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RATINGS: 696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4377) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Surprisingly good and the first beer from this brewer to impress me. Powerful hop aroma with lots of vegetables. Dark brown beer. The flavor has more hops and it is good, but not as good as the very nice hop aroma lead me to believe. Still, a good ipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1274) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a copper orange with a huge fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is big on piney, slightly fruity hops with some sweet caramel malt in the background. Yum!

The flavor is sweet sugary melon initially, followed by a big piney hop bitterness with a long lasting bitter finish. As it warms, the flavor dulls some. The mouthfeel is kind of soft, but smooth and pleasant.

Overall, this was a huge surprise. This is an excellent IPA. I got this in a mixer sixer, but will definitely be getting more of this. This could be one of my new go-to beers, alongside Titan, Hercules and Dale’s Pale Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Pours clear brown, nice white head with moderate carbonation. Aroma is piney, resinous hops. Malty sweetness and a light bubblegum on the tongue. Solid piney hops throughout, moderate but noticeable bitterness. Finish is toasted malts, light hops. Medium to light bodied. Well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
Deep orange-tinted brown/amber colour. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, some caramel, biscuit and cookie dough maltiness that back up some light pine and orange/grapefruity citrus hops. Sweet malty flavour with a touch of spiciness as well. Hops could be a whole lot fresher, but its still a nice malt-accented IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6797) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a nice off-white head. Big grapefruit aroma with some sweet malt and summer fruit. Grapefruit flavor with some malt backing. Not as strong of flavor as the aroma. Good hop flavor and decent bitterness. Some caramel and cocoa. Could be more bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8823) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a dark amber / copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass. Aromas of juicy oranges, some grapefruit, a little floral and some caramel. Tastes of citrus, some pine, and caramel. Medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
On-tap at the Happy Gnome: Gorgeous dark copper color. Clear body and glimmering. Thin and quick cap of dusty white foam slips away soon after the pour. Lacing is in a few globby strings and bigger spots. Aroma is clean, crisp, and rounded in a wonderful fruity sweetness thats deep and rich mixing well with a hoppy grapefruit pith thats been bruned or scorched into a dry pine bittering sour tone. Quite nice. A bit resinous and greasy too. Flavors are solid with good depth and roundedness, crisp, clean, and bold. Short and sweet in the front, kinda dark and apple-y, sweet, toasty, and firm. Middle, well, there isn’t really a middle as it skips right to the finish with bright and crisp hoppyness of pine and juicy citrus tones. Clean, milding, and smooth bitterness ensues into the finish with a bit of grapefruityness sliding around in a dark and resinous center. It’s quite good actually, and possibly deserving of a better number then what I’m giving it, but there was something about it that seemed unperplexing and medium about its flavors. I do, however, like its darker, thicker, tone.Hmmm....tough to call, could be better but how, I’m unsure. Complexity? Caramel? Feel is somewhat thicker then most other IPA’s; given its clean and crisp nature. Somehow, and whatever the reason why, it tends to carry a bit more darker heavyness for its underbelly then others that don’t use the caramel brigade of malts. This was pale but rounded, semi toasted, clean and bitter, but sweet and dark. A nice aspect to the beer and its flavors. Mellows out some as it warms and the bitterness tends to seep in and out from time to time. It’s darker nature and simple yet supple and giving bitterness does slow down the drinking of the brew. It’s got a uniquely heavy crispness and, almost, greasy fashion. More of a "winter" IPA then for warmer months, but damn good none the less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2187) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Nice head, no lace until I tipped the mug. then the lace lingered a bit. nice hoppy aroma, maybe a tad too much grapefruit. Ditto taste, but with a touch of dryness that is appealing. A bil thin. Good beer over alll. Sometimes available on draft here, but tonight, only in bottles at Bodega downtown La Crosse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 28, 2006
Bottle. Brown amber with creamy off-white head, aroma of citrus, fruity piney hops with grainy crystal malt. Flavor follows aroma, hop flavors are forward, malt provides ample balance. Overall a good, drinkable refreshing American IPA that I would not hesitate to drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Pours copper with a thin off white head. Has aroma of hops, floral, fruit and pine. Supprisingly the flavor was a bit more mellow than I expected. Considering their (Big Sky) P.A. is stronger than most. Still had good flavor with notes of hops, malts, grapefruit and an apple finish.

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