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Alpha Hive

Coop Ale Works

American Imperial IPA

8.9 by Matt have another Alpha Hive by Coop Ale Works

The beer is a brownish gold with mild head and lacing. It's got a haze that's caused by the considerable particulate presence. Smell is dank and hoppy with a definite honey background. Taste? Delicious. Hoppiness is there in the bitter forefront, but the sweet honey asserts itself and it leads to a taste combination that works together, not against each other. Feel is dominated by the strong alcohol, kind of juicy, well balanced, easy to drink for a beer that's strong in a couple different ways....read more

Overall Rating: 8.2 by 2 dudes have another Alpha Hive by Coop Ale Works 100%

Bam Biére

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Saison

8.7 by scot have another Bam Biére by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

No date on bottle. Pours amazingly clear with an inch of pure white foam lid. Medium retention with some lacing. Lemon citrus is foremost. Pear/green apple take over with more of a green apple nose as sits. Tartness evolves. Floral hops. Taste gets some funk: hay and barnyard mix with the tart. Tart apple and lemon are there throughout. Floral hops mix with yeast in the finish. Light end of medium carbonation and body. Bubbles are small. Dries. Definitely have had a few more of this...read more

Overall Rating: 8.7 by 1 dude have another Bam Biére by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales 100%

Blood Orange Formely Known As...

Werk Force Brewing Company

American IPA

8.2 by scot have another Blood Orange Formely Known As... by Werk Force Brewing Company

No date on can. Pours clear with minimal white foam. Nary any retention. No lacing. Clean and bright. Orange is big on the nose. Lightly sweet. Touch of maris otter sweetness and nuttiness. Adds a touch of complexity. Taste brings a balance of malt and hops/fruit. Some bitterness in the finish that builds - it could also be the spiciness of the hops, confused for bitter. Nuttiness. Light pepper and herbal mingle with the orange. Medium body. Similar carbonation. Dries some but th...read more

Overall Rating: 8.2 by 1 dude have another Blood Orange Formely Known As... by Werk Force Brewing Company 100%

Misty Mountain Hop

Mikerphone Brewing

American IPA

8.5 by rich have another Misty Mountain Hop by Mikerphone Brewing

A: Dark fuzzy gold, more hazy than cloudy. Bright white and fluffy like a fresh powdery snow. It's a bright appealing look from foam top to bottom of the glass. S: First impression is a low level fresh Florida orange with just a touch flower. T: Full citrus, fruit is in the background, semi-sweet and it does dry out. Good carbonation level, and full but not overly intrusive mouth-feel. O: Not a NEIPA, but hazy from what one would assume to be heavy hops addition (there are 4 types listed). L...read more

Overall Rating: 8.5 by 1 dude have another Misty Mountain Hop by Mikerphone Brewing 100%

Pompeii

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

American IPA

8.3 by scot have another Pompeii by Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

No date on can. Pours vibrantly clear. Big, billowing white head. Thick. Great retention. Aroma of citrus (orange) fruits. Sweetness. Simple. No alcohol. Taste is once again sweet but not caramel. Pineapple and orange commingle in the mouth. Restrained to no bitterness. No detectable alcohol. Soft and slightly drying mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Long finish. Easy to drink thanks to the bitterness level. Not a hop bomb but an easy drinker. Not hazy. A simple beer that leaves ...read more

Overall Rating: 8.3 by 1 dude have another Pompeii by Toppling Goliath Brewing Company 100%

Diggity Dank Juice

Odd Side Ales

American IPA

8.1 by scot have another Diggity Dank Juice by Odd Side Ales

No date on can. Pours hazy with three fingers of pillowy, white foam. Great retention. Thick, sticky lacing ensues, forming a meringue coating as it slowing dissipates. Floral with some grapefruit or pineapple. A big hit of sweetness mingles. The floral scents are strongest. Light overall aroma. Bread/cracker malts carry a slight bitterness in the finish. Floral throughout, pleasant. Sweetness stays on the lips, lingering with a touch of grapefruit. Light body. Medium carbonation. T...read more

Overall Rating: 8.1 by 1 dude have another Diggity Dank Juice by Odd Side Ales 100%

