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Hoppin' Frog King Gose Home

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I just want a fanciful brand like Hoppin' Frog to work out. I haven't been excessively impressed with their wares so far, but I haven't assigned them the moniker of "Hipster Swill" yet, and I hope not to. That said, it certainly seems like the look and general overreaching for their beers indicate that might be the direction that they are going.

The beer reminds me of dirty dishwater when I first look at it. It has a murky look to it with the added color of very watery honey. The head wasn't particularly significant when I first poured it, and it fizzled away about as quickly as the head on a soda water or cola would. The aroma is a bit of spice and then a whole bunch of lemon-lime. I could be convinced that this is a camouflaged version of Sprite or 7-Up. To sum up - presentation is not great.

First sip brings the beer into focus. This sucker is sour and tart out the yin-yang. It has flavors under the sensations of tart and sour, but I can't get to much …

Cigar City Tampa-Style Lager

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This beer is for drinkin'. At least, that's what Cigar City says.  Here's the thing about them - I may stop buying their stuff. It's not that it is bad, but none of it is all that great. This one should be a straight-shooting lager, and that means there aren't unrealistic expectations for it.

The pale yellow, misty beer appears almost neon in the right lighting. The head isn't copious to begin with, and it withers away to a few clumps of surprisingly small bubbles all huddled in a few little groups on top. The aroma is sweet grains and grasses blowing in the breeze. It's a simple smell, but that's the nature of a simple lager, right?

First sip is a little lemony, a bit acidic, some grains, and a whole heap of water. It's not an impressive start. It seems that (at least from the sip) this brewer intends on pretty much hitting the traditional macro-brew lager right on the head. I don't know why - the other guys do that at extreme volume and a lot …

Founders Harvest Ale

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Founders is a good, reliable brewer that I go back to quite a bit. Every label is going to have the one or two bad ones, but the question is: how many can you really nail? Well, Founders has earned the right to have me try beer after beer at this point. It's a terrible burden that I carry, but I carry it nonetheless.

This beer is a nice shade of copper with a white head that boils down to a patchy and very sticky coat of bubbles on top. The aroma is mostly hops, but it seems to have both pine and citrus in just about equal measure. There may be some spices in here backing things up, and maybe just a touch of tropical fruit to add to the hops, but I'm straining to try and smell any malt.

First sip is not nearly as bracing as I had expected. While there is bitterness, it's deftly being held down by a somewhat undefinable malt. Can resin hold back the bitterness? Either way, it's loosely the pine, citrus, and tropical fruit as three legs on the stool of flavor. It has a b…

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 …