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Upland Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

With its sparkling clarity, dark gold/light orange tint and moderate carbonation, this lager nails the classic style descriptors for appearance.

Hopothermia

Alaskan Beer Hopothermia Double IPA
Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Fresh, intense hops are prominent in the aroma; hints of tropical fruit are blended with an underlying resinous essence. Fruitiness is compounded by ester contributions from the fermentation, adding pineapple and berry character that invites a... Read More

Two Hearted Ale

Bell's Two Hearted Beer IPA
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

A fairly clear orange-amber beer with a low white head offers a very complex aroma that speaks of American hop varieties – floral, citrus, pine and a little orange. Gradually, some caramel notes appear.

Shake Chocolate Porter

Shake Chocolate Porter
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A deep coppery brown, this beer serves up lots of chocolate aromas. The aromatics combine chocolate roast, a little coffee and notes of milk chocolate. The flavors are every bit as complex on the chocolate side.

Westmalle Dubbel

Westmalle Dubbel
Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Dubbels are usually a bit lighter and more complex than other Belgian dark strong ales. This Dubbel has more than enough complexity. It starts with an aroma of Belgian spicy yeast, white pepper, with maybe a touch of rum, and burnt sugar. In the... Read More

Valar Morghulis

Brewery Ommegang Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale beer
Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer walks the fine line between the Belgian Dubbel style and its bigger cousin, the Belgian Dark Strong Ale. In the glass it is a deep brown with a reddish/orange hue and a big, white, rocky head.

Cuvee de Tomme

Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
3 / 6
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
5 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

The Lost Abbey of San Marcos has been producing esoteric Belgian-influenced ales since 2006 and co-founder Tomme Arthur continues the trend with his acclaimed Cuvee de Tomme.

La 31 Biere Pale

La 31 Biere Pale Bayou Teche Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Dedicated to creating beers that honor strong Acadian roots, the brewers at Bayou Teche have created a “Louisiana Pale Ale” to pair with Cajun and Creole cuisine. A faint floral hop hint wafts over notes of freshly toasted English muffins and... Read More

Toasted Lager

Blue Point Toasted Lager beer new look
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Since launching its Toasted Lager from a direct-flame fired kettle in 1998, Blue Point has grown into a regional powerhouse, producing 30,000 barrels a year of uniquely flavored beers. Direct firing produces toast and caramel notes, which are... Read More

Scaldis Pêche Mel'

Scaldis Pêche Mel'
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Generally known for the blockbuster, high-octane brews (Scaldis, Scaldis Noel), Brasserie Duboisson entered the fruit-flavored beer market just under five years ago. Of course, the brewers stayed true to their roots, and the result, Pêche Mel’... Read More

Agave Wheat

Agave Wheat
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

For almost 25 years, Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewing has provided thirsty devotees with an ever-growing repertoire of characterful, occasionally quirky beers – including Agave Wheat.

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

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