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  • Big Black Voodoo Daddy

    Aroma brings big boozy waves of prune, molasses, & brown sugar over chocolatey roast w hints oak & black licorice. Flavor brings medium burnt brown sugar sweetness & a dry, roasty espresso to the party. Lots of complexity in this one, especially as it warms while I sit by the fire on this chilly night playing catchup on this FOB case. —by Mike Kinsley

    8.5

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  • Xocoveza

    Starts w aroma of dark cocoa, vanilla, & bursts of cinnamon & that Mexican peppery spice. Flavor follows suit w even fuller cinnamon & lite peppery spice that adds subtle pop balanced by a velvety smooth body. Very nice dessert beer, a little too heavy on the cinnamon. In the end pretty much as expected, nice effort on a beer that I'm happy to have drunk one of and no more. —by Mike Kinsley

    7.5

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  • Enjoy By 2.15 Coffee Chocolate

    Whew, just beat the expiration date! I had a lot of reservations about this beer, so much that I'm glad it was in this case as I don't think I would've bought one myself. Aroma is intriguing once it warms and the tangerine & peach start to balance out the subtle coffee & chocolate. Lite chocolate is upfront in flavor, fading quickly as orangey hops enter then linger while mild med roast coffee comes in towards the end to add to med length dry bitterness in finish. Have to say this wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be, kudos to Stone for using Enjoy By to experiment w unusual combination; if they added this to any other IPA it would end up as a shelfturd w the fruity hops fading away leaving a muddled mess for anyone who stumbled upon it in May. Instead, we're all good little listeners, drink it within the first 37 days and are rewarded for obeying—by Mike Kinsley

    7.5

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  • Sunday Morning Stout

    It's Sunday morning so what better time to review. Full roasty aroma w notes of cherry & vanilla, coffee is hidden by boozy bourbon. Flavor has a bit more coffee but still underwhelming, or the bourbon is a little too strong, or both. This is nice, and will improve w age as the bourbony booze mellows. I'll set a couple aside for Sun Feb 11 2018, check back w me then. 8—by Mike Kinsley

    8.0

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  • Heady Topper

    So after much consideration a second can had been popped open and I can safely say I got the infected one! We just popped Chris' can (sounds oddly arousing, right?) and the band aid-y chlorophenols I had attributed as a loss of freshness in the first can are gone. I've got piney, resiny, grapefruit, garlic, lite peach and a little grass (which stood out too much last time). Course corrected, but head to head it's no Sip of Sunshine. 9.5—by Mike Kinsley

    9.5

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  • Focal Banger

    I know what you're gonna say Dan, am I pro-posting pix or not? So I'll leave this last one for you. And onto the Banger. First thing, there's so much yeast or proteins or hop shmeg floating in this one, it's like a living lava lamp! But I can look past that and focus on a dank, dank, dank aroma that borders on passing the doochie on the left hand side w a sweaty Rastafarian. The flavor comes on more balanced w more citrus and tropical hops plus a nice garlicky pop that begins to round out a med/full bitterness that finishes fairly cleanly (though the lightly sweet malt lingers a bit long). A very solid IPA that doesn't forget its roots. Now pass that doochie my way! 9—by Mike Kinsley

    9.0

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  • Wizard

    What? You're still on me for my hypocrisy of posting a picture? Ok I beg forgiveness Dan, it won't happen again...now go grab your crayon box! Now onto the Wizard: I have to admit I had a fresher can of this the other day (what? When someone puts a can in your hand you say no?), and this one seems to have lost some hoppy goodness. I get some citrus and full danky/piney bitterness, but also a bit of diacetyl and acetaldehyde. I know this beer is better than this, but this batch doesn't live up to its potential quality so I need to shut it down. Too bad. 7—by Mike Kinsley

    7.0

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  • Heady Topper

    Following SOS w Heady. But before I do, I know what you're gonna say. "Mike you said no more pix". I did say that, I should've clarified that I meant I myself wouldn't post anymore pix cause I didn't want to bore yous (Dan Aiken, you got me, and BTW your coloring skillz are second to none). But in this case the visual is of 4 heavyweights going head to head for a knock down battle royale, so I allow for exception. Now back to the show. Heady presents more pine and grassy notes in the aroma to go w citrusy hops that show up stronger in the flavor and accentuate the lite grainy sugar sweetness. Bitterness is strong and lingers longer into finish than I recall in past versions. This can may be a bit dated, I remember more citrus and tropical fruit than this is presenting, its like those flavors have faded leaving behind a grassy bitterness that overpowers its usually perfect balance. 8.5—by Mike Kinsley

