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RATINGS: 463   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 6-pack sampled over the course of two months, bottled in mid-November 2007, thanks to aspidites: Pours a transparent deep orange with a large, frothy and clingy-lacing off-white head. Aroma boasts big resiny piny hops with some woodsy notes and a touch of sweet toasted pale malt. Body starts lightly caramely sweet with big fresh piny and grapefruity flavor hops nicely balanced toward a crisp, bittersweet finish. Big in flavor and aroma as well as drinkability. A very nice IPA.

Originally rated on 2/25/04: Pours a rich copper with a thick off-white head. Aroma is full of hops and a touch of caramel malt. Body is dry and semi-sweet with some floral, grapefruit hoppy notes. Dry, full and bitter finish, masks the alcohol well. Thanks Flipbrewer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Oarnge,brown.Gigantic,frothy,cream head. Tons of lace. Lots of Cascades in the aroma. Very leafy,citric hops,with bready malts in the aroma. Palate is a bit too fizzy,for me. Fairly big,body. Starts malty,but bitter as well. Quite a bit of malt in the flavor,though the bitterness in the finish is big,and lingering. Lots of bready,caramel,malts. Finish is very bitter,but tasty citrus,leaf,some bread. Dry and sweet. Very nice Ipa,thanks Flipbrewer!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 How this was an award winner, I'll never know, since the only draft version goes to the judges. Well, I've had the bottle version and word from the boys at the brewery is the product that makes it's way down to So Cal via BevMo isn't their freshest product. Short of travelling to No. Cal, all I can say is this stuff is average at best. Sorry Drake's.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Pours a dark amber, a little on the brown side. The head is nicely formed and a bit soapy in appearance. The aroma is strongly hoppy. It smells a lot like Sweetwater IPA with it's balanced mixed of grapefruit and spruce. Similar in the flavor, although there is a caramel sweetness underneath the fresh hop flavors that paler Sweetwater IPA doesn't have. Excellent IPA. One of my favorites.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Nice dark orange/amber color.Small white head that lasted for a short time then faded to a light lace.Nice floral aroma of grapefruit,hops a little piney and light spice.Nice malt flavor then a quick change to grapefruit and piney notes and a very nice hop flavor that gives just a nice light bite.The finish is nicely bitter hops.This is one hell of a nice brew flavorful and decently balanced.The hops aren't done in an over whelming manner as some ipa's but represented quite nicely giving a nice smooth brew that is easy and pleasant to drink.Thanks to Flipbrewer for sending this one my way.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2003
The color on the pour is a pellucid deep copper with a prodigious head that is semi-creamy in texture and the color a winsome light tan as it slowly fades, a velum like sheet of lace forms to seal the glass from view. A wonderful full hop nose, sweet at the back from the malt, citrus crisp, clean and refreshing with the start somewhat sweet, the malt plentiful and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Big bad boy hop finish, crisp and tart on the tongue, the acidity benign and the aftertaste quite dry, a fine representative to the style.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Fantastic. Dark, glowing copper/orange, nice medium head and good lacing. Aroma is very floral and citrusy. Body is thick with malts - creamy smooth and bread/biscuit, lightly sweet. Hops are king here of course - pine, citrus, resting brightly on the back of my tongue, almost stinging at first, then turning warm and rounded. Tasty stuff - thanks, Flipbrewer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Very much the West Coast Style. Bronze colored with a full head for and IPA. Citrus Nose reminds me of Dreadnaught. Piney flavor, fair amount of bitterness. Balance is slanted towards the hops which is what I think and IPA should be. Finish is moderately bitter. Excellent IPA. Thanks Loweredsixth!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Bright golden amber color with a medium white lacing head. An intoxicating aroma, a near perfect blend of malts and pine/citrus hops. Despite the prevalent hop aroma this does not have an overpowering hop taste, it is quite smooth. It does have a hop bite but it is refined, mellowed well into the beer. Creamy pine taste with a pine aftertaste. Has an English feel with a West coast taste. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4994) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Cloudy amber colour with a fairly dense off-white head comprised of small bubbles. Aroma very potent with grapefruity hops being the most evident then fading toward citrus and even a hint of pineapple. Very nice aroma-literally mouth-watering! Medium-bodied; Sweet mouthful with the background notes more sugary than hoppy. Tastes of fake sugars (saccharin, aspartame, etc) then some subtle hoppiness toward the finish. Aftertaste a bit bittered from the hops, but not as much as I would like. Overall, a bit out of balance for the style...but all-around a decent IPA! Worth trying, i'm lucky to get my 12 ounce bottle in a trade from rodolito...thanks Dave! :-) I sampled this beer on 10-September-2003


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