The habanero gives it something altogether unexpected. Sweet on the frontend, but spicy on the backend.
Can at Home
Has continued to age in new and appealing ways. Quite mellow, with bourbon on top, burnt-caramel sweetness following through to raisin/date and what remains of the hops, dissipating in to a clean finish. Tastes like a warm home on a winter's day.
Bottle
Pleasant enough, orange-lemon, medium-hazy IPA. Smells sweet and has a slightly pithy sheen but finishes with very littel bitterness. My only complaint is that it is a little samey through the course of a pint; I got a little bored by it.
Can
Thin, strongly whiskey, flattish. Very sweet, but not thick. Not gonna lie, this is delicious but I don’t think I can take this more than two ounces at a time.
Draft
Very different looking and tasting than last time. Pores clean, opens malty, followed by grassy bitterness, finishes clean. Very strong Oktoberfest.
Draft
Thick, sweet, syrupy. Banana and peanut butter come to the front, with a jammy character that sticks in the throat. The worst part about this beer was that when the can was empty of liquid it was still heavy with some kind of pasty residue inside. Yuck.
Can at Home
This was... off-putting. Not because of the mushroom, which was weird at worst, but I think more because of the weaksauce nature of the beer, which was not black at all and tasted watery and like musty caramel. Bit of smoke and umami, and a little sweet, I just never got comfortable with this.
Can at Home
Starts with citrus and pith; once the bitterness clears there’s a really nice, mellow, cereal lemon-pine finish that reminds me more of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed than Hazy IPAs. Just a tiny bit more bitter than I love but otherwise very tasty!
Creamy, lightly fruity. Has a bit of a cereal milk quality to it, both in terms of sweetness and milkiness.
A light sweetness, just enough toasted grain, offset by grassy bitterness. Pretty strong Oktoberfest beer.
A fruity but clear IPA. Prety good.
Can at Home
Tasted a bit off, like rooty, watery coffee. I haven't quite yet experienced a beer that successfully made me think "stout" at session ABVs, much like low-calorie colas this sits firmly in the uncanny valley.
Can at Home
Pilsner-like, but with a maltier, bitter bite. Just on the edge of skunky, but where it landed it's not bad.
Bottle at Home
A really clean, nice, rounded orange flavor. Blood orange? But also reminded me of mandarin. What it really brought to mind was the classic Goose Island Orange Cream sodas from the '90s.
Strong and roasty, this is what you look for when you think Russian Imperial Stout. And war stories about porn bugs is what you look for when you have a gathering of old browser devs.
Probably accurate for cola, but there's a corn syrup quality to this that is too sickly sweet for a beer. Flavor is reminiscent of cola with a noticeable ginger heat, and a strong tang. Feels like it should be more dilute or fizzier. Sticks in the throat.
Can at Home
Really nice, actually, probably the best beer I've had from this brewery. Medium-dry pumpkin ale, malty, light in flavor and spice profile. Didn't seem especially Belgian, although there was a light fruitiness that might have been banana, and buttery overtones that really lent an impression of pie. Reminds me of my idea of Pumking, maybe not quite as well-designed, but not the worst thing to draw comparisons to.
Can at Home
Dry opening, pine and lemon zest. Clean on the tongue. Hints of candy/bubblegum sweetness but it's mostly an ethereal aftereffect, one that is distracting enough to detract a bit from the experience, though. Still, very tasty.
Bottle at Home
Scent of apple juice, flavor is a bit sweet, wet hay, nice finish. A little more malty and less cereal than I think I was looking for, but maybe I'm just really out of practice with these fest biers.
Bottle at Home
Not sweet, which is nice, works well with the spice profile. Issue here is that the finish is weirdly vegetal/woody, kind of like a chicory coffee, and bitter. Better after I got used to it but overall the tallboy can was a little too tall.
Can at Home
Will say: this is accurate. A strong, puree-like raspberry-ish flavor -- not gonna lie, couldn't tell you what makes a boysenberry a boysenberry -- but overall this was a lot heavy, thick, syrupy. Sweet enough to give me a headache. Not the best in a series that hasn't really wowed me.
Can at Home
Not terrible, but really not a hop flavor profile I enjoyed. Herbal and acrid, with a sweet character, this was somehow light and dank at the same time. The bitterness lingered a long time.
Bottle at Home
At once sweet wheat and citrus, there's a little more tartness and bitterness to this beer than makes me love it, feels a bit like a gimmick.
I don't know. It seems a lot like a tea.
Draft at Ike and Oak Brewing
Grassy and bitter, which is nice, but not as clean as I’d like. What threw me off was a pretty oily, hoppy finish, along the lines of what I'd expect more in an IPL (although this wasn't as strong).
Grassy, bitter, slightly brackish, a touch sweet; would have made a great drinking Helles by itself. The smoke is woody, somewhat bittering, maybe not 100% integrated into the flavor. I liked it but it was a thinker.
Very sweet, accurate to the name. Punches you in the face with vanilla, big buttery flavor, and a cloudy, yeasty golden ale underneath, but it's all out of balance. Not to mention it's very strong, ~9% ABV, and that sneaks up on you.
Bottle at Home
Bottle at Home
Solid if unremarkable Bavarian hefe.
Intense, sweet, definitely cherries. Could deifnitely stand to mellow out with some aging.
Nice caramel opening, clean, but overly hoppy - starts a touch dank and process to acrid bitterness, before fading back out to caramel.
Pretty much exactly what you'd expect from this flavor. A treat more than an experience.
Can at Home
A decent if puckery-tart mango opening, a fruity orange juice ending, and in between a flavor that is not unlike what I imagine drinking Scrubbing Bubbles brand toilet cleaner would taste like.
Can at Home
Lots of pith, orange citrus and high alpha bitterness that remains strong through the finish. Sticks in the throat.
Quite sweet, mellow, very pleasant. Very close to a juice.
Can at Home
At first I was horrified by this, but it mellowed out over time. Definitely mushroomy, buttery-then-earthy, some burnt caramel sweetness. Otherwise intense in roast and over-syrupy in a way I kind of expect from this Stillwater/Mikkeller/Evil Twin bunch. It's a strange mix of flavors and never settled into a comfortable place for me.
Can at Home
Pretty good, actually. A notable but appealing bitterness counters, lager-like, a piney hazy hop opening that is definitely not sweet and, in fact, almost on the savory side.
Can at Home
It's a Stella, it hit the spot. That's what it's designed to do.
A pretty in-your-face resin bomb. I think some would like it but it's the least likely style to ever convert me.
I thought this was tasty but there was something odd about the flavor that I never quite came to terms with. Wish I could remember more.

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