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Review of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Weihenstephan  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2013, 12 ratings
The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan is the world's oldest brewery. They were founded in 1040 and have been brewing beer for almost a millenia. Let that sink in for a monent... a thousand years. To put this in perspective, America's oldest brewer...  more »

Review of Hop Strike! from Tommyknocker Brewery  (Dull)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/25/2011, 4 ratings
Sometimes a beer can leave you speechless. Tommyknocker Brewery's Hop Strike is definitely one of those beers for me. This beer was the result of a dealer's choice at my favorite local pub. The pub owner knows that I like to review beers, so he will...  more »

Review of Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale from Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/5/2012, 6 ratings
Briess Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Weyermann Beechwood Smoked Malt, House-smoked Hickory Malt, Great Western 2 Row, Munich, C15, C75 Malts, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Pure Maple Flavoring, Perle Hops, Sterling Hops, Pacman Yeast, and Free Range Coastal Wate...  more »

Review of Palm / Palm Speciale from Palm Brouwerij  (Fair)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 10/28/2011, 5 ratings
While making our rounds at the World Beer Fest, my co-founder and I played the beer pendulum game several times. We would have a really, really good beer followed by a really, really bad beer. Then we would land on another really good beer, only to...  more »

Review of La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 10/26/2011, 6 ratings
The World Beer Fest in Durham, NC provided plenty of entertainment for my co-founder and I recently. We managed to get plenty of review material for BrewChief.com, snap plenty of photos for proper documentation and personal entertainment purposes, s...  more »

Review of Ravell from Magic Hat Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/22/2012, 6 ratings
Magic Hat is a peculiar brewery. They have a pretty vicious preference swing that allows their products to appeal to many different consumer groups. Some beers can be reviled by craft beer geeks yet be hailed by the wine cooler crown. Yet other brews...  more »

Review of Tiger Baby from Mikkeller  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/7/2012, 6 ratings
This past summer I had the honor of visiting the world famous Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a magical experience, one I will remember for a lifetime. It is my new happy place in the world and I dream of returning. So for my 400th beer...  more »

Review of Sixtus from Forst Brewery  (Fair)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/30/2011, 3 ratings
The doppelbock. Originally created by monks as a food substitute during times of fasting, the doppelbock is traditionally characterized by a large malt backbone, an overall sweet feel, and high alcohol content. When done right, this can be one of t...  more »

Review of HotRod Red from Aviator Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/22/2011, 6 ratings
There is something so delectable about Irish Red Ales. It's one of the very few styles that can instantly transport me to another culture. I can't help but feel like I'm sitting in a dingy Irish pub enjoying a few pints with my mates. If good times h...  more »

Review of Curmudgeon Old Ale from Founders Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 6/19/2011, 2 ratings
While on a recent passing through of Durham, NC, I was able to stop by and enjoy a little session with my co-founder at Tylers Taproom. Tylers has a great overall selection of brews, but their draft selection really shines. There's a vast array of...  more »

Review of Blowing Rock High Country Ale from Boone Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/25/2012, 5 ratings
A common saying we often use here at BrewChief is ''every beer has its place''. Whenever a new brew fan begins their better beer journey, it’s tempting to jump head first into the deep end. Unfortunately this can be counterproductive since palates ne...  more »

Review of 1919 (Choc Beer) from Choc Brewing Co.  (Dull)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/7/2012, 5 ratings
For a very long time I was a member of several ''beer of the month'' clubs. They are great resources for beginner beer fans who want to further explore the craft beer spectrum. For years I enjoyed my monthly delights and gleefully opened my shipment...  more »

Review of Otter Creek Winter Red Ale from Otter Creek Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/10/2012, 5 ratings
As springtime approaches, better beer fans tend to get a little anxious. Our favorite winter delights begin to thin out as the seasons begin their transition. Winter is by far the most delectable season for beer enthusiasts with strong stouts, spicy...  more »

Review of Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/9/2011, 4 ratings
Let me start this review off with a snippet from Allagash's own description of their Four Ale: ''brewed with four malts, four hops, four sugars and four Belgian yeast strains.'' I get a little nervous when I see descriptions like this. One of two thi...  more »

