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April 2015 - British & North American Ale Styles

April 2015 - British & North American Ale Styles
This month's Beer feature is British & North American Ale Styles

British & North American Ale Styles Reviews

Capital Brewery Maibock
96 points
Clear amber color. Lively, toasty, fruity aromas of toasted citrus danish, roasted nuts, and honeycomb with a satiny, lively, fizzy, fruity sweet medium-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long peppercorns and buttery baguette finish. A great mouthwatering bock that will be great at the table.
Capital Brewery Blonde Doppelbock
95 points
Clear amber color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of roasted nuts, Playdoh, and dried citrus with a creamy, lively, fizzy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long orange marmalade on rye toast, pineapple soufflé, pepper, and radish sprouts finish. A superbly rich and flavorful doppelbock; impressive!
Hops and Grain Brewing Pale Dog
95 points
Bright pale amber color. Lively, yeasty aromas of lemon soufflé, cream pasty, and pink pepper with a soft, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long grilled root vegetables, honey roasted stone fruit, pepper, and orange blossom water finish. An excellent combination of citrusy, peppery hops and fruity malt.
North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale
95 points
Brilliant mahogany color. Bright, fruity, complex savory aromas of chocolate covered figs, soy rice cake, and buttery mashed potatoes with a soft, spritzy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long candied orange and peach, roasted chestnuts, herb-mint muffin, and chicory coffee finish. A robust palate of well integrated mature flavors.
North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale
95 points
Cloudy mahogany color. Delicate, complex, exotic aromas of single village chocolate, fruit cake, root beer float, and soy with a glycerous, soft, spritzy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long watercress, caramelized carrot, and mossy earth finish. A a very interesting and contemplative sipper.
Rabbit Hole Brewing Rapture Fusion Brown Ale
95 points
Dark brown color. Rich, creamy aromas of warm chocolate pudding and toasted banana nut bread with a soft, bright, bubbly, sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long nuts, arugula, lemon pepper, and clay finish. A rock solid brown ale with a charmingly restrained British disposition.
Excelsior Brewing Co. Gideons Red American Pale Ale
94 points
Clear copper color. Lively, earthy, fruity aromas of creme brulee, candied mango, and pine sap with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long caramelized pineapples and carrots, pepper bread, radish sprouts, and salted nuts finish. A great savory beer for the table.
Lonerider Brewing Co. "Peacemaker" Pale Ale
94 points
Bright copper color. Delicate, attractive aromas of chocolate custard, honeyed grapefruit, and raisin toast with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long apricot marmalade, peppery greens, and spiced nuts finish. Superb integration and length of rich hop and malt flavors.
North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale
94 points
Minutely hazy mahogany color. Bright, floral, fruity malty sweet aromas of root beer float, nougat, and clay with a glycerous, lively, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a peppery, involved, medium-long sassafras, watercress, lemon pepper, and ginger finish. A superbly balanced and harmonious old ale.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Stormcloud IPA
94 points
Brilliant amber color. Delicate, fruity aromas of peach butter on toast and caramelized fruit with a supple, crisp, fizzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long pepper cracker, dried apricot, and radicchio finish. A vivaciously fruity and appetizing IPA that nails English style balance.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Tenderfoot American Barleywine Ale
94 points
Brilliant mahogany color. Bright, complex, toasty fruity aromas of toasted fruit cake, orange-peach marmalade, and roasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long toffee, creme brulee, and peppered greens finish. A "headphones" beer that requires time to contemplate and appreciate.
Coronado Brewing Co. Mermaid Red
93 points
Brilliant copper color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas of grapefruit marmalade, mango relish, and peach pastry with a oily, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long pepper bread, arugula, nuts, and golden beet finish. A spot on American stye amber ale with vibrant hops and balanced malt.
