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Cloudwater …And Getting Caught In The Rain

Brewery: Cloudwater Brew Co.
Country: England
ABV: 9%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA
Other Notes: Collaboration with Muted Horn. Aroma & Flavour – Sweet, juicy pineapple dominates, followed by smooth and creamy coconut. Body – Thick, yet silky and soft. Aftertaste – Coconut is prominent in a lingering sweet finish. Dry hop intensity – 20 g/L

Brewer Description: (from can) This fun twist on a Double IPA, brewed with Berlin’s Muted Horn, is infused with pineapple and coconut, and made for times when you fancy something a bit different. But although you may enjoy a bout of escapism, don’t forget the classic styles when choosing a long-term partner. They’re probably more exciting than you thought!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.93
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 440ml can, canned on 8th October 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A nice hazy mango orange colour with a just over one finger white head that dissipated very quickly to nothing and left pretty much no lacing.
Aroma: Pina colada. Toasted coconut and pineapple.
Taste: Juicy, moderate sweetness, toasted creamy coconut, pineapple, pina colada, with hints of mango. There is also some bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: I think it does everything the can says it does, with a really nice aroma, but it was perhaps a bit too sweet for me. It’s also a bit debatable as to whether it’s a DIPA as it just seems more like a Fruit Beer.

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Prairie x Evil Twin Barrel Aged Bible Belt

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales x Evil Twin Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 13%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Krebs Brewing Co., Krebs, Oklahoma

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout brewed with spices and aged in whiskey barrels.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.58
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 36416 (I think, as it was slightly unclear), meaning that it was bottled on 29th December 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Vanilla, whisky, oak, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted coffee and light spices.
Taste: Lightly sweet, whisky, oak, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, roasty coffee, light bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, velvety, full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Excellent, just so smooth to drink with wonderful notes of whisky and oak shining through. You don’t feel the 13% ABV at all, as you sip it.

Sierra Nevada x Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest 2018

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. x Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Country: USA
ABV: 6%
Style: German Oktoberfest / Märzen
Other Notes: 20 IBUs. Fall seasonal. Malts – Two-row Pale, Steffi, Pilsner and Munich. Hops – Sterling, Spalter and Record

Brewer Description: (from bottle) We’ve partnered with Bavaria’s Weihenstephan, the world’s oldest brewery, for this American take on the classic German Oktoberfest. A malt backbone is balanced by subtle hop character in this crisp, clean, and drinkable crowd-pleaser – nothing captures the spirit of celebration like a beer among friends.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.51
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, packaged on 27th July 2018, and poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear copper colour with a two finger white head that had good retention, while leaving only some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malt, pear, honey, bread, light floral.
Taste: Sweet, toffee apple, bread, honey, brown sugar, with a light bitterness to the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: The light bitterness helps, but on the whole, it was probably too sweet for me.

Young Master x Heroes Dom Houblon

Brewery: Young Master Brewery x Heroes Beer Co.
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6.6%
Style: American Brut IPA
Other Notes: Vintage 2018. Bière Houblonnée Brut. Brut, citronné, soigné

Brewer Description: (From YM webshop) Dom Houblon is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between Young Master and Heroes Beer Co., two of the highest rated craft breweries in Hong Kong. It is an extra-dry Brut IPA that has a finishing gravity of under 1 plato (under 10g/L of residual sugar). With minimal bitterness and a heavy dry hop featuring Loral, Mosaic and Ekuanot hops, the brew is dry, lemony, fruity and thirst-quenching.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.09
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 11th May 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear golden colour with a one finger white head that had decent retention but left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Strong melon and citrusy pith, light grain, biscuit and a sweet cantaloupe-y finish.
Taste: Sweet malts, light bitterness, lots of melon, grapefruit, lemon zest, a touch grainy, grass and a long melon finish.
Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Started off pretty good already, but it definitely grew on me the more I drank it as the melon and citrus really came through.

Gweilo x Kagua Yuzu Hazy IPA

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery x Far Yeast Brewing
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: 60 IBUs. Collaboration

Brewer Description: (from can) Brewed with our friends at Kagua to mark our launch in Japan, this is our first ever collaboration brew and it is a very special one. With a Denali, Amarillo and Citra base, we’ve also pumped this baby full of yuzu smuggled into Hong Kong by our friends at Kagua. The result is a tropical, juicy explosion of pineapple and yuzu.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.53
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 24th August 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Fruity, yuzu, lots of citrus peel and rind, lightly floral.
Taste: Bitter, lightly sweet, tons of yuzu, lots of citrus rind, peel and zest, grass, light floral and light biscuit.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was great, full of yuzu. In fact, taste was full of yuzu too but this time, overly so. The amount of yuzu seems to have created a bitter like harshness on the palate, almost like you have a mouthful of citrus rind.