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The Target: Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn

Brewed by: Pipeworks Brewing Company
Chicago, Illinois USA
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
ABV: 8.5 %

Commercial description: In this epic battle, the Blood of the Unicorn has been shed by the sword of the deadly assassin of the east. One sip of this aggressively hopped red ale clearly reveals what drives these, the greatest of, hop heads of lore. Is this the end of the mythical horned horse? Or will he rise like the phoenix to fight another day?

APPEARANCE (5/5)

Pours a dark, murky ruby red with some brown hues mixed in. A thick, light khaki head forms on the pour and sticks around for quite some time. It recedes very slowly to a thick cap and collar that leaves some sticky sheets of lace behind..

AROMA (9/10)

Lots of dank, herbal hops up front on the first whiff along with some spicy black pepper and earthly peat. Generous dried biscuit malts, some sweet caramel and berry fruitiness on the finish.

FLAVOR (18/20)

Follows the nose with loads of herbal hops, nice fruity flesh and citrus grapefruit are up front, but it gets really down and dirty with some earthy peat and subtle pine. The malt bill comes on strong at the finish with some nice caramel notes, dark spiced bread and a slight toasted bitterness. Finish has lingering bitterness with dank hops and spicy black pepper.

MOUTHFEEL (5/5)

Medium bodied with a slight bit of oily slickness. The finish is sweet and creamy with a nice medium carbonation level. Semi-dry finish with a hint of booziness detected but is generally well-hidden.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (9/10)

These guys are definitely on my beer radar. A really nice Imperial Red. Drinks like a Brewdog 5 AM Saint on steroids. Although on first sniff this beer seems like it’s going to be massively dry and hop-centered, the malt profile was ample enough to level things out and make a wonderfully balanced imperial red. Another wonderful offering by Pipeworks!

FINAL SCORE  (46/50)

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The Target: Evil Twin Disco Beer

Brewed by: Evil Twin Brewing
(Brewed at Brouwerij de Molen)
Copenhagen / Brooklyn, Denmark
Style:Imperial/Double IPA
ABV: 10.5 %

Commercial description: Disco Beer is a vinous IPA thoughtfully blended with 10 % Chardonnay white wine. This Champagne of beer is a real party starter, no more shy beer geek. Drink it and you will own the dance floor.

APPEARANCE (5/5)

Poured a deep dark amber orange with a fluffy three-finger white head. Subsided to a compact and loose head slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass.

AROMA (10/10)

Nose is of floral and herbal hops. Lots and lots of sweet citrus–lemon, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. It has a candy-like aroma. The wine comes through with a kiss of alcohol with a lightly sweet caramel and nutty malt backbone. Smells absolutely great!

FLAVOR (18/20)

Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some herbal flavors and peppery spice noticeable. Piney hops, sweet grapefruit, bready malts and strong oak notes. Some hints of apple, grapes, vanilla, and spice in the background. Slightly grainy backbone tries to poke out and balances it very nicely; never letting the hop character overtake it. Lightly bitter finish but it remains very smooth and robust.

MOUTHFEEL (4/5)

Average carbonation, an appropriate amount of dryness on the palate, some stickiness, rather light-bodied for the style. Extremely smooth, but with a slight tingling from the alcohol, and a tiny burn on the lips, but it faded away nicely as it warmed up.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (8/10)

Adding actual chardonnay to the blend gives it a completely interested and different character. The wine truly does make itself present and obvious, and the IPA is formulated in a way to allow this to happen. I enjoyed this beer immensely. It does not fall in line with what I tend to look for in a DIPA, but an interesting journey off the beaten path.

FINAL SCORE  (45/50)

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The Target: Boulevard Double Wide I.P.A.

Brewed by: Boulevard Brewing Company
Kansas City, Missouri USA
Style:Imperial/Double IPA
ABV: 8.5 %

Commercial description: The classic India Pale Ale is a traveler’s beer, aggressively hopped to withstand the long, hot ocean voyage to the British East Indies. Our Double-Wide I.P.A. also travels well, and is right at home in the most exotic ports of call of the Midwest. While this modern-day prairie schooner may not resemble a graceful sailing sloop, our liberal hopping regimen does make her virtually “twister-proof,” with toffee and caramel notes balancing out the lingering bitterness. Enjoy this beer fresh to best appreciate the complex blending of hop aromas, ranging from minty to citrusy, with subtle hints of pine.

