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Possibly All The Beers I've Ever Had, Reviewed (N-Z, Aug. 2022)

Beer, beer, beer... There's so much that can be said and quoted about the stuff, ranging from the old standard, attributed to Ben Franklin, that "Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy," to the new standard from Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing: “I like beer. I don’t know if you do. Do you like beer, Senator, or not? What do you like to drink?”

I like it, too. I used to brew my own and experiment with tweaking the fermentation process. Sometimes it turned out, ehh, okay, and other times uncapping a bottle was reminiscent of one of those grade school science fair volcanos. These days, I'm more a consumer than a creator, always in search of the perfect (to me) product. I like to keep a record both as a hobby and so if the question ever arises, "Wait, have I had this?" it's not hard to find out.

As of 2022, I'm still getting used to the IBU (International Bitterness Units) scale, which ranges from 0 to a normal ceiling of 120. If you need an intro or a refresher, here's the gist:

IBUs of some common styles

​Beer style

IBU rating



Wheat beer


American lager


Irish red ale









Pale ale






India pale ale


Sure, every style isn't exactly precise, but it's helpful enough that I will probably stay away from the single and triple digits.

Now, if you happen to be looking for honest and independent reviews of anything and everything from a regular (and slightly trained via hobby brewing) sipper, this can be a good resource. And it's probably helpful to note that my preference generally (but not always) leans toward the slightly sweeter side.

Each beer is rating on a scale from 0 to 5. The higher the number, the better. I try to avoid decimals, but sometimes they feel necessary.


BREWS REVIEWED (Most have photos and some don't, but this post is a work in progress!)

​(no pic yet)

​Natakhtaki (Georgia)

It's a very basic, middle-of-the-road lager.

Rating: 3 out of 5

​(I somehow managed to not take a photo of this beer that had been around for a while. That will be remedied when we get another variety pack.)

​New Belgium (Ft. Collins, Colorado)

"Trippel" Belgian Tripel

8.5% ABV, 43 IBU, bottle

This one is enjoyable but deemed to be too sweet in this household. Thus, out of the New Belgium variety pack, this was the only style that sat in the back of the fridge for a while.

Rating: 3 out of 5

New Belgium Triple Cinnamon Citrus beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

New Belgium (Ft. Collins, Colorado)

"Trippel" Belgian Tripel - "cinnamon citrus" special release

8% ABV, bottle

This is sweet but dialed back from the standard version, thankfully. The "cinnamon citrus" is distinguishable and kind of nice on a cold night.

Rating: 4.2 out of 5

New Belgium 1554 beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​New Belgium (Ft. Collins, Colorado)

"1554" dark ale

6% ABV, bottle

My wife's review "This tastes brown." Yes, it does. It's nutty, and a little chocolaty, and a little spicy, and it's a really good wintertime beer. It's not too sweet, and another relatable note from this is an essence of Dr. Pepper. This one is fun and, fortunately for me, "this tastes brown" means the other two bottles of 1554 in the variety pack have my name on them.

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

​New Belgium (Ft. Collins, CO)

"Accumulation" winter hazy IPA

6.2% ABV, bottle

This is another solid choice for the winter variety pack. Taking a big whiff before a sip conjures up an image for me of topical fruit at breakfast - orange juice, bananas, red papayas. It's sweet but not as those notes may make it seem. There's also a little floral essence and just a little IPA bite.

Rating: 4 out of 5

New Belgium Dominga Mimosa Sour can poured - photo by KilmerMedia

​New Belgium (Ft. Collins, Colorado)

"Dominga" mimosa sour

ABV 6%, can

Again, 2022, it feels like we’re jumping the shark with all the weird beers. This one does, in fact, taste similar to a mimosa. But why do I need that in a beer? This one is part of a sampler pack and, as vague as interpretations can be, you could actually say this one is like a Bloody Mary. But would that sell as well as a mimosa? Of course not.

Rating: 3 out of 5

New Belgium Lime Light beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​New Belgium

"Lime Light"

4.4% ABV, IBU 11, bottle

This tastes like they took Blue Light Lime and added some salt. 'nuff said.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

New Belgium Summer Bliss Tropical Wheat beer bottle (2022) - photo by KilmerMedia

New Belgium

"Summer Bliss" tropical wheat

5.5% ABV, bottle

​It’s sweet and tart at the same time. This would be good during summer, after some vigorous activity, like mowing the grass…. That always seems to be my go-to thought for a beer with some sweetness... but I do also wish I could time travel and take this to football training camp in high school. I used to freeze Kool-aid and drink it as a slushy in the shadow of the football stadium during the lunch break, but illegally sipping on one of these would have been much more refreshing. Anyway, here we are… Yeah, wow, it smells a lot like pineapple juice and specifically tastes kind of like an Azorean pineapple (less acidic and sweet than the actually-not-so-great product Dole has cornered the market with). It also has somewhat of a cinnamon and kiwi essence. It's nice and definitely a tropical/summer type beer.

