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Local 1

Local 1 Brooklyn Brewery
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Brimming with brash notes of cardamom, allspice, and ripe banana, Local 1 is yet another monster brew from Garrett Oliver and the folks at Brooklyn Brewery.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Philadelphia’s Monk’s Café is one of America’s iconic pubs, considered one of the great Belgian beer destinations on this side of the Atlantic. Proprietor Tom Peters has contracted with Brouwerij Van Steenberge to produce Monk’s Café Sour Flemish... Read More

Inversion IPA

Deschutes Beer Inversion IPA
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A cornerstone of craft, Deschutes has been slaking thirsts of for over 25 years. Inversion IPA is one of a long line of stellar ales from this venerable producer, packing 80 IBUs from no less than six different hop varieties.

Burton Baton

Burton Baton Dogfish Head Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Dogfish Head’s mastermind, Sam Calagione, has never been apologetic in his pursuit of beers that push stylistic boundaries, creating some of the most sought after brews on the market today. The sublimely wood-aged Burton Baton IPA is just one of... Read More

All Day IPA

All Day IPA Founders Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Somewhat of a dichotomy, All Day IPA is a “session” IPA, weighing in at a conservative ABV of 4.7 percent and sporting just over 40 IBU. With its low alcohol and bitterness, All Day IPA is a rather welcome refuge in a world teeming with strong... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Crafted in the English pale ale style, Denver Pale Ale abounds with earthy, lightly grassy hop notes and sweet fruity esters. Also identified by the letters DPA writ large on the label, this brew is one of the rock solid beers Great Divide has... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

On the very low end of bitterness for an American Pale Ale, Highland’s St. Terese’s Pale Ale certainly makes up for it in hop aroma. Tucked away in the scenic, beer culture rich environs of Asheville, N.C., these folks have been knocking out... Read More

Double Pilsner

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Double Pilsner is Odell Brewing Company’s strongly alcoholic riff on the venerable Bohemian pilsner, though with a surprisingly low hop bitterness. Jam packed with Pils malt and less traditional citrus hop notes, this is an iconoclastic brew.... Read More

Stateside Saison

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

One of a growing number of “gypsy” brewers, little is known about Brian Strumke and his Baltimore-based brewing. We do, however, know that he produces quirky, occasionally off-kilter brews in styles less daring brewers tend to shun.

Baba Black Lager

Uinta Beer Baba Black Lager
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Now in its 20th year of providing painstakingly crafted beers with all brewery power being wind or solar-derived, Uinta is dedicated to sustainability in terms of both the environment and distinctive brews.

Demo

Demo
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Brewing on the shores of Lake Champlain, Magic Hat offers a huge roster of tasty, often quirky brews. Demo is a Northeastern riff on the black Cascadian-style IPA, yet doesn’t stray too far from the classic profile.

Tricerahops Double IPA

Tricerahops Double IPA
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Due to extraordinarily tasty brews, Ninkasi Brewing has quickly earned the reputation as a heavy hitting up-and-comer. Tricerahops is a behemoth of a brew, boasting a whopping 100 IBU backed by almost 9% ABV.

West Coast IPA

Green Flash West Coast IPA
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Since 2002, Green Flash Brewing Company has been delivering superbly crafted, idiosyncratic brews to what has become a nationwide audience.With annual production approaching 90,000 barrels, Green Flash’s recent expansion has resulted in a... Read More

Hop Ottin' IPA

Hop Ottin' IPA
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The Anderson Valley Brewing Company has spent the past 25 years in Mendocino County producing stellar brews for appreciative beer lovers. Hop Ottin’ IPA, a brewery mainstay, is all about hops. It overflows with aromas of citrus fruit, bakery... Read More

Jai Alai

Cigar City Jai Alai
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A forerunner of the resurgent Florida brewing scene, Cigar City Brewing has quickly developed a reputation for crafting tasty beers. Jai Alai IPA bounds with aromas of ripe tropical fruits, Florida oranges, and chewy, sweet caramel.

Flower Power IPA

Ithaca Beer Flower Power IPA
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Focusing on only a handful of beers since 1998, Ithaca Beer Company is dedicated to quality over quantity. The supremely hoppy Flower Power IPA is dry hopped with Amarillo, Chinook, and Simcoe, and throws off aromas of grapefruit, Mandarin... Read More

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