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Rye Pale Ale

Rye Pale Ale
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

For ten years, Terrapin Beer Company has been pushing the boundaries and challenging the concept of “acceptable” beer styles. Rye Pale Ale was introduced in April of 2002 and the company hasn’t looked back since.

Double Black IPA

Double Black IPA
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The Double Black IPA is one of the top-notch beers consistently made by Alaskan Brewing Company for an army of zealously faithful beer connoisseurs. Teetering precariously between a Cascadian black ale and a black imperial IPA, this brute packs a... Read More

Ruthless Rye

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Established in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has evolved from a tiny local brewery to a craft brewing giant. Seasonal newcomer Ruthless Rye IPA boasts complex, spicy aromas and flavors, all underpinned by a solid American IPA.

Grand Cru

Grand Cru, Brasserie St-Feuillien
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

St. Feuillien Grand Cru features a massive, distinctively tart aroma that rolls from the glass in alternating waves of sour cherry, sherry vinegar, and faintly syrupy malt.

Gulden Draak

Gulden Draak
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Boasting a whopping 10.5 percent ABV, Gulden Draak is a seriously hefty brew. Bottle conditioned after using wine yeast for the secondary fermentation, Gulden Draak’s aromas are dominated with notes of caramel, milk chocolate, black currants and... Read More

Pale 31

Firestone Walker Pale 31
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Yet another amazing brewery from “The Class of ’96,” Paso Robles-based Firestone Walker Brewing Company has built a reputation for decidedly hop-centric ales of exceptional character.

Tripel Karmeleit

Tripel Karmeleit
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A quirky take on a classic Belgian style, Tripel Karmeleit uses oats and wheat in addition to malted barley. Aromas of vanilla, Satsuma, and honey abound, all floating over soft, lightly sugary pilsner malt.

Moinette

Moinette
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Moinette enjoys worldwide acclaim as a true representative of an almost forgotten brewing tradition.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Papillion, Nebraska isn’t the first place your average beer hunter might consider when seeking out the origins of eclectic, Belgian-influenced farmhouse ales.

Trumer Pils

Trumer Pils
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The relative young American offshoot of a centuries-old Austrian brewing powerhouse has produced the award-winning Trumer Pils since 2004. The aroma has a hop presence more subdued than expected of a Pils.

32°/50° Kölsch

32/50 Kölsch Coast Brewing Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Made in a biodiesel-fired brewhouse, 32/50 Kölsch represents a unique take on the august Köln-based style. Coast Brewing uses certified organic malts and classic German hops to capture the style’s distinctive aromas and flavors.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
3 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Leaning heavily on Flemish roots, Brouwerij Het Anker produces a line of fairly high alcohol beers including Cuvée van de Keizer Rood, Although a high octane brew at 10 percent ABV, this is a drinkable Belgian golden ale, overflowing with aromas... Read More

Dancing Man Wheat

Dancing Man Wheat
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
2 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Brewed in the classic Bavarian Weizenbier tradition and released each May, Dancing Man Wheat has amassed an army of loyal adherents. Throwing off dense, saturated notes of banana, cotton candy, warm bread, and ground cloves, this beer’s nose... Read More

Duvel

Duvel
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Initially brewed in 1918 and fermented to this day with the original yeast strain, Duvel is a beer of incredible complexity, demanding a full three months to produce. Swirling with notes of bread, ripe pears, and spicy Czech hops, Duvel’s nose is... Read More

BPA

BPA Brewery Ommegang
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

An American take on the venerable Belgian Pale Ale, Ommegang BPA boasts big, citrusy hops over the more traditional spicy Belgian yeast notes, not unexpected from a brewery built on a former hop farm.

Troubador Blond

Troubador Blond
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Made in a brewery launched by four Belgian schoolmates in 2000, Troubador Blond introduces itself with a complex nose. It teems with aromas of vanilla bean, clove, apricots, and cherries.

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