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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 104   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The Half Cycle is so named due to its marriage of single and double IPA characteristics. In baseball parlance, a single and double is half of “the cycle”, and this IPA is a heavy hitter. It’s a single IPA, hopped like a double, with an over-the-top hop character that’s a bit spicy, citrusy, piney, you make the call. Light in color, but not on flavor, this big boy is dry hopped with a pound of high alpha American hops in every barrel. ABV: 6% IBU: 104.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PaperKnife (82) - - MAY 31, 2012
Draft at Rich O's. Clear yellow, white foam head. Aroma is sweet, big hop aroma, citrus, cotton candy. Flavor is clean, grape fruit, very bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (994) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 Holy crap. Talk about getting punched in the face with hops. Super dank, definitely over the top. Super bitter flavor. This needs more sweetness and a higher ABV, it’s basically a double IPA without the alcohol and body. I love the Winter Cycle, which is the DIPA version, but this I just couldn’t get into. I admire the effort, but not for me, sorry. Update: tried the bottled version. Much more mellow, but still big hops. Still seems like it could stand a bigger malt bill, but that’s not really the point with this one. I brought it up a few points.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Pours a golden amber with a small white head. The aroma is pleasant, hoppy, floral, and fruity with notes of citrus and orange. The taste is hoppy, fruity, and very bitter with a nice malt backbone. This is an nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1682) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2012
Draft. Pours orange with a white head, good retention/some lace. Floral, citrus hops, biscuit, caramel malt. Taste is moderately bitter, tangerine, floral hops, light caramel malt sweetness. Palate is soft, oily, somewhat dry, bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2012
Big ups to my man Josh for sending a growler of this my way. Nice medium orange pour with an initial fizz and fluff, gone too soon. Nose is dry and fragrant, with a touch of bubblegum mixed with leaves. Mouthfeel is pleasant, not at all slick but both fulsome and dry in equal measure. Flavor is hugely fruity, but always, always backed by pungent bitters. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoePeesie (855) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours a clean orange brown with off white head. This beer is a hop bomb! I think I would have enjoyed this beer more if the hop profile had been a little less all over the place. Piney, flora, citric, earthy. It was very good but it had my taste buds spinning by the end!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3844) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Growler thanks to Brian. Opened right after he dropped it off. Bitter and hoppy. Nice nose. Lots of alpha hops here. Some tropical fruit. Sorry we didn’t share this. We’ll share something next time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Thanks to pantanap (Kan) for the growler, shared with my gf. Clear amber gold with a one finger off-white head, fading to a thick film that stayed for a little while. Pine hops dominate the nose, with some tropical and lightly floral hops behind. Nice dry hops! Just a little caramel sweetness to back it up. Flavor is a little more resiny, but still has a fair amount of aforementioned tropical notes. I like that the caramel sweetness is staying pretty light. Dry finish, substantial bitterness peaking at a 7-8, which would usually annoy me, but there’s enough flavor/aroma/dry hopping to keep me happy--lost a point on the overall for that. Light smooth carbonation with a light to medium body. Pretty good--I expected nothing less from Kan! :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4788) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Growler shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a medium off-white head. Floral and malty nose with grassy hop notes. Malty and caramelly flavor with floral and grassy hops before a semi-sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
16oz pour consumed at the source... Pours a somewhat cloudy copper penny hued consistency. A thin soapy white head rests on top... Crisp and dank citrusy nose with a touch of tropical fruitiness on the backend. Fresh and solid... Flavors follow suit almost to a tee with a dank fresh citrus hop influence. Big bitterness with a morethan adequate dryness that finishes things off. Just shy of medium bodied with a semi-lively carbonation. Pretty impressed by this one actually.

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