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Belizeit

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We are pretty lucky, we have a local grown supper market here that sells singles so you can sample without having to buy a whole 6 pack of something you might not like, with a pretty large selection also.
 

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I'm not an expert taster, by any means... but I enjoy micro-brews, and I'll give you my best impressions!

Last night, I started with "Ghost in the Machine." It's a double IPA with strong Hops flavor, yet still smooth, and easy to drink.

This would make a good "intro" to IPAs, for those who might be sensitive to the bitterness normally associated with this kind of beer.

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I'm glad Andy sent two of these... I'm certainly looking forward to drinking the other one at the end of this review! :cheers:
 

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Tonight, I had the "Cocodrie." It's a double-dry-hopped IPA.

I'm not sure exactly what that means... but wow, this is an IPA lover's (of which I am one) IPA!!

I wish I could tell you about "hints of citrus," and all that jazz, but my palate just isn't that refined.

I enjoy bold flavors, and this brew delivers! :thumbsup:

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Tonight I'm drinking "Andygator!"

It's a helles doppelbock (hell's double-bock), and my first thought was that the flavor reminded me a lot of the Deschutes Black Butte Porter, though maybe not quite as rich. Makes sense, right? A double bock should be a pretty dark beer... but, what the heck is a helles doppelbock?

I looked it up (wikipedia covers it pretty well), and it turns out that "helles" refers to "light in color," even though a double-bock should be extra dark... That's like calling a beer "pale-porter!" :shrug:

So, I poured some into a clear glass, and sure enough... it's a light colored beer with a dark beer taste!

I love it, and with 8% alcohol, it's already improving my evening! :cheers:

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Belizeit

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I'm never to good at describing what something tastes like, thanks for the feedback. I'm only good at knowing whether I like it or not and it was good.
 

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Tonight I'm drinking "Andygator!"

It's a helles doppelbock (hell's double-bock), and my first thought was that the flavor reminded me a lot of the Deschutes Black Butte Porter, though maybe not quite as rich. Makes sense, right? A double bock should be a pretty dark beer... but, what the heck is a helles doppelbock?

I looked it up (wikipedia covers it pretty well), and it turns out that "helles" refers to "light in color," even though a double-bock should be extra dark... That's like calling a beer "pale-porter!" :shrug:

So, I poured some into a clear glass, and sure enough... it's a light colored beer with a dark beer taste!

I love it, and with 8% alcohol, it's already improving my evening! :cheers:

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Neat. I am going to have to try and find that one.
 

designerRob

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Haven’t had a Founder’s that I didn’t like. Yet. And this one is good as well.
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If you like the Mosaic hop try Mosaic-Hero from Revolution Brewing sometime. Imo, very good.

I do love my Founders. If you haven't tried the Azacca ipa you're missing out. It's a winter seasonal. Very delicious. 😋 And of course the Centennial ipa. Yum!
 
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CJ7Pilot

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I brought in a guest-reviewer (my wife) for "Purple Haze!"

She doesn't share my affinity for deep, hop-rich flavors... so when something like a raspberry lager rolls through our fridge... she claims it!

She said it was flavorful, easy to drink, and didn't have a prolonged aftertaste. She also said it was very bubbly (like champagne-bubbly) which she really enjoyed!

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I did get a sip of it as well, and I found it to be a nicely refined raspberry lager! :thumbsup:
 

Belizeit

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When the strawberries come around in the next couple of months, my nieces husband said the brewery turns the Andy Gator into Strawgator. Going to try that this year
 

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My final sample of this set is "Envie!"

This American Pale Ale (it says so on the label) tastes like an IPA!

It's got super-hoppy flavor, but without the knock-out alcohol content of most IPAs.

This would be a great one to sip when you enjoy ice-cold hops flavor, but need to remain coherent for a while. :thumbsup:

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In all, I really enjoyed each of the beers that Belizeit sent me!

I drank them each on a different evening, and each was my first drink of the evening (so as not to co-mingle flavors, and such).

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With every taste-test though, there has to be a favorite...

...and my clear favorite was...

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Ghost in the Machine! :headbang:

This will very likely enter my regular rotation, which includes Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Down-Town Brown, and Fat Tire Amber Ale... good company!

Thank you again Andy, I've really enjoyed this! :cheers:
 
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