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Excellent, Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Above Average, Average, Below Average, Poor. Undrinkable
|Goose Island Illinois
This is an 8.4% American Double IPA that is definitely NOT a hop
bomb. While balance is not always good in this case it makes
for a very drinkable brew but keeps it from being anything
special. Earthy floral hop aroma with light toasted bread. Taste
brings some pineapple, mango, grapefruit backed by a malt
sweetness. Finish brings some grainy malt and light resins.
Overall rating:- Above Average
|Sam Adams Rebel IPA
Get ready for a surprise, Sam Adams has joined the bandwagon and
made a West Coast Style American IPA (6.5% ABV) and being Sam
Adams they do a very solid but not quite great job. It opens with
aromas of sweet bread, light sugar, pine, and as expected, citrus.
Grapefruit and pine with hints of mango dominate the flavor profile
with light caramel and malt notes in the background. Never bitter.
Hops fade at the finish which keeps this from a higher rating.
Overall Rating - good
|Flying Dog Kujo
This beer is an American Imperial Coffee
Stout with an appropriate 8.9% ABV. The
nose brings milk chocolate plus some
vanilla, caramel and much coffee. First sip
is dominated by roasted malt, with a light
hop bite coming in at mid taste, followed by
strong coffee notes. The finish is fairly dry
with some nutty and more dark coffee
flavors. Typical of the style and well
made however nothing here that
distinguishes itself from the pack.
Overall Rating: Average+