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Chainline Fuzzy Math 3.7  
Chainline Brewing Company Kirkland, Washington
Draft pour pint at Toronado, Seattle. A clean and clear light golden pour. Hinted plastic, straw grains. Not as much hops on the nose as expected, but in the flavor they show off well. Cool and refreshing. Interesting grain flavor throughout. Very low bitter hop late linger. Refreshing, and fun pils here.

Forager, Rochester Boom Hops 2.9  
Forager Brewing Company Rochester, Minnesota
Very milky golden appearance, viscous and layering a mucky film all up and down the glass. Pineapple and cream, soft pine and cut grass aroma, as well as a weaker and undefined herbal component. Over time, stone fruit and citrus colors are drowned out in this nebulous, greenish haze. The same is mostly true in the flavor; rindy citrus tones are present at times, but a lavender, scallion, even bug spray like greenness is just overwhelming ultimately. This is exacerbated by the extreme softness and even formless malt structure; the resulting texture, being informed mostly by the chosen adjuncts, should most accurately be described as flaccid. I see the intention here, which is to amplify the feathery softness of the style in a new way that might let the hops seem even more prominent. For me it is unsuccessful. Though not a badly made beer (excellent quality should generally be expected), this one sort of sabotages itself.

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Chai 3.7  
Bomer. Clear dark brown, looks thick and dark. Thick, creamy dark brown head that lasts and laces. Aromas of roasted malt, chai spice, dark chocolate, coffee, light caramel and pine. Flavor is roasted malt, chai spice, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and light pine. Medium plus bodied, smooth with a roasty end.

Tooth And Nail Solo Mission - Amarillo (Happy Edition) 3.5  
Pours clear gold with a small white wisp. Aroma is low grains and light citrus hops. Taste is crisp and clean, moderate bitterness and light citrus hop presence. Would have loved more flavouring but this is nice.

Spencer Monk's Reserve Ale 3.5  
Spencer Brewery Spencer, Massachusetts
Bottle. Brown with small head. Dark fruit, light cocoa, fairly dry for the style, and lacking the complexity of better examples. Light booze. Not as good as some of their other beers, but certainly not bad.

Lake Wilcox Mad Quacker 3.0  
Lake Wilcox Brewing Vaughan, Ontario
Pours clear amber with a small white foam. Aroma is light bready grains with toffee notes. Taste is much the same, a little dull, a little sweet.

Schell Noble Star - Cypress Blanc 3.5  
August Schell Brewing Company New Ulm, Minnesota
Pours a pale yellow. Effervescent. Aromas of Riesling. Apple, white wine. Slightly tart, some funk, very refreshing and a nice beer.

Short's What'cha What'cha What'cha Want 3.2  
Short’s Brewing Company Bellaire, Michigan
Tap. Deep golden yellow orange with one finger head. Aroma way more complex than the flavor. Floral hops, lots of bitterness, but that's about it. I don't mind the bitterness, but I'd prefer they augment it with some other hop flavors. Just eh.

Pipeworks Glaucus Belgian IPA (2016-) 3.2  
Pipeworks Brewing Company Chicago, Illinois
Belgian yeast aromas of banana, clove, faint pepper. gold and hazy in color with nice long lasting head. taste is lightly malty, notes of banana and clove, light piney hop notes

Ellison Relativity 3.6  
Ellison Brewery + Spirits East Lansing, Michigan
Can. Deep golden with one finger head. Medium body. Dank, citrus rind and light pine. Some tropical as well. Solid bitterness. I liked it.

Blue Stallion Smoked Lager 3.5  
Blue Stallion Brewing Company Lexington, Kentucky
Draft at the brewpub. Clear rust with a golden sheen. Creamy white halo of foam. Pleasant aroma of smoked hay and breadcrust, along with almond skin and ripe plum. Hints of cookie, toffee, and prosciutto. Soft carbonic pinpricks. Softly malty and bouncy with plentiful bread notes. Assertively smoky, with rich unsweetened chocolate flavors dripping from the deep, well-extracted malt. Pronounced biscuity Munich dimensions add ample muscle to the clean fermentation. Artfully incorporated peppery and tealike hops beautify the refined smoke character. Chewy malt resounds throughout, and with not a trace of huskiness, nor any meatiness or ashiness to the rauch malt. Very mild raisiny notes enriches the beefy malt richness. An aniseed hop punch is couched in a pleasingly long and chewy hay dust and smoked cracker finish. Judging from their equally enjoyable märzen and pils, these guys know a thing or two about lager-making. This is another quality lager from Blue Stallion that’s both clean and well malted. Now give me some melanoidins and more cold-maturation and we might be talking 4.0 caliber stuff. Not too shabby.

Dangerous Man Norwegian Farmhouse Ale 3.2  
Dangerous Man Brewing Company Minneapolis, Minnesota
Crowler. Pours a clear orange gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of grains and straw with a bit of spice and lemon underlying. Flavor has light spice and grains with some light fruits and a bit of lemon coming through.

Leinenkugel Pomegranate Shandy 3.2  
Bottle. Golden with one finger head. Shandy of indistinct sweet fruitiness. Pleasant, but safe to say from the color and lack of tart flavors no pomegranates were harmed.

Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin 3.8  
Bottle from tavour. Honestly tastes like a pumpkin beer should be. Amber color with holiday spices, 5 spice, soy sauce and brown sugar. Nice sugary aftertaste that I would say that was a negative on most other beers.

Skeleton Park Amber 6.6 2.7  
Skeleton Park Brewery Kingston , Ontario
Pours dark amber with a small beige foam. Aroma is syrupy caramel sweetness with small earthy malt. Taste is sickly sweet caramel syrup with a light metallic aftertaste and earthy notes.


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