Svyturys Balta (Svytuys White)

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Svyturys Brewery Balta (Svytuys White) 5.0% ABV What is essentially a wheat hefeweizen, Baltas—also referred to as Svyturys White—shows a deep golden color with a slight haze when poured; the initial thin white head dissipates quickly. The nose carries some serious banana Laffy Taffy notes along with grains and apple skins. The Belgian yeast wields […]

Paradox Skully Barrel No. 17

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Paradox Beer Company Skully Barrel No. 17 8.5% ABV What Reese’s did with peanut butter and chocolate, Paradox does with hops and sourness. This October 2014 beauty has a pretty, coppery-orange hue that’s bright and vibrant. The head is almost non-existent with a few scattered bubbles lazily making their way to the surface. The somewhat […]

Nebraska Black Betty Imperial Stout

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Nebraska Brewing Company Black Betty Imperial Stout 11.3% ABV, 67 IBU The jet-black liquid supports a sandy-colored cap of carbonation that fades to a translucent film. Bakers chocolate and burnt bitterness jump out of the glass, as does a trace of gaminess. The body is surprisingly light, given the color. The whiskey barrels in which […]

Brouwerij Van Steenberge Piraat Belgian Ale

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Brouwerij Van Steenberge Piraat Belgian Ale 10.5% ABV A nice, puffy white head persists with lively carbonation below the surface. The foam is not excessive, as is often the case with Belgian beers. The nose showcases the distinctive Belgian yeast with a slight pruney character in the background. The head retention and the bubbly mouthfeel […]

Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red Ale

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Oskar Blues Brewery G’Knight Imperial Red Ale 8.7% ABV, 60 IBU Oskar’s G’Night is a beauty of an imperial red. Really: the shiny mahogany, blood-orange appearance is completely alluring. A thin, off-white layer of foam lies peacefully at the surface and the nose beckons memories of the sweet orange marmalade that topped the plain white […]

Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale

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Dark Horse Brewing Company Sapient Trip Ale 9.5% ABV, 34 IBU This Belgian-style tripel is cloudy orange in color with the whitest head you can possibly have. An apricot aroma with a slight sting of bitterness mingles with notes of banana and caramel, as well as some slightly aggressive hop bitterness. What does all that […]

Bull Falls Holzhacker Lager

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Bull Falls Brewery Holzhacker Lager 5.5% ABV, 14.7 IBU Ever eat Corn Flakes for breakfast? This full-bodied Helles lager will bring to mind that cereal, matching the grain flavor with sweetness on the backend. A grainy wheat bread nose dominates, with a dry finish. Everything about the Holzhacker fits the Helles lager profile in the […]

Uinta Wyld EPA

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Uinta Brewing Company Wyld EPA 4% ABV, 29 IBU First sniff, this EPA exudes a strong, dank, damp-grass smell—the same aroma that you kicked up when you ran around the yard as a kid. You would think with such a strong smell, the hops would overpower in the taste. Not so: the malts balance out […]

Fulton The Expat Rye Saison

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Fulton Brewing Company The Expat Rye Saison 5.7% ABV, 30 IBU Ahh, saisons. Summer in a glass. The Expat is darker in color than most of its kind but still has that classic saison fruit smell. A touch of citrus zing accompanies the first sip; however the sweetness of the malt quickly takes over from there. […]

3 Sheeps Really Cool Waterslides IPA

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3 Sheeps Brewing Company Really Cool Waterslides IPA 6.2% ABV, 60 IBU We love IPAs. We also really like cool waterslides. So naturally, an IPA called Really Cool Waterslides is going to rank pretty high in our books. An aroma reminiscent of oranges dumped in soap takes over the smell profile. Don’t worry: that is a […]

Resignation KCCO Gold Lager

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Resignation Brewery KCCO Gold Lager 5% ABV , 16 IBU Available year round, this German pilsner-style beer paints the glass gold with a tint of mandarin orange. Sweet malt and honey flavors greet the senses and reward the palate. The beer looks heavy but is actually light and refreshing, and the perfect match for lunchtime […]

Boulevard The Calling IPA

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Boulevard Brewing Company The Calling IPA 8.5% ABV, 75 IBU From Boulevard’s Smokestack Series comes this lovely American IPA. With more hops than Timberwolves rookie Zach Lavine, this pale-gold elixir leaps out of the glass with bright grapefruit and pine aromas, does a 360 mid-air showing a hint of peach, and then slams it down […]

Castle Danger 17-7 Pale Ale

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Castle Danger Brewery 17-7 Pale Ale 5.8% abv Up the North Shore we go! Bike? Check. Hiking gear? Check. Map to Castle Danger Brewery? Checkmate. The 17-7 refers to the address of the brewery’s new location in downtown Two Harbors, Minn, and is a tart, tangy, crisp little pale ale with orange peel on the […]

Rogue Ales Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA

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Rogue Ales & Spirits Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA 8.02% ABV, 90 IBU The Pacific Northwest, where Rogue is located, conjures visions of burly, bearded lumberjacks. Although the beards are bigger than ever these days, men are more likely to be downing Voodoo donuts than giant redwoods. However, their taste for bold beer hasn’t changed, and […]

Odell Runoff Red IPA

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Odell Brewing Company Runoff Red IPA 6.5% ABV, 50 IBU In 1989, Odell Brewing set up shop in a converted grain elevator outside Fort Collins—the second microbrewery in Colorado. For a while, brothers Doug, Wynne, and Corkie Odell spent a lot of time explaining to people what craft beers were. Explain no more. Educated palates […]