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  • Independence Ale

     Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, OH 6% ABV, 45 IBUs, draught-only seasonal offering at Chappy’s Tap Room & Grille, Moraine, OH Bright, clear coppery-orange hue with a fairly thick cream-coloured head. Aroma of floral & citrusy hops. Flavours of toasted, caramel malt (could be...
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  • Moylander Double IPA

    8.5% ABV, 22 oz bomber, Moylan’s Brewery, Novato, CA Moylan’s is sadly no longer distributing to Ohio; I found this bottle at Centerville Carryout. Hazy orange brew topped by a pinky’s worth of dense, pale beige foam. Plenty of citric hops in the aroma, with notes of candied tangerine and resin. S...
  • Levitation Ale

    Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, CA; 4.4% ABV I first tasted this on tap as my final beer at the 2008 Ale Fest Dayton almost 1 year ago, and enjoyed the smack of American hops immensely. At the time, Levitation was not available here in Ohio. Fortunately, it started showing up earlier this year, both ...
  • Hop Rod Rye

    8.0% ABV, IPA brewed with 20% rye malt, Bear Republic, Healdsburg, CA; on draught at Dingle House Pub, West Chester, OH   Deep reddish-amber beer with a short-lived pale beige head. Crisp, citric hop aroma wafts from the glass with floral & pine notes. Bitter up front, with toasted &a...
  • Stone 13

    Thirteenth Anniversary Ale, 9.5% ABV, imperial red ale, Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, CA It’s definitely red – deep red-amber, almost the colour of Grade B maple syrup, with great clarity. (My photo doesn't do it justice.) Thick, creamy pale beige head starts out over a finger’s width tall and...
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  • Hop Stoopid Ale

    Lagunitas, Petaluma, CA; 7.7% ABV, 102 IBU Lovely, clear & bright light amber brew topped with a pillow of cream-coloured foam. The foam maintains some hilly terrain for a brief time, then falls to a thick ring and thin layer. Aroma of grapefruit leaps out of the glass, with some orange and lem...
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  • Grassroots Ale

    6.2% ABV, saison with coriander, lemon balm, chamomile and lemon basil; Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, OH Hazy old-gold color with a long-lasting, dense head of off-white foam. Complex aroma with herbs, a sour fruity note with lemon zest, and hints of earthy old barn and hay scents. Light and ...
  • Clipper City Pale Ale

    Clipper City Brewing Co., Baltimore, MD; 4.9% ABV on cask at Dilly Café, Mariemont, OH Hazy deep golden-amber in appearance with a finger of thick, off-white foam. Some light citrus & hint of caramel in the aroma. Smooth, creamy texture, very light carbonation with a medium body. Served very lightl...
  • Leffe Blonde

    Abbaye de Leffe, Belgium; 6.6% ABV, on draught  at the Cock and Bull Pub, Glendale, OH  The beer is a clear, bright golden-yellow hue with about an eight inch of thick, white foam. Aromas of cloves and lemons dominate; very appetizing. Moderately full body with a smooth, soft texture...
  • Crooked Tree IPA

    6.0% ABV, Dark Horse Brewing Co., Marshall, MI On draught at Chappy's Tap Room & Grille, Moraine, OH Deep honey gold hue with pale cream head that falls from 1/8” to a collar and thin layer. Some chill haze. Good dose of American, citric hops in the nose. Somewhat sharp up front – has a defin...