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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This big, rich IPA features Simcoe hops which give it both a fruity, piney hop nose and a clean, ringing bitterness. IN-between, the malt flavor is slightly caramel for a touch of malt sweetness. This IPA is well-balanced and very expressive with hops.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2011 Pours a perfect amber with a big tightly packed head that quickly dissapates. Smells big of pine and hops. Excellent aroma. Tastes start of caramel and malt and end on a big hop finish that gets ALMOST mettallic (in a good way). Really leaves the tongue tingling. Good, rock solid IPA. Iíll be drinking again soon.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber, medium head and lively carbonation. Aroma and flavor of citrus, pine and a sweet caramel malt backing. Medium mouthfeel with a nice long hop finish. In fact, this is quite a hopped up IPA, just the way I prefer it. Good job BSB!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Nice hop flavor....pine, crisp fruit and some herbal. Subtle sweet malt to balance the hop. The only issue is a sourness that is present after a few mouthfulls.....I have found this to be the case in run-of-the-mill IPAs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2008
pours from the tap a dark copper color with a thin white head which leaves behind some spotty lace work. the aroma is full of piney hops, rosemary, caramel, malt, orange and itís cousin the kumquat. the hoppy aroma creates an almost menthol burning sensation in my face and chest... cool. the flavor is much more balanced than the aroma... light pine, citrus and grass are kept in check with some malty sweetness. the finish is nice and dry. more piney goodness lingers in the aftertaste. medium body with prickly carbonation... this is WAY better fresh from the taps.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3186) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2008
An incredible IPA. Just when I think the style is dead with me something comes around and smacks me in the face. I love simcoe hops which are very distinct in the aroma and taste. Some malt in the aroma also. Pour was a beautiful dark amber with a generous 2 finger off white head. Taste was in your face hoppy. This beer says "You will take your hops and like it". Some malt sweetness in an out, but the simcoe drives this ship. Nice bitter aftertaste. I havenít been excited about an IPA for a long time since now. Great!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Pours a deep copper color, quickly dissipating head. Aroma is fruity, and maltier than Iím accustomed to in an IPA. Very hoppy, hoppier than a lot of "IPAs" out there. Well balanced, would definitely recommend.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sickassmick (228) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 8, 2008
pours an ugly hazy brown amber with little head that dissipates quickly. full body and light lacing. The smell is very sweet and clean. The flavor is much better than I would have expected (no offense to montana, I have family there). The hops are all up front and donít stay around on the mouth for too long, but this is a very hoppy beer none the less. I didnít read any ratings before I bought this and 88 overall is probably just about right. What this is doing in the liquor store by my house I have no clue. There is a full row of them and all of them are dusty. If I had the money to do it I might clear the shelf! Props to Montana! good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Had on draft. Appeared a copper color. Aroma had a strong smell of hops with a slight citrus backing. The hop taste is balanced nicely with some sweet malt flavor which makes this beer very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
uhclem (418) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Pours a dark copper color with a good sized head. Lacing is practically non-existent. Nice combination of fruit and pine in the aroma. the hoppiness is subtle at first, but quickly asserts itself. Silky mouthfeel. Malt taste makes its appearance at the end, but gives way to a clean, bitter aftertaste. This oneís a keeper.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (14974) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
Dark amber colour. Fresh citrus nose (calamansi, Korean sugarbomb mandarins) with crystal malt/breadcrust in the background. Quite frankly, the bright top note contrasts the malts a bit too much. Both elements are more rounded on the palate, however. The bright papaya and kumquat notes work well with toasty, earthy, woody malt complexity.


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