– Top Reviews of the Week –

 REVIEWS OF THE WEEK

10-17 August 2014


Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale
* Full Sail Brewing Session Premium Lager
* Dennis Beer Co – Degustation
*  Stone Brewing Company’s RuinTen
* Kloster Andechs Vollbier Hell
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Harvest Single Hop IPA
Beer No. 1
CLARENS WEISS
Stevens Point – IPA
Urchon – A Hedgehog without a story
Roadside by Mother Road
Incorrigible
Lucky You IPA : Breckenridge Brewing
Bierboom
Unapologetic IPA
Earl Soham – Brandeston Gold
* Le Freak – Belgian Style American IPA
Brewdog: Blitz: Passion
Style Guide – Smoked Beer
California Sunshine APA
Beavertown – Black Betty
Westbrook Brewing – One Claw 
Rhinegeist – Cougar
* Aoi Brewing-Pale Ale 
Mama’s Little Yella Pils
Surlie Brewing Solitaire
 Timothy Taylor – Landlord *Redux*
CLARENS STOUT
CLARENS RED
Flying Dog Single Hop Citra Imperial IPA
Amazon Beer Stout Açaí
Green Flash’s Citra Session IPA
Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
Baird Beer-Teikoku IPA
Liberty Brewing Company Yakima Monster APA
Charles Wells’ DNA – New World IPA (4.5%)
MUDVILLE 9, NEW YORK CITY: BUTTERNUTS PORK SLAP (4.3%)
Simon the Saisonal Seabird
Smuttlabs Brett & I (Smuttynose Brewing Company)
Modern Times Black House
Flying Dog – Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale
Double Mountain Molten Lava
Victory Brewing Company’s Summer Love
Galway Hooker Stout 
Mt.Carmel Nut Brown Ale
Weird Beard: Bourbon Barrel Boring Brown Beer

 

– Top Reviews of the Week –

 REVIEWS OF THE WEEK

2-9 August 2014

beer not war weekly updateClarens Brewery: IPA
Japan’s most exclusive beer at the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka
Coronado Brewing Company Idiot IPA
Evil Twin – Low Life
Epic – Lupulingus
Sierra Nevada Summerfest
Wernecker Haustrunk Pils
The Alchemist’s Heady Topper
Saison Dupont
Propeller – American Red
Wiper and True: India Pale Ale: Sorachi Ace
Hamamatsu Tenjingura Brewery-Weizen
Big Muddy Backwoods Monster Imperial Oak Aged Brown Ale
Southern Bay – Lone Sailor – Single Hop Amber Ale
Buxton Brewery Axe Edge India Pale Ale
Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union IPL
Founder’s Double Trouble Imperial IPA
La Bretteuse (Syrah barrel-aged) – Le Trou Du Diable 
Youngs Double Chocolate Stout
Port Brewing Company’s Anniversary Ale
Under my Amber Ella
Dry Dock Brewing Co. Hefeweizen
Clown Shoes Galactica India Pale Ale
Sly Fox – 360 IPA
Saison @ForgeBrewWorks (Lorton, VA)
Kulmacher Eisbock
Rogue – New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA
Mikkeller Ris a la M’ale
Peekskill Brewery – Styriana
Préaris Quadrupel
Rhubie Rhubarb Wheat Ale – Lighthouse Brewing Co. 
Oskar Blues’ Deviant Dale’s IPA
Bia Saigon (green)
El Mole Ocho
Atwater Summer Time Ale
Stone / Beachwood / Heretic Unapologetic IPA
Smaltz Death of a Contract Brewer
Six Point – Sweet Action
James Street: NZ Wai Iti Surgey
Ethereal Gin Barrel Aged – Realization-Beer’d Brewing Co
Nottingham Road Brewing Company – Pickled Pig Porter
Nottingham Road Brewing Company: Tiddly Toad Light Lager
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
Rhino Ale
Kaiserdom
Maine Beer Company MO Pale Ale
Hitachino Nest Dai Dai IPA
Pinglehead Imperial Red
Fixed Gear American Red Ale
Three Floyds Zombie Dust
Siren: Maiden 2013
Garage Project – Beer
Baylands – Woodrows Veto IPA
Obsidian Imperial Porter Rum Barrel – Cameron’s Brewing Co. 
Dry Stout Sauternes Edition – Mikkeller 
The Temptress
Hardywood Saison Rustica

