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October’s Top-Rated Beers for November

November 30, 2018

By October Staff, November 30, 2018

We drank some seriously delicious beers over the course of the last month. Our reviewers encountered everything from textbook IPAs to surprises like a coffee beer so good you’ll want to drink it with breakfast. Here are the best of the best.

90: Deschutes Black Butte Porter

“Velvety is the word that comes to mind, a descriptor typically reserved for the booziest imperial stouts. Black Butte nearly mirrors the flavor in stronger beers too, with deep roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, sweet caramel and herbal hops.” — Tucker Anders

90: Austin Beerworks's Flavor Country Pale Ale

“Hoppy, piney flavors attack the palate during the first sip of Flavor Country—these flavors aren’t shy. Biscuit and bread malts do a nice job of balancing the assertive hop flavors, somehow managing a long yet clean and refreshing finish.” — Tom Thornton

91: Pipeworks Brewing Co.'s Lizard King

“Lizard King is captivating. From the moment you lay eyes on it, you know that you’ve just encountered something from another dimension—bitter and juicy in equal measure.” — Jerard Fagerberg

92: Lewis & Clark's Miner's Gold Hefeweizen

“When a brewery wins an award for a beer, not once or twice, but three times in the span of just two years, you know they have to be doing something right. Lewis & Clark Brewing Company’s Miner’s Gold Hefeweizen is one of those beers.” — Jesse Bussard

93: Modist Brewing's First Call

“This is world-class brew in both senses of the word. You can drink it with cereal, but it’s light enough that it won’t end your day at breakfast. Finally, a coffee beer that you can drink all damn day.” — Jerard Fagerberg

95: Mikkeller's Freddie Murkury

“Rami Malek step aside. Mikkeller San Diego does right by the legacy of Freddie Mercury with its potent, ravishing New England-style double IPA.” — Jerard Fagerberg

97: Half Acre’s Gone Away IPA

“GoneAway is the kind of beer that deserves long lines at every release but luckily doesn’t generate them. Do yourself a favor—skip the long line for the latest haze and head to the beer store before seasons change and this one has gone away.” — Tucker Anders

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