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755. Baxter Brewing Ceremony

Baxter Brewing CeremonyI drink three things; milk for breakfast, tea (usually iced) during the day and beer in the evening so when Baxter Brewing announced a green tea IPA I had to find some and give it a try. Looking at other reviews of this beer many note the lack of flavor but one has to remember this is a 4.2% session beer so flavor usually is a bit muted. That said Ceremony met my expectation and is another solid offering from Baxter.

The beer pours a super clean golden yellow color with a thick white head. It seems the can shaped glasses give a larger than normal head. Aroma is light with some lemon, pine and maybe a hint of tea. Taste follows with a mild lemon and subtle citrus and tea flavors. Finish is fairly bitter but overall this is a nice beer that will not blow you away but shouldn’t disappoint either. 
Pros:
Subtle yet flavorful
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 55
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: Session IPA brewed and flavored with green tea. This Fourth Anniversary Release uses Chinook, Mosaic and Sorachi Ace hops as well as gunpowder green tea. Look for Ceremony to be packaged in 16oz cans and the beer comes in at 4.2% ABV and 55 IBU.

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732. Starr Hill Brewery King of Hop

Starr Hill King od the HopsThe last of the IPAs from my New Jersey box and another one that probably suffered due to age of the bottle. The Starr Hill website notes a July 1 release date for this beer and I drank it in mid-December. Assuming this was a single release the beer would be 5+ months old and that can really kill an IPA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a fluffy white head that left lots of lacing. Aroma was dominated by floral hops, pleasing but almost perfumy which is not what I prefer in an IPA. Taste started out sweet and then those same floral hops come through with a bit of lemon and a big bitter finish.

Not bad and something I would like to try fresh to compare as I bet it would be a lot better.
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Starr Hill Brewery
Brewers Description: King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale is brewed with heaps of American hops from the Pacific Northwest. This medium-bodied beer is dry-hopped to achieve an invigoratingly fresh aroma, which highlights the powerful citrus characteristics of the hops. Flavor notes of orange peel, passion fruit, grapefruit, and gooseberry lend balance to the bracingly herbal bite.

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723. Toppling Goliath Brewing Golden Nugget

Topling Goliath Golden NuggetSecond of three beers from Topling Goliath Brewing Company. Golden Nugget is their year round IPA brewed with Golden Promise malt and Nugget hops.

Appearance is what I expect from a single IPA, clean orange with a nice white head. Aroma has a nice mix of tropical, pine and floral hops, little bit of everything here. Taste leans towards the grassy, flower and onion hops. Everything is balanced out by a nice malt character and finished clean with only a light bitterness.

One of the better single IPAs I have tried in the past few months. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 56
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Toppling Goliath Brewing
Brewers Description: This spectacularly golden, medium bodied IPA was crafted from a winning combination of Golden Promise malt and Nugget hops.

Fall in love with the big hop aroma of our Golden Nugget as it mingles with fragrances of citrus and evergreen, followed by a floral sweetness. Tropical fruit flavors entice your taste buds before immediately captivating you with a bold, hop forward taste and a pleasant bitterness that lingers in the finish.

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719. Toppling Goliath Brewing pseudoSue

Topling Goliath Pseudo SueThree of the next 9 beers I review here will be from Toppling Goliath Brewery in Decorah, Iowa. This is a new brewery to me but I picked up a few bottles in trades over the past few weeks and since they were all pales and IPAs I moved them to the top of my list of beer to drink.

pseudoSue appears to be their most popular beer and I can see why. This is a straight up hoppy pale ale; think Mo from Maine Beer Company or Edward from Hill Farmstead. Appearance is an unfiltered orange with a thin white head. Aroma has lots of tropical and citrus fruits. Taste follows but adds some piney hops and a mildly bitter finish. Overall an excellent beer and I bet it is even better at the brewery.

This one is worth seeking out if you have a trading partner in their distribution area or are taking a trip in that area. 
Pros:
Lots and lots of hops
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Toppling Goliath Brewing
Brewers Description: This single hop pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish.

She roars with ferocious aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango and evergreen. pseudoSue’s unique and addictive taste is clean and bright with just enough bite!

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715. Sierra Nevada /Oskar Blues CANfusion Rye Bock

Sierra Nevada Rye BockI may be the only one left that is still chipping away at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. I got my 12-pack later than most and had already heard from many that the beer was lackluster at best. This one is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues from Colorado.

CANfusion pours a deep copper color with a thick off white head. Aroma is a mix of caramel and rye, not very pungent. Taste has some peppery spice, lots of sweet malts and a bit of citrus.

Another OK beer from Beer Camp 12-pack. Have a few more in the fridge that I will get to in the coming weeks. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.

Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.

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703. 3 Floyds Brewing Zombie Dust

3 Floyds Zombie DustI was lucky enough to try this beer on tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury VT back in May. They had some kegs in town for the Hill Farmstead anniversary event and amazingly they last through the weekend. Loved it on tap so when one of my trading partners in New Hampshire mentioned he had an extra bottle I grabbed it. This is only the second beer I have tried from 3 Floyds but Dreadnaught was an eye opener for me and what really turned me on to double IPAs.

