My Beer Pix

A visual tribute to beer and the people who love it.

Catch you on the flip side IPA

A decent 6.5% ABV collaboration beer offering from the fine folks at Karl Strauss and Societe Brewing Company, made in the west-coast style.

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Grace & Grit DIPA

Quite good.  Resinous hop nose that follows through with flavor.  Nice balance with pleasant bitterness…not overwhelming and doesn’t linger too long, but enough to want another sip.  The 8% doesn’t hurt. Though per the back, my orange juice glass is not considered proper glassware. Maybe it’s better in proper glassware.

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Ghost in the Machine

Parish Brewing Co.s 8.5% IPA is the best locally brewed beer I’ve had so far on this visit. A nose of resinous hops over a biscuit malt base. A green, citrusy hop bitterness with clean finish. No way I would have guessed 8.5% ABV. The light body is deceiving.

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Shiner Oktoberfest

Quite happy with the 5.7% ABV marzen-style beer from a Shiner, TX. Malty but not too sweet, clean finish.

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Elevator

A 5.5% ABV dry-hopped saison with peaches from Whiner Beer Co. Quite nice. Light-bodied, Belgian yeast-like esters with citrus notes and a dry finish.

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Flying Tiger Jucee

A juicy pale ale from Shreveport’s Flying Tiger Brewing. I liked it, but didn’t find it very juicy. Nose was of grassy hops, medium bodied with mild bitterness and somewhat dry finish. 6% ABV was a nice aspect as well.

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Fast Food

From Chicago’s Whiner Beer Co., this 5.5% ABV “foggy IPA” has some off notes.  Nose of bandaid adhesive which cares through to the astringent flavor.  Sorry, but had to dump…yuck.

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Screaming Dawn

I enjoyed it. Nice citrus hop notes, with mild bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit peel. 6.4% ABV. Imported into Louisiana from Wisconsin’s Wild Mind Artisan Ales.

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Pure Tropics

Nice tropical fruit notes on the nose with a juicy flavor, but not sweet, with a clean finish and virtuallyno bitterness. 2019 GABF gold metal winner under the emerging IPA category.

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Particle Physics Pale Ale

Exactly what I wanted. A nose of citrus and tropical fruit, juicy with grassy hop notes, mildly bitter finish that lingers a bit. All that and only 5.5% ABV. From NYs, Equilibrium Brewery.

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Zelator Tropical Lollipop

Always happy to find Omnipollo beers locally. This collaboration is no exception. Nose has wonderful notes of citrus, pineapple and mango. Full bodied juicy flavors with soft mouth-feel. Not overly sweet, nicely balanced, with mild bitterness on the finish. Would not have guessed it was 10% ABV.

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Mosaic Robot Fighter

The nose is a rush of sweet juicy citrus. Super soft mouth-feel with notes of tropical fruit. Nice balance where it doesn’t taste sweet but also very low bitterness. 6.7% ABV. Well done.

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Fremont Sky Kraken

Doing my part for National Drink A Beer Day. Enjoying a juicy pale ale made in the hazy-style. 5.5% ABV.

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Yay…Dolphin Sparkles!

Who doesn’t love dolphin sparkles?  Yay!  It falls somewhere between a NE hazy IPA and west coast IPA.  Smooth and juicy but with with a bit more bitterness on the finish.

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Super Cluster IPA

A big citra hopped IPA from Lagunitas. Runs about 8% ABV and tastes like a big beer with orange juice in it.

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Fremont Sky Kraken

Quite happy with this 5.5% ABV hazy pale ale. Grassy-citrusy hop notes with mild bitterness.

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Shamanic Whip

Grabbed on a whim and pleasently surprised by Wayfinder’s Shamanic Whip. A nose of tangerine and subtle pineapple. Medium body, nice balance with mildly bitter finish. 6% ABV. …???…Shamanic Whip III: Quest for the elusive whip? Hmm.. looks like I failed to use the proper drinking vessel.

