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RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Justm had Ruination, Drake's, Stone, and Speakeasy Big Daddy. Ruination was the clear winner. Surprisingly Drake's was second, Big Daddy was third, and Stone was last. when I tasted Stone out of the bottle, it tasted a lot better. Drake's was surprisingly good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1468) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Nice color. Decent head. Surprised that this was on tap. Not too much hops but good enough. Overall pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Orange-amber color with a small white head. Some citrus and pine to the nose. Flavor starts light sweet then grapefruit rind bitter and finishes lightly bitter with a long dry aftertaste. Wow!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 Clouded amber hue, moderate head formation. Spicy pine needle and grapefruit aroma. Dry spicy grapefruit flavor, mildly biscuity malt body, hints of orange and vanilla.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAY 18, 2003
(19May2003--draft) Hop juice. Cascades. Good mouthfeel. I picked up some spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg) notes, but admittedly, without concentration it's tough to get much more out of this than hop juice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2003
A rough rusty pumpkin color with decent light head. Big time aroma with all of the citrus in it and the all important bitter tones of hops. Damn does this taste like a grapefruit and some gin. Piney citrus is all over the place here. Do I have a small wine thing going on? Not bad at all, in fact I really do dig this brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Bottle: slightly hazy and deep orange amber in color with very lively bubble action..fruity hop profile in the nose with mango, ruby-red grapefruit,, and papaya..very bitter grapefruit rind, resin, bitter leaves..weak malt backing thats hard to find behind these hops..maybe some orange molassis malt sweetness noticed..also noticed some strange vinous oak notes mixed in with the bitterness..astringently bitter in the back of the throat..not too enjoyable IMO

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5285) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Hand Pump. Blonde orange gold color. No head. Aroma is floral hops. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty, slightly fruity and sweet. Hops are juicy and floral with touch of lingering grapefruit in the aftertaste, Touch of wood. Well balanced. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and very smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Tap. Solid full bodied IPA with loads of hops. I had this at a concert at the Henry Kaiser Auditorium in Oakland.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2002
had this on tap, and I know that I may not have same tastes as user_experience, I didn’t find this to be an outstanding brew. An above average IPA.


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