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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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 08/26/2006
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, Fest of 26

Appearance: clear light amber,
Aroma: big sweet sappy pine tar aroma,
Body: sticky body,
Flavor: flavor has a lot of sweetness, good citrus, strong lasting bitterness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Draft at Smokehouse. Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hop aroma. Medium body with slick texture. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2007
Growler acquired in trade with bgburdman9 (thanks!). Poured a medium to deeper and cloudy amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, oranges and caramel. Tastes of pine, caramel, and citrus (grapefruit and orange peels). This one was nice and bitter with a malty backbone. Alcohol content well hidden. Nice IIPA...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7659) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Sampled from a growler on 8/26/06: Pours a clear copper orange with a thin, wispy white head. Aroma of sweet, toasty caramel and big, fresh citrusy piny hoppiness. Body starts with a viscous sweet caramel maltiness, nicely-balanced with a more bitter, fresh, resiny hop presence toward a bittersweet, slightly warming grapefruity finish. A pretty good double IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2007
From a growler at DLD: A slightly hazed coppery hue with a small but lasting foamy white head and good lace. The nose is pure hop wonderfulness with massive resiny and citric aromas, pepper and clove, and just a hint of bready malt. The taste starts bitter and never backed off, a tour de force of hop bitterness. Name your hop characteristic and it is in there! (resin, leafy, pine, clove, grass, metallic, grapefruity, pineapple, etc...). If there is any malt character on the palate it only shows with a biscuit note on the aftertaste along with a huge astringent punch. The mouth feel is aggressive and sharp, dry and powdery, slightly warming with the alcohol mostly hidden. A big beer for the hopheads! Thanks Cow-lumbus crew for the chance to taste this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (4948) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4831) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2009
On tap at the Smokehouse. Haven’t had this one since it was first released in Summer 2006. I loved it then, but these guys have really been slipping lately. Beer is an orange amber color with a medium off-white head. Malty and hoppy nose, but the dominating note is butter. Flavor is equally buttery, with a crisp hop finish. Not bad, but not as good as it used to be.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4443) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 5, 2007
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler. Pours a hazy amber/orange with a medium off white bubbly head. Aroma of orange, floral, some pine and caramel. Flavor of grapefruit, pine, lots of hop flavor and bitterness. Bitterness lingers and alcohol comes forward as it warms.


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