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Grade: C+
Type: American Amber/Red Lager
ABV: 5.5%
Brewery: Flying Dog Brewery
Location: Frederick, Maryland

Appearance - Pours a clear amber color with a small one-finger cream colored head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving extremely light lacing where the head was, but nothing else on the edges of the glass as you drink it.

Smell - Some sweet malts, but left me looking for more.

Taste - The sweetness and malt flavors come through, leaving a small bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body and heavy carbonation, finish is a bit harsh.

Drinkability - The high carbonation and lack of head was a bit of a disappointment to me, along with the smell and taste, leaving me wanting more.  Easy beer to drink, but tough to session because of the finish.

 
 
Grade: B+
Type: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.4%
Brewery: Hofbräuhaus München
Location: München, Germany

Appearance - This beer pours a cloudy golden color  with a 1-2 finger head, although it does not have much retention and leaves very little lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Aromas are spot on with a heavenly mixture of bananas, cloves, yeast and malts.



Taste - The taste is along with the smell, fantastic.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a light dryness after taking a drink, but still a pleasant finish.

Drinkability - There are few things better than enjoying a liter of Hofbräu, especially at the Old German Beer Hall or the Estabrook Beer Garden.  This is a must have if you love hefeweizens.
 
 
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Grade: D+
Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
ABV: 8.0%
Brewery: Anheuser-Busch
Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Appearance - The oddest looking beer I have seen to date.  It was dark like grape soda, but it had a red tinge on the edges, topped with a reddish head.

Smell - Any normal beer smell was masked by heavy artificial blueberry aromas.

Taste - Alcohol is prominent enough to not be covered up by the fake blueberry sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Very light body and carbonation like a soda.

Drinkability - My best friend David provided me with this beer... twas sitting in the back of his fridge, but I think I know why.  Having more than one of these would put your taste buds out of commission, so maybe just try some of someones else's.  

 
 
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Grade: B-
Type: German Pilsener
ABV: 4.8%
Brewery: Neumarkter Lammsbräu

Location: Neumarkt, Germany

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head with good retention, while leaving generous lacing around the glass.

Smell - Grassy hops and pilsner malts were the main scents

Taste - The hops and malt had a good balance, with some light lemon citrus notes.  A bit earthy as well, but it wasn't needed.

Mouthfeel - Light body with medium to high carbonation, helping the cap.

Drinkability - What drew me to this beer was the bottle, with the grenade bottom topped with a long fluted neck.  The lower alcohol content helps this beer, even with the light earthy taste, making it sessionable, but not enough to leave a lasting impression.

 
 
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Grade: B+
Type: American IPA
ABV: 7.2%
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Location: Chico, California

Appearance - Pours a clear pale orange with a 1-inch head that fades to a small 1/2 inch cap, great lacing all the way down until it is empty.

Smell - Pine and citrus hops, but as the beer warms, small amounts of bread notes seep through.

Taste - Much like the smell, but very fresh on the pallet.  The citrus notes are more present in the taste than in the aromas though.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and body, very refreshing.

Drinkability - The hops in this beer leaves your mouth a bit dry, but it is such a great session beer, it begs you to take another drink.  Very nice beer.

 
 
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Grade: C+
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV: 5.2%
Brewery: Coors Brewing Company
Location: Golden, Colorado

Appearance - Bright yellow in color with a hazy hue, topped off with a 1-inch white head that dissipated after a few minutes, leaving a thin cap on the top.

Smell - Not much here, but I was able to find some light honey aromas on top of a blend of grass and floral notes.

Taste - Much like the smell, this beer was easy on the pallet, tastes of wheat and the grass and honey from the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Light body and high carbonation, very crisp.

Drinkability - This beer is highly drinkable. It finishes clear and doesn't have an overly bold flavor to it that would turn the average person off.  Grab a sixer if you are headed to the beach,


 
 
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Grade: B+
Type: American IPA
ABV: 6.7%
Brewery: Victory Brewing Company
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Appearance - Orange-amber in color with a bit of haze, topped with a light-tan colored headed that left lines of lacing on the edge of the glass.

Smell - A mixture of hops, but I picked up on some spiced hops and a tad of malt.

Taste - Caramel malt and hops were nicely balanced, with notes of citrus and other spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability - Very pleasant hop notes, but with the ABV being at the higher end, it doesn't make this beer too sessionable.  The malts were more prominent than expected, but it was not overpowering. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone.


 
 
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Grade: B+
Type: Munich Helles Lager
ABV: 5.5%
Brewery: Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Location: München, Germany

Appearance - Clear yellow/gold body with a one-finger white foam head, leaving an average amount of lacing on the edge of the glass.

Smell - Grainy malts and some grassy hops, not much else.

Taste - There was a caramel sweetness mixed with the malts, with a grassy/spicy bitterness that was very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Light/Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - I really enjoyed this beer, similarly to the other Hack-Pschorr beers I have enjoyed.  The spicy hops were nicely balanced with the malts


 
 
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Grade: A
Type: American Stout
ABV: 5.8%
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Location: Chico, California

Appearance - This one starts out with a black (with some brown in the edges) appearance with a less than 1-finger tan head. As a bonus, this one drops some nice lacing on the edges.

Smell - Coffee, roasted malts, and some light hops.

Taste - Generous amounts of coffee and roasted malts, finishing with some earthy hops at the end and some slight bitterness, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation, very smooth.

Drinkability - Nice job again Sierra Nevada, wow... The taste was nicely layered and the mouthfeel was pleasant as well.  Having an ABV right in the middle of the range for a stout was nice, making this quite sessionable.


 
 
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Grade: B
Type: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.5%
Brewery: Flying Dog Brewery
Location: Frederick, Maryland

Appearance - Amber in color with a 1-finger white head that caps very thin with some moderate lacing on the glass, very nice.

Smell - Hops for sure, some grass and citrus a swell, backed up with some wheat.

Taste - Hops lead the way throughout the whole drink finishing with some pine bitterness.  The beginning has some citrus that leads into some malts as well, not bad.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium/high carbonation.

Drinkability - I enjoyed this beer, but the bitterness at the end was a bit too much, making this not as sessionable as I had originally thought, but this is definitely good here and there.