TGIF: Posts of the Week

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ABITA : ABBEY ALE – Direct:

ALAMEDA MY BLOODY VALENTINE BLOOD ORANGE SAISON – Direct:

ALASKAN HOPOTHERMIA DOUBLE IPA – Direct:

AOI BREWING: BITTER ALE – Direct:

BAD SEED BREWERY: SOUTH PACIFIC PALE ALE (5.8%) – Direct:

BAIRD BEER SURUGA BAY IMPERIAL IPA – Direct:

BALLAST POINT – INDRA KUNINDRA – Direct:

BEAR REPUBLIC BREWING CO.: CAFÉ RACER 15 DOUBLE IPA – Direct:

BIG ROCK BREWERY: CUVÉE BRU DRUIVENBIER – Direct:

BIRRA DEL BORGO: RE ALE EXTRA – Direct:

BOULEVARD: SINGLE WIDE IPA – Direct:

BREWDOG: BLACK EYED KING IMP – Direct:

BREWDOG: DEAD PONY CLUB – Direct:

BRIDGE ROAD BREWERS CHESTNUT PILSNER – Direct:

BROUWERIJ BOSTEELS TRIPEL KARMELIET – Direct:

BROUWERIJ VAN STEENBERGE: GULDEN DRAAK – Direct:

BROUWERJI DE BLOCK: SATAN GOLD – Direct:

CASTLE MILK STOUT – Direct:

CHAUCER’S RASPBERRY MEAD – Direct:

CHESAPEAKE PORTER – Direct:

CORONADO BREWING COMPANY: IDIOT IMPERIAL IPA – Direct:

CREW REPUBLIC: DETOX – Direct:

DAD’S LITTLE HELPER BLACK IPA – Direct:

DEAD FROG SUPER FEARLESS IMPERIAL IPA BATCH #3 – Direct:

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS IPA (6.8%) – Direct:

DOGFISH HEAD: 75 MINUTE IPA – Direct:

EINSTÖK – Direct:

FORTITUDE BREWING CO: NOISY MINOR BREWING CO – Direct:

FRÜLI: STRAWBERRY BEER – Direct:

GARRISON : IRISH RED – Direct:

GREEN FLASH: WEST COAST IPA – Direct:

GREENE KING STRONG SUFFOLK DARK ALE – Direct:

GREGORIUS TRAPPISTENBIER – Direct:

HAIR OF THE DOG: BLUE DOT DOUBLE IPA – Direct:

HONEY BUNNY PALE ALE – Direct:

HOPDOG BEERWORKS REDHOPULOUS – Direct:

HUDEPOHL AMBER LAGER – Direct:

INNIS & GUNN IRISH WHISKEY FINISH – Direct:

JOLLY PUMPKIN CALABAZA BLANCA – Direct:

KARL STRAUSS BREWING CO: TOWER 10 IPA – Direct:

KERERU HOP TO IT PALE ALE – Direct:

KNEE DEEP SIMTRA TRIPLE IPA – Direct:

LEFT HAND BREWING: WIDDENSHINS BARLEYWINE ALE – Direct:

MAREDSOUS 10 TRIPEL: BELGISCH ABDIJBIER – Direct:

MIDNIGHT BRETT (ALLAGASH BREWING COMPANY) – Direct:

MIKE’S – VANILLA COFFEE PORTER – Direct:

MT. CARMEL SUMMER WHEAT – Direct:

MUNSTER BREWERY: BLACKGUARD – Direct:

NEW BELGIUM SHAPSHOT WHEAT BEER – Direct:

NORTH COAST BREWING CO.: OLD RASPUTIN RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT – Direct:

