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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4808) - Brownstown, 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. Itís medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, caramel/toffee in IIPAís isnít my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (596) - 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 (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle @ Richardís 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 (6738) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, peach, orange peel, floral, grass, light caramel, light pine, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright hop and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange zest, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt balance; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. Good balance and complexity of bright hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackflag321 (481) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle pour to shaker. Hazy brown-gold. Subdued hops and malts. Sweet apple without tartness. Not a typical citrusy/hoppy IPA. Interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
malkyore (177) - - DEC 31, 2013
A sweeter take on the peel-the-enamel-off-your-teeth ipa. Fruity hop aroma with a lot of sweetness apparent in the aroma. Taste is sweeter than it should be. Itís not so much a malt body as it is a blanket of sweet that makes an attempt to balance the hops. It does, sort of, but itís unique in the way that it does it. I like it but a lot but a lot of people I drank it with didnít like it at all. The sweetness almost seems unnatural like it was added afterward. Overall itís an enjoyable beer, definitely worth a try but itís not something that you should feel too bad if you miss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Hazy, unfiltered amber pour. Huge frothy creamy foamy white head. Smell is citru and tropical, a bit light. Flavor is big and sweet, boozy, like a barleywine. The sweetness is intensely tropical. A sweet and boozy but decent ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; malty though. A hazy dark burnt orange with foamy off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; juicy and piney hops with a big sweet pale malt backbone. Tastes like it smells with more of a citrus than pine hop profile. Average on the palate (the abv shows a bit). Good, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (476) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2013
A murky amber color without much of a head. Has a grapefruit aroma. Taste is hoppy with a dry finish. Pretty decent. Better as you drink more.

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