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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
This copper colored American IPA took a wild left turn when we fermented it with our favorite Trappist ale yeast. Charged with hops, followed closely by a clove and pepper Belgian yeast character.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2009
Pretty copper color with thick white head. Can’t figure out the aroma. Taste is hoppy but mostly floral, not bitter. I really like it. I wish it had a little more malt behind it to prop up the awesome hop flavors. Palate is sligthly above standard. BR staff -- add some more malt and you’ve got a 4+ beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9221) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
On tap at Sacramento Brewing. This copper ale poured with a thin beige head and an herbal aroma. There is a piney hop flavor with some carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2009
The aroma is very, very hoppy. Mainly a floral, resin hoppy flavor. The appearance is an amber color, white head. The flavor foloows the aroma in that it is dominated by hops, mainly the floral and resin kind. Spicyness on the finish must be due to the yeast, I asume. Lingering astringent finish, also courtesy of floral hops. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC. Hazy deep amber colour with a thin white lace. Rich fruity ale with a smooth texture. Malt, berries all in the flavour with some earthy oak notes. Very tasty ale, I want another one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Tap at Blind Tiger. This was surprisingly very good- quite a bit better than I remember either of the parts of this beer to be. Hazy deep amber with a nice head and good lace. Aroma is very citrusy, with a dank weed herbal hint and light mint- good sweet malts as well. More big malts in the flavor- light fruitiness, and tons of sticky tacky hops- pine and resin. Good finish- harsh bitterness which was refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14165) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Draft at Sacramento Brewing Company. Very dark, but clear, brown color with a significant creamy beige head. Aroma seems to be resin hop. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Flavor seemed to start grapefruit then turned into fruit and pine. The flavor is smooth and massive. The finish is dry, fruity and wonderful. My mouth probably isn’t good enough for such a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tasted at GABF 2008. Amber pour with tan head. Malts, yeast, fruit and good hops on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Interesting cross between a belgian and IPA that I had at the brewpub in Healdsburg. Amber pour with a beige head. The malty, yeasty, fruity aspect is up front in this one with a nice banana accent and a solid citrus hop kick at the very end. Surprisingly tasty brew, starting to quite like these hybrid styles and blends.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Draft. Pours an amber body with off white head. Big malty fruity pheolic body with hints of banana, apple accents, and some light spices. The yeast comes thru as a mild spiciness and clove. Hops are refined as citric and earthy. good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
On tap at the brewery, I got this as part of a sampler set. Mild flavor, dark amber, the beer didn’t live up to the potential characterized by the description for me.

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