PHILLIPS BREWING AMNESIAC DOUBLE IPA – Direct:

PIDDLE: DORSET SLASHER – Direct:

PLUMPKIN ALE SAISON (2013) – Direct:

RED DUCK: SABRE TOOTH – Direct:

REDCHURCH BREWERY SHOREDITCH BLONDE (4.5%) – Direct:

REDWELL: INDIA PALE ALE (6%) – Direct:

SHIPYARD IPA – Direct:

SIERRA NEVADA PORTER – Direct:

SOUTHERN TIER LIVE – Direct:

STONE: ENJOY BY IPA: 08/16/14 – Direct:

STONE: RUINTEN DOUBLE IPA – Direct:

THE 4.0 GPA – Direct:

THE NOTTINGHAM ROAD BREWING COMPANY: PYE-EYED POSSUM PILSNER – Direct:

THORNBRIDGE: SAINT PETERSBURG – Direct:

UNDERGROUND BREWING COMPANY NEWCASTLE DOUBLE BROWN ALE – Direct:

VICTORY BREWING CO.: GOLDEN MONKEY BELGIAN STYLE TRIPEL-ALE – Direct:

Hold My Beer – A Disjointed Selection of Beer Reviews: 30 July 2014 Edition

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– memoratus in aeternum –

(With Parting Words of Those who Loved them in their Last Hours)

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Yesterday I finally managed some free time to taste Aoi Brewing’s new beer at Aoi Beer Stand in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City: Bitter Ale!

AOI BREWING-BITTER ALE

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This is Chesapeake, our black pepper and coffee porter, a smooth easy drinking beer with a rich coffer based aroma and complex peppery/spiced flavour leaving a distinct bitter coffee aftertaste at 4.4%

Chesapeake Porter

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Conclusion: Ohh, and it was doing so well! Interesting look on the pour, a nice hazy character and it follows that up with an appealing smooth, fruity, and slightly hoppy aroma. So, all that going on and it has a low abv that should make it a session beer.

Crew Republic: Detox

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Another contender in the tasting I had at Idle Hands Bar this offering from the fine folks at Abita is their interpretation of a traditional Abbey Ale with some proceeds from the bottles going to charity. 

Abita – Abbey Ale

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It has been a while since I have had a Tuesday feature beer of the week, but this Tuesday in honour of my dad’s 62nd birthday Eldon and I tried Rogue’s Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA (LCBO# 383455).

Rogue: Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA

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Day 29. I don’t actually know why it’s taken me this long to try this beer, perhaps I’m just used to looking for hoppy beers when I think of Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada Porter

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You’ve just gotta love things that have been aged in Oak, haven’t you?  I’ve been reading about the 5X Suffolk Strong Ale for quite some time and how it may or may not have influenced or been influenced by the lambic brewing folks in Belgium, so I was glad that Eve picked up this particular bottle, as it’s a blended beer that contains some of that special oak-aged Strong Suffolk Ale.

Greene King Strong Suffolk Dark Ale

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I’m a big fan of Southern Tier Brewing Company. It all started when I got my hands on their prized Pumking. After that, I fell in love with their beer. 

Southern Tier Live

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Last week, we looked at the 4.0 GPA grapefruit pale ale and I thought I’d flip the tables on us and go brainless!

Epic Brewing: Brainless IPA

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Dead Frog Super Fearless IPA Batch #3: The third release of this Imperial IPA still brewed at a strength of 9% abv with 93 IBUs however, only this one was brewed with a different base malt due to a shipment issue so no Maris Otter here.

Dead Frog: Super Fearless Imperial IPA

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This is sadly the last of my gifted Belgium beers, and since it had a sticker on the back saying “Alcohol is addictive” I left it for last!!

Maredsous 10 Tripel

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Day 28, and from the same people who bring you Kwak (you know the beer with the funky glass) comes this Belgian Tripel. The beer is brewed utilising 3 grains, Wheat, Oats and Barley from a 335 year old recipe and is bottle re-fermented (assuming this refers to bottle conditioned).

