Bent Paddle ESB

Bent Paddle ESB

Bent Paddle ESB ABV: 5.6% IBUs: 32 With their ESB, Bent Paddle rounds out a diverse and stellar core lineup that rivals any available in MN! A pleasantly light but expressive hop aroma of citrus and floral floats above toasted malt notes. The medium body presents slightly sweet, but finishes dry and extremely clean with [...]

Full Sail Session Lager

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Full Sail Session Lager ABV: 5.1% IBUs: 18  In a world where hops are becoming everything and the lager is drifting into an abyss of sad back shelf life, this underrated, fun-loving session lager is offering up a great malty, crisp taste. It is so different from the direction the craft revolution is going and is [...]

Ten FIDY

Ten-FIDY

Ten FIDY ABV: 10.5% IBUs: 98  Pours dark as night but with a red/amber hue like a harvest moon. At first, all I get is rich dark chocolate, but as the beer warms the roasted coffee bean flavor comes out. Full of complex aromas and flavors, this is not cheap gas-station coffee, but rather a [...]

Guinness Brewery Guinness Foreign Extra

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Guinness Brewery Guinness Foreign Extra 7.5% ABV Now this is an Irish stout! Dark fruits and rich caramel come to the forefront on the nose with an underlying hint of alcohol heat. The palate is surprisingly smooth with notes of chocolate, red grapes, and roasty espresso. Let it warm to room temperature and molasses and brown sugar [...]

Summit Brewing Company Horizon Red

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Summit Brewing Company Horizon Red ABV: 5.7% IBUs: 70  An updated recipe for this beer has brought an extra punch of citrusy hops. There’s still plenty of malty goodness to love, but the addition of Mosaic hops and a few more IBUs has worked wonders. With the dry finish and all around clean feel you come [...]

Northgate Brewing Fiddle Smasher Scotch Ale

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Northgate Brewing Fiddle Smasher Scotch Ale ABV: 8.0% IBUs: 30 Do you think the local craft beer scene is coming along okay? Who said no? You’re wrong. Northgate is just one of the many talented newcomers. They brewed this beer to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Thanks for the gift, Northgate! A real grainy wheat bread smell pops [...]

Style Profile: American Lager

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By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint Illustration by DWITT  Lagers—the beers we love to hate. American adjunct lager is anathema to many aficionados of so-called craft beer. They are decried as flavorless, boring, fizzy, barley soda, frat beer, and “like sex in a canoe—f***ing close to water.” People are flabbergasted when the likes of Bud [...]

Blacklist Or de Belgique

Blacklist Or de Belgique

Blacklist Or de Belgique ABV: 9.5% This Belgian Golden Strong Ale with a name meaning “Gold of Belgium” lives up to its name! A golden color and aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and burnt sugar are the first welcoming notes. The flavor is malt-forward, but accompanied nicely by a slight acidity, lemongrass, bananas, and spices, which [...]

Steel Toe Brewing Provider Ale

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Steel Toe Brewing Provider Ale ABV: 5.0%  IBUs: 15  Yahoo for spring, right? Although it’s a year-round beer, Steel Toe’s Provider is a perfect beer for spring. Light, crisp, refreshing, awesome. Lemon zest on first sip. Although staying zesty, there is a lemon meringue pie fatness that fills your mouth. This beer offers so much, but [...]

Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale

Conway's Irish Ale

Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale ABV: 6.5% IBUs: 25  If there was ever a beer for St. Patrick’s Day, this is it. Conway’s Irish Ale pours a light reddish-amber hue with a slight cinnamon spiciness in the nose. The flavor is very malt forward, leading in with toasty biscuit notes and a bit of fruitiness before [...]

Odell Brewing Company Lugene

Odell-Lugene

Odell Brewing Company Lugene ABV: 8.5% With the first sip of this beer you are transported back to your childhood and an ice cold glass of chocolate milk. This beer pours dark as night with a nice brown head. Raising your glass delivers a sweet aroma—no coffee or hops here—just milk chocolate and possibly a hint [...]

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA ABV: 6.4% IBUs: 60 Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA is a hop nerd’s dream come true. The beer pours a dark orange with an off-white head. The lacing dropped to leave a ring that looked like some sort of elven writing, but I couldn’t read it—I understand there are few who can. Intense [...]

Indeed Brewing Company Let It Ride

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Indeed Brewing Company Let It Ride ABV: 6.8% IBUs: 90 First, let’s all thank our local friends at Indeed for canning this beer. Thanks Indeed! Now let’s introduce “Mr. Melon” to everyone because he is very prominent in this beer and will come up in conversation a lot. Grass and watermelon splash out at you in [...]

Bad Weather Brewing Company Ominous

Ominous

Bad Weather Brewing Company Ominous ABV: 7.5% IBUs: 40 This dark brown ale is dangerously drinkable. The nose is dominated by fresh, aromatic cocoa nibs, and hints of caramel and toffee. Dark chocolate and bready malt are the primary flavors, giving way to coffee, caramel, and a bit of vanilla. It’s not overly sweet, and [...]

Tallgrass Pub Ale

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Tallgrass Pub Ale ABV: 4.4% IBUs: 20 This beer is mild—a dark mild to be exact. Clean malt shines with bready, caramel, and grainy notes, and there’s some crisp chocolate and lingering fruity esters. It’s earthy and sweet like a fine tobacco, with a medium body and creamy mouthfeel, yet remains light and refreshing. Floral hops [...]