APPEARANCE (5/5)

Pours a golden copper color with ruby red highlights. A huge, billowing and foamy egg-shell colored head. The lacing is spectacular and the retention is about the best one can expect: the one finger sized head lasts for the entire trip.

AROMA (10/10)

Nice big hop nose with a solid caramel malt backbone. Its a nice mixture of apricots and pine in the nose, although the pine seems the more dominant and noticeable and the duo. Slightly sweet form the malts with light tropical fruits.

FLAVOR (19/20)

Very well balanced. The sweet malt profile hits the palate up front followed by a rush of hops bliss. Predominantly piney hops, but there is also some nice grapefruit citric bitterness as well. A hint of lemon zest and bubblegum, even.The balance is obviously more favorable to the hops than the malts, but for the style it is dead center. The finish is piney, lasting and makes you want to go right back for more. Some hints of alcohol warmth creep in at the end, the only indication of the alcohol content.

MOUTHFEEL (5/5)

The body is medium with a nice pleasant carbonation. Feels a bit creamy. This beer is very dangerously drinkable.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (9/10)

A truly great beer. Hoppy then sweet then bitter at the end; one of the most solid and least agressive DIPA’s I’ve had.  Complex enough to hold my interest, but subtle enough to refrain from taxing the tastebuds. This probably qualifies as a hop bomb, but not to the extent of some tongue searing DIPAs and powerful IPAs. Damn fine beer. Kudos to Boulevard for making some really outstanding brew.

FINAL SCORE  (48/50)

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The Target: Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast

Brewed by: Mikkeller (brewed at Amager Bryghus)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Style: American Stout
ABV: 7.5 %

Commercial description: [translated from Danish] An Oatmeal Stout brewed with: water, malt, hops and yeast. Special version dry hopped with Simcoe and Columbus hops. Idido region coffee from Denmark’s coolest coffee guys at the Coffee Collective.

APPEARANCE (5/5)

Pours a really nice opaque and sludgy brown/black color, one finger deep mocha rocky head the holds its shape similar to whipped cream. Some sticky leggy lacing is left on the glass.

AROMA (9/10)

Dark roasted coffee beans, the slightest amount of citrus and pine. Faint hint of hops with a backing of earthy cocoa and dark roasted malts. Little bit of tobacco in there too. A near perfect marriage of dark or espresso roast coffee, toasted rolled oats, and tarry pine sap hops.

FLAVOR (19/20)

Starts off with a pleasant sweetness of milk chocolate followed up with a slight coffee bitterness. In the middle there is a smoked wood flavor coming out. In addition, the citrus hop profile starts to come through. On the back end the citrus and earthy hops come through and really balance out the malt. The combination of the hop bitterness with the roasty grains and the strong coffee taste is superb.

MOUTHFEEL (5/5)

Medium to low level of carbonation combined with a silky mouthfeel from the oats gives a big, rich feeling as it slides down the palate. No overt residual sweetness or cloying qualities. This, combined with the prominent hop bitterness, makes it quite a clean, sharp finish. Strong notes of pine sap and black coffee remain for a long time after you finish a mouthful.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (9/10)

This is a really well put together Stout with just enough hop character to balance out the rich thick malt flavors. One of my favorite Mikkeller offerings.

FINAL SCORE  (47/50)

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Beertography and Review: Elysian The Mens Room

Brewed by: Elysian Brewing Company
Seattle Washington USA
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
ABV: 5.6 %

Commercial description: A portion of the net proceeds from every Mens Room Original Red sold goes to helping support the families of our military vets through the VA Puget Sound Fisher House and Ft. Lewis Fisher House. The Mens Room Original Red is brewed for The Mens Room Radio Show on 99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle.

APPEARANCE (4/5)

The beer pours a hazy, dirty orange color with a two finger frothy khaki head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting ring.  Glass is left coated with soapy lacing.

AROMA (7/10)

The nose is of a slightly grainy caramel and sweet bread malts that nearly cover up some piney and citrusy hop notes. Pleasant and appropriate for the style, just not terribly strong in the nose.

FLAVOR (17/20)

Malt up front;  graham crackers and caramel. The floral hop character comes through in the middle to a sharp bitter. Some hop bitterness to balance, but the sweetness is lacking, from what you would expect from a red/amber. Citrus notes exist along with a bit of spiciness and a peppery finish.

