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2022-12-04
Pours golden. Very nice, sour and dry, a bit salty on the lips but with a nice authentic guava flavor.
Can
2022-12-02
I like this beer
Bottle at Home
2022-12-01
I think yuzu aroma is overstating the case. Maybe more tangerine as it lacks some of the floral notes of yuzu on the nose. Taste is a bit creamy at the start that gives way to a hard bitterness without much depth
Bottle at Home
2022-11-30
Wow. That's dark and fruity. It's dark fruit, with an undertone of dryness.
Bottle at Home
Dark, apricot-y, alcoholic. What's not to like?
Bottle at Home
Round, malty, redolent of unspecified spice. Bitter finish. Tastes like a fruit beer without the fruit.
Draft
Pretty strongly bitter, and I hate to say “in a rubbery way” because it’s actually really quite good. Light lemon, some cloudy cereal funk, but all very dry in a way that leads really naturally into the bitterness.
Draft
2022-11-29
Actively sour. Not fruity. I guess I appreciate that, but it's slightly much.
Draft at Old Town Pour House, Freedom Drive
Not very IPA, but nice
Draft at Old Town Pour House, Freedom Drive
2022-11-28
It's good. Dry but flavorful (you know, and bitter)
Can at Home
2022-11-27
Robust but creamy, mocha notes, high roast, malty as all get out. I enjoyed it!
Draft
2022-11-23
Blandly sweet nitro red.
Nitro Draft
I think this is good. But it is very malty.
Bottle at Home
It's like bitter pumpkin with an aftertaste of pie spices that have give bad. I can drink it. I kind of wish I hadn't pass for it. (As I drink more, it's a bit like driving bad perfume)
Draft at Two Brothers Tap House
It is very sour. The flavor owes more to raspberries than peach I feel.
Draft at Two Brothers Tap House
Middling with light hops and a strong generic orange citrusy taste.
Draft at Sly McFly’s Pub, Monterey, CA
2022-11-21
It is sweet and tart. Quite tasty.
Bottle at Home
2022-11-19
Bottle at Home
2022-11-18
Looks like they changed the name. First taste seems great - a deeply hoppy, woody flavor that is offset by some cereal funk. It's nice, but on the fruit front there's a lingering citrus oiliness that outlasts the flavor and leaves the mouth dry, just a tad off-putting.
Can
2022-11-17
It's a good Dunkel. Dark, Woody,
Draft at Z Bar & Grill St. Robert MO
2022-11-15
Holds up in character through the nitro, chocolatey, roasty, mellow.
Draft
Each new release of this beer seems a little less whiskey and a little more Scotch ale. Fairly thin, but mellow. Barrel is mostly wood and background. A fine beer for my birthday.
Draft
2022-11-12
Sweet and dry caramel. It almost worries me, but it's decent.
It's a fine, mild, red ale. Nothing to write home about.
It's an AMERICAN pilsner, maltlog just doesn't have that option. It's a sweet pilsner like what would come out of Milwaukee. It's decent for all that. Cold, sweet, metallic.
Almost nitro-flat but contributes to a very smooth opening. Finishes with a somewhat rounded hop (or rye?) bite at the end that reduced my enjoyment a smidge.
2022-11-11
Seemed extremely overhopped for a blonde. I see previous notes like this, maybe it's always been this way?
2022-11-09
It's kind of sweet and hop juicy. I guess it's a combination of IPA and kolch, so perhaps that is too be expected.
Whereas I thought the Aloha Death was thin and fake-tasting, this was just the right amount of the right flavors. Otherwise, it's a light-ish stout-ish beer like the other Irish Death variants, and just as enjoyable.
Very tasty, fresh, Deschutes-like IPA. Not too piney.
Sweet, bitter, definitely a bock, but almost maibock-like in strength and sweetness. Almost skirts the edge of syrupy-sweet but doesn't get there, thankfully. Pretty enjoyable.
Lightly tart, champagne-grape notes with sweet cereal. Dry and clean, refreshing, very tasty.
