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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Issue a small craft advisory: this South Bay Bessie-inspired brew unleashes a beastly hop attack amid torrid tropical flavors.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13971) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, citrus, malt. flavour is hop, citrus, sweet, malt. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2008
66 cl bottle - tasting with yngwie, gunnfryd and Beer_2000. Hazy amber color, big off-white head. Aroma is nice hops and fruit. Flavor is the same. Nice bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
(BIG UPS TO HOPPYMEAL FOR THIS BONUS BREW)awesome ice tea like looking body with a white head that leaves thick webbing on the glass.this gets a perfect for appearance.nice pine/earthy hop aroma with some caramel malts peaking through.flavor is full of ivy and earthy hops.interesting for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle, 22oz. It pours a slightly unclear golden body with an off-white head diminishing rather quickly. Hop-driven aroma leaving room for the sugary malts. Pine and resin. Sure nice, but a bit gentle maybe. Very sugary flavor, sure on the malty side, with pine and resin. Full body. Long finish with sugary malts, resin and pine. Delicious, but not in the west coast way. (080626)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6175) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Pours a hazy copper color with a bright white head. Aroma is of a lot of citrus and a small bit of pine. Flavor is very smooth citrus hop flavor with a nice pine finish. Not as bitter as some DIPA’s

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Bottle thanks to miketd. Poured a hazy golden-copper color with a moderate off-white head that faded to a layer and left some lacing. Aroma of citrus (orange rind and grapefruit) with some pine resin and hops. Entry is lightly bitter with some citric character that leads into a moderately bitter leafy, flowery hop hit with notes of pine and undertones of sharp orange and grapefruit that are offset by soft apricot and mango flavors with a lingering hoppy finish. Smooth on the palate with just the right amount of carbonation. Not an overpoweringly bitter IIPA, but the flavors work well together to create a nice beer. Probably better on tap. Thanks Mike.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
The bottle that was brought to the tasting might have had a bit of age on it. Not sure, but the reason I thought that was that the hops seemed to have faded a bit for an DIPA. Either that, or the beer just isn’t that good. The hops had a dankness about them that made them seem old. Nothing fresh about them. It carried some floral character too, like dried flowers. Sweet caramel malts permeate the nose too. The beer poured out a dark amber/gold color with a nice two-finger thick creamy head. Flavors of fruity hops, clean caramel malts to keep things in check. Nothing to be wow’d by but still a drinkable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11986) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2008
Bottle @ Kolding Bryglaug Americans tasting.
[thank you, myrup!]
Pours hazy orange with a creamy, lightly yellow white head. Aroma is lots of citric hops, some grapefruit and a chewy biscuity malts background. Fine, dry mouthfeel. Flavour is pretty sweet, medium crispness, lots of citric and fruity hops. Good, but there are better IIPA’s.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of hops, spices and citrus. The flavor is of hops, malt, citrus and spices. Has a dry bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Tasted at the May Northern California Beer Tasting. This imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is piney hops and caramel malts. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The hops are caramel and sweet. The hops are piney and citrusy, but kind of ‘missing’. There was a very noticeable drop off in hop flavors. Seemed more like a barley wine than an Imperial IPA. Nice beer, but it wasn’t even an IPA. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.


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