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RATINGS: 1307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It’s not as heavy bodied and malty as many IPA’s, 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
surlysober (41) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2008
NTH TRIAL: pours a dirty orange-y-brown with lots of sediment/floaties and almost no head; smells like orange-peel, grapefruit citrus, and a hint of pine; taste is delicious, hoppy goodness with nice citrus and piney notes that dominate and very little malt flavor, but there’s still a substantial body to support the hops; finish is just bitter and just dry enough to bring a smile to my face. Overall, this is a wonderful beer despite it’s less-than-spectacular appearance. A fantastic everyday IPA; it’s one of the few beers I consistently purchase by the six-pack. I’m actually a little surprised by it’s style-percentile rating here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PolakPorter (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Nice crispy hoppage and such. Citrussy goodness. Not the greatest of IPAs but certainly worth checking out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GJF (1371) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2008
A lucky find at Wine Sellers in Macomb. Hadn’t heard of it, but I glad I found it. Lots of hops in the aroma, a grassy hop flavor and a nice dry bitter finish. Pretty standard stylewise for a midwest IPA, but it’s done quite well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2008
The thing that strikes me most about this beer is all the floaties in it. Other than that its a pretty standard IPA. Good but not great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fidelis83 (2208) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Pours sweet potato skin orange with 2 finger light tan head that fades to a thin layer that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is almost all piney hops with a bit of yeasty funk. Flavor is a little biscuity malt at first, then all citrus and bitter hops. It is definitely more dry than your average IPA, and a little more refreshing but loses some complexity and that satisfying, think mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2008
12oz bottle acquired in trade. Pour is a cloudy melon-orange color with a thin head of lacy white cream. The aroma is resiny hops with some fruitiness to it. Attractive enough. The flavor is quite potent for an IPA. The hop character is really strong like an IIPA but there isn’t the heavy malt to back it up. This is really a showcase of resiny hops. Its sharp and dry, but somehow it manages to find balance in all that hops. Its quite easy to drink. Well done.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008

Received as an extra twice. Thanks.

Tried First time on 5/5/08. I wish this said that it was bottle conditioned or warned about the amount of sediment because I poured a lot in by accident. It has a nice amber color with a small beige head that fades fast. It first smells a little of citrus hops and then smells mostly of caramel malts. I think the sediment sort of ruined the taste of this or it might be too old. It’s sort of muddy tasting and just doesn’t seem right. The hops don’t really show well for me and are mostly masked by the earthy malt taste that is probably at least partially from too much sediment poured into the glass. I would love to get another bottle to give it another try. 6/4/5/4/12

Retried on 8/14/08. Appearance same. Smell a little more fresh but still not great. Taste is similar, better but not great. 7/4/6/4/13

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle 12 fl.oz.
Unclear medium orange color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, caramel, moderate to light heavy hoppy, lemon shell. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to light heavy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (130608)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Imperial Pint draft at Charleston’s (New Lenox, IL). Poured a very deep amberish hazy color with a decent white head. A very good looking brew indeed. Aromas are muted, some light hop notes and sweet malt waft around. Taste is dissappointing: Some upfront hops that clearly give way to a far superior caramel malt profile on the backend. Finishes largely malty with little bittering. Not balanced. Would have scored better if it was an APA. Did not enjoy and a poor representative of the style. Would probably not drink again and I don’t give a lot of bad reviews.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBRussell (6) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2008 does not count
Based on appearence, I would be worried. But as far as flavor, it exceeds expectation. Not much head to the pour, color is golden cloudy amber, really crisp for it’s texture. Solid hop flavor, fills the void for a reliable, everyday session.


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