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Review of Farmer's Tan Red Ale from Tractor Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/11/2014, 7 ratings
Craft beer has come a very long ways in a short few decades. Every now and then I will have an encounter that reminds me of this. I recently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Part of any beer fan's transition is the hunt for local brews. I was in a g...  more »
 

Review of Red Kite Ale from Black Isle Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/14/2014, 8 ratings
Discovering a great beer can be a magical experience. Let me set the stage for you. I recently had the distinct pleasure of visiting Scotland. One of my days was spent exploring the gorgeous Scottish Highlands all the way up through Inverness. Part o...  more »
 

Review of Trilogy 1: Crystal Dry-Hopped Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/27/2014, 8 ratings
When entering the wonderful world of craft beer, hops mean one and only one thing: bitterness. But as time progresses and palates expand, hops take on a seemingly infinite number of roles. Bitter, herbal, spicy, sweet, earthy, woody, fruity, grassy,...  more »
 

Review of Jackie Brown from Mikkeller  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/14/2014, 8 ratings
Finding things in common will always bring people together. This is especially true in the craft beer world, a place where camaraderie is a core component. Hop heads look out for each other and will often bond over their mutual love of bittery goodne...  more »
 

Review of Giddy Up! from New Belgium Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/18/2013, 8 ratings
One of the unfortunate realities of today's craft beer world is that as variety grows, wow factors drop. Take New Belgium's ''Giddy Up!'' for instance, an amber ale brewed with lemon peel and espresso. There was a time not too long ago when a beer li...  more »
 

Review of 1000 IBU Light (Ultramate) from Mikkeller  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/16/2013, 9 ratings
Only Mikkeller could look at a monstrous 9.6% ABV Imperial IPA clocking in at an insane 1000 IBUs and think to himself, ''Hmm... I bet I could make a light version of that.'' And he did. He calls it the Ultramate, and boy is it ultra strange. His ori...  more »
 

Review of Dead Pony Club from BrewDog  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/17/2013, 9 ratings
Mention the name BrewDog to the average craft beer fan and you're bound to get a good story. This Scottish brewing outfit is well known for their face puckering, taste bud scorching, nostril singeing power nectar. Big and bold are terms people use to...  more »
 

Review of Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/3/2013, 8 ratings
The deeper you delve into the craft beer movement, the more you become an unknowing participant in its expansion. What I mean by this is that beer fans often exhibit strong loyalties to the breweries they personally identify with. There is a sense of...  more »
 

Review of Live from Southern Tier Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/25/2013, 7 ratings
One of the best parts about being a craft beer fan is that you never know when an unexpected surprise awaits. This of course can come in many forms: a new hop character, a new malty taste, maybe a wild new aroma. In the case of Southern Tier's Live A...  more »
 

Review of Peacemaker from LoneRider Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/8/2013, 7 ratings
In the lands of better beer, the pale ale is perhaps the most widely recognized baseline brew. Almost every brewery you come across will have their own version of the APA (American Pale Ale) which is often their most popular beer. This is simply beca...  more »
 

Review of Copperhook from Redhook Brewery  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/25/2013, 8 ratings
An important part of being a craft beer fan is opening yourself up to the entire quality spectrum. It's all too easy to get caught up in the quest for the mountain top. Beer fans will often turn a blind eye to otherwise tasty beers because they feel...  more »
 

Review of 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/22/2013, 7 ratings
Every now and then a beer will leave you speechless, but not because it's a world-class wonder or because it's on par with rancid toilet water, but rather because it possesses a unique trait that smacks you in the face. In the case of SweetWater's 42...  more »
 

Review of Cottonwood Low Down Brown from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/26/2013, 8 ratings
Ever since the Foothills Brewing Company acquired the Carolina Beer Company in the not too distant past, it has been interesting watching the Cottonwood line of brews morph into new products. Foothills is perhaps the highest regarded brewery in the r...  more »
 