2022-11-07
Pretty far away from what I expected in a wit. Musty and vegetal, thin and a bit tart. Reminds me more than a little bit of a ginger or ginseng tea. Did not clock cranberry in this.
Forward-sweet, fragrant and hoppy. Slightly herbaceous. Dries pretty fast into a typically brackish Italian Pilsner finish but manages to stay sweet all the way through to the finish. Quite refreshing.
2022-11-05
A decent if unremarkable malty amber. Bit of caramel, muted hops, not much of what I would call a rye bite. It certainly accompanied the food.
2022-11-04
I quite liked this. Not sure I got more than a hint of pineapple, the overall impression is of a bitter orange, a nice pucker, but dry and clean. I've never had the cocktail and I gather grapefruit is involved? That's believable. But it tasted more orange to me.
Can at Home
2022-11-03
Yeah. It's like it's Miller time. I mean, I don't hate miller. I wouldn't spend money on it, but it's not awful to drink.
I'm between a Solid and a Yum. It's just a really good example of a porter.
2022-11-02
2022-11-01
I think someone gave this to me over the summer and I’ve only just gotten around to trying it in November. And I feel like this would have been even better on a sultry lazy summer evening… but even on a crisp cool night it’s pretty good. Definitely get the grassy, hoppy thing.
Can at Home
Tastes like a pale on the edge of an IPA.
Can at Jet's house
Well, I think it’s starting to go bad because if it’s supposed to taste like this, then yucky
Crowler at Home
I guess it might be a dopplebock. I think the barrel aging caramel-and-nasty-cherry-medicine flavor (and scent) overwhelms it. It's also possibly a little skunky.
Crowler at Jet's house
A complexity that’s takes a few drops to come though. A tad on the sweet side for my liking but
Bottle at Home
Sweet and syrupy stout. The barrel age is not forward.
Bottle at Jet's house
A bit malty and cereal-y for me…
Bottle at Home
2022-10-31
Bright, fizzy pale ale, seemed unusually prickly/spicy, which was a nice surprise. I was well into a hearty meal by this point so I'm not entirely sure I can trust my flavor notes, but I enjoyed it a lot.
Basically my platonic idea of a Scotch Ale, yeasty, nutty, goes down smooth without any particular sweetness or bitterness. Reminds me of imprinting on this style at Black Raven or Bellevue Brewing. Or maybe it's just this pizza place, which is great.
Bright, just on the edge of dry, IPA. Strong but not overwhelming bitterness. I think an IPA aficionado would like it even more.
2022-10-30
It's decent beer. It's not any better, honestly, nothing to write home about.
It's pretty much a mimosa. I mean, it's not offensive . . .
This has the unfortunate misfortune of following one of the best stouts I’ve had… but it is nice enough.
2022-10-29
Truly a privilege to have had this beer. The balance, the sweet and the dry, the char and the smooth molasses. Sublime really.
Bottle at Roy’s
Really delicious, I think. Not resinous or bitter at all, the primary flavor is fragrant lemon-pine hops, juicy, but clean.
It’s like someone poured OJ into my beer.
Clean and nice, the initial flavor is herbaceous, like a lightly-sweet lemongrass herbal tea, but followed very quickly upon by a dry pineapple fruitiness and a mellowing coconut. More soda-like than beer, although it is dry. Only mid-tart. I'd say this beer is exactly as advertised.
It's like an orange creamsicle. Or maybe cream soda. Mike Lee is correct as he insists it's more tangerine than orange.
It's good. A little bit of bitterness, but some juicy hop flavor notes. On further consideration, I've increased the rating.
Like a balsamic reduction after cooking a steak. And surprisingly, as a hater of bourbon barrel aged, this was really not bad.
Bottle at Roy's place
Aged now for seven years, lots of caramel, cacao, and hints of aged balsamic grape, finishing with a nice, clean, tannic dryness. Love to open an old bottle and find that it's still superb.
Bottle at Roy’s
2022-10-28
2022-10-27
Very dark, a little thin. Kind of a dry roasted flavor in a very wet drink.
Does taste European. But lighter and more effervescent than I expected. It's also slightly sour-beery.
2022-10-26
2022-10-23
Very light, like a cream porter. Pleasant coffee overtones, and smooth.
