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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Assertive hop bitterness and aroma which is balanced by a slight caramel maltiness. We add hops directly to the fermentor for a more pronounced hop aroma.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle from State Line. Pours dark straw with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is hops, tannins, earthy citrus, malt. Tastes hoppy, tannic, resiny, with caramel malt, notes of black pepper, and a piney finish.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2014
Tap. Golden clear rust orange. Some faint citrus aromas, some grass and cracker. Nothing off in the flavor, but not really bright. Crackery and some light citrus and grass in the finish. Lighter to medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1142) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Aroma of floral hop and light malt. Pours a clear amber with a light tan head. Taste is brightly bitter with a tea like quality in the malt backbone. I like these types of IPAs. I need to learn more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GJF (1201) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2013
on tap at the brewpub. it’s a very standard ipa. nothing out of the ordinary, but well done and very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9423) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2013
A hazed amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, nice biscuit malt with smooth floral hops, grapefruit pulp, nice. In mouth, a smooth fruity malt with orange pulp and floral hops, a bit light but nice.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ReggieDunlap (2922) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2013
pours clear gold with a thin white head. aroma has tea-like hops and a very faint metallic note. flavor is tea and pale malts...earthy bitterness...mild metallic notes. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is earthy/bitter and dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a light copper color with decent clarity, along with a head that’s barely off-white and about two fingers high. There’s a nice creaminess to the texture, which helps it leave plenty of lacing down the glass. The head also fades to about a half finger after a reasonably short time. S: The hops here are weak - some light floral qualities, a bit of pine, and even some earth. Nothing impressive on this front. On the other hand, I do enjoy the English bend to the malt backbone, providing caramel, toffee, stone fruit esters, and biscuit. T: A very biscuity brew in terms of its flavor profile. Hoppiness clusters around the opening, providing a well-balanced floral note. Near the finish is where the maltiness comes into play. Aside from the aforementioned biscuity qualities, I also notice light fruity esters, caramel, toffee, and black pepper. It actually has decent complexity to it missing from so many American IPAs, with proper balance (read: no annoyingly overdone crystal malt or generic hop bitterness) to boot. M: I’d reckon it (barely) errs to the side of sweet over dry, with a nice crisp cleanliness to provide it with good drinkability. Not much carbonation here, as expected. O: I knew this wasn’t going to be a west coast-style monster with fantastic hops and no balance. However, I must say I’m impressed with its subtlety, balance, and refinement. And when I say balance, I mean it actually strikes a great middle ground between earthy/floral/piny hops and a relatively deep malt backbone, not proclaim "oh look we used a lot of crystal malt, BALANCE!1" and be done with it. My preference for hops, hops, and more hops over balance prevents this from getting top marks, but this would be a great option for ESB fans or someone looking to get weaned onto hoppy brews.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadRobin (1690) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 24, 2013
On tap at a Brewer's Alley Beer Pairing Dinner at a Frederick Keys/Potomac Nationals class A baseball game at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, MD. Clear, orangish medium amber with a huge off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of toasted dark bread, light citrus, grain and a hint of household cleaner (as in Lysol or Mr. Clean). Taste of grain, citrus, earthy floral hops and lemon. Medium/light body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle. A very slightly hazy copper pour with a smallish beige head. The aroma is dominated by a big grassy quality, pine, a cereal graininess, and plenty of citrus. Goes down thin and crisp. The taste starts mildly sweet with a little caramel and some cereal grains. Lemon and grapefruits are present at the end. Boring, but pretty refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (4125) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a mostly clear orange color with a small white head. Aroma was some light citrus notes, some malts. Flavor was some hoppy notes, earthy character and some malts. Okay.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1741) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2012
I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as the others have been mediocre. It is more of a pale ale by taste. Very smooth, clean and crisp. Sessionable.


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