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RATINGS: 506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 94   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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The name is a tribute to the hop shortage a few years ago. A imperial IPA aged on oak using Columbus, Centennial and cascades as the bittering hops and dry hopping with Simcoe, Ahtanum, Amarillo, and Cascades.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (860) - - JUL 30, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-21-12 - Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance Served a golden colored beer with a one finger white head. The head faded rather fast to leave a moderate level of lacing. Smell The aroma is a nice blend of citrus and floral hop aromas - the citrus is of a slightly bitter grapefruit. These hop aromas are mixed with a very light malty aroma, some tropical fruit, and a somewhat caramel sweetness that help to balance the hop aromas, creating an overall, not overpowering and quite nice smell. Taste The taste began a bit on the sweeter side. Some light biscuit flavor with caramel and tangerine are up front. A grapefruit hop then comes to the tongue and bitters it out a bit. Some sweet seems to come back however as some tropical fruit flavors of papaya, mango and pineapple come to the tongue. Toward the end the citrus hop grows stronger and when mixed with a light herbal hop and alcohol flavor one is left with a nice semi-sweet yet bitter flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel The brew was of average thickness and carbonation. A little more thickness may have helped to make the hop flavors more potent on the tongue. But none the less it was still a nice overall feel. Overall A very delicious beer with some rather smooth hop flavors that are complemented by a good malty body. While dangerous at 9.7 % abv, it is one to try and go to when looking for something hoppy, but rather balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HellesBunny666 (158) - Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Pours a beautiful shiny golden color. Very grassy spicy aromas, peppery, dry. Peppery, spicy mouth feel, dry, very fresh hops, herbal, citrus.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bloodnok (14) - USA - JUL 24, 2014
rather weak aroma but a lovely clear yellow - the urologist will be so pleased! vaguely medicinal although not unpleasantly so. nice bitter aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (424) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Can. Almost amber in color. Citrus and pine with oak wood character. The taste really showed a heavy pepper spice. An interesting unique ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (632) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2014
12 ounce can. Bright pale gold color. Medium sized foamy white head holds firm. Fragrant pine hops dominate the nose. Slight grainy sweet malt undertones. First sip yields a big bitter hop wallop. What malt appeared in the nose is quickly overtaken by the avalanche of complex hops. Notes of bubble gum, tropical fruit, pine and bitter citrus emerge. There is a subtle oakiness that lingers in the mid taste, but it is barely noticeable. Each swallow brings a warming fruity alcohol burn. Best sipped at about 55 degrees. Finishes dry and bitter with more subtle oak. Nicely done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (277) - - JUL 23, 2014
(12 oz can); amber color; citrusy hop aroma; lots of citrusy hop flavor on a fairly light malt base; this was the last of many beers around the campfire and all of my tasting notes are not quite legible

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2072) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Expectation: its a DIPA from California with decent ratings; this ought to be good
Motivation: this is new to me and I could use a break from my killer sunburn on my back
Hardware: 12oz can (enjoy be 10/11/14) into Le Duvel
Nose: boat painting factory on the coast whilst surrounded by tropical fruit
sip: fairly mild experience considering the style and ABV. Slight malty backbone with stronger citrus peel and tropical fruit.
Taste: balanced but not pronounced. 94 IBUs, really?
Misc: smooth-ish with a slight booze kick
Conclusion: Hop crisis! your were expecting a hoppy beer but for reasons X, Y and Z, its not as hoppy as you expected because of the hop crisis.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Advocate_Ames (426) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Pours clear and grain yellow in color. The head retention dissipates and the off white foam laces my glass. The aroma is of mild oak and semi sweet grains. The hops have citrus, pine, and soapy like aromas. In tasting I noticed medium levels of sweetness and a mild bitterness that was masked by grains and booze. The finish starts with a fading sweetness, creeping booze with a soft dryness, malted grains, and leaves me with a pleasant bitterness that lingers. The bitterness lingers but it was not too overbearing. Overall the beverage is rather thin in body but very drinkable and flavorful. Id have this drink again, its quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (420) - - JUL 20, 2014
12 oz can purchased at Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg VA. Pours a clear bright yellow with lasting white spongy foam head that leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is bright bitterness, with dank hops, pineapple, mango, oak and vanilla with caramel malts. Flavor is bitter hops, honey and oak sweetness, vanilla notes, and light tropical fruit. Medium bodied, active carbonation, pleasant bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (1851) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Can at 21A on SF. Best before 10/11/14. Nose is chock full of orange and citrus and pine. A touch of wood in the nose. Wood really comes through in the flavor as a smooth creamy vanilla with a touch of tannins. Really well complimented with citrus hops. Just a touch of alcohol warming


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