Review of Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/10/2013, 12 ratings
Let it be known, I think I may have finally found the picture perfect bridge into better beer. So many Americans drink those wretched toilet waters and defend them with the most asinine justifications. One of the more common refrains is that ''I only...  more »
 

Review of Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/14/2013, 6 ratings
The 21st Amendment Brewing Company out of San Francisco, CA has made a name for themselves in many ways. Perhaps their most recognizable trait is the utilization of those familiar aluminum cylinders. They are one of the few can-based trailblazers tha...  more »
 

Review of St.Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/13/2013, 8 ratings
In today's craft beer world, it is generally understood that when pale ales are done right, there's not much to say about them. They are straight forward brews that are easy to understand with flavor profiles that are rarely complex. Unfortunately fo...  more »
 

Review of Littlen Horny Session Ale from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/8/2013, 8 ratings
So what beer do you drink when you are waiting on beer? Bull City Burger and Brewery seems to know the answer to this question, and they call it the Litten Horny Session Ale. This is wee 3.7% baby brew that they craft using the same grain supply for...  more »
 

Review of Fillmore Fusion Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/4/2013, 7 ratings
The Lagunitas Brewing Company out of Petaluma, CA is nothing if not adventurous. They have a ''why the hell not'' attitude and a remarkable skill for brewing that produces delectable delights with names like Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale. Sa...  more »
 

Review of Santa's Private Reserve from Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 12/24/2012, 8 ratings
Do you hear what I hear kiddos? That tick tock of the holiday clock is getting louder and louder. In a few short hours the fat man in red will be performing his numerous acts of breaking and entering around the globe, while all of us sit back and g...  more »
 

Review of Hop Mountain from Old Dominion Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/14/2012, 7 ratings
It all started when my co-founder accidentally stumbled upon the Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout while out of town on business. That one event spawned a near obsession with the Old Dominion brand. We have since been drinking our way through their produ...  more »
 

Review of Big Bertha Brown Ale from Top of the Hill Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/11/2012, 8 ratings
Earning the status of full fledged beer geek requires much more than just drinking good beer. First and foremost, you have to be an active part of your brewing community. You have to interact with fellow beer fans and get to know your local brewing e...  more »
 

Review of Henry Weinhard's Redwood Flats Amber from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.  (Dull)
Posted by JuicesFlowing (liked) on 11/3/2012, 8 ratings
So they finally got me. I've seen Henry Weinhard's Redwood Flats Amber on the shelves in my neck of the woods for a few months now, and I just couldn't bite. Was it literally a case of not buying a book because of it's cover? I don't know. I'm a suck...  more »
 

Review of Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by JuicesFlowing (liked) on 10/29/2012, 6 ratings
Big Sky's Moose Drool is one of those beers that I heard about and seen on the shelves for months and months before finally deciding to try it. Maybe it was the name, ''Moose Drool''? Pretentious? Well, if you know Big Sky Brewing, nothing they do is...  more »
 

Review of Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by JuicesFlowing (liked) on 10/27/2012, 8 ratings
The beer pours a dead-as-leaves muddy deep brown, with a ruby tint coming through the light. A cream colored head starts out frothy and recedes to chunky bubbles then a cirrus-cloud wisp, leaving a sticky lacing patch that looks like a spread out wor...  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 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/20/2012, 7 ratings
A funny thing happens when you come across a quality version of a baseline beer style. There's just not that much to say about it. You simply check off a handful of core traits and then go about your drinking business. Unfortunately beer fans will as...  more »
 

Review of Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/17/2012, 7 ratings
Kona Brewing Company out of Hawaii is well known for crafting beach-tastic beers. Their lighter selection perfectly compliments a hot summer day. After all, what more could you expect from a Hawaii-based brewery? But, on a recent trip to my favorite...  more »
 