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Green Cheek Sleepin In

Quite happy with this one after… what else…sleeping in. Great hop flavors with mild bitterness. Snagged this at BLAH.

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Brainwave

Quite happy with my Brainwave. Delish citrus/pine hop flavors, medium body, with pronounced, but not overwhelming, bitterness but oddly doesn’t linger too much. Yum

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Galaxy Baby

Juicy and soft…delish. Finish has hint of black pepper. 

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Modern Times Beer

Not a bad one in the bunch. L to R…or upper left to lower right since I can’t seem to rotate the pic… Poolside fruited IPA, Dragon Mask – Chocolate Churo Addition, and Stratos with Nelson hazy DIPA collaboration with Alvarado Street Brewery. Low ABV was Stratos at 8% with churo at 13%. Yum

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Wet Zeppelin

Seems like it’s been a few years since I’ve had this wet hop IPA, from Amplified Ale Works, but then again, 2020 itself feels like it’s been a 5+year experiment… and we’re only 9 months into the year. Quite tasty. At 6.5% ABV could be classified a pale ale.

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Pliny the Elder

Twas a long-ass work day. Saving time and the glass and drinkin from the decanter.

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Pliny for President

I hope my actions don’t disqualify the candidate, but I placed my vote more than once while at Taproom in PB. I’m pretty sure Taproom is not an approved polling place.

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Beach Retreat IPA

A west coast IPA collaboration from Pizza Port and Beachwood Brewing. Yeah.. this will work.

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The Mountains are Calling

Whoa… …a delish 13% ABV triple IPA with great hop flavors, supersoft mouthfeel and almost no bitterness. Plus Stratatat, a +/- 5.5% ABV wet hop pale ale made with, you guessed it, Strata hops.

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Stay Hazy…San Diego

A nice 4.8% ABV session IPA made in the DDH hazy style by the fine folks at North Park Beer Co. Nice grapefruit notes.

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Fluffy IPA

Not quite sure about this beer. Smells super sweet with notes of caramelized sugar and vanilla, maybe coconut. Flavor has not as sweet as I would have thought. Low bitterness and soft mouth-feel. Totally reminds me of Pier 1 vanilla candle smell.

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Alesmith IPA

First time trying from a can. After a few hours of yard work in the hot late morning sun, the beer tasted great. The dip in the pool didn’t hurt either

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Tiki Escape IPA

Body and bitterness is not so different from other Stone IPA’s, but this had some unexpected notes of tropical fruit. More on the nose, but definitely there.

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Drive Thru Red

“Debbie’s Yeasty Red Vagina Ale” was unfortunately not chosen for the name of the beer brewed to celebrate a friends birthday. I blame myself. I did not generate and submit the artwork for the beer label for consideration. Be that as it may, I feel a bottle of the brew was accidentally slipped into the […]

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Trail Marker IPA

Though they couldn’t serve us tasters at Ten Mile Brewing when we stopped byp a few weeks back, we were able to grab a mixed 4-pak. Trail Marker IPA is our last can. Well balanced with medium body. Piney hop flavors and pleasant bitterness that dissipates quickly after swallowing.

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O’Dell Woodcut

A delish, malty sweet 10.7% ABV oak aged imperial IPA where the aging smooths-outs the bitterness. Brewed for O’Dell Brewing’s 30th anniversary (2019). Cheers. It reminds me of the oak aged imperial IPA Dogfish beer brewed to celebrate blues guitarist Robert Johnson, though can’t recall the name.

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Gold Chain

A darn good Belgian golden strong ale, clocking in at 9.9% ABV, from Automatic Brewing. Grabbed this at BLAH a couple weeks back when, for a brief time, they had socially distanced indoor dining. Boozy, nice somewhat sweet malt base with notes of dried fruit…apricot maybe…and a dry finish.

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Community Mosaic IPA

Unfortunately I’m not getting the tropical notes I would normally associate with a Mosaic hopped IPA. Otherwise a nice IPA at 8.6% ABV and 85 IBU. Nicely balanced with pleasant lingering hop bitterness.

