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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
The history of India pale ales date back to the 18th century when British troops occupied India. Beer was made in England and sent to the stationed troops. Pale ales were popular beers at the time and had to endure a six month journey to the distant country. Spoilage was common and one way to prevent the loss of beer was to add more hops to the existing recipe, which are an excellent natural preservative. The addition of more hops made pale ales stronger with a higher alcohol content. Basically, India Pale Ales are stronger over hopped versions of it's cousin, the Pale Ale. The style has grown very popular in this country over the years and can be found all around. Our IPA is more aggressive than most with a high hop aroma. The taste is a true hop bomb. The IPA appears somewhat cloudy because it is unfiltered, leaving every bit of flavor in the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2007
Sampler tray. Clear amber, enticing aromas of lychee and pinecones. Clean, fruity, resinous, DELICIOUS. An excellent IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Hardway IPA aka Big IPA
Date: December 15, 2004
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: clear dark amber, big fine white head leaving beautiful lace
Aroma: sweet grapefruit cascade aroma that arives before you even pick up the glass
Body: creamy velvet smooth body like a fine desert
Flavor: sweet carmel malt flavor with tons of grapefruit cascade nectar, great sticky pine reson that will attach to your tongue for the next week, so fine it brings a tear to my eye (either that or the happy hour tripple kicked my ass), an instant four bagger classic

Name: Hardway IPA aka Big IPA
Date: December 18, 2004
Appearance: not quite the post-triple emotion
Body: but still a mighty fine ipa with velvet body
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, and a long bitter finish

Name: Hardway IPA aka Big IPA
Date: June 23, 2005
Source: 4 Queens
Aroma: big sweet grapefruit hop aroma
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, solid carmel sweetness, great piney resion character, perfect bitter finish, the tear may be coming back to my eye, and this is my breakfast beer

Name: Hardway IPA aka Big IPA
Date: June 26, 2005
Source: brewpub
Appearance: wow again
Body: great velvet body
Flavor: huge citrus aroma and flavor, lots of hop flavor, perfect bitterness, emotion rides high especially during happy hour

Name: Hardway IPA aka Big IPA
Date: January 02, 2006
Source: 4 Queens
Score: iiii to iii
Words: renamed to Hardway IPA
Appearance: opaque orange, thin white head, layers of nice lace all the way down the mug
Aroma: fresh grassy hop aroma, touch of sweetness, touch of pine, bit of citrus that ripens into big orange character, lots of bitterness
Flavor: flavor melds well upon warming, lots of good sweet malt well balanced by lots of hop bitterness, what more could you want?

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
Sample. Cloudy orange-yellow (menu said copper). Aroma is all sweet hops. Big IPA. Dry and aggressive. Mouth drying. Yummy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 16, 2006
This draft brew from the brewery poured a head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that was very long lasting and left behind a transparent softly carbonated light copper colored body and an excellent lacing. The aroma was mild hop. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained nothing but notes of strong hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6526) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2006
On tap at the brewpub in Vegas. Has a light copper appearance with a light white head, slightly pale for an IPA. Light sprucey nose. Good, balanced hoppy bitter flavor, not overwrought with citrus but enough to let you know it is an IPA. Also a hint of some caramel and toffee. Decently thick mouthfeel. Solid brewpub IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11760) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2006
On tap @ Chicago poured a hazy gold with a lasting creamy head. Aromas of tangerine, orange, light pine and carmel. Palate was light bodied and dry. Flavors of tangerine, grapefruit rind and light carmel with a dry lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Pour is lightly hazed golden with a thin white head...smell is piney and soapy and slightly floral...taste is mildly bitter and fairly well balanced with some malt flavor holding it together...thinnish I think...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2006
A great little IPA, with a very evident citrus hop nose, and a very sweet candi sugar maltiness. Velvety rich mouthfeel, with alot of texture and a really nice balance of flavors. Finshes clean and bitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Sampled at the NABA 06 Fest: Excellent head and lacing. I never got a chance to see the color as the head never dispersed and these opaque white plastic tasting cups are certainly subpar. Nose is super hoppy, citrusy and fruity. Flavor is pleasant, nice dry hopped character. Full body, has that sweet candy cane like balance to complement the nice hop resins and oils floating on top of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Mountain Brewers Beer Fest 2006. Lack of appearance judging reflects opaque plastic sampling cup. Great dry hopping in this IPA. Heavy pine and grapefruit from the hops balances grains that are a bit on the straw side.

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