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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2006
pours a nice crimson color w/ a huge off white frothy head and some great lacing. a nice spiced hop w/ a good fresh grapefruit aroma. Smells lightly sweet but definately hop diminated. Palate is smooth and well coated lightly oily. Flavor is a little mild, very smooth and blended. A very light bitter nice balanced carmel malts and grapefruit juice, some flower notes as well. A bit mild for an IIPA, but still good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2006
Pours an amber red with pillowy off white head and decent activity. Aroma is a grassy earthy hop and a bit of malt. Hops have presence but a little understated for a double IPA. The flavor is initially sweet followed by a piney hop bitterness, that isnít what Iíd classify as a dubble IPA strengh. There is carmel malt ballancing and neither the malt or hop overwealm, which is a nice aspect, but it doesnít have the power I hoped for; hop, alcohol, or otherwise. Malt is a bit buttery and also a bit fruity with a toasty malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2006
This beer pours a drab, dark, amber-brown color, but shows pretty notes of a hazy, orangish copper colored beer when held up to the light. While pouring this beer from my 22oz bottle, it produces an initial head of about three fingers thick and it is a creamy tan color. The aroma is expressively hoppy with sweet notes of grapefruit and tangerine being prominent. The aroma is just sweet smelling enough that it almost reminds me of candied citrus peels, but there is a touch of crystal malt caramel flavors here as well.

The taste is fairly sweet as well, it is a combination of the bright citrus-like hop flavors and the sweet malt notes that make it sweet. This has a certain creaminess to it as it rests in my mouth, it is definitely on the full side, but is not heavy like say a Barleywine would be. While the citrus/ fruity hop notes certainly dominate this beer there is an undercurrent of herbal pine notes that sort of morph into a lingering bitter note that attempts to dominate the finish, but canít quite do it because those sweet citrus notes refuse to be subdued. This beer has flavors that make me think of ruby-red grapefruits, fleshy-sweet apricots, some notes of sweet tangerines and of course orange. The malt plays a supporting role, but does supply some sweet malt character in the form of caramel flavors as well as some lightly toasted grain notes.

This is a nice example of a Double IPA, it has the body and heft to stand up to the ample hops, but does not become too cloying. It is certainly not as abrasive and raw as some, but to be honest I am not in the mood for tongue peeling hops right now anyway. The focus on soft, fruity hop notes makes this version drinkable yet suitably hoppy for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2006
Aroma is very modest for an I2PA. The appearance and body are more like the style. The sweetness is balanced nicely by the hop crunch. Palate has some grain and some pine needle prick. Dry hopping would help on the front end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Clear amber body with a fluffy, off-white layer of foam. An interesting nose of pine, caramel, warming alcohol, whole grains and a light toasted element. Itís definitely hoppy but with loads of sweet malt laying underneath. The body is robust and full with a nice heft and lively carbonation. Once in the mouth, things start sweet with malt, caramel and and grains. In the end, the warming alcohol and bitter hops combine to have nice finish. Itís not my favorite Double IPA, but itís reasonably enjoyable and reminds me of Molyanís offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Bottle: Dark amber, mahogany tint, moderate off-white foamy head, fairly nice lacing.   Odd spiced cake like aroma, slight alcohol and citrus, minor tea and tobacco leaf.   Smooth malty start, background of citrus rind, not overly bitter at all either.   Semi-sweet, finishing with citrus rind and tea leaf.   Fairly tasty, full bodied but average mouthfeel.   ABV is warming, but not very noticeable.   Not a top contender, but I did enjoy this one.   Fairly clean, and easy to drink.   Thanks SuIIy for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Dark copper color with a thin head. A massive blast of pine and citrus up front on the nose. These continue into the taste and do not let up at all. The malt base is so-so. It probably has a lot of malt, but the hops really bury it. Thankfully, the hops mix very nicely in this one.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11653) - 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.

   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

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