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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Smells slightly hoppy and kinda skunky, thick unfiltered look, great piney hop flavor, but seriously lacking in the palate, which is watery and nothing-ish, which is the only thing that really brings it down, drinking this because we couldnít find the kind of crooked tree we were really looking for, whoís got my headies?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2004
This beer pours a lightly hazy copper color with a tan colored head. As I pour I get a solid aroma of hoppy grapefruit. As I go in for a deeper whiff I get notes of citrus, pine, tangerines, and a hint of toasted maltiness at the end. Lightly sweet up front with a dry maltiness, if that is not a contradiction. Quite a nice floral hoppiness up front as well. The combination of the hops and malt give this a nice citrus based fruitiness. The finish has a nice bitterness that gives this beer a certain zing to it. The finish is also quite dry, with a malty-biscuits type note to it. As I finish this beer the malt presence becomes stronger and more interesting, reminiscent of lightly toasted bread crust. This is quite a nice IPA, and is emminently quaffable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2004
very hazy amber (lots of sediment stirred up). floral citrusy aroma, mostly cascades? very mellow body at first, mostly smooth caramel malt. it quickly dries up into plenty of lasting hops bitterness. solid IPA, very drinkable without being over-the-top as many IPAs are.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mackg2 (3) - Milan, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2004 does not count
One of the better bottled IPAís Iíve found in SE Michigan. never very impressed with bottled IPAís ítil trying this. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Golden amber in color, white head. Nice aroma, but not hop dominated as I expected. Flavor is well balanced, I detect some toasted malts. This is nice and drinkable. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Deep copper. Nose quite hoppy, lots of pine resin. Flavor resiny and a bit of floral character to the hops, quite bitter, nice strong slap in the face. Malts arenít quite up to par, still very good with some caramel backing. Bit bready.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (533) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
A nice hoppy aroma, dark carmel color with lots of sediment. Pours with a nice head that has some saying power. Has a nice hop bite up front with good flavor, but the flavor isnít full enough and it has a short finish. Still a good IPA, but it doesnít compare with its cousin to the west, Bells Two Hearted (but is it really fair to compare all beers to Bells?)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Murky mega cloud of caramel orange, yellowy peach skin glows around the edges and a tornado of chunks whirling about which finally collects at the bottom with fish food sized chunks. The head is just as impressive, perfectly foamed, firm, steady, evenly bubbled, large and in charge with the hue of vanilla ice cream. Lacing sits around in thick rings and gluey globs. I almost didnít want to drink it, it looked so perfect. But skip that - sniff and wiff, sip and ahhhh, wow, what a nice IPA this is. Great hop nose to begin things off, super fine pine wood delicately lays atop freshly green but dried leafy hops, which has a good touch of floral aspects to it which add a layer of floral hop resin. Seemingly overall - pine wood and floral resins, but yet thereís a bit more to it with some squeezed in citrus acidicness lightly coalescing. Very aromatic in its strength as well. Flavors donít disappoint, nice hop character throughout, toasty malt front mixing with light burnt citrus. It keeps a drying effect right from the get go. Solid resin coating with dotted alpha acids, pine wood, cedar bark, slight citrus and a very nice bittering action from front to back. Not overly complex so much in the flavors, but solidly built with a hoppy foundation. The malts play very secondary with some toasty grains which help add some nice balance and play to the biterness. Good hop action kept it going. Feel is quick and smooth in the front, close to medium bodied, fluffy texture midway into the end where it finishes with dry and steady hop-action bittering. This did seem to change some as it went along, starting strong but leveling off and weakening, more or less, as ya get closer to the bottom in both feel and flavor. Still one very well done IPA, a bit one dimensional overall, but for me the overall core and soundness of hops engaged me to like it more so then most. Yum!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Pours a nice cloudy deep orange with lots of little bits floating around and a thin head. Nice sweet hoppy aroma with citrus. Has what I like about IPAís... A nice floural and bitter blend. I liked this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2004
On tap at the brewery. Poured a small sized ivory head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The hue was gold and the body was cloudy. The aroma was lightly hoppy and sweet with a sweet, bitter and hoppy flavor from start to finish. The mouthfeel was very hoppy and the lacing was sparse. If you are into hoppy beers, you should enjoy this one.


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