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

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Return to YourselfTodd from California

Return to Yourself

IPA - New England | 7.2% ABV

Radiant Beer Co.
Anaheim, California

4.03/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.03
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. Hazy IPA. 7.2%. Sample from the brewery.

Murky, milky, opaque, pale orange with a creamy lace that never ends. Clean nose with some biscuit, guava, melon, and floral notes. Smooth, super creamy, fairly light-bodied with a crisp carbonation bite beneath. Fruity with peach, kiwi, rind, honeydew melon, overripe strawberry, and juicy orange. Herbal. Some honey notes too. Biscuity in the finish.

Another solid hazy IPA from Radiant.

May 11, 2021
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Unwind Your MindTodd from California

Unwind Your Mind

IPA - New England | 7.5% ABV

Hop Butcher For The World
Darien, Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +0.5% | Average: 4.3
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can packaged on 03/01/2021. Sample from the brewery.

Murky, opaque, orange with a thick and creamy head and clingy lace. Floral and citrus in the nose. First sip is so damn smooth and creamy. Juicy and fruity with pineapple, strawberry, lychee, overripe peach, cantaloupe, and mandarin orange. Quite sweet, but not cloying. Dank and herbal hop profile that's a bit sticky and oily on the palate too. Honey, toasty, soft bready malts. Dry, earthy finish.

This is a one hell of a fruity, juicy, and soft hazy.

May 10, 2021
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Hater BlockersTodd from California

Hater Blockers

IPA - New England | 8% ABV

Drekker Brewing Company
Fargo, North Dakota

4.16/5  rDev -1.4% | Average: 4.22
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 01/31/2021. Sample from the brewery.

Malts: Pale Two Row, Oats, Carafoam, Spelt, Chit
Hops: Sabro, Mosiac, Citra
Yeast: House IPA Yeast

Murky, milky, straw, pale orange-yellow with a thick, creamy lace. Tropical and coconut in the nose with some floral notes. Medium-bodied, a bit chewy, and incredibly creamy, soft, and smooth. Fruity and juicy with a big smack of lemon-line followed by pineapple, tangerine, honeydew melon, and overripe strawberries. A bit spicy and boozy. Some coconut suggestions too. Slightly toasty malts with an underlying doughiness. Grassy, a bit astringent, and bitter with an herbal and resiny linger and heavy dose of hop burn.

Other than burping up hops and wreaking my esophagus for the next few hours, this a damn good hazy DIPA.

Apr 28, 2021
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Riwakamania (2021)Todd from California

Riwakamania (2021)

IPA - New England | 6.5% ABV

Hop Butcher For The World
Darien, Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +0.2% | Average: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Packaged on 02/23/2021. Sample from the brewery.

Hazy, pale yellow with a creamy head and lace. Big citrus and floral aroma. Light-bodied, soft, and creamy. Opens with a big burst of juicy fruitiness. Orange, kumquat, nectarine, pineapple, strawberry, and pink grapefruit. Bitter. Herbal. Dank. Resinous. Bready malt profile show up near the dry finish with a doughy linger.

"Riwakamania is running wild, Brother!"

Apr 26, 2021
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Skeleton CruiseTodd from California

Skeleton Cruise

IPA - American | 6.25% ABV

Hop Butcher For The World
Darien, Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +2.7% | Average: 4.05
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can packaged on 03/09/2021. Sample from the brewery.

Clear, bright golden, with lively carbonation and a foamy white lace. Nose is clean, soft, fruity, and floral with some stone fruit. Medium-bodied and creamy on the palate. Smack of lemon/lime zest upfront with suggestions of grapefruit rind, pine, overripe pineapple, cantaloupe, peach, berries, and apple skins. Some dankness. Bitter, a bit grassy and earthy too, with a tea-like astringency. Toasty, bready, sweet grain, and honey notes push back on the bitterness. Finish is dry, herbal, and a bit doughy.

I'm here for the Skeleton Cruise. The hop profile throws way back and reminds us that IPAs don't have to look or taste the same.

Apr 19, 2021
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Cold IPATodd from California

Cold IPA

Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL) | 8% ABV

Ecliptic Brewing
Portland, Oregon

4.51/5  rDev +15.9% | Average: 3.89
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz canned on 02/16/2021. Sample from the brewery.

