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A West Coast Double IPA So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. Weíve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge ďhop bite.Ē Once youíve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison. 1.072 OG Classified IBU 8%ABV


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2006
On draught at RFDís (Lupulin Slam 2006): Clear pale yellow-light amber colored body with a large white & creamy head that sticks. The aroma is fresh hops (cirtus, grapefruit), light dishsoap, pine cones, and pine trees. The taste has lots of pine-like hops up front, then earthy, fresh grass, rich hop cones, then has a strange dry, amost bland finish. Iím going to chalk that up to my taste buds recovering from the initial hop assault. Medium bodied, yet very light and crisp in the mouth with fine bubbles that can almost be individually felt.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jennajlover (107) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2006
1998 copper penny color. Nice white head reduced quick. Grapefruit citrus aroma. Body is medium which coats your mouth equally, no sour or astringency related to this brew, nice when lots of hops used. Very good beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4064) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 2005 bomber from DarkElf, consumed on 1/26/06. Peachy-copper colored beer, with some lighter straw golden tones, miniscule bubbles rising sporadically and a large and magnificently well retained foamy white head that provides ample, webby lacing. Beer has light sediment on the bottom and is bottle conditioned. The nose screams right away of a mix of tangerine, strong kiwi, light herbal notes and clean, wet, freshly cut, heavy grass (thanks to the hallertauer). The hallertauer addition does wonderful things for the complexity in the nose, as just mentioned and truly creates distinction in a style that is so difficult to do so. Itís so interesting to really smell what I perceive to be juicy kiwi. Certainly the cascade citrus is there, though not in force, with plenty of mixed (red and white) grapefruit. Ok, now Iím getting maybe a bit too abstract. The nose has a strong lasting smell to it as well, and there is no alcohol. Little malt, though what is there is light creamy caramel, bits of soft honey and grains. The flavor encompasses most of the citrus fruits, but gets more poignant with a starfruit meets lemon meets unripe tangerine sharpness. Well received in the intensely tight, miniscule bubbled carbonation that you can pick apart when pressing the liquid against the roof of your mouth. Washes exquisitely over the palate, with flecks of honey drawn across touches of crisp melon, more kiwi, tangerine and grapefruit. Hoppy and satisfying to the last drop, with a hint of fresh yeast, supple texture and no alcohol apparency whatsoever. What is a perfect IPA? Perhaps this dosent have the malt complexity and extreme hop strength/complexity to be called "perfect" but the flavor is damn near flawlessly done. Drinks like a session beer and is flavored like the best of double ipas. Thanks Stephen!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 28, 2006
lupulin slam #3. pale gold. grassy and spicy hop aroma. lots of inoffensive bitterness, some pine/citrus. very floral. this is great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Draft at Liarís club: Light yellow color with smallish creamy white head. Aroma has lots of citrusy hops, seemed like centennial to me, with a bit of floral honey. Flavor was full of hops, hints of caramel, lemon. Finish is lightly acidic with a moderate bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Had this at a fest. 2-oz. sample in a snifter. Beer ours a hazy medium-gold color with a small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma fills the billóitís hoppy alright. Itís heavy on the hops and not much else, but itís more complex than most IPAís Iíve had this far. It contains varied notes of citrus, including grapefruit, orange and lemon, grass and pine / resin and a note of warm honey. The flavor is heavily bitter and ends with an average-length bitter finish. No surprises, I guess. The body was light-to-medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is soft.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2006
On tap at the Liarís Club in San Diego. Poured golden with a nice white head. Citrusy aroma and flavor, with a mildly hoppy finish. A fine IPA on tap!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Light orange color. Big fruit cocktail hop aroma, with hints of peach, pineapple and grapefruit, along with a light hint of oxidation and not a lot of aromatic malt contribution. Flavor is pleasantly hoppy, but it definately could use a little more bitterness. Peach, nectarine and grapefruit flavors, with hints of pine. A pretty lofty body as well, with toffeeish malt flavors. An older bottle, with some oxidation. Will have to rerate someday.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2006
My girlfriend says"it smells so pretty" not bitter but floral. Wonderful floral hops,donít get me wrong:I love that citrusy grapefruit blast of a goog IPA but this is very nice. Flavor of the hops isnít overpowering but ,man the perfume just cascades( no pun) down your throat. Very nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Bottle provided by Larry Pitonka in Seattle. Light to medium amber colored and clear. No real head formation, some large, rocky bubbles. Huge pine and grapefruit aroma, very pleasing. Medium bodied to light, sometimes feeling watery. LIngering hop flavor. Decently done.


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