Zombie Dust is a pale ale but like so many today it is heavily hopped. Pours a great hazy orange with a decent off white head that left a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma has a lot of grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruits. The aromas from the bottle seemed a bit more subdued than what I remember on draft. Taste has a nice sweet start that quickly gives way to the citrus and slightly dank hops. A mild bitter finish but overall a very balanced and enjoyable beer.

Would love to try more beer from 3 Floyds so if anyone is traveling to Indiana feel free to grab some extra for me.
Pros: On the hoppy end of the balance scale
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: 3 Floyds
Brewers Description: This intensely hopped and gushing undead Pale Ale will be one’s only respite after the zombie apocalypse. Created with our marvelous friends in the comic industry.

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696. Tributary Brewing Pale Ale

Tributary Brewing Pale AleWe had to wait a long time for Tod and Galen Mott’s Tributary Brewing to open. That finally happened earlier in September and I made my first trip shortly after they opened. They have a great tasting room area setup with a bar and some picnic tables that give plenty of places to sit.

When I visited they had their Pale Ale, Gose and the London Session Brown, I tried all three and left with a growler of Pale and a small growler of the Gose (see next review). The brown was nice but not a style that I drink a lot of.

The pale ale comes in at a very reasonable 4.7% ABV. Color is a great unfiltered orange with minimal head from the growler. The growler lost most of its carbonation which is unfortunate as I only let it sit a day before opening. Hoping they change to the black caps on the growlers soon as they seem to hold the carbonation better than the white caps.

Aroma and taste are great with a solid citrus hop profile. Finish is clean making this a great beer to drink on its own, with a meal or really anytime. Great start and really looking forward to trying more beer from Tributary. 
Pros:
 Drinkable!
Cons: Lack of carbonation (growler cap issue?)
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Tributary Brewing
Brewers Description:

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692. Sierra Nevada / Firestone Walker Torpedo Pilsner

Sierra Nevada Firestone Walker Torpedo PilsnerMy third beer from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp twelve pack and its another sold beer but still nothing spectacular. This one is brewed with Firestone Walker another California brewery. From what I have heard their Pivo Pils is one of the best available but the Torpedo Pilsner doesn’t compare. 

It looks like a pilsner should with a nice gold color and a thin white head. Aroma is slightly spicy and earthy with a bit of yeast. Overall a nice start and the taste continues with a solid floral, lemon hop profile and a nice clean finish. I’m not sure what this one is missing but I would prefer Pepperell Pils to this one which is probably a good thing since I can get Banded Horn’s beer easily and this one may never be produced again. 

Three beers in and I have enjoyed each one but there has not been one that I would want to drink again.
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV

Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Torpedo Pilsner ditches the traditional German “noble” hops and heads south of the equator for
inspiration. With a traditional golden malt body, this “kiwi” pils features intense fruity and floral New Zealand-grown Motueka and Southern Cross hops, making this an alternate and delicious take on the classic pilsner.

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691. Sierra Nevada / Russian River Yvan the Great

Sierra Nevada Russian River Yvan the GreatRussian River makes some great beer including some of the most sought after IPAs and sours; Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Supplication, the list goes on and on. Because of this list I was a bit disappointed when I saw the beer included in the Sierra Nevada twelve pack was a Belgian Blonde. 

Pale gold with almost no head. Aroma has plenty of yeast, clove and a bit of lemon. Taste is the best part of this beer with a strong Belgian start and a slightly hoppy lemon finish. Well carbonated very clean finish make this one super easy to drink.

Similar to the last beer I was glad to have tried it but not sure I would want to drink it again. 
Pros:
 Drinkable

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: This genre-bending beer has the bright, resinous hop profile of an American IPA blended with the dry and complex yeast character of a Belgian farmhouse ale. Yvan the Great is a perfect combination of the two brewing styles—hoppy, dry, spicy, and impressive.

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690. Sierra Nevada / Cigar City Yonder Bock

Cigar City Sierra Nevada Yonder BockI am a little late getting to the Beer Camp 12-pack from Sierra Nevada. I purchased it when it was released and stuck it in the fridge at work until last week when I finally had the time to open it. The 12-pack includes 12 different beers that were brewed at Sierra Nevada’s facility in Chico, The list of breweries involved is a who’s who of craft beer across America.

My first beer is the Yonder Bock from Sierra Nevada and Cigar City. The can describes this as a tropical maibock which sounded very interesting. An aggressive pour leaves a nice copper colored beer with a single finger off white head. Aroma is mostly malt with some hints of fruit. Nothing too crazy happening in either the appearance or aroma. 

Taste improves on this a little with a well balanced mix of those sweet malts in the beginning with a subtle tropical fruit finish. A solid beer but honestly glad there was only one included as I doubt I would seek this beer out again. 
Pros:
 well balanced

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Yonder Bock is a summery twist on the robust blonde bock. Its silky, semi-sweet malt body is bolstered by a blend of new and experimental hops that impart bright, fruity hop aromas of guava, mango and passion fruit.

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