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RATINGS: 3130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Our flagship beer. A session India Pale Ale brewed with Warrior, Amarillo & íMystery Hop X.í A powerful East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. THE session beer for beer geeks like us! 6% abv 60 ibu Tasting Notes: Citrus, cedar, pine & candied-orange flavors, floral. Food Pairing recommendations: Spicy foods, pesto, grilled salmon, soy-based dishes, pizza. Glassware recommendation: Pint Wine comparable: Busty Chardonnay In case you care... the average 12 oz. serving has 209 calories.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Muddled tawny beer, foamy off-white head. Smell those hops. Grapefruit smell. Nice and bitter but not to the point of being offensive. Slightly dry, no offensive or overlybitter aftertaste. Quite smooth for an IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 Orange with a white head. Aroma: hops, citrus, pine, grassy. Has a good hop character, but not overpowering to that point that it is all you notice. While the hops are the dominant taste, there are citrus and floral tastes as well. Pretty smooth with the floral/grass taste coming in the finish, and then leaving a bitter aftertaste. Re-rate: Superior brew. Nice malty taste complimented by great hop character.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkBarnes (375) - Waterville, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 Oct. 5, 2004: 12-oz. bottle. Hops galore, as one would expect. Piney and long, pleasingly bitter, aftertaste with nice substance underneath -- very well-balanced. Iíll be having this one again.

Revisited on Oct. 13, 2007: Hard to believe itís been three years since Iíve had this. Although my earlier rating was a bit exuberant in the aroma, appearance and overall impression categories, this is a fine session ale with a complex character -- even if itís a tad subdued compared to some of the more aggressive examples of the style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Appearance: sets the stage uneventfully with the color, a typical bright orange for an IPA, then springs on us a huge, cloud-like head, milky-white, soft and lacey. Aroma: a veritable pine forest that the nose is walking through, needle, sap and all! Thereís other kinds of sensation, some fruity, citric character, but that sharp piney, grassiness dominates. Big, stinging, and arousing. Taste is most unusual: biscuity, bready, yeasty, a substantial mouthful, slightly sour, still resonating with hops, and delivering an unspecific fruitiness, that mingles and blends with this breadish tone. Excellent texture, slightly chewy. Hoppiness rides above and shines throughout, but underneath is that other thick and yeasty quality, most unusual. Hops donít quit, either, they take up permanent residence in the mouth and continues to conquer throughout the tasty, long finish. I kept smackiní my lips throughout the contents of this bottle. Great drinking for any hophead, like me, and deserves points for sheer uniqueness alone.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ohknaks (44) - USA - OCT 3, 2004
12 oz bottle: Aroma is very yeasty with a bit of a citrous hint. Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin head. Taste is a bit bitter with a hint of lemon and a long hope aftertaste. Overall not a bad brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Nice bitter aroma. Cloudy golden color, thin head with good lacing. Full bodied taste with nice cloying. Good hop balance just like the 90. Very well done. I would compare this to the excellent Bridgeport IPA as an example of a really excellent "basic" IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Nice aroma of citrusy hops in pour. Thin white head and a hazy orange color. No lacing and fair retention. Nose is hard to place, not piney, not grapefruit but what I canít say...yeasty, thatís it. Taste is excellent with a lemony grapefruit and pepper spice. Needs a tad more toasted malt for my taste, but it is there. Long hop finish. Nice alkeehawl glow at the end. Not perfect but very good..would love to have it on tap.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Norton (328) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Draft. Very interesting aroma! Citrusy spice smell tickles my nose. I found myself sniffing this beer the whole time! Yeasty flavor with a great hops kick. Musty gold in color. Average white head. Very nice for a style I can usually do without. Mmm!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Nice hoppy attitude that youíd expect from a good IPA. Pretty much should be in the dictionary under IPA because this is textbook.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Love anything from dogfish head. The continuous hopping is pretty evident in the flavor and the finish. The balance is just a little off, but it doesnít affect the beer noticeably.


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