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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Originally, this intensely hopped ale was brewed in the 18th century to survive the long sea journey from the cooler breweries in England, around the Cape of Africa to India where the temperatures were too warm to brew. This beer has a unique floral aroma from the generous addition of Cascade hops to the fermenter in a procedure known as dry hopping.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8016) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2005
Copper colored, with medium white head. Aroma of floral, grassy hops, honey malt, and black peppery spicyness. Tastes hoppy, with finishing citrus, spice, and fruit. Complex and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Draught. Appears a orange/copper color as clear as can be with a small frothy white head. Aroma is strongly of C hops (citrussy with some pine) with some clean crystal malt in the background. Flavor is caramel sweet upfront with plenty of citrussy and grassy/earthy hops with plenty of lingering hop bitterness and finishes dry and clean with maybe a tad of astringency. Body could be a bit fuller but it goes down smooth. Great beer, probably Carolina Brewery’s best but it doesn’t know if it is an English IPA or an American IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 This is a pretty nice local IPA. Very dry. Nice copper color. Much more grass than citrus or pine in the hops, but still enough malt backbone to keep it interesting. Solid brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
beer pours a brilliant gold tinted amber, with a well-formed white head that sticks around for a while and leaves good lace. nose is pretty darn hoppy, of the Pacific NW type. lots of pine and citrus here (especially pine). some underlying sweetness as the beer breathes. flavor is quite nice - a bit drier of a malt body than I expected, supporting a good shot of hop flavor and bitterness. a little astringency in the finish, with maybe some soapiness. not a bad effort.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2007
A very creamy head formed and held above a bronzed copper body which itself held a light haze. Citrusy hopping suggests bitterness but a light floral quality and some caramel sweetness add a friendly twist to the aroma. Balanced flavor with an English feel. Lemon tea, not overly bitter... yes, this is a nice English-style IPA.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009 Big pine hop aroma. White head. Golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy. Slightly creamy on the palate with a little dryness in a bitter lasting finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 On tap at the brewery. Pours amber gold color, witlh considerable carbonation and a thin, foamy white head. Small nose, but this is probably a result of the very cold restaurant. The beer, however, is served appropriately chilled, with aromas of pine and citrus. Flavors are heavily tipped towards hoppiness, sharp and piney. Unbalanced, but at least in the right direction. Light citrus notes remind of a West-Coast IPA. Above average, and one of the brewery’s best.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rman18 (311) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2008
Very tasterful IPA with a beautiful taste and texture. Surely a must try. Nice white head that lasts the entire beer. Give it a shot when in Chapel hill.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Growler from Santa. Thanks!
Pours a decent amber with slight carbonation. Body is a tad thin but still exudes a beautiful luster of dark reds and heavy browns. A hint of sour strawberry is noticeable in the nose, with a touch of floral syrup atop a nice buttermilk biscut. Flavor is a rush of soured floral notes, complete with a nice, rounded grapefruit finish. The beer leaves a nice, slippery film on the tongue that allows the flavors to further penetrate the taste buds. Nice beer. I’d love to have this fresh at the brewpub. And since I now have a growler, I have an excuse to at least go to the brewery for a refill. Excellent beer; very approachable and thoroughly enjoyable!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3813) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2014
12 oz. can. Lightly hazy burnt orange with a lasting film of bubbles. Aroma is orange, pineapple, wooden hops, toast and some sticky pine resin. Tastes of caramel, resin, orange, melon and toast with a finish that has some touches of woody pith and green minty herb. Light-medium body has a nice balance and a refreshingly smooth, low-medium carbonation level. Pretty good sessioner that’s just different enough from most standard AIPAs to be interesting.


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