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RATINGS: 2405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystalmalts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial. There’s a trophy in every glass. 2009 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – GOLD; 2009 Colorado State Fair – Best of Show; 2006 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER; 2005 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER; 1999 Great American Beer Festival® India Pale Ale - GOLD


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours a cloudy orange copperish color with a medium sized white head. Aroma has that classic piney west coast IPA scent, full of fresh hops. Taste is much the same. Lots of hops and fresh pine needles present along with a hint of malt. Aftertaste leaves a slight butterscotch flavor. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4457) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Poured into a tulip with nice big frothy head with good retention and lacing. Spruce and citrus aroma. Beautiful deep, golden color. Heavy bitter taste. Light and slick. Lively with long bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Bottle pours light orange with a small head with great lacing. This beer has an intersting malt flavor not apparent in most IPA’s. Great hop presence here, balanced with malty sweetness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Nice pine and citrus aroma with a golden amber color. Great hoppy flavor but not too bitter. Very well balanced. One of the best IPA’s I have ever had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Decent amount of hops, got it from Maryland, Jine. Not heavily or painfully hoppy, but a fine beer nonetheless. Another solid brew from Cali.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2006
1.14.05 Sometimes I wonder where my friends find this stuff, since I never come across anything like this in the store. Oh, wait, apparently this isn’t available in NJ? How sad since this was quite a nice IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
"MMMM good beer. Poured a light amber color with a small head. Strong smell of pine. Pine won the taste of this beer with some citrus fruits mixing in. "

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 16, 2006
(22 oz bottle: $2.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) This is a fairly flavorful beer, aggressively hopped in contrast to the malt, somewhat floral, quite grapefruity, fairly bitter right from the start, but especially in the finish. However, the fruitiness and the moderately sweet malt has some presence and is able to cut into the hoppiness to a degree. The moderately aromatic nose shows a nice balance between malt and hops, and is pleasant and enticing. Medium in body, average viscosity for an IPA, fairly crisp in the finish. Light golden color and slightly hazy. For a bottle-conditioned beer, there isn’t a whole lot of sediment in the bottle, but in the glass, medium to large sized chunky particles are suspended in the beer. Even a fairly careful pour results in the off-white head rising to well over an inch. Retention is excellent, even half an hour later, there is still at least a half an inch of rocky foam on the glass. Dense, thick patches of lace are left on the glass. Overall, I think this is a solid IPA, maybe not quite at the level of the top tier IPAs, but certainly knocking on the door. Can’t ever go wrong grabbing one of these.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle. A fantastic IPA. Smells of hops, tastes of hops. A very sweet taste. Not overly bitter. Better balance than most IPAs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Bomber bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a tight, thick off-white head. The Columbus aromatic hops come through nicely, but a bit restrained, resulting in a fragrant pine needle and spice nose with just a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a subdued carbonation level. Initial flavor was a well balanced presentation of orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel and faint background of Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Late palate to finish is moderately bittersweet, but a bit short and syrupy. Overall a fairly solid IPA and worth a visit, but not all that outstanding.


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