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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This flavorful beer is made in the style of the India Pale Ale Style originally manufactured in Great Britain for their colonies in India, but with an American twist. The harsh travel that the beer had to survive required a strong, hoppy beer. The Hops and the high level of alcohol helped buffer the beer through its long travels. Made with flavorful and full bodied Pale Ale malt combined with a touch of caravienne for color and carapils for body, the rich flavor of this beer is matched and enhanced by a very generous portion of Centennial and Cascade hops. The Cascades give this beer its distinctive floral aroma and a uniquely American character.
O.G. - 14.5/1058. Hops - 48.5 IBUs.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Thanks to Mreusch for a growler of this. Pous amber with small fluffy off white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. Nice hop flavor up front with some citrus hints followed by a sweet malt background. Good balance.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2007
smells like clorox--yet somehow creamy in head, texture and taste. The nose masks the flavor os vanilla hidden withint, harsh finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
8/03/2007: Free State Copperhead Pale Ale is amber brown in color and has a fine/creamy beige head. The aroma has a sharp ammonia quality to it making this beer a bit less than desirable than I would have hoped. However, the flavor helps to redeem this beer as creamy malt, vanilla, and a mild resin and citrus hop flavor and bitterness help to wash away the aroma. Overall this is a decent IPA that is probably quite tasty fresh from the tap...

Growler shared by alexsdad06 at the Cincinnati RateBeer Gathering. Thanks Brad! Rating #51 for this beer...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler he got from mreucsch. Pours a lightly hazy orange/copper with a creamy off white lacing head. Aroma was floral, some citrus, grainy along with some caramel malt. Flavor was more on the earthy hop side of things along with some pine, grapefruit and caramel malt. The earthiness really set this one apart from other American IPA’s.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Growler acquired in trade with mreusch (thanks!). Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus and caramel. Tastes follow suit. Ligthly bitter with a medium sweetness. Not a ’typical’ American IPA, but drinkable none the less.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10412) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Growler sample at Cincy Ratebeer Gathering. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid smooth resin hoppy aroma. Medium body. Medium balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium smooth bitter finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Tobacco aroma, light candies. Sour in flavor, but not in a fruit way, hops, Heavy malt, heavy palate. Almost reminds me of dark wine. Big thanks to Alexsdad06!

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2007
I had this from the tap at the brewpub. Was sharing a couple with my brother. I could not get any aroma what so ever. Had Grant give me his thoughts on the aroma as maybe I was having a bad day... Didn’t get anything elther. Probably being generous with the ’3’. Otherwise a fine beer. Amber-orange in color. Tanish head with good lacing. Pine, orange, grapefruit and malt flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2007
On cask at the brewpub. I’ve had this a few times before on tap, and I’d have to give a slight nod to the cask version for its mouthfeel. Pours a hazy, amber-brown with a thin, creamy, beige head. Caramel malts with piny hops on the nose. Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth, finishing lightly bitter. The flavor is caramel malts with a solid, piny hop backing (considerably more than is on the nose). A nice beer, but it seems more like a solid APA than an IPA. I guess perhaps our definition of what constitutes an American IPA may have changed considerably since this beer won the silver medal at the WBC , in ’97.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Cask @ FS, but have also had non-cask a few times; pours a cloudy amber/orange with a nice creamy tan head that persists throughout, excellent lacing. Aroma of piney hops and some light malts. A solid, well-balanced IPA that’s a bit on the lighter and mild side, but good nonetheless.


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