Reviews

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Grand Cru

Rodenbach Grand Cru Beer
Reviewed by: Garrick van Buren
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This is a full, satisfying Flanders Red. The dark cherry fruitiness and tartness dominates both the aroma and flavor. This fruitiness is well supported by a complex blend of dark chocolate, raisin, vanilla, orange, and caramel.

Palo Santo Marron

Palo Santo Marron Dogfish Head Beer
Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Subtlety isn’t this beer’s strong suit, which is a great thing for big beer drinkers! The opening salvo of aromatics includes a complex blend of vanilla, toast, coffee, green wood, and chocolate. Alcohols build as it warms and add to the... Read More

Festina Pêche

Dogfish Head Festina Peche Beer
Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

When done well, fruit and Berliner Weisse go together like peas and carrots. Festina Pêche’s peach/sour combination definitely does it well!

Brekle's Brown

Brekle's Brown Anchor Brewing Beer
Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Brekle's Brown is an American Brown Ale in the sense that it's brown, and made in America.

Bière De Mars

Bière De Mars
Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A fruit-forward aroma with notes of sour white grapes is supported by some lightly browned pie crust. A leathery element of Brettanomyces in the background adds an element of complexity and intrigue. Oak rounds out the nose and becomes more... Read More

Full Sail ESB

Full Sail ESB
Reviewed by: Nelson Crowle
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A nice big billowing head leaves some lace, and the beer is a brilliantly clear medium amber that you can read a book through. The malt aroma has several layers -- from slightly grainy bread crusts and freshly baked bread to some caramel notes... Read More

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

Cream ales are the ale version of light American lagers. This beer is refreshing and thirst quenching – just the thing for a hot summer day. A little deeper gold than most cream ales, this beer also has some light fruity apricot notes in the... Read More

Take 5

Reviewed by: Garrick van Buren
Judges Rating:
78
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

The brilliantly clear gold body and bright white head give off a complex aroma dominated by resiny hops and supported by light caramel, honey, grapefruit, orange, and some light strawberry esters. It has a light water cracker-esque body with... Read More

Palm

Reviewed by: Garrick van Buren
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The brilliantly clear amber body and the slowly dissipating ivory head delivers an aroma of biscuits, caramel, toast, and honey. The esters dominant in other Belgian styles are not present here.

Rodenbach Classic

Rodenbach Classic by Brouwerij Rodenbach
Reviewed by: Garrick van Buren
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The aroma from this clear, brown beer with a dense tan head is a complex mix of black cherries, oranges, malt vinegar, and hints of wood. The flavor is an evenly balanced delicate blend of sweet malt, black cherries, orange, and a light acetic... Read More

Wisconsin Belgian Red

Wisconsin Belgian Red
Reviewed by: Garrick van Buren
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The brilliantly clear strawberry body and dense beige head emit an aroma reminiscent of cherry cola; rich cherries, caramel, and whispers of breadcrust. Sweet cherries also dominate the flavor with support by a light, candy-like tartness and... Read More

Hoplanta

Red Brick Beer Hoplanta IPA
Reviewed by: Jim Koebel
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This clear, pale orange IPA is All-American. The aroma is an initial burst of citrus hops, consisting of lemon, orange, mango, and grapefruit. A light piney note emerges as it warms. The fermentation character in both aroma and flavor is very... Read More

Laughing Skull

Laughing Skull
Reviewed by: Jim Koebel
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

A West Coast emblem, the American Amber style is known for generous measures of crystal malt and citrus hop character. This beer's clean caramel and toffee aromas certainly fit the bill. With some rousing as the beer warms, an earthy, herbal hop... Read More

Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A good IPA should be as pure an expression of fresh hops as can be had, and this beer follows that rule. It’s a pale, very clear dark gold/light copper beer that starts with citrus lemon and orange with a touch of pineapple hop aroma as backup. ... Read More

V Twin

V Twin Motorworks Beer
Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A well made Vienna can be the perfect thirst-quenching Amber lager, worthy of being considered one of the original lager styles. This Vienna has a lot of the pieces that make up a good one.

Black Tuesday

Black Tuesday The Bruery Beer
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The nose registers oxidative notes of earthy malt, sherry, raisins, plums, figs, rum, alcohol and toffee followed by hints of caramel, brown sugar and minerals. Check out the viscous legs on the side of the glass when the dark brown, shadowy beer... Read More

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