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RATINGS: 1483   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24/5   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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An American Double IPA, packed with over 120 IBU!


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 16, 2012
16-11-12 From the can (sauf petite quantité pour voir la couleur et le développement de la biere en verre): Jaune-dorée. légèrement trouble, vive effervescence bien répartie, beau filet de mousse blanche recouvrant le produit. Puissant arômes de houblon en premiers lieux suivant de fortes notes de sapins/pins/forêts et en finale des arômes un peu désagréable de passé date, mais qui n’affecte pas le goût (bonne can). Centrée sur le houblon herbacée. Bonne amertume tranchante au départ ,mais qui se laisse désirée par la suite. Corps moyen, texture terreuse, légèrement ronde, asser forte carbonisation, finale légèrement astringente et très herbacée.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hallstein (468) - Skogn, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2016
Canshare with Bratchris - Aroma is enormously tropical, candy-like fruits. Incredibly complex aroma. Flavor has lemoncurd, sherbet, tropical, citrus. A very clean bitterness finishes this beer nicely. World class.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5518) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Cans and draught since the second-coming of Alchemist (post-flood), most recently on draught at the new brewery, 7/8/16.
Never did manage to have it pre-flood. Seems like I was always missing it by a week or a few days. But I’m confident it’s as good as it always was.
Tough to rate these sacred cows. What more could I possibly say here for its 1,482nd rating? I generally shy away from rating the big boys like this (haven’t really wanted to log a rate for Westy 12, for the same reason). But whatever.
Of Focal, Crusher and this, that I had on draught at the new brewery, this was the weakest of the three. Not by a huge margin, but a noticeable one.
A bit too much garlic and cat/sweat, moreso than in other batches I’ve had. Probably a pretty standard "problem" with beers of its nature, though I do think it still remains highly enjoyable. Lots of sweat, lemon rind, light pineapple and dank spiciness. Good, dry, crackery malts back it and the yeast is clean, providing no alcohol or flaws. Soft melon/watermelon as it warms, emerges, enjoyably so.
Fantastically soft texture, with a dry nature overall, but still a malty-soft feel to it with mostly tight carbonation. Bitterness is certainly felt, but never becomes overbearing/fatiguing. Gains various levels of tropical fruit and citrus depending on how fresh it is. I do love the dryness and overall understated hop character. It’s always enjoyable seeing people that don’t understand it drink it for the first time and complain that they don’t think it’s very good and don’t get what the big deal is; since I’m a cynical asshole.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bosco (287) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Pint can, very hazy (unpasteurized) apricot, thick head and sticky lacing. I chuckled when I saw other reviews mentioned tomato, but uh, yeah, tomatoes! I get it. Velvety smooth, not spicy, aromatic, nice smooth bitterness on the finish. Delightful. Gift from friends (thanks Barry) returning from Vermont.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4981) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Pours hazy apricot with a fair creamy head. Aroma features strong hoppy and citrus tones. Bold flavor delivers resiny hops, fresh malt and tangy orange-grapefruit citrus notes. Mouthfeel offers firm body and lively fizz. Yet another beer off my bucket list!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fugitive (1845) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 10, 2016
Can. Color hazy orange with small white head. Aroma grapefruit, peach, citrus. Taste bitter, citrus, peach, grapefruit, herbal.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
King_Alex_II (1140) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 3, 2016
Cloudy orange color with foam ring. Grassy hoppy nose with some tomato aromas. The taste is delightfully clean bitter with a creamy, light juicy and a little sweet thin body. Very nice bitterness, a tiny boozyness and a little dryness in the aftertaste. Perfect to drink beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ritzn (278) - Bavaria, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
Hazy bright yellow with little white head. Aroma is tomatoes, grass, sugar, pine cone, citrus. Taste is is very sour with fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, more of the same in the finish. Overall good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (2405) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2016 My 100th US brewery. Can from a trade with sneakychi, many thanks! Pours hazy orange color with a white head. Aroma is tomato, resinous, grassy hops. Taste is juicy, resinous, grassy, yeasty. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit of a booze punch in the back. Very good, but completely different from what I expected. It’s much more simple, but still a bit delicate. Extremely drinkable though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6644) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
Really fresh can, danke Stefan! Salty, dank, light vegetal - strong tomato vine! Cloudy yellow, white lace. Medium body, foamy. Herbal, tomato vine again, fermenting citrus peel, salt finish. Alright, interesting, a bit overyped, but very very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (5366) - Freising, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
(can, many thanks to sinh4!) hazy golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of herbal hops, nettles and sweatsocks, with a light touch of cherry stones, some yeast slurry and honeymelon. flavour is mostly yeast and pale malts, quite resinous, with some more nettles, herbal hops and a medium-bitter finish. medium- to heavy-bodied with average carbonation.


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