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RATINGS: 1963   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


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 (471) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2004
sweet n' fruity floral hop aroma..nice, semi-bitter yet grainy flavors with some notes of grapefruit. Not as complex as you'd think from the aroma..but somewhat balanced and refreshing with tangerine notes here and there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JAN 20, 2004
This is a pale ale. It is a pale orangish color, and it is an ale Hops dominate the nose, but there is a more than ample malt backbone. Good medium mouthfeel, clean, hoppy follow through. Beer as it ought to be.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
GABF '03. Gold pour with minimal head. Brewed more in the English Style IPA and not as hoppy as I like. Nice floral aroma and mellow malt finish.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1944) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Deep gold with a nice aroma. Wow, lots of hops in here. Strong finish and aftertaste; not a daily drinker.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Reddish-amber with a somewhat thin off-white head. Nice citrusy aroma and taste, with a decent bitter hop finish. Not bad at all.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2003
gold in color. smells like toast with orange marmalade. starts sweet and citrusy, then a bit of a bitter hop bite... but not the 'ooomph' i like in my ipas. thin palate. not offensive, not great, but very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 On tap

Reddish-copper color with a nice head. Caramel maltiness with spicy, citrusy hops. Raisin-y undertones. Pleasant bitter aftertaste, light-creamy mouthfeel. Great session brew in my opinion. It's an average, quality IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (3897) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 Re-rate: 13/6/04 Tried again (3 bottles) whilst watching England narrowly lose to France at Euro 2004. Much better than I gave it credit for, and better than the highly enjoyable Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Refreshing and a real good, hoppy hit. // Original rating [3.1] - This looked like a nice drink, and, indeed was. An initial burst of citrus favour gives way to an extended bitter alcohol hit, and aftertaste. Quite nice.


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