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Clinical lab scientist by day, beer geek by night.

Lagunitas Tuberfest | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

The Tuberfest is a smooth and malty lager that is counterbalanced with some delicious Pacific northwestern Idaho number seven hops, giving it a cedary, herbal zing… Brewed to jumpstart your salubrious slide into late-summer. Ach! Read More »

Clown Shoes Bluegrass Billionaire | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

English Style Barleywine Ale – Aged In Bourbon Barrels. The third installation of Billionaire features Bourbon instead of Congac. The luxurious English Barleywine malt profile remains unchanged. Our GM, Matt Smith, in his eagerness “borrowed” the Clown Shoes Copter, flying to a secret lawn and mansion in KY, where he believed the barrels to be stashed. Haha! Sorry Matt, the final aging happened in a diamond mind deep in Africa. Read More »

Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 6th Anniversary Porter | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

We celebrated our first five years in business by releasing anniversary India pale ales, with each subsequent IPA brewed to be hoppier and more intense than the previous. For our 6th anniversary in 2002, we extended this concept by making an intensified version of Stone Smoked Porter. We cranked up the malts and hops a notch or three and conditioned it on French and American oak, which accentuated our porter’s distinctive smokiness and amplified its chocolate and roast coffee flavors while also adding subtle notes of toffee, cherries, dried berries and vanilla. We’re proud to give those who missed out—as well as those who didn’t—a fresh shot at experiencing this smoky, dark-as-night wonder. Read More »

BGN Brewery Spotlight: Pizza Boy Brewing | Beer Geek Nation Beer reviews

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Lost Abbey Serpents Stout (Top 10 Stout of all time?) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

The history of the bible and religion is indeed the struggle of good vs. evil. Our Serpent’s Stout recognizes the evil of the dark side that we all struggle with. This is a massively thick and opaque beer that begs the saints to join the sinners in their path to a black existence. Read More »

Rogue Rolling Thunder Barrel Aged Imperial Stout | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Rogue acquired vintage French WW II era coopering equipment before knowing where to put it and who was going to make the barrels. Longtime employee Nate Lindquist volunteered to be Rogue’s first cooper and spent a year as an apprentice learning the ancient art form of barrel making. Using Oregon White Oak, Nate assembles, raises, toasts, chars, hoops, heads, hoops again, cauterizes, sands and brands each barrel, one at a time all by hand. At full capacity, he makes one barrel a day. To Distillery The barrels are soaked first with Dead Guy Whiskey, which is distilled from Dead Guy Ale. During a year of aging, the Dead Guy Whiskey imparts its flavor into the oak, getting the barrels ready for the next step in the journey. To Brewery Eight different types of grains, including oats and Rogue Farms barley are brewed with Rogue ... Read More »

Allagash James Bean (Best of 2016) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

James Bean is our bourbon barrel aged Tripel (Curieux), with cold pressed coffee added. We use coffee from www.mattscoffee.com right here in Maine. Released January 2013. Read More »

Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion no.1 vs no.2 | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Since No. 3 is coming out I thought this would be a good time to see how No 1 compares to No 2. Cheers! An ever-evolving mix of experimental hops, designed to deliver mind-blowing flavors that break the rules with each new release. The unique revolution number on the label tells you which release you have in hand. Crack fresh and enjoy the show. Read More »

Stone 20th Anniversary Citracado IPA | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

For 20 years our passion for brewing and our obsession with hops have challenged traditional styles and expectations for beer. So it’s only fitting we commemorate this momentous occasion by crafting a liquid ode to bold brewing that satisfies your hop thirst and pays homage to our flagship San Diego brewery, located on Citracado Parkway (which itself pays homage to the citrus and avocado agricultural history of the region). “Citracado” also teases the two key ingredients of this beer. “Citra” refers both to the juicy gem of a hop and its citrusy (and tropical) aromas and flavors. “Cado” inspired us to utilize wonderful, native avocado flower honey. Combine the two and the result pours like silk and abounds with enough hops to match our excitement for reaching this 20-year milestone. We thank you sincerely for the years of support and pledge that we will, ... Read More »

Roughtail Adaptation Ale (New England Style IPA) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

An easy-going, simple malt profile of 2-Row Barley and Flaked Oats and Wheat provides a clean canvas for Southern Hemisphere hop varieties to shine. Rakau, Waimea, Motueka, and Galaxy hops are blended to bring out nuanced and complex aromas and flavors of lemon peel, passionfruit, pineapple and wildflowers in contrast to the explosive citrus and pine of their Pacific Northwest counterparts. Read More »