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RATINGS: 298   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2011
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Aroma was some citrus hops but was not as apparent as expected. Poured a clear amber color with a medium off white head. Hops not a assertive. Can taste a spicy rye note. Sweet malts. Dry finish. Not bad but not too interesting. The alcohol is well hidden. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 45°. Color is a clear amber with good carbonation and a small tight off white head. Aroma is a spicy hop scent. It has a lighter medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor comes in with a mild sweet malt flavor, followed by a nice hop spice and a bright bitterness. In the after taste the bitterness and spice flavor hang on, yet ends with a hard candy like taste. Overall it pretty good for an amber but has that candy like taste on the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2563) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Pours a pretty decent looking ruby red color. Aroma is strong caramel and toffee with a little bit of hay hops. Flavor is a little off on the bittering profile. Too metalic and not balanced with enough malt body or chewy grain. Interesting hop varietal here I have not experienced much before. Reminds me much of an english style hop with the grassiness and hay aspects. Metallic flavor profile not complementing well though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7410) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
A triple hopped beer, where have I seen that before? It pours a clear amber/red with a frothy white head that dissipates with a bit of lacing. The smell is very sweet in the aroma. Very basic actually, not much hops at all. It has a little bit of candied orange and vanilla icing, not what i was expecting. The flavor is sweet and tangy with a medium bitterness. It is mostly malt-driven and the malts just are super flat, they do nothing to compliment the hops. The hops are mainly citrusy but also a bit tangy. There is a hint of vegetal bitterness in the finish. I had a NN last night and can’t help but compare the two, this one pales. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-20-2011 21:02:59

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Hearty caramel notes dominate a rich, yet simple straightforward malt body. Dark amber body with a creamy character. Light pine and grapefruit with a resinous touch. Good winter session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Pours reddish orange or amber. Not much of a foam. Nose is of caramel malt and mild but plentiful hops. Tastes bitter. Plenty of hops here. Easy drinking as long as your a hops person. The body is kind of lacking. Just a lot of hoppy bitterness. I actually like this beer though, so a few extra points from me. Not much in the way of mass appeal or complexity though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Light coppery orange, off-white head. Slightly toasty, biscuity aroma with a lot of floral hops. Tastes toasty and caramelly, a touch doughy and crackery, pretty malty overall. Finishes with more floral hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 6, 2011
12 oz bottle. Clear reddish amber with a spotty off white head. Spicy, herbal aroma up front with hints of citrus and biscuit malt. The flavor is an even balance of sweet malt and bitter hops, with the malt flavors getting a slight edge. Medium body with average carbonation and a smooth, clean finish. Thought this would have more hop character from the "triple hopped" description, but still a decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
I was expecting more from this. Pretty tangy. Not much hop presence. Color is fine as is the aroma but this is a pretty m’eh beer to me. Nice label though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
[Bottle] Pours a reddish copper color with a thin head but nice looking lacing. Caramel malts and fruity esters in the nose. Some citrus hops in the aroma as well. The flavor is a bit more hop forward, with lingering molasses and caramel malt backbone. Could have used more malt in the recipe, as the hops pretty much blew out anything else that was happening here. Noticeable alcohol... more of an IPA than an Amber. Out of balance as well. I was looking for more here.

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