Fairport Brewing Co. Raiders Red
93 points
Bright bronze color. Lively, toasty, creamy fruity attractive aromas of chocolate nuts and chocolate cake with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long toasted grain, dried apple, and pepper finish. A delicious and well balanced Irish ale with a nice chocolatey character and a warming finish.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. "Hoppy Poppy" IPA
93 points
Bright amber color. Bright, citrusy aromas of honeyed grapefruit and orange, fresh herbs, and caramel cake with a velvety, soft, fizzy, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-long watercress, pepper, and jicama finish. A very enjoyable session style IPA that goes down easy.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. "Big Cone" American Style Black Ale
93 points
Dark brown color. Rich, fruity, sweet aromas of caramelized grapefruit and mango, praline, and chocolate with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, long toasted lemon cake, pepper, and spiced nuts finish. A rich and racy black IPA.
Fort George Brewery and Public House The Optimist IPA
93 points
Bright clear gold color. Bold, fruity, herbal dank aromas of oregano, mango chutney, chive bread, and roasted garlic with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, appealing, long honeyed sweet potato and grapefruit creme brulee finish. A well made example of the style with unique hop flavors not often seen in IPAs.
La Quinta Brewing Co. Tan Line Brown Ale
93 points
Bright brown color. Lively, toasty, smoky fruity earthy aromas of chocolate fruit peels and mocha latte with a silky, crisp, effervescent, very sweet medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long fig bread, chocolate mousse, pepper, and arugula finish. A nicely balanced and stylish brown ale that is sure to please.
Lonerider Brewing Co. "Cowboy in Black" Black IPA
93 points
Dark brown color. Delicate, toasty, fruity sweet malty aromas of chocolate nuts and lemon herb muffin with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, very sweet medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-length chocolate mousse, nuts, and peppery greens finish. Joining two great styles, coffee and chocolate of a stout with the hoppy IPA backbone.
Lonerider Brewing Co. "Hoppy Ki Yay" IPA
93 points
Bright amber color. Lively, fruity, herbal aromas of pineapple-mango buttercream, toasted herb baguette, and pine sap with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy mint jelly, buttered raisin nut toast, orange blossoms, and sautéed arugula finish. This is what American IPAs are all about and delivered with balance and style.
Lonerider Brewing Co. "Sweet Josie" Brown Ale
93 points
Bright brown color. Delicate, attractive aromas of chocolate nuts and cake with a silky, crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length toasted grain, chestnuts, and grassy earth finish. A charming, superbly balanced and drinkable brown ale with a somewhat British style.
North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale
93 points
Hazy mahogany color. Bright, inviting, complex aromas of chocolate fondued fruits, roasted nuts, herbs, and Chanterelle mushrooms with a glycerous, lively, effervescent, moderately sweet medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, long citrus compote, forest floor, sarsaparilla, and herbs finish. A multilayered and thought provoking old ale with lots of mature, earthy cellar tones.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Iron Thistle Scottish-Style Ale
93 points
Medium brown color. Rich, attractive aromas of chocolate muffin and vanilla cream with a soft, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length chocolate nuts, lettuces, and dried fruits finish. A delicious and super sessionable Scottish ale.
Samuel Adams Irish Red
93 points
Bright bronze color. Bright, fruity aromas of cocoa and caramelized pear with a soft, vibrant, bubbly, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, long roasted grain, caramelized dried fruits, mesclun, and delicate peppery spices finish. A great Irish ale with excellent balanced, vibrant flavor, and high drinkability.
Stone Arch Barley Wine
93 points
Bright copper color. Rich, complex, boozy aromas of raisin chutney, creme brulee, nougat, and delicate spice with a oily, vibrant, fizzy, moderately sweet medium-full body and a peppery, nuanced, long honeyed apricot, roasted beets, grilled citrus, and pepper finish. A lovely balance of creamy fruity maltiness and racy hops.
