Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA
New Belgium Brewing Company
Fort Collins, CO
ABV: 9%

Jon:
3.8
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
10/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
14/20
This feels rather refreshing for an imperial. It smells bright and citrusy but the flavor is bit darker and piney. Seems like it's missing a little something on the tongue... it's not one-note but not terribly complex either. If the term "session" applied to flavor intensity rather than alcohol content, this would be a session imperial.
Mark:
3.4
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
9/20
I feel like this one could get me into trouble... Pretty easy drinking for an imperial IPA. Pretty nice though. Nice and hoppy with a little bit of an alcohol kick. It is making my tongue a little numb and slurry though...
Jere:
4.6
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
19/20
IIPA! Couldn't ask for a better return to form for the beer blog, although the long gap between the last one and now probably has something to do with it. New Belgium doesn't disappoint.

Samurye Warrior
American Pale Ale
Odd13 Brewing
Lafayette, CO
ABV: 5.6%

Jon:
3.4
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
2/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
16/20
Interesting straw color. The fruity pineapple/peach flavor plays pretty nice with the spicy rye, but they toss back and forth rather than melding together. My tongue gets a tad tingly with this one too.
Mark:
3.5
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
15/20
Fruity with an acid kick. Pineapples and strawberries. It does kind of mess with my tongue but it's pretty tasty. An interesting take on a pale ale.
Jere:
3.1
Appearance
2/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
14/20
Always nice to try something new, and I give them props for the name, but this isn't my favorite. At least for a rye ale. Not that I've tried a whole slew, but I know I've had at least one other. Good for a Tuesday night though.

Hop Rising
Double India Pale Ale
Squatters Craft Beers
Salt Lake City, UT
ABV: 9%

Jon:
4.7
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
10/10
Overall
19/20
Really good double. Not too heavy or malty, but not wussy either. Nice bite on the finish. Cold weather is here, so we must drink strong beer!
Mark:
4.4
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
18/20
Citrus and spice! Quite bitter with lemon and white grapefruit notes at first finishing with herbal, floral and a little peppery spice kick. Very nice.
Jere:
2.9
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
5/10
Overall
13/20
Heavy duty is the phrase that comes to mind for this one. The double part is certainly accurate. The bitterness factor also seems to increase the further down I get, so if there was another available, I'd probably decline.

Oculto
American Lager
Broken Barrel Brewing Co. (Anheuser-Busch InBev)
St. Louis, MO
ABV: 6%

Jon:
1.1
Appearance
1/5
Aroma
3/10
Palate
2/5
Flavor
1/10
Overall
4/20
It's Budweiser with agave and fake lime. I fell for the cool packaging.
Mark:
1.1
Appearance
2/5
Aroma
2/10
Palate
1/5
Flavor
2/10
Overall
4/20
I do slightly taste the tequila barrel residue but it seems to overpowered by some sort of agave sweetener. Kind of tastes like mexican beer that someone dropped a SweeTart in. I think I'd like it a little better without the sugary kick.
Jere:
3.0
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
13/20
Not that Bud with lime is necessarily a bad thing, but I can see where this could be written off as that. If Budweiser made a 6.0% beer.

Mocha IPA
India Pale Ale
Stone Brewing
Escondido, CA
ABV: 9%

Jon:
4.3
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
Sudsy, stout-like head. Sweet, chocolatey, stout-like flavor. Plus hops! I like it but beers like this make categorization hard/pointless. Hoppy Milk Stout, this is. Still solid.
Mark:
2.9
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
2/5
Flavor
5/10
Overall
12/20
This beer is freaking me out...Chocolate ice cream ipa float? Interesting flavor profile but the milk chocolate sweetness comes through a little too much for me. I do like the bitter baker's chocolate and hops that come through along with the little bit of coffee I taste. The coffee is more noticeable in the aroma than the taste. Overall, worth a try just for the weirdness of it.
Jere:
4.0:
Appearance
2/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
The color makes it seems like it will taste differently than it does, but it's a pleasant surprise. The combination of flavors works, and the multiple disparate ingredients may explain the nine percent. Being a fan of dark chocolate also helps.

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