High Tide
India Pale Ale
Port Brewing Company
San Marcos, CA
ABV: 6.5%

Jon:
3.5
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
14/20
The nose has a malty barley wine quality to it. There's a metallic component to the bitterness profile, not entirely unpleasant but unexpected. The other bitter flavors are really nice though.
Mark:
4.0
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
Very clear amber color with a minimal head. Pretty straight forward at first with citrus and floral notes but this one hits you hard with a dandelion/carnation aftertaste! Very interesting. More herbal than citrus with hints of black tea and flowers. If you like the bitter aftertaste, this one is for you...
Jere:
3.6
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
15/20
Stronger than I expected, and I wasn't expecting too much out of a 6.5, but the concentration of 16oz cans might make a difference. The west coast is definitely preferable to other styles in my book. Perhaps the warm-up Modelo is having some impact though.

Rocky Mountain Kolsch
Kolsch
Upslope Brewing Company
Boulder, CO
ABV: 5.1%

Jon:
3.2
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
4/10
Overall
12/20
This is really interesting, but I think a Kolsch isn't the best vehicle for this intense sage flavor. I want a Kolsch to be light and the herb weighs it down a bit.
Mark:
2.7
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
2/5
Flavor
5/10
Overall
10/20
Kind of weird. It would go great with a pork tenderloin or maybe some turkey... I like the sweet honey and herbal flavor but the sage finish kind of overpowers it. That said, it's pretty easy drinking. Like maybe I spilled some herbs in my Modelo. I probably won't buy it again but it was a good experience.
Jere:
4.0
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
Like drinking the open prairie! The sage is somewhat overpowering but it still goes down easy. Can't say I've tried a lot of Kolsch brews either, but after this one I'd be ready for another.

Alpha Centauri
Imperial IPA
Hop Valley Brewing Company
Eugene, OR
ABV: 9%

Jon:
3.4
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
14/20
Intense! Sappy. Lots of pine. But where's the nose? It seems to be missing.
Mark:
3.8
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
15/20
Pretty tasty, heavy piney hops followed by a white grapefruit rind wallop finishing up with a little dark honey/pollen aftertaste. This does not taste like it's 9%... I better be careful...
Jere:
3.9
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
17/20
Tasty, piney, and strong. Grounded in some yummy hops, this will definitely be a double-dipper. Which isn't saying much, but I won't have to debate the issue much.

Wibby IPL
India Pale Lager
Wibby Brewing
Longmont, CO
ABV: 7%

Jon:
4.0
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
16/20
I haven't had many IPLs so I'm not sure what to expect. It's hoppy alright, but smoother and without much nose. I usually don't do hoppy beers with Mexican food, but I think I'll have to try it out with this one.
Mark:
4.1
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
I really like this! Decently full flavored lager with a hoppy kick. It's a nice alternative to an ale that still has a bit of a punch. It's pretty straight forward with a little barley and sweet pink grapefruit hoppiness with a lingering white grapefruit bitterness at the end.
Jere:
4.1
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
Having had this multiple times straight from the source, I was a bit skeptical on how the canned version would fare. It doesn't disappoint, but I still prefer it on draft.

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

Jon:
4.2
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
17/20
Sticky, piney hops. Solid malt backbone, hint of brown sugar and biscuit. Long lingering bitterness, in the best way.
Mark:
4.0
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
This is pretty damn tasty. Almost sweet and sour in the beginning with a little toasted malt and a touch of sour cherries. Finishes up some ever-changing hoppy bitterness alternating between piney and herbal with a touch of citrus.
Jere:
4.0
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
Mmm-hmm, this one makes the grade. Somehow this nine percenter was produced in SLC, which was higher than they used to be able to do. Doesn't even feel that strong either. Another win for TotalBev.

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