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  • Weistephaner Hefe

    Greta and I used to drink this on our weekend getaways from Berlin. it was the summer of 91, a summer to remember. She was hot for me and I thought she needed to shave more but I overlooked it because of her Veldenkliven and the way she could build a HouzHauzen. This one is for you Greta and I'll go back to drinking the IPAs. Hit me up on Instagram Greta—by Phil Aiken

    7.5

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  • Focal Banger

    Some of us are having a debate over text and it should flow over to the score sheet. Hop in and give us your top 5 favorite breweries. Right now bitches!—by Phil Aiken

    10.0

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  • Wizard

    This is a non-review. Sorry. Been shaking my head the last 5 minutes over DomAce's review of Sip of Sunshine review. Did 50 Cent really say that, and did Dom really not like Sip of Sunshine? As for Wizard, it's juicy and delicious. Two years ago it would have finished in the top 5. Funny, I looked back a few years on the score sheet and there was a year when no IPAs finished in the top 6. I think racer 5 was the highest finisher that year at #7. That was also the year that more of my friends actually wrote reviews. Now they just drink their fob beer and go to bed early. Don't worry about good ole FOB, It will be ok. As for the picture below, I have two years without a Good Times image so I thought it was time. Temporary layoffs people It was hard times and good times at the same time—by Phil Aiken

    8.0

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  • Sip of Sunshine

    "Phil, do you like Sip, Focal or...." Shut up. Who cares. Just give me it and leave me alone. When you get to this point of the debate you know you've made it in life. Now just sit there, drink your delicious nectar and count your money because you are filthy rich. Being spoiled is cool when all the people you know are spoiled too. If you really care, I'll say that nothing beats the Alchemist. Nothing. Not tree house, not trillium, not Tired Hands. Not Sip either but it's fucking amazing nonetheless—by Phil Aiken

    9.5

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  • Focal Banger

    This brewery makes 10s like the treasure makes dollar bills. I watched the stand-up-a-thon presidential address last night and noticed only one side of the room was applauding and I thought that was weird. If it were me, I'd make sure they all had Focal Bangers as a surprise under their seats to ensure standing ovations all around." Cmon people, who loves you?"—by Phil Aiken

    10.0

    3 Cheers

  • Chimay Blue

    Big ups to all the contributions into FOB so far this year. I realize it's a long month and inspiration to review doesn't always come easy but it's the contributions off all of you that make this entertaining. As for me, I'll just sit here and wonder why the Belgian beers don't do it for me like they used to. if you are keeping score. Belgian beer and Pro Football is out and IPAs and Soccer are in Pay attention people, you may learn something —by Phil Aiken

    7.5

    4 Cheers

  • Rochefort 8

    Fob is almost over and I'm a bit sad. It's been 7 years of incredible beers and meeting so many great people. Rochefort 8 is one of those beers that contributed to my snobbish outlook on beer. I'm a full on beer maniac now and I'm not sure where to go from here. I know I won't pay $135 a case for Rochefort but I so appreciate its magnificence and I know many of you will as well and that's why it's back. Two time winner and all timer in my book. Here's a picture of one of my long lost aunts from Belgian. Dan and George don't know about her yet—by Phil Aiken

    8.0

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  • Lost Nation Mosaic

    So great and easy drinking. Reminded me of Senior week 1992 in Wildwood NJ. I was on a mission to get some beer for the crew. It was my job. I was good at getting beer then too I guess. I rolled up in my Chevy Cavalier to the distributor thumping Beastie Boys "No sleep till Brooklyn" on my 6x9s with some hard hitting Northeast Philly friends with me. We were bad ass and wore our Ocean Pacific tank tops and Jamz shorts like tough Philly kids vacationing in NJ. We were so tough. This particular day I rolled up to a guy going in to buy beer and asked him to hook a white dude from Northeast up. He said no, but the 5th guy I asked said "Ok sure" and I was in. I slipped him a buck and rolled back to the crib with a 12 pack of California Coolers and a 30 pack of Busch Light for the other guys. I had a 12 pack of cooler for senior week all to myself. I'm so badass its scary—by Phil Aiken

    8.0

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  • Orval

    Good to see Scullin checking in. I often wonder if he just goes back to Miller Lite after FOB is over. Someone let me know please. Orval- Scott and I were in Tired Hands talking to Michelle, one of the mangers working to get Tired Hands in FOB. If you didn't notice, we failed. But, we were asking her some of her favorite beers and she told us that Orval was one of her favorites. It was at that minute, that second, that amazing moment that I decided to put Orval in the contest. It turned out to be not-amazing. Unfortunately, Tired Hands delivered about as well as Orval so they both can go suck it—by Phil Aiken

    6.5

    4 Cheers

  • Crusher

    Mike Lee and I worked the Kennett Winter Beer Festival today as you may have seen on Instagram. I like working these because I get to try different beers but today was different. I had a few samples today but it all turned out to be child's play. Tonight I went to Dos Gringos, saw FOBer Chuck McCloskey, and then had a Crusher with Dinner where I came to a very easy conclusion. There is no other beer in the world that compares to Crusher except others from the Alchemist. All the other shit I drink is really good but "Come on man, what we even doing out here man" Oh, This is me with Brother George making my Crusher face. You are impressed—by Phil Aiken

    10.0

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  • 90 Minutes

    Some will think this is a biased score since I championed 90 minute and gave out 10's like free turkeys in north philly for this beer during year 1 and year 2 of FOB, but its as legit as this 90 minute still is More boozy than I remember but so are most of my friends and I still give them 9's and 10's. Big ups to all the FOBers who came out last night and helped us raise $390 for 4-h. I give you all 9's and 10's too—by Phil Aiken

    9.0

    4 Cheers

  • Heady Topper

    Another review with a mention of the Heady Topper Canning date huh? I've un-officially had enough. It's not official because I expect at least 2-3 more. It's a classic case of "Its not you, it's me" because that silver fucking can in your case was made about 4 weeks ago and we went to Vermont the 3rd week of January just to make sure your Heady was fresh This is now my favorite theme of FOB. "I'm not sure of the canning date " Well, I love all of you but read this review and know that your shit is Double Dougie Fresh. If you demand it fresher then Stowe is 7.5 hours away. Peace :)—by Phil Aiken

    10.0

    5 Cheers

  • Xocoveza

    Really like the complexity of this beer and drinking any Stone beer reminds me of the early days of FOB. One night, probably in year 3 when we expanded to 72 people I was getting desperate to fill up the event since I already bought the beer. I decided I would go to Pinnochios and try and recruit. I told every at Pinnochios that it was only $75 to join and if they got 3 people to join and then those 3 people got 3 people and so on and so forth, then we would have a Beeramid Scheme together and we would all be rich. It made sense at the time but nobody got rich. That night I met Dave Romesburg who today is still in FOB and has become a good friend. You are the man Dave! I love FOB—by Phil Aiken

    8.0

    4 Cheers

  • Rodenbach Grand Cru

    In case you haven't been paying attention it's 2017 and you're supposed to like sours by now. That's what I hear. In my book there are only two good sours Until I drank Rodenbach there was only Duchesse de Bourgogne. That's what I'm talking about —by Phil Aiken

    8.0

    2 Cheers

  • Heady Topper

    Dom Ace- you Heady is 4 weeks old. It's still fresh. If you would like to comment on anything else besides the freshness of the IPAs in FoB please do so but those IPAs in your case are as good as they get in the freshness category. If you thought it was malty then there is a good chance you drank something before Heady. If you drink any other IPA before Heady then Heady will disappoint. It's just the way it is—by Phil Aiken

    10.0

    3 Cheers

  • Enjoy By 2.15 Coffee Chocolate

    George has the best pot stories. Enjoy by's date is wrong on the score sheet. I know! The next person to tell me this or say it in a review is going to get a case full of old Jai Alai in their FOB case next year. I ain't kidding chumpies. Oh, here is a picture of our meeting photographers butt... enjoy. —by Phil Aiken

    6.0

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  • MadTree Chocolate Raspberry

    This beer has 7 written all over it. Even Jay Hannon would depart from his 4 score to give this a 7. That's something—by Phil Aiken

    7.0

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  • Heady Topper

    He's on the sideline with the flu right now so get better soon Matt Scullin. I mention this because I've not been able to write a decent Heady Topper review after reading Matt's Heady review from 2015. I wanted to copy and paste it but couldn't . Just go read it. You can get on your laptop, scan over his score and read every word. It stands as the standard of beer reviews that I judge all others on, which is perfect because this is the beer I judge all other beers on. Long live the Alchemist and the wacky beer contest that loves them. —by Phil Aiken

    10.0

    8 Cheers

  • Heady Topper

    He's on the sideline with the flu right now so get better soon Matt Scullin. I mention this because I've not been able to write a decent Heady Topper review after reading Matt's Heady review from 2015. I wanted to copy and paste it but couldn't . Just go read it. You can get on your laptop, scan over his score and read every word. It stands as the standard of beer reviews that I judge all others on, which is perfect because this is the beer I judge all other beers on. Long live the Alchemist and the wacky beer contest that loves them—by Phil Aiken

    10.0

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  • Bell's Hopslam

    Many years back, Quotations in Media would get Hopslam and it would be an annual event for Paul the Ripper, myself, Boorujy, Ag, and some others. The beer thing was picking up steam and Quotations was "cool". That was until the owner, Mike, called Paul some unholy names for "Cherry picking" his Hopslam. It means he thought we only went in there once a year to get Hopslam which was total fiction since its the only place we hung. See, I don't like when people come at my friends so I have a simple ask of all of you at FOB. Walk into Quotations and order a Hopslam. Tell them that you only come in here when there is Hopslam and other times of year you prefer to go across the street to Iron Hill and Sterling Pig. When you leave say "That was a great Hopslam Mike. I just love when you get Hopslam! I'll see you next year during Hopslam Season!" —by Phil Aiken

