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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Draft pour from the Busy Bee. Surprisingly light golden pour with a white head. Nose of grassy hops and bitter grapefruit. Taste is quite bitter. Sharp, yet still refreshing.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (934) - - MAR 29, 2015
Draft. Pours a hazy golden color. Aroma and taste are citrus fruits and some floral.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (4346) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2015
(bottle) hazy golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of sweatsocks and peaches, heavily resinous, with a touch of herbal hops, some wax and strawberries. flavour is mostly bubble gum and caramel, again quite resinous, with a hint of sugar icing, some gooseberries and a touch of alcohol in the finish. medium- to heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Greenish hued gold for the color. A bit of a chill haze. Moderate head but it leaves several large spots on the glass. More earthy nose than most IPAs. I detect some cream as well. What is missing, though, is a strong floral hop presence. Rather pedestrian for the style. The flavor is beautifully balanced, especially for the style. Here, the hop is more pronounced, but the malt base is solid. The aftertaste is neutrally bitter but not biting. The aftertaste is long lasting and more balanced than most IPAs. Highly carbonated, but with an average level of body. Overall, an easy-to-drink IPA with interesting notes throughout the tasting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5984) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 20, 2015
Tap. Citrus, light tropics, mandarins, leafy Cloudy golden, white lace Dry sparkly, quite grassy and stikkelsbær notes, raspberry finish. Medium light body, fresh. Good balance, nice!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (2006) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle at Bier Bier. Golden color, white head. Bitter taste with grapefruit, pine, hops, toast, malts and a bit of mango. Bitter finish with grapefruit, hops, pine and toast. Good IPA, but rather generic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9967) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Keg at Capital Ale House Innsbrook. Clear pale golden with a thin creamy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of citrus, pith, pale malt. The taste is the same. Medium bodied mild lingering bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
Golden yellow, good head. Grain hop aroma. Biscuit resin hop flavour. Bitter sweet citrus hoppy aftertaste. Well balanced and smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andriesradu (540) - ROMANIA - MAR 11, 2015
Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma heavy hoppy, fruity, tropical fruits and moderate malty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter, heavy hoppy, tropical fruits, malty. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1962) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2015 12oz bottle. Very pale cloudy gold. Frothy thin head.Attractive lacing. Aroma is really sophisticated hop character. Flavors are equaly sophisticated and complex. A little grassy, a little citrusy, a little resiny. Really nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle: The aroma consists of citrus, orange marmalade, caramel, and aged citrus hops. It pours a hazy golden-orange with a two finger white head that fades to a thick soapy film outlined by a thicker ring. There is a good amount of soapy lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate citrus and orange marmalade. There is some caramel in the middle. The finish has aged citrus hops, grapefruit, and some lemon. It’s light-medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, this has probably sat on the shelf too long...but it’s probably a realistic expectation of what you’ll find on the shelves in Michigan. Even though I know it’s old, it manages to hold up better than most shelf-sitting IPAs and is at least still decent.


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