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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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!


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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregwilsonstl (1167) - Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2014 Clear dark straw color. Drinkable barley wine...at first. Bounces between alcohol and bitterness. Kind of a pale bareywine, but hot. ..... starts off as an ipa ends as a barley wine.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (43) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Draft pour at Rogue Issaquah brew house. Yellow pour, Fruit and hop aroma same in the taste. Good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1362) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2015
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy dark golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is fruity piney hops with some caramel malt and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet fruity caramel malt with lots of resiny piney hops and some harsh fusel alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, nice fruit and hops but the harsh alcohol is a bit overbearing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3712) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2015
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a hazy copper with a thin off white head. Caramel nose. Flavors of ctrus. Bitter, boozy finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Warped_Silver (99) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Pours golden yellow with significant chill haze. Although this works for the beer - it appears as if it's glowing from inside the glass. Aroma of figs, citrus, cereal, apricot jelly. Taste is malt forward then a burst of citrus in the middle, followed by candy sugar sweetness and dried fruit. Finish is just like an apricot fruit roll up. Overall decent. A little confused on its style - as intended, I guess. I would love to try a soured or Brett version of this beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1286) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bomber for Christmas (thanks MB). It’s a very hoppy, alcohol heavy beer. I loved it; MB thought it was a little much. If anything it’s a little overloaded toward the boozy, piny hop flavor. But quite drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
strongpieman (1550) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bomber. Cloudy pale gold beer with a tall foamy head. Loads of flavor, bitter but eased with loads of malt. Good,strong. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2342) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle. Moderate grain for the malt, light cooked lemon for the hops, and dough for the yeast, with a hint of alcohol. Head is small to average, frothy, white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear light amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic, and heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, a carbonation between soft and lively, and finishes heavily alcoholic and sticky finish. Bold and powerful, but I think it’s more DIPA then Barley Wine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3900) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 17, 2014
750 ml bottle from Imbibe Wine. Nose is light toffee, golden raisins, and bubblegum. Clear orange tinged yellow with a medium off white head. Flavor is moderately sweet with mild contrasting bitterness. Finishes with a hint of bitterness. I would probably love this aged in bourbon barrels.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1563) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours a dark rusty orange color with a nice white head. Nose is sweet toffee malt.Taste is alcohol up front with a spicy sweet dry finish. Some bitterness in the finish as well. Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1502) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bomber. Pours a burnt orange with an off white head and hoppy, malt, toffee aroma. Taste is strong, alcohol and dried fruit notes which lead into hoppy, carmael, bready malt notes leading to a very sweet finish.


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