Fire, Skulls & Money

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

American IPA

9.0 by scot have another Fire, Skulls & Money by Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Pours cloudy. Huge white, frothy foam covers, quickly yielding, settling to a wispy thin over that produces sporadic lacing. Aroma of mango and resin. Other tropical aromas hit the senses but ripe mango is up front and bold. As the beer breaths, this gives way to a huge resinous profile. Some citrus. Candy sweetness. Taste adds sweetness which lingers to the finish, lasting. Mango, citrus and resin round out the hop profile. Candy sweetness is tough, big. Somewhat effervescent. Surpri...read more

Overall Rating: 9.0 by 1 dude have another Fire, Skulls & Money by Toppling Goliath Brewing Company 100%

Beverage of Champions

Solemn Oath Brewery

Milk/Sweet/Cream Sout

8.2 by scot have another Beverage of Champions by Solemn Oath Brewery

Free beer given to Chuck, Pat and myself at Jimmy’s after Pat’s baby shower. Pours opaque. Minimal mocha head. Fleeting head. Glass could have something to do with this. Aroma is sweet. Orange and bourbon mingle to give thought of tequila. Strange yet awesome. Taste is similar to the nose. The finish brings bourbon, brown sugar with a lingering sweetness. Medium if not bigger body. Medium carbonation. Sweetness keeps the mouth oily and slick. An interesting beer. I would ha...read more

Overall Rating: 8.2 by 1 dude have another Beverage of Champions by Solemn Oath Brewery 100%

Merc Machine

Stone Brewing Company

American Imperial IPA

8.3 by scot have another Merc Machine by Stone Brewing Company

Had on tap with Rich and Chuck at Jimmy’s in Naperville. Pours with slightly cloudy with pure white foam. Solid retention since the tap pour tries to eliminate. Sporadic but thick, coating lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits with ample sweetness. Sweetness is more towards pure sweet; not caramel, toffee, etc. Definitely light. Maybe the tulip glass doesn’t do it justice. Taste is sweetness that lasts, lingering into the finish. Tropical fruit notes are awesome. Clean. Minimal bit...read more

Overall Rating: 8.3 by 1 dude have another Merc Machine by Stone Brewing Company 100%

Abrasive Ale

Surly Brewing Company

American Imperial IPA

8.0 by scot have another Abrasive Ale by Surly Brewing Company

Can date: 2017-10-10. A good amount of haze greats the eye upon a stern pour. White, webbed, sticky laced foam is big but quickly recedes. Lacing is sticky. Aroma is hop forward with malt only for good measure and slight balance. There is a bread element: possibly the malt and/or the yeast. Citrus and tropical fruit is the focus of the hops, pineapple being the most distinguishable. Mango. Not as aromatic as memory tried to serve. Taste follows the nose. Malt is just there but not ge...read more

Overall Rating: 8.0 by 2 dudes have another Abrasive Ale by Surly Brewing Company 100%

Abrasive Ale

Surly Brewing Company

American Imperial IPA

8.1 by rich have another Abrasive Ale by Surly Brewing Company

A: Deep gold color with a haze but not cloudy. Fizzy and fluffy but doesn't hang around too long. A: Citrus and fruit, maybe grapefruit mixed with orange but very not scent, faint pine. A tad bready. T: Very mild alcohol, semi-sweet tropical fruits with a tang of citrus. It's has bitterness, but Warrior hop's characteristic of clean and not overpowering bitterness. P: Mediums across the board on body, carbonation, and finish. Overall: One of the early DIPA's to use Citra hops, it's not for the...read more

Overall Rating: 8.0 by 2 dudes have another Abrasive Ale by Surly Brewing Company 100%

Coffee Stout

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

American Stout

9.5 by rich have another Coffee Stout by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

A: Deep brown with clarity, not muddy. The foam head was dark Khaki i color, and soft, average retention. S: Mocha coffee aroma right out of a high end coffee spot, very alluring to a coffee aficionado. T: Starts almost semi-sweet, but really is just dry, and zero bite from hop nor coffee, so super mellow. Very creamy feel, but not out of whack in the viscosity area. Nothing is out of balance and the flavors all taste very good to the style and to good coffee. O: A very, very good coffee st...read more

Overall Rating: 9.5 by 1 dude have another Coffee Stout by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 100%

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