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Brewed by Alley Kat Brewing Company
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Edmonton, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Columbus single hop Double IPA


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle. Bright orange gold, thick creamy cream-coloured crown that retains beautifully. Aroma is fresh fragrant tropical fruit-- papaya, melon, orange-- with underlying notes of golden syrup and wood. Sweet ripe tropical fruit flavours with a big bitter citrus oil finish. Medium to full bodied, oily mouthfeel. So fresh and tasty!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1003) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
Pours a fairly clear golden amber with a medium sized creamy white head that seems to last a while and leaves a lot of good lace on the glass. Aroma is pine, resin, floral and faint malt. Flavour is resin, pine, floral, med-high fantastic bitterness mild sweetness but a medium dry finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2011
Pours a bright clear amber. Large fluffy head dies down to a thick lacing. Sharp grapefruit, citrus on the nose, with a hint of sweet caramel & malt. Dry bitterness on the front and back of the tongue, with a nice malt sweetness helping it along. Long dry, bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmdr (8) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2012 does not count
This one smells great—very fresh pine and citrus, but the taste is not quite as distinctive as the red or blue dragon brews. Still a really great beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeZasada (290) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
Bomber bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a thin white head; light carbonation. Aroma of citrus. Taste: Bitter, notes of citrus, with a slightly sweet malt undertone; full-bodied. Warming mouthfeel. Finishes with a pine / citrus hop bitterness, melts to a slight sweetness. Very, very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1288) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours a hazy orangish copper with a frothy white head and lots of sticky lace. Aroma of piney, floral, slightly woody Columbus hops with a nice sweet caramel and pale malt profile in the background. Taste is the caramel and sweet pale malt profile up front that transitions and balances very well with the orange, grapefruit, piney hops. Excellent smooth balance between malts and hops male it seem like the perceived ibus are lower than the actual. Top 3 in the series along with maroon and jade.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exeter (314) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
Appearance: Copper colour, nice head slight lacing. Smell: Heavy Pine, citrus and grassy. Taste: Heavy hop monster. Pine juice mixed with citrus and background malt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1623) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
I was very anxious to try this brew after the great sucess of the red Dragon. This one pours out a rather boring light golden orange with a finger of yellowish head. Thick lines of sticky lacing are left on the glass. On the nose, a rather bland hop presesnce for an Imperial IPA with light caramel malts and mild grapefruit notes. Light caramel and sweet grapefruit in the middle with a hint of hop spice and grass. Light apricot and an herbal pine. Subtle, sweet tropical fruits such as pineapple and apricot are noted. The finish has a good bitterness and a resinous smack with a little bit of hop presence. A lingering aftertaste of hop bitterness and a light hop spiciness. Blue Dragon has a medium-to-full body with a resinous, hot and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, a great DIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4244) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
650ml bottle pours a clear golden color when held to the light with a finger of white head and some nice thich lacing left behind. Aroma is citrusy hops. Taste is light grapefruit bitterness balanced nicely with a light malty sweetness. This is truly representative of an American northest style IPA and was honestly a pleasure to have tasted. Outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4656) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber with light enough head to empty the bottle in my pint glass. Aroma is interesting floral and wood mix which seems complex for single hop beer. Flavor has the same tasty notes. Like a strong woody ESB. Hint of dark sugar, candy and pretzels.


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