Brouwerij Bosteels: Tripel Karmeliet

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This is a really light, really tasty, glorious session beer from the good folks at Redchurch Brewery.

REDCHURCH BREWERY SHOREDITCH BLONDE

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Brewery’s Note: “Midnight Brett is chocolate brown in color, brewed with 2-Row, Midnight wheat, raw wheat and rye malt. It was hopped with a blend of Perle, Glacier and Simcoe hops.

Allagash Brewing Company:Midnight Brett

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is one of the new wave of American breweries playing with funky strains from Europe.  Founded in 2004, Jolly Pumpkin uses open fermenters and a specially selected blend of French and Belgian strains. 

Jolly Pumpkin: Calabaza Blanca

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Conclusion: There are so many beers in existence that, if they could deliver on what their aroma promised, would be the greatest beers ever. This is one of those beers.

Brewdog: Black Eyed King Imp

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Overall: Refreshing, solid and reliable craft beer for dry beer lovers.
Its welcome acidity makes it the perfect…

Baird Beer: Suruga Bay Imperial IPA

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Not anything special, but probably the only South African macro brewery beer I will buy, so I thought it might be a good idea to try one after the Gulden Draak, not as a direct comparison, but just to see how the Castle Milk Stout stacks up.

Castle Milk Stout

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I was expecting a bit more, but to be honest, I am pretty sure the savoury connotation from the Marmite I got in the aroma, screwed with my tastebuds (down, bad tastebuds! …. and I do love a toast and Marmite sarmy).

Brouwerij Van Steenberge: Gulden Draak

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A dark brown body with a solid looking, tan head, it’s just inviting you to dive in.  The flavor is just as you would expect, sweetness from the yeast with notes of dark fruit. The alcohol is present but manageable.

Gregorius Trappistenbier

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Day 27 I pick up this limited release from Bridge Road Brewers. The only Lager these guys make on a semi regular rotation they utilise locally grown chestnuts and galaxy hops they’ve put together a pilsner with “a distinct nutty character owing to the use of chestnuts in the mash”. Ok, I’m sceptical but I’ll bite, why not?

Bridge Road Brewers Chestnut Pilsner

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As soon as this beer hits your tongue, your brain defaults to Guinness. That’s kind of what it tastes like. And that’s kind of how it’s described, rich, Scottish Stout matured over Irish-Whiskey infused oak

Innis & Gunn: Irish Whiskey Finish

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I’ve had strange beers in the past, notably the Rogue Donut ones, but this Ballast Point- Indra Kunindra might set a new mark.

Ballast Point : Indra Kunindra

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The other night we did a double-header of exbeeriments.  First up was Einstök, an icelandic white ale with a bad ass picture of a viking on the label (see image above).  It had me wondering what the Vikings would drink.  

Einstök

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Today we drove to Upper Hut and visited a brewery, as you do.  Kereru Brewing Company is a local artisanal brewery here in Wellington. Kereru has good beer and some great beer label artwork.

Kereru: Hop To It Pale Ale

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Located on the Halifax waterfront, Garrison is one of the granddaddies of the Atlantic Canadian craft-beer scene and has, over the last few years, also grown to become one of the region’s largest craft brewers. 

Garrison – Irish Red

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Green Flash West Coast IPA. Light amber color, orange zest and pine on the nose, bitter throughout, strong citrus notes, medium body, short, bitter finish. Get ready, this beer packs a punch.

Green Flash West Coast IPA

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Flavour: It starts with a banana sweetness that moves into a plain yogurt like tart and tangy note and finishes with a classic wheat flavour and texture common to all wheat beers.

New Belgium: Shapshot Wheat Beer

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Mike’s Vanilla Coffee Porter – from the tap – I last drank a version of this in a bottle in November 2012 – and loved it then, I wonder if I still love it now. This is the non-Organic version.

Mike’s – Vanilla Coffee Porter

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Flavour: I could detect a bit of light bread malt, with lots of herbal hops up front. The middle was lemon citrus and caramel with a piney woodsy bitter finish.

