Reviews

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Strewzü

Strewzü, Reformation Brewery
Reviewed by: Michael McGuire
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Strewzü by Reformation Brewery is a Berliner Weisse with strawberries and yuzu (an aromatic Asian citrus fruit) (judged as a Fruit Beer - BJCP sub-style 29A). In the glass it formed a sparse, shortly-retained white head atop a clear orange brew... Read More

Modern Tart

Modern Tart, Upland Brewing Co.
Reviewed by: Dan Martich
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Modern Tart by Upland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

Triboulet

Triboulet, Arches Brewing
Reviewed by: Jim Koebel
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Triboulet by Arches Brewing is an Imperial Pale Lager, judged as BJCP Category 21B, Specialty IPA. This particular variation of IPA is notable for the absence of esters and other yeast expressions expected in highly hopped beers; the difference... Read More

The Gadget

The Gadget, Urban Artifact
Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The Gadget by Urban Artifact is, like its stable mate (Fire Iron), a smoothie in beer form. However, this offering has berries as the star of the show instead of tropical fruit. However, while Fire Iron was evaluated as a Category 34C... Read More

Fire Iron

Fire Iron, Urban Artifact
Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Fire Iron by Urban Artifact is a smoothie in beer form, pure and simple. The fruit character overwhelms all. This is really pushing the envelope for beer.

Chariot

Chariot, Urban Artifact
Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Chariot by Urban Artifact is an assertively cherry fruit-forward offering that demonstrates a well-crafted solid marriage of tart cherry and Gose beer character. This beer is being evaluated as a Category 29A Fruit Beer with a Category 27... Read More

Keypunch

Keypunch, Urban Artifact
Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Keypunch by Urban Artifact is an interesting, quite refreshing offering that delivers very well on the aroma of key lime, but is a little weaker on the presentation for the flavor. This beer is being evaluated as a Category 29A Fruit Beer with a... Read More

Reviewed by: Jim Koebel
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The Imp and the Madhouse Oyster Stout by RavenBeer is being judged as BJCP Category 34C, Experimental Beer. Although Oyster Stout is not an officially recognized style, it enjoys a colorful and mythical history.

Banded Oak Märzen

Banded Oak Märzen, Banded Oak Brewing
Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
81
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Banded Oak Märzen by Banded Oak Brewing​ is being evaluated as a traditional Oktoberfest/Märzen (2015 BJCP Category 6A). This marzen looks the part being amber in color with near brilliant clarity but with a scant, fleeting, ivory head.

Banded Oak Porter

Banded Oak Porter, Banded Oak Brewing
Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Banded Oak Porter by Banded Oak Brewing is being evaluated as a American Porter (2015 BJCP Category 20A). It poured a luscious, dark brown color with deep garnet highlights underneath a persistent, tan head.

Impressionist

Impressionist, Southbound Brewing Co.
Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Impressionist by Southbound Brewing Co. is a dry-hopped American Sour Ale and is being evaluated as an American Wild Ale in the Wild Specialty Category (2015 BJCP Category 28C).

Reviewed by: Tracy Hensley
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Buffalo Bill's Black Pumpkin Oatmeal Stout by Buffalo Bill's Brewery was evaluated as an Autumn Seasonal Beer (Category 30B) from the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

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

Buffalo Bill's Original Pumpkin Ale by Buffalo Bill's Brewery was evaluated as an Autumn Seasonal Beer (Category 30B) from the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

Yacht Rock

Yacht Rock, Southbound Brewing Co.
Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
3 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Yacht Rock by Southbound Brewing Co. is a Brut IPA and is being evaluated under the Specialty IPA category (2015 BJCP Category 21B). Brut IPA is a relatively new style that began in San Francisco and is slowly emerging from breweries all over. It... Read More

Scorpion Bowl IPA

Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA, Stone Brewing
Reviewed by: John C. Tull
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Scorpion Bowl IPA by Stone Brewing Co. was judged as an American IPA (21A). The aroma is quite subdued for an IPA with hop notes that are floral and herbal, surprisingly noble hop-like, with some resinous qualities mixed in as well.

Reviewed by: John C. Tull
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Four Seasons - Summer '18 by Mother Earth Brew Co. was judged as a Fruit Beer (29A). The base beer style is an Imperial Stout (20C). Raspberries, roasted grains suggesting chocolate and coffee, a touch of vanilla, and fruity-alcohol esters leap... Read More

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