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Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
79
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

In the shadow of the famed San Francisco Bay Bridge, 21st Amendment Brewery is known for producing solid and occasionally eccentric beers for a rapidly growing market.

Hop Stoopid

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid IPA Ale Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Leading off this review’s California contingent is an almost terrifyingly hoppy brew from the outskirts of Petaluma – Lagunitas’s Hop Stoopid. This beer’s label cheekily yet proudly proclaims “102 I.B.U. 4 U,” and they are not kidding: This thing... Read More

Modus Hoperandi

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi IPA Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

In what seems to be a growing trend, Ska has joined the ranks of craft brewers packaging exceptional products in cans. Modus Hoperandi comes blasting out of Durango, Colo., tossing around massive amounts of hops while still remembering it is a... Read More

Ruination IPA

Stone Ruination Retired
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

From Stone’s humble Southern California beginnings back in 1996, Steve Wagner and Greg Koch have grown their operation into a craft beer powerhouse, producing some of the most widely recognized and sought-after beers anywhere.

HopArt

Coast Brewing Hop Art Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

From their family-owned brewery in the Charleston, S.C., area, Coast Brewing has produced a stunning brew that can alter one’s idea of what “sustainable” breweries are capable of. Quite simply, this is one of the best IPAs you’ll find… anywhere... Read More

The Immortal IPA

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A straight-up, solid interpretation of the style that hails from the hop-drenched environs of Seattle, the Immortal’s pedigree is impeccable. Dick Cantwell’s Elysian Brewing has been pumping out epic beers since they first fired the kettles in... Read More

Red's Rye PA

Red's Rye PA
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Our lone Michigan entry in this issue’s tasting, Red’s Rye PA, presented itself very nicely amid a sea of heavy contenders. Known for their sometimes quirky take on classic beer styles, Founders has developed a devoted following wherever their... Read More

Union Jack IPA

Union Jack IPA
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Arriving on the California brewing scene around the same time as their Northern California counterparts (e.g., Moylan’s, Bear Republic), and situated in the Central Coast wine country, Firestone Walker has put out exceptional products from day... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Producing a wide range of sometimes quirky beers, London’s Greenwich Brewery, the home of Meantime Brewing, offers up a traditional take on a constantly updated style.

90 Minute IPA

90 Minute IPA Dogfish Head Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Since 1995, Sam Calagione’s Dogfish Head in Delaware has been providing the beer drinking public with characterful, sometimes offbeat but always tasty beers.

India Ale

Samuel Smith's Brewery India ale beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Most assuredly an English-style India Pale Ale, Samuel Smith’s India Ale is a wonderful example of the venerable Tadcaster-based brewery’s work.

Torpedo

Torpedo Sierra Nevada Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Unfortunately, it appears that samples of this popular brew suffered from heat and exposure in transit to the tasting site. However, all beers in the review are tasted blind, and the judges were compelled to evaluate the beer as received.

Hopsecutioner

Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A relative newcomer to the scene, Terrapin has been producing solid beers since 2002. After just six months of brewing, its Rye Pale Ale won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, setting the brewery on a fast track to build a loyal... Read More

5 Barrel Pale Ale

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

Fort Collins, Colo., is home to a number of excellent breweries, and Odell is no exception.

Sweetwater IPA

Sweetwater IPA Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Proving that you don’t have to spring forth from the West Coast if you want to be a hop monster, SweetWater’s IPA comes out of Atlanta bursting with great fistfuls of hops. This bruiser hits the glass with a deep, seductive golden color that... Read More

Double Simcoe IPA

Double Simcoe IPA Weyerbacher beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

One of two Pennsylvania breweries represented in this issue’s tasting, Weyerbacher has been treating Atlantic Seaboard beer drinkers to their wares for 15 years now.

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