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Vigilante IPA

Arrived at Bridger Brewing at 7:55pm, sat at 7:58 and per Montana law last beer served at 8pm. Immediately ordered 2 IPAs and not disappointed. Well..sorta disappointed that I didn’t review the beer list a bit and pick 2 different beers, but happy with what I have. Old school IPA with the malt body to […]

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Stowaway IPA

Pleasantly surprised. Piney and resinous with nice hop flavors/bitterness and clean finish. All that and 6.3% ABV. From Bozeman, Montana’s Julius Lehrkind Brewing.

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Snake River Brewery Tasters

They were out of the barrel-aged horchata beer, and couldn’t get a taste of the Zonkers imperial stout as it was only in a can.  Otherwise, top to bottom list starts just past 3-oclock with Jenny front right.  Nitro beer ain’t in the pic.

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Strange Haze IPA

I’m getting nice tropical fruit notes of pineapple and mango from local Highlander She grabbed the Old Faithful Ale, an easy drinking ale more red than golden, and virtually zero bitterness.

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Fish On! Juicy…

…a refreshing pale ale (on R), from Kettlehouse Brewing, for me and Salmon Fly Honey Rye, from Madison River Brewing, for the lady.

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Yuppie Hammer NEIPA…

…from Outlaw Brewing front and center, the Juice Double IPA (R) from Madison River Brewing and Cold Smoke Scottish Ale (L) from Kettlehouse Brewing.

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Che, Che, Check it out…

…wha, wha, what’s it all about? My last can of Check Your Hops. Need, need, need to get some more, but first, first get my ass up off the floor.

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Free Day 2020

Flavor-wise, an unfiltered double IPA with piney and resinous hop characteristics and malty base with no residual sweetness. Discretion Brewing’s annual release in celebration of independence day. With numbers like 8.9% and 74 IBU… what more could you ask for? Oddly worded on the can.  Double hazy implies double the haze, unlike a hazy double […]

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DDH United IPAp

Super juicy murky IPA from Pure Project.  Comes with a nose of tangerine and pineapple, and a pillowy-soft mouth-feel.  All that and 6.9% ABV.

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NPBC 4

North Park Beer Co’s 4th anniversary beer is a super juicy hazy triple IPA with nice notes of pineapple and mango.  Though you can smell the alcohol I would not have guessed 10% ABV. It’s like a prize for being good today.

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Hop Fu!

It’s been a while since my last Hop Fu! Worked for me…pale malt body, piney and resinous hop flavors, with a dry finish with lingering butter. Yep…drank it and liked it. Could use another if’n we didn’t buy just one..

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Fort Point Villager

Light body with piney hop flavors and dry bitter finish. Not my fav, but no so bad to dump it.

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Untitled Art All Together

Mmmm…tasty 6.5% IPA. In collaboration with Other Half Brewing to support hospitality industry. Just doing my part.

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BA Nyctophobia…

…with orange and cocoa nibs, by the fire pit.  Whoa…aged nicely.  On draft I thought the orange was overwhelming.  Though still present, it’s less so. More wood and bourbon notes, roasty while maintaining the nice boozieness quality. The 14.2% ABV helps with that.

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Stratacadabra

A tasty double dry hopped west coast IPA. 7.4% ABV. Yum

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Fieldwork Logic Gate

Looks more like a juice heavy mimosa than a beer. Sniff…A nose of citrus. Sniff-sip…super juicy up front…sniff…sip… followed by mild, almost spicy..sip…black pepper-ish hop bitterness that quickly dissipates….then bam… you need another beer.

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Cosmic Omnibus

A delish hazy IPA collaboration from Alesmith and Modern Times. Tropical fruits on the nose with soft mouth-feel and very mild, almost a mild black pepper like, bitterness on the finish that dissipates quickly.

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Shhh….Secret Secrets

Super juicy with a bodacious nose and palate, all packed it a tiny 16oz can of goodness. Quite good.

