Rated D/F

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker. This category is a catch-all for everything rated D+, D, D-, or F, our lowest rating. These products should be categorically avoided by everyone (and preferably discontinued altogether). On a five-star scale, these products would score 1.5 stars (for D+ ratings) or 1 star (for D, D-, and F ratings). On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores 68 or below.

Review: Single Cask Nation Craigellachie 10, Macduff 13, and Stones of Stenness 18

By Christopher Null | March 30, 2019 |

Single Cask Nation is a newish (est. 2011) line of independently-bottled single malt whiskies, and thanks to our friends at importers ImpEx, they’re now going to be more widely available in the U.S. Today we look at the trio of inaugural releases — all bottled at cask strength — that are just now hitting our…

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Tasting the White Wines of Alto Adige-Suditrol, 2017 Vintage

By Christopher Null | March 25, 2019 |

Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, or Suditrol, is a region in the far north of Italy, and a real hodgepodge of wine is made here, drawing from Italian styles to the south and, especially, German and Austrian styles to the north. Alto Adige is arguably at its best when you’re drinking a crisp,…

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Review: 2016 Rutherford Ranch Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

By Christopher Null | March 17, 2019 |

Two new releases from Napa’s Rutherford Ranch, one of which I can get behind, one of which I can’t… 2016 Rutherford Ranch Merlot Napa Valley – A sugar bomb, overloaded with notes of chocolate sauce and instant coffee. Any hint of the floral delicacy of merlot is absent here, in a wine that feels closer…

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Review: Cooper & Thief 2016 Red Blend and 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

By Christopher Null | January 15, 2019 |

The magical formula of wine aged whiskey barrels remains an elusive one, and next up to try is Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters, an outfit that’s become a staple at whiskey events, pouring its products for the whiskey-loving masses. Cooper & Thief has three wines in its arsenal (a sauvignon blanc isn’t reviewed here), and it’s got…

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Review: Bibo Barmaid Cocktail System

By Christopher Null | October 13, 2018 |

Let’s say you want to make a quick-and-dirty margarita. You might take a bottle of margarita mix out of the fridge, dump some into a glass with ice, pour in tequila, stir, and drink. Wow, that sounds like a lot of work, you might say. What if I could instead make that drink with a…

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Review: Anyday Rose

By Christopher Null | September 20, 2018 |

Ready for something kooky? Like, really kooky? Anyday Rose is not rose wine, but rather a blend: It’s actually 85% cider, 15% rose wine, with the resulting combo flavored with Cascade and Citra hops. So it’s a cider/wine combo, doctored up to taste a little like beer. What? The brainchild of former NFL player Pat McAfee…

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Review: Beers of Molson Canadian

By Rob Theakston | June 22, 2018 |

The fine nation of Canada hath given us many a wonderful thing: Rush, Hockey Night In Canada, Brave New Waves radio, and the sport of basketball. However, Canada can also lay claim to providing the world such monstrosities as Hawaiian-style pizza, the Bloody Caesar, and Celine Dion. All in all, a mixed bag but still…

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Review: Wines of Ironstone, 2018 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 25, 2018 |

Ironstone Vineyards can be found in the Gold Country town of Murphys, California, part of the Lodi appellation. Today we look at four whites and one red from this affordable producer, part of the 2018 release cycle. 2016 Ironstone Chardonnay Lodi – Very bacony, with notes of oxidized apples, lemon, and old wood. Texturally a…

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Review: 2017 Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc and Rose of Pinot Noir

By Christopher Null | May 5, 2018 |

Two new spring-and-summer releases from California’s Rodney Strong Vineyards. 2017 Rodney Strong Vineyards Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc – Billed as a “Northern Sonoma” wine, I get a bit of a funk on the nose of this wine, a surprisingly meaty note leading to a body that sees bright apple studded heavily with pork fat. The…

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Review: Evans Brewing Pollen Nation, Approachable Bastard, and Krhopen

By Christopher Null | February 25, 2018 |

Irvine-based Evans Brewing Co. bills itself as “Orange County’s oldest craft brewer,” and by all accounts the company has seen impressive growth since its 1994 opening, especially in recent years. Recently the company sent us three of its brews (out of many) to check out, representing some of its most popular offerings. Let’s take a look…

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