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Sierra Nevada - Nooner Session IPA
Another IPA from the Sierra Nevada IPA 4-Ways pack, this is one that worried me.  I love Sierra Nevada, but session IPAs usually leave me empty.  Great resiny-citrus and pine aroma. While light bodied, there is a heavy citrus-grapefruit flavor.  I like more body, but I guess that’s the price you pay for a lighter beer. I guess I could make that trade off…but not all the time.
6/10

Sierra Nevada - Nooner Session IPA
Another IPA from the Sierra Nevada IPA 4-Ways pack, this is one that worried me. I love Sierra Nevada, but session IPAs usually leave me empty. Great resiny-citrus and pine aroma. While light bodied, there is a heavy citrus-grapefruit flavor. I like more body, but I guess that’s the price you pay for a lighter beer. I guess I could make that trade off…but not all the time.
6/10

21st Amendment - Lower De Boom Barleywine
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21st Amendment - Lower De Boom Barleywine
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Sierra Nevada - Snow Wit White IPA
I have had a soft spot in my heart for Sierra Nevada since the time I stopped in Chico, CA on 25-cent pitcher night for the local brews. Well, that and it’s generally the best option at a lot of bars that don’t care about beer.  So with that said, I was delighted to see the “IPA 4-Way” box from Sierra Nevada!  Starting with Snow Wit, this beer has a caramely, floral aroma.  The taste starts out floral, but opens up to a delicious grapefruit flavor. The hops are well mixed with the Belgian yeast.  It’s a very well made beer, and while I wouldn’t drink it every night, it’s a great start to the four pack.
6/10

Sierra Nevada - Snow Wit White IPA
I have had a soft spot in my heart for Sierra Nevada since the time I stopped in Chico, CA on 25-cent pitcher night for the local brews. Well, that and it’s generally the best option at a lot of bars that don’t care about beer. So with that said, I was delighted to see the “IPA 4-Way” box from Sierra Nevada! Starting with Snow Wit, this beer has a caramely, floral aroma. The taste starts out floral, but opens up to a delicious grapefruit flavor. The hops are well mixed with the Belgian yeast. It’s a very well made beer, and while I wouldn’t drink it every night, it’s a great start to the four pack.
6/10

SweetWater - 420 Extra Pale Ale
This one has an understated floral and earthy aroma, with a very caramel-malty flavor.  I was hoping for a little more hop flavor on this one.  It’s well balanced, and inoffensive, I guess it’s just the style that left me wanting more.
4/10

SweetWater - 420 Extra Pale Ale
This one has an understated floral and earthy aroma, with a very caramel-malty flavor. I was hoping for a little more hop flavor on this one. It’s well balanced, and inoffensive, I guess it’s just the style that left me wanting more.
4/10

Devils Backbone - Dark Abby Belgian-Inspired Ale
I love Delvils Backbone Brewery, but I skipped Dark Abby for a while because “Belgian Inspired” sounds a little scary.  The dark color is promising, and the taste is a malty caramel delight.  There’s a mild earthy hop flavor to balance the smokey malt backbone, and the beer has a nice warming medium body.  I am not always a huge fan of Belgian ales, and the “Belgian Inspired” label is bizarre, but this is a good beer.
7/10

Devils Backbone - Dark Abby Belgian-Inspired Ale
I love Delvils Backbone Brewery, but I skipped Dark Abby for a while because “Belgian Inspired” sounds a little scary. The dark color is promising, and the taste is a malty caramel delight. There’s a mild earthy hop flavor to balance the smokey malt backbone, and the beer has a nice warming medium body. I am not always a huge fan of Belgian ales, and the “Belgian Inspired” label is bizarre, but this is a good beer.
7/10

Red Hook - Audible Ale
I love a mystery beer with absolutely no description on the bottle of what may be inside.  But with the tourney on, Dan Patrick’s Audible Ale seemed like a good choice.  Wrong.  Malty, generic ale, with a bitter malty background and not many redeeming qualities.  Maybe the bottle I got was skunked, or maybe it’s just a crumby beer…
1/10

Red Hook - Audible Ale
I love a mystery beer with absolutely no description on the bottle of what may be inside. But with the tourney on, Dan Patrick’s Audible Ale seemed like a good choice. Wrong. Malty, generic ale, with a bitter malty background and not many redeeming qualities. Maybe the bottle I got was skunked, or maybe it’s just a crumby beer…
1/10

21st Amendment - Sneak Attack Saison
I’ll admit it: the whole Saison trend is lost on me.  I can see how some are okay, but many seem like watered down Belgians.  I have a soft spot in my heart for 21st Amendment and decided to give this one a try.  It’s got a nice clove aroma and good crisp flavor.  It’s got a nice medium body with citrus and clove notes and I don’t get any after taste.  It’s a good all-round saison.  Too bad it’s just a saison.  Still not my cup of tea.
4/10

