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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Indeed Haywire Double American Black Ale

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Indeed Brewing Company Haywire Double American Black Ale 10.5% ABV, 100+ IBU This brew carries notes of toffee, coffee, pine, cocoa—oh yeah, and 10 pounds of hops per barrel. You have not had hoppy until you have had this! Wondering what to serve with this hops-forward beast? Our favorite pairings include honey ham, buffalo wings, […]

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Hop Hunter IPA 6.2% ABV, 60 IBU The hoppiest of hoppy IPAs, made using the wet-hop method in which just-picked hops are steam distilled before they even leave the fields. As if that weren’t enough, Sierra Nevada adds pure hop oil to the mix to give the brew a rich, intense […]

Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin

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Ballast Point Brewing Company Habanero Sculpin (Limited Release) 7% ABV, 70 IBU Holy crap, that is hot! Sure, this IPA has some fruity and hoppy flavors, but dang them chilies. Named after the sculpin, a poisonous, spikey, stinging fish, alone this IPA is a crowd-pleaser, but with the added habanero, it’s not for the faint of […]

612Brew Unrated Rye IPA

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612Brew Unrated Rye IPA 6.9% ABV, 80 IBU Spicy, hoppy, citrusy, and full-bodied, this flavorful beer pairs West Coast breeziness with Midwest sensibility. “Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes […]

Badger Hill High Road Everyday Ale

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Badger Hill Brewing Company High Road Everyday Ale 5% ABV, 24 IBU The epitome of an everyday brew, perfect for in the boat, mowing the lawn, at a campfire, or grilling dinner. With the individual flavor that only a micro-scale can accommodate, this sessionable ale will pair well with anything you make, from grilled chicken […]

Bent Brewstillery Moar Scottish Session IPA

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Bent Brewstillery Moar Scottish Session IPA 4.7% ABV, 47 IBU Moar is mysteriously labeled as “Historical India Pale Ale.” What does that mean? In this case, a Scottish-style, medium-bodied, session pale ale that’s a change of pace from other IPAs. Initial flavors of spice and malt lead into bright fruits and a dry, bitter finish. […]

Summit Brewing Co. Unchained #18, Hop Silo Double IPA

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Summit Brewing Co. Unchained #18, Hop Silo Double IPA 8.3% ABV, 101 IBU Summit has finally brewed a Double IPA, and it doesn’t disappoint! Beautiful aromas of citrus fruits and fresh-cut hay build anticipation. On the palate the intense hop flavors are an intriguing blend of citrus and earthy flavors. A sturdy backbone of UK […]

Stone Delicious IPA

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Stone Delicious IPA 7.7% ABV, 80 IBU It’s pretty hard to find gluten-free or nearly gluten-free beer that is still quite tasty. Thankfully, Stone has created a nice, lemony IPA that fits the bill. A great pale amber color, you can hardly tell that this beer is lacking a quintessential brewing component. Try it with […]