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RATINGS: 739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
Issue a small craft advisory: this South Bay Bessie-inspired brew unleashes a beastly hop attack amid torrid tropical flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3824) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 From bottle, courtesy of dpjuart. Apricot nectar, very fruity grassy hops on this nose. Sweet malt, alcohol vapor. Golden amber clear with slight haze, topped with thin foamy white lacing head. Medium heavy body with medium carbonation and alcohol warming. Starts nice and sweet with tons of apricot nectar. Sweet and sugary throughout until the finish. Nice bitterness but not harsh. Dry bitter after with lingering sweetness and a tad too much sweet overall.
Revisited: Terrific aroma, fresh with apricots. Sweetness seems to have been attenuated, well balanced with nice bitter after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2010
12 oz. bottle 2010. Golden/straw pour with foamy white head. Nice lace. Pine, citrus, grass, and alcohol on the nose. Big pine resin bite on the initial taste, smooth alcohol burn, and then a bitter finish. Some malt sweetness is showing up as well. Medium/full mouth-feel, a little chewy. Nice beer. Very approachable and possibly dangerous due to the drinkability and the 9.1% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Bottle - Pours amber with an off-white, bubbly head with tons of floaties. Nose is big, citrusy hops with lots of sweet malt. Big malty flavor, with a spicy hop presence. The maltiness surprised me--I expected the hops to be big and bright on this one. It does have a nice grassy hop finish--really oily and slick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Pours a dark, golden/yellow with a moderate white head. Nose is pretty weak for the style, and of mostly pine. Flavor is also mostly pine, with more alcohol discernible than you might expect from such a heavily hopped beer. Body is a bit syrupy, and the finish is somewhat dry. Not a bad beer, but nothing much stands out to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Pours a hazy dark orange, light amber color with slight foamy offwhite head. Aroma is surprisingly sweet, with some cookie notes, and some orange dominated citrus. Flavor starts sweet and light then becomes more boozy, a bit peppery, with piney bitter hop finish. Overall, decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1093) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours ruby/orange with a two finger white head. Smells of apricot, bubblegum, a touch of pine and a touch of litterbox. Moderately bitter with fruit, citrus, aprico, resinous pine, mild sweetness. Clingy, resiny bitter in the after. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Hazy copper, thin white head. Citrus hop nose of muted orange, melon, and coin, caramel, cotton candy and alcohol on deep sniffs. Orange and heavy caramel malt in the flavor, some lightly vegetal notes and honeydew. Salty, short finish of caramel and grain, a moderate body with a decent balance but a bit astringently sweet, then bitter. Most interesting is the subdued melon nose, unfortunately then run over by heavy caramel malt and orange with warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours hazy copper with an off white head. Nice powerful citrus aroma. The flavor is mainly strong grapefruit hops. The body is a little oily and there is nice bitterness. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1312) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Bottle. Surprisingly foamy and "happy to see me". Pours a gradient brown-->gold with white head. I think there’s something off about this bottle, it doesn’t taste like an IPA really, whereas my last bottle did. Could be getting infected, but hopefully this is a bad bottle. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, as I’ve never had a bad bottle from Great Lakes. Pretty standard IPA, very citrusy, some pine. This one seems to have a little bit of a breadier taste to it. My rating is indicative of the first bottle I had, not this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (7371) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber orange with an off white head. Resinous piney hoppy aroma with some citric notes. The flavor has piney/citric hops and sweet caramel malts. Well balanced, flavorful, and not overly bitter.

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