Pours golden with some slight chill haze (that eventually clears up) and a creamy foam head that remains until the last sip. Tons of tropical and stone fruit in the nose with some underlying bready pale malts, but it's soft and clean. Fairly light-bodied, but firm, Incredibly smooth, and super creamy on the palate. Mouthfeel is incredible. You're then hit with a burst of orange, grapefruit rind, mango, and melon. There's some sticky pine resin action going on with spicy, herbal, and leafy undertones too. Bready, but overall clean and dry, finish. And that 8% ABV is barely perceivable at first, but leaves you with a pleasing warmth on its way out.

I saw a lot of people taking shit about "Cold IPA" when this beer was first announced. Whatever. As Wayfinder's Brewmaster Kevin Davey explained it in a guest article for New School, it's not an India Pale Lager (IPL) or Dry-Hopped Lager. His Cold IPAs are brewed with adjuncts (corn or rice) for color, body, and mouthfeel. He also uses his house lager strain, but ferments warm (65F) to avoid excessive sulfur dioxide. And then he uses the dry hop krausen technique (tail end of fermentation) used with Italian Pilsners. In his words, all of this achieves the following: "1. We fully carbonate the beer. 2. The still active yeast scrubs any oxygen we add during the dry hopping. 3. Biotransformation of hops."

More "Cold IPA," please.

Apr 08, 2021
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805 CervezaTodd from California

805 Cerveza

Lager - Adjunct | 4.5% ABV

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles, California

3.68/5  rDev +15% | Average: 3.2
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

24oz canned on 02/16/2021. 4.5% ABV, 110 calories. Purchased at Alan's Market in Marina del Rey, CA.

I'm a sucker for lagers in 24oz cans, so when I saw this at my local bodega I had to grab it.

Bright, clear, pale yellow beer with a thin white foam head that fizzes down (you can hear it) to practically nothing. Nose if full of lime zest with light floral and soft bready notes. Light, crisp, and drinks smooth. Carbonation is bit seltzer-like. Crackery malt base that's pierced by a lime rind bite with a slightly bitter and grassy edge. Lightly toasted grains and a bit doughy in the middle. Finish is clean and bone-dry.

Yeah, 805 Cerveza is heavily marketed as a lifestyle product with its own vibe, but as a beer it's light, crisp, clean, dry, brewed with lime, and super crushable. Oh, and it's a lager.

Apr 07, 2021
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MatsurikaTodd from California

Matsurika

Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech | 5% ABV

Japas Cervejaria
São Paulo - SP, Brazil

4.23/5  rDev +6.3% | Average: 3.98
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned on 01/04/2021. 5% ABV. 27 IBU. Labeled as a "Bohemian Style Pilsner with Jasmine Flowers." Sample from the brewery. Thanks, Maíra!

Pale, kinda straw, golden with a slight haze that's capped with a thick, two-finger white, creamy head. Retention is most impressive. Aroma is soft with floral, bready, and earthy aromas. Creamy on the palate, very smooth, medium-bodied, and a bit crisp. Malty, toasty, bready, and honey sweet malts up front, followed by a bit of lemon, and then delicate tea-like notes of jasmine. Mildly astringent with a minerally finish and herbal linger.

I loved this beer when I first tried it at Extreme Beer Fest in 2019. Still love it. Matsurika is a deliciously nuanced Pilsner that basically tastes like cold-brewed jasmine tea.

Protip: This beer gets better as it warms.

Apr 06, 2021
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Hazy-O!Todd from California

Hazy-O!

IPA - New England | 7.1% ABV

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, Delaware

4.34/5  rDev +8% | Average: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can with a best before June 2021. Sample from the brewery.

From the can: "Our oooooh so juicy hazy IPA brewed with 1. malted, 2, rolled, 3. naked oats & 4. oat milk." 7.1%

Pale, golden, and hazy, but not opaque with a foamy white head and light stick. Nose full of oats with some orange and floral notes. Incredibly soft, smooth, and creamy. Sweet upfront with some juicy tangerine, ripe peach, cantaloupe, and a sherbert flavors. Tastes kind of like a deconstructed creamsicle. Those layers of oats result in a semi-doughy, dry finish.

I eye rolled for a moment when I first heard about this beer, but this is one of the best nationally distributed NEIPAs. The hard focus on oats, and working with Elmhurst for the oat milk addition, makes it unique and very Dogfish Head. I'd love to see a Double Hazy-O! with the addition of the same oat cream that they used in Costumes & Karaoke. Oats x 5!

