Thirsty Hop

13102 NE 70th Pl

Kirkland, WA, United States of America

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Sweet, on the verge of syrupy, pine resin IPA with a strong hit of alcohol. Not bitter but that’s not quite enough to make me like it.
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Creamy, sweet (but not too sweet) stout. Strong milk chocolate all the way through. Slight weirdness on the finish, chalky and burnt.
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Mellow tripel with some cherry-apricot notes, maybe from the barrel. Whiskey sheen on top.
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Couldn’t take it. Too sweet, too syrupy, a bit of that burnt toffee over it all. Might just be the contrast with the other beers but I just didn’t enjoy it today.
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Super resinous and pithy for a pale, with a sweet syrupy hop sheen. Quite bitter on top. The finish is nice, though, sweet cereal and a bit of cloudy funk.
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Appley tart beer with medium funk but bright flavors. Clean finish.
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Buttery, slightly estery, moving into a grassy, cucumbery finish. Very clean and refreshing.
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Weakly sour, with a raspberry-Tang flavor that sits between artificial and real fruit flavors. Not bad but feels more like a juice box than a beer. No hint of salt at all.
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Light dark lager, bit of coffee but dwarfed by the Black House. Light finish, not roasty or acidic at all.
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Sweet grassy lager, helles-like but cloudier in both appearance and flavor. Refreshing and tasty!
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Cloudy, slightly fruity, but with otherwise mellow Kolsch-like flavors. Not exactly crisp, but pretty darned tasty.
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Delicious dry citrus sour. Bit of a hop sheen on top. Quite tart, leaves a touch of salt on the lips.
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Pure hop resin, extremely front-loaded bitterness. A bit like burnt rubber. Did not finish this beer, probably not making a good personal elegy for the brewery.
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On draft again, this was definitely much better than in a can.
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Next to the Holy Mountain, this was super-clean and clear-tasting. Light black coffee notes with just a touch of cola/fruit to start. Transparent finish.
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Good medium-bodied stout, a bit oily and "dirty" tasting. Mental image is of a few coffee grounds making it into the glass. The dirty seems reflected in the thick lattice pattern left by the head.
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Very light, smooth from nitro, but a pleasant, light flavor. Like other nitro cream ales (think Hale's) but with a touch more caramel.
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Roasty light porter with coconut; not sweet but the coconut is toasty and mellow. Liked this a lot.
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Very much in the vein of the Wild Ride Nut Crusher - closer to Peanut Butter Crunch than a Reese's. Slightly below that other beer in overall coherence of flavor, I think, but still super-drinkable. And at least this wasn't nitro.
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Good, solid, scotch ale that tastes like a scotch ale. I mean, I guess that doesn't sound particularly compelling? But I like solid scotch ales. Also I'm sad since this might be the last Naked City beer I ever get to drink.
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Cloudy brown ale with a savory flavor not unlike saltine crackers or pretzel. Not a common kind of beer, and one which I really like.
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Belgian saison that trends more toward the Belgian pale end of the flavor spectrum. Subtle white pepper and clove with a kind of juicy effervescence. Not sour, not funky.
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A smooth, creamy nitro milk stout with an immediate hit of strong chili spice. It evens out the bland-sweetness you normally get form nitro. No hint of unpleasant soapiness. Pretty good, though that spice sticks with you.
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Described as a stout with banana, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, and it basically meets all of the above. Sweet and desserty, syrupy but not cloying, it tastes exactly like a fudge banana split. I don't love super sweet beers, but this was surprisingly enjoyable.
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Medium sweet medium thick chocolatey stout, slight cherry, more hop dankness than I’d like.
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Tart, intensely peachy, pie spice. Interesting overtone of wood smoke.
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Surprisingly good despite a clover character I don’t usually enjoy. A little rooty, a little nutty, toffee/caramel. Like a candy brittle.
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Sweet citrusy pale, mango syrup finish, somewhat insipid finish.
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Yeah, this was a super good coconut chocolate stout. Not nearly as over-sweet as Skookum's strong stouts tend to be, this was perfectly balanced. Seems they've bottled this as well!
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Starts with a hit of fragrant hops but transitions weirdly into like a cherry dessert bar. Oats and sweet cherry and a hint of cinnamon. It's a nice flavor but it really feels like two separate drinks smashed together.
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I don't have the non-fresh hop version to compare this with, but this seems more bitter and less fruity than I remember. Touch of dry resin. After some food this did taste smoother though.
