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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This beer leads off with a stiff round-house punch of citrusy hops, follows up with a quick kick of bready malts and warming alcohol, and finishes with a powerful and lingering bite of complex layered hops. This popular brew was inspired by ABC founder, head brewer and spiritual leader Matt Greff whose cartoon enhanced image graces the label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1317) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a completely hazed orange amber with some particles and an off-white head. Aroma strong on caramel and biscuit with hints of citrusy hops. Flavor is slightly stale biscuit with caramel, some citrus and berry and even a bit of bourbon. Definitely an older bottle, but there is still a little something about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (3098) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2014
The beer is dark orange and hazy with a thick, soapy white head. The aroma brings sweet citrus, candied fruits. The flavor confirms that this is a sweet beer. sweet breads and sugary pineapple and mango. Some alcohol warmth in the finish. Bitter hops gain strength as I progress through the beer. There is a nice balance here that shouldn’t be overlooked. While a bit sweet and malty for my personal tastes, this is a decent beer. Elegant bready, malty body supports sweet resinous hops. Worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1370) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2014
On tap. Hazy, burnt copper colour. Big resinous style with hoppy pungentness and a real malty and caramel note. On the palate it is big, hoppy, a little sweet on the finish. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (375) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Solid effort from the Mr. himself. Sweet and malty with a great hop burst. Alcohol is hidden well but makes enough of an appearance to make this very enjoyable. Kudos.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demitriustown (1156) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
12 oz bottle: Aroma is big hop notes, very floral and pungent hop scent. Appearance is an amber color with a hint of golden and a nice thick white head that lingers. Taste has got a nice hop texture, grapefruit notes with a nice bite. Palate is medium to high carbonation with a lingering aftertaste of hops and a light grain note. Overall, Good Imperial IPA but not stellar. Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jeff! Slightly translucent, hazy copper body with a very slight ruby tint to it; foamy, eggshell head recedes nice & slowly down into the glass. Aroma of sticky caramel malt (uh-oh), some lightly wet pine, & a touch of ashy hops. Overly sweet from the crystal/caramel malt bill, it seems. Taste is similar - very malt heavy, more so than I like my D/IPAs to be. Lots of caramel & toffee flavors with some herbal, ashy, & pine laden hops playing secondary. Hint of tropical fruit in the finish, but the sweet caramel aftertaste is the most notable flavor. Sticky, heavy body. I usually am not a fan of DIPAs that lean on a dark/sweet malt bill like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6032) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
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Bottle: The aroma consists of fruit, citrus, and caramel. It pours a slightly hazy amber with small white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. The flavor starts with a sweet citrus, caramel, and a touch of toffee. The finish has moderate grapefruit with a touch of pine. It’s medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, caramel/toffee in IIPA’s isn’t my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (1383) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2014
On tap at Fraser's. The pour is a reddish-orangey color with a white filmy head and some good lace. The aroma is somewhat bland. There is a hoppiness, followed by a sweeter maltiness and then a little bit of booze. The flavor is a little sweeter and boozy on the front end with a light bitterness toward the end and a little bit of a grassy hop finish. The mouth feel is decent, a little thin, and the flavors don't hang around as much as I'd like, especially for a good double IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle @ Richard’s Tasting. Hazy orange colored beer with a white head. Sweet aromas of honey, bread, and toast. Hop profile is lacking. Notes of grass, orange, and mild pine. Sweet, malty taste. Big bread and honey notes. Meh. Light pine and grass bitterness with subtle orange hop character. Kind of watery, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle, in trade from Sammy-- thanks! Dark orange with a golden head. Aroma is sweetly malty with citrus hops. Nice marmalade flavour, long bitterness. Yum!

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