Brew Review #66

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Sierra Nevada Cherry Chocolate Stout

Bottled. No Date. ABV 8.5%

Appearance: Black, Finger width head of root beer float head.

Aroma: Coffee

Palate: Cola, Cocoa Nibs, Cherry

Finish: Sweet, Dark Chocolate Bar, Hint of Coffee, Tart Cherry

Experience: Really looked forward to trying this beer. My boss surprised me with this beer. He picked it up in Chico. This was a really good beer that took me about an hour to finish because I savored every ship. This reminded me when I’m pairing red wine with chocolate and letting that chocolate sit and melt on my tongue (that was the flavor on the palate). Grade 5/5!

Brew Review #65

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Bird Street Brewing 198 IPA 

Bottled. No Date. ABV 7%

Appearance: Amber, Sligh Haze, Two fingers white fluffy head.

Aroma: Citrus, Orange Peel

Palate: Orange Peel, Slight Malt

Finish: Sweet, Slight Hops, Dry Mouth, Nutty

Experience: This is my first time having a beer from this brewery. Even for a beer with more a stronger malt backbone the hop combo of columbus, centeninal, mosaic, amarillo and el dorado mellowed it out and made the beer more enjoyable for my liking. Grade 4.6/5.

 

Brew Review #64

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Sierra Nevada Know Good IPA 

Bottled 8/9/17 (reviewed 9/4/17). ABV 6.2%

Appearance: Amber, Half finger soapy white head.

Aroma: Dank

Palate: Hops, Citrus

Finish: Sweet, Smooth, Crisp

Experience: Wow! What a really well balanced IPA with good ABV to drink all day. My mind is blown away by the aroma of this beer and the taste is leaves on my palate. It is such a refreshing, hoppy IPA. This is one of the best IPAs I have had (definitely top 10). Grade 5/5!

Brew Review #63

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Revision Brewing Co. What What (Dubious) DIPA 

Bottled. No Date. ABV 9.1% IBUs 85

Appearance: Slight Hazy, Amber, Finger width fluffy white head.

Aroma: Dank, Lemon Zest, Orange Peel

Palate: Hop Heavy (YES YES YES!!), Light Malt

Finish: Dry Mouth, Smooth

Experience: Thank you Revision! You are on my list for go to beers when I need an amazing IPA. This is everything I was in an IPA; light malt, strong hop smell, and presence. You would not know that this was a 9.1% because it is so smooth with a little malt. Grade 5/5!

Brew Review #62

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Dogfish Head Romantic Chemistry IPA 

Bottled. No Date. ABV 7.2%

Appearance: Slight Hazy, Dark Amber, Thin light head.

Aroma: Malty, Toasted Nuts

Palate: Malt, Slight Stonefruit

Finish: Sweet, No Hops, Little Sour, Apple Juice

Experience: From my experience, Dogfish Head tend to have a strong malt backbone but was hoping for more hops (any hops).Overall, was not super stoked on this beer. I will continue to try beers from this brewery because they do make good beer just did not enjoy this beer. Grade 3.8/5.

Brew Review #61

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Sierra Nevada Pronto IPA 

Bottled. No Date. ABV 6.7%

Appearance: Slight Hazy, Amber, Finger width of white soapy head.

Aroma: Citrus, Floral, Earthy

Palate: Mango, Tropical Fruit, Grapefruit

Finish: Carmle, Toasted Nuts, Bitter (Grapefruit peel)

Experience: Been waiting for this one to come into work. Sierra Nevada brewed this beer just for our company. Says it’s an ale brewed with mango and hibiscus. This beer lived up to the hype I had for it. The mango and hibiscus were more on the nose and the palate was a great balance of malt and grapefruit (hops). Over all really good beer and will have to pick up another bottle to enjoy. Grade 4.6/5.

Brew Review #56

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House of Pendragon Brewing Co. All Haze Sir Lancelot NE Style IPA 

Bottled. No Date. ABV 7%

Color (Appearance): Hazy, Pineapple, Orange Juice. Half a finger of white soapy head.

Smell (Aroma): Danky, Earthy, Slight Tropical Fruits

Taste (Palate): Citrus, Pineapple, Light Body

Aftermath (Finish): Dry Mouth, Bitter

Experience: Yes, yes, yes! This was such a great beer. This was my third hazy NE style beer from HOP and this was their best so far. I was happy to see that they brought down the ABV because that allowed for more flavors to come through compared to the last two I have reviewed. This beer was not overly juicy, more hop profile, smooth and a definite crusher. Out of our small selection of local breweries that we have in Fresno, HOP is becoming one of my favorites in town (sorry Tioga-Sequoia). I enjoy that they have a new brew every Thursday and they truly showcase a handful of different style of beers. Grade 5/5.

Brew Review #55

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Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Scotch Ale 

Canned on 4/21/17 (reviewed 8/24/17). ABV 8%

Color: Deep Reddish-Brown, No Head

Smell: Dog Treats, Beef

Taste: Stout Body, Medium Body, Beef Jerky

Aftermath: Leather, Grainy, Fruit Leather (now sweet)

Experience: What are that smell and taste? I know beef and dog treats may throw you off but that is the first thing that came to mind. It has a deep fruit leather texture and taste. This was a really good beer and unique! Heavy in ABV so I wouldn’t be crushing a lot of these in one night, but a slow sipper to truly enjoy the complexity of the beer. Grade 4.8/5.

Brew Review #54

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The Unknown Brewing Co. Hospitali-Tea Southern Amber Ale

Canned. No Date. ABV 5.6%

Color: Deep Amber, Hazy, Two-Finger Head

Smell: Citrus, Orange Peel, Sticks

Taste: Carmel (not malt), Light Body, Tea

Aftermath: Smooth, Slight Hops

Experience: One of my favorite east coast breweries that make delicious, amazing IPAs. I was super stoked when my friend sent this can to me and found out that it was a unique and new beer that I have not had or from them. This was a southern twist on the traditional amber ale. So good! Grade 4.6/5.

Brew Review #53

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Lonerider Brewing Co. Hoppy Ki Yay IPA 

Canned. Best by 11/2/17 (reviewed 8/24/17). ABV 6.6%

Color: Hazy, Amber, Two Finger Head

Smell: Zest, Grapefruit, Cleaning Products (???)

Taste: Malt, Medium Body

Aftermath: Sweet, Smooth

Experience: No hops. Canned says hopped with Columbus and Amarillo. Taste no hops at all. No dryness on the back end. Super upset about this beer. I have been striking out with IPAs lately. Makes me want to stop (haha) beer reviews and just stick with the IPAs I know are good. But again that is all part of the beer journey. Grade 2.6/5.