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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Dedicated to Crustaceans
The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer is great beer - just drink it and enjoy!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Hazy gold with a short white head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, light booze, floral hops and candied fruit notes. Taste is sweet malt, booze, honey, candied fruit, floral hop notes, caramel, light toffee and citrus notes. Body is medium-full with a dense, bubbly carbonation and light warmth. Slightly sticky. Ends with more caramel, booze, toffee notes, sweet malt, honey notes, candied fruit and floral notes.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body. The aroma is musty barn hay... The taste has an assertive orange and grapefruit flavor, to include the bitterness, at first. There are some very sweet malt notes that snake their way in and out. And the booze is there too. The texture is thick with low carbonation. Itís a big beer with big flavors. Interesting for sure.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
I liked the beer at first, I thought it was a bit smooth for an IPA, but like the name suggests I couldnít put it into a category. It tasted like an orange peel after awhile. I got tired of it after about 1/2 a glass and it didnít leave my palate with a nice taste. Iím glad I tried it, just really couldnít get into it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (1006) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle pour light hazy gold. Nose dank hop,slight floral, toffee and some caramel. Taste nice bitter up front, early palate sweet, some biscuit, light fruit. Lots of malt sweet. Reasonable balance. Bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4317) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pours dark gold into a tulip. White head with little retention recedes to mottle surface. Sweet caramel aromas. Thick with dark toffee, toasted nuts and bread upfront turning to hot caramel and resin in the lasting finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phikus (5) - syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2014 does not count
This could be my favorite beer. The name is deceiving though. I was expecting something like a green flash palate wrecker, this is more of a straight DIPA not much barley wine about it. Perfect malt balance with a heavy dose of zesty pine dank hops. Alcohol very well hidden.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 I was very intrigued by this bottle given my fondness for Old Crustacean. But this just didnít have anything special. Was it a good barleywine? Nope. Was it a good double IPA? Nope. Just a mediocre combination of both. I love the idea, but better luck next time with the end product Rogue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (815) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - MAY 12, 2014
750ml. Pours a cloudy amber with a thine white head that lasts. Taste is of malt, caramel, hops, pine, citrus, grapefruit, spice, resin and fruit. Similar aroma. Has a full body with a slight dry and warming finish. Easy to drink for a higher ABV beer, but quite enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcclainc50 (164) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours a cloudy golden color with a light head. Notes of apple, and a little hops. Flavor is barleywine upfront, with the hoppiness of the DIPA in the aftertaste and backend. Little bit of alcohol note afterwards. Overall an interesting "beer", worth giving a shot.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (274) - rome, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Cloudy orange pour. No head or lacing. Aroma is citrus. Taste is bitter followed by a malty backbone. Strong bitter grapefruit notes and a bit of orange. Strong yet smooth. Very thick palate for style. Overall decent.


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