Rating: 4 out of 5

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juice Force IPA beer can (2022) - photo by KilmerMedia

​New Belgium

"Voodoo Ranger Juice Force" - hazy imperial IPA

9.5% ABV, can

Oh, boy. This one is dangerous. It sure smells juicy, similar to o.j. And it sure tastes juice, again kind of like o.j. and a tropical punch mixed into a beer. For it being an IPA, it’s not insulting. It doesn’t offer a swift kick to the tongue and make me regret buying it. This one I like and, at 9.5%, this one could creep up on you.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

​New Belgium

"Voodoo Ranger Fruit Force" - fruit punch IPA

9.5% ABV, can

This one is very intriguing. It smells just like Hawaiian Punch I had so much as a kid. Tasting though is an odd experience - it starts out sweet, then that sweetness is balanced out right when the liquid reaches the rest of your tongue. So odd! Yet so good! At 9.5%, this one is dangerous. It would be easy to drink too many of these on a summer day. Nice work, New Belgium.

Rating: 4.3 out of 5

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA beer can - photo by KilmerMedia

​New Belgium

“Voodoo Ranger” Juicy Haze IPA

7.5% ABV, can

There is something weird about this. At first, it’s like “Oh, yeah, it’s a tropical-fruity IPA. Then, when you start breaking it down and start dissecting it, there’s a spoiled milk essence. Seriously. What’s that all about? It’s probably a chemical compound that’s related to… In other words, yada, yada, yada…

Rating: 2 out of 5

​I did't take a photo of my red plastic cup.

​Not Your Father's Root Beer (Wauconda, Illinois)

5.9% ABV, draft

Mmmmmm, mmm, mmm. I've had this concoction just once, in Ohio, at a grocery store. I needed some supplies for Christmas dinner, so I met one of my good friends there, we shopped, and we got buzzed. The store (Jungle Jim's in Fairfield) has a bar inside. Have them serve you a drink in red plastic cup, to drink in the store, or take home a growler. Either way, Not Your Father's Root Beer was like a really good, tasty, classic root beer, but one that somehow can leave you feeling tipsy before Christmas dinner. It's a mystery what the drink even is (beer? a flavored malt beverage?), among other murkiness surrounding the operation, but hey, it was a fun thing to try.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Oishii witbier can poured - photo by KilmerMedia

​Oishii (Chicago, Illinois)

Belgian style white ale with ginger, orange peels, and coriander seeds

4.7% ABV, 15 IBU, can

At its heart, I had expected the white ale to be sweeter, like it would be closer to Blue Moon and with a fun bite of ginger to balance it out. Instead, it has a low profile, making the beer just mildly interesting and unique. More flavor, please!

Rating: 3 out of 5

Old Prague dark lager beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​Old Prague (Czech Republic)

dark lager

4.6% ABV, bottle

The initial taste is like a watered down version of the Hofbrau Dunkel. Despite the bubbles and consistent head, it feels on the flat side. Looking beyond those notes, the flavor is good but could be better. This one imparts a sweet, toasted bread/malt character and, no surprise, notes of caramel. As the beer warms up, my interest in this one is waning more and more. Oddly, the warmer it is, the more a pilsner comes to mind.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Peroni Nastro Azzurro beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​Peroni (Rome, Italy)

"Nature Azzurro"pale lager

5.1% ABV, bottle

This is a nice, clean beer. It's like a classic Stella Artois but without the inherent skunkiness. With a big whiff and a nice, slow and considerate gulp, corn comes to mind... and a little bit of lemon essence. It's still a light lager, so it's not patently dissimilar from an American lager that bore so many people. I'd still rather have this one, though, and it brings back great memories of splitting a pitcher or two of Peroni while traveling through Italy.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Peroni Stile Capri beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia


“Stile Capri”

