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RATINGS: 810   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Brewed with 8 different hops and dry hopped with whole cone Cascades. Its more powerful than our Islander IPA and even the most intelligent have become "idiot" after a few pints of this super hopped up beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Sampled at Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear orange-gold with a medium, fizzy white to off-white head, some (little) retention with low lacing. Aroma is medium malt (grain, meal), heavy hops (citrus, pine, resin) with an earthy nose. Flavor is moderate hop bitterness with a good balancing malt sweetness, some alcohol. Medium-full bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Draught at TJís: Aroma of hops, grapefruit, light tropical fruit, crystal malt, and Cascades. Poured amber/orange in color with a small to medium-sized, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Very good to excellent lacing. Light to medium sweet, medium bitter flavor. Tastes of hops, grapefruit, crystal malt, and Cascades. Medium body. Lightly oily, then slightly dry, texture. Average carbonation. Hop and grapefruit finish is medium bitter. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2087) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2010
pours a clear amber-orange with little to no beige head, and some lacing. smell is of grapefruit, caramel, pine, a bit floral, and malt in the back. taste is of grapefruit hops, a little pine, and some caramel, end is nicely bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Largiari (10) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2009
22oz bottle. Nice rich hoppy aroma, a little piney. Deep dark amber color, with a little yeast sediment floating through. Malty taste, a little too much for my standards, but good. Hops are strong, but the bitterness is taken over from the rich maltiness. I like this IPA, but I surely dont love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2009
It may be big, it maybe a little brash, but boy is this a seriously good DIPA. Looks fine in the glass, not a massive head but a pretty big bugger, nice and dense and creamy. Aroma is on the button. Loads of hop goodness, with definite orange sweetnes, florals, lemon-citrus, pine, resin, really tropical aromas, maybe a bit of peach, perhaps some bitter lychee. Great complexity. Aroma is balanced by a background sweetness, slightly candied in nature, also some thick matiness in there too, but obviously the hops suppress the malt. I should point out here that this is my second bottle, and without any doubt this second one seem to be alot hoppier than the first! Instant smack of bitter hops, but the ferocity is hidden well with a lush mouthfeel and delivery. First up very grapefruiy hops with a touch of earthiness, then thereís some boiled sweets, more orange but this time more like a bitter blood-orange or pink grapefruit, definite peachy quality to this one. The hops are bitter but quite rounded... Ten the malts show themselves momentarily just to add a little balance and touch of sweetness, but aid massively in creating a lovely bit of body, here you get some lovely caramel and toffee which really tastes devine when you burp (itís not a sick thing to say, Oz Clark explained that burping is the correct way to taste beer, this is due to taste buds that line the thrat that arenít often used, so there!) Anyway, the malts give a lovely vanilla wafer like quality to the brew. Finish is most definitely bitter, but also most definitely addictive, the beer beckons for sip after sip. Palate is just right, not as thick and soupy as some of the IIPAs Iíve tried recently e.g. Steamworks Conductor IPA, but I quite like the slightly lighter style here, with the hops involved it needs a mid/full bodied approach so as not to totally overwhelm the palate. Big US IPAís/DIPAís take a bashing, especially in the UK, but Iím an unashamed enthusiast for the style, so two fingers up to anybody who has a problem with beers like this. This is sexy, rich well made, exotic, hops to the hilt beer and it rocks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7552) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2009
Draught at Beer Works Osaka IPA Challenge. Very malty, strong aroma, with caramel and alcohol. Citrus hops. Fruity and sweet with tons of citrus and some passion fruit. Big and strong and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2009
Bottle 65cl. @ Chrisoís pre GBBF Shindig í09.
Clear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus - orange, pine. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090801]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Pours a dark orange gold. Nose is pine hops, hints of citrus, and plenty of fresh cut grass. Taste is pretty poor. Huge harsh hop bitterness, all flavor is blown apart by an extremely harsh bitterness. no distinct flavor, lots of clashing. left half of the pint on the table.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2009
Bottle @ pre-GBBF shindig, August 2009. Typical big, brash, bold, boozy West Coast IPA. Packed with fat resinous, piney hops throughout. The malt backing is, as is often the case, sweet and a bit sticky. I can blow hot and cold with this type of beer. sometimes I find them a bit too much. On this occasion, after a run of mediocre canned lagers, it was just what I wanted. How did I guess that SilkTork would have the lowest rating for this beer!? The plant is doing fine though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (15043) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 Bottle at Chriso pre-GBBF tasting 09. Arh yes, the Idiot Patrik Ale. Gold/amber with thin white head. American hop aroma. Pretty decent hop on mouth, esp on the end. Lovely hops all over, decent malts. Really good lovely hops. Went in search for more. 4.1 Re-rate. I did in fact went in search for more and found it at Utobeer for £9.80. But so worth it. Scum of dry hop around the lip of the bottle when I opened it. Unattractive hazy copper. Lasting thin beige. I love the big sweet piney resiny hop aroma. Chris thinks the malts are a bit sweet and I guess they are to an extent but that could just be the alcohol coming through too. Yes a bit boozy, but happy to ignore this fact for the symphony of resiny super hops. Iím an idiot for liking something so big. I donít think unbalanced though. I mean itís no Nanny State. In terms of big double IPAs, I love it. Maybe not quite as good as Hercules or Double Simcoe, but I do like it very much. Burping hops as you drink it is lovely.

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