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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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We didn’t want this to be Jagged Edge on steroids. Thus rather than using the same hop combination, we chose more fruit forward hops to balance out the alcohol in the beer. The medium crystal malt adds a very subtle color and sweetness. Nugget and Millenium hops are used to bitter. Citra is a new variety to the market that has some similar properties to Simcoe but a more pleasant fruitiness; pineapple/mango aromas mixed in with pine and cat’s pee. Centennial brings candied orange and Amarillo adds big grapefruit. The liquid in the fermenter is dry-hopped three times- each dry hop equal in weight to the dry hop of Jagged Edge. This multi-stage dry hopping is meant to layer the different hop aromas. The beer is fermented cool to suppress fusel alcohol development, and dextrose is added to allow it to attenuate out highly, leaving very little residual sugar. The idea was to avoid that syrupy "gumsmacker" effect that’s sometimes found in Imperial IPAs. Other than barrel aged beers, this is by far our most labor intensive and expensive beer to make. Rampage fans are legion and we believe they deserve nothing less than the very best we can give them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8980) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Bomber from Wooden Keg in Hagerstown, MD. Pours a hazy orange color with a medium frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of resiny and citrus hops. Big aroma... almost sticky. The taste is earthy, citrus and resin hops. Some mango and tropical fruits. Full bodied. All hops with lingering bitterness. Some maltiness is there, but it lacks character. Lingering bitterness. I’d like more balance, but I recognize this is from California, where they don’t like balance. ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, orange, slight crystal malt, and fruit. Poured amber/orange in color with a small, creamy, dense, white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, citrus, tangerine, orange, and a hint of crystal malt. Medium body. Oily, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter, hop, tangerine, orange, citrus finish is dry. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3463) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Poured clear orange, and then later hazy. No I did not roll the bottle so some yeast must have been there. Shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat (Messaging). Good sized off-white head and good lacing. Nose of pine and citrus on a clean malt base. Medium body and lively mouithfeel. Flavor is more hops than malts. There is not a lot of heavy bitterness in the flavor, but some hangs on in the finish. Alcohol remarkably well disguised. Very tasty DIPA,.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5061) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Hayduke. We enjoyed it together via facebook chat. The bottom of this bottle was full of sediment and rolling it loosened it. The resulting pour had lots of floating sediment. It was dingy golden brown and just a bit flourescent. Some off white head which left sticky lcing that looked powdery. The aroma was not big but had lots of rich caramel and pine. The flavor was more citrusy but also had that caramel. The citrus was not tart or bitter and this was somewhat sweet. Some yeast, too. This was not a complex beer and it stayed the course through the temperature changes. The alcohol was never tasted and it even tasted sessionable. A dangerous combination. This was nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Itypedformiles (4) - - SEP 18, 2011 does not count
Mild Mouth feel with some fruity undertones when air-rated. I didn’t find it to be as piney as the other reviews I read. Overall I liked it but felt like I’ve had this beer before but with a different label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MattH (653) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Sample at Bevmo. Piney aroma. Flavor of piney hops. Not too thick of a palate for the amount of alcohol. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Hazy orange pour. Massive grapefruit and tropical fruit on the nose. Flavor is juicy citrus. Some biscuit malt but pretty low on the malt profile. Big and juicy but not super balanced. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a hazy orange color with a frothy off white head. The nose is herbal and tropical hops. The flavor has a little sweetness up front with the requisite big hop finish. Mostly herbal with some guava and papaya. Medium to full bodied with a lengthy hop finish. Pretty solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (5094) - Utah, USA - SEP 1, 2011
22oz bottle from Bevmo
Appearance: Pours clear golden with a medium sized white head and good lacing
Aroma: Tropical fruit, dusty caramel and hot alcohols
Taste: Sharp bitter pine resin and hot alcohols
Bitter extract flavor, drinkable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alphadelic (1760) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2011
A little head on a little haze. A nice nose, sorta Stone-like in its hop profile, but muted. Very sweet and toasted in the mouth. Not too bitter, an unpleasantly cabbage-y finish.

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