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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14592) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours light brown with off white head. Nose and taste of toasted nuts, resin, citrus peel and dry cocoa. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big bitter, earthy hops. The taste is earthy hops and toffee. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (10991) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Thinner, lower on hop character and hop bitterness, maing it a generic brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Bottle… Pours clear and brown with a shimmer of burnt-orange and a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. The nose offers fudge and floral, piney, citrusy hops. Light-bodied and watery with lively carbonation. The flavor provides medium to heavy metallic bitterness along with a solid note of unsweetened cocoa. Bitter, toasted, bone-dry finish. Bottle courtesy of KickInChalice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9224) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Medium to darkish brown, medium tan head that shows decent retention. Aroma is equally hoppy and malty, citrus oil and chocolate. Palate is a tad thin, but the flavours are nice: chocolatey malts and slightly spicy fruity hops with a moderately bitter finish. A nice hoppy little brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Picked up a bomber at Randalls. This pours a dark brown with a nice little foamy head that never leaves. The aroma and flavor are pretty much the same. Roasted nuts and caramel and spicy, fruity hops. It is generally sour with some sweetness. This was pretty decent and not all that far from being very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6317) - 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 (5971) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5709) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5552) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 8/27/12

Aroma: The aroma is chocolate malts, earth, caramel, and some citrus hop notes
Appearance: It pours a dark caramel-brown color with a creamy, medium beige head and heavy lace
Flavor: It is malty up-front, but not particularly sweet, with a strong chocolate/caramel presence. The earthy hop component takes over at the mid-point, and the bitterness carries through the middle/end palates.
Palate: The body is fairly creamy, and a touch watery, it is light-medium, and has a mildly dry finish
Overall Impression: This is a solid beer for sure. I liked this one better then the first thing I tried from Big Muddy. It is again interesting that their beers have so few rating and have started to show up in NJ. This one was certainly good enough that I’ll try more of their stuff in the future.

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