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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Approaching double IPA strength this hoppy monster of a beer was brewed by Mikkel of Mikkeller on our pilot system here at the brewery.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10152) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
An orange amber IPA with a thick creamy moka head. In aroma, a superb fragrant hops, pinhey and resinous, wild grass, quite nice. In mouth, a classic resinous hops, biscuitty malts, super smooth, oily mouthfeel, rich and balanced. On tap at brewery, Jan 5 2011.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Growler… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” Tasting… Pours cloudy and golden with a small, creamy, white head. The aromatics consist almost exclusively of musky, funky, tropical fruit hops – the muskiness dominates as this baby literally smells like my armpit after kicking back in the Florida sunshine in January for about an hour and then realizing I forgot to deodorize. In other words, not as pungent as going to the gym and doing an hour and a half of cardio without deodorizing - but certainly musky, musky, musky! Medium to full-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor is bitter, bitter and bitterer. Lengthy ridiculously bitter finish… even a touch metallic (nickel). Growler courtesy of TampaBrew!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
On tap at Cigar City Brewing. It pours deep pure gold with huge tan head, due to the one slim they were serving from was a bit over carbonated. The aroma was pulsing mega watt powered citrus hops that were here, there, they were everywhere along with much lesser amounts of spicy hops and pine. Yum! The taste is equal to the nose with assertive malt sweetened tangelo, grapefruit and pineapple like hoppiness that runs from front to back in this brew. It was crisp and refreshing with loads of hop flavor and only sprinkles of hop bitterness around the edges. I could drink a ton of this stuff. It hides the ABV very well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6800) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2011
Growler @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11. Courtesy of Tampabrew. Couleur donnant dans les teintes orangées/brunes, col bien mousseux beige. Une bonne IPA qui a tout pour plaire, remplit de houblon avec des bonnes notes de citron, pamplemousse donnant une présence de fruits tropicaux. Épaisse en bouche, le houblon et l’amertume domine le tout donnant un ton d’herbe et fleuri, laissant peu de place au malt pour s’imposer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6171) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Swingtop. Thanks dave! Pours a cloudy burnished medium amber with a loose and sudsy white head. Huge forceful grapefruit nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, and tons of oily grapefruit on the mid palate. Grapefruit and blood orange finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6083) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2011
1/15/11. Growler shared at the Sea Bass going away tasting! Huge tropical fruit aroma full of guava and mango. Awesome sweet malty flavor couples nicely with bitter hops and lovely tropical fruits. Very nice!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Big bottle shipped up by Greg. Thanks! Pours a rich malty brownish amber pour, dark, with a big tan head that laces small, turns into a soapy film with spotty lacing. Pretty and fiery. Aromas are rich and hoppy, florals and light citrus, grass, rich toffee and caramel. Bigger citrus rind, with a suitable sweet malt backing, some tropical fruit. Initial is medium bodied, some sweet caramel, toffee, rich flowers, grass, touches of citrus and faint spice. A decent soapy and bigger bitterness, but the bitterness falls behind the malts. A bigger bodied malty yet fairly hoppy, in a bitterness sense, DIPA by the group. The hop mix isn’t complex, it’s bitter with a touch of citrus shining through at times, but isn’t balanced necessarily. Tasty, bitter, and big. But, lacking a citrus bite and complexity for the better DIPAs in profile. Aroma and appearance held up well, but the beer itself seems to be it’s own issue - Too much bitterness and a huge malt body take away the complexity I like from a hop profile. Still, it’s a good beer, large, and a priviledge to try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Floral hoppy nose on top of some toasted dry malts, some caramel is there as well. Lightly fruity cityrus and lighter fruits such as apricots. Pours amber, sone haze, bubbles, thin foam ring. Caramel, toasted malts, a little much caramel here and there but the dryness is nice and kills the light iced tea notes. Nice bitter floral hops, citrusy. Bitter and dry. Chewy lingering resins. Long dfry finish. Thankd Dave!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Thanks TampaBrew for sharing the growler. Pours orange-yellow with a white head. Nose is malt, lots of citrus, booze, honey, apricot, and hints of pine. Flavor is similar with a huge hop burst that balances out. Good amount of malt comes out to balance the hop attack. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
thanks kan! pours hazy with white head. nose is pungent grass and pine. really big and messy but fresh hop aroma. flavors are grassy pine, orange citrus with big malt caramel presence. balanced, really big and juicy but not a great blend of hops here.


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