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Dark Allyance

Dark Allyance, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Reviewed by: Rodney A. Tillinghast
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Dark Allyance by Wild Leap Brew Co. was judged as a 2021 BJCP style 30A Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer.

Goldcoast Lager

Goldcoast Lager, Berlinetta Brewing
Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Goldcoast Lager by Berlinetta Brewing is being evaluated as an International Amber Lager (Category 2B, 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines). However, as you'll see, it's more of an American India Amber Lager for which there are no current categories.

Westphal Kölsch

Westphal Kölsch, Berlinetta Brewing
Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Westphal Kölsch by Berlinetta Brewing is being evaluated as a traditional Kölsch (Category 5B, 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines). It poured a light gold color that sat underneath a fleeting, bone-white head of foam. True to style, it was also... Read More

Bourbon Street Porter

Bourbon Street Porter, Low Road Brewing
Reviewed by: Brian Eichhorn
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Bourbon Street Porter by Low Road Brewing is an American Porter aged with bourbon-soaked toasted oak spirals and is being evaluated as a 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer due to the Bourbon addition. The beer pours with a very minimal off-white head... Read More

Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation, Low Road Brewing
Reviewed by: Brian Eichhorn
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Summer Vacation by Low Road Brewing is being judged as a 28C Wild Specialty Beer. This pours with a collapsing fizzy white head, a pale straw color with a subtle haze to it. The nose of this beer is pretty interesting, with the mix of aromas... Read More

Letiche's Bite

Letiche's Bite, Low Road Brewing
Reviewed by: Brian Eichhorn
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Letiche's Bite by Low Road Brewing was evaluated as a 28C Wild Specialty Beer. 

Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Scrag Mountain Pils - Salt & Lime by Lawson's Finest Liquids is being evaluated as a Czech Pils with salt and lime, which places it into the Spice, Herb, Vegetable category 30A (BJCP Style Guidelines 2015).

War Llama

War Llama, Mispillion River Brewing
Reviewed by: Michael McGuire
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

War Llama by Mispillion River Brewing is a Berliner Weisse brewed with mixed berry flavor and electroltyes and was judged as a Berliner Weisse (BJCP sub-style 23A). It poured a clear, bright Granny Smith Apple-green... Read More

Reviewed by: John C. Tull
Judges Rating:
72
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
3 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
13 / 20

Branded & Barreled Banana, Chocolate, Peanut Butter by Belching Beaver Brewery was judged as Mixed-Style Beer (34B BJCP 2021) with a base styles of Specialty Wood-aged Beer (33B), Imperial Stout (20C) and Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (30A... Read More

Reviewed by: John C. Tull
Judges Rating:
77
Aroma:
17 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Redux Chocolate Rum Stout by Garage Brewing Co. was judged as Mixed-Style Beer (34B BJCP 2021) with a base styles of Specialty Wood-aged Beer (33B), Imperial Stout (20C) and Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (30A). Roll out the [rum] barrel! Wow,... Read More

Reviewed by: John C. Tull
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Redux Western Pear Heffe Hefeweizen was judged as Fruit Beer (29A BJCP 2021) with a base style of Wheatwine (22D). Whiskey oak barrel aromas (vanilla, bourbon, and oaky) leap out of the glass.

Reviewed by: John C. Tull
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Passion Fruit Double IPA by Garage Brewing Co. was judged as Fruit Beer (29A BJCP 2021) with a base style of Double IPA (22A). A neutral malty aroma with a hint of crystal malt rests underneath a relatively subtle fruit character.

Swerve City

Swerve City, Belching Beaver Brewery
Reviewed by: John C. Tull
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Swerve City by Belching Beaver Brewery was judged as a Fruit Beer (29A BJCP 2021) with a base style of American IPA (21A). Tropical fruit additions are quite forward in the aroma giving this beer a juicy aroma, and one that is distinctly tropical... Read More

Beta Test One

Beta Test One, Belching Beaver Brewery
Reviewed by: John C. Tull
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Beta Test One by Belching Beaver Brewery was judged as an American IPA (21A BJCP 2021). Befitting the style, this beer is very much hop-dominated in the aroma.

White Pony

White Pony, Belching Beaver Brewery
Reviewed by: John C. Tull
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

White Pony by Belching Beaver Brewery was judged as an American IPA (21A BJCP 2021). The aroma is dominated by citrus and malt. The citrus is sweet with a blend of orange flesh and zest with a touch of tropical fruit notes in the background. Malt... Read More

Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Sabro Cryo by Wild Leap Brew Co. is being evaluated as a Double IPA (2021 BJCP Guidelines Category 22A).

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