Woah! If you’ve ever had the standard Peroni beer, this particular version is really surprising and strange. Having bought this bottle in Italy, I kind of assumed the “Capri Style” would be like the standard offering with a lemon essence (you can see why here). Instead, it takes like a lager that’s been infused with popcorn. That’s not really what I want in a beer. At the same time, that’s one of the joys of travel - experiencing some of the weird stuff you won’t find at home.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Pizza Port Swami's India Pale Ale beer can - photo by KilmerMedia

Pizza Port (Carlsbad, California, USA)

"Swami's India Pale Ale"

6.8% ABV, can

For an IPA, this one is tolerable. It's has some citrus/honeysuckle bloom essence, as well as some vanilla and that common kick to the tongue. For being this particular style, it isn't that offensive. In 2023, I picked up a 19.2 oz. can on sale at Ralph's for $3.99, and those goofballs charged $1.00 for the recycling deposit, although it should have been $0.05! I wonder how many people haven't noticed that on their receipt....

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Primator Double Bock beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​Primator (Czech Republic)

Double Bock

10.5% ABV, bottle

Oh dear Lord, I’m gonna have to eat some chocolate cake to get this extreme syrupy sweetness out of my mouth. In 2023, it was $3.99 for a bottle at the local international market, and I thought this splurge experiment would be fun - it’s not. Glug, glug, glug, down the sink it goes.

Rating: 0 out of 5

Primator Maibock beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​Primator (Czech Republic)


7.5% ABV

Pretty good. Malty taste and feel. Caramel and floral essence. This one is good. It lacks a complexity to make it 5/5, but it’s an enjoyable beer.

Rating: 4 out of 5

​(Dang it! I didn't get a photo, and Rivertown closed in 2022. R.I.P.)

​Rivertown (Monroe, Ohio)

"Roebling Porter" vanilla espresso imperial porter

7.9% ABV

For a porter, this one feels a little on the light side and, in this case, “light” certainly means "watery". The lightness may be a plus for some people that aren’t too big on porters. This one has your typical chocolate essence characteristic for this type of beer, and what’s interesting is that, to me, it has a slight feel of creamy peanut butter on the tongue. Specifically, and I’m only putting this out there since it’s an Ohio beer, the creaminess makes me think of a “buckeye” candy (similar to a peanut butter cup but round like a buckeye tree nut). I get the vanilla. I get the espresso. This one could just be slightly more bold. It still weirds me out that the beer scene is big not only in Cincinnati, but it’s also expanded to a place I know so well: Monroe, Ohio. Cheers, Rivertown!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Rock Wall Brewing Co. (Rochester, NY)

"White Tide" Belgian style wheat ale

5.4% ABV, bottle

It's like someone said "Blue Moon is pretty good - let's make our own" and couldn't quite replicate it... Blue Moon, White Tide... It seems they didn't even try hiding the influence. Maybe it's the coriander, but something bitter and unpleasant lingers on the palate after every sip.

Rating: 2 out 5

Sagres beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​Sagres (Portugal)

5% ABV, bottle

Pronounced "sarge", like short for "sargeant", this brewer has a considerable market share here in the Azores. I think every market and every bar I’ve been in carries it, except one, which sold only Super Bock mini bottles. Otherwise, those two mainland brands have the dominant market share on Terceira Island, and the only other new-to-me type I’ve seen is Peter Francisco. Otherwise, I have only seen Heineken.

Speaking of, that’s what the Sagres reminds me of. It’s pretty neutral and standard, with a malt, corn, and light citrusy-orange type essence.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Samson Czech Dark Lager beer bottle


It smells more complex than it tastes. It’s not that the flavor seems watered down (although this is just 4.5%), it’s just doesn’t have much going on. Toasted malt…. chocolate… there you go.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5

Samuel Adams Alpine Lager beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company)

"Alpine Lager"

5.5% ABV, bottle

This is the sort of thing a pale lager should be. It has a light citrus (orange) flavor, and yeah, I can close my eyes and conjure up a slight piney essence from this.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Samuel Adams Beach Session IPA - photo by KilmerMedia

​Samuel Adams “Beach Session IPA”

It’s like if you took one of these Firestone Walker tropical hefeweizens I’ve been drinking and steeped some hops in it. As simple as that.

Rating: 3 out of 5

​(Somehow, I owe a photo here... but I bet you know what it looks like!)

​Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company)

"Boston Lager"

5% ABV, bottle

It might be "the beer that started it all," but here's a special note just for you, Boston Beer Company: please stop including it with every seasonal sampler pack. Whether the other flavors are good or not, at least they're interesting... the Boston Lager isn't that, and those bottles hang out in the back of my fridge until there's nothing else left to drink.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Samuel Adams Cold Snap white ale beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​Samuel Adams (Boston)

"Cold Snap" white ale

5.3% ABV, bottle

My first thought: Shock Top or Blue Moon. This one is good. I certainly get light orange/orange peel, light vanilla, and light spices, like a cinnamon essence. Cold Snap, although seasonal, would be enjoyable any time of the year. Upon a subsequent tasting, from a different case, my first thought was "Fruity Pebbles". Janine's was "cake".

Rating: 4 out of 5

Samuel Adams Golden G.O.A.T. lager beer - photo by KilmerMedia

​Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company)

"Golden G.O.A.T." lager

5% ABV, bottle

In 2021/2022, the Winter Sampler beers have gotten less wintery. The Boston Lager always sucks, and this new one, Golden G.O.A.T., is like they stole a vat of Firestone's 805, added extra water, then put it on the market. It's light and easy drinking but nothing at all G.O.A.T. I know, I know, the name is also probably also a nod to a notorious Boston sports cheat. But which one?

Rating: 3 out of 5

Samuel Adams Jack-O Pumpkin Ale beer - photo by KilmerMedia

Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company)

"Jack-O Pumpkin Ale"

4.4% ABV, bottle

Ick. I like pumpkin pie, but this beer tastes like some science lab chemicals and some "whipped cream extract" were infused with pumpkin pie spice and stirred into a beer. I appreciate the attempt at something fun and unique, but the Jack-O fermentation tank(s) should have been slapped with a "not fit for human consumption" label, instead of getting people to buy it by working it into a variety pack.

Rating: 0 out of 5

Samuel Adams Octoberfest beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company)


5.3% ABV, bottle

Good Lord, this beer has a lot of haters - an entire Reddit thread is devoted to bashing it. I don't share the same sentiment. However, either my tastes have changed or the beer has changed, but I do still like it... I just don't LOVE it. In 2020, I didn't buy enough before the Octoberfest was swapped out for the Winter Sampler packs. Consequently, in 2021, I stocked up on two autumn variety packs (Octoberfest, Jack-o Pumpkin Ale, Festbier, and Boston Lager) and two full cases of Octoberfest. Thirty bottles seemed right, and I'm still occasionally drinking the Octoberfest in January. The only problem is that the sweet and dark, malty goodness of the Octoberfest beer just isn't the same. Even a few months ago, it's tasted kind of flat and less flavorful, like it's been watered down. Overall, I still enjoy the overall character of this one, but it's just not as good. Right now, it's early 2022, and if there wasn't what seems to be a supply chain issue with the winter variety packs, I'd be bummed about still having some 5 or 6 Octoberfest bottles still around.

Rating: 4 out of 5 (There were times, in days of yore, I would have considered giving this a perfect rating.)

​(I owe a photo here - maybe I'll get one in winter 2022, if this beer returns.)

​Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company)

"Old Fezziwig" ale

5.9% ABV, bottle

Nice, a little sweet but not too much. Similar to a brown ale. A bit of a cinnamon note. Good for wintertime.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Samuel Adams Summer Ale beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company)

"Summer Ale" - citrus wheat ale

5.3% ABV, 8 IBUs

There isn't much here. It's good yet not unique enough to note any particular character or anything enjoyable that comes from this.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Santa Monica Brew Works 310 California Blonde beer can - photo by KilmerMedia

​Santa Monica Brew Works

"310 California Blonde"

4.8% ABV, can

Mmm, this is good. If you image a standard lager with a stone fruit essence, specifically a nectarine, that's close to what this is. There's some note here that I can't quite put my finger on - I just know it's not a common descriptor... but it also imparts a flavor of cereal and honey and a little grassiness. Pretty tasty.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Sapporo Premium beer can - photo by KilmerMedia


Very good with a nice smoothness from rice. When I put it that way, though, it’s reminiscent of Bud Light. Yikes. However, I am enjoying the Sapporo regardless.

