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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »