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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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
spamolacat (1) - USA - JUL 1, 2005 does not count
best ale Iíve ever had. better than sierra nevada and I love that. good aroma nice mouth feel.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2004
This is my favorite India Pale Ale from a brewpub. Terrific odor, appearance, and flavor, this is worth the trip to Lawrence if youíre in the area.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tybee199 (13) - USA - SEP 9, 2001
God, I love this beer; itís my staple brew whenever Iím at Free State. Excellent hoppy beer, with a nice Cascade-y flavor and aroma and a fantastic color. I dread the day I íll have to live without it.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kawryan99 (5) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 14, 2001 does not count

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5574) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
At the brewpub ... Pure copper color. Metallic hoppy aroma and flavors. Nice malt underpinings. This is a nice pale ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Copper body, ok head. Fresh grapefruit aroma. Flavor is solid grapefruit, but not a hop bomb. Limited sweetness, good flavor from tip of tongue to the back of the throat. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 This is nice, I appreciate the traditional approach to this beer, and whenever I have beers such as this one (very infrequently) I like to think that this is how ales were in England and America in the early 1800's. I appreciate the ruby-tinted amber/brown color and large foaming natural looking head. Aroma is earthy with some herbal hops and earthy almost smoky malts. A touch of grapefruit is apparent in the early whiffs but subsides quickly. Flavor is very well balanced, with a woody and earthy note that seems to result from both malt and hops. This is a beer that makes it very difficult to pick out the ingredients, everything is so well melded. In fact, its so good that you're missing out if drink this any cooler than about 60 deg F (although it can go down to the low 50's, you'll be amazed at its drinkability in the low 60's).

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2003 This is a very good beer, although I'm somewhat partial to the style. Reminded me somewhat of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, yet not as citrusy; more emphasis on the piney notes. This is my standard beer order at Free State, although it may have to contend with the Oatmeal Stout in my beer-enlightened future.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Appetizing light copper with a cap of fine off -white head. Wonderful soft orange and candy hop aromas; gently fruity yeast and a light toastiness. Soft and clean on the palate. Nice citrus/fruit hop flavor, substantial but not overbearing bitterness. Lovely toasty maltiness that lingers into the finish. Just enough body to carry the flavor. Overall, itís not really big enough to be an IPA. But itís such a delicious pale ale, I have a hard time minding that much. Iím regretting not bringing back a growler full.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2006
On Tap: Pours a reddish brown copper color with little head and nice lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, flowers. Flavor is nice and malty with hop undertones, if thats possible for a IPA. Quite good. Impressed with this classic Free State beer.


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