Mar 30, 2021
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The DoubleTodd from California

The Double

IPA - Imperial | 8.2% ABV

Building 8 Brewing (BLDG8)
Northampton, Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +2.4% | Average: 4.17
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. No date. Sample from the brewery. Thanks, O'Brian!

Clear, bright, golden with a thin creamy lace that sticks here and there and hangs out until the end. Clean nose with notes of pine, grapefruit, and bread. Body is lighter than expected, and I dig it. Crisp and super creamy too. Grapefruit right out of the gate. Zest, rind, flesh, and juice. All of it. Bitter. A little dank. Sticky resins. Pineapple and mandarin orange. Some toasty malts with a hint of caramel helps to round things out a bit, but the hops dominate and continue to assault the palate. A bit peppery in the dry finish. You know it's coming, but that 8.2% creeps up on you.

Don't sleep on The Double. It's a damn good West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale from an East Coast brewer. If I had local access, it'd easily become a go-to DIPA for me. I wish I had more!

Mar 29, 2021
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The HazyTodd from California

The Hazy

IPA - New England | 6.5% ABV

Building 8 Brewing (BLDG8)
Northampton, Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -4.2% | Average: 4.24
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can. No date. Sample from the brewery. Thanks, O'Brian!

Peachy, hazy, near opaque with a tight, foamy white head and lacing. Clean aroma, but I'm getting some stone fruit and milled pale malts. Smooth, creamy, firm, light-bodied, but not too light, and very soft. Crispy carbonation beneath, but this smoothes out as the beer warms. Quite hoppy, fruity, and juicy, but not overly bitter, with apricot, gooseberries, mango, passion fruit, and mandarin orange. Mild astringency for a moment. Bready malt profile with some oatiness. Doughy, dry finish.

The Hazy is a solid hazy. Soft, juicy, and flavorful.

Mar 21, 2021
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Pliny The ElderTodd from California

Pliny The Elder

IPA - Imperial | 8% ABV

Russian River Brewing Company
Santa Rosa, California

4.87/5  rDev +3.8% | Average: 4.69
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

510ml bottled on 02/02/2021. "Not packaged from resale." Sample from the brewery. Thanks, Vinnie!

I've consumed Pliny the Elder hundreds of times over the years, and most of those were on draught at The Falling Rock when I lived in Denver, but I've never sat down with a bottle for a proper review on my own.

Pours a lively, light, pale, honey colored beer with a hint of haze and a thick, creamy head that laces down the glass with each sip. Big piney note in the nose with citrus and a soft floral aroma. Mouthfeel is sublime. Crisp and prickly on the palate, and then creamy, firm, a bit chewy, and incredibly smooth. Malty sweet with a light clean breadiness. Hoppy and fruity with pineapple, orange, ripe, juicy, fleshy, tropical fruits, and grapefruit rind. This is broken up by a dry bitterness with pine, resin, and an oily and ashy presence that sticks to the palate for what seems like forever. And I want it to last forever. Biscuit. Honey. Warming alcohol. Bone-dry finish. Spicy linger.

Despite the market being absolutely flooded with India Pale Ales, and good number of them being what I'd consider world-class, in 2021 Pliny the Elder still stands after all these years as the gold standard for both West Coast and Double IPAs. And after drinking it countless times, it never gets old.

Mar 17, 2021
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PorterTodd from California

Porter

Porter - American | 5.75% ABV

Russian River Brewing Company
Santa Rosa, California

4.57/5  rDev +9.9% | Average: 4.16
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz canned on 12/08/2020. Sample from the brewery. Thanks, Vinnie!

Pours pitch black, dark ruby edges, massive two-fingered, tan colored head. Light coffee, chocolate, tobacco, and dark bread in the nose. Silky smooth on the palate with a medium body and some creaminess. First sip brings brownies with slightly burnt edges to mind. Rich, malty sweet upfront with caramel, toasted malts, roasty bitterness, cocoa, chocolate, spice, black treacle, a little tangy, burnt, semi-acrid, smoke, and a bit of ashiness. Finish is bone-dry with some breadiness.

This is one of the best unadulterated Porters that I've had in recent years. A classic. Reminds me of Porters from the late 90s, which makes sense this was the first beer that Russian River ever brewed. So damn good.

