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RATINGS: 743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Bottle. Copper color, slight haze, beautiful white head with excellent retention. Nice aroma, grapefruit and hops. Flavor is well balanced, with clean finish and almost no aftertaste. An excellent IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a light brown color with a light haze. Very fragrant aroma, with citrus and pine the main notes. Light biscuit in the aroma, with light caramel and some grass as well. Very good hop profile, but could have used a little more malt for balance. Still a fine IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle, pours a nice fairly clear copper color, with a nice lasting off white head. Plenty of grapefruit on the nose and initial taste, followed by some slight malt sweetness. Pretty good actually, a nice fairly balanced IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8601) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle. Semi hazy dark straw/copper pour with 1-finger off-white head. Nice crisp hop aroma plus some caramel malt. The hop flavor was also crisp, citric, very pure and fresh tasting, and well matched by a solid malt bill. Solid complexity. Iíd buy this by the case if I could.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
colts9016 (198) - Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2007
A nice copper hue. The aroma is grapefruit, lemons and hints of wheat. To taste this beer I had to hang on my seat because I went for one hell of a ride. This is one of biggest IPA I have ever tried. It is bold with citrus, grapefruit, hints of tart apples and a big bitter finish. A very well made beer, but you need some good food to go with it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5591) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Orange, big rocky beige head. Toasty, grapefruity aroma. A bit bready at first, then a resiny, earthy hop bite. Seemed a bit on the thin side. I liked it, but with so many other standout IPAís in the Seattle market, well...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle at Freaking Frog, Las Vegas
Beautiful amber color. Very nice hoppy aroma, resiny, strong. Good body structure, but less sweet than expected, then suddenly the hop resins kick in and lead to a long final. Very hopped IPA (I would like it sweeter).

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Smell under the cap is more malty than hoppy, bit of a surprise there. But hops come out when I pour into a shaker, bitter and piney. Older copper penny color with a spongy head. Hops are more upfront in the taste, almost a scorcher of bitterness. Makes me think of the Bellís Hop Smash I had last night, though Iím sure itís nowhere near that many IBUs. Quite bitter, maybe to the detriment of hop character, a bit earthy, with some orange rind peeping out at the end. Malt is just slightly sticky, the kind I always fall back on "caramel" to describe. But the only room for possible fault comes in the choice of how the hops are presented. May be too crude for some, but I find myself liking it. This was from a variety 12-pack, I think $15 in Kenosha, meaning this is probably a bargain for a good IPA at its home state.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle. Light citrus and grassy hops on the nose. Pours copper with amber highlights. Lots of citrus and fruity hops. I was actually pleasantly surprised. Meduim bodied. Finishes crisp wil some refreshing hoppy dryness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trum22 (13) - USA - OCT 27, 2007
This one starts off pretty good with a beautiful reddish-copper hue and a tan head, but the good times donít carry over to the initial taste. Flavor is a bit metallic, and other than that itís all hops, hops, hops. Heavy bitterness lingers a little too long at the end. I donít think Iíd get this again.


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