Reviews

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Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Situated on the banks of the Lehigh River in Easton, Pa., Weyerbacher Brewing produces some of the East Coast’s most noteworthy beers, including the fearsome Blithering Idiot, a decidedly American take on the venerable English barleywine.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Yet another rock solid Pennsylvania brewery, Harrisburg’s Troegs Brewing Company has captivated beer drinkers across the country with its distinctive, easily recognizable beers. This time Troegs checks in with Dead Reckoning, its tasty porter.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Allagash Brewing Company certainly knows how to do Belgian-style beers and uses that expertise to produce Black Belgian Stout at its Portland, Maine brewery. As advertised, this is a Belgian-influenced riff on the ubiquitous Irish classic.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Coronado Brewing Company has delivered a solid lineup of noteworthy brews since opening in 1996. The current heavyweight, Idiot IPA, carries an 8.5% ABV and is loaded with sticky, resiny hops, to the tune of 3 pounds per barrel.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

More widely known for crisp, refreshing lagers, tropical climes also host a number of breweries producing substantial ales, notably Foreign Extra Stout. Lion Brewery Ceylon, headquartered in Sri Lanka, produces the widely acclaimed Lion Stout,... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Stone Brewing Company continues to produce some of the most widely known and sought after beers in the country.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hailing from New Ulm, Minn., August Schell Brewing produces a huge spectrum of beers under a number of labels. The eponymous August Schell brand showcases the brewery’s respectable talents, and includes Schell’s Stout, a creamy, sweet tipple.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Brewing powerhouse Boston Beer Company has diverged from the ubiquitous Samuel Adams label in its recent foray into big beer – Griffin’s Bow Oaked Blonde Barleywine Ale. True to the style, Griffin’s Bow boasts a nose chock full of sweet malt,... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
78
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Alan Pugsley’s Shipyard Brewing, a Portland mainstay since he first fired up his brewhouse in 1994, produces a broad range of distinctive Ringwood yeast based beers for a fan base long since expanded beyond Maine.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
77
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

From opening day in 1990, Breckenridge Brewery has expanded from a single pub in picturesque Breckenridge, Colo., to a regional concern distributing a broad repertoire of uncommon brews.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
76
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewing Company and inimitable owner Sam Calagione continue to produce a world renowned lineup of quirky brews.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

After nearly three decades of operation, Deschutes Brewing is considered one the Pacific Northwest’s “Old Guard” breweries. Among its assertive brews, Deschutes keeps things interesting with the annual release of Hop Henge.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Family-owned Bear Republic has been brewing distinctive beers in Sonoma County since first firing the kettle in 1996. At almost 7% ABV, Red Rocket Ale can be described as a bastardized Scottish style ale.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

London’s last traditional family brewery, Fuller’s Brewery has been producing singularly British ales for nearly 200 years. Fuller’s ESB, is the archetypal bitter, displaying a rather fruit forward, malty nose while packing a solid bitterness in... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Available in the United States since 2000, Hitachino Nest has garnered somewhat of a cult following among American beer lovers. Although its availability can be limited at times, this is a highly sought-after brew, and rightfully so.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

For the past four years, the former Pizza Port director of brewing operations, Tomme Arthur, has been producing some of California’s most sought-after beers at Port Brewing Company/ the Lost Abbey.

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