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Saranac Legacy IPA

Saranac Legacy IPA Matt brewing
Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The key to a good American IPA is getting the hops right and making them taste great. This beer gets it right, from a pleasant piney, resiny aroma to a fresh hop flow in the flavor leading to a smooth bitter finish.

Silva Stout

Green Flash Beer Silva Stout
Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

The beer starts with a roasted marshmallow, smoky vanilla aroma with some caramel added – not quite what one would expect from an imperial stout. In the glass it’s black on black with a fluffy dark tan head and pretty lacing.

Devil Dancer

Founders Beer Devil Dancer Triple IPA
Reviewed by: Jason Johnson
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours a dark copper color with a hint of haze and a thin, long-lasting head. For a Triple IPA, the hop aroma is a bit subdued, but there are typical grapefruity citrus and pine aromas, along with some tropical fruit in the background.... Read More

Brombeere

Odell Beer Brombeere Gose
Reviewed by: Jason Johnson
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The beer pours a soft hazy copper color with pinkish-red highlights and a well-formed head. Up front in the aroma you get blackberries followed by some doughy/bready wheat, and a hint of sour. Don’t expect much from the hops in this style.

Pale Ale 2.0

Stone Pale Ale 2.0
Reviewed by: Nelson Crowle
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

With a brilliantly clear orange-hued amber color and a three-finger cream-colored head, this beer tempts you with its beautiful presentation in the glass. The aroma is grainy with notes of toast and bread crust, and there is a nice big citrusy... Read More

1Z Enuff

1znuff
Reviewed by: Jason Johnson
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer pours a beautiful, brilliantly clear dark gold with a very nice cream-colored head. As one would expect with an Imperial IPA, there are lots of hop aromas and hop flavors to match, mostly white grapefruit and resinous pine, but I did get... Read More

Athena

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

As a common "gateway" sour, Berliner Weisse tends to be a little one-note, but it's usually a pretty good note! Athena follows that model, and is a good drinking sour even if it isn't a great example of a Berliner Weisse.

Unfiltered Wheat Beer

Boulevard Brewing Unfiltered Wheat beer
Reviewed by: Nelson Crowle
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pours with a very inviting cloudy yellowish color and a large white poofy head. The aroma is of bready wheat with a touch of bread crust and a pleasant grainy character.  Some background notes of river rock minerality, fresh hay, and a bit of... Read More

Release The Hounds

Release The Hounds
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This potent deep amber ale also reveals attractive orange hues when held to the light. The higher alcohol content of many barleywines may reduce head retention, but this beer shows no sign of the problem.

Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Beer Black Butte Porter
Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A rich mélange of dark chocolate and roast malt also displays hints of toasted grain, bread crust, and even toffee that all add to the multiple layers of malt complexity. Subtle fruity aromatics evoke cherry or berry, with an added dried fruit... Read More

Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

The beer pours a lovely clear amber, with burnt orange highlights. The aroma is clean bright malt, somewhat reminiscent of freshly baked cookies, with maybe a touch of toasted pine nuts. The flavor extends the malt expression found in the aroma... Read More

Wookey Jack

Wookey Jack Firestone Walker Beer
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
98
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

As I lean in to check out the garnet highlights and thick tan head, I get hit with the Pacific Northwest in all its hop glory. Loads of grapefruit and pine with a nuance of citrus zest and spice dominate the aroma. After it warms, there’s a whiff... Read More

Session Fest

Session Fest
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Brilliantly clear orange-amber with consistent off-white foam, this beer’s aroma is extremely clean and features toasty malt. As the beer warms, the hint of floral hops is superseded by pine and a touch of citrus.

Alt-Eration

alteration hops and grain beer
Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This is a crisp, clean example of an aged ale. The first impression is a malt-forward aroma, with elements of bread crust, nutty grain, dark chocolate, and light toastiness. A hint of caramel or toffee adds complexity and fruity esters are... Read More

DayTime

Lagunitas Day Time Session IPA Beer
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Who says a beer must be high in alcohol to be remarkable? This golden, light-bodied, low alcohol ale showcases crisp, clean hop aromas of lemon, grapefruit, pineapple and kiwi.

Milk Stout Nitro

Milk Stout Nitro
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Welcome as a cup of sweet coffee and cream by a campfire, this jetblack brew throws aromas of espresso, heavy cream, sweet chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of smoke. Soft esters and hops are deep in the background, and the beer pours with a... Read More

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