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom "Golden Calf" Winter Strong Ale
93 points
Bright brilliant amber color. Delicate, fruity, floral sweet inviting aromas of Playdoh, honey vinaigrette on greens, and lemon poppy seed muffin with a oily, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-full body and a warming, intricate, long vanilla nut brittle, roasted corn pudding, dried fruit, and pepper finish. A nicely warming and satisfying strong ale.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. Hop Hash IPA
93 points
Brilliant gold color. Lively, fruity, herbal floral aromas of lemon and orange marmalades, lavender, and herb muffin with a supple, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, easy buttered lemon scone, rapini, pepper, and vanilla finish. A distinctively floral IPA with a zesty, refreshing profile.
Bowen Island Brewing Company Mutiny Northwest Red Ale
92 points
Copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of pineapple cake and creme brulee with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, long finish with suggestions of toasted pepper bread and salty roasted nuts. A fine British styled amber ale with lots of savory appeal.
Coronado Brewing Co. Islander IPA
92 points
Brilliant pale amber color. Bright, toasty, interesting alliaceous aromas of garlic cheese bread, pineapple marmalade, and bbq potato chip with a silky, bright, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long citrus custard, chive muffin, peppery greens, and spiced turnips finish. An intricately layered and very savory IPA that will be wonderful at the table.
Craft Artisan Ales Ricketts Lab IPA
92 points
Bright pale amber color. Lively, citrusy, herbal aromas of grilled citrus, herb bread, honeyed apricot, and Italian parsley with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, layered, long radicchio, pepper, and sautéed lemon and grapefruit finish. A spot on, robustly hoppy IPA that is sure to please hop heads.
Day of the Dead Amber Ale
92 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Lively, attractive aromas of rich toffee, citrus marmalade, and chocolate cake with a even, vibrant, finely carbonated, very sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long nuts, roasted corn, arugula, and lemon pepper finish. A superb chocolatey amber ale with great depth and integration.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Burning River Pale Ale
92 points
Clear amber color. Bright, toasty, herbal aromas of herb bread and marmalade with a soft, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, very long grapefruit custard, radicchio, and pepper finish. A vibrantly flavorful and finely balanced pale ale.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Commodore Perry IPA
92 points
Clear pale amber color. Delicate, fruity, herbal aromas of mango sauce and herb bread with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, long root vegetables, peppery radishes, corn pudding, and pine buds finish. Hops and citrus from start to finish.
Rogue Ales Yellow Snow IPA
92 points
Clear amber color. Delicate, hoppy aromas of chive muffin and salty roasted nuts with a velvety, tangy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a warming, compelling, long grilled citrus, roasted root vegetables, radicchio, and pepper finish. A robust IPA that delivers the hoppy goods.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. Festive Ale
92 points
Hazy brown color. Bright, spicy, herbal aromas of gingerbread, peppercorn herb muffin, and coffee cake with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a warming, medium-length chocolate orange peel, mocha, arugula, and caramelized parsnip finish. A great winter ale that perfectly marries malt, hops and spice.
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling Small Batch Series No. 8
91 points
Hazy copper color. Delicate, toasty, buttery aromas of dried citrus and herbs, roasted parsnips and beets, earth, and bouillon with a satiny, bright, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long salted caramel, dried mango, and Swiss chard finish. A fantastically savory and appetizing barleywine.
Rogue Ales Big Ass Barrel Brewers Ale
91 points
Brilliant mahogany color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas of melted toffee, fruit cake, sundried tomato, and turkey jerky with a oily, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long honeycomb, pine, and dried grapefruit finish. A full throttle strong ale with a nice wave of hops.
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL
91 points
Brilliant amber color. Rich, sweet, herbal aromas of mango chutney, cannabis, and pine resin with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long caramelized citrus, herb bread, peppery greens, and vanilla nougat finish. Unique to the IP category, retaining the dry and herbaceousness of a lager with pronounced hops.
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom TR-IPA
91 points
Bright amber color. Rich, fruity, attractive aromas of fruit custard tart and orange marmalade on toast with a chewy, crisp, spritzy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, layered, long tapioca, pepper, orange blossom water, and nuts finish. A robust, fruity and creamy IPA.
