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Spinnerbait

Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The Belgian Red style usually contains a level of sourness that this example does not have. It does have some fruity notes and a fi rm Belgian character. The aroma has some sweet, candy-like cherry features along with a faint farmhouse nose.

Helios Farmhouse Ale

Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer has an unmistakable aroma of Brettanomyces barnyard funkiness in all its glory. Once the beer warms there are typical saison light citrus aromas with a touch of pepper spice. The flavor is every bit as complex as the aroma. I initially... Read More

Andygator

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

This beer is full of big clean malty flavor and aroma, backed by hints of toffee and Tupelo honey, providing creamy, almost vanilla notes to the beer. It pours a crystal clear golden with a bright white head. The malt comes through in layers that... Read More

California Amber

California Amber Ballast Point Beer
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A dark red-amber pour is topped by an off-white head that was low but had great retention with small bubbles that laced the glass. The aroma tilts toward complex caramel malt with a touch of resin and grapefruit.

Foret Organic Saison

Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Fresh, sweet orange peel with a touch of lemon zest and a bit of Belgian “funk” are typical in any well made Saison. The beer is a somewhat hazy pale, light orange with a firm white foam stand that sticks on the beer. The flavor is citrus, made... Read More

SummerBright Ale

Summer Bright Ale
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This light golden ale pours with persistent, white, delicate foam. Very clear and bright, the beer appears to have been filtered quite heavily.

Libertine Black Ale

Libertine Black Ale Brewdog Black IPA Beer
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

American Black Ale is an ever- changing category that was based on American IPA with added roast character rather than an American stout with IPA levels of bitterness. This beer’s aroma was dominated by complex roast malt of baker’s chocolate and... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
82

Hop Flood

Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This is a deep, dark amber beer. Under a tan head, it is very hazy with evidence of a little debris floating around. The nose hits initially with resin, pine, light grass, and mild grapefruit all appearing. Despite the hop component, there is a... Read More

Loose Cannon Hop³ IPA

Loose Cannon Hop³ IPA
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Medium gold in color with an attractive orange tinge, this IPA offers a nose of citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits, pine, herbs and toffee-like malt.

Hitachino Nest Dai Dai

Hitachino Nest Dai Dai
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
85

Extended Play

Lakefront Beer Extended Play Session IPA
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This is an extremely quaffable beer for those looking for two or three hop-forward pints. The classic hazy, dryhopped look in the glass is the first of many IPA hallmarks. The very intense blend of grapefruit, citrus, resin and pine in the nose... Read More

Meantime London Porter

Meantime London Porter
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This rich ale pours deep brown – almost black – with a claret glow when backlit. Cocoa nibs, bitter chocolate, roasted malt hints and undertones of prune and dark fruits permeate the aroma profile, while low carbonation levels increase the... Read More

Vanilla Oatis

Vanilla Oatis Ninkasi Stout Beer
Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The combination of dark roasted malt and the sweet, Ibarra chocolate flavor and aroma make this Oatmeal Stout similar to a chocolate covered coffee bean. The style calls for both coffee-like and chocolate-like roast aromas and this version hits... Read More

Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This American Imperial Stout is a prime example of a beer that not only looks dark, but also smells dark. The coffee notes are as intense as any double espresso and the roast aroma comes across like 50-year-old charred wood.

13th Century Grut

13th Century Grut
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
78

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