Mar 14, 2021
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That Track Is A GrooveTodd from California

That Track Is A Groove

IPA - American | 7.2% ABV

Radiant Beer Co.
Anaheim, California

4.06/5  rDev -5.4% | Average: 4.29
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. No date. First batch. West Coast IPA. 7.2%. Sample from the brewery.

Light, bright, crystal clear golden beer with some lively carbonation and a thick, white, super foamy head that sticks to the end. Soft, tropical aroma. Medium-bodied, very smooth, light carbonation, and some chewiness. More tropical fruitiness (ripe mango, pineapple, melon) with orange, some apple and pear, grapefruit, pine, and a resiny dankness too. Toasty, bready malts with honey notes. Dries up with a spicy and herbal linger.

More West Coast IPAs please.

Mar 09, 2021
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Urban QueenTodd from California

Urban Queen

Stout - American Imperial | 10% ABV

Crowns & Hops
Inglewood, California

4.37/5  rDev +14.7% | Average: 3.81
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned on 01/24/2021. Imperial Stout brewed with Red Bay King's Prize Ethiopian coffee. 10% ABV. Purchased at Whole Foods in Venice, California.

Rich, dark brown with a creamy, light brown colored lace. Deep roastiness in the nose with chocolate and vanilla. Lucious on the palate. Super smooth, creamy, and lighter than I expected (and I like it). Lots of layers. Dark chocolate, roasty, toasty, coffee, caramel, malted milk, marshmallow, vanilla. Sweet, malty, near syrupy, but not quite and not overdone. Suggestions of blueberries. Slightly bitter with a light astringency. Some spice and heat emerges as the beer warms, but it's subtle. A bit smokey in the finish.

Urban Queen is a delicious coffee-infused Imperial Stout. That 10% is very well-hidden too. You might find yourself wanting more, like I did. Wishing I had bought another 4-pack now too.

Mar 04, 2021
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Lil' HumaTodd from California

Lil' Huma

IPA - American | 4.5% ABV

Short's Brewing Company
Bellaire, Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +3.9% | Average: 3.88
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can. Sample from the brewery. Thanks, Joe!

So this the smaller version of Huma Lupa Licious, a 7.7% India Pale Ale. It's only 4.5% ABV and marketed as a low-cal, low-carb IPA with 95 calories and 4 grams of carbs. 53 IBU

Lively pour. Light golden hue with tons of carbonation and solid three-finger meringue-like foam head with incredible lacing. Aroma is very soft and floral with citrus rind and apple skin. Light-bodied, a bit crisp, smooth, and creamy on the palate. Bready malts. Dry and astringent with a grassy bitterness, aspirin notes, and grapefruit rind. Bone-dry, crackery, finish and the hops stick around for a while with a spicy and herbal linger.

If you're a hophead looking for a low-cal and low-carb offering, you're going to crush Lil' Huma.

Mar 03, 2021
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AlpenhazeTodd from California

Alpenhaze

IPA - New England | 6.3% ABV

Icicle Brewing Company
Leavenworth, Washington

3.77/5  rDev +1.3% | Average: 3.72
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned on 11/24/2020. Samples from the brewery.

Hazy, but not murky, with a kind of pale, straw, yellow hue with orange edges. Head is two fingers thick, tight, foamy, clingy, and sticks around until the last sip. Orange, stone fruit, and some floral notes in the aroma. Soft and smooth on the palate. Despite the lively appearance, carbonation is light and there's a bit of a watery feel. Very fruity, but not overly sweet, with pineapple, mandarin orange, and juicy apricot. A bit spicy and herbal. Malt profile is very bready with a dry and hoppy finish.

Alpenhaze is good baseline hazy IPA. Fairly balanced and easy to crush. The only thing missing is a straw for this juice box.

Mar 01, 2021
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For LifeTodd from California

For Life

Stout - American Imperial | 12.5% ABV

BeerThugLife
Compton, California

4.17/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.17
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Sample from BeerThugLife. Thanks, Edgar!

Pours pitch black with creamy, coffee stained head. Bakers chocolate, cake batter, and light vanilla in the nose. Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied, firm, and a bit chewy. Layers of chocolate, brownies, toasty, roasty, bitter, coffee, some char, brandied cherries, black treacle, and toffee. Vanilla is very subtle, but becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

I was hoping for a bit more vanilla, but For Life is a damn solid stout.

(This sample is over a year old now. It held up quite well.)

