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Elysian Vitamin G 3.3  
Draft pour pint at the Elysian Bar. Golden orange pour with a fading head. Sweet fruity orange aroma. I didn’t think too much grapefruit was possible, but I think this one proved me wrong. Subtle fruity hops. So much grapefruit, it passes over refreshing, and turns to a sipper. Grapefruit and hop combo bitterness to follow late. Unique, but a bit too much. Still good.
Waconia Driftwood - Gin Barrel Aged 3.8  
Tap at Grizzly’s. Dark dense pour with a dense brown head. Great aroma - dark malt, roast, barrel, and booze. Wow. A little rough on taste - lingering boozy chemical in spots.
Dubh Linn River Moy Dark Brown Ale 3.0  
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a near clear brown with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has bread and earthy grains with a hint of chocolate. Flavor has earthy chocolate and earthy dark grains with a bread backbone.
Scottsdale Beer Co. Blood Orange India Pale Lager 4.0  
Hazed copper/amberish color. Creamy white head. This version tones down the hoppiness with the addition of the blood oranges. Lightly sweet with a nice bitter finish. Good stuff.
Night Shift Sable 3.7  
Tap at the source. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla comes through nicely. Flavor is roasted malt, tons of vanilla. Bit of a weak body for 7.4%. Still quite nice.
Old Stove SMaSH 07270 3.0  
Draft pour pint during my first visit to Old Stove. Golden orange pour with a thin, oily head. Gotta love trying these new experimental hops, especially in a solitary situation. Sugar sweet fruity aroma. Flavor is tropical fruit, hidden behind a dominant malt. Malt over the hop too. Tough to really identify the hop qualities over it. Orange and tropical fruit constant late reminder. Too sweet, and strange on the malt character. Good qualities, but not sold here overall.
Night Shift Coburg 3.8  
Tap at the source. Pours dark cherry color, off white head. Aroma is lots of dark cherry, dark fruits, fig. Flavor is bready caramel. Cherry, fig. Slightly oily mouthfeel.
Old Louisville Experimental House Stout #1 3.8  
Draft. Wood, coffee, chocolate malt, and ash aroma. Black with moderate tan head. Moderately sweet coffee, chocolate malt, oak, and moderately bitter ash/hay flavor. Nice body. Pleasant.
Cloudburst Alison’s Mom 3.8  
Draft pour pint at Cloudburst. These guys never fail to surprise/amaze me. Cloudy golden orange pour with a thin fizz head. Fresh orange slices on the aroma. Very fun blend of styles here. A ton of orange fruit from the pale, with a good hint of spice from the saison, drowned by a ton of lemon and peach like quality. Long cool fruit finish. Never had a beer like this before. Good, yes. Great.. depends on the day. Nevertheless, very fun try here.
Northgate Achievement Unlocked Level 3: Brexit 3.6  
Dark copper with a small head. Grassy and slightly herbal hop aroma. Interesting candied fruit flavor. Hard to pin down. Not apple or cherry, just a fruity ester. Strong biscuit malt and dry caramel. Toasty. Moderate bitterness. Dry. Nice.
Mash Cult Debbie 3.7  
on tap @ Mash Cult / Florence KY --- Aroma of caramel and pie crust. Nearly clear amber brown color, small beige head, short strings of lace. Taste is malt with mild fizz on the swallow, allowing the malt to grow tremendously into caramel and cream pie. Hardly any bitter for a long finish. This reminds me of Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee, even though this is its own thing. Quite good in small doses.
Alexander Keith’s Cornerstone Edinburgh Pale Ale 3.4  
Bomber pour. Approached with apprehension, given the whole Keith’s stereotype. No apprehension needed. Not too bad at all. Nose of caramel, and slight citrus hop and grassiness. Rich caramel flavour, with a bit of a hoppy bitterness. Light and crisp and flavourful. Good effort from those InBev folk. I feel so dirty.
Manor Hill Hidden Hopyard Series: Volume 4 (cask Nelson Sauvin & Azacca) 4.1  
Cask at brewery. Much like v4 but More bitter and more earthy grassy hop in the finish. Very tasty version of already tasty brew.
Manor Hill Hidden Hopyard Series: Volume 4 (cask Nelson Sauvin & Azacca) 4.1  
On cask at brewery. Pours hazy copper color with almost no head. Aroma is pit fruit, citrus, and earthy hops. Flavor is citrus with nice fruity flavors, and grapefruit. Little carbonation. The fruit flavors really bloom in this version.
Contrary Galaxy DIPA 4.0  
On tap-rich white-yellow. A-sweet pineapple. T-sweet pineapple/soft citrus with a slight spice hop, lt/med malt.
Beer Research Institute Opuntia 3.3  
On tap at The Beer Research Institute, pours a peachy pink with a small white head. Aroma brings lots of crisp fruit skins. Flavour is crisp, with fruity pear skins and soft wheat notes underneath. Nice incorporation of the pears - crisp and dry. Solid.
Night Shift One Hop this Time: Simcoe 3.8  
Tap at the source. Pours hazy yellow, white head. Aroma is super dank notes, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, some pine. That’s a great nose. Flavor is pine, peach, grapefruit rind, orange, very soft mouthfeel. Nice.
Manor Hill Hidden Hopyard Series: Volume 4 4.0  
On tap at brewery. Pours copper with white head. Fresh Citrus aroma with tropical fruit and peach. Flavor is fresh citrus up front with peaches and a grapefruit finish. Another great volume to the hidden hop yard series.
Manor Hill Hidden Hopyard Series: Volume 4 4.0  
Draft at brewery. Cloudy golden straw. Grassy citrus aroma. Flavor is herbal citrus and pine. Light malt base. Finish is herbal and slightly bitter. Very amazing in character. Another great Manor Hill IPA.
Barrier Suburb Ft. Waimea 3.6  
500ml bottle shared by Joey at Dave’s. Pours a clear golden yellow with a small foamy white head. Aroma of lemon, grapefruit, floral hops, and grass. Taste of grapefruit skins, lemon zest, pine, grass, and sweet grains.
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