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RATINGS: 291   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.


3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BookemDonno (3) - Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2011 does not count
Nicely hopped. Smooth mouth feel. medium body, average carbonation, clear, medium bitterness,. Main thing about this beer is it’s hop bite. Good for a few pints, but definitely not a session beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Deep amber pour into thick off-white foamy head that slowly melts into sticky lacing and a pool of foam. Aroma of malted rye, caramel, and yeasty buiscut. Initial flavor of sweet caramel and citrus that slowly fades into a bitter, yet buttery hoppy finish.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mar (4821) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Deep amber with a cream head. Nose is laffy taffy, hops, faint bitterness, and fruits. Decent palate, flavor is super sweet, definitely not triple hopped, and chewy.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2011
(12oz bottle thanks to mar) clear medium copper, creamy tan head. Nose of caramel, light citrus hops, laffy taffy, banana, and slightly funky. Taste of umami, sweat, salty, bitter and really pretty gross. Old dishrag and dirty water. Metallic finish, slightly creamy but the herbal bitter linger reminds me of a hot tea bag that’s been squeezed out. Not good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Pours rusty red-orange with a moderate sized, creamy off-white head. Aroma of orange, caramel, perfumey hops, slight rubbing alcohol, and pine. Eh. The flavor starts seemingly malty with caramel, and toast but quickly becomes astringent with pine, orange, and medicine. The bitterness becomes a bit strange on the finish and seems even more chemical with some pine and grapefruit but mainly its about astringency, cough medicine and rubbing alcohol. Medium bodied at first, but feels lacking and thin by the time the finish comes around. How the hell did this become so weird?

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
adnielsen (9013) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle @ home. Dark orange-red appearance with a tan head. Quite sweet caramel malty that smells like a dessert topped in whipped cream with a very light hoppy aroma. Caramel and rye malty, quite sweet, somewhat organic hoppy flavor. Actually a pretty weird beer for an American Strong Ale and such a low hoppiness. Not balanced all that well.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nbondi (201) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Mahogany with thin off-white head. Smells sweet with medium body. Sticky caramel, brown sugar, and peppery acidic bitterness. Not good. Peppery bitterness lasts and lasts, reminding me just how not good.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6196) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit), with notes of diacetyl and black tea. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. All but ruined by a buttery nose and a dirty, sour mouth experience. Poor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4911) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Hayduke. A medium brown opaque pour with a decent light tan frothy head. A nose that offers chocolate and fruit. The flavor begins with brown sugar and then hops roll over the tongue. They manage to be both subtle and assertive. Citrus fruit and floral flavors from the hops. There is also some molasses in the finish that is unexpected along with a bit of cocoa. Also in the finish are some bitter and tart hop notes that provide some earthiness. Like so many good beers, this one was a fun ride through the countryside on a fast motorcycle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle: Pours a nice tawny color with sticky head and thick lacing. The nose is sweet and piny with some nice clean light hops and chewy caramel and candy sugar malts. The flavor is spicy with a light maltiness but not much for hops. Seems like a properly hopped pale ale, but Imperial Red, not so much. Big mouthfeel, but not that much for malts. A little thin.


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