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1. Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
English style Pale Ale / 5% ABV
From the website: "Brooklyn Pennant Ale is a honey-colored pale ale with a brisk malt palate and finely balanced hop character. Pennant is a traditional English style pale ale."
My go-to beer! It had to be the first one!

2. Duvel Green
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat , Breendonk, Belgium
Belgian Pale Ale / 6.8% ABV
From the website: "A 'Duvel Green' on draft has a gentle hoppiness, soft carbonation, and a subtle, smooth dryness with hints of fruitiness. The beer is not refermented, but is does have young Duvel flavors emerging from the first fermentation."

3. Delirium Tremens
Brewery Huyghe, Brussels, Belgium
Belgian Strong Pale Ale / 8.5% ABV
From the website: "Feels like the sound shot of alcohol is igniting the mouth. In reality the tongue and palate are warmed. The taste is characterized by its roundness. The aftertaste is strong, long-lasting and dry bitter."
I know people LOVE this, but the herbal/clovey taste is too overpowering for me. It makes me feel like I need to go brush my teeth.

4. Blue Point Toasted Lager
Blue Point Brewing Company, Patchogue, NY
Vienna Lager / 5.3% ABV
From the website: "The best thing to come out of a brick oven since pizza. Well, we’ve upgraded from our original direct-fire brick kettle, but our flagship Toasted Lager still has the same toasted flavor it was named for. Copper in color, our most popular and unique brew is made from six different malts, including English Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Wheat, and Belgian Caravienna. Toasted Lager’s balanced flavor of malt and hops makes for easy drinking and the special lager yeast we use produces an exceptional, long-lasting smooth finish."
I have no recollection of this whatsoever.

5. Bitburger Premium Pils
Bitburger Brauerie, Bitburg, Germany
German Pilsener / 4.8% ABV
From the website: A mystery, because their English version of the site is just as incomprehensible as the German one.
Again, lost in the mists of time.

6. Leffe Blonde
Abbaye de Leffe S.A., Dinant, Belgium
Belgian Pale Ale / 6.6% ABV
From the website: "The unique recipe is the fruit of centuries of experience in the art of brewing, which brings a broad palette of aromas into balance. It is elegant, smooth, and fruity, and it has a spicy aftertaste with a hint of bitter orange. Its light, sunny color is due to the use of pale malt."
I was meh on this, but I was touched that the first order of business on the website was wishing me a happy Lent.

7. Chimay Tripel
Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont, Baileux, Belgium
Tripel / 8% ABV
From the website: "The Chimay Triple on tap is produced by the same method of double fermentation. A first fermentation develops in the vat. The second takes place spontaneously in the heart of the cask, once it is filled and kept in the fermentation cellar for at least 21 days. This second fermentation permits the fulfilment of the entire equilibrium necessary among the aromas, alcohol, and unctuous foam. The Chimay Triple on tap is enjoyed in a 250 ml Chimay beer glass especially planned for the cask. It is enjoyed ideally between 4° and 6° C."
NOM NOM NOM. I would bathe in this if possible.

8. Prima Pils
Victory Brewing Company, Downington, PA
German Pilsener / 5.3% ABV
From the website: "Heaps of hops give this pale lager a bracing, herbal bite over layers of soft and smooth malt flavor. This refreshing combination of tastes makes Prima a classy quencher in the tradition of the great pilsners of Europe."
I do not ENTIRELY remember this, but the non-memory seems like a positive one, if that makes sense.

9. Goose Island IPA
Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, IL
India Pale Ale / 5.9% ABV
From the website: "Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish."
Vague, very vague.

10. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada, Chico, CA
American Pale Ale / 5.6% ABV
From the web site: "Our most popular beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor."
It's Sierra Nevada, what else is there to say?

11. Guinness
Guinness LTD, Dublin, Ireland
Irish Stout / 4.2% ABV
From the web site: "Swirling clouds tumble as the storm begins to calm, settle, breathe in the moment, then break through the smooth, light head to the bittersweet reward. Unmistakeably GUINNESS beer, stout, or draught , from the first velvet sip to the last, lingering drop. And every deep-dark satisfying mouthful in between."
Really? That's what they came up with for the web?

12. Goose Island White City
Goose Island Beer Company, Goose Island, Chicago, IL
Witbier / 7.5% ABV
From the web site: "An imperial white ale spiced with coriander, green coriander, crushed roasted fennel seed, rosemary, bitter orange peel and fresh orange zest."
Gah, fennel, no!

13. Troegs Pale Ale
Troegs Brewing Company, Harrisburg, PA
American Pale Ale / 5.4% ABV
From the web site: "Tröegs Pale Ale is an American style Pale Ale that is aggressively hopped with Northwest Cascades and balanced with crystal malts to create a hoppy, copper-colored crisp ale. An excellent example of a classic American Pale Ale."
Yeah, I have no clue.

14. Sierra Tumbler
Sierra Nevada, Chico, CA
American Brown Ale / 5.5% ABV
From the web site: "As the nights grow cool, the leaves on the valley oaks begin to turn and fall. In honor of this yearly dance, we bring you Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and invite you to enjoy the show. We use malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavor to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. So pour a glass, and grab a window seat to watch as the leaves come tumbling down.
This was yum, but I'm a little suspect of a web blurb that I could have written knowing nothing about this beer. Or any beer, really.