Brasseurs du Monde LInterdite 60 Min
90 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Mild, hoppy aromas of honeyed herb bread, mango chutney, and glazed pineapple with a even, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, crisp roasted corn and pepper spice finish. An easy drinking, nicely balanced pale with fruity malt and zesty hops.
Cape May Brewing Co "Blonde"
90 points
Brilliant golden straw color. Bright, sweet, earthy creamy dank aromas of honey butter, frosted scone, and grilled citrus with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long pine resin, peppery greens, and golden beet finish with dusty papery earthy harsh tannins. A deliciously satisfying, nicely hopped golden ale that is sure to please.
Day of the Dead Pale Ale
90 points
Dark copper color. Mild, toasty, fruity aromas of chocolate pastry and fruit custard with a oily, bright, effervescent, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, intriguing, medium-long mocha cream, spiced nuts, bread, and radish finish. A smooth, malty, finely balanced pale ale that is more British in style.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Davy Brown Ale
90 points
Minutely hazy mahogany color. Mild, interesting aromas of chocolate toffee bar, bread pudding, roasted corn, and sausage with a soft, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long caramelized citrus, pepper, watercress, and golden beet finish. A vibrant and refreshing brown ale that is sure to please.
Fish Brewing Co. Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale
90 points
Bright pale amber color. Bright, floral, fruity herbal aromas of lilac, mango-pineapple relish, and rosemary and thyme with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length nutskin, beet, watercress, and mint jelly finish. Lovely delicate example of a British IPA, fruity, herbaceous and approachable.
Fort George Brewery and Public House Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale
90 points
Clear golden straw color. Lively, herbal, toasty fruity aromas of oregano, baklava, lemon marmalade, and pine resin with a even, vibrant, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, captivating, toasted pepper bread, grilled grapefruit, and rapini finish. A robust and satisfying barrage of hops buttressed by malt.
Fulton Beer Sweet Child of Vine IPA
90 points
Clear copper color. Delicate, fruity aromas of caramelized stone fruit and toast with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length honeyed apple, peach tart, peppered nuts, and arugula finish. A nicely restrained and very balanced IPA with great table appeal.
Horny Goat Brewing Co WisconZin IPA
90 points
Light amber color. Delicate, fruity, herbal aromas of pineapple marmalade on herb toast and grapefruit curd with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, long sweet citrus, lemon pepper, and radicchio finish. A spot on IPA with great poise and style.
Lost Rhino Brewing Company "2200lbs of Sin" Barley Wine
90 points
Medium clear bright mahogany color. Bold, interesting, spicy aromas of gherkin, caramelized fruits and nuts, coconut custard, and oak with a chewy, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-long toasty pineapple cake, herb muffin, tomato jelly, and fruit brandy finish. A blockbuster barleywine with power and finesse.
Rabbit Hole Brewing 10/6 English Pale Ale
90 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Lively, fruity aromas of fruit cake and orange marmalade on rye toast with a even, tart, bubbly, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, long grilled citrus and radicchio finish. A vibrant hopped pale ale with an Anglo-American flair.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Winter Warmer
90 points
Brilliant brown color. Rich, inviting aromas of pretzel bread, artisan dark chocolate, and salted nuts with a soft, bright, fizzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long roasted carrots, honeyed dried fruits, and peppery greens finish. A great winter warmer with superbly savory streak.
Rogue Ales Rogue Farms OREgasmic
90 points
Medium copper color. Delicate, fruity aromas of lemon cream pastry and peach cobbler with a even, vibrant, fizzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length salted nuts, chocolate muffin, and peppery greens finish. A tasty, pleasure inducing pale ale with a great hoppy snap.
Rogue Ales XS Dead Guy Ale
90 points
Brilliant copper color. Delicate, buttery, fruity aromas of orange buttercream, toasted brioche, and pepper bread with a soft, soft, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length grapefruit custard, radicchio, and peppery spices finish. A great creamy strong ale with lots of fruity malt and hop flavors that are sure to please.
Rogue Ales Captain Sigs Northwestern Ale
90 points
Clear copper color. Delicate, inviting, toasty sweet grainy aromas of toffee and granola with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length roasted nuts and grains, arugula, and pepper finish. A vibrantly delicious and satisfying American style amber ale.
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout
90 points
Minutely hazy dark brown color. Rich, earthy, funky aromas of clay, overripe apple, whole walnuts, and raspberry vinaigrette with a silky, shy, spritzy, cloying medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length dried cherries and raspberries, toffee, nutskins, and earth finish. A nicely layered Belgian ale with appealing wood tones.
Brasseurs du Monde Seiglerie
89 points
Clear amber color. Delicate, toasty aromas of nut bread and earth with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, brisk roasted citrus, pepper, honeyed nuts, and mocha finish. Dry, crisp and well balanced; highly quaffable.
Brasseurs du Monde Rousse
89 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Delicate, sweet, attractive grainy malty aromas of toasted nut bread and honeyed figs with a even, bright, bubbly, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length salty nuts and arugula finish. A very nicely styled Irish ale with good roasted malt character.
Cape May Brewing Co "Biscuits & Honey"
89 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Mild, toasty aromas of raisin scone and roasted citrus with a glycerous, lively, effervescent, very sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long peppery greens, grilled grapefruit, pine bark, and buttered root vegetable finish. A nicely hopped up ESB.
Day of the Dead DOA IPA
89 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Lively, toasty, fruity aromas of peach danish, caramel apple, and praline with a even, vibrant, fizzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, medium-long peppery greens, dried lemon, and nutshell finish. A lively IPA with fine UK-like balance and prominent astringency.
Epic Brewing Company Santa Cruz Brown Ale
89 points
Hazy brown color. Lively, toasty, smoky aromas of roasted nuts and grains and caramelized citrus with a lean, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length coffee gelato, arugula, and nuts finish. A rock solid, hop forward brown ale.
Fairport Brewing Co. Apollo 8
89 points
Brilliant clear copper color. Lively, attractive aromas of chocolate orange and grapefruit peels, toasted lemon pepper bread, and roasted parsnip with a glycerous, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long orange custard, pine, and pepper finish. A rock solid IPA with nice balance and length.
Fish Brewing Co. Vicious Circle Amber Ale
89 points
Bright copper color. Delicate, fruity aromas of fruit nut pastry and cocoa with a supple, bright, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length greens, grain, nutshell, and earth finish. A very appealing and sessionable amber ale.
Fort George Brewery and Public House Vortex IPA
89 points
Brilliant pale amber color. Bright, interesting aromas of caramelized pineapple, garlic-chive bread, and peach custard with a velvety, bright, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long orange creme brulee, arugula, pepper, and parsley root finish. A fruity IPA with balancing bitterness and a savory swagger.
Hops and Grain Brewing Greenhouse IPA
89 points
Brilliant amber color. Bold, fruity, herbal aromas of apricot custard pastry and honeyed pine with a glycerous, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long peppercorns, grilled greens, and vanilla toffee finish. A big brawny IPA bordering on a double.
Horny Goat Brewing Co "Whoa Nelly!" Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
89 points
Clear bronze color. Rich, interesting aromas of chocolate raisins, chutney, and fruit pastry with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long rum cake and nuts finish. A comforting, nicely balanced and gently warming Scottish ale.
Rogue Ales Big Ass Barrel Rye Strong Ale
89 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Rich, creamy, sweet aromas of caramelized raisin, chocolate cake, honeycomb, and lumber with a velvety, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length apricot marmalade, dark rye raisin toast, peppery greens, and oak finish. A nice hoppy American style strong ale.
Vancouver Island Brewery Sabotage India Session Ale
89 points
Old gold color. Bold aromas and flavors of lychee, fruit salad, mango yogurt, and papaya salsa with a vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, medium length finish with notes of Asian spices and rose water. A fun, tropical and floral IPA that will be great with Asian fare.
