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Clinical lab scientist by day, beer geek by night.

Ballast Point Barmy Apricot Ale (12% ABV) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Made with only six ingredients. Malted 2-row barley, palisade hops, orange blossom honey, White Labs California Ale Yeast, apricots and San Diego carbon filtered tap water. Low bitterness is balanced by tart apricots with a sweet but not cloying finish. Barmy Ale can be aged up to eight years with a strong honey wine character emerging if cellared. Be careful not to be the barmiest of them all. Read More »

Chimay Grande Réserve Barrel Aged | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

The barrel-aged Chimay Bleue of March 2016 stands out from classic Chimay Bleue thanks to the many nuances provided by the additional fermentation in wooden barrels. On the eye, the beer boasts a deep brown robe with a bright glint. Its extremely fine and smooth foam also possesses a slight shade of cream. On the nose, notes of black tea, jasmine and wood are equally predominant. On the palate, the woodiness cloaks the bread crust, roasting, mocha and Cognac aromas as well as the empyreumatical notes. This 2016 edition of barrel-aged Chimay Bleue boasts an excellent blend of the characters of Chimay Bleue and Cognac. This balance between roundness and powerfulness is best appreciated between 6 months and 1 year after it is bottled. Read More »

The Bruery Poterie (16.6% ABV) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Poterie is French for “pottery”, the traditional eight-year anniversary gift. Our eighth anniversary ale, Poterie, follows in the footsteps of our anniversary releases before it, which are loosely based on an English-style old ale, fermented with our house yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. This means that a portion of each anniversary ale is saved in oak barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character as the years go by. The result is layered in robust and complex flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly. Read More »

Stone RuinTen Triple IPA W/Orange Peel & Vanilla Bean (2016) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This version of Stone RuinTen Triple IPA imagines orange peel and vanilla bean being caught moshing with the hardcore hop legend. Its original inspiration starts back with our decision to take the 2002 release of Stone Ruination IPA and make it into an even hoppier monstrosity in 2012 for its 10th Anniversary. Soon after its release, the nickname “RuinTen” began to circulate, and eventually stuck. No sooner did we sell out the special release that our fans began to clamor for more of this veritable hop monster, and from their noise the annual RuinTen release was born. Not being ones to not mess with a good thing, we decided to add two new ingredients to produce this modern-day mosh pit of hops: orange peel and vanilla bean. The result is a melee of flavor. Dive in, or watch from the seats. Your call. You’ll ... Read More »

Green Flash Lustrous Frumento w/coffee (Best Green Flash Beer?) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Lustrous Frumento with Coffee is the first “micro release” bottle to debut as part of the Barrelmaster Reserve series. A 100% bourbon barrel-aged “black ale,”Lustrous Frumento with Coffee features a rich malty double stout base. It is matured in freshly emptied, hand-selected “Old Forrester” bourbon barrels, which arrive at Cellar 3 still dripping from the distillery. The beer has rested in the barrels for 30 months, gaining plenty of spicy oak, vanilla and caramel notes. After being deemed “ready” by the Barrelmaster himself, a beautiful cold brew coffee made from a blend of Brazilian and Sumatran beans from San Diego coffee roaster, Mostra, is added to intensify and compliment the rich caramel and vanilla from the barrels. Lustrous Frumento with Coffee is 13.1% ABV and packaged in a signature metallic edition of the Cellar 3 750 ml cork-finished bottles. Read More »

Whole Cone Hops vs. Pellet Hops | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

In this video I discuss the advantages and disadvantages of whole cone hops vs pellet hops. Cheers! Read More »

Lagunitas 12th of Never IPA (First Canned Lagunitas Beer!) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

The magical, mystical 12th of Never is a blend of Old and New School hops that play bright citrus, rich coconut, and papaya-esque flavors, all on a solid stage of English puffed wheat. Tropically hoppy. Light, yet full-bodied. Bright and citrusy. The 12th of Never Ale is everything we’ve learned about making hop-forward beer expressed in a moderate voice. Pale, cold, slightly alcoholic and bitter. It’s all we know. These 12oz mini-kegs (AKA cans) are an exciting new option for us, and we are stoopid stoked at the opportunity for y’all to take us to all those new, nelophobic locations… Read More »

Belching Beaver Ol’ Dirty Barrel (ODB) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Our biggest beer to date. Aged in Oak Rye Whiskey Barrels, Ol’ Dirty Barrel is loaded with hints of caramel, anise, chocolate and coffee. Read More »

Zymurgy Magazine Top 50 Beers! | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Each year we ask Zymurgy magazine readers to share a list of their 20 favorite beers that are commercially available in the United States. We’ve tallied the votes, and here are the results for the 2016 Best Beers in America survey, including Top Ranked Beers, Top Breweries, Best Porfolio and Top Imports. Share your favorite commercial beers in the comments below! Read More »

Stone Enjoy By 07.04.16 IPA | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Our all-important, hop-driven quest to deliver the most devastatingly fresh IPA on the planet facilitated a paradigm shift in 2012 with the launch of Stone Enjoy By IPA. Not only did we brew this beer with more than 10 different hops, we brewed it specifically NOT to last. Acclaimed for its groundbreakingly short shelf life, this intense double IPA brought forth a whole new concept of what constitutes “fresh”—guaranteeing fans the ultimate level of hoppiness. The devastatingly independent batch you have in your hands is no different. It, like its predecessors before, is a celebration and declaration of the fresh beer. Read More »