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Aunt Sally (Beer, Not the Relative)

Today is my day off and I decided to celebrate with a little day drinking. I went to the corner store and surveyed their beer selection for a few minutes before deciding on a six pack of Aunt Sally from Petaluma, California’s Lagunitas Brewing Company. It’s described on the label as A Unique Dry-Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale, and that’s precisely what it is. It’s a good introduction to the world of sour beers. 

It pours a pale goldish amber color with a moderately foamy head. The aroma is of citrus fruits, green apple, and floral hops. It tastes sweet at first but turns tart and sour on the tongue. I get bursts of lemons, limes, maybe some pineapple, and hops. It’s crisp and seductive, the type of beer that cider lovers and wine aficionados can enjoy. 

Aunt Sally is a great beer for day drinking. It has an alcohol percentage of 5.7. It’s stronger than a Budweiser but lighter than most IPAs. It’s very drinkable and reminds me of sipping lemonade on the front porch at grandma’s house in the country. And my grandma didn’t have a porch or live in the country. Drink this beer if you’re lucky enough to get it.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Shark Attack Double Red Ale

Shark Attack Double Red Ale is an American Amber/Red Ale from California’s Port Brewing. It pours a dark red color (as you should expect) with a thick creamy head. It has a rich caramel malt scent with traces of citrus, pine, resin, dark chocolate, raisin, and toffee. The taste is mostly hops with citrus, pine, florals, caramel, raisin, and dark dried fruits. It’s pretty well balanced with a lot of flavor and tons of carbonation. It’s bold, smooth, and drinkable. It has a hefty 9.0% ABV so you should be slightly cautious when drinking it. A very delicious, flavorful, and exciting beer that I can’t wait to try again.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Dogma (beer)

Dogma is an ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana from Scotland’s BrewDog brewery. It pours a dark brown color with a red tint and a thick tan head. It has a nutty malt aroma with hints of spice, honey, caramel, honey, dark chocolates, and citrus. The tastes is as rich and complex as you would expect. Lots of malt, honey, caramel, toffee, nuts, coffee, herbs, spice, and a touch of wood. This a dessert beer. It has a 7.8% ABV so it’s decently strong. It’s too heavy to drink all day, I think one or two of these would be enough before I’d move on to something else. I like it but not enough to go out of my way to get it again.

Critically Rated at 11/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Double Bastard Ale

Double Bastard Ale is the older brother to Stone Brewing’s Arrogant Bastard Ale. It’s an American Strong Ale with a hearty 11.2% ABV. Long story short, it gets you drunk. It smells of coffee, chocolate, pine, bourbon, and toasted malt. It’s very bitter on the tongue. Like shockingly bitter. You should take a deep breath and mentally prepare yourself before you take your first swig. It’s almost like biting into a lemon. You can taste pine and citrus hops, caramel and coffee malts, and dark fruits. My one complaint is that it’s almost too boozy. It tastes too much like alcohol on the first couple of sips. It settles down eventually though, and each sip seems to get better. This is a genuine craft beer, full of flavor and personality. But I still think Arrogant Bastard is a little better.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Moylan’s Kilt Lifter Scotch-Style Ale

Moylan’s Brewery from Novato, California presents Kilt Lifter Scotch-Style Ale. It’s a good beer from a good brewery. It’s a solid 8% ABV, but you can’t taste the alcohol. It has a robust malty flavor with caramel and toffee notes, as well as dark fruit and hop spice. You also get hints of Scotch whiskey, smoke, and earthiness. It smells bready and malty with Scotch, toffee, caramel, and plum aromas competing for your nose’s attention. It is mildly carbonated and has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. There are a lot of things to like about this beer. It’s a beer that you can sip and discuss. I think you should try it. You can thank me later.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Ninkasi Believer Double Red Ale

Believer is a Double Red Ale from Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Company. It’s a delightfully creamy, full flavored ale that stars with a rich, bready malt taste and is followed by sharp, piney hops. There are some hints of vanilla and caramel, but it smells sweeter than it is. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Red Ales aren’t for everyone, but this is a good starter beer. See if you like this one, and then you can branch out into other Red Ales from other breweries. It has a decent 6.9% alcohol content, which is on the lower to middle end of acceptable for a decent microbrewed ale. This is a decent beer. It’s not remarkable, but it’s not boring or anything either. I would get it again, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it. If they renamed it Belieber, it would probably outsell Budweiser.

Critically Rated at 11/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

Lagunitas is a California microbrewery that is best known for its IPAs. This Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale is something else. It’s a wheat ale and it’s pretty hoppy too. My taste buds aren’t that sophisticated but I like this beer. I especially like the 7.5% alcohol content. I like beers that taste good and get me drunk. And you seem more classy when you’re drinking a microbrew. If you’re lucky enough to see Lagunitas on tap or on the display shelf you should get it.

Critically Rated at 14/17

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