21st Amendment - Sneak Attack Saison
I’ll admit it: the whole Saison trend is lost on me. I can see how some are okay, but many seem like watered down Belgians. I have a soft spot in my heart for 21st Amendment and decided to give this one a try. It’s got a nice clove aroma and good crisp flavor. It’s got a nice medium body with citrus and clove notes and I don’t get any after taste. It’s a good all-round saison. Too bad it’s just a saison. Still not my cup of tea.
4/10

DogfishHead Sixty-One 
I’ll admit: sometimes I buy a beer purely out of curiosity.  And then that moment comes when you pour a bright reddish-orange glass of ale and start to question your decision making.  This one smells like DogfishHead IPA, and the taste isn’t far off, though it oddly also tastes like a blush wine.  The taste goes together well, and while delicious and interesting.  I don’t know that I would ever seek out this beer again.
5/10

DogfishHead Sixty-One
I’ll admit: sometimes I buy a beer purely out of curiosity. And then that moment comes when you pour a bright reddish-orange glass of ale and start to question your decision making. This one smells like DogfishHead IPA, and the taste isn’t far off, though it oddly also tastes like a blush wine. The taste goes together well, and while delicious and interesting. I don’t know that I would ever seek out this beer again.
5/10

Samuel Smith - Taddy Porter
Lightly smoky, yet sweet flavor.  There’s a hint of a metallic taste here, as well as plenty of character.  It’s a nice porter, but I like a little more body.
6/10

Samuel Smith - Taddy Porter
Lightly smoky, yet sweet flavor. There’s a hint of a metallic taste here, as well as plenty of character. It’s a nice porter, but I like a little more body.
6/10

Samuel Adams - Rebel IPA
It’s with low expectations that I picked up a bottle of Sam Adams’ new IPA.  I’ve found their IPAs to be hit or miss.  The aroma on this one is right on, with deliciously resiny pine aromas that evoke a lot of other west coast style IPAs.  The flavor is okay, but a bit too sweet and bread-like for me.  Not the best IPA, but not bad and certainly better than I expected.
4/10

Samuel Adams - Rebel IPA
It’s with low expectations that I picked up a bottle of Sam Adams’ new IPA. I’ve found their IPAs to be hit or miss. The aroma on this one is right on, with deliciously resiny pine aromas that evoke a lot of other west coast style IPAs. The flavor is okay, but a bit too sweet and bread-like for me. Not the best IPA, but not bad and certainly better than I expected.
4/10

Three Brothers - Hoptimization IPA
Hoptimization leads with a floral, fruity hop aroma.  There is good bitterness throughout, with a roasted malt flavor.  The after taste is a bit too bitter.  While it’s a decent IPA, this one is not my favorite.
4/10

Three Brothers - Hoptimization IPA
Hoptimization leads with a floral, fruity hop aroma. There is good bitterness throughout, with a roasted malt flavor. The after taste is a bit too bitter. While it’s a decent IPA, this one is not my favorite.
4/10

Three Brothers - The Great Outdoors Pale Ale
The rich, earthy hop aroma made me think I was getting into something deeper than a light pale ale.  The flavor is worlds apart though, with a sweeter tropical fruit flavor and smooth finish.  Not a lot of body, so it’s make a much better summer beer, but I’ll be trying this one again.
5/10

Three Brothers - The Great Outdoors Pale Ale
The rich, earthy hop aroma made me think I was getting into something deeper than a light pale ale. The flavor is worlds apart though, with a sweeter tropical fruit flavor and smooth finish. Not a lot of body, so it’s make a much better summer beer, but I’ll be trying this one again.
5/10

Goose Island - Sixth Day Brown Ale
I have low expectations for Budweiser Island, and usually avoid it, but I couldn’t resist adding it to my holiday tastings kick.  This one has a candy aroma with a hint of earthy hops.  Pleasant fig-like smoky taste. I like this one a lot more than I expected!  It tastes strong - like an old ale or a barleywine.  
7/10

Goose Island - Sixth Day Brown Ale
I have low expectations for Budweiser Island, and usually avoid it, but I couldn’t resist adding it to my holiday tastings kick. This one has a candy aroma with a hint of earthy hops. Pleasant fig-like smoky taste. I like this one a lot more than I expected! It tastes strong - like an old ale or a barleywine.
7/10

Mommy and Russell trying to stay warm in Daddy’s office.

Mommy and Russell trying to stay warm in Daddy’s office.

