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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.) 4/5

SNPA competes with Widmer’s Hefeweizen and New Belgium’s Fat Tire for the title of Most Popular Beer in Portland. Yet, popularity is not always an indicator of quality. The aforementioned hefeweizien doesn’t taste like a hefeweizen at all (ironic, given … Continue reading

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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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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.) 4/5

I have a special treat tonight. This beer is ranked #7 in the world among hefeweizens on beeradvocate.com. I’d been looking for it for well over a year. Even stores with normally great beer selection like Whole Foods haven’t carried … Continue reading

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Drifter Pale Ale (Widmer Brothers Brewing Company) 4/5

Sweet, tangerine hop aroma smells delicious. Taste is likewise fruity. Color a dark orange. Aftertaste is considerably clean — no lingering hop bitterness, only a touch of pine — making it highly drinkable. I find it hard to detect the … Continue reading

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Pilsner Urquell (Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.) 4/5

Aroma is grassy and fresh, slightly metallic. Pours a deep straw color with hardly any head retention. Strong carbonation and well-hopped taste with a clean mouthfeel. Very little malts present, perhaps a slight woody taste on the finish. Quite possibly … Continue reading

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Blonde Bombshell Ale (Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.) 2/5

The best thing about this beer is the name. The sour, bready aroma, minimal head, and extremely pale color serve as a warning: you can skip this beer, as any micro pale lager could substitute. High carbonation prickles the tongue, … Continue reading

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Edelstoff (Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG) 4/5

A delicious Helles Lager. I wish it came in six packs. It’s a perfect summer beer, but likely enjoyable at any time of year when a light taste and easy drinkability are desired. Reminds me of Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium … Continue reading

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