Reviews

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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.

Reviewed by: Randy Scorby
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Husky IPA from Alaskan Brewing is being evaluated as an American IPA (Category 21A) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The good brewers at De Koningshoeven have taken their standard La Trappe Quadrupel, which they have brewed since 1991, and have produced special limited edition oak aged versions since 2009.  Each year uses different sources of barrels which are... Read More

Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Trooper by Robinson’s Family Brewers in the UK is a somewhat non-descript rendition of the Extra Special Bitter (ESB) style.  While there is not much that makes it stand out from its competition, this offering is quite clean and approachable,... Read More

Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Elgoods Coolship Sour Mango Ale is very straightforward in that it delivers what is on the label.  It is sour, and it has a Mango flavor, and it does these things quite well.  There is not a lot of complexity beyond this, but depth of flavor... Read More

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.

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