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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The next beer in our summer “sun” series that began with Sunspot IPA. This beer is brewed in the aggressive IPA style with Columbus hops accentuating a malt blend featuring Munich and Honey malts for a full malt flavor.

Available in 22oz Bottles and Draught

ABV 6% IBUs: 80


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Pours amber with off-white head. Piny/hoppy nose with hints of malt. Flavor is piny at first, then comes the over roasted malt that takes over. medium body with burnt and bitter finish.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cmonster (978) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Clear amber-orange in color. Beige two-finger head. Floral hop (and a little skunk) aromatics. Watery and light-medium body. Bitter flavor and a neverending astringint bitter finish. Certainly some malt balance, but not my favorite style. Lacks a bit on the palate and the finish is not tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2009
22 oz bomber via Hagen. Pours a semi hazy amber with an average sized head. Nose is piny hops. Taste is pine, and spicy hops on top of a malt backbone. Almost pepperish but not quite. Body is medium, carbonation s high.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3340) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Rich amber with solid head. Mostly floral hoppiness with some citrus bite in aroma and flavor. IBU’s and bitterness are quite in the face--or on the palate that is. Emphatic bitter-sour finish.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Draft at Uber. Blecch. Pours a slightly hazy medium bronzy amber. Decent creamy off-white head that doesn’t stick around for long. Piney, solventy nose. Creamy medium body, decent carb showing. Mid-palate tastes like somebody took some old decaying pine needles, swished them around in paint thinner, and force-carbonated the result. Wow, Full Sail, hate to say it ’cause I truly love so many of your beers, but hops have not been the charmed side of recipe creation lately. Phew. Couldn’t get very far with this one. Oy.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
I’m surprised this isn’t rated higher because it’s such a solid IPA. Pours a gorgeous amber color with practically no head. Nice Munich malt base and then the hops hit you like a tone of bricks. Stays bitter long after the sip. The only knock against it is I prefer some more floral aromas which may have shown up had that used some traditional aromatic hops at the end. Too bad this is a seasonal.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (1001) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - AUG 8, 2009
A nice IPA. I was hoping for a bit more hops or spice, but mostly floral in nature. Nice malt balance though.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Copper pour with tan head. Very hoppy floral aroma with lots of pine and malt. Tastes of slightly sweet malt and citrus with a dry bitter hoppy finish. Finish is maybe a little astringent. Not bad, but not great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2009
I thought this would be on the bigger side for an IPA, but this was just okay. I mean it was still an extremely well made beer and was still quite enjoyable to drink. I personally would have gone with another hop to base a single hop IPA. The honey malts are very present giving a sweet honey smoothness. Strong floral nose through the whole pint. Well balanced and smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (2674) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle: Hazy copper pour with a finger of creamy beige head. Lots of sticky, weblike lacing. Aroma is sweet enough, a bit malty and citrusy with a subtle amount of florals. The florals come through much stronger in the taste, but not intense by any means. Somewhat dry and unfinished. Still ok, but I had much higher hopes for this...


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