Rating: 4 out of 5

​(photo to come)

​Shock Top

"Belgian White"

5.2% ABV, draft

I've had this one quite a few times, on draft, which was served with an orange wedge floating on top. This is in the same vein as Blue Moon, which I enjoy a little more. The citrus juiciness is something different and refreshing during summer.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Sierra Nevada Atomic Torpedo juicy west coast IPA beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

Sierra Nevada (California)

"Atomic Torpedo, Juicy West Coast DIPA"

8.2% ABV, 50 IBU, bottle

A "double IPA" is one of those things that elicits the question "What the???" A standard IPA alone can often be off-putting, so potentially twice as bad? It turns out definitions vary, but a double IPA generally has more malt, more hops, and higher alcohol content.

As for the Atomic Torpedo in question, it has that same kick to the tongue like Sierra Nevada's "Dankful" offering, but with like a snow boot instead of a steel toe one. They say it's "juicy," and I get that - by no means is it tropical, but I've managed to entertain myself with a mental image of the brewers squeezing a pouch of Capri Sun into each batch. Without the hoppy bitterness, I'd probably really love this one.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Sierra Nevada Dankful IPA beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​Sierra Nevada (California)

"Dankful, West Coast IPA"

7.4% ABV, 55 IBU bottle

This is the first time I've seen "resinous" as a descriptor on a bottle... but I get it... and it's pretty standard as an IPA. It has the bitter bite of a 90% cacao chocolate bar, a sweet citrusy aroma, and earthy essence of grasses, trees, and flowers of the natural world.

As I'm often not a big IPA fan, this one is in the middle of the road for me. It's not awful, nor is it great.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA beer can in 2022 - photo by KilmerMedia

​Sierra Nevada (California)

"Hazy Little Thing IPA"

6.7% ABV, can

Getting kicked in the tongue isn't usually what I'm after when drinking a beer, and that's what the first sip of each can does to me. This one is just okay... It's kind of standard citrusy and floral, with that hoppy kick.

Rating: 3 out of 5

​Sierra Nevada (California)

"Big Little Thing Imperial IPA"

9% ABV, can

Ohhhh, this one is dangerous. It's not too bitter-hoppy, has a nice citrus/tropical fruit/malt profile, and 9% could spell trouble after knocking back a few on the back patio during a hot summer day. That's just what I imagine, as I'm enjoying it on a mild winter evening in Los Angeles.

Rating: 4 out of 5

​(photo to come)

​Sierra Nevada (California)

"Pale Ale, Handcrafted Ale"

5.6% ABV, 38 IBU, bottle

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

Sierra Nevada (California)

"Torpedo, Extra IPA"

7.2% ABV, 65 IBU, bottle

This one touts its "complex hop aromas and flavors not found in any other beer." Ehhhh, maybe I don't have enough taste buds crammed on my tongue to distinguish the nuances at an elevated level since, to me, this is a run-of-the-mill IPA. It's on the mellow side, which is nice, so there isn't a bitter, hoppy kick to it. Otherwise, it has a nice juiciness to it (not as much as in the Juicy West Coast DIPA) and is well balanced. Not bad.

Rating: 4 out of 5

​Simpler Times (Monroe, Wisconsin, USA)


6.2% ABV, can

This is just slightly too sweet. I like it otherwise, very much.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Smog City Brewing (Torrance, California, USA)

"Amarilla Gorilla" IPA

7.4% ABV

Hoppy, yes, and it smells like mango and vanilla. The can mentions mango and papaya. It’s just than kick to the tongue that I really don’t enjoy.

Rating: 2 out of 5

​(I have a photo of this somewhere, on some hard drive, in some folder, tucked far away.)

​St. Bernardus (Watou, Belgium)

"Christmas Ale"

10% ABV, bottle

It's an expensive experiment ($6 for a 11.2 oz bottle) but good for just a single glass. It’s sweet and tastes like a Leffe and Kentucky Bourbon Ale mixed 50/50.

Rating: 4 out of 5

​(photo owed, but it's gonna be a bottle on a shelf and not poured in my glass!)

​Stare Misto (Lviv, Ukraine)

pale lager

4.8% ABV, bottle

Tastes like a hoppy Budweiser. I’m finding beers from these former Soviet bloc countries to have a similar style - or at least the widely distributed selections do. This one is drinkable but, for me, just not enjoyable.

Rating: 2 out of 5

State of Brewing Barrel Aged Stout beer bottle - photo by KilmerMedia

​State of Brewing

"Barrel Aged Stout"

11% ABV, bottle

At first sip, wow, pretty good. This $3 bottle ($12 for a 4 pack at Aldi in 2023) reminds me of the $10 bottle of Warped Wing Whiskey Rebellion I recently bought. HOWEVER, after 5 minutes, I’m not feeling this particular beer anymore. I can’t figure out what’s up with State of Brewing, either. Is it an Aldi brand? Is that why I haven’t seen this brand anywhere else? It's odd for the flavor and enjoyment level to have taken a sudden turn, but I'd like to dump the rest of this out.... and this is only the first bottle.