Review of Fisherman’s Brew from Cape Ann Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/17/2012, 7 ratings
As we have said many times before here at BrewChief, environment matters. Any beer can taste completely different based on numerous external factors. Your opinions can be affected by your mood, which can be affected by your environment. See where I'm...  more »
 

Review of Hipster Ale from Evil Twin Brewing  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/13/2012, 7 ratings
Let me introduce you to a man named Jeppe. Jeppe brews beer. Jeppe is the mastermind behind Evil Twin Brewing. Jeppe also has a brother named Mikkel. Mikkel brews beer. Mikkel is the mastermind behind the world famous Mikkeller brand. Now, take a few...  more »
 

Review of Tall Tale Pale Ale from Cambridge Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/8/2012, 7 ratings
Craft beer fans have an unwritten obligation when they visit a new brewery. If possible, they have to try at least three different types of beers before they are allowed to formulate an opinion. Not styles mind you, types. First, you have to sample t...  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 hsaWaknoW Chocolate Beer from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/1/2012, 6 ratings
Every once in a while, a beer comes along that will completely challenge your perceptions. Craft beer fans know this phenomenon as the ''second guesser'' beer. It's that wild and wacky beer that is really, really good, but you have no earthly idea wh...  more »
 

Review of Red Brick Brown Ale from Red Brick Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/20/2012, 6 ratings
I have had something bothering me for the past few weeks, and I think I am just going to have to continue to air it out until I feel better about it. Why is it that these days if you aren't a triple double imperial I.P.A. or a Russian dictator Imperi...  more »
 

Review of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/11/2012, 6 ratings
Allow me to ask you a question. When did a basic, but still good beer become unacceptable in our better beer world? These days it seems that if a beer isn't beating the fool out of your palate with different flavor twists and extremes, people tend to...  more »
 

Review of St.Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/4/2012, 7 ratings
When it comes to pale ales, I really don't ask for much. Give me some really good flavors, a high level of drinkability, and refrain from offending my precious palate. That's it. That's all. It seems as though that would not only be easily attainable...  more »
 

Review of Liberty Summer Amber Ale from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/3/2012, 6 ratings
It's summertime in the Bull City and beer fans are making their brewery rounds. With so many delicious summery brews to choose from, it can be difficult for breweries to make a meaningful impression. But whenever I crave something new and interesting...  more »
 

Review of Vinyl from Magic Hat Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/22/2012, 6 ratings
When you think about seasonal beers, many styles come to mind. There are stouts for the winter, Oktoberfests for the fall, Maibocks for the spring, and so on. If you really tried, you could probably assign almost any type of beer to a corresponding...  more »
 

Review of Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/13/2012, 6 ratings
The Anchor Brewing Company out of San Fransisco, CA is well known for Anchor Steam, a delicious brew that is one of the very few mainstream versions of the California Common Beer you can find. Consequently, many beer fans regard Anchor as a one-trick...  more »
 

Review of Doggie Style Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/12/2012, 6 ratings
As you get to know certain breweries, you begin to apply adjectives to their style of brewing. This is especially true of consistent breweries who put a personal stamp on every beer they produce. Flying Dog is one such brewery and the adjective I wou...  more »
 

Review of Working Man's Lunch from Fullsteam Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/17/2012, 6 ratings
It is often said that beer fans are only as attentive as their local breweries are. Actually, no one says that. I just made it up to sound wise. In today's overly-globalized world, nothing could be further from the truth. There are beers in my refrig...  more »
 

Review of Restoration from Abita Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 7/12/2012, 7 ratings
A few years back I took a trip to New Orleans. It was less than a year after Hurricane Katrina, and the area was what I would call still freshly devastated. Windows on downtown buildings were still boarded shut, houses everywhere were still abandoned...  more »
 

Review of Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 7/2/2012, 7 ratings
So if you are anything like me, when you think of Louisiana you have thoughts of Cajun food, the bayou, New Orleans, Mardi Gras, and so on. What you probably don't think of is it being the home of some pretty tasty beer. Well just a few miles north o...  more »
 

