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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Hazy amber, small head. Concentrated grapefruit aroma. Quite dry with above medium body. Intense flavour of sweaty grapefrut. Long resiny bitterness. A solid IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 2008-09-08, draught at the brewpub, 7-4-7-5-15=38
Hazy amber color. It has a good hop aroma, not too strong, fruity and resiny. Medium body, with a strong toffee flavor and extreme hopping, very resiny, aggressive, a bit fruity too. Very good.

2007-10-02, draught at the brewpub, 7-4-8-5-16=40
Cloudy golden color; creamy head. Hop aroma, very grassy, wet field soil, manure. Good body strength, smooth mouthfeel, strong malt flavor (like a good Pils) overwhelmed by a powerful hopping, with a lot of hop oils and some resins. Extremely long and strong final. A bit strange but very good, midway between an American and English IPA: stronger hopping and body, but not so fruity. Fuggles touch too!

2006-03-26, draught at the brewpub, 7-4-7-4-15=37
Golden color. Fruity hoppy aroma. Good body, malty, sweet, round, and a good amount of aromatic and resiny hops. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 on tap-pours a retaining white head and gold/orange color. Aroma is herbal/pine hops, some medium malt-caramel. Taste is herbal/tannins/pine/some bitter citrus rinds, some medium malt. Dry. 3.2 * on tap @GABF-Aroma is orange/resin. Taste is orange/resin/dank, 2nd light/medium malt. 3.7

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10409) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Tap sample. Poured hazy copper color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid smooth weastcoast hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Draft at the source. Hazy golden amber color. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. Taste is pineapple, lemon.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9747) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
A golden amber IPA with a thin creamy white head. In aroma, a nice classy c-hops with citrus pulp, biscuit malt, nice. In mouth, a classic west coast IPA with biscuit malt with good floral C-hops, grapefruit notes, decent. On tap at 4 Queens location, August 8, 2012.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9454) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Gold pour, white head. Light flavored IPA here. Citrusy, light malt. Nothing really spectacular here. But its clean and drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Caramel malts aplenty surround this IPA’s firm resinous hops, ending up in gripping bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam floats atop the cloudy dark amber.
-The aroma is not as brightly hoppy as I would have liked.
-The caramel malts are almost dominant until the hoppy finish, garnished by crumbly biscuit notes.
-The hops do promote citrusy tips once in a while.

On tap at the Four Queens location.


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