    8.5

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  • Sip of Sunshine

    So Dietrich and I are gonna do some serious research tonite. SoS v Banger v Heady v Wizard. Let's start w SOS: tangerine, peach, mild pine, hint of papaya hop aroma & flavor over subtlety sweet & clean malt w a full bitterness that evaporates quickly leaving a clean palate, so well balanced, still a favorite! 10—by Mike Kinsley

    10.0

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  • Crusher

    First, no more pix of the beers. You all have the same beers so you know what they look like, you don't care what glass I'm pouring it into. Second, I'm slipping on drinking these IPAs as fresh as possible so no more fucking around. Crusher starts w nectarine, tangerine, mild pine & resin, lite grass over lightly sweetened malt, followed quickly by a full-on bitterness that, combined w a med/full yet smooth alcohol, leads to a dry finish that begs for another sip. Such a solid IPA, looking forward to the rest! 9—by Mike Kinsley

    9.0

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  • Lost Nation Mosaic

    Canned on 1/4, a month old? This beer has got to go...in my mouf! Aroma bursts w fruity hops from the jump (tangerine, papaya, mild grapefruit) w a touch of mild garlicky dankiness. Flavor picks it up a notch w some additional peach/nectarine thrown in on top of lightly malty base w just a hint of sweetness which is perfect for the mild bitterness (it's almost a pale ale in this aspect) and almost no perceptible alcohol. At 5.5% this isn't a session beer but god damnit if I wouldn't drink the shit out of this paddling down the upper Delaware this summer. Now I just gotta get me some come May/June... 8—by Mike Kinsley

    8.0

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  • 90 Minutes

    Close enough to count as PA IPA #3. Medium grain w lite caramel & toasty malt backs up citrus (grapefruit, lite orange), pine & mild grassy hop aromas w hints of strawberry esters. Very malty flavor for an IPA (toast, lite caramel) w med bitterness, similar hops and esters, & mild alcohol warmth but not enough to keep this from finishing a bit cloyingly sweet. Closer to a very lite barleywine...I shall anoint this the Miller lite of barleywines. 6—by Mike Kinsley

    6.0

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  • Conshy Type A

    PA IPA #2. Big whiff of citrus, topical & stone fruits (orange, grapefruit, mango, peach), mild dank, & a solid garlicky pop. Flavor follows suit w mild crackery sweetness & med/full bitterness that adds to touch of dryness in finish before fading fairly quickly. I'm happily impressed w this offering from Conshy, one of their best packaged offerings I've tried. Kudos to them for brewing a very solid IPA without succumbing to the cloudy fucking milkshake fad. I'd drink this anytime! 8.0—by Mike Kinsley

    8.0

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  • 2SP Bellcracker

    Decided to dip into the PA IPAs to show at least a solidarity. Aroma of crackery/grainy malt w touch of toast gives way to med/full pine, grass & orange hops that seems overpowered by a strong booze (do I detect a hint of corny DMS?). Flavor starts w a med grainy sweetness w similar toasty notes and lingers a bit while a full hop bitterness blends in over top, bringing pine, lite resin & grass, & mild grapefruit/orange citrus flavors, capped w a strong yet smooth alcohol and a long dry finish. So close to a great balance, but the malt is a little too sweet up front and could stand to fade faster, bitterness is good but could definitely use a bit more hop aroma and flavor (and I let this warm up for about 20 mins). Still, a nice offering from Bob as he continues to rep Delco proper! 7—by Mike Kinsley

    7.0

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  • Bell's Hopslam

    So I'm going rouge and starting w all IPAs (sorry Phil)! The fresher the better, right? My first choice is a classic: Hopslam. Medium pine & grapefruit aroma w notes of tangerine & lightly floral hops and whiff of honey in background. Froths up a bit when swished around the palate, w a medium grainy sweetness accentuated by mild honey up front quickly joined by those same hop flavors found in the aroma and med/full bitterness & strong yet smooth alcohol warmth that assists the fade to a mildly dry finish. I've heard recent reviews on other sites calling this a malt bomb, but I think a lot of tastes are shifting towards those juicy, hop forward NE IPAs and overlooking the quality of a well balanced IPA. Don't get me wrong, this is def hop forward on the bitterness, yet it delivers a malty sweetness to balance the bitterness while enhancing the citrusy hops at the same time. Still strong in my book. 8.0—by Mike Kinsley

    8.0

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