Profile of monkeyturtle

Profile of monkeyturtle






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From Portland, Oregon, United States
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  • Bitburger Drive
    rated 4.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I've been on the quest for a good low/non-alcohol beer, and I've tried close to 10 different offerings in the process. I keep coming back to Bitburger Drive as the best of the bunch. I generally like wheat beers, hefeweizens, wits, and the like, and generally dislike pale lagers. Bitburger Drive is more in the pale lager category than I would generally like, but compared to the competition, this one is hands down the most true beer-like one I've had. Looks, smells, feels and tastes like a genuine beer. I truly believe this one could pass as a full octane pale ale to the unsuspecting taster, and for that alone, it gets my respect.

  • Allagash Tripel Reserve
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    wanted to like this one so much more than I did. I picked this up because my local store didn't carry Allagash White, which is a favorite of mine. Knowing that I've had good experience with many tripels, I thought this would be a sure winner. Appearance: Good, full head with reasonable lacing; the color was cloudy, wheaty Aroma: very mild, fruity, hints of banana Flavor: way too bitter for my taste. This is not a brew that hides its alcohol content well. Starts with a deceptive gentleness that rolls right into a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel: average I was taken aback by the complete averageness of this beer.

  • Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre
    rated 3.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Deep, rich color with a thin head. Warm, fruity aroma. This beer had a rather soft feel in the mouth, which I sometimes appreciate, but not in this case. The taste was reminiscent of a sicky-sweet, slightly bitter fruitcake. I just couldn't get into this brew at all. I had a couple of guests try it, thinking I was being a bit unforgiving. After finishing it, they both reached for a different beer rather than having a second bottle of this. A popular beer that just didn't resonate with me.

  • Switchback Ale
    rated 4.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Delightful deep golden cloudy beer with medium head and lacing. It has a nice fruity aroma, but what's striking is its incredibly smooth character. Master Brewer, Bill Cherry, has balanced 6 malts in this craft brew. The art and complexity definitely pay off! This very drinkable, and very satisfying beer is available only on tap, and often only in Chittenden County, VT. If you get the chance, it's definitely worthy of a try.

  • Pyramid Hefeweizen Ale
    rated 2.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    Typical honey-golden cloudiness; moderate head that faded quickly. What was most striking to me about this beer was a bitter, taste of lemon-rind that was quite unpleasant. This was particularly present in the draught beer I had. I really tried to give this beer a fair trial, as it is one of the more available Hefes on tap here. That said, I will was completely disappointed in this brew. Its thin body makes it more like a Hefe-lite with a cloying lemon peel aftertaste. There's an orphan bottle of this in the back of my fridge that will likely hit the drain soon.

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