MOUTHFEEL (4/5)

Good mouthfeel, a little sticky. Alcohol, though not strong pulls some of the cracker like dryness off your tongue, leaving an unusually clean feeling palate.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (7/10)

Pretty nice and drinkable beer…nothing too exciting.  I wouldn’t go out of my way for it,  but I wouldn’t turn it down either. Besides, it’s for a good cause.

FINAL SCORE  (39/50)

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Beertography and Review: Nøgne Ø Pale Ale

Brewed by: Nøgne Ø
Grimstad, Norway
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 6.0%

Commercial description: A refreshing light and hoppy ale. Probably our best allrounder. Recommended serving temperature 8°C/45°F. Ideal with barbequed or smoked meat dishes. Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat and caramel malt; Northern Brewer and Centenneal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

APPEARANCE (5/5)

Looks anything but pale! The most unique pale ales I’ve ever poured.  Deep hazy orange gives the illusion of low-pulp orange juice. Topped with a massive off-white foamy and dense head. Uneven sinking, slow and clingy all the way down. Average lacing.

AROMA (8/10)

The first thing that hit my nose was a funky barnyard hay aroma; similar to a brettanomyces in a lambic. Cutting through the funk is a floral hoppiness and notes of grapefruit and citrus with a touch of sweet, bready malt and some underlying caramel.

FLAVOR (18/20)

This beer is so refreshing and so well-balanced. A floral hoppy flavor comes through, balanced by fruit esters coming through again, giving bananas and a bit of citrus, namely tangerine and lemon. Bright citrus initially that is overtaken by a caramel-flavored toasted malt. The malt is more than a base, and acts more as the primary flavor component. Notes of dry oak with subtle spices. The yeast used could be mistaken for a Belgian. The maltiness provides a little more sweetness, a nice toasty flavor, and a really solid backbone to the beer. Incredibly complex and perfectly balanced.

MOUTHFEEL (5/5)

A medium in body, creamy, smooth carbonation; the mouthfeel is lovely. It fits perfectly. Long, tongue-coating hoppy aftertaste.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (10/10)

This beer is very enjoyable and it was a treat to drink. I didn’t know what to expect of it after experiencing the aroma. . This is a terrific APA from Nøgne . Full of flavor and almost too easy to drink. I’ll definitely have this one again.

FINAL SCORE (46/50)

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Beertography and Review: Sixpoint Resin

Brewed by: Sixpoint Brewery
Brooklyn, New York USA
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA 
ABV: 9.1%

Commercial description:  It’s been less than a year since we released our four core beers in cans, and we’re ecstatic to announce a new addition to the flock. This isn’t a seasonal release, like the Autumnation of last fall or Diesel, still going ’round this winter. It isn’t our upcoming spring seasonal can, either. It’s a never-before-released, big beer in a slim, 12 oz. can with a potent burst of hops and as strong as an ox: Resin. We zeroed in on the botanical structure of the hop cone to get to the essence of this beer. When hops are at their peak maturity, their cores swell up with a sticky, golden, resinous substance that is the flavor you crave from an IPA. WIth an IBU of 103 and ABV of 9.1%, Resin can be loosely described as a double IPA — but rarely do Sixpoint beers adhere to any strict style demands.

 

Pours a beautifully bright, amberish/copper-gold with a tiny hint of haze. It’s a bit darker than your typical double DIPA. Pour results in a rocky one-finger off-tan head. Decent retention with average lacing. Average amount of visible carbonation.

AROMA (9/10)

Not much on the nose at first, but it became more aromatic as it warmed. Hints of pine and slightly earthy hops with a touch of caramel malt sweetness to keep things balanced.  A faint floral presence and just a suggestion of mango create a pleasant experience.

FLAVOR  (17/20)

Taste follows the nose for the most part. A grapefruit-pineapple citrus hop wallop up front followed by a honey-brown sugar maltness that keeps things in check…not overly complex but pretty damn tasty and delightful. Alcohol is not shy and sneaks in at the end.

MOUTHFEEL  (4/5)

Medium bodied; sticky with a moderate carbonation. Very refreshing. Slightly dry finish.

OVERALL IMPRESSION  (8/10)

Love the skinny can! This is not a hopheads DIPA. Balanced…refined…refreshing. Not a crazy hop-bomb. For me, this is the ultimate delectable beer from Sixpoint.  I have enjoyed every one of their beers so far and this one might be my absolute favorite and I will seek it out again..

FINAL SCORE  (43/50)

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