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Wild Onion Paddy Pale Ale

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It has been a long time since I’ve written about beer. Life has been chaotic in my world, but not chaotic enough to give up drinking beer, just a bit tough to consistently write about it. Here I am reviewing a beer that is local to Chicagoland, brewed by the Wild Onion Brewing Co, out […] ... [Read more]

Lakefront Organic ESB

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This beer pours a beautiful rust color with a dense 2 finger head that dissipates to a film but is already leaving some intricate lacing. The aroma is not all that pronounced but there is a malt presence and lack of hop notes. That theme is continued after the first sip when I taste mostly […] ... [Read more]

Horny Goat Red Vixen Vienna Style Lager

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This beer pours a rust orange copper with a healthy and dense head. Lots of bubbles rising rapidly from the bottom of the glass. The aroma consists of faint darker malts, copper, and hard water. Some weird florals going on here also. All together not too appealing. The taste is pretty plain, not all that […] ... [Read more]

Breckenridge Lucky U IPA

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Thanks again to Steve in Colorado for another round of beers. Lucky U is a beer I thought was available only out west but on a recent trip to Binny’s I spotted it on the shelf. Here are my thoughts. It pours a beautiful, clear copper color with a one finger head that disappears quickly […] ... [Read more]

Odell St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale

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You can imagine what this beer may taste like based on the name. After a good day at work and a daughter that is early to bed, I couldn’t wait to crack this beer open. Thanks to Steve in Colorado for this treat. It pours a rich, golden honey color with a fluffy, dense, billowy […] ... [Read more]

Brewmaster Dinner at Emmett’s Brewing Company

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I’ve been married to my wonderful wife for 5 years. This year it was her turn to plan our anniversary dinner evening and she did a great job. Not only did she manage to keep me in the dark the entire time up until our arrival, she chose a place and event that she knew […] ... [Read more]

Central Waters Ouisconsing Red Ale

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Pours a nice, red amber, clear and bubbly with a one-finger head. Fruity ale smell- pleasant- malts and floral hops. First sip really hit me with an iron presence and I was immediately turned off. My first instinct is that the iron note comes from the water used in this brew but by my third […] ... [Read more]

Boulder Hazed and Infused Dry-Hopped Ale

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This beer pours a beautiful rust orange color with a fluffy, dense head. The aroma welcomes you with a blast of pungent, citrusy hops. The smell is intoxicating and immediately puts a smile on my face. I had a feeling this was going to be a good beer when I chose to buy it the […] ... [Read more]

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

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Some tasting notes about Lagunitas’ Wilco Tango Foxtrot, “a malty, robust, jobless recovery ale.” I shared a 22 oz bomber with a buddy – here are my notes on this one: Combo of red, dark orange, brown hues Smells deliciously of hops- a bit oily– slightly fruity- very fresh smelling Taste is big and malty […] ... [Read more]

Rogue American Amber Ale

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Pours a cloudy, rusty orange with minimal head on my pint glass pour. Aroma consists of more malt than hops, and I pick up a toasted, bready note. Before I go into the taste let me say that I appreciate the few Rogue beers I’ve had. I know my brother who resides on the West […] ... [Read more]