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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29286) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2006
A hazy dark orange beer with a thick off-white head - served in the heaviest "stilk" glass I’ve ever had in my hand. The aroma is sweet hoppy - in the light end for the style - but still good. The flavor is sweet with a powerful note of hops, that very early on gives it a dryness in the mouth, before notes of citrus and grapefruit appears, which finally lends room for a long lasting bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2003
(Cask conditioned): Dark orange body with no head. Aroma is GRAPEFRUIT, some malt. There's no carbonation in here, which means that what I taste is the closest thing I've ever come to drinking alcohol-laden grapefruit juice. I expect that carbonation from serving it on tap would improve this beer considerably.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 07/15/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

hazy light amber, thin fine off white head, lots of lace, light sweet grapefruit aroma, sweet grapefruit flavor, touch of pine sweetness that grows as it warms, nice long bitter finish,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 29/09/2005 Golden coloured and extremely hoppy. Floral aroma. Crisp slightly bitter malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9158) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Draft... Union Station location... Clear, golden ale with a large, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. Big cascade, ahtanum, Simcoe and nugget hops in the aroma. Grapefruit and pineapple with a dash of evergreen. Some tropical fruit as well (mango?). Fruity flavor, but no sweetness up front... even when it warms. Grapefruit rind and pine on the backside. Full-bodied and velvety with minimal carbonation. Long, tongue-numbingly bitter finish. Even with tons of malt on hand, the bitter hops are popping out of their blouses. They’re everywhere. Bitter as hell and tangy. A little too much for me, but a true hophead’s dream!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8020) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Sampled at Capitol City, Capitol Hill, DC. Clear, medium-dark rusty orange colored body, with thick, off-white lacing, but not much of a head. Nose of apricots, dry peach rind, moderately sweet up front, more juicy and pulp-like on the back of the tongue. Moderate-to-thick texture, syrupy but not oily or sticky. Juice-like. Full of rresiny, pulpy peach and apricot hop flavors. Reminds me of Maharaja slightly. When warmer the nose is slightly more oily and fuesal, but it’s still a solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Sampled on tap on 7/15/06 at the Capitol Hill location: Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a nicely-lacing coating of wispy white head. Big, fresh grapefruity hoppy aroma has a subtle caramel malty balance. Body starts with a good, sweet, caramel maltiness along with lots of sticky resiny bittering and flavor hops. Fairly well-balanced and drinkable with floral hoppy character throughout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Draught. Body is light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a light note of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
Clear deep amber, the head is white and quickly switching to cover mode. Centralised citrus and pine needles dominate the nose completely. Tries and tries can’t unveil the malt flavors in there, though there is something sweetish in the bakground. On the palate, it is of course quite citric, bringing on both the abrasive bitterness and acidity that makes you think you’re much further from the Atlantic. Enormous grapefruit flesh flavors, the alcohol peaks through massively and the aftertaste doesn’t dig for more additional nuances. Kind of disappointed by this after having been floored by their imperial stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5742) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2003
At the Baltimore location: an amber beer with a grapefruit aroma. There's a malty character here with a good hop presence. Well balanced and their best offering by far.


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