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RATINGS: 718   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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This remarkably balanced brew has a deep amber hue with a generous white head. Hopmouth showcases a rich, toasty flavor and sweet caramel notes because of the high-quality Maris Otter malt used. The hops are up front in the aroma, reminiscent of citrus and pine, while the resin-like flavors linger well after the last sip.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Bottle. Copper clear pour, small persistant head. Big citrus piney hop aroma, some malt, a little bit of alcohol. Predominantly piney hop flavors, citrus as well, and again some caramel malt. Lingering appropriate bitter bite at the end. Body is a tiny bit light. Good IIPA

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2006
22oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured a deeper copper color with a larged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, and light caramel in the background. Tastes of pine (not as strong as the aroma), caramel, grapefruit, and oranges. Taste was better balanced than the aroma would have lead me to expect. Alcohol content well hidden. Nice lacing left on the glass.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolbreese (1) - USA - MAR 8, 2006 does not count
Everything I think a Double IPA should be. Very hoppy (could stand some more bittering hops), slight alcohol taste, copper color....very drinkable

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1208) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Strong piney aroma greets the nose. Cloudy amber color. Good lacing. Moderate bitterness in flavor, which is expected for the style. Doesn’t quite match up to most for it’s style. The bitterness really hangs on in the finish. Somethings just a little off on this beer. Can’t quite put my finger on it. Very good, just not great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2006
smells incredibly of hops. strong hop flavor, but not overly bitter as i’d expect from a IPA2. usually i’d want it more bitter... but this is well balances. the flavor lingers slighty... it’s nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
Bomber courtesy of Styles, thanks Chris! Deep copper pour giving way to a HUGE frothy, beige head. Tons of belgian style lacing here, create the perfect appearance. I don’t do this often, but appearance here is a 5. Huge pine hop presence in the nose, I mean big. Its strong, and enjoyable.There’s some crystal malt in the nose too, could use a little more to balance out the aroma, but its pungeny hop aroma is all I need. An assault of hops fills the mouth, and appeases all that I want as far as hops are concerned. A fresh, pine and citric hops flavour is big, bold, and beautiful. There’s minute caramel malt sweetness to balance, but I think this beer needs a few more months of to sit. This is a big beer, and it’s up there with Ruination, Dreadnaught, etc. Had it on tap at the Mi brewer’s guild fest, but it wasn’t close to this good. Wow, thanks so much Chris. A must try!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Perfect appearance, burnt orange body with a big of white head. As some have said this is a bit thin on the palate and light on the flavor for the style. It has a nice malt backbone, some bread notes and smooth citrus flavors but is just too wimpy for I2PA standards.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
dark orange with a white head. huge somewhat sweet piney citrus aroma. flavor is nice and bitter with a little malty sweetness just not much going on. body seems a bit light for an imperial ipa. the finish falls flat and seems a bit watered down. decent just a little disappointing for an imperial ipa.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
draught. orange body with a small white head. the aroma is great - full of pine hops and biscuit. this is very balanced for an IIPA with mellow leafy pine and some warm alcohol. soft bready undertones. good drinkability.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Kind of low tasting on the IBU scale for an IIPA, but not a bad brew at all. Deep orange with a creamy beige head, it’s got the grapefruit, piney, and floral aromas that one comes to expect in the style, albeit a bit tamed down. The caramel backbone is solid, supporting some good hop bitterness. Nice lingering hoppy finish. I wish they’d kick it up a notch, though.

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