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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Brewed with extra hops and malt in the English tradition, but with West Coast style. This deep golden India Pale Ale is artfully balanced with a fresh, powerful aroma and a luscious finish.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WestsideThreat (13) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
Reddish copper hue. Darker than I would have expected. Murky, appears unfiltered...I like that. Fairly large bubbles drift from the bottom of the glass, generally a sign that the pillowy head won’t last. Head has dropped significantly but a semi tight ring of head is clinging to the side of the glass. Brussels lace is holding on, earns the beer an additional point. Lots of hoppy nose on this beer. A blind tasting would be a no brainer with this one. More pine like than citrus (which is cool because it differs greatly from the Smuttynose in this area). And thats why we are doing this smile.gif First impression after tasting is the actual abundant malty flavor. I find that most IPA’s are unbalanced so I welcome some maltiness. But I also welcome hops which I am not finding. Bitterness yes, hops no. Bitterness is a bit too much towards the end with out the flavoring hops to back it up. Sweetness comes as it warms but its a little too late. Not a silky beer, but a quality mouth feel is hard to come by. Not astringent by any means. Pretty standard in that department. Overall I like this beer. Nice malty flavor, decent head. This beer lacked the WOW factor...a complexity which seperates it from the pack... which would have gotten it a higher rating. But over all I am pleased with this beer. This beer would probably open up much better on tap than in the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2765) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2006
Large rocky white head, retention is good, lace is spotty. Hazy, copper color with an orange glow. Nose is big, pungent with pine and citrus, spicy and a light earthyness. Body is medium, creamy and coating. Hop flavors up front, piney, citrusy and a bit resiny, crystal maltiness behind the serious raw hop grassines, lightly oily. Finish is fruity and bitter, lingering. A bold IPA! Props to Fordest for the trade!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Good straightforward IPA, nice floral hoppy nose, medium body, small-bubble carbonation and a fluffy head. Citrusy hop robustness with the right amount of bittering hops. West Coast in the Hizzous!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2006
12 oz bottle from fordest. Deep golden color with strong hoppy aroma. Although flavors lean toward resinous citrusy and earthy hoppyness I can get some biscuit malts. Pretty good IPA and typical from west coast. Thanks for this extra fordest.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 20, 2006
Bottled. Pours a light amber color. Strong hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus and pine and a little weed. Very bitter and hoppy. Plenty of hop character all the way through this brew. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours a light amber color with an offwhite head. Nose of hopps, malt, and a bit floral......some citrus backdrops as well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZaRue (11) - Laguna Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 12, 2006
Bottle. A good IPA for the IPA shy. Not near a hoppy as most. Copper to Gold in color with a decent head and slightly bitter aroma. Deceptivly mild in flavor with a not to bitter finish. I don’t normally like IPA as a rule, but this one is quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2006
Bottle by way of trade with odeed: Red pour with an off white head. Floral hop aroma with some caramel. Flavor was maltier than I expected, there wasn’t much bitterness. It did have a nice dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2006
On tap at the Toronado. This was the cask conditioned version. This beer is way beyond the level of citrus that you usually get in a hopped-up IPA. It is downright sweet from the virtual fruit. Has a cloying dryness. The hop bitterness is deceptively mild to be this strong. The candy fruity sugar flavor almost seems like watermelon to me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2980) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Pours out a nice deep copper color with a decent sized lacing head. Aroma is very hoppy, ummmm grapefruit/floral hops. Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable. Nice aftertaste of hops on the finish good balance. Top notch IPA


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