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Party Cup

A 5% lager made using Mosaic hops. Though not much of a fan of lagers in general, in the last few months we’ve tried some really good ones and wanted to give it a try. It’s ok, but nothing great. I won’t dump it, but likely won’t buy again.

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Party Cup

A 5% lager made using Mosaic hops. Though not much of a fan of lagers in general, in the last few months we’ve tried some really good ones and wanted to give it a try. It’s ok, but nothing great. I won’t dump it, but likely won’t buy again.

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South of Hazin’

A refreshing hazy from TapRoom Beer Co.  Nice hoppy nose, but lower bitterness than you would think based on the nose.  Bitterness lingers a bit but finishes clean.  Good enough for me to have another.  The 7% ABV ain’t bad either.

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Chocodial n Soundcheck

Chocodial Rock, an 8% ABV chocolate forward stout, for the lady, and Soundcheck with Nelson, a 7.4% ABV IPA with, you guessed it, Nelson hops, for me. Yum. Beautiful evening. Happy to see the patio full. We love this place.

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Strata Pale Ale

Mmm…tasty. Light body. Great hop flavors. Clean finish. All that and only 5.4% ABV. From Alvarado Street Brewery.

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Chasing Mosaic

Citrusy fruit on the nose. Flavors of stonefruit, melon and citrus. Mild bitterness that finishes clean. All that and 6.4% ABV.

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Scorpius Morchella

Whoa…a delish double IPA from Toppling Goliath. The pale malt body lets the nice hop characteristics shine through. Pleasant lingering bitterness. Hmm…no ABV on can? Would guess 8%-ish.

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Heyday Modern IPA

Big ‘ol 19.3oz can of 5.8% ABV from Great Divide Strong piney and resinous hops over a pale malt body. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.

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Happy Independence Day!

We’ve been saving a few of these cans for today. Though likely the best for all that it was canceled, we missed not having the the Bird Rock neighborhood Beaumont Avenue parade. Today would have been the 41st year. Cheers

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Thorn St. Pine Hallows

A tasty 7% ABV west coast IPA from Thorn Street Brewing. Piney and resinous, nice hop bitterness with clean finish.

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Rowdier and Proudier..

…a 9% ABV old school, malty but balanced, double IPA from Decatur, GA’s, Three Taverns Craft Brewery for me, and Parrot Vibes, a 4.8% ABV POG tart ale from Oakland, CA’s Temescal Brewing, that she wishes was 9%, for the lady.

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Burgeon Carlsbad Crush

Aptly named for this 5.8% mosaic pale ale. Expect it to work well with Seabasstropub…or by itself…or with sake…

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Cosmic Omnibus

Juicy 6.8% ABV collaboration hazy IPA from Alesmith and Modern Times. Enjoying responsibly at 50% capacity Alesmith taproom.

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The Incredible Honk

Looks like my favorite morning breakfast beverage with a flavor almost like fresh-squeezed with pulp-like substances added. Ok..so no pulp-like substances and slight less opaque. Not familar with gooseberry smell or flavor. Smells like tart fruit with notes of pineapple and citrus. Flavor is juicy with notes of passion fruit and citrus. With the exception […]

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Double Dust Bus

Ok…not bus. Just juicy 8.8% ABV murky IPA….in a park-like setting.

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Super Beta and CBS

Pure Project Super Beta, a delish pillowy-soft murky IPA, with a side car of Canadian Breakfast Stout…mmm.

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de garre

Sooo good. When the world opens back up we need to make another trek to de garre in Bruge. Miss the bowl of rustic cheese.

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Hammer Chain DIPA

A piney, resinous and malty 8% DIPA from Fort Collins, CO’s Odell Brewing. The maltly base has an underlying sweetness giving it characteristics similar to a barleywine, and English barleywine where hop bitterness is more subdued.

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Juice by the Pool

At this rate there is no way I’ll still have any cans left on the 4th of July. Gonna need to pick up some more.