    5.0

    7 Cheers

  • Ommegang Rosetta

    Fantastic! The last cherry beer we had in FOB (Kasteel Rouge) is still being broken down in my septic system right now and it led to one of my favorite reviews back in 2014 from Jim Henry. (See Kasteel Rouge / Jim Henry) Rosetta is nothing like Kasteel Rouge in any way. Like when we lump in the rapper Too Short with Ice Cube and say they are both west coast gangster rappers but we know one is great and the other one is along for the "West Coast" ride on MTV. Rosetta is straight up a ganster beer made with cherries. It's just the white suburban Dad version because its a craft beer but you should get my point. True to the style it represents . Drink this because "Life is too short" —by Phil Aiken

    8.5

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  • Conshy Type A

    To my friend Chris Dietrich. About the only thing that gets me a little excited is when I hear that one of our IPAs is not fresh. The pain that goes into just that one thing for FOB is beyond what you might imagine someone would do to help get 216 people fresh beer. I can tell you with 100% certainly that your Heady Topper was canned less than 3 weeks ago and is by all standards...Fresh. It's so fresh that Kool and the Gang and Dougie Fresh would agree its fresh. I can only assume that your can came from Mike Kinsley's stash—by Phil Aiken

    8.5

    1 Cheers

  • Conshy Type A

    Love this IPA, thus why it's in FOB. Makes me happy every time I drink it. Almost as happy as getting to watch the opening of the Dukes of Hazard and they land that jump every time. Now that I'm older I can see that bootlegging moonshine is illegal and the Duke boys were wrong. Still, why didn't Roscoe and Cleatus just go to their house to arrest them instead of chasing them all over hazard? I'll have another Type A and ponder this more tonight. —by Phil Aiken

    8.5

    3 Cheers

  • Conshy Type A

    Love this IPA, thus why it's in FOB. Makes me happy every time I drink it. Almost as happy as getting to watch the opening of the Dukes of Hazard and they land that jump every time. Now that I'm older I can see that bootlegging moonshine is illegal and the Duke boys were wrong. Still, why didn't Roscoe and Cleatus just go to their house to arrest them instead of chasing them all over hazard? I'll have another Type A and ponder this more tonight. —by Phil Aiken

    8.5

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  • 2SP Bellcracker

    If LaTrappe can get a girl pregnant in California then Bell Cracker could populate an entire nation. BellCracker is a big English DIPA, not a style we see much but so well done. Loved every minute of it,but I must warn you of something. Don't go drinking three heady toppers, a Crusher, and a Sip of Sunshine and expect that Bell Cracker will make you sing when it's your 5th beer. C'mon my West Chester friends, I thought you guys knew better. The boys from Media would never make that mistake.—by Phil Aiken

    7.5

    6 Cheers

  • Troeg's Chocolate Stout

    A easy to Drink, perfectly balanced chocolate stout! What is not to like? Reports of this being too thin is just fake news —by Phil Aiken

    7.0

    2 Cheers

  • Sunday Morning Stout

    score fix—by Phil Aiken

    7.0

    1 Cheers

  • Sunday Morning Stout

    The People United against Robert Bustard and the anarchy he represents.—by Phil Aiken

    6.0

    1 Cheers

  • Sunday Morning Stout

    Liked it but didn't love it this time. Was it better fresh? Was it me? Was it you? I did drink it really fast which made me think of this guy, my hero Phil Vaughn He chugs beers upon request on Facebook and I've never seen anyone chug it better. Never seen a drop get on his shirt and the beer disappears in about 3 seconds. It's really worthy of a look. Phil- I should of paid you to take a FOB case and chug it on Facebook this whole month. My bad. Next time big guy—by Phil Aiken

    7.0

    5 Cheers

  • La Trappe Quad

    Mr Bustard- It's not Christmas yet. Just wait and you will be rewarded. —by Phil Aiken

    8.0

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  • La Trappe Quad

    Before I review this beer, I have to give a shout out to Scott the Younger for the first Phil Collins reference in FOB. From a 24 year old nonetheless. La Trappe just laid down 12 inches of fluffy powder for me to ski on for the rest of FOB Month. Although I can't pull out to subtle qualities that Mike Kinsley at least I can remember I drank this beer unlike Reardon who is already into week 3. I do love the candy taste of this quad. Like many of you I wonder why I don't buy more beligians. I'm flying high on Day 1 in FOB. The work is done and we have 216 happy campers. Cheers to all of FOB and Phil Collins—by Phil Aiken

    8.0

    4 Cheers