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RATINGS: 1277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2006
aroma is very hoppy with a very strong hop taste. very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle, from Pintbypint. Poured cloudy orange with a smallish lasting foamy-rocky beige head. Sweet malt aroma with waves of floral-perfumy hops to start, then as it warms these yeasty funky UK-type leafy hops emerge, as well as some grainy, woody and slightly citrusy characteristics. Flavour is very smooth and blended - a more juicy hops medley than the aroma, a little sweeter due to a mild but substantial light roast malt backbone - it starts out a little on the fruit-sweet side, but finishes nicely hop bitter; pleasant, with a creamy, carbonated and lightly astringent mouthfeel - we were impressed - only 3.5? Higher in my books, I would keep this in my fridge if it were local for me - can wait to try the double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2006
My first experience with Dark Horse. Impressed. Burnt orange body beneath a moderate creamy white head. Grapefruit/hops aroma laced with floral fragrance and evergreen. Some dried fruit. Nice bitterness in the taste. Refreshing. Medium bodied and lively carbonation. Flavor improves as it warms up. Nicely crafted. Look forward to trying more from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2006
this was a bit of a dissapointment...i wish i would have tried this BEFORE i had the double crooked (which was great)...this beer was all too bitter and hoppy...thats is all there is to say about the aroma and flavor....nice hazy straw/amber appearance...nice palate...but too bitter and too piney...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Bottle: A piny, muted citrus aroma. Thought it was a little on the sweet side. Finish had some bitterness, but it faded quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. Upfront pine and citrus that hit you full on, but just as quickly disappear. The flavor is solid but I think the bitterness needs to linger a little longer. Still a fine example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2006
A nice solid IPA. On tap at the Berkley Front. Clear light orange with a good head. A bit of citrus and a little bit of flowers in the aroma. Taste starts out with citrus, then goes into nice, medium strength malt undertones with Lemon-Pine hop aroma above. Well balanced, solid, medium bodied. Not my favorite IPA, but that would be saying a lot, and this is still a good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours a cloudy orange with a bubly to frothy white head. Aroma was rich with citrus and floral aromaís. Flavor was lemon-citrus with grapefruit and light malt. Well balanced ipa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 16, 2006
15-Jan-06 (12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with atpayne, thanks Adam!) Since I really didnít like this beer the first time I tried it, I wasnít exactly trying to acquire another bottle. But I got this as a bonus beer, and Iím grateful for the opportunity to try it again because Iím liking this beer much better this time around. Not sure why I thought that last bottle was so strongly bitter and apparently astringent, but this bottle is neither of those. Yes, itís bitter and hoppy, but balanced by a moderate fruitiness and sweet pale maltiness. Fruity and lightly hoppy nose is quite pleasant, but not as hoppy as the flavor. Medium bodied, somewhat crisp, but itís sweet enough to add some umph to the mouthfeel. Medium golden in color and fairly clear, but thatís because I didnít pour the final few ounces of the bottle. The last pour turned the beer into what looks like a pureed banana drink. Big, tall, fluffy white head rises to an inch or more and takes several minutes to "settle" to under half an inch. Lacing is dense and three-dimensional, covering much of the glass. Much better this time, and though further proof is redundant now, itís a good example of why rating beers on more than one occasion is a smart and conscientious thing to do. Solid overall, but still not breaking into that top tier.

22-Dec-04 (12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Goblincat, thanks Mike!) Bitter and hoppy, thatís the name of the game with this IPA. Make that very bitter, and since this lacks any semblence of a balancing malt backbone, this isnít my kind of IPA. The finish has a long-lasting bitter bite. The palate is very dry, and itís carbonated to the point where each sip expands inside the mouth. Not a whole lot of aroma to this beer, which is surprising. A fair amount of sludge poured into the glass and rendered this dark amber beer very murky with a brownish tint. Lots of sediment remains suspended in the beer. Very large, exploding off-white head retains half an inch thick, but the carbonation surely is of large assistance here. Some lacing is left on the glass, but also some foamy chunks. Iím rating this beer side by side with New Hollandís Mad Hatter, and the two are pretty damn similar in style, though I think the Mad Hatter is the better beer. (6, 4, 5,3, 11 = 2.9)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTown (127) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle in Kazoo. Pours cloudy amber with some head. Moderate lacing. Citrus (mostly lemon) and floral aromas dominate. Medium mouthfeel with a drier finish than most. Drinkable.

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