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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
This India Pale Ale packs a larger punch than the Palmbender, but itís 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 an 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.

burg326's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
burg326 (5209) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2012
On draft at Big Storm, poured an amber color, aromas of sweet honey, some pine and feint citrus. Flavors are the same, with some caramel, interesting IPA overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a medium golden amber color. Aromas of citrus and fruit. Flavor is a big hop presence with subtle tastes of fruit and vegetables, then more hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12401) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2016
A reddish copper ipa with a thin creamy light mocha head. In aroma, nice biscuit malt with grassy floral hops, light mineral notes, resinous finish, nice. In mouth, a nutty biscuit malt with resinous floral hops, treacle, a bit of metallic harshness, OK. On tap at brewery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ShannonBailey (1) - - MAR 25, 2016 does not count
Tried this beer on draft in their Pasco tap room and I was pleasantly suprised. Not a huge IPA fan but this is the one I will drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DWestrick (607) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2016
can. Perhaps I got a bad batch, but this was about the worst IPA Iíve had. Itís what I picture the makers of Bud Light would create in an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1880) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
Can from ABC. Nice fruit punch aroma. Spicy caramel malt with fruit hops and a bitter punch at the end. Better than I expected from the score here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
KimEllis70 (2) - Clearwater, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2016 does not count
Iís not a big IPA fan, but was talked into trying it anyway. Arcus is a "gateway" IPA. Local honey cuts the bitterness of the hops and it finishes smooth. I can guarantee I will be drinking it in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3382) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Can from Publix. Deep copper our with an average sized off-white head. Malty aroma, some fruity notes too. The flavor is balanced, with a moderate malt and hop flavor before some dryness in the finish. OK not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
eaglefan538 (3012) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Can. Amber in color, highly carbonated head. Aroma of grass and floral hops, some toast. Flavor followed, caramel also. Mouthfeel was highly carbonated, weak body for style. Ho hum, neither bad nor good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Can. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is light to medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with strong notes of rancid butter and spoiled orange juice. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Can you say "diacetyl bomb"? I knew that you could! Buttery, sour, and dirty. Always sad when such mistakes make it out onto shelves, but oh well...buyer beware.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1608) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 itís 6.9% ABV, 81 IBUs and honey is added to it. What I got was a fairly nominal IPA in all aspects Ė 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 didnít 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 thereís a typical assortment of pine and citrusy hops Ė though theyíre 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 ďat the end of the brewing process.Ē 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, thereís a general bitterness present, but it doesnít 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, itís a fine-tasting beer, but not nearly as good as it could or should be.

Drinkability: It didnít 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

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