Review of Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/27/2012, 5 ratings
In today’s craft beer world, it is all too common for breweries to get into a quality rut with their brews. To get noticed these days, it’s not enough to brew great beer. You have to create interesting beers that challenges palates, which can result...  more »
 

Review of Red Banshee from Fort Collins Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 6/22/2012, 6 ratings
If you're anything like me, occasionally you tend to take a pause in your better beer journey. You stop searching for that next eye opening brew. You don't feel like having to sit and dissect all the different aspects of a beer. Surprisingly, just...  more »
 

Review of Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 6/14/2012, 6 ratings
After my recent run of bad beer sessions, I felt as though I deserved a treat. I did not pass go. I did not collect $200. I had exactly zero intentions of leaving my next session to chance. I went straight to my fridge and yanked open the door....  more »
 

Review of Reel Amber Ale from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/24/2012, 6 ratings
What does it mean to be a beloved and successful local brewery? Brew tasty beers for the locals? Sure, that’s a big part of the equation, but isn't the entire formula. What if you’re brewing in a location with an array of talented brewers? You have t...  more »
 

Review of Hop Mountain from Old Dominion Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 5/23/2012, 6 ratings
A while back I wrote a review about Old Dominion Brewing Company's Oak Barrel Stout where I gave it the highest of high marks, and told of how it instantly made its way onto my all time favorite beers list. What I didn't write about was how I became...  more »
 

Review of Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 5/13/2012, 7 ratings
The more and more I review beers, the more and more I realize that I still have a lot to learn. For as long as I can remember, brown ales have lingered in the land of the bland for me personally. More often than not, every time I get my hands on on...  more »
 

Review of Imperial Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 4/24/2012, 8 ratings
If you are a guy and you continued on to read this review after reading its title, I highly commend you. For showing such courage and dedication to the love of better beer, I promise to turn your view of the title from face cringing to head nodding...  more »
 

Review of Peak Simcoe Spring Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/4/2012, 3 ratings
Spring has officially arrived in the lands of better beer and it’s only natural for beer enthusiasts to welcome it with the appropriate seasonal brews. This year I kick the spring season off with the Peak Simcoe Spring Ale. The Peak Organic Brewing C...  more »
 

Review of Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/2/2012, 5 ratings
Pale ales can be viewed as the tofu of beer. At a baseline, pale ales can be somewhat bland and forgettable. Let me put it this way: if I were to describe what ''beer'' tastes like from a general sense, I would probably describe a pale ale. Not too h...  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 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 Flambeau Red from NOLA Brewing Company  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 2/7/2012, 6 ratings
Lost among the countless arguments over what beers are absolutely amazing and what beers are awesomely awful, is perhaps one of the most important arguments of all. I'm talking about the discussion of simply good beers. I know that it is easier to...  more »
 

Review of Christmas Ale from Abita Brewing Co.  (Fair)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/31/2012, 7 ratings
The winter season is a fun time to be a beer fan. The craft brew market gets flooded with big bold beers as breweries shake off their shackles of general appeal. I would say that the only downside to this time of year are the brews that get lost in t...  more »
 

Review of Angry Boy Brown Ale from Baird Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by pmusser (liked) on 1/17/2012, 7 ratings
The short and sweet: They named it absolutely spot on. Angry Boy Brown Ale is angry. You know, pouring this, you'd maybe expect something not so angry. It's more reddish-orange than it is orangish red, and holding it up to the light you might thi...  more »
 

Review of Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/14/2012, 6 ratings
Cans. For the longest time cans were synonymous with crap beer. Bargain basement swill came in cans. Want better beer? Get it in bottles. Want even better beer? Get it in dark bottles. Want the best beer? Get it in dark bottles in packages that keep...  more »
 

