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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
So here we are 25 years later. Very humbled, grateful, and amazed that we got here in one piece. Still a mix of beer geeks and boardheads. Still independent. Still trying to find that perfect balance between art and commerce, work and play, inspiration and perspiration. Thanks for supporting us for all these years, and next time youíre in Hood River, stop by for a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (10551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours a clear amber with a small white head. Nose is quite fruity and nutty, with toasted almonds, various pitted fruits, and some toffee. Flavour brings out dark pitted fruits above all, toffee, some feint toasted nuts, some caramel sweetness, but also some hops to cut this down and provide an element of bitterness. Fairly full-bodied, with a pleasant mesh of flavours, with the pitted fruits characterizing this. Very solid stuff - enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12947) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bomber from Made in Oregon. Pours dark copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma seems rather toffee. Med + body. Flavor is fairly sweet caramel. Hints of hop bitter, but this stuff is finishing somewhat on the sweet side. Fair for the style. Certainly thereís hop bitter after all the sugar leaks away. There is no trace of heat. Nice that. With some time Iím thinking itís finishing towards bitter. Seems ..... Complex isnít it, but itís pretty entertaining stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot), with notes of bubble gum, butter, candy sugar. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Well, it certainly isnít pale. And it doesnít behave like a Doppelbock. From a blind tasting point of view, this is totally an American strong ale or barleywine, but not even respectable in that light. Bubble gum and diacetyl and tons of sugar-and-caramel. Syrupy sweet with almost nothing to balance. Full Sail must be fans of The Bruery. Pretty much undrinkable, and definitely unenjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3085) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear dark amber (SRM 17) body....nose is heavy malts, with light raisin, fig, plum, treacle....taste is treacle, raisin, plum, date, sweet until a slightly dry mildly bitter finish....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low. This meets the style quite well. It is paler than many and appropriately lacks the cocoa, chocolate, coffee tones found in the darker versions. There is nice malt complexity with minimal hop presence. It is slightly bitter on the finish, and there are some lite off tones at the very end. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1484) - Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2012
From 22oz. bottle. Deep copper in color with an almost molasses taste to it. Overall pleasing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SPDickerman (1080) - Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Pours slightly oily copper with a large off-white yellowish head. Smells AND tastes like an IPA gone bad. I canít say Iím too fond of this one, but Iím not dumping it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2012
22 oz. bottle from the brewery. Pours a clear amber with a medium-sized off-white head. The aroma was all right- chocolate and biscuit malts, nuts, earth. The flavor brought those out more, with some caramel and molasses in the mix. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a toasty mouthfeel. Solid beer. Interesting choice for an anniversary beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2133) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2012
22 oz bottle from "Habits" in S. Salem. $3.99 Amber coloured body with a large bubbly light tan head. Fine chocolaty,creamy, biscuity aromas very pleasant. Taste is similar to the aroma.milk chocolate and wheat..not much hop..nice stuff Nice smooth velvety palate. Very nice drink not sure what category but i liked it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (4046) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
This beer is really good. Its a full dark pale color with a pure white head. The aroma is full and balanced trending a little on the malty side but not sweet. Thatís the key. Its very full flavored and balanced with a long bitterness being dominant. Its like a strong Bock thatís got decent bitterness. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
A good bit of caramel, toasted malt, and not much bitterness or hop flavor - true to the style, though itís not my favorite style. However, it hides the alcohol well - thereís no hint of the 9% in there. That makes it excellent in my book.

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