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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niksko (520) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2013
330ml bottle.
Pours a hazy rusty amber with a frothy, off white head.
Nose is sweet toffee, some pineapple and citrus, and a slight tinge of alcohol.
Flavour has lots of citrus, a bit of alcohol and toffee, and a very citrus, grapefruit driven, bitter, finish.
Medium to heavy body with fairly low carbonation.
Too heavy on the alcohol notes for my tastes. It’s only 7.5%, but boy do you know it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Pours hazy amber, finger orangy head. Smell strong caramel, bit of a citrus hop, sweet Taste sweet citrus and floral hops with a strong malty backbone Medium body Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luttonm (3414) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
12oz bottle in Seattle. Deeper brownish orange, off tan head. Sweet distant hops on rich ruddy malts. Creamy, yeasty body with tart fruity hops and dry hop finish. Indistinct, but tasty enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (1203) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2013
From a 355ml bottle on 19/12/2013. Pours a very reddy amber with the barest of heads. The aroma is primarily toffee and caramel malt. These also feature prominently in the flavour followed by a huge, lingering, dry, almost medicinal bitterness. Has a fullish body and medium carbonation. This is a big distinctive beer but lacks a bit of balance, with the bitterness just a little too harsh to make it really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vinhol (344) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2013
355 mil bottle from Dans at Ringwood malty aroma deep red in colour hoppy malty taste Best before Jan 14 would like a fresher bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Deep amber/red moderate cloudy. Nice lacing. Sips full with slight caramel and hop flavor. Nicely balanced brew with a higher abv. Sneaky strong!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pushkinwow (2295) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Light mahogany with a biege head. Caramel malt, nutty, quite bitter, high carbonation, moderate body, very malty and yet bitter and dry on the finish. Well done but just not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 12 oz bottle. The beer pours to a deep red/amber color. The aroma has a slight hop resin smell with a rye sweetness too. The taste has a smooth slightly sweet upfront rye flavor with a pretty dry finish.. Overall a good amber. red ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmeup (585) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2013
DM’s Clear and dark amber orange with a lasting head. Caramel, nuts, resin, spruce and spice. Fairly high bitterness, full body and bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5174) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Rich brown coloured body with a copper glow and a thick, three centimetre tall tan, soapy head. Aroma of alcohol, malt, metal, nuts, earth and a very pungent english hop bitterness. Medium-bodied; Strong medicinal and herbaceous flavour with a lot of bitterness and pungent alcohol tastes coming from every corner. Aftertaste shows a big bitterness, some earthy malt and a lot of nuts - all with a strong alcohol flavour and even stronger medicinal flavour. Overall, a decent beer, but lacking in too many aspects and not showing enough nice depth to be considered a good beer. Still - great to try, and I already can’t wait to be back. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 04-October-2013 for US$1.50 sampled at home in Washington on 05-December-2013 a few hours before leaving back to Portland.

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