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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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KINGPIN is a full-flavored, red-colored ale that uses a rarely-grown Willamette Valley Hop varietal known as Liberty Hops from fourth generation hop farmer John Annen of Annen Bros. Farm in Silverton, Oregon. Jeff and his team of brewers also used rye and caramel malt leading to a unique flavor profile; triple-hopped for bitter aroma and a unique dry-hopped character.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madvike (2907) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle - Clear amber pour with cascading bubbles that rise to a creamy off-white head. Nose is lightly nutty toasted bread, with a bit of carmel sweetness. Restrained pine, grass, and herbal hops. Taste has bitter citrus and pine hops throughout, that bite a little too much for my taste. Alcohol is present too, which belies the mild toastiness of the base malt. A bit spicy, with a bit of sweetness, but other than the booziness this doesn’t feel like a big beer. Totally disjointed, even through the long finish as the malt and hops seem blown out of balance by the heat. Medium-bodied and slick, with ample carbonation. Pretty disappointed in this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3453) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Toasty and rich with a moderate amount of sweetness (brown sugar, nuts, toffee and toast) and a healthy amount of hops to boot (earthy, herbaceous, grassy). In the end, a malty sweetness prevails, though. Slightest nip of grapefruit in the background. Solid, cozy beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2012
I picked up as part of a M&M 6pk from Woodman’s in Sun Prairie late summer 2012. Pours a reddish/orange color with a slight off-white head. Scent is mild with malts and slight hint of hops. Taste is bold with wheat, rye, and hops. After taste is slightly crisp and bitter. Drinks smooth but has a good grain taste that is hard to pass up. Made quite well!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a very dark amber with about a half finger of white head. Aroma of pine and citrus with a hint of caramel. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Lots of pine and citrus with a little caramel. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty good. I would drink this one again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbfobes (2349) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2012
On tap at local restaurant, pours a dark copper with a thin off white head and spotty lacing, the aroma is heavy on the caramel and malt with a tad bit of hop presence, the flavor is mostly sweet with the caramel and malt taking over with a slight amount of citrus and hops in the finish, really boring through out the entire drink, meh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thooper41 (548) - BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2012
12oz bottle: Appearance is a reddish brown with quick fading off white head. Aroma is of hops and some caramel malt. Taste is an interesting mix of hops and some caramel.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BVery (6984) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle from Friar Tuck in Peoria, IL. Mostly clear reddish amber pour with a spotty white head. Mild caramel, and a heavy dose of artificial sweetener. Ooff, the sweetener. This isn’t very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1012) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Tap. Copper with cream head and lacing. Had almost a floral note plus honey and citrus and grain. Lightly sweet then balanced with a dry finish. Light dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (4066) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Aroma is citrus, slight pine and mild sweetness. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus, an undercurrent of malts, fruit and a long and bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintocb (646) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Red color.....duh. Aroma is caramel and pine. It’s a bit flat, and the body is thin like its been puking up dinner for a modeling job.


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