Review of Calico Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2011, 6 ratings
My brew exploration of San Diego came to an end with Ballast Point's Calico Amber Ale. My journey to that point had included brewery tours of both the Karl Strauss Brewing Co. and the legendary Stone Brewing Co. So going into that last day, I needed...  more »
 

Review of Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 12/7/2011, 6 ratings
Dale's Pale Ale. Those three words signify one of craft beers crown jewels to most of us that are part of the better beer movement. If you want to know my true feelings on it, you can hop over to my original review of it here: http://www.brewchi...  more »
 

Review of Movamber Moustache Ale from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/6/2011, 6 ratings
My exploration of Bull City Burger and Brewery continues with their Movamber Moustache Ale. BCBB has made quite a name for themselves in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Their various brews are tasty and adventurous. Their food is equally so. Whe...  more »
 

Review of Hop Head Red from Green Flash Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 11/29/2011, 6 ratings
Of all the beer styles that are out there, there is something about ambers and reds that make me want to throw things. They are sort of the ''catch all'' category for brewers. They can span the spectrum from savory malty sweetness to painful hops...  more »
 

Review of Copperline Amber Ale from Carolina Brewery  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/28/2011, 7 ratings
The Carolina Brewery over in Chapel Hill, NC has a pretty sweet gig. They rest right on the border of UNC campus, so they have a steady influx of the college crowd. Consequently, they don't have to be concerned with crafting expensive world class bee...  more »
 

Review of Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/26/2011, 6 ratings
My introduction to the Anchor Brewing Co. came not too long ago with their Anchor Steam flagship, a delicious example of the California Common Beer. Since that day, I have been looking forward to trying the rest of their product line. I recently had...  more »
 

Review of Southern Pale Ale from Natty Greene's Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/24/2011, 6 ratings
I recently found myself enjoying some delicious Cajun cuisine at Papa Mojo's Roadhouse in Durham, NC. Along with the expected Abita brews, I also found some familiar regional brews on the menu. I had come across Natty Greene's brews many times before...  more »
 

Review of Session Fest Lager from Full Sail Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/24/2011, 6 ratings
It's always a rewarding moment when a good beer catches you by surprise. It wasn't long ago when I experienced Full Sail's Session Premium Lager. In the overly bloated lager market, Session was an eye opener. I immediately added it to my arsenal of c...  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 India Style Brown Ale from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/20/2011, 6 ratings
Think of your all around best regional brewery. What answer immediately pops into your head? For me, it's the Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC. Hands down, no contest. And this is coming from someone who not only lives in the craft brew...  more »
 

Review of Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing Co.  (Dull)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/20/2011, 7 ratings
When a local craft brew becomes really popular and sparks a high demand, one of two things will typically happen. One, the brewery will expand production to a peak capacity that is defined by the availability of their core ingredients. Or two, the br...  more »
 

Review of Peak Fall Summit Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/20/2011, 6 ratings
It wasn't very long ago when organic was considered laughable in the craft brew world. The term ''organic'' was synonymous with tasteless and beers sporting that familiar USDA label were often lampooned. It took breweries like Peak to break this comm...  more »
 

Review of Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.  (Dull)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 11/19/2011, 6 ratings
Let it be known that I fully appreciate the creativity that exists in the craft beer world. But sometimes I feel as though a few of the breweries out there never take the time to fully think through some of the names they are assigning to their tast...  more »
 

Review of Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/18/2011, 6 ratings
When it comes to beer appreciation, brew fans have come to embrace a few unwritten rules. One of which is: Bell's Brewery is amazingly reliable. If you ever want to experience a good example of a particular beer style, go with the Bell's version firs...  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 Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma / Heineken  (Bad)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/16/2011, 6 ratings
My wife and I love our Mexican restaurants. We adore all those big savory and spicy flavors that pair perfectly with a strong margarita. You would assume that with all those bold flavors there would be some bold beers. But alas, the vast majority of...  more »
 

