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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5900) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a clear, dark amber-toned body with a frothing, just off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish, caramel-scented maltiness, a pinch of rye grain, and some faintly lemony, savory spiced hops. Seems a bit timid.

Taste: Sweet-tasting caramel and a dose of crusty, toasted rye bread with an addition spoonful of raw sugar opens things up. Complimentary earthy spiciness from the Liberty hops used. Moderately bitter, but it drops off the palate in a heartbeat (if not faster), leaving you to make take the long road back to Sugar Town. Mildly citrusy. Some additional berry-esque fruitiness, like a muted strawberry, though it remains light. Slightly savory taste of autolyzed yeast. Sweetish on the soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Touts being triple hopped, so, like Miller Lite, it’s "triple hops brewed." I gotta say, it just doesn’t come together for me and there’s really not much to this one, especially with a name like Kingpin (an, at times, understated Spider-Man villain).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of “the Boss” blutt59) Pours a clear amber body with a moderate cream head. Aroma of caramel, grass, mustiness, and white grape skins. Flavor of caramel, grass, florals, and toasted grain with a dry, somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (4047) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Rich amber color. Lasting off white head. Malty and maple nose. Flavor is bitter, sweet, molasses and maple but the hop bitterness dominates. Moithfeel has a good bite and texture. Decent lacing on the glass. Nice punchy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmad (72) - - MAY 1, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is is orange-red with a thick foamy off white head that hugged the glass. It smells like a fruitcake, sweet and fruity with a hint of caramel the most dominant aroma of fruit is peach, I couldn’t single out the rest. The taste is sweet then bitter with flavors toasted malt, bread, lemon and pine. This is a thick, full-bodied beer with soft carbonation and a dry finish. I’m glad I picked this one up, it’s very well rounded and I’ll have no problem finishing the 6-pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llcooldave (1175) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2011
Clean "New Car" aroma that’s very appealing in a strange way. Pours a clear reddish copper color in the glass. Flavor is a really nice balance of straight up bitter hops and malty goodness. It actually acquires maple and citrus notes as it warms in the glass. Overall its more reminiscent of an ESB... delicious and awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours clear copper color with off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel and some alcohol. Sweet caramel flavor with some piney hops, lightly toasted malts and some soapiness. Medium body with average carbonation. Thanks Craig.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobertDale (4554) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 24, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a nice biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel and hops. Taste is malt sweetness with some hop bitterness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedSox2004 (1509) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 22, 2011
Clear reddish amber with a nice creamy head, good retention and lace. Bread dough, toast and caramel aromas lead the malt-rich aroma profile, accompanied by a leafy, grassy hops presence. Taste starts out with sweet caramel that fades quickly and is overtaken by the dough and toast. Hops are more grapefruit and pine than leaves and grass. Medium to full body, nice carbonation, warming but not overpowering alcohol, and a thick creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.

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