Reviews

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Reviewed by: Randy Scorby
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Stone Brewing's 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief is being evaluated as a Double IPA (Category 22A) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Reviewed by: Randy Scorby
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Fruitallica, a collaboration by Stone Brewing, Beavertown Brewery and Garage Project, is being evaluated as a Fruit & Spice Beer (Category 29B) from the 2015 BJCP... Read More

Reviewed by: Sal Mortillaro II
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Reviver by Starr Hill Brewery is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA: Red IPA (Category 21B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

Reviewed by: Sal Mortillaro II
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Festie by Starr Hill Brewery is being evaluated as a Festbier (Category 4B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines.

Reviewed by: Sal Mortillaro II
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale by Starr Hill Brewery is being evaluated as an Alternative Sugar Beer (Category 31B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines.

Reviewed by: Nelson Crowle
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP2015 style 30A (Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer, specifically including nuts), with a base style of 20C (Imperial Stout).  Pours a very deep dark mahogany with ruby red highlights, and a large tan head of tiny bubbles (almost looks... Read More

Reviewed by: Nelson Crowle
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP2015 style 21A (American IPA).  Pours a clear deep gold with a moderate size ivory head of small and medium bubbles.  The head dissipates fairly quickly fading to a thin layer of bubbles atop the beer.  Bubbles continue to rise... Read More

Reviewed by: Nelson Crowle
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP2015 style 31A (Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer) with the base style of 1C (Cream Ale).  Pours a clear burnished deep gold with a medium size white head of small bubbles that quickly fades to a ring.

Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Better Life Choices IPA by Atwater Brewery is a great example of a well-crafted IPA that clearly bucks the trend against the typical “hop smackdown” IPA offerings.  This is a very flavorful IPA that still delivers great balance and drinkability,... Read More

Reviewed by: Nelson Crowle
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer was evaluated as BJCP 2015 style 30 (Spiced Beer - BJCP treats chili peppers as a spice, not a fruit), with the underlying style of 21A (American IPA). A large white head, sitting on top of an almost clear medium gold beer, has small... Read More

Reviewed by: Nelson Crowle
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP 2015 style 29A (Fruit Beer) with the base style of 1C (Cream Ale). Pours a very clear deep gold with a large poofy ivory colored head that persists for a long time. A very light blueberry aroma to start with light bread dough,... Read More

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

Evaluated as a BCJP 2015 style 29A (Fruit Beer) with the underlying style of 10A (Weissbier). Pours a cloudy light gold with a slight pinkish tint, and with a large light cream colored head that stays around for a long time and leaves small rings... Read More

Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
78
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

LIFT (judged under BJCP category 5B, Kolsch) is an inoffensive and unremarkable beer, which may be exactly what the brewers intended.

Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

PscHOPathy (judged as BJCP Category 21A, American IPA) from Mad Tree is a solid but unremarkable member of an ever-expanding universe of American IPAs.

Reviewed by: Richard Wong
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This is an Imperial IPA and the closest category that I can find to place this in is the Double IPA (#22A). This would have more hops (bittering) and more alcohol than a Double IPA and should not be imbibed lightly. This is a big beer in all... Read More

Reviewed by: Richard Wong
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The American IPA BJCP category 21A  poured a very light straw color,  almost a blonde in some respects. Very good clarity and a light carbonation ringed the side of the glass. The aroma of this beer had hints of pineapple, pine and very little... Read More

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