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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.

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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.

Lindheim x Oud Beersel FiftyFifty Spontaneous Blend (Friendship Series)

Brewery: Lindheim Ølkompani x Oud Beersel
Country: Norway
ABV: 7.6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: Spontaneous ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) FiftyFifty spontaneous blend. This beer is half Belgian, half Norwegian. 2015 lambic from Oud Beersel was shipped from Belgium to Gvarv and blended with our 2014 coolship beer. The fifty-fifty blend makes a 100% spontaneously fermented beer.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.88
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged bottle, production date of 2014/2015 and bottled on 11th November 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quite quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Funk, farmhouse, light tartness, apricot, peach and citrusy notes.
Taste: Funk, barnyard, oak, sour, tart, lemon with hints of stone fruit and citrus.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was quite nice, but it seemed to have lost much of the nice fruitiness from the aroma in the taste as the funk and wood were quite powerful. As I drank more and more, it did grow on me though.

Omnipollo x Tired Hands Raspberry Milkshake IPA

Brewery: Omnipollo x Tired Hands Brewing Co.
Country: Sweden
ABV: 7.2%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed by Omnipollo at De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium)

Brewer Description: (from Omnipollo Instagram) Dreamt up with our sweet angel creative genius life mates at Tired Hands Brewing Co. back in March 2015. Brewed with wheat, oats and lactose sugar. Conditioned atop vanilla and exceedingly aromatic raspberry. Consumingly hopped with Mosaic and Citra.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.14
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 500ml can, with a best before date of 28th March 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very nice looking cloudy ruby red colour with a two and a half finger pinkish head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Mixed berries, raspberry flavoured candy and berry jammy.
Taste: Tart, raspberry unset jello liquid, raspberry candy sweetness, jammy with a touch of sourness at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a tinge of alcohol on the back end.
Overall: Nice looking, nice aroma and good flavours. Not really much of an IPA though, and seems closer to a Fruit Beer.