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Carbon Brews Like the Wind

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6.4%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 50 IBUs. Hops – Amarillo, Mosaic and Sabro. Malts – Pale, Wheat, Carapils and Carahell. Yeast – wlp-001. Experience – Pine, citrus, grapefruit

Brewer Description: (from website) A robust American IPA with a sturdy malt backbone. Pours a lovely pale yellow and bursts with mango, orange and peach with undertones of grapefruit and a little dankness. Citrus and pine dominate on the palate with a beautiful dry crisp finish.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.92
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 17th March 2022. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention while leaving lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Biscuit malt, pine, grassy, pineapple, candied grapefruit.
Taste: Moderately sweet, candied grapefruit, pineapple, biscuit malt, light caramel, light bitterness, with notes of pine and grass.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: It’s super fresh and easy to drink, but it was sweeter, more malty, and less bitter than I prefer for a West Coast IPA.

Cigar City Jai Alai Spanish Cedar

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 7.5%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 65 IBUs. Rested on Spanish Cedar

Brewer Description: (from can) The bold citrus qualities of Jai Alai IPA are complemented by sandalwood and cracked pepper notes imparted by Spanish cedar, the same wood used to build the world’s finest cigar humidors.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.31
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can with a canned on date of 8th June 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear copper orange colour with an almost two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Piney, wood, perfumy wood, cedar?, herbal, floral, with citrusy and pepper notes.
Taste: Herbal bitterness, wood, light sweetness, biscuit malt, pine, citrus, lemon, peppery spice.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I’m enjoying these wood aged Jai Alai IPAs even more than the base beer, and this Spanish Cedar variant is no different. Very interesting perfumy, herbal, and floral wood notes.

Gweilo Citrus Crusher

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 3.5%
Style: American Session IPA
Other Notes: 11 IBUs. Core Range

Brewer Description: (from can) Gweilo Citrus Crusher is our refreshing, lighter, go-to beer. Additions of Mandarina Bavaria, Citra and grapefruit puree bring subtle citrus notes to the light ale base. It’s an ideal brew to crush on a warm day.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 9th April 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Light mango, mandarin peel and citrus zest.
Taste: Light flavours, citrus zest, mandarin peel, a touch of grains and a hint of stone fruit.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Even though it’s a Session IPA, light and refreshing, and while there’s nothing exactly wrong with the aroma and taste, I’d still expect it to be stronger and more prominent than what currently shows.

Strange Brew Uncle Jam’s Tale #5 Galaxy Too

Brewery: Strange Brew
Country: Greece
ABV: 6.5%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Uncle Jam’s handbook is full of mysterious & exciting tales. Let’s gather around this strange man. Sit back, take a sip & enjoy!

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

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 15th August 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very cloudy hazy milky straw yellow orange colour with a two finger soapy white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Fruity, tropical and citrus, mango, melon, mandarin, orange peel and grass.
Taste: Like the aroma, tropical fruit, papaya, melon, mango, orange and grass.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Good fruity aroma and flavours. Enjoyable and very drinkable.

Strange Brew Jasmine IPA

Brewery: Strange Brew
Country: Greece
ABV: 6.2%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA

Brewer Description: (from website) Our flagship beer is being produced constantly, earning the love and recognition of everyone who tries it. Intensely aromatic with full tropical fruits and citrus flavour, this beer always marks our beginning. Complex and refreshing, little Jasmine manages to satisfy the demanding and introduce the beginner to the strange ways of craft beer!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.78
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 10th July 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a slightly more than one finger white head that had pretty good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Juicy, papaya, pineapple, mango, orange rind and a touch of pine.
Taste: Not as juicy as the aroma, light floral, mango, pineapple, citrus rind.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Really good aroma and while taste was ok, it didn’t match the intensity that the aroma gave me.