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Beavertown-Stone-Garage Project Fruitallica Double IPA

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Another project where Stone found others to work with, slapped their names on the bottle, and went to town with producing a bunch of it. Is it any good? Well, if Stone thinks it has a chance, then I should probably not dispute them until I sample the outcome.

The slightly misty amber beer has a thin - but sticky - head that will leave whatever lacing it can. The aroma is fruity, but it has a definite pepper kick to it - jalapeno, habanero, or something like that.
*quickly looks at the label*
You know, if I would just bother to read the label on some of these beers, I wouldn't wind up with coffee beers that I don't like, and I would have known to expect the peppers, as it clearly states on the bottle that this has habaneros.

First sip is smoother than I would ever have expected. While I have found DIPAs to be pretty smooth and approachable, this is managing to do it with more aggressive ingredients. It's pretty impressive, all things considered. But, the sweet fruit and bre…

Bearded Iris Catalyst Imperial IPA

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I don't know how many people they employ down there at Bearded Iris Brewing, but they surely have more versions of IPAs than they have employees. That isn't to say that they are too tiny of an operation, as they seem to put out more different variations of IPAs than Budweiser has breweries.

The thick, citrus-and-pine scented beer has a very orange color and the little head that I was able to coax out went away very quickly on its own. All that I have left is a very slight dusting on top like it's my car's hood on a not particularly pollen-filled day.

First sip is pretty much a blast of tropical fruits and spices. It hits a lot harder than I expected, but I might not have sniffed as much as I normally do. I've definitely got mangoes and pineapple and oranges just jumping up and down on my taste buds, begging to be noticed. Believe me, I noticed.

Tip-in is a sweet, slow start with spices and fruits calmly sauntering in. Then, the middle picks up with the fruit meat, …

Lagunitas Fandom Ale Fusion XXXIX

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I think this is the first time I've gotten a Lagunitas beer on tap at my local beer slingers'. It's a wheat beer, and that has me even more intrigued. Fact is, Lagunitas is really my go-to for an IPA, and it's when they go off book they can they can really break new ground.

The very pale yellow/gold beer has a little head that appears to be sticky enough (for wheat beer at least). The aroma is curiously citrusy. Indeed, it's very mandarin orange, but I think I can smell the grains sulking in the background.

First sip has a very watery front-end, but spices and greens are sitting in the background. I think I get mangoes, some oranges, and even some watermelon mixed all inside there, but who can really tell a sip? Yes, a sip is a peek through microscope through the looking glass through a keyhole. That's not the way we test beer here.

Tip–in is very gentle carbonation caress with equally gentle mangoes and grapefruit just taking the whole scene in. The middle see…

Uinta West Coast Style IPA

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When the California coast is under water or is ultimately destroyed by a North Korean nuclear weapon, what will we have to show for it? California Emissions? Transformers 5? Jeff Gordon wine? No. I think we should concentrate on the best that that coast can give us - legal marijuana and the west coast-style IPA.

The sticky-capped, orange, and hazy beer has more lacing than it deserves, but it has no more than I desire. The aroma that emanates from it is laid-back citrus hops and bready malt that is waiting for you to come back from the surf to enjoy a relaxed evening with your tired muscles stretching themselves out on the sand.

First sip has more of a bite than I expected from the style or the smell. It has more pine to it and more of an acidic scrape than it should have; the aroma is all laid back, but the taste is a bit manic. Well, it's manic from the perspective of a simple sip, but that's not how we decide things around here in the deep south. We drink like we mean it.

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Mother Earth Kismet IPA

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Ah, you tiny little micro breweries - how I love you. How micro are you if you have at least two breweries in two different states and ship to lots of states that are pretty far from either of them? Mother Earth Brew Co. has a brewery in Vista, California and Nampa, Idaho, and I got this can in LaVergne, Tennessee. Is this macro economics or micro economics? Either way, I benefit with the chance to try it.

The bronze-gold beer has the sticky white head of an IPA that knows what IPAs are supposed to bring to the table, and I applaud it for doing the minimum necessary background work on this topic. The aroma is a giant bowl of tropical fruit with a little pine and citrus to boot. This is a serious bouquet of hops going on right now, and I'm much happier for it.

First sip is dank. I used to not really understand what they word meant, but I've had a few beers that claimed a bit of dankness, and I now have a firm grasp of what they mean. Under the dank is pine and lots of fruit. I …

Blackberry Farm TN Times Pilsner

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I'm not a massive fan of most pilsners, but that doesn't mean there aren't good ones out there.  Why not look for one of these at home here in Nashville? Why not try to get one from the same people who gave me Screaming Cock? No, that wasn't the best beer from the area, but I like people who really try.

Gold with a slight haze, this beer has a nice white, fluffy head that leaves a patchy cap floating on top of the beer. The foam sticks to the sides well enough, and I anticipate lacing. The aroma is solid bread with a spritz of lemon on top that gies the beer life.

First sip is a bit acidic due to the lemons, but the bread is joined by a gentle grass to offset the acid of the lemons. Honey adds a bit of sweetness to the drink, and the sip is enjoyable, but forgettable.

Tip-in is honey sweet with the biscuit backing it up nicely. The carbonation is just there enough to let you know it isn't flat. The middle is where that acidic note takes hold, but the lemons and gra…

Old Forge French Toast Moonshine

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My many attempts at finding palatable moonshines has met with failures and successes. The ones that try to cover the inherent lighter fluid taste of the White Lightning base have been the best. I was told by a friend that the good mountain moonshine has a solid corn taste to it that is missing from the commercial stuff, but I suspect I may never know the difference.

The maple syrup colored beverage before me has an overwhelming maple syrup aroma that virtually explodes out of the jar as soon as it is cracked and aerating it by pouring just spreads the sweet maple scent all over the place. Sitting on the table next to me there is very little else I can smell.

First sip is a dangerous business. It seemed like it was going to be all White Lightning with a bit of maple added at first, but it very quickly became smoked maple with the syrupy sweetness. It results in not that bad of a beverage with the 30% ABV being a noticeable, but not focal point of the taste.

More sips show that the char…