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RATINGS: 1971   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 loverís 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 youíll remember.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 Copper colored with a medium white head. Big hop aroma. Nice hop flavor thats not overpowering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Big cascade hop nose. Tons of fresh hop flavor. Not a lot of malt, but the freshness of the hops is enough to make up for this shortcoming. Not terribly complex, as it allows hops to tell the whole story.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2003 Bottle - Nice floral and honey aroma. The hops and malt mix well together in this IPA. Has a nice citris finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hysteria (38) - USA - MAR 4, 2003
Nice hop aroma with delicate golden brown color. Piney hops up front. Wish there was more malt in back to better balance the hops. Mild for an IPA but will buy it again. On draught I'll bet it is superb.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2003
This one starts out with a big hoppy aroma (very nice, a little citrus touch...kind of like a milder version of the Alpha King aroma) and dark golden color with decent white head. Flavor is mostly hoppy, but not overpoweringly so. Decent finish, though it could last a TAD longer to make this beer better. Overall, this is a nice, middle of the road IPA. It could use a little more depth to the flavor, though the aroma is very nice. If the taste of this beer was brought up to the aroma's level, it would be a very strong representative of IPAs.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4292) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2003
Syrupy looking pale ale with a very hopped ginger beer aroma and flavour. An average beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Draft: This has a fresh hoppy aroma. Pours a dark golden with thin lacy head. Flavor is dry and oaky with a nice balance of malt and hops. The finish is slightly astrigently bitter, but overall enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2003
Wow! Great ale! Fantastic hoppy nose with a massive grapefruit kick. Pours with an amber hue and a small creamy head that is mostly diminishing. Flavour is initially sweet with great complex hoppy tones, but goes on to a dry finish. This is a highly hopped beer (of course being an IPA) that has been a real eye opener for me being the first American craft brewed offering I have sampled. The question that most begs to be answered is why do I have to go to a specialist to get this kind of American beer? Especially when perhaps the worst selection of beers in the world, American standard beer, is common place here in Britain. They give American beer a bad name. If this is what America has to offer then I just want more...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (598) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2003
sharp hoppy nose, little head or lacing, cloudy bronze hue, very hoppy, touches of yeast, pretty good ale

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2005 Bottle (2005, fresh): enormous, large bubbled and rocky white head above a clear, light gold body. The large froth diminishes, but leaves nice lace and a thin film. Sweet, sugary pine/grapefruit aroma with a bit of resiny vanilla. Stong, underlying bitterness, but quick to leave the palate with a clean finish. A pretty good for about $6.50 for a 6-pack.
Draught, Clybourn brewpub: Very light yellow straw. Sweet floral aroma, probably the best part of this beer. . . good lace. Small grapefruits, but mostly floral flavours on the tongue. Not complex: hops upfront in your face, but they diminish quickly and disappear completely just after swallowing.


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