Review of Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner Brauerei  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/26/2012, 7 ratings
If I had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world based solely on beer preference, it would be in Germany. I have yet to meet a German beer that I have not loved, liked, or at the very least respected. My favorite beer styles are German. My favo...  more »

Review of Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Co. / Samuel Adams  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/2/2013, 9 ratings
Summer to a craft beer fan means only one thing: light beers. I should take a moment to clarify that ''light'' in the craft beer world doesn't mean the same as ''light'' in the macro beer world. I'm not talking about those tasteless nonsense ''beers'...  more »

Review of Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/19/2012, 7 ratings
Being a brew enthusiast is about much more than just drinking good beer. It's about education. It's about personal exploration. It's about experiencing other cultures. No other brewery on the planet embodies this frame of mind like the Dogfish Head C...  more »

Review of 60 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 7/7/2012, 6 ratings
If I were to mention the name Dogfish Head, I'm pretty sure I could predict several of the thoughts that would cross your mind. Things like mind blowingly delicious brews, style stretching and boundary pushing creativity, and palate pleasures beyond...  more »

Review of Big Wave from Kona Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/29/2012, 6 ratings
As the summer months draw to a close, craft beer fans continue to purge their lighter selections. Blond ales and witbiers get replaced by pumpkin ales and Oktoberfest brews. On a recent trip to my favorite local pub, I noticed a few remaining Big Wav...  more »

Review of Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/5/2011, 3 ratings
As we have mentioned many times before here at BrewChief, there is a lot to be said for breweries who can craft high quality basic IPAs. The keyword here is ''basic.'' Not imperial, or fruit infused, or seventeen hopped, or spiced with an incredibly...  more »

Review of Scrimshaw from North Coast Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/1/2012, 6 ratings
The pilsner. No other style has been hacked to pieces so mercilessly by the big beer companies. Unfortunately this means that the overwhelming majority of pilsners on the market aren't actually pilsners. They're nothing more than beer flavored tap wa...  more »

Review of Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Beer Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/30/2012, 6 ratings
To say that the Yuengling Traditional Lager is a unique beer would be a gross understatement. After all, it's crafted by America's oldest brewery. You may have seen the commercials and whenever I hear a company spout that they are the best of somethi...  more »

Review of Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Schneider Weisse  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/14/2011, 4 ratings
Allow me to introduce you to what is quite possibly the most delectable beer style to ever grace this mudball called Earth: the Eisbock. As you probably know by now, I'm a bock man. I love my bocks. I love my doppelbocks even more. And sitting upon t...  more »

Review of Vertical Epic 12.12.12 from Stone Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/12/2013, 12 ratings
This beer review is all about the numbers. 3, 12 and 500 to be exact. 3 is the number of 12's it takes to stamp a bottle of Stone's last Vertical Epic brew: the 12.12.12. 500 is the number of BrewChief reviews I have written to get to this very point...  more »

Review of Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/9/2012, 6 ratings
I've often argued that one of the best treats in the better beer world is having the chance to try nitro versions of different beers. They are not always the easiest offerings to find, but with a bit of searching those creamy gems can be some of the...  more »

Review of New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/18/2011, 6 ratings
Whenever beer fans begin their journeys through the lands of better beer, it is always necessary to find trusted breweries. Getting your feet wet doesn't mean that you are immediately on a quest for the top tier. You only want to find a few cozy blan...  more »

Review of Finestkind IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/14/2011, 5 ratings
As we have noted many times here at BrewChief, the main focus of a good India Pale Ale is balance. Once an IPA has balance, only then should a brewery add their own twists and interpretations. Unfortunately, many breweries never achieve that baseline...  more »

Review of Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/17/2011, 3 ratings
I have reached a point in my brew erudition where I view only a handful of breweries as ''can do no wrong'' majestic nectar factories. The Victory Brewing Company is one of those rare breweries. Every brew they produce sits atop an expected level of...  more »