Sierra Nevada - Nooner Session IPA
Another IPA from the Sierra Nevada IPA 4-Ways pack, this is one that worried me.  I love Sierra Nevada, but session IPAs usually leave me empty.  Great resiny-citrus and pine aroma. While light bodied, there is a heavy citrus-grapefruit flavor.  I like more body, but I guess that’s the price you pay for a lighter beer. I guess I could make that trade off…but not all the time.
6/10

Sierra Nevada - Nooner Session IPA
Another IPA from the Sierra Nevada IPA 4-Ways pack, this is one that worried me. I love Sierra Nevada, but session IPAs usually leave me empty. Great resiny-citrus and pine aroma. While light bodied, there is a heavy citrus-grapefruit flavor. I like more body, but I guess that’s the price you pay for a lighter beer. I guess I could make that trade off…but not all the time.
6/10

21st Amendment - Lower De Boom Barleywine
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21st Amendment - Lower De Boom Barleywine
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Sierra Nevada - Snow Wit White IPA
I have had a soft spot in my heart for Sierra Nevada since the time I stopped in Chico, CA on 25-cent pitcher night for the local brews. Well, that and it’s generally the best option at a lot of bars that don’t care about beer.  So with that said, I was delighted to see the “IPA 4-Way” box from Sierra Nevada!  Starting with Snow Wit, this beer has a caramely, floral aroma.  The taste starts out floral, but opens up to a delicious grapefruit flavor. The hops are well mixed with the Belgian yeast.  It’s a very well made beer, and while I wouldn’t drink it every night, it’s a great start to the four pack.
6/10

Sierra Nevada - Snow Wit White IPA
I have had a soft spot in my heart for Sierra Nevada since the time I stopped in Chico, CA on 25-cent pitcher night for the local brews. Well, that and it’s generally the best option at a lot of bars that don’t care about beer. So with that said, I was delighted to see the “IPA 4-Way” box from Sierra Nevada! Starting with Snow Wit, this beer has a caramely, floral aroma. The taste starts out floral, but opens up to a delicious grapefruit flavor. The hops are well mixed with the Belgian yeast. It’s a very well made beer, and while I wouldn’t drink it every night, it’s a great start to the four pack.
6/10

SweetWater - 420 Extra Pale Ale
This one has an understated floral and earthy aroma, with a very caramel-malty flavor.  I was hoping for a little more hop flavor on this one.  It’s well balanced, and inoffensive, I guess it’s just the style that left me wanting more.
4/10

SweetWater - 420 Extra Pale Ale
This one has an understated floral and earthy aroma, with a very caramel-malty flavor. I was hoping for a little more hop flavor on this one. It’s well balanced, and inoffensive, I guess it’s just the style that left me wanting more.
4/10

Devils Backbone - Dark Abby Belgian-Inspired Ale
I love Delvils Backbone Brewery, but I skipped Dark Abby for a while because “Belgian Inspired” sounds a little scary.  The dark color is promising, and the taste is a malty caramel delight.  There’s a mild earthy hop flavor to balance the smokey malt backbone, and the beer has a nice warming medium body.  I am not always a huge fan of Belgian ales, and the “Belgian Inspired” label is bizarre, but this is a good beer.
7/10

Devils Backbone - Dark Abby Belgian-Inspired Ale
I love Delvils Backbone Brewery, but I skipped Dark Abby for a while because “Belgian Inspired” sounds a little scary. The dark color is promising, and the taste is a malty caramel delight. There’s a mild earthy hop flavor to balance the smokey malt backbone, and the beer has a nice warming medium body. I am not always a huge fan of Belgian ales, and the “Belgian Inspired” label is bizarre, but this is a good beer.
7/10

Red Hook - Audible Ale
I love a mystery beer with absolutely no description on the bottle of what may be inside.  But with the tourney on, Dan Patrick’s Audible Ale seemed like a good choice.  Wrong.  Malty, generic ale, with a bitter malty background and not many redeeming qualities.  Maybe the bottle I got was skunked, or maybe it’s just a crumby beer…
1/10

Red Hook - Audible Ale
I love a mystery beer with absolutely no description on the bottle of what may be inside. But with the tourney on, Dan Patrick’s Audible Ale seemed like a good choice. Wrong. Malty, generic ale, with a bitter malty background and not many redeeming qualities. Maybe the bottle I got was skunked, or maybe it’s just a crumby beer…
1/10

21st Amendment - Sneak Attack Saison
I’ll admit it: the whole Saison trend is lost on me.  I can see how some are okay, but many seem like watered down Belgians.  I have a soft spot in my heart for 21st Amendment and decided to give this one a try.  It’s got a nice clove aroma and good crisp flavor.  It’s got a nice medium body with citrus and clove notes and I don’t get any after taste.  It’s a good all-round saison.  Too bad it’s just a saison.  Still not my cup of tea.
4/10

