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RATINGS: 3569   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xdream (16) - Madison, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Nice hoppy smell. After the first sniff I knew I was in a great tasting IPA. It had a nice orange color. The taste was hoppy up front, then balanced out by a sweet malt taste. This went very nice with spicy and sweet black beans

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 Bottle and draft. Hazy, golden body with a large, lasting, creamy off-white head. Big floral and citrus aroma with notes of grapefruit and orange. Hints of toasted grain and dough. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Dry, lasting finish. Tastes of citrus, perfume emerge along with some spice hints, particularly coriander. Medium body with a velvety texture. Lively carbonation. An outstanding, world-class IPA. I have had this beer many times, both on draft and bottled and it has never failed to please. Rerate 12-23-08.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Deep golden color, vey clear fro the bottle. Very nice off-white to white head. Lite malt aroma with stong hop aromas. Earthy to grassy in aromas no to very little yeast aromas. Strong hop bitterness with malt just to balance.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
Bottled. Orange coloured. Nice very hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour with lots of fruitiness and bitterness. Tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2005
A very nice pale orane color with the yeast adding a richer bronze color. Head is pale in color and generous, very dense. Aroma is characteristic of what I expect from this beer...huge perfumey, citrust, mixed fruit cup, Centenniel hop aroma. The yeast aroma is subdued. Solid bitterness, tasty orane hop/malt interaction, slight residual malt sweetness fights with the bitterness on the palate. Body is med/full and is swept away slowly by the bitterness. From start to finish the maltiness envelops the rest of the flavor characteristics. The bitterness smacks at the initial sip and remains throughout the beer and creates a cleansing finish accentuated by perfumey, ethereal hoppiness. The mid palate is dominated by the orangey malt/hop flavor interaction. The layers of flavor and complexity are amazing and intense. I could probably make this score a 5 if I rated this based upon the real ale version.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Pale peach color with a generous fluffy white head. Citrusy, piney, pineapple aroma. Flavor is very fruity, Citrus, piney, grapefruit bitter with a long dry citrus zest finish. Hoppy, but well balanced. Light smooth palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Wow. This is a great IPA. Orange mid-dark color. Amber and red tint and a nice white head. As soon as I poured this beer I was overcome by the hop aroma and then later the hop flavor. Floral hops characterize this beer as the dominating gustatory trait but there is so much more. Mid-range bitterness brought out some tasty pine notes. Great IPA and really awesome bottle art.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUL 10, 2005
slightly hazy orangey golden color, fluffy tall white head. aroma is floral and perfumey hops. flavor is strong hops, mostly bitter, but also balacnced with sweetness that is just far away form being too strong. nice full carbonation but not too much. finsih and aftertaste is not too bitter either.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1313) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 2nd Rerate: I just wanted to mention that out of a 10 beer IPA head to head taste test, IMO this beer came out on top. Quality...quality...quality!!!

Rerate: I had to rerate this as it is such a great IPA. Top notch. I believe this is comes close to Alpha King and is one of my favorite IPA’s. And I can get it at MGM, so it’s in my neighborhood.

Liked the head on this beer. Great taste; had the IPA bitterness to it, but not too strong. Orange color with floral hops present. This is one beer I could enjoy over and over. Original Score: 4.1

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle. Light golden-copper in colour with a thin white lasting head. Arome was of floral hops, some orange citrus, pale malts and almost sickly sweet. The flavour was of floral hops first, orange and pine near the back of your mouth, some light malts - becoming earthy. Soapy bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. This must have been an older bottle, I have to get a fresh sample and rerate this.


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