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  1. District Brew Yards Advent Calendar: Day 15

    Casa Humilde Alba

    Casa Humilde Alba

    Vienna-Style Lager
    5.1% ABV

    A nice, easy-going lager. It looks great, with that lovely copper color. There’s a delightful subtle malt sweetness on the nose that’s almost nutty. There’s maybe some whole-grain bread in there as well. It’s easy drinking, starting ever so slightly sweet, but with a crisp, mild bitterness right at the end. This is nice.

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  2. District Brew Yards Advent Calendar: Day 14

    Bold Dog Motivator

    Bold Dog Motivator

    Coffee Doppelbock
    9.0% ABV
    20 IBU

    Clear, light brown body beneath a frothy off-white head. Surprisingly light in color to my eye, but that’s ok. Fairly sweet, but clean, aroma of caramel, latte, brown sugar, and some booze. The body, like the color, is a little light, but it’s easy drinking for the weight. It’s not the greatest example of the style, and it defied my expectations a bit, but I’ve grown to enjoy it over a few cans. The sweetness prevents any real roast flavor from the coffee to shine, but it’s clearly got coffee. It’s not a balanced beer, but it’s that’s ok. It’s still tasty. The alcohol and sweetness battle it out. I would love to try a version with more coffee added, to see what happens.

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  3. District Brew Yards Advent Calendar: Day 13

    Burnt City Juice Pillow

    Burnt City Juice Pillow

    Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale
    7.4% ABV

    This is an excellent hazy offering from Burnt City. It’s got a little more bite than some of the others. The body is soft and velvety on the tongue. The aroma is chuck-full of fresh fruit, with loads of pineapple, fresh orange juice, apricot, and maybe a hint of lemon. It starts sweet on the tongue, but transitions to a nice, pithy bitterness at the end. There is a real pineapple-orange juice quality to this beer that is really working for me right now. I happened to stumble across a 4-pack of this just before picking up the advent calendar and had been holding on to a can, just in case it wasn’t included. I’m not at all upset to have done that. The beer is still great and I’ve got another can in fridge.

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  4. District Brew Yards Advent Calendar: Day 12

    Bold Dog Tilly (Mango and Papaya Hefeweizen)

    Bold Dog Tilly (Mango and Papaya Hefeweizen)

    Fruited Wheat Beer
    4.8% ABV
    15 IBU

    Hefeweizens can be enjoyable, but it’s a style I typically avoid. It’s especially true as an at-home beer. I was interested to see the mango and papaya on here, as I thought those flavors could add an interesting twist to the style. But alas, it’s done little for me here. The wheat flavors are strong here, and there are fruity esters coming from the yeast, but the clove and banana are fairly subdued. Surprisingly, I get little to no mango or papaya either. It’s a little more tart, and the aromas are a bit more bright and tropical that a typical hefe, but I’m not sure I would have picked out mango or papaya. As it warms, I’m getting more papaya in the nose. It’s not a bad beer, but it is one not geared for me. And that’s a-ok.

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  5. District Brew Yards Advent Calendar: Day 11

    Around the Bend Can You Pass the Acid Test?

    Around the Bend Can You Pass the Acid Test?

    American-Style Sour Ale
    4.4% ABV
    8 IBU

    Nice mild sour here. There’s a good tartness going on, plus a lovely plum aroma. Quite nice. Finishes rather dry, with a nice smack of the mouth. Refreshing and enjoyable, this wouldn’t be a regular beverage for me, but nice every now and again.

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  6. District Brew Yards Advent Calendar: Day 10

    Burnt City Quarantine Beer

    Burnt City Quarantine Beer

    American Pale Ale
    5.3% ABV

    Slightly hazy, traditional APA with a good vibe. Solid crackery base with a staunch bitterness of pine and grapefruit. Nothing outlandish or unique, just a solid drinkable Pale Ale to help get us through all this mess.

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  7. District Brew Yards Advent Calendar: Day 9

    Casa Humilde Pilon

    Casa Humilde Pilon

    Beglian-Style Strong Ale
    7.0% ABV

    Slightly hazed Amber with a small, diminishing white head. Lots of spice on the nose, perhaps too much for my taste. Loads of coriander, some grassy hops, and a bit of spicy alcohol. Lively and bright on the tongue, with sharp carbonation. Starts quite bitter, but relaxes slightly as it warms. Some fruity sweetness emerges near the end. Pretty good, but not exactly balanced. Fun to try.

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  8. District Brew Yards Advent Calendar: Day 8

    Around the Bend Uncle Ebenezer

    Around the Bend Uncle Ebenezer

    Dark (Pseudo-)Lager
    5.4% ABV
    26 IBU

    Not sure what to think about this one. It’s the pseudo-lager bit that gets me. Considering just the liquid, I think it’s a clean, tasty, drinkable dark beer. Not too heavy, good flavor, quaffable. Some chocolate notes, but far from too sweet. There’s a little bite of bitterness to balance, but totally manageable. A little bit roasted, too, but all very nice and restrained. I guess it’s cool that you can get a lager-like profile in an ale. Maybe it’s just the front of the label calling it a “Dark Lager” that gets me. Or maybe I just need to relax and have a beer. Good thing this tasty one is available.

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  9. District Brew Yards Advent Calendar: Day 7

    Around the Bend Juice Trials (Amarillo, Bravo, Centennial)

    Around the Bend Juice Trials

    Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale
    7.0% ABV
    28 IBU

    Hazy golden body with a quickly diminishing white head. An interesting hop combination leads to an interesting aroma. A mix of both traditional citrus and pine, but also with some light tropical hints interspersed. In particular, I’m picking up mango, and perhaps some apricot. I feel like I’ve enjoyed other Juice Trials more than this offering. It’s not bad, but I feel a bit like it’s trying to be all things without truly being any of them. Not a true tropical, fruit-forward, Hazy IPA, nor a bitter, bracing American IPA. Oh well, I’ll look forward to the next trial.

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  10. District Brew Yards Advent Calendar: Day 6

    Bold Dog Beer Company Underbite Series: Fruit Punch Gose

    Bold Dog Beer Company Underbite Series: Fruit Punch Gose

    Fruited Gose with Pineapple, Strawberry, and Blood Orange Juices
    4.4% ABV
    5 IBU

    Hazy golden body with a thin, diminishing white head. Big fruity nose, not unlike a juice box, with a soft hint of alcohol just at the edges, keeping it interesting. Not sure I can pick out the blood orange, but plenty of strawberry and pineapple here. Tart, juicy, and tropical. There’s also a hint of unbaked bread, undoubtedly from the wheat and yeast. Smells great. The body is lively, full of bright carbonation. Nicely balanced flavors. The sweetness of the fruit is offset by a decent tartness. Nothing becomes to overpowering. This is surprisingly good, but then again, it sounded quite nice when I read the label.

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