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Ale
88 points
Clear amber color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of raisin toast with apple butter and bread crust with a soft, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and an effortless, complex, medium-long radish sprouts, lemon pepper, and turnip finish. A nice zesty, beer for the table.
Coronado Brewing Co. Idiot IPA
88 points
Bright golden yellow pale amber color. Delicate, toasty, herbal aromas of honeyed citrus, herb toast, and marmalade with a silky, crisp, spritzy, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-long pepper and pine finish. An interesting IPA that is complex and doesn’t shoot for the center.
Day of the Dead Blonde Ale
88 points
Clear gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas of honeyed cinnamon raisin toast, bread pudding, and dried fruit with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk nutskin and radish finish. Bright and crisp with a spicy hop finish that lends to another sip.
Epic Brewing Company Mid Mountain Mild Ale
88 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Delicate, nutty aromas of roasted walnuts and toasted fig bread with a soft, soft, bubbly, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, easy watercress and radish finish. A rock solid mild ale with good sessionability.
Fish Brewing Co. Fish Tale Beyond the Pale Ale
88 points
Light clear amber color. Fruity aromas of sweet peach vinaigrette and pineapple-grapefruit custard with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length lettuces and nuts pepper finish. A nice everyday pale ale.
Fulton Beer The Ringer Pale Ale
88 points
Minutely hazy amber color. Bright, citrusy, fruity aromas of honeyed citrus peels and pineapple cake with a soft, soft, fizzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long baked carrot, melon rind, peppery greens, and pine bark finish. A nice savory pale ale that will shine with food.
Iron Maiden Trooper
88 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Lively, hoppy aromas of caramelized citrus, mango, and bread pudding with a supple, vibrant, bubbly, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length grilled root vegetables and pepper finish. A quaffable ale with a good malt background and a spicy herbal hop finish.
Lost Rhino Brewing Company Face Plant IPA
88 points
Bright copper color. Lively, citrusy, herbal aromas of honeyed citrus and herb cracker with a velvety, bright, bubbly, off-dry medium body and a smooth, medium-length tangerine custard, grapefruit, peppered nuts, and turnip finish. A nice easy drinking, session IPA.
Shmaltz Brewing Company Hanukkah, Chanukah Pass the Beer
88 points
Dark mahogany color. Muted, toasty aromas of nuts and earth with a soft, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length nougat, cocoa dusted citrus, and pepper finish. A zesty and tasty chocolatey winter ale with more hops than spice.
Stanley Park Brewing 1897 Amber Ale
88 points
Bright amber color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of nut bread, lemon soufflé, banana pudding, and orange blossoms with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, charming, quick lettuces, honeyed starfruit, peach, and melon finish. A nice, lighter styled, very sessionable Belgian amber ale.
Whistler Brewing Company Lost Lake Unfiltered IPA
88 points
Deep amber copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and toasted fig-date bread with a velvety, frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and an astringent, intriguing, medium-long finish with accents of grilled citrus and bitter greens. A vibrant IPA that will cover many bases.
Whistler Brewing Company Black Tusk Ale
88 points
Brown color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nuts and cocoa with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy finish with overtones of chocolate biscuit and minerals. A solid English style brown ale with nice sessionability.
Brasseurs du Monde IBA
87 points
IBA
Cloudy dark brown color. Lively, curious aromas of berry vinaigrette, chocolate covered fruit, and soy rice cake with a creamy, racy, finely carbonated, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long buttered focaccia, turnip, salted nuts, and pine blossoms finish. A intriguing savory beer that will shine at the table.
Cape May Brewing Co "Coastal Evacuation"
87 points
Minutely hazy pale amber color. Lively, herbal, earthy aromas of thyme, mango custard, powdered lemon, and pine blossoms with a glycerous, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium body and a peppery, distinctive, long grilled apricot, vanilla-coconut yogurt, and dusty radish finish. A bold, careening carload of hops.