Phillips Brewing Amnesiac Double IPA Posted on July 25, 2014

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Dia De Lose Muertos, or Day of the Dead beer is the first fully developed, fully accessible craft beer to come out of Mexico, and their premises are located just one hundred yards from the American border.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS IPA

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I know last week I said that I’d be doing easy drinking summer beers, but this one is good on a hot evening. Unfortunately it’s not as easy to drink as others! Needless to say, on hot and humit evenings sharing this with some friends Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA is great.

Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA

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“The last two years have been more than a little crazy around here, and what better way to celebrate than with a beer to match. This Belgian-style golden strong is finished with brettanomyces – exploding with funky and fruity flavours. So strap yourself in, it’s going to be a wild one.”

Wild Ride 2nd Anniversary Beer

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The Redhopulous pours a beautiful dark amber colour with an off-white-cream coloured head, excellent carbonation and a strong nose of hops. there’s some malt in that aroma also, but it’s front forward hops, pine & citrus.

HopDog BeerWorks Redhopulous

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If you find yourself porch sittin’ this summer and looking for what to drink out of your fridge, you can’t go wrong with a cold Summer Wheat from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company.

Mt. Carmel Summer Wheat

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This craft beer pours a clear copper with a small finger of foam and a bubbly interior. The aroma is mostly grapefruit citrus with some pine and floral notes.

Alaskan Hopothermia Double IPA

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– Hold My Beer – A Disjointed Selection of Beer Reviews: Mid July 2014 Edition

roundup

memoratus in aeternum –

(With Parting Words of Those who Loved them in their Last Hours)

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“A newish local brewery that I haven’t yet tried, should be good. Composite cork. Pours cloudy pale orange with a huge lasting bubbly foamy head, several slow streams.”

Wildflower Saison:Four Winds Brewing

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“If this isn’t the world’s finest beer then I’d like to taste the one that is. Proof that God exists, at least in the Abbaye St-Remy, Rochefort, Belgium.”

Trappistes Rochefort: 10-year-old 

 

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“Really delicious, I could drink this down all day. Maybe I’ve become desensitized (all signs point to yes) but this does not taste like 85 IBU at all.”

Propeller: Double IPA

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“After my last personal Dead Frog disaster, I decided to give them another chance right away with this 22 oz bottle release that was recommended. They are getting a bit funny with their names, but at the same time it beats just plastering the words “India Style” on there so I’ll take it in stride.”

Dead Frog Brewery: Rocket Man Interstellar ESB 

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“I took the first sip reluctantly not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. It was full but not heavy, with sweetness from the malt and touch of bitterness.”

Left Hand Brewing: Good Juju

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“A nice blend of flavours that are a lot closer to something grape based than grain based. I quite like it, but definitely not something I’d want more than one of in a sitting. “

Duchesse De Bourgogne 

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“As you might expect, this ale was super hoppy. I mean, at 149 IBUs, it was mouth puckeringly bitter. Interestingly enough, though, there was a really strong malt and a rich citrus nose.”

Green Flash: Palate Wrecker

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“As shown in the photo, the colour is golden yellow with 2 fingers of foam on the pour that roused lots of bubbles in the center. The aroma is fruity hops with a tangerine citrus, some mango and a peach note.”

Laguintas: Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale 

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 I was perplexed by this one, for all the aroma there was very little flavour. When I drink barleywine I pour, wait a good 5-10 mins until it hits the right drinking temperature and this one needed to sit for like 20 minutes before any real flavour revealed itself.”

Phillips Brewing: Trainwreck Barleywine

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“Wow, ok, this is nothing like what I expected. I had been somewhat primed to expect a similar beer to their normal Saison but with a spring twist.”

Fantome: Printemps Saison 

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“Okay, so this beer’s name is a bit of a mouthful, and the same could be said of its taste.”

Bambergs Spezialitat: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

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“I have been under the weather for the past week but am on a full upswing back to normal health.  So as I began feeling better, what better to do than open another beer?”

