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BX Press Blackcurrant Cardamom 3.8  
BX Press Cidery Vernon, British Columbia
Purple. Big cardamom nose, with lots of black currant, very bold aroma that is also a lot of fun. Fizzy, apple underneath with a whack of fruit and a nice, balanced cardamom. You start to think about a more Christmas type because of the cardamom, but overall this is a really nice cider. Oakes

BX Press Blackcurrant Cardamom 3.7  
BX Press Cidery Vernon, British Columbia
500mL bottle, pours a deep dark cherry pinkish red with a small pink head. Aroma brings out a lot of cardamom upfront, followed by a touch of the currants. Flavour is along the same lines, with a very forward cardamom character, with the currants further back. Fruity on the finish. Very fun cider -- well-made stuff. mcberko

Ballast Point Barmy Apricot Ale 3.5  Bottle from a store in San Carlos. Lovely light fruity beer, smelling of honey, apricots, peaches. Dark golden yellow with thin white head. Boozy, with flavours of apricots, peaches, dark honey. Lingering floral flavours, and a slight metallic note. crazy_cat_lady

Historic Alternative Facts 3.0  
Historic Brewing Company Flagstaff, Arizona
750ml bottle @ Matt’s. Pours a hazy copper colour with a small white head. Nose is malts and soured hops. Flavour is similar but has an odd Parmesan cheese character throughout. fiery_1

Thornbridge West Coast IPA 3.5  
Thornbridge Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire
On tap at Brewers Cooperative. Pours straw. Grapefruit, orange, pine, pithy bitterness, some caramelised peel stuff in there too. Decent balance, good body, nice. explosivedog

New Belgium / Orval Lips of Faith Anne-Françoise Spiced Imperial Dark Ale 2.6  
New Belgium Brewing Company Fort Collins, Colorado
Dark ruby-amber colored body with a lush, beige cream cover. Aroma is unexpectedly ashy, with cigarette tray puffs, and perhaps some overdone medicinal phenols, mixed with green, vegetal tannins. The body is herbal, vegetal, and tannic. That ashy smokeyness swirls about in the background, but does not overwhelm. Viscous, phenolic medicinals weigh in on the palate toward the end and linger. This one just does not mesh for me. BillKismet

Night Shift Presidential Double IPA: Harding 3.7  
Night Shift Brewing Everett, Massachusetts
Can thanks to Seth. Pours a cloudy orange with medium white head that lasts. The aroma is strong grapefruit pith, dank, earth. Medium body, juicy hop, mango, pineapple, dank, light bitterness, very good. djd07

Neuzeller Imperial Porter 3.7  
Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle Neuzelle, Brandenburg
Monthly bottle share at Chez Sophie: 22nd May 2017. Four way split. 500ml bottle: BBD 8th Mar 2018. One of my offerings. Ruby hue to the dark body, beige head that lasted. Sweet and malty brew, some dark fruits and malty molasses in both the nose and taste. Liked it. BlackHaddock

Ecliptic Orbiter IPA 3.3  
Ecliptic Brewing Portland, Oregon
Bomber pours a slightly hazy orange with a two finger eggshell head and great lacing. Aroma is a tangy tropical fruit, tree fruit, and lemon. Watery mouth feel. Flavor is OK, slightly sweet, slightly tropical, slightly lemon, nothing really stands out about it. Aftertaste is a bit tangy, bitterness is a mild to medium and lingers. Overall fine, just not very memorable. teamsale

Whitetooth Truth Dare Consequence 3.9  
Whitetooth Brewing Golden, British Columbia
650 ml bottle. Pours black with moderate tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, chicory, dark sugars, and slick roasted malts. Flavors of oliy roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, dry dark berries, and very black coffee. Rich for a BC stout, with a little alcohol on the finish. Gerbeer

Rockyard B’ruined 3.3  
Rockyard Brewing Company Castle Rock, Colorado
22 oz. bottle, shared by Zach. Pours a very dark, ruby brown, with a small, rocky, off-white head. The nose is cherries, raspberries, and cough syrup, with notes of rye, bitter orange peel, and light yogurt. Sweet and syrupy, with a very mild sour flavor, and a bit of bitterness. Medium to heavy body, thick, syrupy, and a little acerbic. This is a nicely done Flemish brown, with good, funky, fruity notes. Could be more sour, and the aromas are a little off, but overall, I’m impressed. GTAEgeek

Anderson Valley Barrel Aged GT Gose 4.0  
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Boonville, California
Draft at Growler Guys. This was a fun beer, I was looking forward to trying this all week and it didn’t dissapoint. Pours a straw yellow with a bit of haze and a small white cap. Aroma is rich with vanilla and botanicals, oak, and lactic. Tastes bright and crisp, really reminds me of lemon bars. Plus gin and vanilla. Light barrel notes. Not much here says gose, but a really tasty beer overall. jake65

Cycle Coffee BA Imperial Stout - Indonesia Sumatra 4.1  
Cycle Brewing Saint Petersburg, Florida
Nose has some slightly old coffee elements, not surprising given age, but not present in others. Harsh bitter line to taste as well, not as rounded and rich as some of the others. Splitting hairs here, but having taste 3 of 5, this is least favorite so far. wchesser

Boulevard Noble Prize Imperial Pilsner 3.4  Bottle from Wegman’s. Pours clear gold with frothy white head and high carbonation. Nose is pale malt, Saaz hops. Tastes pale malty, Saaz hoppy, with a dry, bitter finish and some sweetness at the finish. DocLock

Sapporo Yebisu The Hop 2017 3.2  
Sapporo Breweries Tokyo , Japan
Can. Light citrusy initial, and also a bit sweaty and earthy. Deep dark gold straw color. Moderate sweetness, which ramps up a bit in mid palate to a kind of cake-like note, maybe pastry dough. Some sharp grassy bitterness. Medium body (a bit heavy for a lager). Fairly well balanced. As with last year’s version, the Saaz hops don’t really make their presence felt. maekchu


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