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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Inauguration beer. Strong sweetness and balanced hop profile make this beast of a beer surprisingly easy drinking. Full bodied, with some alcohol sensation, this beer offers flavors of sweet caramel malt, a hint of tropical hard fruit and light raisin.
2012 Inaugurational first batch: 8.5% abv, 75 ibu

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nsanders (1017) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Tap at Prairie Tap House. Strawberry, mango, honey and shortbread. Sweet and fruity, mild bitterness for an IPA. Medium body with a foamy feel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
johnnymusky (935) - Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2015
junk beer...taste is all off...wtf excelsior brewing....i was excited to try a new local...very below average ipa...(#445)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 3/20
VeinAle (134) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Smell is not typical of IPA, smells grassy and boozy. Hop profile comes over as watered down. Does have a good mouth feel, where it lacks out has opposite strong suits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of grass with a bit of pine and sweet fruits as well as a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has sweet fruits and sweet citrus with a touch of resin and a sweet grain backbone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2293) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2014
12 oz. bottle from 6 pack. Pours an unclear dark amber with a decent off white egg schell colored frothy head that settles to a similar film. Aroma is heavy malts mainly English and a faded hops that are tough to pick out, but dated...(IPAís from a few years back, heavy malt and dulled hops that try to punch though). Taste is more the same with heavy malt somewhat sweet and some bitter earthy hops showing though with hints of fruity flavors and earthy finishes. Palate is medium chalky and drying. This drinks fine, but really lack in todays profiles!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheHOFF43 (2044) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Tap at Excelsior. Nice taproo, hadnít been since they remodeled. Citrus hops, malts. Boring, not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
commonmac (1061) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Tap at Boneyard served up in a pint glass. Color leans towards a darker golden. Lacing is there but not impressive. Heavily hopped with an attempted malty balance. Not sure itís successful. Taste is slightly bitter and mostly unsatisfying. Just a thin taste and thin follow through. You can definitely do better. Kind of makes me want to take a big jump off a cliff into a better Colorado or a California beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tfratzke (97) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Citrus aroma, orange copper color. This beer is odd. Caramel, orange, toffee flavor, really sweet. Too sweet for my tastes in an IPA. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. Strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Part of a sample platter. Hops are more subdued than Iíd like in this style, but good if you like the more balanced approach.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ericular (965) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 -1 Overall after re-rate from bottle at sampling, likely the medium Iíd buy this through next time.

Smells awesome right off the tap with tons of pine and juicy citrus. Taste is balanced, malty, dank. Color is dirty brown, but looks good. Good head. Labeled at the brewery as a "Strong Pale Ale" with "IPA" on the tap handle. Itís definitely not just a regular IPA. IBU listed on the board was over 100 as well.

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