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Official Review (Issue 62)

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

Official Review - Issue 62
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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.


Exceptional (95 to 91)


Alpha Abstraction Vol. 21 Wild Leap Brew Co.

95
Alpha Abstraction Vol. 21
Wild Leap Brew Co.

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Snowmelt Hard Sipper Lavender Lemon Flora

94
Snowmelt Hard Sipper Lavender Lemon Flora
Upslope Brewing Co.

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Japanese Style Lager Upslope Brewing Co.

94
Japanese Style Lager
Upslope Brewing Co.

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Sunshine Haze Dream Urban South Brewery

94
Sunshine Haze Dream
Urban South Brewery

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DDH Deftones Phantom Bride Hazy IPA Belching Beaver Brewery

94
DDH Deftones Phantom Bride Hazy IPA
Belching Beaver Brewery

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Eternal Siesta Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

92
Eternal Siesta
Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

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Hazy 8 Double IPA Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

91
Hazy 8 Double IPA
Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

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Westphal Kölsch Berlinetta Brewing

91
Westphal Kölsch
Berlinetta Brewing

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Very Good (90 to 86)


Scrag Mountain Pils - Salt & Lime Lawson's Finest Liquids

90
Scrag Mountain Pils - Salt & Lime
Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Mango Lime Sour Ale Upslope Brewing Co.

88
Mango Lime Sour Ale
Upslope Brewing Co.

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Good Seed Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

88
Good Seed
Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

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Building Lives: Son of a Saint - Sonny's Spicy Margarita Urban South Brewery

88
Building Lives: Son of a Saint - Sonny's Spicy Margarita
Urban South Brewery

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Snowmelt Hard Sipper House Punch Upslope Brewing Co.

87
Snowmelt Hard Sipper House Punch
Upslope Brewing Co.

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Goldcoast Lager Berlinetta Brewing

87
Goldcoast Lager
Berlinetta Brewing

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Average (85 to 75)


Coastal Harmony Urban South Brewery

85
Coastal Harmony
Urban South Brewery

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Weihenstephan Festbier Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

84
Weihenstephan Festbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bourbon Street Porter Low Road Brewing

84
Bourbon Street Porter
Low Road Brewing

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Dark Allyance Wild Leap Brew Co.

83
Dark Allyance
Wild Leap Brew Co.

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Letiche's Bite Low Road Brewing

82
Letiche's Bite
Low Road Brewing

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Summer Vacation Low Road Brewing

82
Summer Vacation
Low Road Brewing

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