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We like to think this is an ale for everyone who believes you make your own luck. We sure did. And the result is a well-balanced, soulful IPA with just the right amount of hoppiness. An even keeled ale that goes down clean and refreshing, but still lets you know itís been doted on by the Brewmaster. Itís true to itís IPA heritage, but also highly drinkable. Lucky U. And we seriously mean that.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ilovedarkbeer (2289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Pours a dark amber color with a foamy white head. Notes of metal, caramel, citrus, and earth. Not particularly exciting but surpassingly in balance. Average mouthfeel and finish length.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Sampled December 2009
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, tightly beaded, pale tan colored head that leaves some layered lacing on the sides of my glass. the beer is a rich cranberry stained, amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, copper-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has an up front pine-like hoppiness that is then anchored by caramelized crystal malt notes and candied orange zest aromatics. This is a bit heavier on the crystal malt aromatics than I might prefer, but it is not so much that it keeps this from being clean and light. Underneath the malt there is a nice hop character of tangerine zest, lychee and some mixed citrus zest complexity.

Fairly dry tasting upon my first sip, and with all the citrus hop character it is also a touch tartness. There is a nice, firm bitterness that is quite nice. This balances a malt character that isnít quite as distinct as the nose would have suggested, but still contributes a soft creamy fullness to the otherwise quaffable body, a hint of sweet tea flavor, and a caramelized note that lingers a bit in the finish. A touch of pine character and a definite herbal note that leans towards menthol are met, and even surpassed by notes of tangerine, grapefruit and kumquat zest as well as notes of lychee and tangelo flesh.

This is definitely a serviceable IPA, not the greatest thing in the world, but there are definitely enough hops to hold in check the malt character. The hop character can get a touch too astringent in the finish at times, but this is definitely a beer any hop lover should try at least once.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thehurt01 (261) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2010
12oz bottle. The beer poured a nice golden body and a cream head. The beer is full of citrus and bite in the smell. The taste is like the smell with a nice crisp finish. Good carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beaver (1301) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a smallish frothy white head that goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet melon with some grassy, fruity, spicy floral hops.

The flavor is vegetal malts with some charry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery. As it warms, itís not as bad, but any decent hop flavors (fruits, spicy florals) trying to peek through get washed out by the watery body.

Overall, after an interesting pour, a bit of a disappointment. Itís very watery and not very appealing flavor-wise.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2011 Clear gold, frothy off-white head. Aroma of mild pine and citrus. Taste is mildly bitter with caramel malt balance. Good smooth IPA but not as much punch as others....4 oz sample on cask. Aroma is buttery with mild hop. Taste seems a little oxidized like most cask ales that Iíve had. I just donít find myself ever enjoying a cask more than a bottle or normal CO2 tap.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Aroma - extremely floral, citrus, fruity; Appearance - deep copper, slightly opaque, fluffy head, laces wonderfully; Taste - quick malt front, complex hop back, finish has a mild tang and the faint flavor of apple; Palate - pretty smooth, excellent body; Overall - very drinkable for the style, great flavor though without the typically high ABV.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pb_destroyer (3) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010 does not count
I say this right off the bat, its a clean IPA taste. You could most certainly throw down quite a few of these before you knew anything hit ya. Its merly a thin pour of light amber color, balanced and rich with citrusy hops, barely any bitter finish though. This would be a good lunch time beer, out with a few cooworkers.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11955) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Cavie) Pours a clear orange body with a moderate white head. Aroma of caramel, grass, florals, and subtle citrus notes. Flavor of hops (pine, citrus) and caramel malt with a watery mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kenbeer30 (44) - Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Good, but not great. Nice rich copper color and 1/2 inch head. Nose is grassy hops with citrus notes. Taste is as the nose promises. You can sure taste the hops over the nice malt, but it is not a huge IPA. Could be called a hoppy red ale instead. Good. I will drink the other 5 bottles.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Draught at Breckenridge Brewery at the Ballpark. Pours clear copper with a low, fizzy white head, fair retention and lacing. Aroma is medium grainy and straw malt, pine and earthy hops, sweaty yeast. Flavor is bitter citrus and pine hops, some resin with light malty background, sweaty yeast and apricot notes. Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.


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