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Stone Smoked Porter

Smoked Porter
Reviewed by: Nelson Crowle
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Poured into a snifter, this beer is a bold, blackish, deep mahogany with slight reddish highlights and a large, fluffy, light tan head.  Bready and toasty malt balances with grassy, floral, and tangerine notes in the aroma, with a background hint... Read More

Pale Ale (1996 Recipe)

Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer wafts a clean bouquet of toasted malt and moderate piney, citrusy hops, complemented by a profile of low fruity esters. Deep amber in color and fairly clear, with just a hint of chill haze, the ale also sports an impressive stand of off... Read More

Reviewed by: Mike Castagno
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer starts off with a booming hop bouquet dominated by pine needles and resin. This quickly fades to a less pronounced herbal character with background notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Underneath it all there are hints of caramel and... Read More

Tropicália

Creature Comforts Tropicalia Creature Comforts Brewing Tropicalia IPA beer
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

When I take my first sniff I am treated to an orgy of mango, guava, grapefruit, orange and even a bit of peach and pine with a little resin on the side. After it warmed I detected a little biscuit and green tea.

Hop Drop 'N Roll

Hop Drop 'N Roll
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This is a very pretty IPA. As you drink it, a foam residue of your progress is recorded on the side of the glass. An entire hop farm of pine, resin, wood and grapefruit hop aromas slowly arrive as the beer warms.

Lorenzini Double IPA

Lorenzini Double IPA Maui beer
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

I smell a pleasant mix of resin and citrus followed by a little orange citrus, biscuit malt, and a touch of coconut/tropical fruit. I also detect some underlying generic spice. The flavor is fuller than the aroma suggests. I get a lot of resin... Read More

HopBack

HopBack Troegs Beer
Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The initial aroma is of caramel and toasty malt, followed by woody, earthy hops that have a pithy character. Moderate strawberry esters have an overripe fruitiness, with a low-level sour/sulfury quality that is distracting.

Slow Ride

Slow Ride New Belgium IPA
Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A blast of fruity, resiny hops greets the nose with a cornucopia of tropical fruits: papaya, guava, and pineapple. The citrusy character is also present in the hop-driven aroma. A secondary bouquet of bready malt and a hint of corn-like DMS round... Read More

Vunderbar Pilsner

Vunderbar Pilsner
Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Fresh noble hops and cracker-like, lightly bready Pils malts are initially in the forefront. The hops have a tangy, floral character that sits atop an unexpected peach/pear fruitiness with a touch of honey.

Hop Sun

Southern Tier Hop Sun
Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pungent, resinous hops greet the nose with traces of pine amidst the leafy, vinous essence. A low malt presence helps to support the pear and berry esters. Flavor follows suit, starting with a piquant hop character that is impressively fresh and... Read More

Black is the new Wit

Black is the new Wit
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Quite an interesting experimental ale, this beer boasts an expansive range of mild flavors that merge to form a unique black ale with aromas of dark malts and suggestions of root beer, coffee, cola, burnt sugar, raisins, plum and smoke.

Carnevale Ale

Carnevale Ale
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Sometimes blending two wonderful things produces unexpected, yet magnificent, results.

Florida Cracker

Florida Cracker
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Inviting aromas of coriander, cumin, cereal grains and slightly earthy notes of wheat and citrus emerge from the glass when swirled. With a pale gold shade, pleasant haze and impressive fluffy stand of white foam, the beer seems to glow when held... Read More

Hop Hunter IPA

Hop Hunter IPA Sierra Nevada
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pungent, earthy hop resins punch the drinker in the nose with notes of pine, citrus, grapefruit and even hints of juniper. Pale malt-driven, this golden beer achieves impressive clarity and a moderate, white, persistent head.

Rübaeus

Rübaeus Founders Beer
Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The beer starts out with a fresh, tart raspberry aroma and pours a brilliantly clear dark pink with a light pink head. The flavor is a touch more juicy, but is offset by a nice creaminess to the texture of the beer, which works well with the... Read More

Carolina Blonde

Carolina Blonde Foothills Beer
Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Cream Ale sounds a bit ordinary, but when done right it can take “lawnmower beer” to a higher level. The complexity to the aroma starts this beer off right, biscuit malt wrapped in an appetizing blend of pear and pineapple. The pour is an... Read More

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