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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Specially kilned Crystal malt and a generous portion of American cascade hops are used for a refreshing, spicy aroma, and a long, dry finish. Great with food, itís big, bold, and bittersweet. Named best beer in Ohio and winner of a Bronze Medal in the World Beer Championships. Four Stars-Great Lakes Beer Guide.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
blackflag321 (461) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Very drinkable. Slightly bitter; nice malt balance; solid taste from sip through after taste. This went down quickly. Iíll have another, please!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Toasty nose! Another clean ale, citrusy hoppiness, tight bitter finish. I enjoyed this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1391) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Thanks brentfeesh. Tasted from 12 bottle into nucleated pint glass. It poured a beautfiul, mostly clear amber color (darker than expected) with vigorous, long-lasting off-white foam and lace. Aromas and flavors of bread, toast, caramel, flowery and resiny hops, slightly biscuity and nutty. Not unlike Fat Tire (though less burnt and biscuity), far more complex than a typical flagship pale ale. Very well-balanced and tasty. Highly recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 9/13/10. Grabbed a sixer of this when in OH over the holiday weekend. Wanted the IPA, but couldnít find it, so got this in itís stead. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark rusty copper color with a moderate-sized creamy off-white head on top. Light lace is left behind after each sip. The nose on this one is basic: some creamy malts, toasted grains, and just a whiff of sharp hop resin. Mouth is nice and full-bodied. Heavy for a PA, but thatís not a bad thing really. Good carbonation. Flavors of caramel, toast, light mineral twang, and a good hop backing. Really nice APA here. I could have a few of these in a sitting no problem. Theyíre heavier, but the flavor is too good to pass up. Glad I picked this up.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nsk79 (25) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Tasted on tap at Columbus brewing pub. Pours hazy gold, not much head. Much more carbonated than their IPAs. Taste is very bitter and the finish is not as nice as the IPAs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours copper orange with a thin white head. Aroma is floral with a little citrus. Rather bitter flavor, hoppy but with an astringent metallic flavor. High carbonation, light body and a long lasting bitterness on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2011
on tap-pours an offwhite head and copper color. Aroma is floral/resin hops and medium malt-caramel. Taste follows. Good session PA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (1778) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Dark brass color, good head and persistent lace. Light carbonated wheat and sweet bread, moves to a light clean hop finish. Very balanced and VERY drinkable. Worth a taste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Columbus/Dublin. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of big floral and citrus hops with some spiciness. The taste is citrus and spicy hop notes, caramel malts and a tart finish. Medium bodied. Decent, but a little off balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours orange with a half of inch of white foam. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Resiny piney aroma on the nose. Big hop flavor without much bitterness. Clean finisher. One of the better pale ales Iíve had so far.


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