Review of Frankenmuth Munich Dunkel from Frankenmuth Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/28/2011, 4 ratings
I love it when beers surprise me. In a good way I mean, not in the ''what mad scientist spawned this alien liquid'' way. Frankenmuth's Munich Dunkel really surprised me, mostly because dunkels share the same domestic uphill battle with bocks. No matt...  more »

Review of Winter Storm from Heavy Seas Beer  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/6/2011, 5 ratings
For fans of heavier brews, winter is the only season that matters. Some of the biggest and baddest brews start climbing out of the seasonal vats. Breweries spend all year planning these monsters, so once Oktoberfest season draws to an end, it's time...  more »

Review of Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/12/2011, 4 ratings
Reviewing anything from Oskar Blues Brewery is pretty straight forward. Every single drop of beer they produce is extraordinary. Just as a friendly reminder, this is the brewery that has bestowed upon us the G'Knight Imperial Red, Ten FIDY Imperial S...  more »

Review of Fort Collins Maibock from Fort Collins Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 5/26/2011, 3 ratings
It's rare that you see a beer actually marketed as a Maibock, so when I saw this one from Fort Collins I had to grab it. If you aren't aware, a Maibock is a seasonal type of bock that is usually enjoyed in...wait for it...the month of May. Actually...  more »

Review of Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Co. / Samuel Adams  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/14/2011, 3 ratings
My co-founder and I have been on a mission this summer to find the most delicious seasonal ales that the craft brew world has to offer. That quest has yielded some outstanding brews in various lighter styles. But in questing for truly exceptional bee...  more »

Review of Coach and Four from Cambridge Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/9/2012, 7 ratings
In a previous review of the Cambridge Brewing Company, I mentioned that craft beer fans have an unwritten obligation when they visit a new brewery. They have to try three beer types before formulating an opinion: the flagship, a seasonal, and a weird...  more »

Review of Imperial Amber Ale from Triangle Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/5/2012, 6 ratings
When it comes to local breweries, personality goes a really long way. This is one reason why BrewChief loves the Triangle Brewing Company out of Durham, NC. Owners Andy and Rick are some of the most entertaining brewers to enjoy a pint with. They lov...  more »

Review of Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/3/2011, 2 ratings
In all honestly, I will readily admit that there are many higher quality IPAs out there. To me, Bell's Two Hearted Ale doesn't drink like an IPA. It strikes me more as a straight Pale Ale with no overwhelming hopiness, the prime characteristic of an...  more »

Review of Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/17/2012, 7 ratings
Quick, name a great stout! For a lot of beer fans, the Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery is what immediately pops into mind, and for good reason. Bell's is well known in the craft beer world for creating fantastic high quality beers. It's one of t...  more »

Review of Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale from Blue Moon Brewing Co. / Coors  (Repulsive)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2013, 12 ratings
There is an unfortunate trend in the modern beer world that doesn't seem to be losing any momentum. The equation is simple: take a bland boring beer, add something generically appealing. This is why you see an endless variety of fruity light beers on...  more »

Review of 16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/30/2012, 7 ratings
So would it really surprise anyone to know that Stone chose an Imperial IPA for their 16th Anniversary Ale? I thought not. The masters of hops have done it again with this big bold bitter beast. 16 years is a long time to be kicking for a brewery and...  more »

Review of St. Bernardus Abt 12 from St. Bernardus Brouwerij  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/1/2013, 10 ratings
''Look for the smiley monk.'' This is often my advice to any craft beer newbie who yearns to explore the wonderful world of Belgian beers. The reason, of course, is that you simply cannot go wrong with a St. Bernardus brew. Every single beer in their...  more »

Review of Freeride APA from Alaskan Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/26/2015, 7 ratings
America's craft beer movement has accomplished many crazy things. It introduced American palates to exciting new flavors, from hop laden IPAs to sweet malty Brown Ales. It amplified beer strengths to unseen levels, which saw Imperial IPAs and Barleyw...  more »

Review of Wassail from Full Sail Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/26/2011, 6 ratings
The winter season brings beer fans an array of spiced brews in the form of winter warmers. These beers typically vary wildly in taste and appearance, so every brew guarantees a unique experience. Full Sail has become one of my go-to breweries for hig...  more »

