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Reviewed by: Jason Johnson
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer would be considered a specialty beer because it is being identified as being brewed with a unique local ingredient, Skagit Valley Barley. The base style is an American Pale Ale, but the brewer is choosing not to focus on the style... Read More

Odyssey Hive

Odyssey Hive Arcade Brewery Beer
Reviewed by: Jason Johnson
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This would be considered a specialty beer because it is brewed with a unique fermentable sugar: honey. The base style is an American Pale Ale. 

Reviewed by: Rodney A. Tillinghast
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The White IPA style conjures up a melodic blend of hop-derived goodness intertwined with Belgian-style spices, sometimes featuring a dollop of wheat, and usually with some sort of yeast-derived funkiness.

Road Jam

Road Jam Two Roads Brewing
Reviewed by: Rodney A. Tillinghast
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Berry, berry quite contrary. What a summer blast!

For a beer that pours a hazy dark pink of red grapefruit, this beer seems a little light on fruit flavor. The thin, light head dissipated quickly.

Citra Bend

Citra Bend Golden Road Beer
Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer is likely to be enjoyed by both hop heads and by those with a less hoppy beer preference. The hops come across prominently in the aroma as an approachable apricot and passionfruit character, compared to the more aggressive hop character... Read More

Heal The Bay IPA

Heal The Bay IPA Golden Road Beer
Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

From the start, agressiveness is the impression of this beer. With a hefty dose of Citra, Centennial, and some New Zealand hop varieties, the hop character highlights very prominent citrusy, peach, and grapefruit aromas and flavors throughout.

Golden Road Hefeweizen

Golden Road - Hefeweizen
Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This Hefeweizen is very true to style -- highlighting the classical flavors of esters, phenolics, and malted wheat while restraining hops throughout. The aroma begins with a nearly even balance of medium-light bubblegum ester, clove phenolic, and... Read More

Tropic King

Tropic King Funkwerks Beer
Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Self-described as an “Imperial Saison," this Belgian-inspired beer showcases the expected saison phenolics, esters, and hops without the encumbrance of a heftier body or burdensome malt character of a higher-gravity beer. The aroma kicks off with... Read More

#9

Magic Hat #9 Beer
Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Fruit beers can be a difficult nut to crack. There needs to be a harmonious balance between the fruit addition and the base beer, which also needs to be deftly crafted.

Electric Peel

Magic Hat Electric Peel IPA Beer
Reviewed by: Michael Bury
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Magic Hat’s Electric Peel will definitely give you a jolt of powerful, fresh grapefruit. It pours a hazy, light amber color that supports a small, antique white head of foam.

Whale's Tale Pale Ale

Whale's Tale Pale Ale Cisco Brewers
Reviewed by: Jason Johnson
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

It's nice to get the occasional English Pale Ale from time to time in the sea of American hoppy ales, as the play between malt and hops can be very interesting and easy-drinking in that style. This beer pours a rich copper color with good clarity... Read More

IRA

IRA Double Mountain Beer
Reviewed by: Randy Scorby
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
16 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The coppery red color is spot-on, drawing the drinker into this Red IPA. The initial aroma contains a significant amount of sulfur that lingers for quite some time.

Hop Lava

Double Mountain Hop Lava Beer
Reviewed by: Randy Scorby
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with an inviting orange hue. The aroma begins with a subdued, but muddled, citrusy hop character followed by a balance of bready and caramel maltiness.

Lights Out Stout

Worthy Brewing Lights Out Stout Beer
Reviewed by: Randy Scorby
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The aroma is a complex amalgamation of vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee beans and fruit with just enough bready malt character to remind you that yes, this is actually a beer. The vanilla and coffee character develop even more in the flavor as it... Read More

Worthy IPA

Worthy Brewing IPA Beer
Reviewed by: Randy Scorby
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer pours an inviting deep gold with an orange hue that beckons you closer to the glass.

Zombie Dust

Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing
Reviewed by: Jim Koebel
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This American Pale Ale opens with pine, grass, and dank hop aromas, which dissipate fairly quickly. Assertive fruity aromas follow, including citrus and pear. It pours a hazy, deep gold color with a tall, white head that lasts until the final sip... Read More

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