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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   IBU: 81   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
This India Pale Ale packs a larger punch than the Palmbender, but it’s well-balanced characteristics make it an easy drinking IPA. Brewed with 2-row American pale ale malts and dry hopped with whole cone cascades, this cloud rolls in with a 6.9% ABV and intense citrusy hop aroma that will satisfy the hophead in us all. The addition of local honey at the end of the brewing process lends a subtle sweetness for a clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1501) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2015
When an IPA boasts big stats on the label, it definitely builds up an expectation in your mind. Going into Big Storm Arcus IPA I was prepared for something amazing considering it’s 6.9% ABV, 81 IBUs and honey is added to it. What I got was a fairly nominal IPA in all aspects – not that it was bad at all, just underwhelming.

I poured a 12oz can into a tumbler glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.19 ($0.18 per ounce). Thanks to Mike for this can!

Appearance: The can didn’t gush when I opened it, but when I poured it into the glass it immediately foamed up massively. This is usually indicative of infection. It slowly dissipated and I topped it off, though I lost a few ounces to the foam-over spill. The body is a dark, murky, opaque shade of copper. The foam did linger and lace very well.

Smell: Perhaps the faintest trace of sour or tang, but otherwise there’s a typical assortment of pine and citrusy hops – though they’re actually muted by all the foam. Malt sweetness is present, too.

Taste: I was worried this can might be infected, but despite the appearance and smell, there was nothing in the taste that pointed to that being the case. This is a remarkably sweet beer for the style, though that might be due to the fact honey is added “at the end of the brewing process.” Usually, beers claiming to be brewed with honey have little actual honey flavor since the yeast eats it all up, though the malt bill might account for the flavor here. As for hops, there’s a general bitterness present, but it doesn’t seem nearly as intense as the 81 IBUs mentioned on the label. Some orange juice concentrate is noticeable as well as some sticky pine and resin. Overall, it’s a fine-tasting beer, but not nearly as good as it could or should be.

Drinkability: It didn’t surprise me that the mouthfeel to Big Storm Arcus IPA was thick and chewy. This is one of the few hop-forward brews that might actual benefit from being nitrogenated. The hops linger a bit and leave a dry, citrusy, almost medicinal aftertaste. The alcohol is subtle in both flavor and warmth, but in no way distracting. I could see this pairing well with dessert rather than any kind of savory dinner.

RATING: 6/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (2991) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Can. Aroma is caramel, toast and grassy hops. Tastes bitter and dry. Strong toast, lots of grass, light flowers, and light citrus peel. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
r464 (2118) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Can in FL. Moderately hoppy, malty with cereal plus some citrus. Floral hops come in, but not quite strongly enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arn8897 (239) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Sampler at Sloppy Joes in Daytona. Pours medium amber with a white head. Aromas of citrus and pine. Flavors the same with some honey sweetness. Nice ipa but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
klaing (155) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Cloudy Amber, with small head. Grainy & sweet, can tell there is honey. Heavy body for an IPA with moderate soapy hops. Not a refreshing beer but interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Can: Moderately juicy and some floral notes, somewhat sweeter and darker than normally found in the genre. Good lacework upon the pint glass. That said it has a smooth approachable palate and quaffs easy for 6.9%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sjohnh (536) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
Dark orange verging on brown, white head. Light but creamy body. Pine and citrus in the nose and taste, with the honey providing a little sweetness at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Can. No detailed notes - have had it a few times. More malt than expected for sure - drinks more like a hopped version of their Wavemaker amber, especially considering the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Tap. Golden orange with small head. Medium body with caramel. Orange and citrus. Light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SHIG (4045) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Can: Poured a light caramel brown with a hug light beige head. Aroma is a grassy hops. Light hop, water, grain and a bit straw/grass finish.

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