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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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So rabid are we about roundball that in 1925 Mr. Naismith himself declared Indiana the center of the sport. Needing only five starters, the game was tailor made for the towns that dot Indiana and just one or two great players could take any school to the state finals Ė and immortality.

Half Court is out celebration of basketball fever and the sweat it takes for success. A noble example of an India Pale Ale, this beer pours with a thick white head and hits you directly with the scent of hops and citrus. Be forewarned, weíre just as hysterical about hops as we are hoops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2012
Bottle pours golden with a thick fluffy white head. Aromas are grass and metal. Tastes are fairly bland with some hay and mild malt noted. Some bitterness is also noted, but again, mild. Overall, kinda boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (7515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bottle. Sour lemon malt and light citrus peel aroma. Hazy golden yellow color with small head. Mildly sweet-tart lemon malt and lightly bitter orange peel flavor. Not a bad beer - just not a typical IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (10540) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Draft sample at IBGWF 12. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour and earthy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate complex bitter flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration. This beer met my expectations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Bomber. Cloudy, deep golden body with orange highlights. Frothy white head, fully lasting. The aroma is citrus with notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Hints of toasted grain and leafy hops. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Also, it displays some vinegary notes in the finish, as if it came off an unclean tap line. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Lots of citrus with muted bitterness ó and that acidity in the finish that just doesnít belong there. Not as refined nor as clean as better IPAs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Pours hazy yellow to mild orange. Nose is definitely citrus hops and nearly lemony. Head is white and fizzy. Some earthy and bright citrus hop flavors and the malt is subdued. Dry finish. Not bad but not much malt backbone or complexity and the hop tannins are sticking out making it a little rough around the edges. Afterall it is nanobeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jiggitytiggity (1) - Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2011 does not count
These days, everyone is making insanely hoppy IPAís. And I do love them so. BUT itís refreshing to taste an IPA that fulfills the hop addiction and offers something different. This beer does just that. The body manages to be creamy while still offering a substantial hop kick right up front. Thatís not something you see every day. Itís crisp and clean but still has that rich IPA flavor. At around 6.5, itís not the heaviest out there but it does have a good punch. If youíve enjoyed Mad Hatter, Sun King Osiris or similar lighter bodied hoppy brews you will like this beer. Itís very refreshing and very flavorful. I dig it. Nice work from a new brewery!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ademiles (1) - Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2011 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2011 Right when opening the bottle you instantly smell the amazing aroma. It pours with about a 1 finger head and a nice golden color. The taste is amazing. The bitterness is so balanced into the beer it gives it an amazing flavor. The bitterness isnít a dominant as usual in an IPA, but certainly plenty of flavor. Definitely one of my top 5 favorite beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with nice 2 finger, white, soapy head. Aromas of citrus and grass, and notes of tangerine. Taste is light bitter with little sweetness. Palate is nice carbonation with dry finish. Overall, this one is just lacking on taste. It is not bad, but just needs more flavor. UPDATE 11/7/11: had another one of these. This is my first beer of the night and the flavor is coming thru better. The first one I had was after some others, so maybe it just tasted weak after those.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bomber from Big Red, College Mall, Bloomington. Sweet local reference of course, and also reminds me of a 1990s ultimate team that floated around and did some damage. So far so good for this new brewery, which I think I enjoyed just a touch more than Mike did. Nice bright orange pour, with a thick creamy head and a buoyant citrus and creamsicle aroma. Settles into something nicely grassy, which carries over into the taste along with some modest malt underpinnings. But the flavors do become a bit astringent too quickly, almost like overly steeped tea in places, and it interferes with what could have been a nicely balanced, citric brew. Still decent, and I imagine future batches will show a marked improvement. Go Cutters!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (4811) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Bomber, 6.3% abv. Upon crown removal, the entire room is filled with natural grapefruit and the candyish Easter sweetness that PNW hops occasionally give off. Raw, leafy hop odor, as if just added to the boil or heavily dry-hopped, with some resin and quite juicy. Yellow pour edging toward golden with a rocky eggshell head. Taste is medially bitter with medium sweetness, a little hollow in the lightish medium body, but smooth and with the green hoppiness (this is pretty fresh!). Planty light astringency in the aftertaste. Could use a little more definition, and Iím all for sacrificing some of the dry hopping for more bitterness. Still, very drinkable, and reminds me of TCís homebrewed IPAs (and thatís not a bad thing).

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