ShipYard – XXXX IPA

ShipYard – XXXX IPA

ABV – 9.25%

Review – Pour is a reddish copper body with a tall off-white head that pasted the glass with lace. The aroma was rich with pine, grapefruit, and zest from the hops. The malts were more caramelly in the flavor, yet still held a touch of butterscotch. A hoppy bitterness finishes off this nice creamy drink.

Rate – 4.0/5

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Abita – Vanilla Doubledog (Abita Springs, LA)

Abita – Vanilla Doubledog (Abita Springs, LA)

ABV – 7.0%

Review – Pour is a clear reddish brown color with a nice off white head that had a slight retention with no lacing. Aroma did have nice hints caramel malts and a some Vanilla note. Flavor was mildly sweet from the caramel malts, vanilla complemented the caramel malts. I didn’t get any toffee flavors, although there is a mild chocolate note. Finish was light and smooth.

Rate – 3.2/5

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Rogue – Dead Guy Ale (Newport, Oregon)

Rogue – Dead Guy Ale (Newport, Oregon)

ABV – 6.6%

Review – Pours is a clear reddish-orange brew with a thin head. Aroma is hoppy with hints of orange, though the scent isn’t very prolific. Taste has a Sweet citrusness characteristic with some spicyness and a bit of earthyness. Slight bit of peppery bite in there as well. Leaves a nice hop aftertaste.

Rate – 4.1/5

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Mike Pastor – Pomegranate Anarchy (San Diego)

Mike Pastor – Pomegranate Anarchy (San Diego)

ABV – ?

Review – Pour is a beautiful rosé with a quick fading head. Aroma is malty slightly breaded with a hint of pomegranate. Taste is nice and very smooth, base is hefeweizen slightly pilz like finish is clean and has a good balanced bitter bite with a finish of pomegranate.

Rate – 4.0/5

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AleSmith – Nut Brown (San Diego)

AleSmith – Nut Brown (San Diego)

ABV – 5%

Review – Pours a clear dark brown. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some nutty aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and slight coffee on the finish with a nice soft roasty bitterness that lingers.

Rate – 3.5/5

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Allagash – Black

Allagash – Black

ABV – 7.5%

Review – Pours a nice blackish hue, some brown ruby edges and bottom with a prominent light brown head, stays moderate sized with a laces ok. Aroma is of cocoa and some toffee, touches of roast, toast, gentle and smooth still. More touches of bakers cocoa. A bit light. Initial is smoothed out, sweet cocoa, dark fruit, and toffee. Plums, moving into roast, toast, a touch of black cherry, light vanilla. Gentle fruity smoke into the finish. Solid stout with a good roast, yet still smooth and drinkable with some cherrywood like smoke finish. Very drinkable and nice twist with the yeast.

Rate – 4.3/5

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Lost Cost Brewery – Raspberry Brown (Eurika, CA)

Lost Cost Brewery – Raspberry Brown (Eurika, CA)

ABV – ?

Review – Pour is a dark brown with a reddish tint with a tannish head that has great retention. The aroma is like raspberry cough medicine, toasted malt and light nuttiness. The taste starts with a touch of toasty malt and minor raspberry that comes off as fake. The finish is medicinal and astringent. All in all not good taste very fake…

Rate – 2.1/5

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