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  • Heavy Seas The Big DIPA

    Clipper City Brewing, Baltimore, MD; double IPA, 10.5% ABV, 75 IBUs Arrrr, this be the coolest beer label ever, Matey! The beer appears coppery-orange with a light chill haze and a thin head of pale beige foam that recedes to a collar and patches of bubbles. Nice hoppy aroma with citrus/...
  • The Great Pumpkin

      8% ABV imperial pumpkin ale, Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet, Clipper City Brewing, Baltimore, MD   First of all, I really enjoy the labels on these Mutiny Fleet beers, with the variations on the pirate Jolly Rodger! On to the beer itself - bright but hazy harvest orange-amber with no head. A...
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  • Pere Jacques

    Goose Island, Chicago, IL; 9% ABV, abbey dubbel style ale, bottled on 3/10/08 (label states that flavor will continue to develop for 5 years)Murky brown-amber in appearance with a scant pale beige collar and foam. Bits of yeast sediment float suspended throughout the glass. Big, rich, sweet aroma – ...
  • Southern Tier Pumking

    9% ABV, on draught at Chappy’s Tap Room & Grille, Moraine, OH Served in a 10 ounce snifter out on the patio on a gorgeous, sunny autumn afternoon in the 60s, the beer is a clear, bright, pumpkin-esque copper-amber-orange with a short-lived pale beige head. The colour is fabulous – very harvesty...
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  • Mean Manilishi Double IPA

     Hoppin’ Frog, Akron, OH; 8.2% ABV, 168 IBU (!) Won the award for Best Double I.P.A. in America at the 2009 U.S. Beer Tasting Championships this month. Deep, coppery-red hue topped with a finger’s width of pale beige foam which settles to a thin layer and collar after a few minutes. Big ...
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  • Devil Dancer

     Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI; triple IPA, 12% ABV, 112 IBUs Pours out with a noticeable viscosity, a bright, orange-amber, translucent, with almost no foam. The nose is as expected – American hops, with plenty of citrus, floral, and piney notes. Full body with a rich texture and lig...
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  • Vertical Epic 9.9.9

    Stone Brewing Co., Belgian Porter brewed with spices, 8.6% ABV; on draught at Chappy's Tap Room & Grille, Moraine, OH What a fitting addition to the Vertical Epic series! Pours a deep, deep brownish-black, opaque, with a thin beige head. Aromas of smoke, cocoa, toasted grain & roasted ...
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  • Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale

    Brewed for Monk's Café in Philadelphia by Brouwerij Van Steenberge, Belgium; 5.5% ABV, blend of young & old ale Beautiful red hue with red-orange highlights and a thick, generous pile of dense beige foam. Aroma is sour with a cherry component and some classic Belgian funk. Very appetizing!...
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  • Gemini Imperial Blended Unfiltered Ale

    Southern Tier, Lakewood, NY; 10.5% ABV, 50% unfiltered Hoppe, 50% Unearthly imperial IPA Love the label – bright, hoppy green with a Gemini astronaut spacewalking. Very cool! The beer itself pours a hazy, deep honey-gold hue with a touch of pale orange-amber in appearance, with a thick, off-w...
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  • Double Simcoe IPA

    Weyerbacher, Easton, PA; 9% ABV Cloudy orange-amber appearance; warm cream-beige head lasts a few minutes. Aroma of citric hops with an orangey note and caramelized malt/sugar. Fairly big body with a smooth and velvety texture. Fine carbonation bead. Slightly sweet up front with caramel and malt, o...
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