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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Get ready for college hoops! Dry hopped with 6 lbs. of Citra hops.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2281) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2013
About 4 euros from Alko. 5.9% great orange gold classic IPA color, complex floral hop bouquet in the atoms with tropical & citrus fruit notes. Really nice smell. The taste first is pine, then citrus followed by tropical fruits in the finish. Really well made, maybe not as nice as Daleís Pale Ale but top knotch. Flavorful, delicious & just under 6%. My kind of IPA. If I lived in the US, this would be a good call as a go to IPA for everyday drinking. Not one dimensional but not overly complex. Great stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wakerider44 (14) - Richmond Heights, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2012
Tryi this in the midst of Final Four weekend felt most appropriate. Hoppier than the other Clybourn selections, this delivered a refreshing burst flavor with every sip.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13761) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 2, 2012
Draught at Goose Island Clybourn, Chiciago. Clear red/amber - white head. Bisquit, sweetness, ok bitterness, light toffee, amber malts, berries, fruity, citrus, piney notes. OK.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7745) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Citra hops, and then some, but not too much bitterness, def a nice one but not a really well-rounded recipe.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1493) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL with friends prior to attending Stout Fest 2012. This was a pretty good choice going in to a stout heavy day. Appearance is a cloudy brown amber with a rich white head. Aroma of light fruit notes, bit of pineapple mixed with citrus, very light but apparent. Taste is pretty good, definitely smooth and creamy, light bitterness, citrus notes. Pretty good IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Flight on tap at the Clybourn brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a glowing amber orange hue, healthy haze, decent bright white filming head dies to a film layer, laces small. Nice rich glowing hue. Aromas are a firm Citra hop presence, fruity tropical essence, deep fruity vibe, some nice citrusy orange and tangerine, melon, florals. Not very bitter on the nose. Some mellow bready and pale malts, oranges. Initial is rich fruit, bitter hops meet a melange of tropical fruit, melon, and citrus. Mangos, oranges, tangerines meet with bready and pale malts, smooth and slick. Easily quaffable, a touch of body with it with firm florals, decent bitter citrusy and floral hopping that asserts itself further in. Nice, if a bit sweeter than expected at time. Nice beer, nice showcase of Citra hops. Enjoyable experience.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2530) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Dispensed from the furkin to a shaker at the Goose Island Invasion of Hop Leaf, with a very cloudy, orange hue, modest, off white foam that reduced rather quickly to a ring and film, and left some light dots and dashes of lacing. The aroma was smooth malt, and a very citrusy nose of grapefruit. The flavor continued the strong citrus coupled with an equally potent hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation as expected. Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2010
Pours a cloudy lemon orange with thin frothy head. Aroma is definitely floral and citrus - more floral though. Flavor is grapefruit and spruce. body is light yet creamy with moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
I got to have a glass of this limited beer at another great beer event at Chappyís Taproom in Dayton, Oh. Cask conditioned beer served in a snifter glass. The beer was described to me as "a cask - conditioned dry hopped Citra hop IPA". Good thing appearance isnít everything as this beer is just plain ugly, unlike any other beer Iíve ever seen. Itís a cloudy, murky, even opaque, yet itís color is a pale yellow almost beige. Small head and some lacing present. Citrus, orangey smell as you would expect from an IPA. More citrus and orange flavors, somewhat tangy with a deep citrus and grapefruit aftertaste that pleasantly lingers on the tongue. Warm & creamy mouthfeel as you would expect from a cask ale. Iím certainly no expert in cask-conditioned ales, but this was first "real" ale I was able to detect the natural carbonation of this style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Draft at Clybourn. Pours a nice looking golden orange. Nose is nice, orange peel, grapefruit and floral notes. As jen said, it smells pretty. Slight distant malt notes as well. On taste, clean bitterness with upfront citric hop notes fading to a firm malt background. Very well balanced and a good show case for the Citra. Nice.


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