Feb 28, 2021
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Happy HopsTodd from California

Happy Hops

IPA - American | 6.5% ABV

Russian River Brewing Company
Santa Rosa, California

4.37/5  rDev +5% | Average: 4.16
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

510ml bottled on 01/28/21. Sample from the brewery. Thanks, Vinnie!

The pour on this beer is glorious. Clear, pale yellow with a big, foamy, two-fingered white head. Incredible retention, lacing, and cling. Big aroma of citrus, stone fruit, and tropical fruits. Super creamy and light-bodied. There's some light sweetness upfront with some orange and pineapple. Bitter with an astringent edge and sticky pine. Melon, mango, papaya, guava, and nectarine. Ripe and fleshy. Bready malt backbone with some light toasted grain notes, honey, caramel. Earthy. Nice and dry in the finish with lingering hoppy notes.

I'm glad that Happy is back and that he's hoppy. The old-school label is a nice touch too.

Feb 28, 2021
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Parallel PathTodd from California

Parallel Path

IPA - American | 7.2% ABV

Radiant Beer Co.
Anaheim, California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9% | Average: 4.25
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can. No date. First batch. West Coast IPA. 7.2%. Sample from the brewery.

Bright, clear, golden with super lively carbonation and a two-finger thick foamy white head that sticks and clings to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is like sticking your nose in a tropical fruit cup. Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied with a slight chewiness about it. Sweet and fruity upfront, but not cloying. Tons of papaya,, overripe mango, some pineapple, stone fruit, lime zest, and melon rind. Astringent in the middle with a nice bite of old-school bitterness that leaves a chalky, aspirin edge. Herbal. Pine. Grassy. Dank. Finish is a bit bready and grainy with some toasty and honey action in the back. Dries up nicely.

More West Coast IPAs please.

Feb 22, 2021
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HayabusaTodd from California

Hayabusa

Lager - Japanese Rice | 5.3% ABV

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Long Beach, California

4.1/5  rDev +5.9% | Average: 3.87
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz canned on 12/08/2020. Purchased at Whole Foods in Venice, California.

Bright, pale golden with lively, seltzer-like carbonation and thin fizzy head. Barely any head retention, otherwise a fine looking lager. Nose of full of toasted cereal grains, cooked rice, and bell peppers. Light and crisp on the palate with a lemony and citrus rind hop bite, floral notes, some bell pepper fruitiness and spice, bready malts, and some nuttiness in the back. Finish is dry, crackery, and clean overall, but there's a slight starchy linger.

Hayabusa is a refreshing take on a Japanese Rice Lager, a style that I'd love to see more American brewers offer.

Feb 20, 2021
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The SessionTodd from California

The Session

IPA - American | 4.8% ABV

Building 8 Brewing (BLDG8)
Northampton, Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.08
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can. No date. Sample from the brewery. Thanks, O'Brian!

Pours very pale with a slight straw haziness and a solid foamy head that drops to a residual lace. Aroma is soft with suggestions of floral, citrus, and pine. Light-bodied, thin, and super crispy. Fruity (but not sweet), hoppy, and bitter with a zesty citrus and pith, bitter orange, grapefruit rind, more pine, some dankness, and apple in the back. Thin oiliness on the palate. Crackery malts. Bone-dry finish with an herbal, ashy, and spicy linger.

A lot of Session IPAs come across as boring IPA wannabes, but not The Session. It's got everything you want in an IPA, but less alcohol (4.8%). Its dry, bitter profile makes it very crushable too. Probably one of the best Session IPAs that's I've had the pleasure to crush. Would crush again.

Feb 15, 2021
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The IPATodd from California

The IPA

IPA - American | 6.5% ABV

Building 8 Brewing (BLDG8)
Northampton, Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -1% | Average: 4.16
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can. No date. Sample from the brewery. Thanks, O'Brian!

Slightly hazy (we'll talk later) golden-orange hued beer with a creamy lace. Citrus and pine in the nose. Very crisp, lively, and creamy on the palate. Kind of juicy too with a solid dose of tropical fruitiness (pineapple, mango, papaya) that collides with more pine, some grapefruit, citrus rind, and good old-fashioned dankness with resiny and ashy notes. Quite bitter, and a bit spicy too, but the fruitiness keeps it in check. Some honey and melon sweetness, bready malt backbone, and a biscuity, dry, herbal, finish.

