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RATINGS: 1941   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 12, 2002
Had a few (3) bottles of this after I returned home from the Buckeyes game. Fresh nose of pine and citrus. Pours a light sparkling amber. The large rocky white head is fully lasting with excellent lacing. The flavor is bitter and warm with moderate to heavy acidity. The brew finishes strong with citrus overtones and a nice heavy bitterness. The light creamy body has lively carbonation and finishes dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5284) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 23, 2002
Gold color, medium head. Mildly hopped with very pleasant aromatic hops. This is a slightly sweet malted IPA. This is not a traditional IPA in that it is not real hoppy, but it does have a very nice hop signature without being overpowering. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Very well done. Exceeded my expectations, especially from this brewery. Nicely hopped, with a good aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2003 A rough pour yields a dense white head which quickly dissipates to a bubbly ring atop the clearest amber one could imagine.. Aroma is dry-hopped to hell baby; reminds me of a hop vineyard; only the freshest flowers here alongside oranges and pine. Front is somewhat light, middle is hoppy with citric/slighlty sour twang that transitions superbly into a very lasting toasted malt finish. Fresh hops leave a nice residue in the mouth for some time. This is about as clean and crisp as an IPA can get.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2002
This is an extremely tasty treat. Excellent hoppy aroma. Pale golden color. Pretty good balance between sweeet maltiness and powerful hoppiness. Could use just a touch more caramel sweetness. The IPA this is most reminiscent of to me is the Sweetwater, just not quite as good. Still excellent though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2002
Very satisfying throughout. It does have a slightly fruity aroma, which leads into a malty flavor. The hops are very apparent, which makes the finish even better. Extremely drinking and nice on the palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2002
As an IPA fan, I was impressed with this beer. It had a little more maltiness than I expected, but the degree of hopping was very nice. A good balancing act, according to my palate...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2002
Nice and hoppy, the way a beer should be. Citrusy hops overwhelm the flavor here, but it still makes for a very tasty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2002
pretty good ipa. although as it warmed it lost some of its kick. i think i prefer sierra nevada although not technically an IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2004 August 2002: On tap at Hopleaf, Chicago. Very fruity, more malty than usual, very sweet but reasonably hoppy; berry-like quality to the nose and flavor; body is on the lightish side; nose not terribly distinctive. First beer from this brewer I've had in a few years; I'll have more.6/3/7/3/14=3.4

Hmmm, my notes are about the same 2 years later, but I think I just appreciate the style much more. More fruitiness and distinctiveness to the nose and a better body as well, I think. On tap (CO2) at the brewpub this time.


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