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Playing a little catch up here, but this was my past look at the Big Moose Winter Ale from the Saranac Brewery located in New York. I picked up this one on a road trip to West Virginia where I was able to locate one and only one, craft beer shop in the area. Funny thing is they had enough to at least make it worth the visit but anyway, back to the beer.

There were the citrus and even tropical feel found in American Pale Ales from the hops, which balanced nicely against the malt base and their sweetness. The beer played out well with subtle tones in both the aroma and flavor that never became overpowering in any way, and overall it delivered a nice smoothness. I definitely enjoyed this beer and would drink it again, 3.5 out of 5 for me on this brew. Check out my video to hear and see more on this one.
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The Hemperor HPA from New Belgium Brewing Company is one of the beers I did look forward to trying this year and was able to secure a six-pack from one of my local beer stores. Pungent, resiny, and dank were some of the first things I thought when I opened up this beer. The aroma is very aromatic and it does not take much to pick it up. I also found it to have a note of hop oil as well, and as for taste, the beer brings all of these into that as well. Although, there is a nice smoothness to its crisp texture and for me, it left behind both a nice mouthcoating and mouthfeel experience. This is not my first hemp beer and it did well to deliver the qualities expected, 4 out of 5 for me on this one.
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I decided to move my look at the Waldos’ Special Ale from Lagunitas up in my rotation, otherwise not sure, when I would have posted it. Moreover, I have to admit I was happy to get my hands on this year’s batch a while back. This beer pretty much delivered on all that I expected and more. A good dank resinous quality to it made it very herbaceous, and the maltiness added a nice smoothness to the beer with caramel tones. The texture did come across as syrupy to me and it did have a hint of booziness, but at 11.3% ABV this is not always easy to hide and it did well overall. As it opened up, some of the fruit qualities emerged from the hops with tones like grapefruit and orange which was nice. All in all, this was a damn good beer no matter if you consider it craft or not. Put me down with 4.75 out of 5 for this one.
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Dragon’s Milk from New Holland Brewing is an 11% ABV Imperial Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout that I have had times in the past but never reviewed, until now. My experience with this ale had me enjoying many of the things taking place with it. There is smoothness with the beer despite picking up some of the booziness, which is kind of a reminder to slow down with this one. Dark, strong, and sweet this stout does not hold back much. Being Bourbon Barrel-Aged, there is a nice feel that comes through with the vanilla, oak and of course, Bourbon tones. This one rates for me easily as 4.25 out of 5 and if you enjoy barrel-aged beers then it is definitely worth a try. Check out my video if you would like to hear and see more.
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Well, I finally got around to uploading this one on the Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout or CBS, which had been done a while back. This American Imperial or Double Stout at 11.7% ABV and 45 IBU has many good things taking place, although overall it was not as high for me I think as others. The beer did do well delivering a nice overall feel though. There was a good amount of mouthfeel and the oakiness, vanilla and bourbon all came through smoothly from the barreling of the ale. Coffee played a big key with this batch and there was some of the booziness seeping through, but the mouthcoating was also nice. In the end, this was 4.25 out of 5 for me, making it a well enough beer worth enjoying. Check out my video if you would like to see or hear more of my view on this one.
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For this beer video, I teamed up with Joe from his channel +The Beer PaTroll to bring you a live review of the American Pale Ale Released from Pabst Brewing Company. Pabst introduced this 5% ABV and 30 IBU beer this year and we decided to check it out and give you our thoughts, although we know they are not worth much. However for me, I will say that I found it to be a little sweeter than expected, but the hops did play out okay and there was a decent piney feel in the taste. It’s not going to rival any of the craft beers, but for a macro, it played out okay and at times could be a fit for sure. My rating on this one 2.5 out of 5, and check out my video to see and hear more from me and to hear Joe’s assessment.
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A recent road trip led me coming across Double IPA from White Birch Brewing, which is located in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Finding beers are always a fun part of a road trip for sure, but this 9.2% ABV and 90 IBU Double IPA happened to catch my eye. This was probably the most it caught for me, as it was an okay beer that while I found it smooth I also found it a little sweeter than expected. Hoppy enough for sure with the malt tones expected out of a Double IPA, but not much to leave me wanting more outside of having the other 5 that is. 3 out of 5 for me on this one, making it still solid enough. Check out my video if you would like to see and hear more on this one.
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Andromeda is a Pale Ale from one of my local breweries, Rhinegeist. Coming in at 5.7% ABV and 48 IBU, the beer hits with some fruity, hoppy, tropical, and citrus qualities along with some smoothness in the texture despite having a defined bitterness in the finish. Resinous qualities are also present and overall I found it to be a decent enough beer that I rate 3.5 out of 5. Check out my video if you would like to see and hear more about this beer.
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Pacific Time India Pale Ale is from one of my local breweries Wooden Cask Brewing and carries an ABV of 6.8% with IBU unlisted; however, you will feel the bitterness some with it. Hoppy, floral, piney, clean, grapefruity with a touch of sweetness and of course dryness in the texture all accompany this beer making it a decent put together IPA. Not as known as some of our other local breweries, Wooden Cask is putting out some solid beers and this one for me is good enough that I rate it a 3.75 out of 5. Check out my video here if you would like to see and hear more of my views about this one.
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Rise & Pine from Uinta Brewing is described as a dark hoppy ale, and it comes in at 7.5% ABV along with 85 IBU. It does not hit with as much bitterness as one may expect and for me I found it to carry a nice smoothness with the helps balanced against the malts. Dark indeed and with piney notes in both the aroma and the flavor this beer provided a nice experience, making it 4.25 out of 5 for me. Check out my video if you would like to see and hear more of my thoughts on this one.
Uinta Rise & Pine Beer Review
Uinta Rise & Pine Beer Review
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