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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Bigger than either an English or American IPA in both alcohol strength and overall hop level (bittering and finish). Less malty, lower body, less rich and a greater overall hop intensity than an American Barleywine. Not necessarily as high in gravity/alcohol as a barleywine. A showcase for hops. Warning: this ale is 10%+/- alcohol by volume and extremely bitter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3178) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Thanks to Trep for bringing a growler of this to kp’s Fest of 26. Slightly hazy light amber body with a fleeting head. Muted hop aroma with a solid underlying malt base. Smooth, well balanced, nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5267) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2006
A nice light amber pour. An aroma of big hops of an unknown origin. A slightly sweet malt flavor with a big hops kicker. This was a damn fine beer thanks to whomever brought this to kp’s cellar. Nice! I almost passed on this beer don’t ever make that mistake if you like hops and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2006
KP’s fest. Growler. Porus a medium amber with a thin white head and some nice sticky lace. Aroma is very resinous, pine, citrus, orangey, grapefruit, smokey-chinook-like. Sticky thick malty body, caramel sweetness, with more resin hops, citrus, pine with a powerful bitterness. Nice body and full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2006
An orange appearance with a moderate head. A nice pine, apricot, and orange aroma. The flavor is quite bitter with some alcohol showing through. There are some orange peel and apricot flavors present. The aftertaste is rather sweet. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1519) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours cloudy orange color. Nice hoppy aroma (It didn’t seem to be citrus or piney to me, but it was good.) Flavor of tangy hops and malt. The alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Barley’s flirted with the IIPA style back in 2003 with the Kiss My Bitter Ass IPA. That beer was stronger than a normal IPA, but not quite an Imperial. Now they have finally ventured into the style fully and the results are pretty good. Served in a snifter. Murky dark orange/amber color with a medium off-white head with fair retention. Spotty lacing. Citrusy hops aroma with a good amount of malt. Medium-bodied and smooth yet bitter. Citrus and hops dominate the flavor, with some pine and malt thrown in. The finish is bitter on the tongue, with a piney hops aftertaste and a mild alcohol burn. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2006
growler trade with OhioDad - Pours a hazy amber color with a light off white head. Aroma is of citrus and floral hops. Flavor is sweet with a citrus hop bite. This beer is kinda chewy with a lingering bitterness. Medium body. The alcohol isn’t really noticeable. However, once I finish this growler this evening, things may be different. Good beer. Thanks Scott.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Started off the Columbus gathering with a glass of this from a growler courtesy of Sliffy. Poured with a thin head, i think it may have lost some carb. The color was an orangish copper color. Had an okay piney and grapefruit aroma. Had a late bitterness attack. The best thing about this was that I could not taste the alcohol and was suprised this was 11.5%. Had a slightly off after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
On tap at the smokehouse - Pours cloudy copper in color with a short tan head that fades pretty quickly to a ring but leaves some lacing from there. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, and faint caramel malts. Flavor is quite aggressive at first on the hop side. Good grapefruit and pine flavor gives way to some caramel sweetness only briefly before the final assault and bitter finish. Good full body and resiny mouthfeel. Just what you look for in an IIPA.. Solid..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Yay! First time I got to add one. Draft @ the smokehouse: Dark copper in color with a loose white head. Aroma was some grassy hops, with a fair amount of carmelly maltiness. Flavor, citrus, pine, with a very nice caramel malt back bone. Very balanced with a nice hoppy finish. Medium bodied.

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