beer reviews to brood over, brought to you by me and occasionally my “wife,” Marta. none of that mouthfeel and “notes” nonsense, neither.

White Russian

Name: White Russian

Brewery: Lefthand Brewing Co. (Longmont, Colorado)

Style: White nitro stout with coffee + vanilla

Rating: 3.9/5

Review: It’s been a hot minute since I’ve reviewed any beer, so bear with me.

This beer was very tasty, but it almost wasn’t beer to me. I should admit that I have little experience with drinking White Russian cocktails. One of my best friends, Evyn, introduced me to them in Cuba, of all places. That was four years ago. I may have gone another three years before drinking a White Russian again — and that was when my friend Danylo decided he’d make them for me and all of my roommates to celebrate their graduation in May 2020. I will say: I am quite fond of the beverage, given the limited experience. read more

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Coriolis Effect

Name: Coriolis Effect

Brewery: New Image Brewing (Arvada, Colorado)

Style: New Zealand Style IPA

Rating: 4.2 / 5

Review: I will preface this review with stating that I am quite, quite biased on this one. Further, I am going into launch into a long story that barely reviews the beer.

I actually saw this beer for the first time back in December (remember December? A time when we weren’t wearing face masks and could socialize without fear of contracting a devastating virus?). My rad co-worker had given me a $15 gift certificate to the liquor store right before you get on I-25 from my exit of Colorado Springs. I never go to this liquor store because it’s just *slightly* more expensive than my go-to, college liquor store. But hey, I had a gift certificate! read more

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Hibiscus Wheat

Name: Hibiscus Wheat

Brewery: Yonkers Brewing Co.

Style: Wheat Beer

Rating: 4.3/5

Review: I don’t know if I’m proud or ashamed to say that at this point, I’ve drank a lot of beer. A lot of styles of beer. And frankly, it’s gotten almost a little old. I’m finally disinclined to try new things, because I can usually peg the beers I’m going to like and the which ones I won’t care for instantly. “Life is too short,” I recently told my friend, “to drink shitty beer.” Therefore, I’ve been kind of seeking comfort and assurance from beers I already know and love. But I grabbed this beer thinking, “Eh, I’ll probably like it well enough,” and knowing my sister, who is not a huge beer drinker, would like it far better than an IPA. Well, I took a sip of this and paused. “Dang. That’s interesting. That’s something I haven’t had before.” I don’t even know what hibiscus really is, nor can I really describe its flavor, but this was refreshing and tasty and just different. There is still a reason to try new beer! read more

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Hop Rising

Name: Hop Rising Tropical Double IPA

Brewery: Squatters (Park City, Utah)

Style: American Imperial IPA

Rating: 4/5

Review: During this pandemic, you need something strong. And this is 9%, so it really helps you tune out your family and/or panicked thoughts. Not overly hoppy, definitely tropical (as it boasts, whatever “tropical” means), and probably dangerous, as I could have easily downed a second or third and then have been in TROUBLE. Go try one for yourself.

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Southern Pecan

Name: Southern Pecan Brown Nut Ale

Brewery: Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company (Mississippi)

Style: English Brown Ale

Rating: 3.1 / 5

Review: I spent the last week and a half traveling from Charleston to Atlanta, visiting friends and family. For years, I have received Snapchats from my best friend at Clemson of “The Wall of Beer.” Naturally, now that I was finally visiting her at Clemson, she had to take me. And it’s exactly what it sounds like: a wall of tantalizing craft beers. But it’s not in some magical place — it’s in a Quik Mart. read more

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Porch Pils

Name: Porch Pilsner

Brewery: Sanitas Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colorado)

Style: Lager – Pale

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Review: In my effort to stop only posting beers that I like, here’s one that fell flat for me. Pilsners are supposed to be light and highly drinkable, but this one tasted strangely slightly hoppy? Hops are fine, but not when you’re expecting a mellow pilsner. Sanitas is generally a favorite in Boulder, but it definitely pales in comparison to Avery Brewing Co. (AMAZING) and Upslope. If you go to Sanitas, don’t get this one — their Everyday Mountain Lager is better. read more

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Galaxy Dry-Hopped Wild Saison

Name: Galaxy Dry-Hopped Wild Saison

Brewery: Upslope Brewing (Boulder, Colorado)

Style: Farmhouse Ale – Saison

Rating: 3.7 / 5

Review: I’m realizing I need to stop reviewing all these middling-rated brews and actually throw in some bad beers or out-of-this-world ones. I don’t know. This one could be bad, depending on who you are.