For a West Coast IPA brewed on the East Coast, this is damn good. A bit too hazy, because WCIPAs are meant to be as clear as the SoCal skies, but still damn good. Wish I had another one.

Feb 11, 2021
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Oktoberfest Bier (Oktoberfest Wiesn)Todd from California

Oktoberfest Bier (Oktoberfest Wiesn)

Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest | 6% ABV

Paulaner Brauerei
München, Germany

4.26/5  rDev +9.8% | Average: 3.88
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle with a best before 06.21. Labeled as "Oktoberfest Bier." Sample from the brewery. Discovered in the back of my beer fridge.

Bright, pale golden with a creamy white head and clingy lace. Herbal, bready, and citrus rind in the nose. Light-bodied, but there's some chew to this beer. It's very smooth and creamy too. Carbonation is tight and lively. Very refreshing. Malty backbone that's toasty and biscuity with a touch of honey sweetness. Light smack of lime bitterness. Floral. Minerally. Clean, dry finish.

Oktoberfest is long over, but this took me right back. Balanced, delicate, insanely drinkable. My only issue with this beer is that it wasn't in a 1 liter can.

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit

Oans, zwoa, drei, Gsuffa!

Feb 03, 2021
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Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Golden AleTodd from California

Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Golden Ale

Strong Ale - Belgian Pale | 8.3% ABV

Ecliptic Brewing
Portland, Oregon

4.39/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.39
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 0.9 oz. bottle. 8.3%. Sample from the brewery. Rescued from the back of my beer fridge.

Brewed in collaboration with Russian River Brewing Company, this Belgian-style Golden Ale was aged for 11 months in Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces. I love Ecliptic and Russian River, and aging beer in wine barrels, so I'm stoked to check this one out...

Decanted into a BeerAdvocate Teku. Straw-golden with a touch of chill haze (clears up as the beer warms) and a thin foamy, white lace. Tons of Brett in the nose with some medical, herbal, oak, fruity wine, and lime zest. Bright, light, and tart with a nice carbonation bite. Round, balanced, and vinous fruitiness. Black cherry and raspberries come to mind. Soft acidity. Getting a hints of fermented honey too. Bready, dry, clean finish.

Delicious. Vibrant. Refreshing. I love this beer!

Feb 02, 2021
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Big Little Thing Imperial IPATodd from California

Big Little Thing Imperial IPA

IPA - Imperial | 9% ABV

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Chico, California

3.98/5  rDev 0% | Average: 3.98
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

19.2 oz canned on 12/01/2020. 9%. Purchased from Alan's Market in Venice.

Golden, touch of haze, topped with a super creamy foam head that sticks to the last sip. Nose is bready and fruity with tropical and floral nose. Surprisingly light-bodied, but refreshing for the style. Crisp, creamy, and lively on the palate. Soft fruitiness of apple, mango, grapefruit, pine, orange, and citrus zest. Hoppy, but not very bitter. Bready, wheaty, herbal, earthy, and a dry, biscuity finish.

This beer is indeed a Big Little Thing. It's insanely light, balanced, and drinkable for a 9% Imperial IPA.

Feb 01, 2021
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Pride and ParquetTodd from California

Pride and Parquet

Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL) | 5.7% ABV

Jack's Abby Brewing
Framingham, Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +5.6% | Average: 3.92
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz canned on 01/04/2021. 5.7%. Collaboration with the Boston Celtics. Sample from the brewery.

Cracking open the can unleashes an immediate aroma of pine and citrus. Pours a lively bright golden beer with an awesome two-finger foam head. Slight haze. Lace sticks to the end. Yeah. More pine and citrus rise up in the nose with some floral notes. First sip is crispy, then creamy, and then smooth with a medium body. Bready malt backbone. Fruity sweetness with some orange, honeydew melon, and stone fruit. Quite hoppy with grassy, piney, some resin and oil, and herbal notes. Biscuity, dry finish.

Pride and Parquet is indeed a hoppy lager. And a damn good one. Not at all bitter, but hoppy. I dig it.

Jan 30, 2021
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Becoming More RealTodd from California

Becoming More Real

IPA - New England | 6.6% ABV

Radiant Beer Co.
Anaheim, California

4.2/5  rDev +2.4% | Average: 4.1
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can. No date. First batch. Hazy India Pale Ale. 6.6%. Sample from the brewery.

