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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Brewed with three different malts and four hop varieties. Hop Czar will have a deep malt background with enthusiastic citrus and floral notes paired with uber hop bitterness. 7.5% OG 17.9 IBU 87


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2009
22oz bottle courtesy of Wetpaperbag poured into a tulip. Pours very dark for an IPA, a hazy caramel that shows bright amber when held up to light. The head is big, rocky and off-white and it hangs around as a one-inch cap for the duration leaving good lacing. The aroma is strong with the perfume of floral hops and some citrus with lots of lemons and oranges. There is some malt sweetness in there as well but only enough to provide minimal balance. The taste is also very bitter up front with a puckering lemony hop kick before a short-lived malt backbone comes in. The finish is slightly sweet with tropical fruit but the aftertaste is scathingly bitter. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium bodied. This is a decent DIPA with a very big hop profile. It’s not extremely complex but it’s tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Sample courtesy of the Oregon guy at JRHB. Medium amber, slight orange tint, decent head. Aroma was caramel malt and citric hops. Flavor matched, with enough malt background to balance the hops quite nicely. Perhaps not the most complex profile in the world, but enjoyable. Perhaps suffered from very slight oxidation. But enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5155) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Amber pour with creamy white head and lace. Citrus dominates the nose for me. Semi sweet malt and a nice clinging bitter. Soft carbonation and medium bodied. Very nice to style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Thanks to tronraner for sharing this one at the Februmergency Tasting. Hazy dark amber with a off-white head. Rich caramel aroma with citrusy hops. The flavor goes from a slight sweetness on the front side with a soft dryness on the back side.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle at the Febmergency tasting. Pours orange with tight white head. The aroma is a little boozy with aggressive hops, apricot, dust, and strawberry leaves. The flavor is strawberry, apricot, lemon, and a dry dustiness. It finishes bitterly with a slight citric sourness. Pretty good, but I think there is a little bit of fusel alcohol throwing things off just a touch.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3789) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle at decaturstevo’s Februmergency Tasting for those of us that missed out on Sexual Chocolate ’09 thanks to tronraner. Hazy orange amber with soapy off-white head. Nose of floral hops and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is huge amounts of hop punch. Bitter, solid example, but didn’t do much else for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spikester (604) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Hazy amber with a one inch cream color head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is piney floral hops. Taste is bitter piney orange grapefruit hops. Malts are firmly in the background. The last third of the bomber was pretty cloudy. Overall not a bad DIPA. Hides the 8% abv pretty well too. Interesting label art.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Bottle: pours a hazy bronze/orange coloe with a nice white head that stays around. Aroma of grapefruit, rasions, hops, and some malt. Great full bodies and not too over carbonated. nice crisp finish. fab beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Bottle: Pours a slightly hazy amber bronze with stringy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of resiny grapefruity hops and lightly sweet caramely malt. Starts with good fullness and sweet lightly toasty crystal maltiness with a nice balance of citrusy flavoring hops before a crisp, bittersweet finish. Pretty well balanced and very drinkable, but could be a little more assertive on the hoppy front. Nonetheless, a pretty good brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Poured a hazed amber with a good sized off-white head. the aroma was of floral and perfumey hops with some light citrus notes. Citrus and citrus rind bitterness mix to form most of the flavor. Light malt and a mild-moderate sweetness. Citrus and spicy bitter finish. A fair amount of warmth. More than the two 11% beers I just had. Almost medium bodied.


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