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Uniquely herbaceous West Coast-styled India Pale Ale brings pronounced mint freshness to stylistic piney-hopped fruit juicing. Sharp resinous hop bittering heightens embittered yellow grapefruit-peeled navel orange briskness as well as ancillary tangerine-peach-pear-apple sentiments. But it’s the entertaining spearmint-leafed wintergreen and peppermint herbage that truly takes this to a different level. Wispy anise, pine nut and lemon tea illusions add to the pleasant peculiarities.

Rating: 3

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Stylistic banana-clove frontage picks up modest lemon-peeled orange zest over light herbal smidgen and black peppered Belgian-inspired yeast funk. Soft honeyed wheat bed sweetens the back end of fairly sufficient German-styled moderation.

Rating: 3.5

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Ace amber ale allows delicate mocha nuttiness and pleasant hop roasting to nullify any mild fruit ambiance. Earthen musk dirties up dry cocoa-powdered chocolate seed moderation, wavered peanut-hazelnut conflux and minor cardboard edging. Sharp carbolic fizz tickles the tongue. No ordinary lightweight.

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Affable rust-hazed American pale ale with supposedly “significant amount” of caramel-toasted pale malts and dry Cascade hops could be mistaken for mild IPA thanks to brisk floral-perfumed citric nature and oily pine bittering. Bright grapefruit-peeled orange rind, lemon zest, pineapple and peach tang reaches ultra-dry finish.

Rating: 2.5

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Welcoming blonde ale proves wholly sessionable as smoothly clean local rice adjunct lightly sweetens soft-toned summertime citric spritz and buttery crystal malting above heavily fizzed carbolic pep. Grassy-hopped yellow grapefruit and navel orange wisps lost beneath surface. Blue collar fodder.

Rating: 3

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Crisp Mexicali-styled adjunct lager gets a light syrupy agave nectar twist Corona ransacked from its original herbal recipe circa 2005. Zesty lemon-juiced effervescence and brisk lime peel tartness pick up salty coriander nip. Maize-flaked cracked corn provides light mineral graining to delightful light-bodied summertime serenity.

Rating: 3

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Crisply clean 2014 summertime moderation brings mild mango tartness and light ginger herbage to indifferent India Pale Ale fruiting. Dried orange desiccation picks up astringency, deadening tropical kiwi-guava-passionfruit snip. Grassy hop bittering remains subtle.

Rating: 3

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Aggressive lemony grapefruit bittering and musty orange-rotted souring lead the way for well-balanced pilsner that compares favorably to Saranac’s White IPA. Tropical pineapple-mango-passionfruit stead increases fruity nature above grassy dry-hopped spicing and peppery earthen minerality. Floral-perfumed jasmine, lilac, rosebud, dandelion and lavender nuances flutter by.

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Rating: 2.5

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Marginally hybridized Brit-styled summer shandy/ German radler offers spritzy grapefruit-juiced tartness to ginger-spiked lemonade sugaring, orange-rotted lime parch and syrupy woodruff sinew. Frail white-breaded wheat cracker spine softens over time. Subtle green apple nuance beckons beneath the surface.

Rating: 4

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Surly-brewed canned version from shared recipe (with Texas’ Real Ales and Indiana’s Three Floyds Brewing) is stylistically as good as it gets. A complex Imperial Stout/ IPA-styled Cascadian Dark Ale, its expansive flavor profile combines rich mocha nuttiness with brisk citric fruiting. Initial coffee whimsicality, dried cocoa bittering and mild caramel latte creaming deepen dark-roasted chocolate malting over pine-charred hop roast. Sweet orange peel zest sprinkles grapefruit, pineapple and lemondrop illusions just below the brown chocolate-y surface. Well done.

Rating: 3.5

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Interesting medium-bodied Russian Imperial Stout hybridized with bone-dry Belgian yeast is given heightened 9.6% ABV. Milky dark chocolate richness and cocoa-powdered Baker’s chocolate souring consume less prominent dark fruiting. Bruised black cherry, raspberry, prune and fig undertones create a minor skirmish until dry bourbon spell picks up steam.

Rating: 4

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Enchanting French-roasted Amaya coffee beans provide bitterswseet anchor for expressive tan-headed mahogany-bodied dark ale. Aggressive roasted hop char contrasts sweet hazelnut-pecan-almond conflux. Raw molasses bittering and thick anise oiling increase intensity at the midst while tropical citric wisp nips at the prominent mocha richness.

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