Review of Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by maliadore (loved) on 6/9/2011, 4 ratings
I never knew Stone had a series of collaboration beers so when I saw this, it was practically a no-brainer purchase. It's a 12oz bottle, and only 6.8% ABV, so I figured that even if I wasn't crazy about it, it wasn't going to be to tough to finish....  more »

Review of Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/21/2012, 8 ratings
Seasonal offerings are great ways for breweries to stretch their creative legs and test market waters. They reap the benefit of immediate feedback with no real commitment. On the flip side, if a brewery were to create a masterpiece brew that garners...  more »

Review of Bräu-Weisse from Ayinger Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/15/2011, 6 ratings
There is something magical about cresting the summit, especially when it is completely unintentional. I was out with a friend this weekend catching up over a few tasty brews. One of my favorite craft brew locations is Tyler's Taproom in the Durham, N...  more »

Review of Saint Saltan from Magic Hat Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/15/2013, 7 ratings
Few beer drinkers are familiar with the Gose style of beer. Gose is a German-style wheat beer made with at least 50% malted wheat, coriander seeds, and salt. Yeah, let that strange combination sink in for a moment. I would assume this is the primary...  more »

Review of Carolina India Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/24/2011, 3 ratings
It's times like this when I feel bad for the little guys. If you were to appropriately factor in distribution reach, size and age of a brewery into the perceived quality of a beer, then this would be a stellar IPA. But as a critic, I have to compare...  more »

Review of Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 6/11/2011, 2 ratings
I admit with no hesitation that I am a dark beer lover. There is just something about the flavors that go along with them that just makes me happy. Here lately though, I have been on a lighter beer kick. Now I'm not talking about your diet beers,...  more »

Review of Citra Burst from Alechemy Brewing Ltd.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/18/2013, 6 ratings
As a beer geek, few things get me more excited than exploring a new craft beer scene. Before visiting any new place, I always make it a point to scope out the local beer scene. I recently visited Manchester, UK, and one craft beer destination that ke...  more »

Review of Faithfull Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/16/2012, 6 ratings
I have been eagerly anticipating Dogfish Head’s Pearl Jam Twenty Faithfull Ale since its release in October of 2011. I was lucky enough to score a bottle from my local beer store before they all disappeared. Faithfull Ale is the third beer in Dogfish...  more »

Review of The Saint from Crispin Cider Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Doc Sally (loved) on 6/1/2011, 5 ratings
My experience in writing cider reviews for BrewChief has led me to some delightful ciders, and some pretty unpleasant ciders. So as I progress forward in exploring ciders, I’m now firmly in uncharted territory, and I rarely know whether the next new...  more »

Review of Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 11/5/2011, 5 ratings
Now that November is upon us, I know that many of you think that it is time to start moving towards those tasty porters, stouts, and winter warmers for your drinking pleasures. And while I am never one to pass up any reason to get my hands on a good...  more »

Review of Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider from California Cider Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Doc Sally (loved) on 12/17/2011, 7 ratings
Some background before this review: my birthday is on November 23rd. This means that my birthday always seems to fall within a few days of Thanksgiving. So, as could be expected, on more than one occasion I have had a candle ceremoniously placed into...  more »

Review of Schlafly Kolsch Ale from Saint Louis Brewery, Inc. / Schlafly  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 2/24/2012, 7 ratings
Recently I commented on how nutty the weather has been where I live for the past few weeks, and as luck would have it, today was no different. The calendar says its February, but stepping outside causes one to think they have fast forwarded to the m...  more »

Review of Aprihop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/7/2011, 3 ratings
My friend's bachelor party weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC continues. The first bar we visited was terrible, nothing but standard domestics and a few bland craft brews. After a while of searching, we finally ended up at Bully's Pub & Grill, a small pub i...  more »

Review of Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries Inc.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/27/2011, 2 ratings
As summer nears its end and the fall months approach, the lighter seasonal brews are thinning out in the beer stores. We've had a lot of fun this summer exploring all of the quality lighter styles that the microbrew world has to offer. If you are fan...  more »

