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RATINGS: 2368   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
Tap at the Horse Brass Pub. Pale golden colour, slight hazy, thick white head. Aroma of sweet citrus hops, tropical fruit, a bit of bubble gum. A slight resinousness as well, but not distractingly so. Aroma is very clean and fresh. Pale malt in the back lets all the hop flavour and aroma really come through. A bit of spicy flavour, some juicy orange and grapefruit. Great body and mouthfeel. Perfect balance, with spicy and fruity hops persisting all the way through the finish. Fantastic IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4857) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2005
12 oz bottle, via trade w/ davecooks. Pours a slightly cloudy light orange, nice finger sized head with good retention. Aroma is wonderful, this has the freshest smelling hop aroma that I’ve had in a while, very unusual in its character. Also some sweet malt and piney scent sneaking thru. Flavor is malty up front, but from mid swollow on, it’s all hops. In your face bitterness leaves a good hoppy finish. Medium bodied, mouthfeel is a little lively for me, all through to the bottom of the glass there was a generous cascade of tiny bubbles. Overall a very good IPA, very hoppy but without the harshness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear light gold color with a big creamy white head. Floral, sweet, hoppy nose. Lychee fruits, hops, citrus, and sugar. Bitter finish that is almost slightly metalic. Nice mouthfeel. Leaves some pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2005
GABF 05. Pours gold with a sweet hops aroma. Flavor is sweet all the way through, with hops and citrus in the finish. Palate coats. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 Body is hazy with a lightly dark orange / brown color. Head is mostly diminishing and egg white, white. Sweet malt, citrus grapefruit nose.....yadda yadda like most IIPA’s. Not as well balance as the best double IPA’s. Hops overpowers everything. But that’s kinda what I like anyway. Palate could be a little more thick.

Re-rate: 08/07/06 Been laying off the IIPA’s for a while so this is really tasty reintroduction into the style. Strong aroma of earthy, grapefruit citrus hops with a sweet caramel backbone. Excellent hazy light orange, slightly epervessent appearance. Pours with a huge, shaving cream thick head which is slightly off white orange. Flavor of grapefruit, orange, citrus, and earthy hops, along with a citrus caramel sweetness backbone; just like the aroma. Again....palate could be thicker, but this could be what the brewer was going for....it makes the beer more drinkable. Overall...I think this beer has made me into a hophead again!! YES......

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gilamonster24 (8) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - OCT 13, 2005 does not count
for those of you who love cascade hops this beer is the best i’ve come to know.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2005
On tap. Tasted during trip to California. Golden colour with a nice creamy head. Aroma of fresh fruit and melon. Very nice hoppy flavour, very balance and smooth, a realy nice IPA. Some citrus to the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
Bottle (650ml). I’m very, very scared of this one, but non-hop-head or no, here I go. Poured slightly hazy amber-gold with a huge foamy-creamy light straw-coloured head. Aroma - hops. Lots and lots of fresh, strong, citrusy hops - resiny, grapefruity, there’s malt in there too, and yeast notes, but this one’s about the hops (definitely plural, this is a hop medley). Taste is ... well, hops! I get hints of roast malt, oak, resin - but heck, the taste follows the nose. I like it. A tad acidic mouthfeel, and it’s probably average mouthfeel for an IPA. Hey, I like it a lot - I’m still an Impy Stout lover, but give me this beer paradigm on a summer’s day. Doesn’t make 4 only because it seems a bit of a one-noter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear bubbly dark orange with a large lasting frothy white head. Aroma of HOPS! Look, it’s Bear Republic, you know going in that it’s going to be hops, hops and hops -- and I love it! To me more specific the aroma is of fresh citrus hops. If you thought the aroma was hoppy, strap yourself down before you take a sip because the flavour is a hops smorgasbord (hopsgabord?) Even with all those hops there’s just enough malt to make it a very well balanced and enjoyable thirst quencher. Oh Bear Republic, have I told you lately how much I love you?

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tennisjoel (1161) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Heavy white head and lacing as well. Orange in color. Aroma is a little light, although I detect some floral and grapefruit. This one is hoppy but not really that bitter. Very smooth. The only flaws I see here are the faint aroma, which could be due to the large head size, and it maybe is a little heavy on the grapefruit. Otherwise a very solid beer. Seemed to improve as I drank this more.


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