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Duck Foot Brewing Tasters

R to L. Duck Force 5, their 5th Anniversary 11% ABV triple IPA, Goofy-Regular, 7.4% ABV hazy IPA, Wookiee Roar, 5.7% ABV American amber, and Drink This or the Bee Dies, 6.5% ABV golden honey ale.

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Rockstar Virtual Beer Fest 3

Our fav…The Bruery Wit the Funk. Light, refreshing, tart and funky. True, it does have the advantage of being foeder aged…assuming you like that kind of thing. Many other weren’t far behind…Schöner Tag hefe, Broken Skull, Tabula Rosa, Chief Peak… We didn’t participate in fest 2, but found this beer selection better than the first.

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Waffling Over Pastries

An 11.3% ABV imperial pastry porter from North Park Beer Co. Sweet malty nose with loads of maple syrup and chocolate. Once it warms a bit, the maple is more noticeable over the sweet chocolate malt flavors. Finishes with warming bitterness and a sticky residue. And that was the end of Michele.

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Study Break

A 10% ABV pastry stout made with good stuff. Though it doesn’t outright say so, it seems heavily inspired by the snickers candy bar. Smells of sweet chocolate and peanuts. Flavor does not disappoint, though you need to allow it to warm to get the peanut flavor. As expected, it finishes just as sweet as […]

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Socks & Sandals

A 6.6% ABV foggy IPA from Humble Sea Brewing Co. Nice hoppy nose. Flavor seems thin, with virtually no bitterness and a somewhat dry finish. Decent, but nothing to write home about.

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Pure West

A delish 6.5% ABV west coast IPA. Piney and resinous, crisp dry finish…damn good.

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In Good Company

Much better.  A 8.5% hazy DIPA collaboration beer from Moksa Brewing Co. and Casa Agria Specialty Ales.  Super juicy hop nose with notes of pineapple and melon.  Mouthfeel/flavor is not as sweet as the nose implies…it’s more dry and hop flavors have a black pepper quality that dissipates quickly after you swallow. Sip, sip, and […]

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Matcha IPA

Pouring and seeing the bright green it reminded me of when a friend brought back Romulan Ale from the Star Trek Experience restaurant and bar in Las Vegas. Those happened to be blue and drinking it made your lips and mouth blue after a half a glass. Your teeth were blue by the second bottle. […]

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Daiquiri Island

Quite impressed with this 5.5% ABV strawberry and banana kettle sour beer from Alavardo Street Brewery. Sweet banana and strawberries on the nose over the tart malt base, with a more-tart-than-sweet flavor that follows through nicely. Flavors and mouth-feel are full bodied, and not thin, which seems often the case with lower ABV beers. Not […]

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All Together

Enjoyed with friends. Light bodied, with nice hop flavors.

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Head Banger

… you know that shit can’t be good for your brain. A fun song and a 4.7% generic lager from Amplified Ale Works.

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Cashmere Colada DDH IPA

A tasty DDH coconut IPA, clocking in at 8.5% ABV, from North Park Beer Co. The nose is sweet and fruity. At first more heavy on the coconut, but that mellowed and balances with nice pineapple notes. Flavor is on the sweet side, with additional notes of melon and virtually no bitterness.

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Yay…Juicy Bits..

..to go. I’ll have to take their word for it on the hazy aspect, but nice juicy hop flavors over a pale malt body. Plus it’s got that 6.7% ABV thing going for it.

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Fuzzy Logic

A 7.1% ABV hazy peach IPA from Bottle Logic. Nose is sweet malts and peaches. Taste is not sweet, or at least not as sweet as the nose implies. Taste more like a fruited cream ale than a IPA of any kind. No bitterness. Not getting the juicy aspects I would like. But a clean […]

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Zanzibar Chocolate Ice Cream Stout

Tastes like chocolate milk. Not like chocolate milk beer..like creamy wholesome chocolate milk…with no ABV…not 8% chocolate milk, which is what it is. Sipped directly from the decanter. Maybe that was part of it. Wanna try again but poured into a glass. A delish, desserty, collaboration from Untitled Art and Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co.

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