Beer Works Back Bay I.P.A.
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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
A hop loverís delight, this American India Pale Ale is brewed with over 1.5 lbs. of hops per barrel. As with all IPAs, this beer is higher in alcohol, hop aroma and bitterness than regular pale ales, and you donít have to sail to India to enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 17, 2005
poured a amber hue with a thin white head. piney aroma with some malt in the background. Really hoppy in flavor minimal malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Sample at the Fenway Park location. Slightly oily medium amber, lasting head and thick lacing in the glass...dry-hoppy nose redolent of bitter herbs, dry grassy, faint dried fruits...very bitter initially in the mouth, hints of light apricots, fairly juicy and lightly malty...bit burnt tasting towards the end but this is much better than most samples Iíve had here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2005
On draft at Fenway. Decent IPA. A nice dark orange brown pour. Enough hops to make you notice without choking you. Good firsat beer of the day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Cask - Hazy orangish body with a wonderful creamy white head. Nice grapefruity aroma and well blended hoppy taste. Soft carbonation. Tap - Head was smaller and not as creamy. The body was the same color, but less hazy then on cask. Similar aroma to the cask conditioned. The taste and carbonation was more sharp. The hoppy taste was more immediate. Overall I enjoyed the cask conditioned version better, but both tasted great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2005
On tap at Fenway. Bright golden orange color, medium head. Hoppy aroma, oranges. Lots of fruit in this one (oranges), sticky pine and resin, solid caramel malts. Finishes rough and bitter. A decent IPA overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4646) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Cask January 2005 Canal St. Bright rusty yellow body with some light orange/copper tints and a thick, creamy white head. Fruity, almost candied citrus notes greet the nose, while there is also some sweet caramel. I always prefer drinking American style IPAs on cask, as I think it helps cut the hugely dry hops bitterness. This is no exception, as the creamy body adds much sweetness and the hops are kept under control for the style. Sweet caramel (much like their Hercules Strong ale) mixes with citrusy American hops. Quite juicy, with a good medium to medium-full body and very low carbonation. Aside from the novelty of it being on cask, there is nothing particularly exciting here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 14, 2004
Pours brownish orange with a medium size head. Citrus scent. High bitter and citrus flavor. Very fresh taste. This beer is better than what others say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3009) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Tap at brewpub, Ok nose, pine/citrus (grapefruit/orange) mix. Orange color, clear, small head. Bitter flavors, grapefruit, nutty/woody thing, litte soapy. Medium body, soapy/metallic aftertaste. Tasty, but in a one sided way. Little malt boost would improve greatly. I donít like that (self described) soapy/metallic thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2004 A nice strong IPA that flourishes on your tounge again and again. An almost metallic taste, but bold. I reward it with points for its confident strength without reaching too high. Sampled again, Autumn 2004: I continue to like the way this beer sits in the glass, and by appearance alone seems to have decent heft. A slight apple-pear aroma? Liked its texture and classy taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2004
On tap in Salem: Clear orange color with a thin creamy white head. Citrus aroma, starts and ends bitter. Full bodied. Long bitter-sweet ending.

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