Review of Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/5/2011, 3 ratings
The battle between porters and stouts started a long time ago in a brewery far, far away. For quite some time, the two styles fought tooth and nail for the crown of tastiest darker brew. Stouts took the more aggressive roasted stance while porters to...  more »

Review of Wake 'N' Bake from Terrapin Beer  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/12/2012, 8 ratings
When beer fans think of the Georgia craft beer scene, Terrapin out of Athens will almost certainly top the list. These guys are crafting some seriously delicious brews. They have been making a big splash in the Southeastern beer scene since releasing...  more »

Review of #9 from Magic Hat Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/2/2012, 6 ratings
When you mention Magic Hat in a brew related conversation, chances are that their #9 Pale Ale will come up. It's by far their most prolific beer and you can find it pretty much everywhere. Magic Hat themselves describe this beer as ''really impossibl...  more »

Review of Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Brewery  (Fair)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/13/2013, 9 ratings
At the beginning of the craft beer movement, IPAs were relatively simple and straight forward brews. At a baseline, they were nothing more than extra bitter pale ales. Fast forward to today where even the simplest IPAs can punish palates and strip to...  more »

Review of Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 2/5/2012, 6 ratings
So we have all been there. You're out at a bar, looking at the menu, trying to find something to hit that special spot that has been causing you brew cravings all day. You look at countless beer and brewery names, and nothing really seems to jump o...  more »

Review of Table For Two from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/11/2011, 2 ratings
Going into this review, I had absolutely no idea what a Table Beer was. And like with any brew enthusiast, that meant research time. I scoured the web for info, but oddly enough there was little to be found. The only decent definition I could find wa...  more »

Review of West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/26/2011, 6 ratings
Reviewing IPAs can get a bit daunting at times because there are so many variations on the market these days. Good IPAs are pretty straight forward beers that don't need a lot of dissection. Bad IPAs tend to get more attention because the flavors tha...  more »

Review of Foothills Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/15/2013, 8 ratings
I've been on a barrel-aged beer kick lately. ''Barrel aging is the current hot trend in American craft beer'' according to Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster at the Brooklyn Brewery and one of world's foremost experts on beer. Back in the day (before Prohibi...  more »

Review of Hell's Belle from Big Boss Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 4/13/2012, 7 ratings
So there are a few things in the better beer world that we just accept as fact. Things like Germans being the masters of the doppelbock, Belgians making some of the most delicious creations known to man, and mega breweries completely screwing up eve...  more »

Review of Duvel from Duvel Moortgat Brouwerij  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/18/2014, 12 ratings
It's fair to say that today's craft beer world is infinitely complex. At this point, there is quite literally something for everyone. In a vast and growing sea of variety, it can be incredibly difficult for a beer to maintain its status as a supersta...  more »

Review of Juggernaut Red Ale from Pyramid Breweries Inc.  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/23/2011, 3 ratings
Have you ever found yourself wondering why you sometimes see ''Red Ale'' on some beers and ''Amber Ale'' on others? I once did. So I did a little research, and I am here to save you some trouble. At the real core of it, there really isn't a differ...  more »

Review of Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/19/2013, 7 ratings
It's that time of year again beer fans! Yes, that most glorious of beer seasons is upon us. I am of course talking about Oktoberfest. Breweries all over the world are releasing their delicious European Amber Lagers and beer fans will be slugging them...  more »

Review of Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale from Triangle Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/31/2011, 6 ratings
In the world of craft brews, few styles are scrutinized as closely as Belgians. They are the behemoths of the beer world. Belgian beers are extraordinarily complex, clock in high ABVs and pack massive flavor punches. Crafting an exquisite Belgian bee...  more »

Review of Up The Creek Extreme IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/29/2012, 6 ratings
I was first introduced to the Thomas Creek Brewery at the 2011 World Beer Festival in Durham, NC. Thomas Creek is based in Greenville, SC and they have been making their name known all around the southeast. They caught our undivided attention at the...  more »

Review of Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/15/2011, 2 ratings
Though I may have strayed a few times this summer with all the delicious seasonals that crossed my path, my heart still held true to my first love, the stout. Time and time again, I find myself being pulled back to those dark and flavorful beauties....  more »

