REVIEW: Twin Pines Hammer Bent Original. Somewhat unusual brassy colour. Clear with quickly fading white head. Aroma and flavor are of apple skin and flesh. Very nicely tart and acidic with clean tannic finish. Like biting into a feral field in early September. Fairly shocked that they can make cider this good from dessert apples. Top of class.

REVIEW: Twin Pines Hammer Bent Original. Somewhat unusual brassy colour. Clear with quickly fading white head. Aroma and flavor are of apple skin and flesh. Very nicely tart and acidic with clean tannic finish. Like biting into a feral field in early September. Fairly shocked that they can make cider this good from dessert apples. Top of class.

REVIEW: @BrickBrewery Grapefruit Wheat Radler. Hazy straw yellow with white, large-bubbled head. Aroma has nice mix of sweet malt and grapefruit zest. Flavour is more disjointed: The sweet and grapefruit notes both taste artificial. Less well-integrated and not as balanced as Stiegl’s version.

REVIEW: @BrickBrewery Grapefruit Wheat Radler. Hazy straw yellow with white, large-bubbled head. Aroma has nice mix of sweet malt and grapefruit zest. Flavour is more disjointed: The sweet and grapefruit notes both taste artificial. Less well-integrated and not as balanced as Stiegl’s version.

REVIEW: @InnisandGunnCA Toasted Oak IPA. Clear, brassy gold with ring-bearing off-white foam. Old libraries, light cereal malt, and orange marmalade on the nose. Flavour is the finishing move: oaky vanilla calms the hop bitterness and presents the impression of a very nice lemon iced tea. Bit of lingering smoke and odd, but not unpleasant back-of-mouth pucker. Interesting occasional.

REVIEW: @InnisandGunnCA Toasted Oak IPA. Clear, brassy gold with ring-bearing off-white foam. Old libraries, light cereal malt, and orange marmalade on the nose. Flavour is the finishing move: oaky vanilla calms the hop bitterness and presents the impression of a very nice lemon iced tea. Bit of lingering smoke and odd, but not unpleasant back-of-mouth pucker. Interesting occasional.

REVIEW: @drinkgoodbeer Black Market IPA. Impenetrably dark — even the head is a darker shade of tan than usual. The aroma hints at coffee in the woods: dark roast and pine resin. That continues nicely into the hop-forward flavour that balances citrus zest against darkly roasted malts. A slightly thicker-than-average mouthfeel makes this a lingerer. Like all of Daniel Day-Lewis’s characters in one glass. Interesting occasional.

REVIEW: @drinkgoodbeer Black Market IPA. Impenetrably dark — even the head is a darker shade of tan than usual. The aroma hints at coffee in the woods: dark roast and pine resin. That continues nicely into the hop-forward flavour that balances citrus zest against darkly roasted malts. A slightly thicker-than-average mouthfeel makes this a lingerer. Like all of Daniel Day-Lewis’s characters in one glass. Interesting occasional.

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REVIEW: @SpearheadBeer India White Ale. Bright light yellow-gold with an abundant white cap. Citrus, zest, banana, and clove aroma. Flavour starts with grapefruit zest and pine, swings to banana and orange, and then back to sharply bitter. This hybrid between a hefeweizen and an IPA is like having a foot in two different canoes: deliciously exciting with an uncertain outcome.

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REVIEW: @SpearheadBeer India White Ale. Bright light yellow-gold with an abundant white cap. Citrus, zest, banana, and clove aroma. Flavour starts with grapefruit zest and pine, swings to banana and orange, and then back to sharply bitter. This hybrid between a hefeweizen and an IPA is like having a foot in two different canoes: deliciously exciting with an uncertain outcome.