Rating: 2 out of 5

State of Brewing Chocolate Stout beer can - photo by KilmerMedia

​State of Brewing

“Chocolate Stout”

8% ABV, can

Yep, just like what you’ve probably tried before: a standard stout with what tastes like a mix of dark and milk chocolates blended in. To a degree, the profile is bittersweet but more on the sweet side, and just enough that I could only drink one of these after dinner.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5

Stella Artois beer can - photo by KilmerMedia

​Stella Artois


5% ABV, can

As a global brand, this is pretty standard. It has a slight skunkiness and hoppy sourness that gives way to a sweet corn essence. You can also imagine notes of cereal and citrus.

As of 2022, in a brazen move, the Major League Soccer team New York Red Bulls charges $16 for a tall can of the stuff. $16! $4 would be too much. The drink is "exotic" because it's obviously an import, and part of the brand's identity is using a knife to cleanly remove any foam that rises above the rim of the glass. Weird. Owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, this is just another brand in a massive conglomerate's portfolio, and this one isn't particularly great. The same company bought Golden Road Brewing in L.A., which was more about hype than substance. Suckers!

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Stone Brewing Delicious beer can - photo by KilmerMedia

​Stone Brewing Co. (California)


7.7% ABV, can

Not delicious. Whoever decided to name this should be slapped for having an indiscriminate taste. Apologies... What I meant to say is that the wrong person for the job named this one. Sure, you could try to turn the tables on me and say it was effective marketing because I bought it, but I bought it because the options for single cans at the grocery were between a few other beers I'm familiar with, seltzers, and this... and I'm not gonna buy a seltzer! Anyhow, this tastes like a standard IPA but with somewhat of a tart lemon essence aftertaste. It's not pleasant - it's a pretty standard IPA and, if you're read a number of my previous reviews, a unique, enjoyable IPA is hard to come by.

Rating: 2 out of 5

​Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California, USA)

"Downunderstruck" Double IPA with Australian Hops

9% ABV, can

I like the first sip of this and not the second or third or beyond. Initially, it seemed balanced between a little syrupy sweetness and hoppy bitterness. After that, once my tastebuds had a chance to sort it out, it's gross. It has like a rancid awfulness mixed with an essence of grass, plus the citrus and flowery notes normally expected of an IPA. Thanks for pumping up the ABV, but yuck. ($2.97 for a 12 oz. can at Trader Joes in 2023)

Rating: 1 out of 5

Stone Ruination IPA beer can - photo by KilmerMedia

​Stone Brewing Co. (California)

“Ruination” double IPA

8.2% ABV, can

If you love hops, you’ll love charred broccolini. In other words, yuck. There’s some poem on the back of this can that’s an ode to hops. I didn’t read it because I’m not obsessed with hops. There’s just something not enjoyable about really bitter stuff. I can’t think of a single thing that’s really bitter on its own and enjoyable. Remember the “bitter beer face” commercials from the 90s? Then, it seemed everyone could relate, so it was funny. Now, it’s like “Hey! Look at me! I’m anti-establishment! Watch me slap myself over and over just because it’s something no-one else does!” It’s weird, guys and gals. For as bitter as this one is, I would expect it to be more potent - that would be the one and only reason to drink it. I’ll give any brew a chance, but this one is hoppy for the sake of being hoppy. This beer is bad.

Rating: 0 out of 5

Super Bock Abadia cerveja especial beer bottle (2022) - photo by KilmerMedia

​Super Bock (Portugal)

"Abadia cerveja especial"

6.4%, bottle

Initially this one makes me think of a nut brown ale. It’s much better than the standard Super Bock I’ve seen all over the Azores. This has more depth to it and is considered a “Belgian Abbey” style. It’s much different than what I’ve had of that style.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Super Bock Seleccao 1927 beer bottle (2022) - photo by KilmerMedia

​Super Bock (Portugal)

"Selecção 1927 Bavaria Weiss" cerveja

Pretty good. Predictable. A little bit of hoppy nose and the usual sweetness you would expect from a German style wheat beer.

3.7/5, right in between "I'd order it again" and "I wouldn’t".

​Super Bock (Portugal)