White pepper, light, reminds me of a wit more than a Bavarian hefe.
Clean but with slightly more pithy bitterness than the hazy. The rest of the flavor seems just a bit on the watery side.
Light, pleasant pine/lemon hazy IPA. It's spritzer-like, clean and not bitter at all.
Mellow, sweet cereal, hint of fruit.
2022-10-21
You can definitely tell the family resemblance in this. Bready, a bit spicy, but clean, bright, almost metallic. Still, this was the most normie beer of the flight.
Hazy dry with a prickly carbonation that heats up the back of throat almost like ginger.
A dry hoppy saison, actually not that different from the rice lager but with less funk and a little more bite.
Super clean, fragrant, lightly dry, faint funk.
2022-10-19
White pepper, coriander, citrus, dry, clean, mellow.
2022-10-17
Brackish and dry like you might expect from an Italian Pilsner, but with a lemon pine hop sheen on top. Veers a little acrid but not bad.
2022-10-16
Thick, caramel, intensely sweet but with a chew that matches. Lightly tart on the finish with plum/apple. Did not detect peat at all.
Luminosa hops, apparently. Lighter tasting than I expected, but very nice for sure.
2022-10-15
2022-10-10
Super clean, fruity, mango. A bit spicy.
Bracingly bitter, dry, brackish, and yet impressively clean. Hops are peppery, not fruity.
2022-10-05
Hazy, oily, like concentrated hip essence. Borders on spicy. It’s definitely extreme without feeling over the top but it’s not exactly refreshing. One to explore if you just want to feel one with the hops.
Hit much nicer today, but I was fresh. Very smooth, light spice, murky and pumpkiny. Plus it’s nice being back at the Pine Box.
2022-10-03
Light, lightly tangy, got that watery corn syrup flavor but otherwise crisp. I don't know how this compares to Bellevue's own Vacuna but wouldn't be surprised if it's very similar.
Opens pretty strongly fruity, tangerine-like, sweet, before transitioning to a high-alpha bitterness. The perfume from the opening lingers, so does the bitterness.
Pours blonde, opens a little musty, a little fruity, but resolves to cereal sweetness rather quickly. Brackish finish. Can't tell if there's a lime overtone to this? I just ate pho.
2022-10-02
Sweet and port-like, strong in flavor all-around and pretty much what you might expect based on the description. You can taste the barleywine underneath but the barrel is pretty dominant here. Save this one for dessert.
Light, sweet milk stout with nutmeg-dominant pumpkin spice added. It's got a relatively thin mouthfeel but this still tastes a little bit on the cloying, candy-like side.
Super-interesting. The hops up front are dominant, a weirdly thick mouthfeel with lemon, bitterness, almost tart, before dissipating into a classic sweetish, cereal, almost buttery German pilsner flavor profile.
Cask-poured, complex with citrus and a somewhat marked transition to herbal, vegetal bitterness.
Starts lemon pine and gets deeply pungent very quickly. Murky, resinous and finishes with almost a numbing tingle on the tongue, and yet this is much more compelling than this type of beer would normally be for me. Reminds me of that old Stone Belgian IPA with its pepperiness and yeasty bitterness.
2022-09-30
This is... a bit much. Maybe it's because it was at the tail end of a lot of beers, but this was over the top malty, over the top hoppy. One could say this is by design for barleywines, but I've had many that were a lot more enjoyable than this.
Not as good as I remember. Pumpkin spice and cream dominate and the base beer is a little lost, but it's pleasant enough.
A little weak, a little sour, this is a non-assertive roast. Reminds me a lot of what I don't love about nitro stouts without actually being on nitro.
Not as successful as the Log Boom as this one has a sweetness that kind of goes on too long.
Definitely the Log Boom and definitely a sweet, almost candy-like but realistic POG flavor that frankly overwhelms the finish. Not sure it ever resolves into a single flavor, which is the biggest problem.
High and sweet hop opening fades quickly. This is a piney, light pale ale, with a finish that hints at a dry champagne. Not bad.
