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In Between Times - Hibiscus Blood Orange

In Between Times - Hibiscus Blood Orange

In Between Times - Hibiscus Blood Orange, Social Fox Brewing
Description 

Our signature Berliner series In Between Times this time brewed with Hibiscus and Blood Orange. This is a refreshing beer that is fruit forward and not too tart

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%

 

 


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Reviewed by: Sal Mortillaro II
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

In Between Times - Hibiscus Blood Orange by Social Fox Brewing is being evaluated as a Fruited Berliner Weisse (Category 29A) per the 2021 BJCP style guidelines. 

Tumblefield

Tumblefield

Georgia
United States
Tumblefield, Social Fox Brewing
Description 

Our Signature IPA! A refreshing hop driven hazy ipa showcasing fresh and juicy, citrus hop flavors. Double dry hopped with Galaxy, Azacca and Citra

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.5%
Served at: 
40º F
Hops: 
Galaxy, Azacca, Citra

 

 


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Reviewed by: Sal Mortillaro II
Judges Rating:
67
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
5 / 20

Tumblefield by Social Fox Brewing is being evaluated as a Hazy IPA (Category 21C) per the 2021 BJCP style guidelines. 

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

United Kingdom
Oatmeal Stout, Samuel Smith
Description 

Almost opaque deep brown color, with an unusually silky texture and complex, medium-dry velvet palate with enticing fruitiness. Finish is, perhaps, bittersweet.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
32
Served at: 
55º F
Hops: 
Fuggles, Goldings

 

 


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Reviewed by: Dan Preston
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout by Samuel Smith's Brewery is, as named, an oatmeal stout that falls under the BJCP 2021 category 16B, oatmeal stout.

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

Organic Chocolate Stout, Samuel Smith
Description 

Full body, roasted barley flavor and fruity notes from the yeast strain support lush chocolate aroma, taste and finish. This smooth and creamy stout is an innovative rich pairing that works well by itself or mixed with 10% Lindemans Framboise lambic for a special treat.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
28
Served at: 
50º F
Hops: 
Organic Hallertau

 

 


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Reviewed by: Dan Preston
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout by Samuel Smith's Brewery falls under the BJCP 2021 category 30A as a Spice, Vegetable and Herb Beer due to the addition of cocoa with an undefined base that probably falls closest... Read More

Blackberry Smoke Southern Light Lager

Blackberry Smoke Southern Light Lager

Blackberry Smoke Southern Light Lager, New Realm Brewing
Description 

Light and refreshing all American malt golden lager with lower calories. No blackberries, no smoke! Just our second collaboration with the band friends Blackberry Smoke, a crushable lager with just enjoy flavor for a great drinking experience.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.0%
IBUs: 
12
Served at: 
33 - 40º F
Malts: 
Pale, Pilsner
Hops: 
German Magnum, German Hersbrucker, Lemondrop

 

 


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Reviewed by: James Link
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Blackberry Smoke Southern Light Lager by New Realm Brewing was poured into a 12-ounce pilsner glass and reviewed using the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines as a Style 1A, American Light Lager.

Sunday Gold Lager

Sunday Gold Lager

Washington
USA
Sunday Gold Lager, Flying Lion Brewing
Description 

Having a Sunday Funday? Drink this. Brewed with only British Maris Otter malt, the clean, bready grain pairs wonderfully with the black currant notes of Cluster hops. Crisp yet bold, this beer is easy like Sunday morning.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
18
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Maris Otter
Hops: 
Cluster

 

 


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Reviewed by: Brian Eichhorn
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Sunday Gold Lager by Flying Lion Brewing was judged as an American Lager (Style 1B per the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines), but it's a bit too characterful for that style. It feels closer to a pre-prohibition lager in some ways, though all malt.

Amendment Lager

Amendment Lager

Amendment Lager, 21st Amendment Brewery
Description 

Amendment Lager is a bright, light straw color beer with soft malt and a subtle hop character. Its lean body and crisp finish lends towards its incredible drinkability.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.4%
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Carafoam
Hops: 
Magnum, Saaz

 

 


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Reviewed by: Brian Eichhorn
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Amendment Lager by 21st Amendment Brewery is being judged as an American Lager (Style 1B per the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines), though a case could be made for Style 2A, International Pale Lager. This one pours a super-pale straw color with the... Read More

Excelsior Imperial Apple

Excelsior Imperial Apple

Excelsior Imperial Apple, Schilling Hard Cider
Description 

A pioneer of Imperials. This stellar cider takes flavor (and ABV) to new heights. With its tantalizingly tart fresh-pressed apples and semi-sweet profile, Excelsior launches your taste buds into an uncharted galaxy. Get ready for a complex and crushable cider experience that's out of this world!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.4%
Served at: 
45º F

 

 


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Reviewed by: Brian Eichhorn
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Excelsior Imperial Apple by Schilling Hard Cider is being evaluated as a C1A New World Cider (per the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines), as that seems the best fit.