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This was really delicious, a sour hazy IPA! Combination I've never seen before. Grapefruit opening, a dry sour close, dissipating into an immaculate, clean finish. Loved it.
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Light pumpkin spice, caramel amber. Thin body but quite pleasant.
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Unusually hazy/yeasty for an Oktoberfest. Flavors are decent, but muddy. Suffers greatly in direct comparison to the Black Raven from last night.
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Best beer of the flight, but still topping out at a "Decent." Mellow, thin stout. Bit of roast, a sesame-ish unguent character on the tongue. Not too sweet. Smooth and drinkable.
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Sweetish grapefruit IPA. Not super-remarkable, but pretty pleasant.
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Fruity but not tart. Peach is subtle; main flavors here are coriander-clove Belgian spice. I don't normally gravitate to that flavor profile, but this was quite decent.
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Disappointingly mediocre offering from this brewery.
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Unusually cloudy for a Pils. Mild forward bitterness, coriander-ish funk. Finish is a bit cereal, a bit bitter.
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The most normal of the beers. Somewhat thinner than most breakfast stouts, tasting like a cream coffee porter. Slightly sweet and more than average roast.
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I wish I'd taken better notes. I do remember this being very tasty, and a little unusual; possibly wit-like? I'll have to try again to be sure.
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Thick, milshakey stout. Not an overwhelming finish, but still dessert-like, with a creamy marshmallow flavor. Directly in this flight, I liked the Holy Mountain a lot better than this.
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A creamy, roasty porter, medium-bodied. Smooth finish. Hints at an English-like yeasty tartness but doesn't actually go there. Still, it's comparable to a Samuel Smith... a quintessential oatmeal stout.
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This beer seriously tastes like someone took half a glass of dry white wine and blended it with have a glass of pithy IPA. Starts wine, finishes beer, and never really feels like the two halves combined into a single drink.
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Easy-drinking dark ale; a good roastiness giving way to notes of dark chocolate. Thin body.
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Strong example of a German pilsner, clean hop bitterness, cereal, some uric tang on the finish.
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A very dry saison with lots of Belgian spice, particularly clove. Not the most harmonious blend.
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I had wanted Reuben's Hazy IPA, but they were out. This was advertised as juicy, but it was more of a standard Northwest IPA flavor. Excellent IPA, though, clear and fragrant, fruit and pine. Clean cereal finish, no oily bitterness. Unsurprisingly good, given the brewery.
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Thick, sweet, fake cherry. Cloying finish, like cough syrup. I mean, yuck.
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Dessert-like, not syrupy but still a little too sweet for me to love. This is a hard balance to hit, I think. It's the cinnamon trap! At least it didn't taste like potpourri, and it was way better than the Dragon's Milk.
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Belgian pale with a very light yeast flavor, very refreshing. Medium-dry. Good cereal finish. Another great beer from Holy Mountain.
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Another opaque, juicy, NE-style beer from Skookum. This one I liked the most of those I've tried, though -- maybe it's the mellow finish from being a less strong beer, but the pale citrus, hops and cereal seemed to be perfectly in balance here. Nice buttery transition into the finish too.
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Smooth, caramel, surprisingly mellow. Whiskey notes and a bit of a bite on the finish. Really very tasty.
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The bottle label of this beer implies this is the base of Perennial's other big stouts, and it shows. Almost candy sweet, thick; somehow not crazy overdone but still something that can only be had in small doses. Lots of vanilla.
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Toasty, buttery coconut. Immediately sweet but balanced very quickly with a good (but not overdone) amount of roast. If I had to compare it would be like Maui's Imperial Coconut. Very, very tasty.
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Very fragrant, tasty hops. Solidly bitter on the end, high-alpha without being too pithy. Might as well have been an IPA though, can't detect anything that screams lager here.
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Light, fragrant, fruity-hoppy pale ale. Next to the Solid Gold it is a bit thin, but it's still pretty good.
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Just an excellent lager, rich cereal flavor, slightly sweet, slightly buttery. Delicious.
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Quite tart, very fruity. Slight salt in the aftertaste. Pretty good but also like a lot of other beers out there.
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Dry berry flavor counters the hoppy, base IPA. It's a good balance. But nothing will overcome my natural distaste for boysenberries.
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Holy cat this was against expectations. There's quite a lot of hoppy character built into this, like a strong CDA with a little more roast and thickness. Somehow still good (I don't usually enjoy this style) but definitely a surprise.
