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Video: We tried – and rated – 11 fall beers from Minnesota

Curious what a wild rice beer tastes like? How about a brew made with Earl Grey tea?

It's the most wonderful time of the year – beer fest season. 

But with so many different events and fall beers to try, it can be hard to choose. 

That's why we're here. Producers Melissa Turtinen, Josette Elieff and Zach McCormick tried 11 different fall beers from Minnesota craft breweries, and rated them based on our 1-5 rating scale to help you decide which ones you might want to taste. 

Here's a video with our reviews, and you can keep reading for more thoughts.

Let it Roll IPA – Indeed Brewing Company
It's brewed with Citra, Amarillo and Lemondrop hops to give it a bright and fruity flavor. 
Alcohol: 6.2 percent.
1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 4, Zach gave it a 4, Josette gave it a 2.
Zach's take: "I love that one. Classic. One of my favorite ones from Indeed." 

Super G – Inbound Brewing Company

This double IPA is made with lactose orange vanilla and tastes just like a dreamsicle, with a little bit of bitter.
Alcohol: 9.3 percent.
1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 3, Zach gave it a 3, Josette gave it a 4.
Josette's take: "I think that's delicious. It's very orange-y with a hint of bitter." 

Vienna Lager – Urban Growler Brewing

More flavorful than your traditional lager. 
Alcohol: 4.8 percent.
1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 3, Zach gave it a 2, Josette gave it a 4.
Melissa's take: "When you're drinking fall beers, this will be a nice break from the heavy, malty beers that are common this time of year." 

Dry Hopped Fresh Hop Pale Ale – Big Axe Brewing Company

Not as bitter as you'd expect from a beer with this name. 
Alcohol: 5 percent.
1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 3, Zach gave it a 3, Josette gave it a 3.
Zach's take: "Kind of unexpected – kind of a cucumbery, grassy kind of vibe to it." 

Oktoberfest – Waconia Brewing Company

Spicy and earthy, perfect example of an Oktoberfest-style beer. 
Alcohol: 5.7 percent.
1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 3, Zach gave it a 4, Josette gave it a 3.
Melissa's take: "It tastes like fall ... it's not too crazy intense with the malty-ness, which I appreciate because it's more easy drinking." 

46 North Wild Rice Ale – Roundhouse Brewery

It's brewed with organic malts and hops, as well as wild-grown and traditionally harvested wild rice.
Alcohol: 6.2 percent
1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 3, Zach gave it a 2, Josette gave it a 1.
Josette's take: "I think it's really weird. It is creamy. ... I'm not into that."
Zach's take: It's the "kind of aftertaste you'd get with a cream of wild rice soup."

Belgian-style Pale Ale – Summit Brewing Company

Described as "refreshing enough for a warm September day, hearty enough for a cold October evening." 
Alcohol: 5.5 percent.
1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 4, Zach gave it a 3, Josette gave it a 3.
Zach's take: "That's a really solid pale ale." 

Tippin' it Down – Bad Weather Beer

This is an extra special bitter-style beer made with Earl Grey tea – and it tastes just like you're drinking a cup tea. 
Alcohol: 5 percent.
1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 2, Zach gave it a 2, Josette gave it a 5.
Josette's take: "It's literally like a bitter iced tea. I love it so much. ... It feels like beer but it tastes like tea." 

Alt 1848 – Utepils Brewing Company

It's a copper-colored ale that has spicy caramel flavors. 
Alcohol: 5.4 percent.
1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 2, Zach gave it a 2, Josette gave it a 1.
Melissa's take: "It definitely has the maltier flavor that's common with fall beers, but it's not too whack-you-in-the-face with the malt. ... It's great for fall." 

Foreign Extra Stout – Pryes Brewing Company

Chocolatey, rich and smooth. 
Alcohol: 7 percent.
1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 4, Zach gave it a 5, Josette gave it a 4.
Zach's take: "It's velvety, chocolatey, delicious. ... Cold fall nights – that's going to be a really nice thing." 

Spresso Milk Stout – Excelsior Brewing Company

Dark in color and with a strong coffee flavor – perfect beer for brunch. 
Alcohol: 4.6 percent.
1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 4, Zach gave it a 4, Josette gave it a 4.
Josette's take: "It's really creamy and really coffee-y, in a good way." 

These beers – and about 500 more – will be at the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild's Autumn Brew Review this weekend. For more information on the event and to buy tickets, click here

And keep an eye on GoMN.com. We'll be reviewing more than a dozen more fall beers in the coming weeks.

The beers we tried were provided by members of the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild for our tasting at Pryes Brewing in Minneapolis. 

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