Review of Legend Pale Ale from Legend Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 11/7/2011, 5 ratings
Seeing as how my co-founder and I had full access to the World Beer Fest in Durham, NC, including both sessions, we ended up having a bit of time to kill between resets. Being the resourceful little founders that we are, we decided that during the b...  more »
 

Review of Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 10/30/2011, 5 ratings
Every now and then as a reviewer, I come across a beer that leaves me torn. One side of me is nothing more than a fan of a great tasting beer, while the other side of me is forced to look at beer as a reviewer or some type of critic. I can find mys...  more »
 

Review of Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 10/13/2011, 5 ratings
During my visit to the World Beer Fest in Durham, NC I found myself facing a problem that I'm sure many fellow ''visitors'' had as well. Where in the world do I start? Then it becomes more of a where to go to next situation. When there are literal...  more »
 

Review of Full Sail Amber Ale from Full Sail Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 10/12/2011, 5 ratings
Having just gotten back from the World Beer Fest in Durham, NC, I have plenty of beers that I really need to tell every one about. I tasted dark ones, light ones, forgettable ones, amazing ones, confusing ones, some that made me happy, some that mad...  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 Red Oak Amber from Red Oak Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Tarheeling (noob) on 9/17/2011, 3 ratings
I LOVE THIS BEER. OK, I guess I should write a little bit of a review to back that statement. What can I say about Red Oak except that it's absolutely the most delicious beer I have ever had and ever will have? I would trade my first born son for...  more »
 

Review of Sweet Josie from LoneRider Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Tarheeling (noob) on 9/17/2011, 3 ratings
Lone Rider is a Raleigh brewery, and while I very rarely find myself in their neck of the woods, I am very fortunate that a few local establishments here in Durham carry a small selection of Lone Rider beer. I am even luckier that the selection almos...  more »
 

Review of Lost Dog from Napa Smith Brewery  (Fair)
Posted by ScottBee (liked) on 9/13/2011, 3 ratings
In my last review, I gave a brief history on the Napa Smith Brewery. I also gave an unflattering review of their Amber Ale. Today I am drinking their Lost Dog Red Ale and I am still not impressed with mediocre. The smell is very doughy. Almos...  more »
 

Review of Napa Smith Amber Ale from Napa Smith Brewery  (Decent)
Posted by ScottBee (liked) on 9/12/2011, 3 ratings
As most could guess, Napa Smith Brewing is found in California right in the middle of wine country. One thing you will notice about Napa Smith is their elegant labels. Reminds you of wine country and Olive Garden. Unfortunately I think they would ha...  more »
 

Review of Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/2/2011, 3 ratings
Beer in a can always brings up a huge debate in the better beer world. Some people refuse to accept the fact that good beer would ever be found in those tiny metal containers. There has always been the belief that the best containers for beer were...  more »
 

Review of Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Decent)
Posted by ScottBee (liked) on 8/29/2011, 3 ratings
This being a Bell's Brew and being it's flagship brew I fully expected to be blown away. Man was I disappointed when I opened the bottle and had my first sip. It has more of a bock taste and smell to it than I like. There wasn't a lot of head and the...  more »
 

Review of Juggernaut Red Ale from Pyramid Breweries Inc.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/21/2011, 2 ratings
Whenever I come across Pyramid Brewery, I always think of the time I lived in Seattle. Pyramid is based out of Seattle and can be found all over the Pacific Northwest. It's so common in fact that you can find the majority of their product line in pra...  more »
 

Review of Reunion Beer 2011 from Terrapin Beer  (Good)
Posted by ScottBee (liked) on 8/19/2011, 3 ratings
My buddy and I were visiting a new local spot called Local Republic. It just so happened that the evening we visited was the same evening that the owners tapped a cask of the Terrapin Reunion 2011. We were some of the first to taste this ''interestin...  more »
 

