Church Street Devil’s Advocate

Church Street Devil’s Advocate is a 10 ABV 27 IBVU Belgian Strong Pale Ale.  The appearance is orange amber and the nose spice and yeast.  The flavor is malty candi sugar with a lot of spice, finishing bittersweet.  Mouthfeel is a bit thick and the Belgian funk is present throughout.  The abv has a heaviness but it’s not at all raw.  Not too bad for a one off.

Dark Horse Raspberry Ale

Dark Horse Raspberryr Ale is a  5.5 ABV Fruit/Veg.  The appearance is orange amber and the nose heavy raspberry.   The flavor follows, strong sweet raspberry, not particularly fresh but not cloyingly artificial either.  Behind this is a nice malt and hop balance to keep it more than just a one note fruit beer.  Something about the aftertaste isn’t great, but overall it’s a decent novelty one.  Not something I’d find again but nice to try.

Church Street Heavenly Helles

Church Street (Illinois) Heavenly (Munich) Helles Lager is 5.4 ABV and pours a pale, bubbly yellow.  The nose is all cereal grain malt leading into the taste, those clean cereal malts finishing with a hit of grassy bittersweet.  The palate has a note of honey wheat throughout and the mouthfeel is crisp and drinkable.  Nothing here that’s extremely memorable but it hits the style nicely.

Evil Twin Mission Gose

Evil Twin Mission Gose is 4 ABV and is made with Eucalyptus and Coriander.  The pour is bubbly orange with a huge head and the nose salty and lightly vegetal.  The palate is all salty gose with a subtle vegetal note from the Eucalyptus.  The coriander is very light but adds a touch of spice.  Mouthfeel is easy and crisp.  I don’t know if I’ve had a better Gose, absolutely worth trying.

Destination Unknown Sore Thumb

Destination Unknown (Bay Shore, NY) Sore Thumb ADIIPA is 8.2 ABV and uses Citra and Simcoe hop, IBU not listed.  The appearance is coppery and the nose citrus and pine hop.  The palate is mostly balanced but edges a bit malty sweet, with that resiny pine hop bitterness coming out on the back end.  Mouthfeel is moderate but has a creaminess you’d want out of a bigger IPA.  Another in a long line of B+ to A- IPAs but well worth trying.

Brau Brothers Moo Joos Oatmeal Milk Stout

Brau Brothers (Minessota) Moo Joos Oatmeal Milk Stout is 5.8 ABV and pours black and bubbly.  The nose is sweet lactose with some cocoa, leading into the taste, mildly roasty and sweet cocoa and coffee without much bitterness.  It’s very pleasing and smooth but overall the flavor is bit lacking, although within the bounds of the alcohol level.  Not much here to recommend but it drinks just fine.

Bronx Banner

Bronx Banner is a 4.8 ABV American Blonde Ale and pours a bubbly bright gold.  The nose and palate are grainy cereal malt with a nice touch of citrus and hop bitterness.  Mouthfeel is crisp and easy and with the ABV puts this in session territory.  Decent but not exactly memorable.