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RATINGS: 1320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Itís not as heavy bodied and malty as many IPAís, in contrast the palate is more crisp and dry. If you consider yourself a "hop-head" you owe it to yourself to grab this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2006
An IPA. Thatís all I ever feel like saying with most IPAs. I definitely noticed what I now see from its commercial deScription, that it is light on malt. That comes out in the appearance (golden) and the flavor (all pine and citrus). It was an adequate antidote to some Szechuan stir-fry but otherwise itís a pretty boring hop tea, dry and mildly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle thanks to MI2CA: Pours a clear copper bronze with a well-lacing white head. Big, fresh piny hoppy aroma has a nice earthy caramel malty balance. Body starts a little thin with some mild toasty caramel malt and lots of citric piny bittering hops and earthy resin. Great hop profile, but could use a little more body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle from ross. Pours orange and hazy with a creamy white head. Smells ctrrussy. Taste is well balanced citrus and bitter hops. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PKegger (3) - Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2006 does not count
Rock solid IPA. Iíve now had it both on tap and the bottle. Nice hop flavors and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2006
a hazy orange color w/ a full white nice laced head. Huge hop heavy aroma well off the glass. Well hopped aroma full of citrus and touches of grass definate grapefruit juice w/a nice sweet carmel too. Palate is full w/ a dryness to it. Flavor is heavily piney resin a tiny bit of malt backbone finishes nice and dry.. a bit to piney but nicely balanced. A pretty darn good IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2006
12 oz bottle

I have had only a few IPAs better than this one. It does all the right things to make it the perfect beer for a warm summer afternoon. While not outstanding, I could keep it around for a daily drinker.

Aroma / Appearance - A foamy one-finger head was the result of an aggressive pour. Underneath, when the turmoil settled, I was looking at a ruby colored body and traces of sediment. The nose was a mixture of typical IPA aromas - pine, spruce, citrus, orange and a strange one, pears.

Flavor / Palate - The first wave is very bitter with a strong hoppy kick. Once that settles down, I picked up hints of caramel, more resiny hops, creamer and some toned down grapefruit. The residual bitterness was not unlike liking maple syrup from a tree in the middle of winter. As it warmed, the bitterness got less intense - around room temperature it reached a nice balance. The body is very full with only slight flaws. The finish is sour and grapefruity. It is very well done for a regular drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Bottled. Poured a clear medium amber with a short cap of white head. Nose was juicy and soft.. with grapefruit, pear, and pine... very nice! Flavor picked up pine and some citrus hoppage on the tip of the tongue, smooth, yet higher-carbonated caramel across the middle, and a bit of alcohol on top of sweet malts and bitter pine hops at the back-end. Long dry finish with pine, alcohol, and sweet malts. Very solid brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Bottled. Out of a World Class Beverages "Midwest Taster" pack, this was the only one actually from the Midwest. And Iím thinking they might be putting the bottles in the "taster" packs when theyíre past their pull date. This one hit me with a soured pizza dough smell when I opened it. But once poured, it faded to a generic beer smell, then let a few IPA hops come out to play. Fluffy, noisy head over a coppery, filtered body. Some of that pizza dough smell comes back in the first sip, but then itís flooded out by a rather rude hop profile. Definitely an American profile, like pine boughs marinated in grapefruit juice. Now me thinks most hopheads will say thatís just their meat, but this needs a bit more flavor instead of going for bitterness. Very substantial caramel malt mouthfeel makes up for it, though. I could drink something like this all day, but the initial smell keeps my overall rating down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 Clean, light, and tight IPA. Uncomplicated like a great cut of meat, which is nice with all the "complex" hotdogs parading around. The tangy hoppy bitterness races in and then zooms around the corner with each sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Pours cloudy orangish, strong floral aroma. First sip very surprised at how hoppy it was. Quite bitter, but not overly.. solid brew

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