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RATINGS: 2394   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


4.2
   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 (6101) - 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 (6046) - 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 (1173) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Pours slightly hazy with generous carbonation and a HUGE , tight head that keeps it form in a mountain 1" above the glass rim. Super citrus, pine and light caramel aroma. Very floral and enticing. Big bodied and resinous. Great hop flavor with a finishing bitterness that shows all of what it’s rated at. Good IPA. Columbus is nice but lacks in fineness compared to some other aggressive American hops.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Bottled, from Riley’s in Madison. One of the best values in a beer I’ve found in awhile, only 3.69 for this big bomber bottle. Pours a nice thick head. The aroma is delicate and very floral. Flavor is nicely malty to balance those aromatic hops. The beer continues to get better as it warms up, the delicate hop flavors become more pungeant and flavorful. Mouthfeel is medium sticky, fairly warm feel. A great bargain and a great brew all around.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2005
bomber. Pours a hazy orange with a thick, long, very long, lasting head. Very light aroma for an aggressively hopped IPA or else it is just hard to detect becasue of so dang much foam. Nicely carbonated. Aroma is that of citrus, freshly cut grass and a touch of spruce. Nice hoppy flavor. Bitter at the beginning with a somewhat dry finish. Very nice IPA from the west coast! Certainly worth enjoying again!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Bomber: Pours a burnt orange color with a large bubbling white head. Upon pouring this beer sweet hop aromas fill your nose, citrus and pine galore! Flavor is sweet hops, with perfect bitterness and a nice malt balance.


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