Tag Archives: medium ABV

Inversion IPA (Deschutes Brewery) 3/5

Amber color, sweet citrus aroma. Flavor is slightly metallic and a little grassy. The usual pine and grapefruit aftertaste. Honestly, this isn’t doing much for me. As much as I dislike the overly-hopped IPAs so often found on the west … Continue reading

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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale (New Belgium Brewing) 4/5

The aroma straight after I popped off the cap was a lush, citrus smell, like freshly cut tangerines. Color’s somewhere between a pilsner and an amber; not quite yellow, not quite orange. Just a little bit of head. Extremely crisp … Continue reading

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Spring Reign (Ninkasi Brewing Company) 3/5

Pours a clear, straw color with almost no head. Aroma is sweet, a hint of citrus, and a little caramel. The taste is surprisingly hoppy for the style, including a notable aftertaste. Medium carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. There’s some … Continue reading

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Skookum Creek Ale (Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.) 4/5

Not much aroma, a little sweet and caramel-like, which nicely matches the honey color. Tastes mostly of sweet malts, with a fair amount of hoppy aftertaste. Light carbonation makes it highly drinkable. Don’t drink it too fast, though: the 6.80% … Continue reading

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Fireside Chat (21st Amendment Brewery) 3/5

Aroma’s sweet, earthy, and dank. Pours a pleasing dark amber, with respectable head and lacing. Well-carbonated, with a quite malty, but balanced, flavor. The aftertaste lingers a touch too long for me, but I could be tasting the alcohol too … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale (Anderson Valley Brewing Company) 5/5

Recommended by a coworker who knows his beer, so I had to try it. There isn’t much aroma, a sweet, faint coffee. Color is a dark amber, and not much head retention. Taste reminds of a doppelbock or, perhaps, a … Continue reading

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Believer (Ninkasi Brewing Company) 4/5

This Eugene treat pours a thick head with a damp earth aroma of cherries and caramel. Color presents as dark red, bordering on dark orange, with flavors of tart cherries, subtle woody sweetness, and grapefruit finish. It could almost be … Continue reading

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Titan IPA (Great Divide Brewing Company) 3/5

A delicately sweet tangerine smell, a cloudy peach color, and an aftertaste somewhere between orange and grapefruit — this is one fruity beer! Great Divide claims it finishes with “rich, malty sweetness,” but I don’t buy it. The hops overwhelm, … Continue reading

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Dead Guy Ale (Rogue Brewery) 4/5

Generous carbonation and an orange color prepare you for a solid beer. The dominant taste is nutty malts, with just the right amount of lemon hops to finish off cleanly. This is like a lighter version of a doppelbock, in … Continue reading

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Ranger (New Belgium Brewing Inc.) 4/5

The plain label belied a bold, tasty beer. Seconds after opening the bottle, I smelled an intense hop aroma that was like a freshly-cut orange. Unlike many Western USA IPAs, this one balanced the hops well with smeet malts. Combined … Continue reading

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