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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Like fresh powder, itís a seize-the-moment kind of thing. This year weíve chased down Virgil Gamache farms, famed amarillo hops. At harvest, we rush the hops from the vine to our kettles to ensure we capture the purest, juiciest essence of the hop flower in every beer. Enjoy the bright, bold aroma and flavor that comes but once a year


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
22 oz bottle from Leoís (Woodridge, IL). Popped this after the Bears started poorly. Pours a nice golden hue, some gentle sunny glow, decent haze. Very lively carbonation in the body with decent offwhite head. A firmer film sticks around, laces ok. Golden hues with bits of gentle amber, faint orange fire. Aromas show some dankness, a touch woody and weedy, some gentle citrus and grapefruit, florals and stale hops. Some bready malt, more florals, weed and earthy dankness. Medium strength, not as fruity leaning as Iíd expect, some soap and grapefruit show some life at times. Initial is lighter bodied overall, some decent floral and earthy bitterness, soap and gentle grapefruit. Some dry bread, grainy malts. Touches of melon, more grapefruit juice and rind as we start to get going, fairly dry and bitter on the palate, a touch juicy as we hit the middle, some more citrus life than the nose let on. Almost a bit warm. The backend is dry, bitter, a touch grainy. A firmer earthy hopping in the backend shows some character, with decent bitterness, soap and grapefruit. For itís lighter body, the alcohol jab is a bit sharp. This really doesnít need to be over 7 percent ABV. As it is, it almost detracts from the hop profile, covering it up and interfering a bit overall. Finish is dry, bitter, a bit citrusy and fruity, a bit warm. An odd one. While the hop profile starts to deliver once we get further in (though not on the nose), the beer is a bit too high in ABV and lacking on the nose to make it a real contender for me. Ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Awktoberfest (297) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Definitely not an intense ipa. Light light color. I get a lemony aroma and taste. Would be an awesome hot weather beer ... Very refreshing ... I like there fresh squeezed ipa better for being a little more traditional ipa like but this is a nice beer is grab next harvest season ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (667) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden yellow with white head. Aroma is mild hoppiness with sweet malt backbone. Taste is the same, mild hoppiness with just a touch of sweetness. Pretty drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1381) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Intense IPA. Draft. Hop-forward with dandelion, apricot, lemon and hay on the nose. Balanced and fresh-tasting, with a nice piney residue on the tongue.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2013
pale golden color, white head with decent lacing. aroma is slight caramel, but mostly fresh floral and somewhat citrusy hops. flavor has a nice fresh hop character with a decent amount of citrus. good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (167) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Decent white head, pineapple colored body, Aromas of pineapple, juniper, caramel. Flavors of vanilla, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, juniper. Body is surprisingly viscous, medium carbonation. Finish is lemon.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AbbeyRoade (310) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Not bitter, not too hoppy. Lightly sweet and smooth. Refreshing. Good beer all around.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2013
2013 Amarillo Hops. Pours two and half fingers of head on a fairly clear light straw colored body. The aroma is wonderful. Lots of lemon, pine and tropical fruit upfront with honey in the background and at the end. The taste is on the lighter side, but still flavorful. Mild to moderate pine bitterness with some honeysuckle sweetness middle to end. The texture has a little fizz and crisp with moderate carbonation. Great aroma and a nicely balanced flavor. Winner.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5813) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
First pour from the new keg .. . Quite a green beer, tastes and smells like Riesling wine, mild grassy hops .. . Mild easy mouthfeel .. . Quite nice but iím good with the sample i recieved ... .. Rubber Mallets: the joke of the hammer world.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pushkinwow (1997) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Clear yellow with with a white head. A fair amount of citrus bitterness, tangerine rind for some reason stuck out for me, moderate+ carbonation, moderate body, also becomes astringent on the finish - potential there but unbalanced.


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