Reviews

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CrossBones

CrossBones Session IPA Heavy Seas Beer
Reviewed by: Graham L. Barron
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Session IPA is a relatively new style that is arguably still finding its way among brewers. I look for certain qualities in a good session IPA: drinkability, lower alcohol content, and assertive hop flavor and bitterness. This example pours clear... Read More

Fielder's Choice

Fielder's Choice Heavy Seas Beer Cal Ripken
Reviewed by: Graham L. Barron
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

American Lager gets a (somewhat deserved) bad rap among craft beer drinkers. Unfortunately, too many commercial examples lack flavor and are too watery. One would be justified to worry when initially seeing this beer with its golden yellow color... Read More

Reviewed by: Jason Johnson
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours a mildly hazy gold with a full off-white head that lasts for just about the whole pint. The aroma is solidly in the hoppy camp -- as an IPA should be.

Neon Gypsy

Neon Gypsy IPA Duclaw Beer
Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

As expected, the nose is hop-forward -- fresh pine dominates the aroma with a background note of honeydew melon and a kiss of biscuity malt. The light melon and biscuit character create a layer of sweetness to the aroma.

Mad Bishop

Duclaw Mad Bishop Oktoberfest Beer
Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A strong bread crust aroma with toasty elements of Vienna malt dominates the aroma. There is a light sulfur character that is volatile and dissipates quickly after the initial pour. Richness of melanoidins are evident but not overwhelming.

Oskar Blues IPA

Oskar Blues IPA Beer Can
Reviewed by: Susan Ruud
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The newest year-round offering from Oskar Blues has a nice earthy hop aroma with soft vanilla notes and tropical hop flavors blended with a soft malt presence in the background.

Pinner

Oskar Blues Pinner IPA Beer Can
Reviewed by: Susan Ruud
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Pinner Throwback IPA has a pleasant blend of spicy, citrus and floral hop aromas and flavors surrounded by plenty of pale and toasty malts, yet has plenty of bittering hops to avoid being overly sweet. Aroma and flavor both have low levels of... Read More

Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter IPA New Holland Beer
Reviewed by: Richard Wong
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Very nice citrus and pine aromas spring from the glass along with with subtle hints of wood.

Dragon's Milk

Dragon's Milk Beer New Holland
Reviewed by: Richard Wong
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The first thing you get from the aroma is a wonderful bourbon barrel scent of vanilla and wood finished with nice malt sweetness. I didn't get any hop or roasted malt aromas in the nose, possibly because they were overwhelmed by the bourbon... Read More

The Poet

The Poet Oatmeal Stout New Holland Beer
Reviewed by: Richard Wong
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This dark brown beer's aroma was accentuated by roasted malts up front with no discernible hop character. The carbonation was fine with small, tight bubbles.

DBA

Firestone Walker Beer DBA Pale Ale
Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a beautiful, crystal clear amber with a resilient off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. The malt is at the forefront of the aroma with complex bready, nutty and toffee characters underneath.

X-10

X-10
Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A bready Pils-like malt dominates the aroma with light, peppery phenols and later unfolds with a hint of freshly cut cantaloupe. There is a light solvent note in the background that lingers but is overtaken by a stronger cantaloupe aroma as the... Read More

Pivo

Pivo Pils Beer Firestone Walker
Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pouring a beautiful, crystal-clear golden, this ale firmly holds a tall white stand of foam. The aroma highlights traditional spicy and herbal noble hops but with a slight hint of a citrus character. Light bready malt complements the hop aroma... Read More

Helldorado

Helldorado Barleywine Firestone Walker Beer
Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The first impression of this brew is an intense bourbon aroma with an accompaniment of toasted oak and vanilla.

Quintaceratops

Quintaceratops Brooklyn Beer
Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

I have no doubt that there were good intentions and sound reasoning behind this beer, and it may find an audience, but I doubt it will work for most people. An overabundance of liquor-like aromas and flavors - and the unavoidable ash-like... Read More

Blast!

Brooklyn Blast Double IPA
Reviewed by: Josh Weikert
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

It's almost a cliché at this point to shake the pom-poms and cheer for an incredible Double IPA, but sometimes it's absolutely called-for. That's the case here: Blast! is one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

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