Pale, straw, hazy AF. As in opaque and milky-looking. Head is creamy, frothy, and sticky. Nose is ridiculous fruity with tons of stone and tropical fruits. Super creamy mouthfeel that's a bit vicious, but still soft and fluffy. Nice carbonation bite that brings some crispiness to the palate. Big fruitiness with peach, guava, fleshy melon, and tangerine. Riding on the back is this interesting coconut note that complements and adds depth. Some breadiness follows. Finishes dry with an herbal linger.

Becoming More Real is a solid, well-balanced, and tasty hazy IPA.

Jan 27, 2021
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Dinero 100KTodd from California

Dinero 100K

Lager - Vienna | 5% ABV

BeerThugLife
Compton, California

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

16oz canned on 12/16/2020. Sample (birthday gift) from BeerThugLife.

Drops a bright, pale golden color topped with a creamy, white head that snaps down to a thin lace. Nose is very clean. First sip is a bit crisp and a bit creamy with a medium body and a slight chew. Clean hoppy smack of citrus rinds. Dry. Light bready malts, some corn, touch of honey, and a semi-husky, dry, grain finish.

Dinero 100K is one of the best Mexican-style lagers that I've had in years.

Jan 23, 2021
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Costumes & KaraokeTodd from California

Costumes & Karaoke

Herb and Spice Beer | 8% ABV

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, Delaware

4.55/5  rDev +14.6% | Average: 3.97
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled on 08/28/2020. Sample from the brewery. Found this one on the back of the fridge. Let's see how it's holding up!

Poured in a BeerAdvocate Teku. Bronze with a slight haziness and a creamy lace that sticks to the glass a bit. Massive aroma! Tons of licorice, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and mint. First sip is velvety smooth, super creamy, near full-bodied, with a slight, syrupy chewiness. All of the mentioned aromas are packed into the flavor and then joined by vanilla, golden raisins, and suggestions of sugar cookies. Pistachio? Almond? There this nut meets liquor thing going on here, and I like it. Herbal, spicy, peppery finish with an oily feel on the palate.

Damn. Reminiscent of a cold chai tea latte, this sweet and spicy concoction from Dogfish Head is delicious AF!

Jan 18, 2021
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SimulacrumTodd from California

Simulacrum

Lager - European Dark | 5.3% ABV

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles, California

4.11/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.11
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz crowler purchased at The Propagator.

Pours bright copper with brown edges and a thin, creamy lace. Aroma is clean with some freshly baked brown bread notes. Crisp, prickly carbonation. Light-bodied. Well-attenuated. Breadcrust, caramelly, nutty, and earthy with hint of metallic. Pretty dry overall, but there's a touch of sweet cereal grains, And, as the beer warms, a very subtle dark grape fruitiness emerges. Bitterness is light, but snappy with a herbal and tea-like undertones. Clean, dry, finish with some lingering breadiness.

Reminds me of Negra Model, but with a maltier backbone. Damn tasty!

Jan 17, 2021
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KoshihikariTodd from California

Koshihikari

Herb and Spice Beer | 5.8% ABV

Third Window Brewing Co.
Santa Barbara, California

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

500ml bottle. Sample from the brewery.

Pale golden with a thick, creamy head and clingy lace. Fruity and floral with layers of lime; leaf, rind, and zest. Light-bodied and quite dry, but there's some residual fruity sweetness. Herbal and peppery. Starchy finish.

A very unique, delicate, and nuanced beer. Incredibly light, crisp, clean (thanks to the Koshihikari rice), and refreshing with a bit of a Belgian-y finish thanks to the Witbier yeast and Belgian Pilsner malt. Glad I got to try this one.

Dec 24, 2020
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Duke Snider's Imperial StoutTodd from California

Duke Snider's Imperial Stout

Stout - American Imperial | 9.3% ABV

Walking Tree Brewery
Vero Beach, Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2.3% | Average: 3.99
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Just found this bomber in the back of my beer fridge. Sample from the brewery. 9.3% ABV. 85 IBU.

Pitch black with a creamy mocha colored head that drops to a ringed lace. Chocolate and cherries in the nose. Viscous and silky smooth on the palate. First sip is packed with deep roasted malts and plenty of chocolate and coffee notes. Brownies come to mind. Black treacle, maraschino cherry, and raisin. Peppery. Quite bitter. Dry, earthy finish. Hints of sherry and cardboard (oxidation) linger in the back.

I straight up solid American Imperial Stout.

Dec 20, 2020