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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.


dreddy's rating

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dreddy (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Perfectly clear copper body with edges of fiery orange and a healthy carbonation level. Average retention to the mottled taupe head with sticky lacing. I can’t believe they actually use the term “Triple Hopped” on this beer’s label. Pretty tame aroma for such a bold statement/marketing ploy? With some fruity pebble hops and amber malt sweetness that suggests caramel and mineral water. Assertiveness kicked up a notch in the flavor, but the alcohol clashes against an onslaught of German style hops and a syrupy/spicy rye note. This beer is having trouble finding its identity, as it has the sweetness of an amber, the hop profile of a German pilsener, and the body of a double IPA. I can’t say it really works for me. Dry, but syrupy and sticky on the palate. Big bubbles of carbonation feel gritty going down. Not my bag. It’s a decent attempt, but has too many stylistic and flavor errors for my liking.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TizzleJizzle (725) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
Sampled from a 12 oz. bottle at the Big Texas Beer Fest. Poured a clear dark amber with a beige head. Taste of caramel malt upfront, with a rye and grass hop finish. Fizzy carbonation, light body, thin texture.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (3566) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Tap, amber pour, white head, nose is caramel, taste is sweet, hoppy, nutty, spices

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
natejgood (405) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Pours a dark golden, but not really red. Head is small and settles to a thin skin on the top of the beer. Aroma is a bit malty with some citrus notes. Flavor of slightly sweet malt and dry hay. There occasionally seems to be a bit of a sour flavor too. I know this is a double, but it is a bit heavy and almost thick in the mouth. Not a bad beer but not one that I would want to drink a lot of.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaffaHawk23 (75) - Broomfield(via Iowa City), Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Pretty average. Price was right for a reason. Not enough hop bite for a double ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (624) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle, cloudy red amber color with a thin off white head. Aroma is creamy caramel malt and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is toffee malt up front and dark sugar up front and a light herbal bitterness. Medium to full bodied with a creamy palate and a long citrusy finish. It’s a good ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joelwhite (30) - - JAN 14, 2015
I'd be mad if I had to pay 6 bucks for a pint of this. It's a pretty mediocre beer. Not what I thought for an imperial but not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2672) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle from Fred Meyer. Dark amber in color. Sweet nose with a good deal of dark fruit. Light hoppiness as well. Dark fruit with some sweetness as well. Nice citric hoppiness to round it out.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 24, 2014
bottle, picked up with maarty in bondi. rich reddish amber with a lingering head; aroma of caramelised sherbet, tinned forest fruits; decent bitterness, some caramel sweetness, light citric notes

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnnyJ (4773) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle. Dirty reddish amber pour, with a fizzy off white head. Caramel, bitterness, sugar, and light citrus. Not very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatDane1632 (682) - USA - DEC 21, 2014
Rated based on notes taken 25 Mar 2012 -- A truly wonderful beer. My two years later tastes have changed. Still a good beer.


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