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XS Imperial Porter

XS Imperial Porter
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

John Maier and Rogue weigh in with this unapologetically intense brew, brimming with notes of café mocha, caramel and sweet fruit. Pours deep brown, almost black, this beer is opaque and throws a colossal, long-lasting brown head.

120 Minute IPA

120 Minute IPA Dogfish Head Beer
Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
76
Aroma:
17 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Double IPA, Triple IPA, Barleywine -- what’s the difference when you’re looking at a beer of this strength and with this much hops!

Invocation

Wild Heaven Craft Beer Invocation
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This attractive ale pours clear and medium gold in color with a moderate white, creamy head. The nose picks up loads of malt sweetness backed by citrus hints, light fruity esters, a soft golden raisin character and an aroma similar to toasted... Read More

Infinite Wisdom Tripel

Infinite Wisdom Tripel Upland Beer
Reviewed by: Mike Castagno
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

With a Tripel, you are looking for a dry finish with a rocky head, moderate creaminess and a good balance between spicy phenols and fruity esters. In this example, isovaleric acid (sweaty) is prominent in the beginning with strong sulfur notes to... Read More

The Pit & The Pendulum

Sweetwater Beer Pit and Pendulum
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The nose picks up a range of complex notes through the fluffy, white layer of stubborn foam. Light leathery, sweaty, barnyard notes emerge from the Brettanomyces fermentation, and this character will most certainly become more intense as bottles... Read More

White Angel

Wicked Weed White Angel Beer
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

What happens when a dry white wine is fused with a wild ale? Apparently, this beer happens. Muscat grape notes waft from the glass, along with tinges of citrus, kiwi, light acidity and mild Brettanomyces barnyard nuances.

Fishwater Double IPA

Telluride Fishwater Double IPA
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Pouring with an orange/red hue and slight cloudiness, this potent IPA offers a moderate head that dissipates rather quickly.

Caractère Rouge

Caractère Rouge
Reviewed by: Jim Koebel
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Fruity aromas and flavors abound in this Flanders Red Ale, otherwise known as the Burgundy of Belgium or beer's equivalent to red wine. The aroma contains cherry, raspberry, strawberry, light citrus and raw sweetness. A low oak character lingers... Read More

Raspberry Tart

Raspberry Tart
Reviewed by: Garrick van Buren
Judges Rating:
76
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
12 / 20

The persistent, rocky, dusty pink head throws off a huge tart raspberry & strawberry fruity aroma with just a touch of raisin and fig.

Champagne Velvet

Champagne Velvet Lager Upland Beer
Reviewed by: Mike Castagno
Judges Rating:
79
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Lactic acid, sulfur dioxide and isovaleric acid are the initial aromatics here with lemon, grassy hops, and a winey Sauvignon Blanc character to follow. Brilliant clarity allows the straw-yellow color to radiate.

Orchid

Orchid
Reviewed by: Mike Castagno
Judges Rating:
79
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

The beer pours a mahogany brown color with good clarity but the head dissipates immediately. Isovaleric acid (sweaty) and acetic acid (vinegar) dominate the aroma. If you can look beyond the vinegar, you might notice a slight smoky note with soft... Read More

Raspberry Sour

Raspberry Sour by Avery Brewing Co.
Reviewed by: Jim Koebel
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The high point of this American Wild Ale is its aroma, which consists of a seamless blend of raspberry, sourness, and Brettanomyces character in order of dominance.

Kriek Boon

Kriek Boon Brouwerij
Reviewed by: Jim Koebel
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Fruit Lambic is a variable style, with some examples being predominately fruity and others retaining traditional Lambic character complemented by a fruit addition. This example falls squarely into the former category.

Yuengling Black & Tan

Yuengling Black & Tan Beer
Reviewed by: Jim Koebel
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Black & Tan (or half and half) is a cocktail of sorts, consisting of dark and pale beer carefully layered and usually on draft. This particular blend -- American Porter and American Lager -- has distinct elements of both.

Duckpin Pale Ale

Duckpin Pale Ale Union Craft Beer
Reviewed by: Jim Koebel
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Copper gold and crystal clear, this American Pale Ale smells moderately of floral and fruity hops. Stone fruits are followed by orange peel with a hint of pine. The aroma becomes almost tropical as it warms. There is a low, clean, malty sweetness... Read More

Yuengling Light Lager

Yuengling Light Lager
Reviewed by: Jim Koebel
Judges Rating:
81
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This example of Light American Lager shares the traits of mass appeal that the style is known for. Its subtle aroma contains light DMS, generic adjunct character, and light fruitiness. It pours a very clear dark yellow that is a shade or two... Read More

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