Mostly just a taste, to compare with the tangelo. Without the fruit, this just tastes watery.
So light... Compared this with the regular Sammamish and this is definitely fruitier, although still a very kind of dilute experience.
2022-09-28
2022-09-26
Light but dry, transitions directly into a dark, cloudy, roasted malt flavor. Definitely a lager, but not sweet at all. Brewed by Bellevue Brewing.
Clean, lightly floral, hints of corn. Light, or watery? I think in this case it might be the former.
Brewed by Bellevue Brewing under the house label here. Lots of caramel, grassy, rounded hops, medium bitter finish. Strong. The caramel lingers in a sweet aftertaste. Would be interesting to compare this directly with Bellevue's Scotch ale.
2022-09-24
Really, really good. Clean, dry mouthfeel with bright strawberry-like flavors, hints of florality, and a tart-to-clean finish. Had to buy a bottle of the Hanami afterwards, which looks related (but sencha based).
2022-09-22
I don’t love the style but this is pretty good in that context. Cacao, light roast, hops poking out in the right balance. Similar bitterness buildup as the Aloha. Finishes clean.
A really nice combination! Light tropical/grapefruit hazy flavors with a bit of complex dryness from the hibiscus. Very clean finish.
2022-09-19
Rogue Dead ‘n’ Dead (unknown release)
Good, but smooth it is not. Imagine an Oktoberfest märzen mixed with straight whiskey.
Similar to the Cult Classic on the surface, a little more simplistic, almost watery compared to expectations against the “lighter” style.
Sweetish lemon pine pale, light with a clean, drying finish that recalls a Pilsner. No cloying flavors. I really liked this.
Ultra brackish, almost metallic, but otherwise the flavor is very clean, lightly grassy, not as sweet as a Helles.
2022-09-16
A really high quality IPA - lemon-pine, lingering bitterness and fragrance without being over the top. Strong without feeling unbalanced, although there is just a hint of perfume-like artificiality around the lemon flavor.
Bottle at Home
2022-09-14
Perfect temperature, just cooler than lukewarm, barely fizzy, herbaceous hops and strong bitterness but in great balance.
2022-09-13
Somewhat bitter, very refreshing. A good pale.
Can at Home
2022-09-11
Honestly, it just tastes like an anonymous pale ale. It's fine, I suppose . . . but not the cat's meow. ;^)
Can at Some hotel room in Buffalo
Fairly dry ipa with citrus
Can at Some hotel room in Buffalo
2022-09-10
2022-09-09
2022-09-07
Nutty, hints of cocoa, thematically not that different from the afraid of the dark but honestly I can’t get behind the nitro (even though it’s better than usual)
Dry and light dark lager, more amber though less sweet than a Vienna, barely fruity, bready.
Lemon cereal IPA, dry and bitter finish, but lager-like and really refreshing.
2022-09-04
Can at Poulsbo Beach House
Light plum, caramel, tastes strong and also festive. Somewhat vegetal finish.
Opens as a mellow tripel that is slightly amped up on the cloves and then gets uncharacteristically hoppy. Has a similar finish to the Julius.
Orange, vanilla, hops, cloudy cereal finish. Initial impression is sweet but it’s well-balanced after the flavor transitions to hops. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter. Solid.
2022-09-03
Clear, bubbly, banana-forward Belgian ale. Has a lager-like brackish bitterness that offsets the initial brightness and makes the overall experience feel more complex and balanced.
2022-09-02
Can at Poulsbo Beach House
2022-08-30
Watery, diluted corn syrup impression from this beer. Definitely a big step down from the Oktoberfest.
I don’t know what was up with the last time, but this is very good again. Still hits every flavor I want from an Oktoberfest-Marzen.
2022-08-29
I found any crispness here to be absolutely overwhelmed by the oiliness of the hop juice. Borderline skunky on the nose, although that can happen quickly on a day as sunny as today. I could see how this could be somebody’s thing, but it isn’t my thing.
Just the platonic ideal of what I want in a Kolsch.
2022-08-27
Anything’s gonna taste good on Ichiro Mariners Hall of Fame night tbh
2022-08-26
As brackish a beer as I've ever had. Flavorful, but not light, and not crisp!
