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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Brewed as a medium India Pale Ale, this full-flavored moderately hopped beer has the strongest hop character of our ales. Made for hopheads and new beer aficionados. The grist composition is 94% Pale malt, with the remaining grain bill consisting of carastan malts. The finishing Mt. Hood hop addition in the whirlpool gives this beer a good hop character without becoming excessively bitter. The beer is fined instead of filtered so the hop character is not stripped away.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Bronze/amber color with sticky and creamy head with lots of lacing. The aroma is bright and floral with pacific northwestern hops. A very fresh pine/grapefruit aroma hits too. The flavor has a light bitterness with a very dry finish and light body. Easty drinking, well-made batch of the Big Red (when I tried this). A nice marshmallow caramel end, not too bad.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
(Growler thanks to BA Exiled) Pours very pale/amber with spare ring of head. Nose of pine/citrus hops. Taste is very bitter hops, grapefruit. Overall I thought it was way too bitter with no malt to back it up.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Not a bad drink, but these people make it difficult to judge since they insist on serving every beer in an iced pint glass. Not a bad color, orange-brown, with a moderate head that laced the glass nicely. It’s got a piney hop aroma with a hint of grapefruit. You also get a hint of the malt - unusual for the style. Very solid malt flavor, in serious competition with the hops bitterness. A bit watery... although it may have been from the iced glass. Totally clean finish with (a minus) no lingering bitter aftertaste.

Had a barrel aged version of this at a festival in Chicago. Enjoyed it just as much, even with the added element of Jim Beam in the aroma.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Thanks to exiled for sharing this growler. Pours golden orange with a white head. Aroma is strong hops with some piney resin. Flavor is like the smell with a mix of citrus and pine. Low-medium hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and a slightly dirty, earthy finish. Not a bad IPA and certainly something that is drinkable if you are at Humperdinks and need something to drink while watching a game on TV.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 15, 2002
This used to be called Big Red IPA. Whats up with that? Minus 2 points for the marketing. Light amber color. Medium malts, slightly hoppy. Slightly caramelized malts, some malt sweetness. Not a typical IPA, more of a red ale. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Draught: Light amber brown color. Clear and sparkling. Average, lasting, creamy white head. Excellent lacing. Nutty malts, heavy hop flavors of flowers, herbs, spruce, citrus, and grapefruit. Also tasted of pepper, allspice, coriander, ginger, medicine. Full bidy and oily texture. Lively carbination. Bitter finish. Same hops as TwoRow Hopzilla (Amarillo I think).

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Draft- Spokane. Copper color with a small off white head. Pine aromas abound. Grapefruit, pine and celery flavors. A typical APA/IPA.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2007
This draft brew from the brewery poured a very small sized head of foamy finely sized clear colored bubbles that were and left behind a transparent uncarbonated orange colored body and a oily lacing. The mild aroma was hoppy. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
Earlier Rating: 3/4/2004 Total Score: 2.9
This bottled brew poured a small head of off-white colored fine to large sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a very good lace. The body was not noted. THe aroma was more like an ESB than an IPA, not hoppy enough. It had the flavor and mouth feel of a Pale Ale with a malt hop somewhat bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2010
growler thanks to exiled on ba. amber with a white head. nose is citrus/tropical hops. decent on the palate, tropical hop flavor and a very bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - APR 25, 2007
Tap - Lacey, WA
A deep amber color with a nice hopped aroma. The flavor was a deep hoppy flavor with a nice flavor of malts. This was a very good IPA. Not over the top with hops which is good.


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