15. Coney Island Geektoberfest
Shmaltz Brewing Company, CA/NY
American Strong Ale /
From the web site: "Geektoberfest is definitely not a traditional Oktoberfest beer. It is a blend of 7 different craft beers brewed at Shmaltz, Ithaca, and Captain Lawrence."
There seemed to be an awful lot going on here for a beer that was whatever to begin with.

16. Coney Island Freaktoberfest
Shmaltz Brewing Company, CA/NY
American Amber - Red Lager / 6.6% ABV
From the web site: Arise and take possession of this bewitching offering of the season. Crafted to lure your spirit's deepest rapture. Conjured to exorcise the grim horrors of the armies of soulless drafts everywhere."
I don't know if it was that good, but for seasonal novelty value, it was BLOOD RED, so there's that.

17. Sixpoint Dark Belgium
Sixpoint Craft Ales, Brooklyn, NY
Belgian style Strong Dark Ale / 7.7% ABV
From the web site: "The Belgian Rye is a Belgian style beer that seemlessly fuses some of the unique qualities of some of our favorite beers. We started with the template of a strong Belgian style dark ale and interwove the flavors of chocolate and rye to deliver a new, unique creation for our fans. The manifestation delivers a full-bodied, complex and nuanced beer. Stratified layers of malt unearth a variety of gems underneath - clove, spice, pepper, and fruit."
I sort of remember this being mildly all right, but I hate their web site with a passion and am thus taking points away from their beer.

18. Erie Fallenbock
Erie Brewing Company, Erie, PA
Doppelbock / 7.8% ABV
From the web site: "Keeping up with Erie Brewing’s German brewing influence, our brewer creates Fallenbock, a classic Oktoberfest lager that is a harmonious marriage of classic malts and hops that has a wonderful clean and crisp flavor to celebrate Autumn and Oktoberfest. Robust, roasted, chocolate malt flavor, followed with a clean and crisp finish. Chocolate Brown."
This was really tasty.

19. Brooklyn Cuvée Noir
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY\
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 8.7% ABV
From the web site: "They said the Belgian yeast was too spicy. Too…unpredictable. But he didn’t care. Didn’t care that black ales with German, British and American malts didn’t normally go out with Belgians. The Brewmaster threw caution to the wind and went ahead and joined them anyway. The result is Brooklyn Cuvée Noire."
Love! There was nothing wrong with this AT ALL.

20. Fisherman's Ale
Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester, MA
Kolsch / 5.0% ABV
From the web site: "Fisherman's Ale is a German-style Kosch Ale that is crisp and refreshing. A style Invented in Cologne, Geramny in the early 20th century. It is an easy drinking beer with a touch of noble hops and a light malt sweetness. The perfect accompaniment to a full day reeling'em in or watching the game."
I loved this because it was extremely dry. Why is it that dryness is a thing some people like about liquids? Odd.

21. Ridgeway Lump Of Coal
Ridgeway Brewing, South Stoke, UK
Stout / 8.0% ABV
From the web site: "Looking forward to a depressing holiday? Here is liquid consolation. This 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is the best you could hope for in these dark times. Actually, come to think of it, considering how bad you’ve been, this little coal-black gem is more than you deserve for Christmas this year."
Eh, it was okay.

22. Southern Tier Choklat
Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY
American Double - Imperial Stout / 11.0% ABV
From the web site: "The Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl (ch-co-atle). At Southern Tier, we’re not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers and gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus, the mystical bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples. Moving through centuries, the circular journey of cacao has been realized in our brewing house, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bitter-sweet candy together with the original frothy cold beverage of the ancient Maya to bring to you our Blackwater Series Choklat Stout. We have combined the finest ingredients to tempt your senses & renew the power & interrelation of history in every bottle."
This has to be the exception that proves the rule, because I usually dislike beer that is supposed to taste like other, non-beer things, but this tastes SO MUCH like chocolate, it's like drinking a melted chocolate bar and it is divine. Also, SO NOT KIDDING AROUND with the 11%.

23. Brooklyn Main Engine Start
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
Belgian style Pale Ale / 6.2% ABV
From the web site: "The first beer out of our new brewhouse is Brooklyn Main Engine Start, a burnished gold ale in the rare “Abbey Singel” style, reminiscent of the un-filtered beers that Trappist monks make for themselves. It’s dry and biscuity on the palate, with a lilt of spicy Belgian yeast character and a snappy hop bite. Judicious dry hopping with Slovenian Aurora hops lends an appetizing herbal note. It’s tasty enough to stick with for the whole evening, and at about 6% ABV, it won’t have you tripping over snow banks after just one."
This was an absolutely functional beer, and I mean that in a good way.

24. Magic Hat Howl
Magic Hat Brewing Company, Burlington, VT
Black Lager / 5.6% ABV
From the web site: "Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast's longest night, HOWL comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths out inner voids are warmed."
Whatever else it was, it wasn't very memorable.

25. Sam Adams Rustic Saison
Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA
Farmhouse Ale / 4.35% ABV
From the web site: "Samuel Adams Rustic Saison is an incredibly complex yet refreshing beer in the classic style of Belgian farmhouse ales. These blonde ales were traditionally brewed to quench the thirst of farmers throughout the summer months. The unique character of our brew comes from its Belgian yeast that imparts floral, fruity, and spicy flavors. These are layered with a slight earthiness and a citrusy, herbal hop character for a bright and satisfying summer brew."
This was ... pleasant? It was fine. Whatever.
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