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A smooth, thick stout with the most disturbingly accurate strawberry ice cream flavor I've ever encountered in a beer. All three of the Neapolitan components are definitely here, but this is somehow coherently a beer too. I'm glad it's not colored accurately, though!
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Light coconut, dark chocolate roast, tending toward the bitter rather than sweet. Thin body. Just ever-so-slightly sour on the finish. I know it doesn't sound like it, but I did think this was yummy.
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Slightly smoky porter, with the dominant flavor being a roastiness that is on the edge of being too bitter. Finishes mild and clean, which rescues this thing and actually puts it on the side of light.
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Fruity, caramel, metallic, bready, poky alcohol. Thesaurus me, bro.
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An unusual but delicious saison. Spicy from the rye, with a slight, vinous tartness, white pepper, and a rich cereal finish. Yummmmm!
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Coconut blends in with the nitro blandness a little too well, and the rest is just... burnt-tasting. It takes a lot for me to dis a coconut beer, and this one's got a lot.
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Interesting, smooth and light. Guava-ish.
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This I barely remember. It seemed solid enough.
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Straight, sweet bourbon finish on a thick, strong porter. Not refined, although tasty enough. Bit of cherry wood.
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I get the trick now; this doesn't actually taste like a stout other than it is devoid of the more fragrant notes you'd expect from a golden beer. Very smooth, and more chocolate than roast (as you'd predict). More sparkly than most nitro beers. I liked this.
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Fragrant, light, effervescent IPA. Good, but honestly, like a hundred others.
Bottle
This was so good, you guys. Like cold-press young apple cider mixed with a sweet cereal beer. I COULD DRINK FOREVER.
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Lots and lots of blackberry. Tastes almost more juice than beer, but definitely less IPA than you'd expect.
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This was still good, but almost a bit too rich after two very good beers. And since it had a pretty similar profile to the Matchless, this one gets knocked down a peg.
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I'd call this a stout more than a porter, based solely on thickness, but who cares? It was delicious. Creamy, roasty dark ale, with light hints of sweet, bitter, coffee, and umami. Nothing pokes out; everything is super well-balanced.
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So, Pumking is great, but if you were looking for something to cut the sweet, pie custard quality of that beer, this is probably exactly what the doctor ordered. A fairly roasty coffee flavor counteracts a very Pumking opening and makes for a different ending. Drama, not comedy, if you're in that mood!
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A rich, thick umami-sweet stout, what you'd expect from Midnight Sun. Starts sweet but dries out very quickly, leaving a molassesy, burnt bitter finish. A bit of a cherry syrup quality throughout.
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Starts a bit like a typical dunkel lager, but very quickly goes weirdly metallic/medicinal, somewhere between ginseng and ginger. Not awful, but It was definitely a bit off-putting.
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Lightly sour. Thin and very dry, unusually not-juicy for a raspberry beer. But I hate raspberry, and I really liked this.
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Chuckanut Fest Bier (unknown release)
A really tasty beer, definitely more of a richly-flavored Helles lager than a marzen. Pours clear and gold.
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Wonderfully balanced creamy chocolate stout. Just enough vanilla to smoothen and sweeten the stout to a remarkably clean finish. No notable rough edges. Only thing kind of missing in action is the orange flavor, but I didn't really care. I kept waiting for this to get worse, but it didn't.
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Decidedly weak compared to the KDS, but that's hardly fair. On the plummy side.
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Bright wine grape opening. Slightly tart. Middle is fruity with some Belgian spice - white pepper and faint clove.
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Sweetish for a pilsner, bready. Alcohol flavor pokes through.
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Perennial Sump (unknown release)
The best coffee beer.
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Exactly what you'd expect... Caramel/toffee sweetness, mellow flavor, slightly hop spiciness, clearly quite alcoholic. Definitely solid.
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Weird smell, like a funky, musty Plum. Fruit-forward, strangely bitter, burnt flavor. Not great.
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Really solid Stout. Roasty coffee and mild-not-sweet finish. Medium thin body. Most drinkable beer of the flight.
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A pale, tropical IPA that would otherwise be on the pithy side but is smoothed out with clear, mellow, buttery coconut. It's really weird, but I love coconut and this is fascinating.
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Super sour, definitely a bright Muscat grape flavor. Bit of salt that sits on the tongue appealingly. But this has the same issue as regular grape juice has for me, a lingering tackiness and sweetness in the throat.
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There's a good lager in here somewhere, and the lime is a good idea, but there's a candy-cereal quality to the lime that is a little unpleasant. Hollow sweetness, like Splenda.
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Always a good choice. Sweet, and thick.
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What I remember of the Sculpin taste, but seemed a lot more alpha bitter on the finish. Fragrance is also very pungent of resin. No need to get this over one of the standard Sculpins.
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Sweet smell but flavor is very well balanced. Buttery, caramelly toasted coconut, some chocolate, light roast.
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Very light stout, made lighter from nitro. Slightly nutty, touch of sourness. Pretty decent and very inoffensive.
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Roasty, chocolatey stout, slight soy sauce / Anaheim chili overtones. Spice builds up slowly. Caramel aftertaste.
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Roast coffee, nutty, somewhat savory. Not.bitter, smooth, slightly uric finish.
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Puckeringly tart sour. Tasty, as expected from this brewery, but not world-changing. I did easily finish the whole thing though.
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A cloudy-tasting wheat, with some yeast tang. Wished it were brighter.
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Standard malt-sweet, thick intense stout flavor typical of Speedway. The coffee here is decidedly complex, with wood, earthy and stonefruit flavors. Definitely strong. Tasty!
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Smells of piney hops and Muscat grape juice. Puckeringly sour, intensely grapey in flavor, bordering on fake Japanese grape candy flavor. Still appealing, but somewhat out of balance. Less sourness would have helped.
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Sweet, cherry-caramel-bourbon boozy flavors with a medium thin body. Well-balanced and finishes clean, but a bit one note to stand out in a crowded field of barreled strong ales.
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As solid an example of foreign extra stout as I've encountered. Dry and prickly/roasty, with a sweet coffee finish. Clean
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Somewhat sweet and high on the alcohol, like many barreled barley wines. Dark molasses and plum flavors. A good, strong, bourbony beer, but not very complex, and it's not hiding its alcohol content at all.
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Fairly thick, roasty flavor to start, with a middle body that is both unsubtle sweet alcohol flavor and a bit of lactic tackiness smoothening it out. Overall the impression is roast -> sweet -> milk-malt. Pretty good, but not in the top tier.
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A strongly piney-floral opening, with some good hop flavor. Drifts pretty quickly into strong bitterness, though. Not super-easy to finish.
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Moderately strong floral hops in this "classic" pilsner, which is unclassic enough for me to think this is more like an IPL, or a northwest Kolsch-type beer. Put aside the inaccuracy of the name, though, and the flavors are pleasant enough, especially the sweet cereal finish.
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Thick, quite sweet, and boozy. Cocoa, cinnamon, and (light) chilies were all in evidence. Not quite as good as the other (strong) Skookums we've had in the past (the cinnamon was a bit on the nose), but enjoyable enough.
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Like canned peach juice. Too sweet. Doesn't taste like beer.
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Solid, dry coffee stout with a medium to body. Very nice coffee flavor. Creamy mouthfeel and clean finish - best of this particular flight by a long shot.
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Mild hoppiness that was good but a little weak.
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More in pilsner territory than Kolsch, crisp, clean flavor. A bit grassy and a lot bitter, somewhat more than I enjoy even in a pilsner. Wasn't especially in the mood for this.
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Sweet, but weird, one note persistent sweet. It blends into the alcohol but more in a wine cooler kind of way. I never did like wine coolers. Kind of gross.
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Super-alpha. Wasn't enjoyable.
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Musty, cloudy-tasting... The peach had a kind of canned-syrup quality to it, although it wasn't overbearing. The most serious problem was that this beer didn't really taste "fresh." Kind of a deal-breaker.
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An odd beer. Clear maple / burnt sugar notes come on, almost too strong, but without any sweetness. The base brown ale is quite hoppy and floral, which combine with the maple to make for a dank, rooty flavor that tastes somewhere between ginseng and licorice. Easy to drink, but hard to love, and the ugly opaque brown color didn't help.
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Way too sweet, like a coconut creme cordial in a Russell Stover's box. Paired with the standard pungency of a Prairie stout, it was a lot to take. Too much. I didn't enjoy this at all.
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Fragrant, round citrus opening, like a Mandarin orange or something, on par with other Fremont fresh hop offerings. However, the finish was a little too alpha for me and built up rather acridly over time. I need to seek out this year's Cowiche Canyon offerings.
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