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RATINGS: 3227   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 In the bottle at the 2005 Bad-burek party. If I had two hearts, Iíd give them both to this beer. DELICIOUS! Looks like an IPA: amber with an off-white head. Taste is nearly unmatched. This is sweet, but balanced well with the hops. Outstanding smoothness, but with enough bittering units to remind you that you are drinking an IPA. Well worth the exhorbitant price charged by most liquor stores. UPDATE 11/2006: In the bottle at the Max & Joeís Tavern Michigan Beer tasting (11/21/6). Such a delightful fresh hop aroma. A near perfect IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Bottle, orange pour and a good off-white head. Big floral and citrus hop aroma. Lots of good hop flavor too, with a very good balanced malt body. Sweet upfront, and a nice hard bitter bite at the end.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Balanced citrus-hop perfection.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Amber-orange pour with a creamy-white head that receded rather quickly. Formed a light spotty layer on top, and nice intricate lacing as it went down. Dense floral, piney, and citrusy aromas hit the nose, and were very pleasant. At first taste, hops dance across the palate.. this had a light and lively mouthfeel. Solid malt backbone held up the citrus and grassy flavors well. Refreshing citrus finish. This is a great IPA!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Nice orange-amber, dense creamy head, recedes slowly leaving nice lace. Aromas of fruit, flowers, ester, green pepper, and wet concrete. Fantastic huge hop bitterness. Slightly tart, fruity without being sweet, some moderate maltiness, but alcohol and hops are predominant. Mouthfeel is solid and fizzy, most refreshing but leaving a nice citrus aftertaste. The web site alludes to Hemingway, fishing, and Michiganís Upper Peninsula outdoors experience. It all fits as Iíd call this a real manís man ale. Just big and brawny in every respect.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2005
12oz - Very strong floral hop aroma. Smells fresh and sticky. Yellow-orange color with a medium head that quickly dissappear but leaves great lacing. Huge hop blast on the tounge with just enough malt to smooth it out. Sliky smooth going down and leaves a nice hop aftertatse. A very drinkable IPA Iím sure I will have much much more of.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gmku (294) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Absolutely delicious. The best IPA I have ever tasted. I canít imagine an IPA getting any better than this. This is a superlative IPA. It reminds me of autumn, of fishing in a trout stream, of Nick Adams and his sister hiding from the law in Hemingwayís The Last Good Country. This is The Last Good Beer from The Last Good Country. It must be. Pours a deep-red-copper cum sunset red/brown with a hint of rainbow trout pink. Forms a tannish head, very soft. Taste is Centennial hops all over the place. Its two hearts run into your refrigerator and drag their malty bloody selves across your kitchen floor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Pale yellow gold color, with a medium sized rocky head. Sweet amarillo hop aroma with a slightly sweet malt undertone. Slight floral acridness in the nose, quickly followed by muted citrus and slightly grassy hop flavors, with a crisp and slightly astringent finish complemented by lingering sweetness. Mouthfeel is very balanced.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EricP1977 (2) - Mishawaka, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2005 does not count
Iím not going to tell you what color this pours or what hints of what random fruit I get when I taste it. Iím simply going to tell you that this is one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Bellís (or Kalamazoo Brewing Co.) is easily one of the best breweries in the country.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Draft. Pours an orange color with a white head. Nose is floral and citrusy. Taste is hoppy with note of earthy grass tones and a bit of caramel sweetness. Good beer.


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