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City Steam Innocence IPA


NAME: City Steam Innocence
TYPE: American IPA
ORIGIN: Hartford, CT
ABV: 6%
REVIEW: Golden caramel-y color, creamy head, sweet grassy smell with citrus notes. Pretty aggressively hop forward, kind of a palate wrecker but the bitterness mellows out as it warms and gives way to a floral sweet finish. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation. I wouldn’t say this would be a session-able beer but an otherwise good effort on an American IPA, Hartford.

goodwilltasting grade: B

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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic

Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12

NAME: Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12.
TYPE: Belgian-Style Strong Dark Ale
ORIGIN: Escondido, CA
ABV: 9.0%
REVIEW: Dark color, minimal head. Sweet, roasted smell. Crisp full mouthfeel, slightly overcarbonated. Sweet on the tongue with a piney floral finish. Well done Stone!

goodwilltasting grade: A-


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21st Amendment Hop Crisis

21st Amendment Hop Crisis Imperial IPA

NAME: 21st Amendment Hop Crisis
TYPE: Imperial IPA
ORIGIN: San Francisco, CA
ABV: 9.7%
IBUs: 94
REVIEW: Golden color with frothy head, very citrusy on the nose with a hint of pine. Very smooth beer with nice grapefruit and apricot notes, medium bodied with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Sweet, caramel finish. It’s no Pliny, but that’ll do pig. That’ll do.

goodwilltasting grade: B+

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Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA


NAME: Bear Republic Racer 5
TYPE: American IPA
ORIGIN: Healdsburg CA
ABV: 7.0%
REVIEW: The IPA that started it all… For me anyway. For real this is the beer that got me into IPAs in the first place. Fresh grapefruit, slight pine smell, darkish golden amber color, nice citrusy grapefruit notes up front, really fresh, crisp tasting with slow slightly sweet finish. Super refreshing and drinkable. This is a beautiful beer.

goodwilltasting grade: A

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Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 120 Min IPA

NAME: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
TYPE: Imperial IPA
ORIGIN: Rehoboth Beach, DE
ABV: 15-20%
REVIEW: This here is the elusive Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. It’s not easy to find. DFH only brews this a few times a year and releases a limited amount because it’s so time consuming and expensive to make. Crazy hoppy. It’s boiled and continually hopped for a full 2 hours (hence the name), then dry-hopped daily as it ferments, THEN aged another month over whole-leaf hops.  It’s a deep amber color, über hoppy beer with a rich, smooth mouthfeel. Slow, very sweet finish which masks it’s high ABV. Honestly I think I still prefer the 90 Minute, but definitely worth a try. Very good.

goodwilltasting grade: B+

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Rising Tide Daymark American Pale Ale


NAME: Rising Tide Daymark
TYPE: American Pale Ale
ORIGIN: Portland, ME
ABV: 5.5%
REVIEW: Beautiful gold color, bubbly foamy head. Mellow hoppy citrus nose, pretty unremarkable taste but its a very drinkable, refreshing beer with a crisp bittersweet finish. Really just tastes like a blander version of Sierra Nevada.

goodwilltasting grade: B-

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Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale


NAME: Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale
TYPE: Winter Warmer
ORIGIN: Boonville, CA
ABV: 6.9%
REVIEW: Caramel color, toffee and a little honey on the nose. Tasted sweet and nutty, medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation, sweet, almost syrupy finish.

goodwilltasting grade: B

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Radeberger Pilsner

I have a confession to make.  I know next to nothing about European beers.  Shameful, I know, but there it is.  So this year, with the start of my blog as motivation, I’ve made it a point to try many more European beers.  A noble New Year’s resolution, I’m sure you’re all thinking, so thank you.  I’m excited to try new beers from historic breweries, as well as beers from the growing number of European craft breweries.  So here we go!


NAME: Radeberger Pilsner (Draught)TYPE: German Pilsener
ORIGIN: Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
ABV: 4.8%
REVIEW: Golden color, minimal head, smells a little sweet, a little like wheat bread, subtle barley and oat flavors when sipped, watery mouthfeel, a little flat. Kind of a boring, standard pils. I paid $7 for this and I kind of feel like I got the shaft. Save yourself $7 and just have a MGD.

goodwilltasting grade: C-

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Anderson Valley El Steinber (Can)


NAME: Anderson Valley El Steinber (Can)
TYPE: Dark Lager
ORIGIN: Boonville, CA
ABV: 5.5%
REVIEW: Drank straight from the can. Grassy, piney, roasted smell. Dark cola color from what I saw on the lip of the can, malty, burnt toast taste, a little tinny, good carbonation, fuller mouthfeel. Kind of an ashy dark lager that’s interesting but not exactly good tasting. Or should I say good will tasting. Is that a joke? I don’t even know.

goodwilltasting grade: C+

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Brooklyn Brewery Lager


NAME: Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager
TYPE: Pre-Prohibition Style Lager
ORIGIN: Brooklyn, NYC
ABV: 5.2%
REVIEW: Pours amber with substantial head, fresh smelling, nice citrusy hoppy aroma, malty and clean tasting with a nice hoppy kick at the end. Slightly biscuity mouthfeel. Really nice, drinkable lager to wash down some greasy Chinese food.

goodwilltasting grade: B

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