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Class of ’88 Barleywine Style Ale (North Coast/Rogue/Deschutes)

I love the idea behind these “Class of ’88” beers. A bunch of breweries who were all founded in 1988 have gotten together to created a commemorative recipe. They then go to their respective brewery and brew said recipe. The result being the beer I’m here to review.

Class of 88 Barleywine labelCLASS OF ’88 BARLEYWINE STYLE ALE is a collaboration between North Coast, Rogue, and Deschutes. This particular version was brewed at North Coast and has an even 10% ABV.

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Black Butte Porter (Deschutes Brewing)

It’s odd to think of how many times over the years I’ve had Black Butte Porter and yet I’ve never written a review for it. I’ve reviewed the Black Butte XXIII, but never the o.g. version. The time has come to remedy this problem.

Black Butte Porter logoBLACK BUTTE POTER is an American Porter from Deschutes Brewing. It is available year-round and has a 5.2% ABV with 30 IBUs. Continue reading

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LTD Series #06: Black Bock (Full Sail Brewing Company)

Boy has it been awhile. I’m sitting here on a warm March day writing up my first beer review of the year. The first two months of 2013 were relatively beer free for me. I did say relatively. What that means is my beer drinking was mostly reserved for social situations, so therefore I wasn’t taking tasting notes as I was imbibing. But that is all over now. I’m going to continue something I started around the end of 2012: cleaning out my beer cellar.

Full Sail LTD Series 06 labelThe LTD series is a group of limited edition Lagers from Full Sail Brewing Company. LTD #06: BLACK BOCK is a Euro Dark Lager with a hearty 7% ABV and 34 IBUs.

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Okto Festival Ale (Widmer Bros. Brewing)

Ah, fall. It’s my favorite time of the year. The weather is getting cool(er), the leaves are changing, horror movies are playing on TV, and breweries are releasing their autumn seasonals. What’s not to love? With that in mind I picked up a fall seasonal six pack from one of the more consistent breweries out there, Widmer Brothers Brewing.

OKTO FESTIVAL ALE is an Oktoberfest style beer with a 5.3% ABV and 28 IBUs. Beeradvocate has this one listed as an Altbier, but however you want to label it, it’s available from August-October.

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Citra Blonde Summer Brew (Widmer Bros. Brewing)

With summer “officially” over (they’re calling for temps in the 90s next week) I figured it’s time to write up my final review of a summer seasonal. Even though I got sick of this beer after we ordered a keg of it, it was still one of the best summer seasonals I discovered this year.

CITRA BLONDE SUMMER BREW is an American Blonde Ale from Oregon’s Widmer Bros. Brewing. This summer seasonal has a perfect for a hot day 4.3% ABV.

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Twilight Summer Ale (Deschutes Brewery)

Summer is usually a wasteland for me when it comes to new beers. I’m not the world’s biggest Hefeweizen/Wheat Ale fan (there are some good ones out there) and I can only drink so many Blonde Ales before I get bored, so summer time leads me to scrounge the store shelves for something to satiate my thirst for new beer. Thankfully I found a summer beer from one of my favorite breweries that I had some how overlooked up to this point.

TWILIGHT SUMMER ALE is an American Blonde Ale with a meek 35 IBUs and an easy drinking 5% ABV.

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Prickly Pear Braggot (Widmer Bros. Brewing)

This new Brothers’ Reserve series from Widmer has created some interesting, and tasty, beers, so when I saw that they had made a braggot I knew I wanted one. I had never had a braggot before, so that made me all the more excited to try this beer.

PRICKLY PEAR BRAGGOT is a braggot with 20 IBUs and 10% ABV.  Continue reading

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