Review of Raison D'Etre from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 6/10/2011, 3 ratings
Sometimes a brewery comes along and looks to test the boundaries of what good beer is. And then on the rarest of occasions one rises up and runs so far with their creativity that they can only see the boundaries if they are looking at them in a rear...  more »

Review of Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/7/2011, 2 ratings
Good beers adhere to stylistic principles and are worthy representatives of their respective style. Great beers are the ones that further define the style and add something meaningful to the equation. Gaelic Ale from the Highland Brewing Company out...  more »

Review of Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/14/2012, 7 ratings
For as far back as I can remember, Thursday nights have always been poker night in my neck of the woods. And let's face it, what is poker night without beer? I mean, I guess technically it is still poker night, but it's kind of a boring version of it...  more »

Review of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Schlenkerla / Heller-Trum Brauerei  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/23/2013, 12 ratings
If honing your craft beer palate was a linear quest, I would imagine that the Rauchbier would be one of the final stops along the way. Rauchbiers, better known as smoked beers, are some of the most mind-bending concoctions on the planet. When you hav...  more »

Review of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/22/2011, 9 ratings
Attitude. This beer is oozing with it. The label even famously prepares you for it: ''This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it.'' For this very reason, I love Arrogant Bastard Ale. You can't help but admire the big hairy balls of the St...  more »

Review of Drake's Crude from Erie Brewing Company  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 3/19/2012, 6 ratings
I realize that temperatures are on the rise and another seasonal change is upon us, but I refuse to let that stop me from putting as many stouts in my face as possible. It's a nice problem that I have, and in turn, I like to share any fun discoverie...  more »

Review of Hopslam from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/27/2011, 2 ratings
It's no secret that my co-founder and I are big fans of Bell's Brewery. Bell's is one of the very few breweries out there with a 100% batting average. All of their brews are top-notch, be them year-rounds, seasonals or specialties. And in the seasona...  more »

Review of Weeping Willow Wit from Mother Earth Brewing  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/30/2012, 6 ratings
As excited as I am to see the fall months arrive, I still mourn the summer passing for one very specific reason: my favorite lighter beer style disappears. I am of course talking about the witbier, that most delectable Belgian wheat. Always easy drin...  more »

Review of Moonray from Terrapin Beer  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/22/2014, 9 ratings
Time for a ride in the way-back machine. When I was in college, there was no such term as ''craft beer'', even though the pillars of the movement were slowly gaining momentum. Fancy beers went by names like Samuel Adams Boston Lager or Sierra Nevada...  more »

Review of Bourbon Barrel Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/29/2012, 8 ratings
Barrel aged beers can be somewhat tricky to review because there are just so many ways the base beer can be affected. Certain styles lend themselves better to certain barrel types. Stouts are especially great candidates for barrel aging because they...  more »

Review of Chimay Blue from Bieres De Chimay S.A.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/15/2011, 3 ratings
I have a very special place in my heart for Chimay. This is the brewery that opened my eyes to heavier beers. A long time ago in a grocery store far far away, I purchased my first bottle of Chimay Blue, a hefty Belgian quad. I had only recently begun...  more »

Review of Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/10/2011, 7 ratings
To be regarded as a true brew enthusiast, there are a few unwritten questions that you need to have answers for. What are your favorite beer styles? What are your favorite breweries? What are your favorite craft brew establishments? The list goes on...  more »

Review of Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/28/2012, 6 ratings
Ah, the fruit beer. Some breweries get them right, most don’t even come close. There is an unfortunate trend in the craft brew world where breweries will mask otherwise mediocre beers with a fruit infusion, usually some sort of puree that is added at...  more »

Review of Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/25/2011, 3 ratings
Sometimes a beer can leave you scratching your head. This isn't necessarily a good or bad thing, just more of an opportunity to grow your palate. At this point in my better beer journey, I'm not very familiar with the India Brown Ale style, which is...  more »

