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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed exclusively for The Drafting Room. Lots of amarillo, styrian golding, and centennial in the boil along with an impressive 25 lbs of anthiam, styrian, and amarillo in the hopback. A whopping 1600 lbs of malted barley balances this 6.0% abv masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11459) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2006
On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton. Poured a dark copper/brownish color wtih an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, pine, floral and roast. Tastes of citrus, toffee, caramel, and pine. Nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10600) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Draft... Hazy amber ale with orange highlights and a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Hopped up aroma with lemon rind, pine and grapefruit. Moderately bitter grapefruit flavor. Medium-bodied and astringent with fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, scouring, dry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Draft at the DRE. Wow, what a malt bomb this one is to go along with its hop bomb character! This beer really reminds me a lot of Oggi’s Hop Whompus. I liked it so much I took 2 growlers to go! The pour is hazy deep brown with 1-finger khaki head. The aroma is very caramel malty and brown sugary, with the huge fruity, feety hops and some tropical fruits and citrus wafting right up the nostrils. The flavor is wonderful, very fruity and hoppy but with a boat load of caramel malt and brown sugary notes. The palate is on the dense side, which is good, as this one never gets watery even when it warms up. I could drink this one all day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6100) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2006
[Cask] Poured a hazy, dark amber color wtih a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of lots of pine, citrus fruits, grassy, floral hops (lots of amarillo), with a light toffee, somewhat roasty malt as well. Taste of citrus fruits, caramel malts, toffee, and pine, with a dark malt finish... maybe some roast or rauchiness. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, and no alcohol detected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5726) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Thanks to whaleman for bringing a growler of this to the HW Open House - cloudy brown pour with minimal head - almost nutty aroma, with background hops and musty, earthy notes - the flavor had this very earthy, almost old ale-like quality to it - almost oily mouthfeel - malty and nutty, with some woodiness/roastiness - a pretty solid ale, but nothing worth going out of your way for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Growler. Pours a deep copper, slight hazy and a thin off white head. Low carbonation. Herbal tea-like aroma, some citrus, mango, and some pine. Malty full flavor with hints of nuts, herbal more tea, light roast and caramel. Body is medium with a relatively full flavor. Ok but overall it seemd like it was a bit solvent-like and dirty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Draught: Aroma from floral hops with a hint of grapefruit. Also scent of caramel malts. Poured a brown & green mud-water color. It was dark amber/ruby in front of a light. It’s quite dark without a light behind it. Big, frothy, light-brown head. Head lasted. Great lacing. Sparkling. Opaque. Cloudy, but no particles visable even in front of light. Flavor was of dirt and mud, floral and spicy hops. Also, flavors of smoke, very dark choclate, and tar. Amarillo hop spicyness too. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Slighly dry, short finish. Strangely balanced, but good. Lively carbonation. Chalky or gritty. Full body. Overall, my first thought was ’like an IPA and Brown Ale hybrid/mix. I would not call this an Amber Ale myself. A different but pleasant tasting and drinkable beer. Bonus points for creativity and drinkability. Good and different!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 21, 2006
On tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House. They did not have the cask version on opening night, so I may try to get back after Friday to check it out. Pours a hazy dark brown with some red/orange when held to the light. Light tan medium foamy head that left great lacing and sustained. Very nice looking beer. Aroma of orange, pine, caramel and floral hops. Tough to put into words but what a great mix. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, orange, caramel and light roasted malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3075) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Thanks to Whaleman for bringing this one to the Heavyweight Open house. Pours out a dark copper color with a thin lacing head. Aroma was similar to their nugget nectar with some grapefruit and floral hops. The taste was very nice with a good balance and range of hops. Floral and grapefruit/pine hops with a nice sweet malt balance. Very nice beer, very drinkable and well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Very deep amber body with a lush and creamy beige head. Killer aroma of ultra fresh, woodsy hops with grapefruit and mango highlights plus brown sugar maltiness and some grape notes. Sooooo fresh, but sadly hops this fresh and bright are bound to fade. Pleasant sweet and toasty malt flavor with earthy, tea-like properties plus some cherry, nice full hop character and mellow, balanced bitterness. Has a distinct Tröegs signature suggesting Nugget Nectar, plus some deeper malts. I dig it. Get it while it’s fresh!

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