Cape May Brewing Co "Mop Water"
87 points
Brilliant bronze color. Rich, spicy, fruity aromas of ginger spice cake, coriander, and candied lavender with a silky, bright, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length salted nuts, grilled parsnips, and bbq rub finish. A richly spiced winter ale that will go great with desserts.
Epic Brewing Company Epic Barley Wine
87 points
Brilliant bronze color. Lively, attractive aromas of buttery toffee, mango custard, and baguette with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, breezy fruit cake, honeyed nuts, and peppery spices finish. A nice, surprisingly easy drinking barleywine.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Full Sail 27 Wheatwine Ale
87 points
Dark copper color. Lively, complex aromas of mango chutney, spicy apple yogurt, and tomato focaccia with a tangy, bubbly, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, short salted nuts, marmalade on rye toast, and fruit brandy finish. A pleasantly boozy barleywine.
Lonerider Brewing Co. Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale
87 points
Hazy amber color. Lively, attractive aromas of banana chips, sourdough toast, and spiced nut with a velvety, bright, spritzy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long corn bread pudding, watercress, and radish sprouts finish. A very nice hefe that is clean and stylish.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. IPA
87 points
IPA
Bright amber color. Lively, fruity, herbal aromas of candied orange and mango, pizza crust, melon balls, and pine blossoms with a silky, vibrant, bubbly, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length mustard greens, caramelized citrus, turnips, and pepper finish. A spicy food beer.
Brasseurs du Monde Ale de Hardy
86 points
Bright clear medium bronze color. Bright, spicy, sweet herbal aromas of ginger, honey herb drop, and sarsaparilla with a glycerous, crisp, petillant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long orange marmalade, honeyed rye toast, pepper, and bark finish. A sweet fruity barleywine that is a dessert in and of itself.
Capital Brewery Dark Voyage IPA
86 points
Hazy brown color. Bright, meaty, interesting aromas of chocolate fondue, roasted mangos and grapefruits, and soy with a soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, long pepper, chive muffin, chicory coffee, and white ash finish. A robust and flavorful black IPA with pleasant smoky roastiness.
Excelsior Brewing Co. Big Island Blond
86 points
Clear pale amber color. Muted, fruity, attractive aromas of toasted fruit danish with a soft, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a sleek, swift cream, grain, and pepper finish. A bright and zesty golden ale with nice crispness.
Rogue Ales Big Ass Barrel Glen Ale
86 points
Clear copper color. Lively, fruity aromas of caramelized citrus, honey roasted golden beets, and bread pudding with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long grilled citrus, smoked peppercorns, latte, and toasted pine finish. A refreshing, lightly smoky IPA.
Brew Bus Brewing Last Stop India Pale Ale
85 points
Brilliant gold color. Rich, herbal, fruity aromas of peach pastry, cannabis, coconut, and latex with a even, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length cracker, dried pineapple, peppery greens, and spice finish. A nice juicy tropical fruity IPA with an interesting funky herbal backnote.
Fulton Beer Patience Barleywine
85 points
Dark copper color. Mild, creamy, malty interesting aromas of edamame, fig cookie, and caramel with a soft, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, lemon custard, pepper, and dried finish. A solid American style barley with vibrant hops and fruity malt.
Brew Bus Brewing Rollin Dirty Irish-Style Red ale
84 points
Minutely hazy bronze color. Lively, funky aromas of chocolate yogurt, roasted grain, and salted nuts with a soft, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a sleek, nuanced, long dried apple, brown grass, chocolate mousse, and linen finish. A food beer.
Excelsior Brewing Co. Bitteschläppe Brown Ale
84 points
Clear mahogany color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas of mango chutney, chocolate orange peels, banana nut muffin, and reduced balsamic with a glycerous, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, engaging, brisk toast, greens, and coffee finish. Malty brown ale with some nice coffee notes.
Excelsior Brewing Co. Take Off 90 Minute IP eh?
84 points
Bright pale amber color. Bright, citrusy aromas of honeyed nuts, orange peach compote, and mint cookie with a soft, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long buttery caramel, pepper, citrus peel, and sweet potato finish. An IPA for those with a hint of a sweet tooth.