Review of Back in Black from 21st Amendment Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/1/2012, 5 ratings
There's a lot to be said about breweries who can effectively make use of the cool factor. Now I'm not talking about Big Beer and their multimillion dollar advertising budgets used to peddle their bargain basement swill. I'm talking about those clever...  more »

Review of Hop Harvest from BridgePort Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/9/2013, 9 ratings
The Imperial Pilsner is a mysterious beast in the craft beer world. It's a relative newcomer as a beer style and can impart some seriously disorienting flavors. After all, the entire appeal of the pilsner style is that of a light, crisp, and refreshi...  more »

Review of Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/2/2011, 3 ratings
For the hopheads among us, it doesn't get much better than Stone Brewery. These guys are well known for their aggressively delicious brews. Their entire product line is exquisite and if you love one Stone brew, chances are you love them all. So going...  more »

Review of Abita Amber from Abita Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/22/2011, 6 ratings
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the phrase ''session beer'', it refers to a beer that you can drink continuously through a time period, be it an evening out with friends or just sitting at home on the couch. You can easily go though several...  more »

Review of Road Dog from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 4/21/2012, 7 ratings
In the world of better beer, nothing is more important than your own personal palate. You can sit and read reviews for days and days in search of a beer that is right up your alley, settle on one, seek it out and find it, and then get it home and be...  more »

Review of One Hop Rye IPA from Fullsteam Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/20/2012, 7 ratings
Thanks to big beer companies, most beer drinkers these days think of breweries as these laborious factories that churn out pillars of steam (and terrible beer). Thankfully, the craft beer movement is slowly dispelling this unfortunate myth. Breweries...  more »

Review of Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery  (Great)
Posted by JuicesFlowing (liked) on 10/20/2012, 5 ratings
You know, there's nothing like a good session brew. Every Saturday during the English Premier League season, I find one, and enjoy it as I watch Chelsea FC play ... whoever. Today I went for an old favorite, and as much as I love trying a new beer fo...  more »

Review of Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 2/15/2012, 6 ratings
The weather here in Georgia has been crazy the past few weeks, and as a result, I have been losing my beer drinking mind. The calendar says its winter, so anytime I look at it I find myself thinking about yummy stouts and porters. Yet when I go out...  more »

Review of New World Porter from Avery Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/18/2013, 9 ratings
You can learn about about a brewery based on their focus. A brewery that mercilessly distributes its products is generally focused on the bottom line. A brewery that produces reliably fantastic beer is generally focused on the quality of its products...  more »

Review of Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/26/2011, 2 ratings
Bell's Brewery never ceases to amaze me. In a brewing world saturated by trendy beers, Bell's knows exactly where to hang their hats. One of those seldom-done-well categories is coffee beer. Much like fruit beer, it rarely comes out good and usually...  more »

Review of Sprecher Special Amber from Sprecher Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 3/3/2012, 6 ratings
The continual search for better beer has endless outcomes. Sometimes you end up with a glassful of amazing beer, while other times you find something just north of sewage residing in your glass. One brew choice can have you jumping for joy, and ano...  more »

Review of Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/11/2013, 9 ratings
It would seem that the craft beer world is in somewhat of a transition. For the better part of a decade, it was the big bold Imperial IPAs that led the charge. These were the trailblazing ''test your might'' beers that were more conquered than enjoye...  more »

Review of Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/5/2011, 2 ratings
Dale's Pale Ale. Just saying those three simple words in craft beer circles will garner immediate praise and stories of triumph. Few beers have been more instrumental in progressing the craft beer movement. Dale's Pale Ale is one of those beers that...  more »

Review of Big Mountain Pale Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/11/2015, 8 ratings
On paper, the concept of drinking beer and living an active lifestyle seems counter intuitive. After all, we harbor this image of beer bellies sitting on couches while ripped abs climb mountains. However, I am finding more and more that craft beer an...  more »

Review of Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/21/2014, 8 ratings
Ah summer, that enchanting time of year when the giant ball of fire in the sky bakes your tender skin to a crisp. Did I say enchanting? I meant exhausting, especially for those like myself who live in sun-drenched bowls of unbearable humidity. Beer p...  more »
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