Boulevard Brewing Co:Single-Wide I.P.A.

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“Some of you may be familiar with the tradition of layering stout on top of ale to create a drink known as a black and tan. For many years I’d say Irish drinkers were limited to Guinness on top of Smithwicks. Mikkeller’s Yin and Yang puts a whole new spin on the idea.”

Yin and Yang Black and Tan – Beer Mash Up

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“This has been in the fridge a while, and whilst I’m not avoiding it, I’ve been waiting for the right moment. Which is now. “

Garage Project: Umami Monster 

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“A refreshing, white unfiltered IPA with a bold, citrus aroma and crisp, light body. Brewed with a mix of white wheat and 2-row barley, this beer gains it’s aroma from the addition of lemongrass and Centennial and Amarillo hops.”

Howe Sound Brewing: Cloudburst Lemongrass White IPA 

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“Grimm is a nomadic brewery I have talked about before. They’re comprised solely of a husband and wife team who live in Gowanus and have a very strong love of all things yeast.”

Grimm: Bees in the Trappe 

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“This is a smooth malt forward beer that opens up into some great caramels, a general meaty flavour and very little to hops flavour and a slightly bitter finish.”

Firehall Brewery: Stoked Ember Ale

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“The colour is mahogany and it pours with one finger of foam that disappears quickly with some observable bubbles in the glass. The aroma was spicy toffee, dark fruits like plums and cherries and some molasses.”

Speakeasy: Old Godfather Barleywine 

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 “Wow this has a lot going for it, dark fruits and a deep toffee and rye malt flavour with molasses, banana and fruity mango in the middle with some tangerine citrus on the finish.”

Four Winds: Phaedra Belgian Rye IPA

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“It’s easy to pass over beers from breweries that have been on the shelf for a while. This is the way it is with me and Goose Island.”

Goose Island: 312 Urban Pale Ale 

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“This is a heavy toffee flavoured barleywine with deep notes of toffee, caramel, molasses, with hints of nuts and plums and a dry brown sugar finish.”

Moylan’s Brewery: Old Blarney Barleywine

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“This was probably the one I haven’t had that I was looking forward to the most. I wasn’t disappointed. This was made with a variety of hop I’ve never had before: Mosaic, and made to raise funds for charity. How can you resist?”

Mosaic: Double IPA 

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“100% totally watermelon candies, those sourish ones. There was something else there that after a lot of sniffing I decided was unbuttered popcorn.”

Picaroons: Melon head

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“First blast is entirely white pepper, not surprising, once you get past that there’s some cinnamon hearts, lemongrass and cookie dough (?!),”

Beaus Siduri:White Pepper Saison 

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” Brewed in Juneau, Alaska at a monster strength of 10.7%, this barleywine has 50 IBUs and was poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter glass at home.”

Alaskan Brewing: Barleywine (2013 Vintage)

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“The 77 pours from the growler a dark golden almost copper colour, a large white head forms perfectly in the IPA glass. You get a strong aroma of hops indicative of the style – tropical & citrusy you just want to jam your nose further into the glass.”

Riverside Brewing Company: 77 Inda Pale Pale 

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“It starts really nice with toffee, dark fruit however quickly tastes watery in the middle and finishes with a good resinous earthy bitterness.”

Bomber Brewing: ESB

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 “Hints of doughy malty are almost overpowered by a blast of citrus and orange juicy middle, some caramel sneaks in as it warms to cask temperature and there is a heavy pine finish with a grapefruit aftertaste.”

Speakeasy: Double Daddy Imperial IPA 

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“Thin, and creamy without a lot of carbonationStarts off tasting very dark with chocolate and roasty notes, finishes with some hoppy bitterness”

Hell Bay: Dark Cream Ale

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Bitter and wheaty. Tangerine juice. Mild gingerbread. Prickly and peppery. Robust up front, thinner at the end. Mild malt toffee middle.”

Clown Shoes: Clementine White Ale 

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– BEER not WAR –