Fairport Brewing Co. Farmhouse Cream Ale
84 points
Minutely hazy pale amber color. Lively, buttery, meaty aromas of sweet buttered toast and honey with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length arugula and turnip finish. A nice easy going cream ale that will be good with pub grub.
Fulton Beer Lonely Blonde Ale
84 points
Clear gold color. Mild, toasty aromas of lemon muffin and grassy herbs with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a sleek, brisk grain, grassy, honeyed root veggies, and damp cloth finish. A savory quaffer for the table.
Lonerider Brewing Co. "Eve" Amber Ale
84 points
Brilliant copper color. Bright, toasty, creamy sweet fruity aromas of chocolate bread and toasted nuts with a glycerous, crisp, finely carbonated, sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long grilled citrus, radicchio, pepper, and dried stone fruit finish. A nice hop-forward amber ale with a smoky backnote.
Lost Rhino Brewing Company New River Pale Ale
84 points
Hazy copper color. Bright, fruity, herbal aromas of roasted pineapple, herbal honey, and grapefruit marmalade on toast with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length caramelized orange, lemon mango pastry, peppery spices, and turnips finish. A zesty, fruity hop driven beer.
Rogue Ales Imperial India Pale Ale
84 points
Minutely hazy amber color. Bright, earthy, smoky aromas of pine bark and sap, grilled citrus, and honeycomb with a silky, crisp, spritzy, dryish medium body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long rapini, smoked peppercorns, and earth finish. A robust, in-your-face IIPA with lots of bitterness.
Stone Arch Scottish-Style Ale
84 points
Clear brilliant amber color. Bright, fruity aromas of peach-mango chutney and toasted rye raisin bread with a supple, soft, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, breezy mustard green, toasted pepper bread, and nutshells finish. A very relaxed Scottish ale.
Cape May Brewing Co "South Jersey Secession Session"
83 points
Brilliant mahogany color. Mild, meaty, dank sweaty aromas of chocolate yogurt and scone and salted nuts with a soft, crisp, bubbly, fruity medium body and a seamless, cheery chocolate orange peel, pepper cheese bread, mustard greens, and grassy earth finish. A pleasant beer for some comfort food.
Rogue Ales Youngers Special Bitter
83 points
Clear copper color. Mild, odd aromas of deep fried pickle and fruit pastry with a even, soft, petillant, dryish thin body and a smooth, short toasted pepper cheese bread and parchment finish.
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom "Midnight The Cat" Black Ale
83 points
Minutely hazy dull brown black color. Rich, earthy, savory aromas of dark chocolate, roasted chestnuts, coffee, and grass with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-long burnt coffee and toast, bark, dusty root vegetable, and pepper finish. A straightforward food beer.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. Georgia Brown Ale
82 points
Minutely hazy medium mahogany color. Delicate, meaty, vegetal aromas of ground nuts, chocolate, and pork rinds with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with a metallic twang. A sturdy sipper.
Horny Goat Brewing Co Archer Apple Brown Ale
81 points
Bright mahogany color. Bright, toasty, odd sweaty sweet aromas of chocolate nuts, bacon bits, and dark raisin baguette with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, somewhat odd, medium-length honeyed scone, root beer, mocha, and watercress finish. A very fruity brown ale to serve with spicy foods.
Horny Goat Brewing Co "Tango Delta" IPA
81 points
Minutely hazy pale amber color. Dank, funky aromas of dried mangos and oranges, lemon drop, and lentils with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, very sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-long orange soda, mandarin oranges, pepper, and spinach finish. An interesting mash-up of IPA and orange flavors however the sweetness is alarming and doesn’t mesh well.
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling OPA
81 points
OPA
Bright copper color. Bright, fruity, toasty hoppy vegetal aromas of corn pudding, bean salad, and orange marmalade with a velvety, soft, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, long rapini, reduced lemon peel, and pepper finish. A feisty and very bitter pale ale.
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