The Hop Reviews Vol. 37: June

Beer Reviews

CHICAGO, IL

The Hop Reviews v.37: June Beers

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JUNE 2019

Each month, we share a handful of beers that we think you should know a little more about, through the perspective of our collective palate.

We tasted through the following 14 beers for June and rated them according to our very own interpretation of the BJCP scoring guidelineson [for the first time ever] a newly implemented 5-star scale and listed in alphabetical order. We considered aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, overall impression and trueness to style. The rating system can be interpreted as follows:

✶✶✶✶✶ SEEK IT OUT
✶✶✶✶ VERY GOOD
✶✶✶ ALRIGHT
✶✶ 2 STARS
✶ SKIP IT

This month DIPAs dominate, summer sours take the stage, and California and Michigan get highlighted.


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ABLE
Better Selves

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - 4.4% ABV

A light, yet fruity, easy drink’n tropical IPA. This silty brown pour is deceiving from appearance to palate, but is a nice break from other dense takes on the hazy styles.

Drink to: break from the other hazies.

✶✶✶

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ALCHEMIST
Beelzebub

STOWE, VT - 8% ABV

The keystone stout from the famous makers of ‘old school’ NEIPAs. It’s intensely roasty, and chocolately with obvious nods to burnt toast, with a hoppy dank tinge.

Drink if: you like burnt toast.

✶✶✶✶


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DESCHUTES
Humm Zinger

BEND, OR - 4.3% ABV

Where to begin here…? While the ‘kombucha radler’ descriptor provided intrigue, this simply missed the mark on all fronts, and unanimously so.

Drink if: you want to zing your tongue, for better or worse.

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GRIST HOUSE
Outrun Cowboy

PITTSBURGH, PA - 5.0% ABV

This was a pleasant and welcome surprise, from PA. It’s grainy, and dry yet balanced perfectly so. Immediately, we recognized this as a perfect pair-with-pizza beer.

Drink while: you’re splitting a large spicy sausage pizza with some cohorts.

✶✶✶✶✶


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THE KERNEL
Imperial Brown Stout
London 1856

LONDON, UK - 9.1% ABV

A deceptively welcome drinker, given it’s 9.1% ABV. It’s got big fudgy body, with a slightly dry bitter finish. Like a boozy brownie.

Drink to: replace your chocolatey dessert.

✶✶✶✶✶

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LAGUNITAS
Phase Change

PETALUMA, CA - 7.4% ABV

A Lagunitas-style ale you’ve come toexpect. It brings–as the brewery describes it–that seasonally unexpected wet-hop flavor to an unfiltered, juicy nectar. We’ll toss in ‘dank’ to the descriptor list, too.

Drink to: remind ya of the West Coast IPAs.

✶✶✶✶


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MOODY TONGUE
Oak Barrel Aged Flanders Red Ale

CHICAGO, IL - 6.7% ABV

Everything about this one had us excited. In a sea of trendiness, simply brewing a Flanders red is intriguing. However, it’s oakiness is hard to detect, alongside a sweet, citrusy Flanders-sourness. Points for differentiation, still.

Drink to: shake things up.

✶✶✶

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ONE WELL
State of Bean

KALAMAZOO, MI - 5.5% ABV

Adversely, nothing about this had me excited, yet, I was floored by how much it caught me off guard. Coffee? Hardly there; instead butterscotch meets pecan…meets butter, in this rich blonde ale from Kalamazoo.

Drink with: some strawberry shortcake.

✶✶✶✶✶


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PIPEWORKS
Roasted Agave Heart Gose

CHICAGO, IL - 4.0% ABV

This one had us expecting a hefty dose of tart and tang. However, we were met with a much lighter take on your traditional salty sour gose. It’s crisp and a bit crackery, with a slight smokiness and just enough sour to appease the style.

Drink with: a heaping bowl of chips ‘n guac.

✶✶✶✶

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RHINEGEIST
Stryker

CINCINNATI, OH - 9.3% ABV

Remember big, sweet, dank DIPAs? Well this Midwest take is full-bodied, moderately bitter and impressively balanced. It’s a boozer, still, with a passion fruit meets melon fruitiness that proves ‘old school DIPAs’ are still welcome.

Drink to: slowly end your evening, with a friend or three.

✶✶✶✶✶


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SIXPOINT
Tropical Jammer

BROOKLYN, NY - 4.0% ABV

Holy sweetness, Batman! This is a vessel full of liquified Fruity Pebbles, with the slightest tangy bite. If there ever was a ‘beer for people who don’t like beer’…

Drink on: a sun-soaked boat deck, alongside a cocktail or two, if you can.

✶✶✶

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SPECIATION
The Great Filter

COMSTOCK PARK, MI - 7.0% ABV

Admittedly, we’ve sat on this bottle for a few months. And this foeder aged sour with honey held its own. It’s oaky, funky and sweet with a slight grassy/earthiness. Yes.

Drink when: your hop-soaked taste buds need a repreive.

✶✶✶✶✶


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STONE
///Fear.Movie.Lions

SAN DIEGO, CA - 8.5% ABV

A candied, fruity, classic DIPA. Stone says it best: ‘juiced up with massive tropical & citrus notes; the mild bitterness and dry body compliment the style, and the residual maltiness nicely rounds it out.’

Drink: if you’re overdue for a Stone.

✶✶✶✶

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SUFFERFEST
Repeat

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 3.5% ABV

This Kolsch brewed for post-run consumption is a nod to endurance athletes and its bee pollen recipe is meant to aid in recovery. At a watery 3.5%, I can certainly see it’s after-race appeal. But…it lacks anything memorable beyond that.

Drink: a few to quench your thirst, post-run.

✶✶


 

The Hop Review's monthly beer reviews are collected from beers gathered at the discretion of our team. They include beers collected from travels as well as shared samples.

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