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RATINGS: 1901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Our IPA recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result, quite simply a hop lover’s dream. And this classic ale adds a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, to ensure that the long hop finish is one you’ll remember.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2006 This was the first IPA that I tried and I absolutely loved it. The aroma is like a spritz of orange. The color, while not as nice as some more expensive IPAs, is an orange that further suggests a citrus flavor. The flavor has a very nice mix of bitterness, with hops that linger through the floral/citrus and a good, dry finish. Only problem is that it could stand to be a bit more hoppy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Nice golden color, a somewhat thin head. Clean citrus-hop aroma; good mouthfeel with a smooth malty finish that keeps this beer interesting to the end.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 Golden colour with minimal head. The aroma is citrusy with notes of lemons. The flavour is immensely hoppy but too extreme. Almost like grapefruit at breakfast which desperately needs sugar. Too hoppy for me but doubtless a fine beer. Score 3.1
Subsequent ratings scored 3.5, 3.8, 3.6, 3.6, 3.6 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.5

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Antonioism (11) - Warrensburg, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Nice citrus flavor, quite hoppy with a zany bitterness. A bit too much hoppiness for me but other than that, it's preety good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2004
A well balanced hop flavor with good nose and head. A IPA that can be had all night. Decent head and nice lacing make this a fine IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Had this when in Chicago last ... excellent. Could use just a bit more hops/bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Aroma begins with a crisp, grassy hop, towards the middle more sour apples develop. Deep golden color, clear with some tiny bubbles, and nice head. Flavor mirrors the aroma, very hoppy at first, not the piney quality of west coasts, and towards the middle the malt comes alive. Firm body and touch of sourness. Crisp tart finish. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
a very good IPA. Not very hoppy.. but i consider that an advantage more then a disadvange. Sweet taste, just enough hops to keep it intresting, but still nothing special.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Smells like grapefruit and pine, what a shocker. Amber with decent head. Thin mouthfeel. One dimensional malt flavor is completely dominated by citric hops. Where is this frutiness I have been hearing about? Hops won't go away, even after the glass has long been emptied. Should come with a white and black generic American IPA label on it with a caution: This beer lacks creativity or character. BTW, if you are looking for a great IPA from this region, get the Bells Two Hearted Ale listed to your right.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2004
The appearance is nothing special but fairly standard for the style. Frothy white head on an amber body. Aroma is dominated by the floral /citrus aroma. The taste however is supported by a nice malt backbone for an IPA. Mouthfeel is nice and buttery. I like this beer and would add it to my repurchase list. Give this one a shot.


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