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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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Brewed to drink long winter sessions of our favorite card game. Extensive dry hopping combined with a formidable malt bill creates the hoppiest beer in Redwood County!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 19, 2012
On tap at SPSBF. Pours a clear amber with a light brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a nice pine note backed by grapefruit and sweet grains. Flavor has more grapefruit up front that is joined by pine and has a pleasant not too sweet malt backbone.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Pours copper with a thin tan head. Smells of caramel, some earth, tea, spice. Tastes resiny and sticky sweet with some earthiness on the finish.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
BVery (6189) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 TAP: this review is an outlier - just not my style at all, and for me its not even drinkable. Dirty gold pour, a little cloudy. Huge white head. Nose is caramel and toffee, maybe a little sour. Taste is yeast/malt - as in malt bomb - I wouldn’t have guessed pale ale for this style at all - makes me wonder if I had a representative sample. Overall the main thing I get out of the nose/taste is "dirty sock."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6173) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2009
At St Paul Summer Beer Fest 2009. Poured hazy yellow with a nice white head, smelled of faint hops and had a good hop profile in the taste. Nothing crazy, but a solid beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (6020) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
6/14/14. 12oz bottle from Happy’s in Cedar Falls. Amber red pour with a small khaki head that fades and laces pretty loosely. A couple of whiffs and sips had me searching for a bottle date... with no success. Oxidation on the aroma, old hops, caramel, lots of caramel, toasted caramel, and almost a saltiness. Bitter flavor, dusty, burnt caramel, lots of caramel, some leather and tobacco, and a lingering alcohol burn. Eh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2009
On draught during Winterfest 2009 in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin white head with spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted Belgian malt, some citrus and floral hops, a touch of mild herbs and some grapefruit. Taste is light to medium bodied, with flavors of roasted golden grain and caramel malts, lemon zest, a hint of floral hops and some light fruit. Finish is semi-dry with a mild citrus aftertaste that follows a sharp bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Deep amber that is near copper with a light yellowish khaki head. Smells of grapefruit and sweet crystal malt are strong up front. There is also some pleasing dry straw. The taste has some bitter grapefruit peel and black pepper spice. The finish is fairly sweet with some toasted toffee. Wow, this is pretty much an IPA in my opinion. Good brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (4803) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle: The aroma is heavy on caramel along with a touch of fruit and minimal hoppiness. It pours a transparent amber with a one finger orange-tinged off-white head that quickly fades to a soapy ring around the edges of the glass. Spotty lacing is left behind. The flavor starts with moderate caramel with some lighter fruit notes. The finish has some muted grapefruit notes. The hops are dull enough that I assume this probably isn’t the freshest bottle. Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, not terrible...but not what I want in an APA. The hops are just too dull.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4399) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Dark copper color with a medium head. Light citrus and caramel aroma. A little buttery. Well this is an interesting and unexpected blend... grapefruit and orange flavors, mixed with a sweet malt body, light caramel and toast. Pretty solid!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4391) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2012
12oz bottle. I wouldn’t have associated sheep with an APA, more of a Bock or Scottish Ale thing..whatever....this doesn’t really fit in a style, something like an APA and an American Strong Ale combined. Orange-copper filtered body, thin off-white head. Mild and respectable soapy pine hop aroma. A pretty balanced creature, with big, yet mellow malt tones which plant the hops firmly in the backseat. Some fruity notes, could be amber malt, but maybe just the yeast. Pretty enjoyable beer.


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