nose. Soft, smooth, light. Malty, but not sweet. Toasty, biscuity, and hint of honey. Grassy with sweet herbal undertones. Low bitterness. Dry, herbal, grainy finish.

Spring Landscape reminds me of an old-school Spring Bock. I need more beers like this in my life.

Jun 14, 2020
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Fiddlehead IPATodd from California

Fiddlehead IPA

IPA - New England | 6.2% ABV

Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Shelburne, Vermont

3.87/5  rDev -4.9% | Average: 4.07
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can tasted during the Untappd Virtual Beer Festival.

Opaque, hazy, light peach/orange hues. Floral with a hint of soapiness in the nose. Fairly smooth, light, and creamy. Getting peach, mango, stone fruits, dank, orange, onion, bread crust, and grains. Quite earthy and dry with a slight oiliness.

Looks like an NEIPA, but tastes like an old-school New England IPA. Finish could be cleaner and the grainy character is out of place, but overall I dig it.

Jun 13, 2020
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Juice BombTodd from California

Juice Bomb

IPA - New England | 6.5% ABV

Sloop Brewing
Elizaville, New York

4.64/5  rDev +10% | Average: 4.22
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can tasted during the Untappd Virtual Beer Festival.

Opaque, hazy, orange with a thick head and lacing to the end. Citrusy nose. Soft on the palate. Tons of orange. Like the whole orange; flesh, juice, rind, and peel. Juicy. There's some tropical notes, too, but mind is locked into "creamsicle." Some bready, oaty, and wheaty malt flavors. Just enough to balance things out and let the juice shine. Light bitterness. Dry finish.

As advertised, this is indeed a juice bomb. It's soft and juicy AF. I love this beer.

Jun 13, 2020
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Diamond WavesTodd from California

Diamond Waves

Lager - American | 5.2% ABV

Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
San Diego, California

3.59/5  rDev -4.3% | Average: 3.75
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can tasted during the Untappd Virtual Beer Festival.

Super pale yellow with a decent head and lace. Very light and creamy. Clean, semi-tropical nose. Tart and fruity with white grape, key lime, guava, rind, and some crackery malts in the back. Finishes a bit dry.

This is a weird one. While the fruitiness overpowers any signs of this being a lager, let alone a "hoppy lager," this is an interesting offering that's worth a try.

Jun 13, 2020
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LuppoloTodd from California

Luppolo

Pilsner - German | 5% ABV

Oxbow Brewing Company
Newcastle, Maine

4.1/5  rDev +0.7% | Average: 4.07
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can tasted during the Untappd Virtual Beer Festival.

Pale straw with a touch of haze and a foamy head that drops to a thin lace. Light, bright, effervescent. Super creamy. A bit of yeastiness and breadiness with a bitter, lemony, grassy bite and a mineral, earthy, and dry finish.

Head retention is lacking, but otherwise this is a most excellent dry-hopped lager. Incredibly refreshing.

Jun 13, 2020
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Enchantments (Version 2: Toketie)Todd from California

Enchantments (Version 2: Toketie)

IPA - New England | 7% ABV

Icicle Brewing Company
Leavenworth, Washington

3.54/5  rDev -10.2% | Average: 3.94
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can stamped with "Toketie" and packaged on 05/12/2020. #02820. Sample from the brewery.

Hazy peach with a head that drops quickly to a thin lace. Dank and resiny with a semi-vicious mouthfeel. Fruity, juicy, and quite sweet with overripe peach, pineapple, and tangerine. There's a doughy malt character that's lingers around a bit longer than I'd like and leaves the palate bready. Getting some earthiness, too, with residual resin and bitterness.

Enchantments is a good NEIPA , but it lacks some depth and balance, and I'm not a fan of the finish.

Jun 13, 2020
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Logical ConclusionTodd from California

Logical Conclusion

IPA - New England | 7% ABV

Threes Brewing
Brooklyn, New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4% | Average: 4.07
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Batch #34. Pkg: 03/19/2020. Brewed with German Pilsner Malt, German Malted Wheat, American Wheat Flakes and hopped with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic. 7% ABV. Sample from the brewery.