Like a light version of the Empress... but either my palate was blown out or this just ended up being insipid and watery in direct comparison.
Cinnamon, bread, light hints of caramel apple (perhaps this is the only hint of bourbon I got? But it was faint). Pleasant if not mind-blowing.
Bready and light, with a toasty finish. I think this was the favorite of the flight.
Lightly tart, fruity, maybe fig? Closes into a bit of a cloudy cereal/chocolate funk. Word of note: none of the barrel aged beers I had today really tasted especially barrelly.
2022-08-24
A densely flavorful Hazy IPA that sits right on the edge of being too dank but doesn’t quite cross over. Citrus-pineapple, and something that reminds me a bit of some coconut IPAs I vaguely remember.
Decent enough is the best description I can give here. The amount of coconut is right and it’s on top of a medium-bodied porter that is not too dark and not too sweet. There’s a little bit of sourness over time that isn’t ideal.
2022-08-21
So maybe because it was super-chilled, but this was a lot more mellow than it seems my first try was. Still intensely green, the matcha gives a sweet grass kind of smoothness to the opening, and the rest is basically a somewhat bitter bit light IPA.
2022-08-20
Quite good. It was a wedding, I honestly don't remember more.
Thick, sweet, caramel; honestly, if I weren't in the right mood this might have crossed the edge into syrupy but I think it is on the right side of the law here. Smooth, burnt sugar finish. I really liked it.
2022-08-19
So it says key lime, but don't think pie. This is more like a lime creamsicle with an overtone of... nutmeg? Maybe? Still, it was unusual, and therefore nice.
Tastes like the filing of an unidentifiable berry pie, a little bit of brown sugar, maybe, light and not too sour. Definitely falls into the "almost not a beer" category.
Pretty smooth for a barleywine. Somewhat of a wheat ale character, faintly tart, not notably hoppy except maybe in the aftertaste. Nice!
Nice, creamy, cereal sweet, but with a funky, fruity wildness that just peeks through.
2022-08-17
Caramel, whiskey, notably chocolate. Smooth on its face but the finish is really dominated by a strong, clear, whiskey flavor. Compared directly against the Splinters it fares poorly but it's pretty good.
Musty watermelon candy, quite sour. Do not taste one iota of mint here, which is a shame, because it might have brightened the flavor.
More straight caramel sweetness than the Mort. Strong notes of the barrel but less straight whiskey.
Clean, lemon-pine IPA with a buttery sweet overtone. The flavor is a bit oily and builds up a bit over time. Has an edge.
2022-08-14
A bit plain but fine.
Can at Friend’s house, Seattle
2022-08-12
I wish I'd taken more notes here, but I didn't. I think it was my second favorite of the flight though, after the Rule #5.
Light coffee and cream. On nitro but feels exceptionally flat even in that context. A faint bit tart, but otherwise the flavor's okay.
Fine, but suffers in comparison to the Rule #5. Doesn't help that it was kind of room temperature. Light body, light cereal and a bit of a bubblegum sweetness.
Very flat, with a flavor like murky tropical citrus juice... and there's a rubber-ish quality to the bitterness that is off-putting.
Sharply sour pineapple with an unexpected clear vanilla note on top. The flavors aren't inappropriate, but I really don't think this worked. Didn't finish the taster.
Cloudy, strong cereal flavors; what I'd expect from an assertive but typical American lager but with a light florality on top to keep it elegant.
2022-08-09
2022-08-08
Have you ever had a sour watermelon?
Can at Home
2022-08-06
2022-07-29
2022-07-28
2022-07-27
2022-07-26
Yeasty, somewhat tart. I mean, I was in Galaxy's Edge so nothing was going to be too disappointing.
2022-07-25
2022-07-24
2022-07-22
So, they literally take six minutes to pour this. It's frankly just a decent drink. You don't drink it to savor notes of this or that. You just drink it.
Citrus and Banana, with a backbone of bitter.
Strong caramel backbone, More than a bit like the European Darks that are soda-like. However it does have notes of nutty.
2022-07-21

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