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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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100 IBUs
Bottled Version: 107 IBUs, 10%

Prepare to walk the plank to an Ale of overwhelming proportions. More hops & more malts than any land lubber can handle. After this experience...your tongue will be buckled. The I.B.U.’s (International Bitterness Units) are off the scale on this ale. Be forewarned, those with a timid palate, this is not a wee beer! Handcrafted in small batches for those sailing the seas in search of great ales.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Sampled @ Chandler Whole Foods. Bright orange rind brew with a milky ivory head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of tart grapefruit, lemongrass, pine, and tropical fruit. Flavor shows tons of citrus along with bright tangerine, moderate caramel, and toffee. Definitely more hop forward with a nice malt backbone. Really delicious!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
topher_78 (28) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
This brew poured a nice copper color leaving 2 fingers worth of a khaki head and great lacing. The aroma consisted of citrus, light grass, pine and pepper. The taste was a combination of spicy and citrusy, leaving your palate very dry. Overall it was a very pleasant beer and one I would seek out if you’re a hop head.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Pours deep copper with orange hues and a small off white head. Nose is big pine, grapefruit and caramel apples. Taste is perfect balanced sweet and bitter with the finish a little on the bitter side. Mouthfeel is crisp and sticky, big body and a huge finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
S_Side_Smitty (572) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours opaque red-amber with a thick light tan head. Aroma is sweet malts and faint pine hops. Wow. The malts and hops are on equal footing with this one! The first taste is chalky thick malts. Everything seems to come together in the mid palate - an interesting malt/hop blend. The hops really show in the finish with an insidious bitterness. Awesome red ale!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1594) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Tasty Beverage Company, Raleigh, NC. Deep rusty orange pour with a reddish hue and a thick off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, wet grass, and light toffee notes. The taste is awesome with bitter grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine combined with an assertive caramel malt backbone. Somehow this is easily drinkable even with the high bitterness and alcohol. As with many "American Strong Ales" this is not quite a DIPA and not quite a barleywine. Great brew!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Poured from a 22. Aroma is hoppy. Taste has a bitterness to it with a grapegruity flavor. Has a piney aftertaste to it. Strong beer, deep flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerladadrian (23) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2015
Purchased from the Fine Wine Delivery Co. in a 650ml bottle. Malty / caramel aroma that you’d expect from a red ale. Palate shows intense bitter dryness (hints in the name I guess), but its what you’d expect from a beer with this weight. The alcohol is noticeable with considerable heat, but it does pull you back for another sip of cool ale. tu meke, too much cuz. big fans down under.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsd08460 (137) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Aroma: citrus, spruce, floral, Appearance: amber, clear, light tan head Taste: medium sweetness, strong bitterness, Palate: full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long bitter finish, Excellent

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnokk (128) - Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2015
APPEARANCE - beautiful dark amber color - totally comes through as a red. Head runs for the hills, but the lacing has real persistence. NOSE - west coast hops dominate the nose of this beauty. FLAVOR - thick resin notes stay on my tongue long after the sip. Exceptionally flavorful. NOTES - as expected, ballast point delivers.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miyauchi38 (670) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
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