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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A marriage of an American Brown Ale with a hop-centric India Pale Ale. A monster of an ale with robust malt backbone and a mean hop-streak. The beer is brewed with five different varieties of specialty malts, three hop additions during the boil and a generous dose of Citra hops during conditioning to give the beer a lively, distinctive aroma that hits the senses before the first sip is ever taken.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
monsterc (13) - Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Hints of roastiness to the palate. Clean with slight maltiness. Pours a very nice dark brown. Nice aroma of C hops. Hops well balanced with light malt backbone. This is a very good IBA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3472) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2015
22oz bottle 2/14/15 (Courtesy of TerryR)-40° in Mug-Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, caramel, malt, toffee, dried fruits, and molasses. Taste of malt, caramel, toffee, and hops. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4409) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2015
22 ounce bottle from Binny’s. Chocolate and light malt. Light body. If it was hoppy, no more in a significant way. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (3931) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2014
650 ml bottle purchased at Binny’s Lincoln Park. Deep brown color, dare I say muddy brown. Aroma is earthy malts, dried leaves, damp top soil, with burnt caramel and cocoa powder.

Flavor is pretty much the same with a slightly amplified hop profile. Hop some more pine to me then anything else with bitterness being only low and mildly lingering. Citra hop doesn’t show up for me much at all. Decent with a dry texture that does make me want to take another sip take.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1086) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle shared ny AirForceHops. Thanks, Chris! Pours coca cola brown with an off white head. Aroma is earthy, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is caramel, molasses, spent coffee grinds. A bit of lemon, grapefruit citrus in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matty (235) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep ruby red/brown color with a tan head leaving a bit of lacing. Aroma is mostly roasted malt and a touch of hops. Taste is of burnt caramel and roasted malts with some coffee. Don’t notice much of a hop presence. Finish continues with the roasted coffee theme. Not a huge brown ale fan, but this isn’t too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1073) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Must everytting made in america be a *-IPA? End of rant, the fact is that the beer is still good despite the fact that it claims to be a hopped up american brown ale. Being an american brown ale would mean, I think, it’s already hoppier than the style likely dictates. Ok, end of rant. really. The color is that of a brown ale. It does have malt. It does have hops. It’s very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arojewski (51) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
Beautiful deep brown pour with a thick lacy head. An excellent blend of a brown ale, with that bitter hoppiness of an India style ale. Tried first at a brew festival, then purchased in a 650mL bottle. Love it more and more with each tasting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (2408) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Pours dark brown in color with a tan head of foam. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and light citrus notes. Taste mimics the nose with strong bitter citrus zest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2918) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2014
It poured a mahogany color with a white head. The aroma was of pine hops, caramel malts and floral notes. The taste was of pine and resinous hops with a smooth, lightly roasted and malty backbone. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4872) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2014
22oz bomber. Deep, unfiltered, opaque, brown-burgundy color. Massive, steady beige head. Really solid offering. Classical citrus, pine aroma, some Black IPA-like oiliness. Creamy and smooth. Big brown malt notes, pleasant citrus hop balance. Perfectly respectable offering.

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