Beer Ratings: Raves

Toppling Goliath Supa' Sumo 4.8  
Toppling Goliath Decorah, Iowa
YES! This is what King Sue should have been all along. Pours a murky, cloudy, hazy pineapple juice color. Aroma is fresh cut pineapple, mango, tangerine. Amazing. Not many beers warrant 30 seconds of smelling. Taste is more intense tropical juiciness. Palate is full and gets sticky enough in the end to keep the resin from getting too heavy. Cherry on top is the ABV is only hinted at. What an awesome beer.

Weihenstephaner Festbier 4.6  
Very clear and crisp beer, light notes on yeast and hops. A very enjoyable floral aroma and after taste. This could easily be a summer and fall beer, excellent beer all around!!!

Arrogant Bastard Ale - Oaked 4.7  
Arrogant Brewing Escondido, California
Very nice strong ale. Thick and malty rich. Very bold bitterness and sticky in its hop character. Oak aging lends some nice vanilla and earthiness to its finish.

von Trapp Golden Helles Lager 4.6  
von Trapp Brewing Stowe, Vermont
Doughy pils malt, soft floral hops, cidery acetaldehyde, and a touch of sulfur common in classic examples. Assertive but appropriate minerality. Nice clarity and body.

Modern Times Transit of Venus 5.0  
Modern Times Beer San Diego, California
When I visited the Modern Times Brewery, I was introduced to a style of beer I had not known to exist. Transit to Venus is a Grisette. A grisette is a combination of two styles: sour and funk. The aroma of lemon is strong. The air of Saccharomyces and a Brettanomyces funk are felt upon the nose. Pilsner malt is sensed with the lemony body. Vienna spelt malt is noted as the sour wanes. An alcohol content of 5.4% is not recognizable because the sour and funk rule over your taste buds. The taste of lemon is dominate from start to finish. The juicy lemon presence gives the beer the sour we experience. Saccharomyces adds a spice to the sour complexion. The funk of Brettanomyces yeast is light. I had the pleasure of drinking Transit to Venus on tap and the funk is as funky as James Brown when the beer is fresh. It would seem the strength of the funk lessens when this brew is bottled. Rye is tasted as the lemon starts to dissipate in your mouth. The rye characteristic is very apparent in the watery finish and as the finish dries. The balance between the rye, lemon, and funk is outstanding to harmonize together. Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer. For more beer reviews, visit my blog "Drink For the Love of Beer."

Lionstone S'more 'O' What? 5.0  
Lionstone Brewing Geneseo, Illinois
great presentation with the garnishing of toasted marshmallow and Graham cracker.

Avery Tweak 4.6  
Avery Brewing Company Boulder, Colorado
Near black with heavy tan head. Aroma sweet chocolate and coffee. Taste adds a lot more chocolate and bourbon. Overpowering. Hits your nose and mouth with strong aroma and taste. Very strong.

Dieu du Ciel / The Alchemist Moralité 4.5  
Dieu du Ciel Montreal, Quebec
Delicate and balanced.Recommended temperature around 14-15C.The best IPA I had in Canada

Hill Farmstead / Tired Hands Karma Emulsion 4.7  
Hill Farmstead Brewery Greensboro, Vermont
Pours a hazy bright orange with white head. A strong citrus, floral, and tropical fruit aroma with sugary characteristics. A sweet and refreshing taste of citrus hops, orange, pine and other fruits. A lingering sweet and dry citrus and light bitter hop aftertaste.

Cloudwater NE DIPA Lemondrop Galaxy 4.8  
Cloudwater Brew Co Manchester, Greater Manchester
Thank you for sharing! Sampled draft @ Borefts 2017. Day 1. Super hazy mango milkshake, creamy head. Nose is super hazy mango, hay that thick Clodwater milkshake. Taste is super hazy milkshake no bitterness mango hazy and super thick lingering NEIPA cheese, litchi, lightly doughy. Milkshake, cheese, hop bodied. Insane, so thick and decadend.

Cloudwater / The Veil Chubbles 4.7  
Cloudwater Brew Co Manchester, Greater Manchester
Thank you for sharing! Sampled draft @ Borefts 2017. Day 1. Hazy mango orange appearance, creamy white head. Nose is all milkshake orange juice & mango hop, insane fruit. Taste is like pure creamy mango hop milkshake, orange juice, lactose, no bitterness. Body is all creamy lactose miky NEIPA. Amazing all milkshake. Damn this was awesome.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout 5.0  
Bell’s Brewery Galesburg, Michigan
dark full stout flavor. plenty of coffee chocolate maybe a little anise finish. great finish

Beavertown / Jester King Rex Apiary 5.0  
Beavertown Brewery Tottenham, Greater London
Review #1000 - 5.0! This beer represents my beer past, present, and future. ~ Bottle. Pale golden with an interesting thin film across the top. Scent is medium dense notes of honey and herbs on lemon/floral properties. Taste is gorgeous champagne notes - dryness and grapes; lemon zest, light floral properties. Birch juice after fermentation. Finish is dry. Very great; unique.

Klokke Roeland 5.0  
Brouwerij Van Steenberge Ertvelde, Belgium
"Impegnativa" magari per i gradi, ma buona e piacevole. Una buona strong Ale dall'aroma di frutta secca e caramello, corposa, al palato si presenta in un primo momento dolce, ma sul finale ha un piacevole amaro. Da riprendere!

Spencer Monk's Reserve Ale 4.7  
Spencer Brewery Spencer, Massachusetts
Pours a deep brown with soft off white head. Plums, dried fruit, caramelized sugar aroma and taste. Moderately sweet, with a burnt sugar, and earthy hop edge. Notes: bottle from Sep '17 MA trip.


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