99Xperiment

99Xperiment

99Xperiment, Mutation Brewing
Description 

In Collaboration with our friends at our local radio station, 99X, we've brewed a West Coast-Style Pilsner! We brewed this lager like a traditional pilsner on the hot side with Zuper Saazer hops, dry hopped with Citra and Simcoe, then lagered it for 4 weeks!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
19
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
Rahr North Star Pilsner
Hops: 
Zuper Saazer, Simcoe, Citra

 

 


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Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

99Xperiment by Mutation Brewing was reviewed as a BJCP Category 5D, German Pils, per the 2021 BJCP style guidelines.

Imperial Oaxaca Choca Mexican Chocolate Stout

Imperial Oaxaca Choca Mexican Chocolate Stout

Imperial Oaxaca Choca Mexican Chocolate Stout, New Realm Brewing Co.
Description 

Oaxaca Choca is our imperial Mexican chocolate stout brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, chili peppers and locally roasted cacao nibs. This ridiculously tasty brew sips like a cup of Mexican hot chocolate with just enough spice to balance the sweet.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
10.0%
IBUs: 
50
Served at: 
50 - 55º F
Malts: 
Two-Row, Chocolate, Crystal, Roast Barley
Hops: 
Warrior

 

 


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Reviewed by: Richard Wong
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Imperial Oaxaca Choca Mexican Chocolate Stout by New Realm Brewing was judged as #30A ( Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer) according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Utah Get Me 2

Utah Get Me 2

Virginia
USA
Utah Get Me 2, Honor Brewing Co.
Description 

Fear causes hesitation and hesitation will cause you to miss out on this IIPA. If you want the ultimate old school balanced double IPA this is the beer for you. Little hand says its time to rock and roll with a trio of American hops which pack action into every sip. Pairs well with a meatball sub from the shop around the corner, or better yet a second.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.7%
IBUs: 
50
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF
Malts: 
Riverbend Base Camp, Riverbend Vienna Malt
Hops: 
Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial

 

 


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Reviewed by: Richard Wong
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
13 / 20

Utah Get Me 2 by Honor Brewing was judged as Style 22A, Double IPA, according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines. 

Kickflipper West Coast IPA

Kickflipper West Coast IPA

Virginia
USA
Kickflipper West Coast IPA, New Realm Brewing Co.
Description 

Classic style combining elements of old and new. This brews got the perfect kick of hops, loaded with Centennial, Cascade, Citra and Simcoe. Drop in and catch some nostalgic liquid stoke with every sip, shredding your thirst for danky hops.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
65
Served at: 
45º - 50º F
Malts: 
Pilsner, American Two-Row
Hops: 
Centennial, Cascade, Citra, Simcoe, Centennial

 

 


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Reviewed by: Richard Wong
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Kickflipper West Coast IPA by New Realm Brewing was judged as a Style 21A, American IPA, according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines. 

Clausthaler IPA

Clausthaler IPA

Clausthaler IPA, Radeberger Gruppe
Description 

The new dry hopped Clausthaler IPA is the latest addition in the long tradition of great tasting brews from Clausthaler – the German pioneer of non-alcoholic beers. Cascade Hops and the dry-hopping brewing method make Clausthaler IPA a crisp full bodied brew with straightforward hoppy character. The result: a deep golden, unfiltered masterpiece – The German way of IPA.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
0.5%

 

 


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Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Clausthaler IPA by Radeberger is being evaluated per the 2021 BJCP Guidelines as a Category 21C, Hazy IPA, though this is a non-alcoholic example. Clausthauer IPA is an example of a “new wave” of non-alcoholic beers,... Read More

Clausthaler Grapefruit

Clausthaler Grapefruit

Clausthaler Grapefruit, Radeberger Gruppe
Description 

Clausthaler, the pioneer of non-alcoholic malt beverages, brings another exciting innovation to the non-alcoholic category. A 50/50 blend of Clausthaler Original and Grapefruit drink, it is the ultimate refreshment for any occasion.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
0.5%

 

 


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Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Clausthaler Grapefruit by Radeberger is being evaluated as per the 2021 BJCP Guidelines as Style 29A, Fruit Beer, though this is a non-alcoholic example.

Clausthaler Original

Clausthaler Original

Clausthaler Original
Description 

Ever since it put non-alcoholic beer on the map in 1979, Clausthaler has been the gold standard of the segment. With its own, specialized brewing technique, the pioneer still creates its signature non-alcoholic lager, Clausthaler Original, in strict accordance with the German purity law. Its genuine real beer taste is well-balanced, fresh, and easy to drink, with a creamy feel on the palate and a pleasing golden color to match.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
0.5%

 

 


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Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Clausthaler Original by Radeberger is being evaluated as per the 2021 BJCP Guidelines as a Category 2A – International Pale Lager, though this is a non-alcoholic version of this famed brew.

Excelsior Ground Control

Excelsior Ground Control

Excelsior Ground Control, Schilling Hard Cider
Description 

Scientifically crafted for those looking to stay grounded while enjoying their intergalactic space adventure. This cider is a blend of fresh-pressed cider apples and tart cherry juice with no artificial flavoring or added sugar. The mission: to blast off while maintaining full control. Full flavor, full fun!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
0.0%
Served at: 
40 - 50º F

 

 


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Reviewed by: Nelson Crowle
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Excelsior Ground Control by Schilling Hard Cider was evaluated as Style C2B, Cider with Other Fruit, per the BJCP 2015 Cider Style Guidelines. This cider is also non-alcoholic. 

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