Review of Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/7/2011, 3 ratings
Time to show a little local love. The Duck-Rabbit Brewery is located just east of me in a small town called Farmville, NC. This brewery is a great example of the proud local spirit. Are their brews world class? Certainly not. Are they tasty and thoro...  more »
 

Review of Drop Top Amber Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/2/2011, 2 ratings
From time to time I have to step back and remind myself of a little fact. Just because I don't find a beer to be of ''stellar'' quality doesn't mean that it's not a good beer. We of the beer snob designation sometimes tend to forget that. As we ta...  more »
 

Review of Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 7/24/2011, 2 ratings
So, like many of you, I have heard nothing but good things about a little brewery out of Tampa called Cigar City Brewing. The only problem I have is that I can't seem to get them here in Georgia. So let's go ahead and get the ''Boo Georgia!'' part...  more »
 

Review of He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Co. / He'Brew  (Dull)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/14/2011, 3 ratings
Any good beer store earns their props when they offer a ''build your own six pack'' section. It is a wonderful way to explore the world of craft brews. You can taste the entire beer spectrum without committing yourself to a potentially bad experience...  more »
 

Review of Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 7/4/2011, 2 ratings
I like it when a brewery approaches a beer from the stand point that seems to say ''We know that good beer doesn't have to have ice cream or jalapeno peppers or the sweat from an Indonesian warthog to be a good, quality beer''. It seems to me that t...  more »
 

Review of Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/2/2011, 2 ratings
As a brew enthusiast, I feel lucky to live in the Southeast, particularly in North Carolina. I also lived in the Pacific Northwest for several years when Portland, Oregon held the crown of BeerCity USA. There are countless quality micro breweries up...  more »
 

Review of Maple Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/25/2011, 3 ratings
Whenever a beer is brewed with something that is distinctly un-beer, it really makes me cringe. There are only a handful of quality brews out there that have successfully married two categorically different tastes, but the vast majority end up being...  more »
 

Review of Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/16/2011, 3 ratings
I really wish there were more breweries out there like Stone Brewery. And before I make a big bold statement that I may regret, I'm not saying that every brewery should be like Stone. That would be bloody madness. I'm just saying there needs to be mo...  more »
 

Review of Sweet Josie from LoneRider Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/12/2011, 2 ratings
Many people think that to be a true enthusiast, you have to be open to all the world's offerings. This is a true statement, but offers only a narrow and lonely path. To be a well rounded enthusiast, you also need a healthy dose of local pride. It's v...  more »
 

Review of Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 6/7/2011, 2 ratings
Its gotten to the point that when it comes to a Bell's product, I actually find myself torn when it's time to review it. On one hand, I feel like I should be able to say ''Hey, its Bell's. It's awesome. Drink it. 'Nuff said''. And in all honesty...  more »
 

Review of Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/31/2011, 3 ratings
Brown ales can be tricky beers to review because there are so many different versions that can appeal to so many different tastes. They range from really sweet and syrupy to very bitter and hoppy. Most of the core traits can vary wildly and appearanc...  more »
 

Review of Monk In the Trunk from Inlet Brewing Co.  (Bad)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/27/2011, 2 ratings
I'm always weary of a brewery that produces only one beer because there always seems to be a huge discrepancy between regional and non-regional praise. Pick your reasoning, but it's usually due to an undeserved sense of worth. I'm all for local pride...  more »
 

Review of Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/26/2011, 4 ratings
Oh Brooklyn, you sultry seductress. Is there anything you can't do? I've been looking forward to trying the Brooklyn Brown Ale for a while now because I've sampled most of their line at this point, all of them stellar brews. Beer fans usually start w...  more »
 

Review of Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/20/2011, 4 ratings
I really love when this happens. Small breweries can be a lot of fun to follow because their beers can change drastically from style to style and year to year. A beer you weren't too thrilled about one year can blow your mind the next year. As a brew...  more »
 
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