For the first time since December the Fraters Libertas Beer Ratings Page has been updated. It now includes four-hundred-and-twenty-beers from around the world and the states. I did manage to add one state to the geographic reach of the ratings by sampling a variety of brews from Hub City Brewing Company in Stanley, Iowa. It's hard to believe that it took me this long to rate a beer from Iowa, but when you think of Iowa, beer's not usually the first thing that comes to mind (insert joke here).
The three Hub City selections I tried were like most things from the Hawkeye state, decent but ordinary. Here's how they scored:
Pale Ale 11
Brown Ale 12
Oatmeal Stout 13
Among the other new additions to the ratings list are a number of high quality, heavily hopped beers that scored quite high including:
Bell's Hopslam 19
Founder's Centennial IPA 17
Founder's Red Rye PA 17
Lagunitas Maximus Ale 17
Mad River Steelhead Double IPA 16
Widmer Brothers Deadlift Imperial IPA 16
If you get a chance to score any of these impressive beers, I'd strongly encourage you to do so. They're going to require a higher investment on the front end, but the return on flavor more than makes up for the extra cost.