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RATINGS: 313   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (7194) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Dolce, Missoula. Pours cloudy reddish amber with a thin beige head and a floral hoppy aroma. There is a hearty malt flavor with a surprisingly mild bitter finish, considering this beer is triple hopped. Nevertheless, a fairly satisfying brew, but a bit harsh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jkripp (141) - Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Kingpin is primarily hop oriented with minor hints of a malty flavor. The aroma is malty and floral, and not as citrusy as I expected. This beer holds to its name as a red amber color, and is worth a center stature suggested by the name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Dark amber, not a lot of head. Aroma reminds me of a weak or watered down cola. The taste has a hint of sweetness, tons of malt which is also well balances with a good bit of hops. There’s some cantaloupe and flowery bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2011
It’s the expected color and has a big bubbly head. Yeasty nose. Pretty mild unremarkable taste. Not bad but not good either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2860) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 12) body....nose is cereal, toffee/caramel, spice, a smidgen of pine and citrus....taste is cereal, toffee/caramel, leading to a medium, bitter, spice toned finish....mouth feel medium, carbonation high, with a foamy character. This is nicely balanced, with relatively less hop bitter than anticipated. It is not particularly complex. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemike (2444) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Copper beer with a dark cream colored head. Toast and malt aroma with caramel and light grapefruit. Tooasted malt and grapefruit flavor. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and light pine lingers with toasted malt

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (1926) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Easily one of the best tasting beers I have ever had. What a surprise! A must try!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 19, 2011
On tap at McNellie’s Oklahoma City. Pours a clear orange. Moderat beige head with good retention and moderate lacing. Mild aroma of swet dried fruits and caramel. Flavor is fruity, with a nice dose of tropical fruit hoppiness to go along with the caramel sweetness. Dry finish and a little undercarbonated for my taste. I think it’s a better beer than what the overall rating above would indicate. But that said, it’s also not a beer I’m going to go out of my way to get again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (2784) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
12 oz. bottle poured to a sampler at a local tasting benefit at 20West Liquors in Lombard, IL. Showed a brown/copper hue with modest, off white foam that quickly reduced to a ring and film, while leaving a few streaks and spots of lacing. The aroma was mainly caramel, a touch of sweetness, light herbal hints, and light citrus and esters. The flavor added some smooth malt, brown sugar sweetness, medium hop bitterness, and a finishing dryness. Not overly "strong" but a decent Amber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1665) - Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2011
12 oz. bottle- Pours a beautiful clear ruby red with a nice medium off white head, good lacework. The aroma is sweet malt, but you do detect a fair amount of hops, cherries are also present. The taste is dry and bitter up front, with the sweet malt afterwards. The dry bitterness almost overpowers all other flavors, but I like it, still very good. Body is medium, carbonation is moderately high, finish is dry and bitter. I have had great double red ales (grand teton pursuit of hoppiness) and not so great (ninkasi double red), and this seems to fall right in the middle, Decent but not great.

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