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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.

Vanilla Porter

Vanilla Porter
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.

Midas Touch

Midas Touch
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.

Hop Henge

Deschutes Beer Hop Henge IPA
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.

Red Rocket Ale

Red Rocket Ale
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.

Fuller's ESB

Fuller's ESB British Beer Strong Bitter
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.

Red Barn Ale

Red Barn Ale Lost Abbey Beer
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.

Circus Boy

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A distinctly fruity example of the style, redolent with notes of lush tropical fruit and bright, tangy citrus, Circus Boy is a complex, intriguing brew. It presents as a pale golden, notably hazy beer, with a surprisingly low head for the style... Read More

Saison Rue

Saison Rue
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The Bruery produces somewhat esoteric beers in the Los Angeles suburbs, constantly building upon an already avid, loyal following.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

A tipple that has developed a dedicated, and rightfully deserved, local fan base in its hometown of Salt Lake City, Golden Spike is a beer that one judge deemed “the stuff of liters.” Exceedingly quaffable and unabashedly unobtrusive, this beer... Read More

Purple Haze

Abita Purple Haze Beer Can
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
81
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

For nearly 25 years, Abita has been synonymous with New Orleans, and their beers are now widely distributed.

Haywire Hefeweizen

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
81
Aroma:
17 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Arguably one of the progenitors of the American wheat beer genre, Haywire’s antecedent, Pyramid Wheaten Ale, helped define a uniquely American style. Staying true to its origins, Pyramid’s Haywire is a clean, refreshing beer that doesn’t color... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
79
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

In the shadow of the famed San Francisco Bay Bridge, 21st Amendment Brewery is known for producing solid and occasionally eccentric beers for a rapidly growing market.

Hop Stoopid

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid IPA Ale Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Leading off this review’s California contingent is an almost terrifyingly hoppy brew from the outskirts of Petaluma – Lagunitas’s Hop Stoopid. This beer’s label cheekily yet proudly proclaims “102 I.B.U. 4 U,” and they are not kidding: This thing... Read More

Modus Hoperandi

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi IPA Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

In what seems to be a growing trend, Ska has joined the ranks of craft brewers packaging exceptional products in cans. Modus Hoperandi comes blasting out of Durango, Colo., tossing around massive amounts of hops while still remembering it is a... Read More

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