21st Amendment - Sneak Attack Saison
I’ll admit it: the whole Saison trend is lost on me. I can see how some are okay, but many seem like watered down Belgians. I have a soft spot in my heart for 21st Amendment and decided to give this one a try. It’s got a nice clove aroma and good crisp flavor. It’s got a nice medium body with citrus and clove notes and I don’t get any after taste. It’s a good all-round saison. Too bad it’s just a saison. Still not my cup of tea.
4/10

DogfishHead Sixty-One 
I’ll admit: sometimes I buy a beer purely out of curiosity.  And then that moment comes when you pour a bright reddish-orange glass of ale and start to question your decision making.  This one smells like DogfishHead IPA, and the taste isn’t far off, though it oddly also tastes like a blush wine.  The taste goes together well, and while delicious and interesting.  I don’t know that I would ever seek out this beer again.
5/10

DogfishHead Sixty-One
I’ll admit: sometimes I buy a beer purely out of curiosity. And then that moment comes when you pour a bright reddish-orange glass of ale and start to question your decision making. This one smells like DogfishHead IPA, and the taste isn’t far off, though it oddly also tastes like a blush wine. The taste goes together well, and while delicious and interesting. I don’t know that I would ever seek out this beer again.
5/10

Samuel Smith - Taddy Porter
Lightly smoky, yet sweet flavor.  There’s a hint of a metallic taste here, as well as plenty of character.  It’s a nice porter, but I like a little more body.
6/10

Samuel Smith - Taddy Porter
Lightly smoky, yet sweet flavor. There’s a hint of a metallic taste here, as well as plenty of character. It’s a nice porter, but I like a little more body.
6/10

Samuel Adams - Rebel IPA
It’s with low expectations that I picked up a bottle of Sam Adams’ new IPA.  I’ve found their IPAs to be hit or miss.  The aroma on this one is right on, with deliciously resiny pine aromas that evoke a lot of other west coast style IPAs.  The flavor is okay, but a bit too sweet and bread-like for me.  Not the best IPA, but not bad and certainly better than I expected.
4/10

Samuel Adams - Rebel IPA
It’s with low expectations that I picked up a bottle of Sam Adams’ new IPA. I’ve found their IPAs to be hit or miss. The aroma on this one is right on, with deliciously resiny pine aromas that evoke a lot of other west coast style IPAs. The flavor is okay, but a bit too sweet and bread-like for me. Not the best IPA, but not bad and certainly better than I expected.
4/10

Three Brothers - Hoptimization IPA
Hoptimization leads with a floral, fruity hop aroma.  There is good bitterness throughout, with a roasted malt flavor.  The after taste is a bit too bitter.  While it’s a decent IPA, this one is not my favorite.
4/10

Three Brothers - Hoptimization IPA
Hoptimization leads with a floral, fruity hop aroma. There is good bitterness throughout, with a roasted malt flavor. The after taste is a bit too bitter. While it’s a decent IPA, this one is not my favorite.
4/10

Three Brothers - The Great Outdoors Pale Ale
The rich, earthy hop aroma made me think I was getting into something deeper than a light pale ale.  The flavor is worlds apart though, with a sweeter tropical fruit flavor and smooth finish.  Not a lot of body, so it’s make a much better summer beer, but I’ll be trying this one again.
5/10

Three Brothers - The Great Outdoors Pale Ale
The rich, earthy hop aroma made me think I was getting into something deeper than a light pale ale. The flavor is worlds apart though, with a sweeter tropical fruit flavor and smooth finish. Not a lot of body, so it’s make a much better summer beer, but I’ll be trying this one again.
5/10

Goose Island - Sixth Day Brown Ale
I have low expectations for Budweiser Island, and usually avoid it, but I couldn’t resist adding it to my holiday tastings kick.  This one has a candy aroma with a hint of earthy hops.  Pleasant fig-like smoky taste. I like this one a lot more than I expected!  It tastes strong - like an old ale or a barleywine.  
7/10

Goose Island - Sixth Day Brown Ale
I have low expectations for Budweiser Island, and usually avoid it, but I couldn’t resist adding it to my holiday tastings kick. This one has a candy aroma with a hint of earthy hops. Pleasant fig-like smoky taste. I like this one a lot more than I expected! It tastes strong - like an old ale or a barleywine.
7/10

Mommy and Russell trying to stay warm in Daddy’s office.

Mommy and Russell trying to stay warm in Daddy’s office.

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