Reviews

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Reviewed by: John C. Tull
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer was judged as a Specialty Beer (30A) due to the addition of vanilla and orange. The base style was a cream ale. There is not doubt that orange and creaminess would fail to describe the aroma in this beer.... Read More

Reviewed by: John C. Tull
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This was judged as a Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (30A) due to the use of coffee. The base style is a Russian Imperial Stout. A robust coffee aroma leaps out of the glass.... Read More

Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

La Trappe Tripel is being evaluated as a Belgian Tripel (2015 BJCP category 26C) offering according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.  La Trappe... Read More

Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

St-Feuillien Saison is being evaluated as a Saison (2015 BJCP Cetegory 25B) offering according to the BJCP Style Guidelines.  This style is typically well carbonated, well attenuated with a complex harmony between phenolics, esters, and hops. ... Read More

Reviewed by: Jessica Sullivan
Judges Rating:
77
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
12 / 20

Éphémère Sureau is a fruited white ale; it is being evaluated against Category 29: Fruit and Vegetable Beer. For this style, I look for the fruit addition to be prominently featured, and to be balanced with a well-executed base beer. 

Reviewed by: Brad Darnell
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Hookiebobb IPA by Crazy Mountain is an IPA and is being evaluated as an American IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A) offering according to the BJCP guidelines. For this style expect bold, assertive and aggressive American hops with substantial... Read More

Reviewed by: Brad Darnell
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Local's Stash: Raspberry Belgian Style Quad by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is a Quadruple Ale and is being evaluated as a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (2015 BJCP Category 26D) offering according to the BJCP guidelines.

Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Blue Point's Prop Stopper Seaweed IPA (judged under BJCP Category 30A, Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer) is a good IPA dressed up as a specialty beer!  I don't know that the seaweed added anything of particular note, but there's a really solid IPA in... Read More

Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Blue Point's Beach Plum Gose (judged as a category 29B, Fruit & Spice Beer, in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines) is an interesting and surprisingly approachable version of a challenging style, with solid basics and interesting flavors!

Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
76
Aroma:
17 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Hazy Bastard from Blue Point (evaluated under BJCP Category 21B, Specialty IPA - specifically as a New England IPA) is, per the brewery, a double-dry-hopped "juicy" IPA that seems to be lacking the bright, fruity hops character that we've come to... Read More

Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Switchback’s Connector IPA is being judged as an American IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A). The commercial definition of this style has been widely interpreted but consistently is a showcase for New World/American hop varieties.

Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Switchback’s Citra-Pils Kellerbier is being judged as a Pale Kellerbier (2015 BJCP Category 7C) despite its use of Citra hops in a German lager. 

Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
16 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Switchback’s Switchback Ale IPA is being judged as a Best Bitter (2015 BJCP Category 11B).  However, according to the brewery it doesn’t fit any particular style as it was developed with a flavor profile and not a style in mind.

Reviewed by: Lyn Howard
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Lord Hobo’s Glorious is a 'New England Style' American Pale Ale, BJCP style 18B, that bursts from the can full of white grapefruit, pineapple, and a dank, woodsy, but pleasantly piney hop aroma. This juicy aromatic presentation is mostly hops... 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

Evaluated as a BJCP2015 Style 29A (Fruit Beer), with the underlying style of 'Black Ale' for which BJCP2015 doesn't have a category, but it sounds like American Black Ale (Style 72 in the GABF2017 guidelines).

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

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing is being evaluated as an Altbier (Category 7B) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

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