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Bearded Iris Voltage IPA

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Another love letter to me from the folks at Bearded Iris. So, it is just as well that I write one back - hence, my review of Voltage IPA. There are the words Nelson, Motueka, and Taiheke under the word IPA, and I'm pretty sure these are types of hops. Mind you, I'm not to bother Googling, as that would require more work than just drinking and writing.

The beer is ever so predictably hazy and thick like fruit juice. It's a rather vibrant orange with a head that looks oddly reminiscent of orange juice pulp. The aroma is more than just orange juice, as tropical fruits mixed in with the citrus delights in an effort to make my mouth water. Good news! It does!

First sip is more tart and watery than I expected. It's not that this doesn't have flavor, but I expected more fruit juice to be splashed in my face than I'm getting. I certainly can taste both the citrus and the tropical fruits and maybe even some stone fruits, but they are very laid-back to the point that the…

BriarScratch Unincorporated The Ungoverned Ale

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Bless these guys. I guess living in Cottontown, TN (where I think I've only been two or three times while passing through) figured out that the best thing to do is to brew your own beer and get drunk for the day. Mind you, with a 4.6% ABV, you're either not getting drunk, or you're going to be peeing a lot. I wonder if this will be more like an All-Day IPA.

The copper beer had more head than I expected, and it overwhelmed the craft beer glass I had set aside for it. Even after the head goes down, there is a nice little cap right in the middle of the beer with lovely lacing on the sides of the glass where the foam used to be. The aroma is yeast, rye, and caramel malt with light floral notes.

First sip does not follow the nose well. It is bitter and has spices all behind the wheat and rye (rough and tumble rye). The yeast is pronounced, but the rye is definitely telling everyone where to go and what to do. It's not so great for sipping.

Tip-in is rye with spices and mild…

Innis & Gunn Gunpowder IPA

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I'll admit that the great customer service I got from the Innis & Gunn Twitter team was the reason I tried their beers twice. As I became more familiar with beer aged in barrels, I gave them yet another chance, and I found out that the problem had been (partially) me all along. I just didn't know what to look for in one of these beers. Well, I do now, and I got a new one to try.

The copper-brown beer has a luxuriously sticky head that leaves lacing like a wall of webwork on the sides of the glass. The aroma is wood-tinted malt of the bready variety. I smell a bit of seared grains in it as well, but I'm not smelling much in the way of hops, and that doesn't seem right coming from an IPA - aged in a barrel or not.
First sip is smooth and woody. The malt is actually a bit more caramel than I thought with the sniff, but those hops aren't asserting themselves at all. There are some spices highlighting the wood, but other than that, it's very simple.
Tip-in is ve…

Tailgate "Marcus Maris Otter" Hazy IPA

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I've had a look, and this is my 11th Tailgate beer. Generally, their beers have been on the positive side with a few outliers. I've even had a couple beers that I labeled is pretty outstanding. So, I have no compunction going out to find another one of their beers to try out. This hazy IPA is only the latest in their attempt to take over everything from right here in Nashville.

Just pouring this beer out into the glass bathes me in the aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. And when they say hazy, they're not kidding. No light comes through the center of this orange hued and almost pumpkin colored like beer. The head wasn't much to begin with, and it goes away pretty quickly. There isn't going to be any lacing going on today. Still, that aroma is very enticing.

First sip is pretty meaty. It's got a whole lot of fruits going on with some light melon, grapefruit, peach, and apricot all kinda vying for the right to dominate the taste buds. Even with a little sip, th…

Mill Creek Transcendent IPA

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Another chance to try a Mill Creek beer, and I'm again looking forward to it. These guys are local to Nashville, as they are from nearby Nolensville, TN. I am pretty sure this place was not named after the famous director of the Dark Knight trilogy, but I can't verify that without doing research, and who wants to do that?

That is one of the most interesting shades of copper I've seen in a beer. I was immediately struck by it, and I'm not sure it comes across in this picture as striking as it is in person. The head isn't much to worry about, and it becomes a very simple dusting on top with minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet, thick malt with the meat of an orange backing it up nicely.

First sip is very stiff resin with a bread backbone, grass, and citrus chunks. I'm not sure I like it, though. The resin is pretty rough, and it masks any nuance that might be hidden in the depths of the beer. Instead, this becomes exactly the kind of beer that a ponce would slog th…

Baker Company "Kitty" Coffee Whiskey Barrel Stout

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From my recent trip to what turned out to be very rainy Asheville, NC, I was given this beer is a gift. I met the dog on the label, Kitty, and she's a working dog; she's a great little helper, and she loves to chew on antlers in her free time. I wasn't sure about going after another coffee beer, but I think I've learned enough about what I should be looking for in one of these. So maybe I won't toss this out before even try.

The very, very dark brown beer is pretty much as near as black as you would expect. There is quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of this bottle, yet the top sports almost no head. This is not unusual for beer that has been mixed with harder liquors. When I take a whiff, it's the hard liquor mixed with coffee. Yep, this is going to be very coffee. It may be too much.

First sip is certainly more coffee than I'd normally like in here, but it's not overwhelming right up front. Instead, there's bitterness and dryness of the harder …

BrewDog Piña Playa Gose Ale

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I can't help but notice the precipitous drop in average rating of the BrewDog wares. They hit a high point with the Hazy Jane, and they have disappointingly trailed off since then. Since I kind of put this one off to be the last of the most recent three that I picked up, I am not anticipating this bucking the trend, but these guys have the talent for brewing, so let's see what they did.

The full head of big, off-white bubbles boils away to a patchy cap that leaves very little lacing. Under it all is the mostly clear, yellow-gold beer with an aroma that isn't knocking me off my chair. It's much, much lighter than I expected, but it brings lemons, pineapple and... coconut. Some people might think that I'm a picky person with my choices, but I don't like coconut (in addition to the sour ales, coffee, and a bunch of other stuff).

First sip is not good at all. It has the pineapple and lemons, but it has the coconut and a sourness that I should probably have expected…