Pours hazy, straw, pale yellow into the glass with a fluffy white head and some decent lacing. Spicy, piney, and minerally in the nose with stone fruit and grapefruit. Light, soft, and smooth on the palate. Massive burst of frutiness with peach and nectarine, lemon drop, blueberry, tangerine, white grape, and fruity esters. Finish is dry with a residual fruity candy flavor, some dough, and some resiny pine.

Lots to unpack with this NEIPA...and I'm here to help. I love the crazy fruitiness going on, the softness, the warming alcohol, and the dry finish. It's checking off a lot of boxes for me. Definitely a thumbs up.

Jun 13, 2020
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SunRay Juicy IPATodd from California

SunRay Juicy IPA

IPA - American | 6.5% ABV

Ecliptic Brewing
Portland, Oregon

3.89/5  rDev +3.2% | Average: 3.77
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. I can read the message: "Not from concentrate" stamped on the bottom of the can, but not the code or date. Hopped with Idaho 7 and Bru-1. 6.5% ABV. Sample from the brewery.

Pale golden, mostly clear with a hint of haze, and lively producing a thick, foamy head. Aroma is ripe with citrus and tropical fruits. Silky smooth on the palate with some chewiness and a tingly carbonation. Super fruity. Packed with orange, grapefruit, and mango flavors. Bready malts in the middle. Not overly sweet. Bitterness is bright, pithy, rindy, and lingers into the dry finish.

SunRay is basically juice without the pulp.

Jun 12, 2020
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VlietTodd from California

Vliet

Pilsner - German | 5.2% ABV

Threes Brewing
Brooklyn, New York

4.44/5  rDev +15.3% | Average: 3.85
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can. Batch #33. Pkg: 02/20/2020. Sample from the brewery. Poured into a Spiegelau Lager glass.

Pale, straw golden with a touch of haze (unfiltered?), a thick white foam head, and solid lacing. Clean nose with suggestions of sweet herbs and citrus zest. Drinks smooth and creamy with a prickly carbonation. Malty sweet with notes of bread and hay. Hops are green and grassy, herbal, spicy, and hit the palate with a smack of lime. Lingering herbal and bready notes in the dry finish.

A very balanced and refreshing Pilsner. I'd crush this all day if I lived in Brooklyn.

Jun 10, 2020
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The LightTodd from California

The Light

Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech | 5.4% ABV

Third Window Brewing Co.
Santa Barbara, California

4.41/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.41
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz canned on 01/16/2020. Sample from the brewery. Pilsner brewed with filtered water, heirloom Pilsner malt, Czech Saaz hops, and lime.

Pouring into a Spiegelau Lager glass yields a pale golden beer with a very slight haze from being unfiltered and a thick frothy white foam head that sticks around until the last sip. Aroma is clean with some apple and citrus. Lively and crisp with a creamy, medium body. Zesty lime start, followed by a citrus rind bitterness that's balanced by biscuit and honey malts and a soft, ripe pear sweetness. Dry finish with notes of orange, pepper, and crackers.

The addition of lime isn't overdone and complements the Saaz hops. I'm also a sucker for lime in lagers. Damn solid offering.

Jun 09, 2020
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IndoctrinationTodd from California

Indoctrination

Pilsner - German | 5.4% ABV

Threes Brewing
Brooklyn, New York

4.56/5  rDev +8.1% | Average: 4.22
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz canned on 03/16/2020 poured into a Spiegelau Lager glass. Sample from the brewery.

Pours bright and golden with a two-finger white head that laces down the glass. Hoppy nose with floral, herbal, rind, and a distinct oaky-wood aroma. First sip is creamy and smooth with some carbonation bite beneath. Hoppy, grassy, and lemony-lime upfront with a bready malt profile backed by oak that adds some unique depth to the beer with wood, spice, earthy undertones. The oakiness lingers with a dry, cracker finish and faint tea notes.

I tend to like my Pilsners unadulterated, but the oak really works here. It rounds things out, softens the crispness, but it's still very much a hoppy Pilsner. Thanks to Threes and Hudson Valley for collaborating on this delicious lager!

Jun 08, 2020