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Stone Loral & Dr. Rudi’s Inevitable Adventure Double IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 8.9%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Limited. Double IPA w/ Loral & Dr. Rudi

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A pairing like this was bound to happen. Loral hops were released in 2016 and quickly became one of our favorite new varieties. It was highlighted in our Stone Hop Revolver single hop IPA series, and was the featured hop in our hugely popular 2017 summer seasonal beer: Stone Ghost Hammer IPA. Then there’s Dr. Rudi, which has been around since 1976. Originally known as Super Alpha, this hop brings classic resin and piney notes, which pair it perfectly with the floral, citrusy aroma of Loral. Traditionalist GenX meets adventurous Millennial. What do they talk about? Nothing. Hops don’t talk. Together however, they speak. It’s apparent that a pairing like this was bound to happen. At Stone, we call it inevitable.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.86
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber with an enjoy by date of 11th April 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A nice clear copper amber colour with a three finger off white head that had great retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Mandarin, orange peel, grapefruit rind, pine, floral, herbal and some very light caramel.
Taste: Moderate bitterness, grapefruit, citrus rind and peel, pine resin, herbal with hints of sweetness from caramel malt and a touch of booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warming.
Overall: I’m generally not a huge fan of floral and herbal beers, but this was still quite good as it was balanced by the nice citrusy fruitiness and lasting bitterness.

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Cerebral Tandem Jetpack

Brewery: Cerebral Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 8.2%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Malts – Golden Promise, Pilsner, Oats, Dextrine and C15. Hops – Columbus, El Dorado, Simcoe and Vic Secret

Brewer Description: (from website) An intensely juicy DIPA brewed with excessive amounts of El Dorado, Simcoe and Vic Secret. Blast through clouds of sweet, luscious fruit and into the stratosphere of hops!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.81
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 16 fl. oz. can with no canned on or best before date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark-ish golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only some lacing.
Aroma: Mango, peach candy, pineapple, mandarin, citrus rind and pith.
Taste: Sweet and lightly bitter. Pineapple, mandarin, orange rind and pith plus some alcohol lingering in the background, which was surprising.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and light booze.
Overall: Quite nice, although it would have been even better if the light booziness could have been hidden behind the fruit or something.

Cerebral Rare Trait

Brewery: Cerebral Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 6.4%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Malts – Pilsner, Colorado Wheat, Oats, Dextrine and C60. Hops – Columbus, Citra, El Dorado, Azacca and Mosaic

Brewer Description: (from website) A showcase of the finest flavor & aroma hops we could get our hands on, featuring powerful notes of tangerine, mango and peach candy.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.25
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 16 fl. oz. can with no canned on or best before date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Juicy, mango, pineapple and a touch of citrus rind.
Taste: Tropical mango, peach, grapefruit, orange rind and zest. Only lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Another nice easy drinking IPA from Cerebral.

Cerebral Strange Claw

Brewery: Cerebral Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 6.2%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Malts – Pilsner, 2-Row, Wheat, Dextrine and Oats. Hops – Columbus and Citra

Brewer Description: (from website) Brewed with a blend of pale, pilsner and wheat malt with a touch of crystal malt and hopped with an immense amount of Citra and Columbus.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.23
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 16 fl. oz. can with no canned on or best before date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy pale yellow to gold colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quite quickly but left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Tropical mango, citrusy grapefruit pith and rind with a touch of orange flesh.
Taste: Lightly dank, sweet and bitter. Peach gummy candy, pineapple and citrus peel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Solid and very nice IPA.

Cerebral Plate Tectonics

Brewery: Cerebral Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 7.1%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Malts – Pilsner, Oats, Spelt and Dextrine. Hops – Simcoe, Topaz and Mosaic Lupulin Pellets

Brewer Description: (from website) Brewed with oats and spelt, hopped with Simcoe, Topaz and Mosaic Lupulin Pellets.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 16 fl. oz. can, canned on 11th January 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some light lacing.
Aroma: Juicy pineapple, pine, grapefruit and orange rind.
Taste: Juicy, pineapple, lightly bitter, grapefruit peel, orange rind, pine and a touch of grains.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: Nice and easy to drink.