Beer Review #78

Full Circle Brewing Co. JUICY New England IPA

Canned. ABV 6.6%

Appearance: Hazy, Mango Juice with half a finger of soapy head

Aroma: Zest, Mango, Tangerines, Oranges

Palate: Heavy orange peel, Tropical juices

Finish: Chalky, Zest and Alcohol burn

Experience: This beer was a revisit for me. I have had it in the past and it was a descent beer but I remembered something about it that didn’t overly impress me. Once I had it it was the finish. It left a lingering chalky (like Flintstone vitamins) and a alcohol burn even though it’s a low ABV beer for a New England IPA. It’s full of flavor but the finish is where it takes the excitement away for me. Score: 4/5.

Brew Review #68

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SLO Brew Tropical P.O.G. Hefeweizen Cali Squeeze

Canned. No Date. ABV 5.4%

Apperance: Unfiltered, Merky, Hazy, Finger and half-width soapy head

Aroma: Orange Peel, Slight Guava, Wheat

Palate: Orange Peel/Zest, Slight Malt

Finish: Sweet, Tart

Experience: I was picking up some beer for my wife and I this one jumped out at me as something that she would like a lot. Also, it has been getting hot here in Fresno and it is about to be a stretch of 100+ degree weather. This beer sounded refreshing for the summer heat. I will admit my wife and I both were disappointed that it didn’t have more tropical flavors. As we let it sit out for a bit we started noticing some guava hints but not a lot. It taste more like a traditional hef (similar to a Blue Moon). I am not a huge fan of hefs just because they tend to upset my stomach but I wanted to give this one a try. My score is based solely on what it is, a hefeweizen. Score: 4/5.

Brew Review #35


Dust Bowl Brewing Co. Canal Surfer Grapefruit Citrus IPA 

Bottled on 5/24/17 (reviewed 8/1/17). ABV 7.3% IBUs 75

Color: Hazy, Amber, Finger Width Head

Smell: Malty, Slight Grapefruit

Taste: Sour, Light Body, Malty

Aftermath: Dry Mouth, Hints of Grapefruit, Slight Citrus (Sour Taste?)

Experience: I have had a handful of beers from this brewery. I would consider it a “local” brewery even though it is over an hour away from Fresno. I was looking for a beer to review and the label caught my eye. I thought grapefruit IPA, I am in! I really enjoy grapefruit and blood orange in my IPAs. I think they are a great balance within the beer. I was excited to try this beer as I said before I have had many of their beers and they are awesome. The minute I smelled this beer and got malt on the nose I was not happy. I don’t know if it was because the beer was “older” or because of the ABV is higher than the alcohol taste is more malt. Not sure. My experience when I smell malt I end up not liking the beer. I was correct. I wanted more flavor or hops or something from this beer. I got the dryness I like from IPAs but that was about it. Grade 3.2/5.

Brew Review #28


Rogue 7 Hop IPA

Draft (Mad Duck Craft Brewing Co.). ABV 7.77% IBUs 76

Color: Hazy, Amber Brown

Smell: Orange Peel, Guava, Tropical

Taste: Mango, Guava, Slight Hop

Aftermath: Juice Back, Light Hop, No Dry Mouth, Sweet, Malt Towards End

Experience: Good beer but wanted more dryness in the mouth. Could be a bad tap. I don’t normally do reviews at restaurants or breweries if I am drinking there but wanted to test it out as I wanted for my dad for lunch. Wanted to compare my experience with a tap pour vs. can or bottle beer that I get. I want to try this beer again from the bottle to see the difference. Grade 4.3/5.