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RATINGS: 3351   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
purchased this from Int'l Beverage in Grand Rapids on my way back from K-Zoo, the fish on the case definitely reminded me that this brew was made in good old west michigan, i didnt really think of this as an IPA until i looked it up on here, i thought it was a rather robust american strong ale, reminded me of Arrogant Bastard almost, intense hops, medium thick body, with a refreshing citrus circus going on in there, topped off with some malty cream flavor, the mix was done properly, and i dont think Hop Devil could carry this mans jock strap around

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2003
There's a lot going on here: Good, persistent head; Medium to full body and mouthfeel; Alcohol presence is noticable; Good hops pacing from bitter at the front to complex, almost licorice-like at the end (dry hops and maybe hop oil). Regardless of the serving method, tap, bottle, hand-pump, it's always consistently good. Maybe their best beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Had from bottle on July 6th, 2003 - Day 6 of Blake's Beer Month™
I'm a sucker for IPAs and this one is no different - it pours with a hazy gold color and a yellow-tinted head. The head diminishes quickly, but leaves lacing behind. Aroma is hoppy as is the taste. Flavor is of citrus - most notably grapefruit - a bit tart, but not so much so. An interesting brew and a great job by the folks @ Kalamazoo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Color was a solid goldish yellow, small bubbly head that faded fast but left nice tight lace in patches around the glass. Aroma is very grapefruit/orangey/lemony peel-like with lots of fresh floral hops and a bit of spice. Straight up taste is very fresh hops, citrusy with some spice notes and grain, nothing overbearing, very mellow, its perfectly balanced and is very crisp and clean with a great, light dry finish. Hard and very bold, medium body feel, somewhat creamy with lots of fruity sweetness and a nice, light dry finish. This is some fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Good IPA. Just the right amount of hop flavor. Wasn't too over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Another fine brew from Kalamazoo Brewing Company. Good hops, with a lemon-citrus flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20560) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2003 Bottled. Cloudy orange with creamy head. Citrusy nose. Sweet and medium bodied with a relatively hoppy grapefruity finish. The mouthfeel is light and sparkling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 2002 bottle. Dark Brownish Red ale. This was interesting. For some reason I didnt care for the mixture of hops in this one. Needs something more. If ever there was a case of a too-hoppy-IPA this might be it. Though, I dont mind Sierra Nevada’s PA or Ipswich’s Ipa. I suppose I shall have to buy this beer and review it.Rerate. Not much changed from first impression. The heavy hops flavor, with the additional dry hopping creates a tough act to balance, and the pale crystal malt does not get the job done. Sure, it tastes wonderfully of hops and is fresh and clean, but there just is not enough good malt flavoring. Points for a good yeasty flavor though, dont get that often in IPAs. Aroma is very dry, some yeast, some earthy hops. 2003 FRESH bottle. Ok, well it looks like I got my first case of bells gone bad in the previous ratings. Guess those 2002 bottles had sat out too long. These new bottles were much better. Gone is the astringent, stale taste. Much better balance than I remember, but there is a weird alcohol flavor in the body that is quite prevalent on the finish. Not pleasant at all. I just dont seem to get along with this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Dark golden body - lasting, big bubbled head. Very dry like champagne. Smells somewhat sweet and hoppy. The flavor is robustly hoppy, but not too bitter at all. A very smooth finish, with some vanilla notes. Alcohol is definetly present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2003 One of the best IPA's I've had in recent memory. Cloudy copper ale with nice fluffy head, which is the sign of great quality ales. Aroma is superb, piney and citrusy. Has it's own uniqueness to it and different from other great IPA's. I smell a little cedar as another reviewer points out. Nice lacing. Very crisp and carbonation is solid. I only wish I could buy these locally. Would be a regular for me.

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