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Official Review (Issue 57)

The latest beer and cider reviews for The Beer Connoisseur's panel of judges.

Official Review (Issue 57)

Judging Process
Our reviews are conducted in a single-blind tasting format. This method provides the best opportunity to rely on facts and to avoid favoritism, insuring a level playing field for all brewers. It serves both the industry and the consumer to have unbiased and objective scores from qualified experts. To best implement this approach, the Judges Review is open to those with established experience as a Master Cicerone® from the Cicerone® Certification Program or as a judge that has accomplished the rank of National or higher from the Beer Judge Certification Program. In the single-blind tasting format, judges are presented with a chilled, properly poured beer and given its style category. Scoring is then done on the following basis using a 100-point scale:

Score Breakdown:
100 to 96: World Class 
 You need this beer in your life.
95 to 91: Exceptional  Don’t hesitate.
90 to 86: Very Good  A brew to savor.
85 to 75: Average – Somewhat unimpressive.
74 and below: Not Recommended  Just walk away.


World Class (100 to 96)


Rebellious Red Head Low Road Brewing

97
Smooth Operator Peanut Butter Porter
Low Road Brewing

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Kiwi Double IPA Lawson's Finest Liquids

96
Kiwi Double IPA
Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Jockamo Juicy IPA Abita Brewing Co.

96
Jockamo Juicy IPA
Abita Brewing Co.

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Exceptional (95 to 91)


Heady Topper The Alchemist

95
Heady Topper
The Alchemist

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Rebellious Red Head Low Road Brewing

95
Rebellious Red Head
Low Road Brewing

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High Pines Highland Brewing Co.

94
High Pines
Highland Brewing Co.

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Focal Banger The Alchemist

94
Focal Banger
The Alchemist

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Rebellious Red Head Low Road Brewing

94
Port Aged Barleywine
Low Road Brewing

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ASW Barrel Aged Vanilla Ice Cream Stout Wild Leap Brew Co.

94
ASW Barrel Aged Vanilla Ice Cream Stout
Wild Leap Brew Co.

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Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale pFriem Family Brewers

94
Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale
pFriem Family Brewers

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Alpha Abstraction Vol. 18 Wild Leap Brew Co.

94
Alpha Abstraction Vol. 18
Wild Leap Brew Co.

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Samuel Adams Just The Haze The Boston Beer Co.

93
Samuel Adams Just The Haze
The Boston Beer Co.

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Euphonia Pilsner New Realm Brewing

93
Euphonia Pilsner
New Realm Brewing

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Surf Rock Candy Shandy Pontoon Brewing

93
Surf Rock Candy Shandy
Pontoon Brewing

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Birthday Month Mango Cryo Hop IIPA Wild Leap Brew Co.

92
Birthday Month Mango Cryo Hop IIPA
Wild Leap Brew Co.

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92
Fruit Cup Vol. 2
Pontoon Brewing

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Birthday Month Flowers and Fruit Double IPA Wild Leap Brew Co.

91
Birthday Month Flowers and Fruit Double IPA
Wild Leap Brew Co.

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Very Good (90 to 86)


Rise and Shine Breakfast Sour Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

90
Rise and Shine Breakfast Sour
Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

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90
Birthday Month Blueberry Cryo Hop IIPA
Wild Leap Brew Co.

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Lemon Blueberry Blonde Low Road Brewing

90
Lemon Blueberry Blonde
Low Road Brewing

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Leder-Hoser Oktoberfest Low Road Brewing

90
Leder-Hoser Oktoberfest
Low Road Brewing

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Unscrupulous Low Road Brewing

90
Unscrupulous
Low Road Brewing

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Hazy Like A Fox New Realm Brewing

88
Hazy Like A Fox
New Realm Brewing

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Heritage Helles Arches Brewing

88
Heritage Helles
Arches Brewing

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Rocket Pop Gose Urban South Brewery

88
Rocket Pop Gose
Urban South Brewery

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Coconut Rum Barrel Aged Stout Wild Leap Brew Co.

87
Coconut Rum Barrel Aged Stout
Wild Leap Brew Co.

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Zulu King Coconut Porter Low Road Brewing

87
Zulu King Coconut Porter
Low Road Brewing

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pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine pFriem Family Brewers

86
pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine
pFriem Family Brewers

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Average (85 to 75)


 

Samuel Adams Wicked Double IPA The Boston Beer Co.

85
Samuel Adams Wicked Double IPA
The Boston Beer Co.

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We're Gonna Need a Bigger Pontoon Pontoon Brewing

84
We're Gonna Need a Bigger Pontoon
Pontoon Brewing

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Rhubarbebier Bozeman Brewing Co.

84
Rhubarbebier
Bozeman Brewing Co.

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83
Turbulence
Arches Brewing

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Vieux Bois Bozeman Brewing Co.

81
Vieux Bois
Bozeman Brewing Co.

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Zulu King Coconut Porter Low Road Brewing

81
Black Currant Sour
Low Road Brewing

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Birthday Month Hop Latte Cold Brew Double IPA Wild Leap Brew Co.

80
Birthday Month Hop Latte Cold Brew Double IPA
Wild Leap Brew Co.

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