I got this on tap. Just asking for a taster, I could smell the few ounces of beer from across the bar — and it wasn’t exactly a good smell. The taste was stranger. Why do I want to say I feel like there were hints of ketchup? I truly do not know. But perhaps the strangest thing about this beer is that I really liked it. Maybe it’s so out there, it tasted good just out of novelty. I’m not sure. Go try it yourself. read more

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Deck Daze Wheat

Name: Deck Daze Passionfruit Tea Infused Wheat

Brewery: Vail Brewing Co.

Style: American Wheat Ale

Rating: 3.4 / 5

Review: Holy cow does this beer actually taste like white tea. I would say it tastes first like tea, then like beer, then like wheat beer. It’s just different. If you’re a tea drinker or a fruity beer lover, this is the beer for you.

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Blueberry Velvet

Name: Blueberry Velvet

Brewery: 4 Noses

Style: Milkshake IPA

Rating: 4.3 / 5

Review: Honestly, I should rate this beer higher, but as my high school English teacher always quoted Robert Browning: “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp — or what’s a heaven for?”

I’ve been a big 4 Noses fan for a while even though they didn’t have an auspicious start with me (didn’t LOVE their Proboscis Simcoe American Pale Ale, and it was the first beer of theirs I’d tried). Luckily, I gave them another chance and I’m so glad that I did. read more

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My friend Emily felt like she didn’t know anything about beer, puzzling over what to order at any craft brewery that she entered. I let her in on the secret: it doesn’t matter if you know ANYTHING about beer — you just need to know what YOU like. We split a flight and discovered that she liked the fruity wheat beer best of the four. This beer was a recommendation I gave her after this experience, coupled with her telling me that just she and her mom drank an entire bottle of rosé the previous night. read more

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Sky Kraken

This beer was recommended to me and my roommate by one of our favorite liquor store employees — who said another employee (an infamous former college caterer) can’t get enough of it. We dug it as well.  

Name: Sky Kraken

Brewery: Fremont Brewing (Seattle)

Style: Hazy Pale Ale

Rating: 3.3 / 5

Review: Refreshing, not overly hoppy. The can claims it boasts melon, citrus, pineapple, and pepper flavors, but they don’t shine through as much as one would like. However, it’s a crowd-pleaser, an overall good quality beer. And as the can says, “Sky Kraken is also just a really cool name for this really cool beer that we wanted to brew.” read more

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India Pale Ale

My friend has taken to buying Costco beers — IPAs, APAs, stouts. While they’re definitely superior to your Rolling Rock or Busch, I can’t get behind them.

Name: India Pale Pale

Brewery: Kirkland

Style: IPA

Rating: 2 / 5

Review: The most basic of IPAs you could ever drink. I blind-tasted this and was like, “This tastes like an IPA…not really getting any sort of flavor beyond that.” It has a bit of hoppy-ness. That’s it. It’s a taste as generic as its name of simply, “India Pale Ale.” Stick to buying beers from your local brewery, not Costco, Jesse. read more

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Name: Coloradler

Brewery: Bonfire Brewing

Style: “A Centennial State spin on the traditional radler, drifting among red rocks and rapids.”

Rating: 4.1 / 5

  • Marta: “Tasty and fresh as f*ck. All you need.”
  • Slaico: “I dig the juxtaposition of the RAD name and the classy mint and lemon flavors. Refreshing.”
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Los Locos

I’m currently revisiting an old favorite, and I’m enjoying it thoroughly. Here’s Marta’s and my review from summer 2017.

Name: Los Locos

Brewery: Epic Brewing Company (Denver)

Style: Mexican Lager

Rating: 4.5 / 5

  • Marta: “The combination of the salty lime and tropical vibes make this a true sensory experience.”
  • Slaico: “My only regret is that I didn’t have tacos to eat this with.”
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