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Cloudwater Our Highs, Their Lows Pilsner (Crop Year 2019 - Series 15) 4.3  
Cloudwater Brew Co Manchester, Greater Manchester
Pours a clear, golden coloration with a large, foamy head and slightly visible carbonation. Smells of doughy malt and floral, herbal hops, with some citrus accents. Taste is an excellent balance of soft, doughy malt and floral, earthy, herbal and slightly resinous hops, with some distinct citrus accents of grapefruit and lime peel coming through, as well as just a hint of pine. Finishes quite crisp and clean, with a medium bitterness and some floral, herbal and citrussy notes lingering in the aftertaste, Effervescent mouthfeel with a light/medium body and strong carbonation. While I usually can't stand Loral hops, I think they work rather well in a Modern Pilsner like this, being complemented very nicely by the Centennial and Columbus. While the Loral and Columbus brings those floral, earthy and herbal notes more in line with a traditional Pilsner, The Centennial adds some spritzy citrus accents and just a hint of resinous pine. While this is a rather modern, hoppy interpretation of the style, it still remains true to its traditional roots without turning into an IPL, with a nice, soft and doughy malt base as well as strong carbonation. Certainly the best Pilsner I ever had for my palate, think Rothaus Pils turned up to eleven.

Gänstaller Bräu Kellerbier Traditionell (2018- ) 3.8  
Gänstaller Bräu Hallerndorf, Bavaria
Can at home picked up from the ganstaller webshop. A mostly clear golden orange coloured pour with a lasitng fine white head. Aroma is nice semi sweet, cereal malts, honey monster cereal, some leafy grassy hop. Flavour is composed of semi sweet, earthy nutty cereal malts, sweet bread, hints of honey, leafy hop, grassy, hint of marmalade. . Palate is semi sweet, light grains, moderate carbonation , little oily. Good authentic stuff.

Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA 2.9  
12 oz can poured into a pint glass. One of three cans included in a twelve can variety pack. Not a bad IPA, but not a great one either. That said, give it a try and see what you think. Cheers...!

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel 4.8  
Sooo good to enjoy this beer. Full bodied, amber, goes down easy, smooth, holds a head. Cannot make comments about smell, lost my sense of smell years ago! But it still is very enjoyable! Want to have a second pint when the first one is finished. It tastes like something being made by a company since 1040! Writing this review is making my mouth water!

Dieu du Ciel! Péché Mortel (Bourbon) 4.5  
C'est une noire à peu de mousse, on s'y attendait. Le nez est assez peu riche et varié avec du bourbon et du café principalement mais se révèle un peu plus au réchauffement. La bouche fraîche donne dans le café vert, le torréfié tout de même, le boisé, le végétal, un peu de chocolat, de l'alcool sans sucre. La finale est extraordinaire avec une combinaison du café et de l'amer tout en équilibre. Magnifique.

Russian River Sanctification 4.1  
Russian River Brewing Company Santa Rosa, California
0,375l brought by a friend from the brewery as a wedding gift, shared with wiosna @ home. Batch 010919. Pours cloudy yellow with a high creamy head. Aroma is complex tart malts. Flavor is complex tart and earthy malts with some bitter yeast esthers and hops. Deep and tasty, yet refreshing.

Schneider Weisse Original 3.8  
Bottle 500 ml at ABV 5.4 % from Wine Rack, Turnham Green. Pours murky amber-chestnut body with big white head. Aroma is wheat, yeast, banana, citrus. Taste is refreshing and complex with alcohol, malt, yeast, banana, citrus. This is a really good weisse.

Russian River Pliny For President 4.4  
Russian River Brewing Company Santa Rosa, California
Had side by side with the OG and enjoyed this more. PtE has trended malty, combined with our palates being ruined by today's hop bombs. President looked the same, but reminded me of Pliny of old, same hops, same malt, just more aromatic and hoppier, slightly more bitter flavor. Excellent. 4.4+

Cloudwater Our Highs, Their Lows Pilsner (Crop Year 2019 - Series 15) 3.2  
Cloudwater Brew Co Manchester, Greater Manchester
Floral and citrusy with strong malty background, clean golden color with small white head, crispy, malty, sweet, herbal and citrusy, thin and watery refreshing. Gently hopped, is actually somewhere in between Pilsner and heavily hopped IPL.

Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Cuvée Barrique 2.0  
Impensable que de dues birres impressionants surti algo així... Àcida, cabezona i amb el millor de Tap 6 i Eissbock totalment amagat. Aire sour que destrossa totalment les 2 cerveses. Ampolla de 75 cl que acaba per la aigüera...

Buxton / Omnipollo Original Chocolate Ice Cream Brown Ale 4.3  
Buxton Brewery Buxton, Derbyshire
Bottle from Gedeelde Vreugde. Pours hazy dark brown with a lasting, small, foamy, beige head. Intense aroma of fresh chocolate sauce, dark toffee, vanilla custard, ice cream (stracciatella), pistachio, sugary mocha. Taste has sweet chocolate, toffee, sugared pistachio & peanut, touch of vanilla & ice cream, mocha note providing some bitterness. Slightly herbal hoppy in the end, lingering mix of dark & milk chocolate topped with nuts. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Not the most complex of modern Brown Ales but it's utterly delicious!

The Kernel India Double Porter Citra Ella 3.9  
The Kernel Brewery Bermondsey, Greater London
200 ml tap. Murky dark brown, almost no head. Toasted malt and bread, grapefruit, lemon, liquorice, dark chocolate. Hoppy bitterness, some light malty sweetness, a bit salty and umami. Full bodied, oily creamy texture, soft carbonated, dry bitter roasty finish. A very rural and very well crafted Porter.

Domaine Neige Bulle de Neige 3.8  
Domaine Neige (Pomdial Inc.) Hemmingford, Quebec
75cl bottle from L'Epicerie de Paris, shared with Soph on a lovely sunny Sunday evening. Clear pale yellow appearance, producing an overly large white head. Super spritzy, cremant-like palate, extremely dry with a cremant-like sweetness encompassing overripe white grape and floral notes, clearly from the influence of the ice cider. McIntosh apple flesh emerges more prominently in time alongside subtle apple skin. Drying close. Interesting.

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 26) 4.3  
Hill Farmstead Brewery Greensboro, Vermont
( bottle) Aroma: peach, apricots, wild notes, stone-fruits. Taste: semi-sour, rather sweet, flavour of stone-fruits, apricot, peaches, stale fruits, funk and oak. Palate: medium body, smooth, medium carbonation. Overall: Tasty fruity/ stone fruity wild ale.

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 27) 4.2  
Hill Farmstead Brewery Greensboro, Vermont
( bottle) Aroma: citrus zest, wood, parsley, some funk Taste: semi-sour, flavour of zest, leather, barnyard. Palate: medium body, medium carbonation. Overall: Tasty !


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