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Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkin Ale
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Situated in the land of mainstream lagers, Schlafly Beer takes a different path, producing a wide range of distinctive, characterful beers for a burgeoning army of devotees. Blasting out of the glass with mounds of bright, assertive spices,... Read More

Vitus

Vitus
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Produced by what is ostensibly the oldest operating brewery in the world, Weihenstephan Vitus is a rich, tempting weizenbock, loaded with ripe, juicy notes of bubblegum, bananas, and plums, as well as subtly spicy clove and pepper.

Liberator

Liberator
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Since launching in 2003, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company has pumped out a lineup of solid ales and lagers from the brewery in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

La Parcela

La Parcela
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Another intriguing entry into the world of pumpkin beer, La Parcela, from Dexter, Michigan’s Jolly Pumpkin Artisanal Ales, deftly straddles the line between tradition and quirkiness. It blends pumpkin and spices with old school oak barrel aging... Read More

Pumking

Pumking
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Starting a second decade of brewing operations, Southern Tier Brewing Company enters the seasonal holiday beer fray with Pumking, its own unique take on imperial pumpkin ale.

Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

A spice-driven 8.0 percent ABV brew, Weyerbacher Brewing Company’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale seethes with caramel, clove and cinnamon, but only the occasional hint of pumpkin. This beer’s aroma pummels the senses with wave after wave of nutmeg,... Read More

La Chouffe

Brasserie Achouffe La Chouffe Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Deftly camouflaging its deceptive alcohol strength among layers of ripe fruit aromas and honeyed malt, La Chouffe from Brasserie Achouffe is truly a world class Belgian strong golden ale.

The Maharaja

The Maharaja by Avery Brewing Co.
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

For the last two decades, Avery Brewing has shown they know hops and are not afraid to use them. The Maharaja, Avery’s contribution to the world of Imperial IPA’s, boasts over 100 bittering units and tons of flavor and aroma hops. This is truly... Read More

Long Strange Tripel

Long Strange Tripel Boulevard Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Kansas City doesn’t usually evoke thoughts of world class Belgian-style beers, yet that is exactly what Boulevard Brewing has been producing for the last 25 years. Long Strange Tripel falls in the classic Belgian Tripel style, evincing notes of... Read More

Blue Sunday Sour

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pungent and tartly sour, New Holland’s Blue Sunday Sour lives up to its moniker, showing a distinctly wild side, a quenching acidity and overtones of aged American oak. A complex blend of barrel-soured beers, this brew challenges conventional... Read More

Bitter American

21st Amendment Brewery Bitter American
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Just off of San Francisco’s scenic Embarcadero, 21st Amendment Brewery has been turning out California-themed iconic beer styles for over a decade.

Coney Island Lager

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Brewed with an eclectic blend of European and American hops and malts, Shmaltz Brewing’s Coney Island Lager is somewhat of an oddity, unashamedly intermarrying ingredients from the Old and New Worlds alike.

Lady of the Woods

Lady of the Woods
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Located in a combination brewery, winery and distillery on windswept Nantucket Island, Cisco Brewers are putting out some of the most intriguing wood-aged beers available today.

Clementine

Clementine
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
3 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Clown Shoes’s “Clementine” pays homage to Flemish witbier antecedents, with notes of coriander, citrus, and honey laced throughout. Yet, basing production in Ipswich, Massachusetts, the brewer also gives a nod to American ingredients – notably... Read More

Rayon Vert 2012

Rayon Vert 2012
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

During its explosive growth and a move into a massive new, purpose-built facility, Green Flash’s Mike Hinkley and Chuck Silva continue to crank out top notch brews with a distinctive San Diego twist.

Fixed Gear

Fixed Gear Lakefront Red IPA Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Silky smooth and loaded with luscious, sweet caramel and vibrant citrusy hop notes, Lakefront’s Fixed Gear is the quintessential American amber ale.

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