Founders All Day IPA


Founders All Day IPA 4.7% ABV, 42 IBU This is exactly what a good session beer should be—complex enough flavor with a substantial enough body. Tons of citrus on the nose, and fresh tasting through and through. Fruity and balanced, more bitter than you might expect, but a sweet maltiness leads the way. A session beer [...]

Mankato Brewery Duly Noted American Pale Ale


Mankato Brewery Duly Noted American Pale Ale 5.40% ABV, 40 IBU Mankato is the site of Minnesota Vikings training camp, and during camp is the temporary home of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, aka “All Day.” All Day would also be a great nickname for this beer, because you can drink a few throughout the day. [...]

Lakefront Extended Play IPA


Lakefront Extended Play ISA 4.2% ABV A beautiful light orange/gold color and nose full of citrus and resinous hops. As the name implies, it’s a sessionable, light-bodied brew with enough bitterness to keep the sip intriguing before fading away to a super clean finish.   Reviews by Revival Wine, Beer & Spirits 141 E 4th [...]

Lucette Brewing Company Ride Again Pale Ale


Lucette Brewing Company Ride Again Pale Ale 5.2% ABV, 33 IBU A quick drive down Highway 94 brings you to Menomonie, WI, home of Lucette Brewing. Their Ride Again Pale Ale pours a deep copper color with a generous head. Citrusy, floral, piney hops come through on the nose. The bitterness is kept in check by [...]

Badger Hill Traitor IPA


Badger Hill Traitor IPA 7% ABV, 70 IBU Badger Hill Brewing Company calls it a “Traitor,” but I am still on its side! This IPA is jam packed with potent hops, but not a crazy in-your-face style IPA. Instead, the use of malt really balances this brew out perfect. It pours an amber color with a [...]

Fargo Brewing Iron Horse Pale Ale


Fargo Brewing Iron Horse Pale Ale 4.8% ABV, 32 IBU Sitting in my hammock sipping Iron Horse American Pale Ale, I notice it pours a golden yellow color with a thick white head. This ale invites you in with its strong hop and citrus aroma emerging from the can as soon as it’s cracked open. All [...]

Mankato Brewery Haymaker American IPA


Mankato Brewery Haymaker American IPA ABV: 6.5% IBU: 92 This American IPA pours a nice amber color with a slight bubbly head. Aromas of little pine trees growing in an earthy forest, subtle hops and a little caramel sweetness. The taste is quite similar to the aroma—piney, citrusy, a little bitter, and good biscuit maltiness. Nice [...]

Odell Loose Leaf Session Ale


Odell Loose Leaf Session Ale ABV: 4.5% IBUs: 20 Loose Leaf pours out a fairly light straw color with a thin white head. The aroma is bright and piney with a bit of funkiness. It is very light bodied and crisp. The flavor is a little herbal and somewhat lemony. Don’t let the IBU’s fool [...]

Destihl Hoperation Overload Double IPA


Destihl Hoperation Overload Double IPA ABV: 9.6% IBUs: 85 Destihl Hoperation Overload pours amber in color with a generous off-white head. Its carbonation has large, fluffy bubbles. The aroma is a mostly piney and a bit earthy. The mouthfeel is big and viscous. This is a very balanced beer with a firm, biscuity malt backbone [...]

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 [...]

Summit Brewing Company Horizon Red


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 [...]

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


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 [...]

Burning Brothers Pyro


Burning Brothers Pyro ABV: 4.6% This brew is impressive. Having to live up to some set standards of other “gluten-free” or “gluten-extracted” beers is never an easy task, but it has done the job and done it well. Being sorghum-based, there is a particular metallic flavor that is noticeable and very different, but by having a [...]

Stone Brewing Company Double Bastard


Stone Brewing Company Double Bastard ABV: 11.2% This is a sight to behold. It’s mostly translucent with this super-cool, vibrant blood orange thing going on. The head is almost nonexistent. Tropical fruit and nectarines and burnt sugar jump out of the glass. Is this Cointreau? Some alcohol sharpness is also present. It becomes a nice melange of [...]