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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7489) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4oz sample at Max’s Hop Fest 2013. Pours a dark orange with some cloudy, white head. Candy sweet nose, honey, lemon, orange, grapefruit, soap. Flavor is sweet, honey comb, orange, pine, soap. Full, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2013
On draft at Hungry Monk, amber/copper pour, malty aroma and flavor dominate, there is some Belgian IPA flavor present, but not enough Hoppiness for my liking. Still ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3453) - New York, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Tap at stags head, really enjoyed this one. Pours caramel colored with nice head. Nose of Belgian yeasted and light tropical fruits. Tastes of bananas, Belgian yeast and spice, floral, peach, and grapefruit. Nice lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1623) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2013
I really don’t have a clue what this brew has to do with submarine maneuvers, but whatever. =) Dark amber pour (really dark for an IPA of any sort!) -- with a mid-size head. The yeasty esters actually come forward more aggressively than the hops in this one -- I’m actually astonished it clocks in at 70 IBUs -- green and black pepper and a bready note are followed by the caramel and then just a faded remnant of the citrus typical of Bear Republic’s other IPAs. This really is a wild left turn (got it). Reminds me a little of the recent trend to make black saisons -- it’s definitely got a Belgian yeast strain, but is a little more aggressive/forceful than most Belgian ales. Like if Greg Koch was a guest brewer at Chimay. That’s actually exactly it -- it’s a Belgian Arrogant Bastard. In that sense? It’s a pretty great. Definitely different!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Draft at sb. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around. Mild floral sweet mango nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Caramel and some mild tangy esters on the mid palate, maybe a little bit of sweet cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Copper colored beer with a tall off-white head. Nose is floral hops, lots of yeast, spice, and some citrus. Clove, pine, and sweet bready malt. Decent sweetness on the palate, good hops, too. Caramel, bread, and banana. Citrus, pine, and yeast. Clove and pepper spiciness. Moderate bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Halfway hazy dark red pour with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is marked by pine and citrus hops, with a light berry sweetness on the back end. Taste is almost candy sweet at first, but the fruitiness fades into a lingering bitter finish. Hop profile seems more floral in the taste than in the aroma. The Belgian yeast is evident in the sweet, but slightly funky flavor. Palate was a solid medium body, maybe a little under carbonated. Good, not as great as other Bear Republic beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2011
On tap at Capones. Pours a murky brown color with an orange tint and a white foam head. Taste of citrus and pine with some clove and belgian spice mixed in well. Unique. Impressed with how the clove mixes well with the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
On tap. Poured a medium and clear amber color with a small sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of floralness, citrus, yeast, and some fruitiness. Tastes of light breadiness, yeast, citrus, and spicy with some fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2593) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Draft at double windsor. Poirs copper color. Smells of spices pepper and yeast (same goes for the yaste). Tasye is hoPpuy with a malty backbone. Id cvategorize this as more of an ipa then a belgian like rate beer says. Overall$ pretty...pretty good.

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