Ten Random Craft Beers including Pennsylvania Tuxedo by Dogfish Head

Hell Hath No Fury by Bell's Brewery

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1. Hell Hath No Fury by Bell’s Brewery
Tasting: February 1, 2016
Style: Belgian (Dubbel)
Beer #: 901
ABV: 7.7%

Had low expectations so, I was pleasantly surprised. Kind of an odd stout of sorts. Has mellow roasted flavors with a Belgian-yeast like clove. Some milk chocolate sweetness underneath. Hell Hath No Fury is definitely too thin and it does wear itself out. All in all, not bad 86 points.

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2. Lost Nation – Mosaic
Tasting: January 14, 2016
Style: IPA
Beer #: 902
ABV: 5.5%

A sixteen ounce growler fill from Cable Beverage. Pretty straightforward. Mosaic is not outstanding but certainly not shabby. Minimal complexity…has grassy, herbal qualities typical for mosaic hops 88 points.

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Pennsylvania Tuxedo Pale Ale by Woolwich and Dogfish Head

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3. Pennsylvania Tuxedo by Dogfish Head
Tasting: February 20, 2016
Style: Pale Ale
Beer #: 903
ABV: 8.5%

Pennsylvania Tuxedo – just love the name. Co-brewed with Woolrich. Yes, the same flannel-making company that defined the woodsman fashion – or lack of. Made with spruce tips (Pennsylvania ranks number four in Christmas Tree producing states). Really interesting and really not bad. The taste reminds of the familiar aroma of a fresh cut Christmas Tree and who doesn’t like that. Has a sweet undertone. A bit of a novelty and most certainly a one and done. My first Pennsylvania Tuxedo is a 88 points and let’s leave it at one.

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Close Encounter Hopped Up Stout by Pipeworks

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4. Close Encounter Hopped Stout by Pipeworks

Tasting:February 1, 2016
Style: Stout/Black IPA
Beer #: 904
ABV: 7.0 %

Really digging the comic book style artwork on these new wave of Pipeworks cans. I don’t know, hopped up stout or black IPA. I’m thinking more black IPA as the hops are pretty stiff and the roasted stout qualities clearly take a back seat. I’m on the fence but leaning to the side of a swing and a miss…85 points.

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Stereo IPA by Stillwater

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5. Stereo by Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Tasting: January 31, 2016
Style: IPA
Beer #: 905
ABV: 7 %

In game 1 of the 2006 NLCS, Tom Glavine pitched the Mets to a masterful 2 – 0 win. After going 0 for 3 against Tom Glavine , Albert Pujols described Glavine’s performance as “he wasn’t very good”. I’ll pull a Pujols here and call Stereo “not very good”. Stereo is fizzy with a clunky bitterness. No distinguishable citrus, fruit or herbal qualities. Some cracker-ish malts. 83 points.
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Falco IPA by Evil Twin

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6. Falco by Evil Twin

Tasting: January 31, 2016
Style: IPA
Beer #: 906
ABV: %

Bitter – just bitter. Not much character to that bitterness. Not much malt. Mediocre at best 82 points.
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The Ogden by Goose Island

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7. The Ogden by Goose Island
Tasting: February 16, 2016
Style: Belgian Tripel
Beer #: 907
ABV: 9%

Syrupy grape juice, pretty fizzy. Not bad…87 points.
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Azacca IPA by Founders Brewing

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8. Azacca by Founders
Tasting: February 19, 2016
Style: IPA
Beer #: 908
ABV: 7%

Latest IPA entry for Founders. This beer is named for the Haitian god of agriculture. I assume a single hop beer as there is an Azacca hop. I taste pear some tart pineapple and mango. pretty darn fizzy with cracker-like malts. Founders needs another winner – the IPA world is passing them by – 86 points.

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Unearthed Stout by Long Trail Brewing Company

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9. Unearthed
Tasting: February 19, 2016
Style: Stout
Beer #: 909
ABV: 7.9%

At first, Unearthed comes across as just mellow, roasted grains. Has a wisp of cocoa and a funky undertone of spice almost like a Belgian yeast. It’s a good and very drinkable stout – 87 points.
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Sweet Water IPA by Sweet Water Brewing

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10. Sweet Water IPA by Sweet Water Brewing
Tasting: March 19, 2016
Style: IPA
Beer #: 910
ABV:

Not really much to say here…pretty straightforward IPA. Good – 88 points.
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