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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 94   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The name is a tribute to the hop shortage a few years ago. An imperial IPA aged on oak spirals using Columbus, Centennial and cascades as the bittering hops and dry hopping with Simcoe, Ahtanum, Amarillo, and Cascades.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Can... Poured golden amber with a white head. Nose had hints of candied malts and floral, citrusy hops. Sticky, well carbonated palate. Quite hoppy, floral with pine and lots of citrus. Black pepper and slightly resinous. Bitter, but all quite balanced by the woody oak tones. Definitely a west coast IPA. Fruit esters that lent towards fruit juice, with a hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5780) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 Orange amber color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, light toast, and tropical fruits. Taste of pine, citrus, wood, resin, light sweetness, tropical fruit, and grapefruit in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11460) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Can. Pours clear to lightly hazy orange with a large, frothy and sticky white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy citrus and tropical fruit hops, average biscuit and meal malt, and huge fruity esters of apricot and pear. Alcohol and wood are faint and show up after the beer sits a bit. Flavor is heavily bitter upfront with a tongue-drying hop astringency. There is a moderate malt presence beneath the hops with some peppery and spicy alcohol showing up late in the very dry finish. Full body, moderate warmth, and medium carbonation. This beer is just way to abrasive on the palate for my liking.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - JUL 26, 2011
very good double IPA. maybe the recipe has changed because these cans I have all say 9.7% abv. either way, it pours a nice crystal clear golden with a firm head on top. aroma is a little sweet nutty, not too crazy over the top hop aroma. flavor is very citrusy, pineapple, tropical fruity with a great mouthfeel. really resiny, tiny bit oily maybe. alc is well hidden but has nice warming and texture. hop bite isn’t as huge as it could be but im not sure how old this can is. tastes pretty fresh but maybe more subdued than it could be. i’d love to try it on tap, if this had just a little more hop assertiveness it’d be really something. reminds me of firestone’s hop profile, (and they have the oak barrel thing in common as well, i guess!) which i happen to enjoy a lot.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Tap at unos in neshaminy. The aroma is soft - light, mildly Hoppy. The sweetness of the simcoe is the first thing noticeable, but it’s followed by a bitter kick of columbus. The balance is remarkable and the almost ten percent alcohol is masked. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (5810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2011
This poured a light orange color with a beige head. Aroma was grassy and citrusy hops as well as a strong caramel and pale malt character. Flavor was a bit thick and cloying maltiness a bit too malt forward and did not allow the hops to shine. A bit of a disappointment.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
12 oz. can split with mcberko. Pours a clear yellow amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet oak, some tropical fruits, caramel and resinous hops. Flavour of resinous hops, lots of oak, caramel. Full-bodied, very dry aftertaste. Well-balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (11001) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
12 oz. can, split with Matts_Property, pours a relatively clean golden with a white head. Aroma of resinous hops, some pine and heaps of caramel, sort of a syrupy, vanilla, oaky quality. Flavour of resinous hops, somewhat muted by the oak barrels, with a little vanilla and caramel. Bittersweet finish. Very enjoyable though perhaps lacking in some depth / complexity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Can. Pours clear dark orange with a medium creamy beige head. The head is slow to recede, and leaves bands of sticky lacing. The aroma is sharp citrus, sugary orangepeel, papaya and guava, and mild vanilla and woody notes. The flavor is oaky, lightly buttery orange, with increasing citrus bitterness throughout, and a lingering pine and citrus rind finish. Some sugary fruit is present in the finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation and full body; thick, nearly creamy, and a bit of alcohol. Really pretty tasty, I thought. [748]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3579) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Pours a very clear golden color with a medium white head...good retention and lacing. Aroma is fairly malty and has a distinct vanilla and orange blossom character...smells a bit like a cream soda dum dum. Flavor is hoppy at first but quickly becomes sweet much like the aroma. Mouthfeel is sticky sweet but becomes earthy in the dry lingering finish. Odd beer...hoppy, sweet, hoppy...bit muddled.


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