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RATINGS: 714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 Thanks to RagallachMC for sending me the bottle. Cloudy orange with a small head. Aroma is a bit subtle; tropical fruit, citrus, caramel and pine. As I try to breath in deeper, it stings deep in my nasal passages. Itís got some balance with the malts, but not as much as some east-coast brews. Iíd call it a ítweener. Itís got a near chewy mouthfeel. Nice bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFS (6) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2007 does not count
A beautifully poured tulip glass direct from the source, the hazy copper appearance yields a(n enjoyable) sigh-inducing aroma. The citrus/hop kick at first taste lasts throughout, with essences of banana (a surprising but welcome addition) and perhaps grapefruit tartness towards the end. I have to say, it differed a little from the bomber I sampled earlier (less hoppy, more fruity); I guess this just means itís time for a comparison taste test...

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Bottle pours orange/copper with a small head. The beer is cloudy with visible particles. The aroma is of strong hops with a hint of malt sweetness. The taste is smooth and very hoppy with citrus notes and a touch of sweetness at the start. The finish is dry and beautifully long, hop bitterness lingering. Perhaps the finest beer I have had. Too bad it has sold out! Please make this a regular GLBC!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2007
22 oz bomber. Pours a murky orange caramel color with a medium white head that quickly fades away. Aroma of grapefruit, orange peel and piney hops. Taste is slightly piney with hints of orange peel, grapefruit and caramel. Pretty good IIPA but not even close to Dreadnaught in overall taste and aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Bottle picked up by sliffy and puddintane for yours truly. Murky brunt orange pour with a short off white head. Aroma of pine, grass, and grapefruit with a solid backbone of caramel malt...some light spiciness as well. THe flavor held some pine and citrus elements along with some strong caramel malt and perhapsa bit of a light soap quality. THe body was medium-thick with a very soft carbonation...perhaps a bit too soft for my taste as it almost felt syrupy in the mouthfeel at times. Although along with that was a serious bitter kicktorards the back and through the finish will a nicely balanced bittersweet front and middle leading to that. Finish is long bitter/spicy/lightly sweet....lots of grapefruit on that end. Pretty good despite a few minor quirks.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
22oz bottle picked up from the brewery by sliffy and puddintane for me! - Thanks guys! - Pours bright amber but cloudy with a big offwhite head that stays well and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of big pine and graperuit, but this is definitely my kind of IIPA because there is caramel detectable in the nose behind those great hops. Flavor is grapefruit and pine upfront but there are some nice caramel and even toffee notes behind that. Big and hoppy throughout. Full bodied with amazing balance. Great to see this one make it into the bottle finally and even better to see GLBC bottle something unfiltered for a change!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nephilium (1495) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Bought from the GLBC gift shop... by the end of this review, Iíll see if I should be cursing their 6 per person per day limit. Starts with an aroma of pine and grapefruit, with a little tannin note to it. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber, with almost no head, leaving decent lacing down the side of the glass. It has the lovely oily palate of hops, with a flavor that begins on sweet notes, that quickly turn to citrus and bitterness, with a nice long finish. The alcohol is a bit noticeable in the back of the throat, but overall a great DIPA, and one that Iím glad I bought. And as for the 6 per person per day rule, if it let me get this, itís good... if it kept some of my coworkers from getting it, I can still live with it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2007
On tap @ Great Lakes: Pours a nice orange color with a white head, and a nice bit of lacing. Aroma, citrus, mostly grapefruit and oranges, a good deal of pine as well. Flavor, loads of citrus, pine, and some slight grassy hops, barley any malt is noticeable, this is a massive hop bomb. Some juiciness, sticky, a medium body, with a great bitterness to it. Completely out of balance, and I love that about it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 On tap at the brewpub. Aroma: Sweet malt, floral and pine hops, a touch of citrus, and a subtle earthiness that lurks under the surface like its namesake. The hops really jump out in the aroma, the more so as it warms. Appearance: orange/gold and very hazy. Head was small and frothy and didnít last long. Good lacing. Flavor: Very sweet malt initially and then the hops come forward. Perfumey floral, piney, and citrus hops. Finish has a nice bitterness which is tempered by the underlying sweetness. Iím getting a subtle earthiness in the flavor, as well. Palate: Full bodied and almost sticky on the tongue. Moderate carbonation. Finish was full of hop flavor, but could have been a little dryer. Overall: A very good IIPA. Full, rich, and with a huge hop aroma and flavor. Iím gonna have to get more before they run out.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2006
Sampled from a hand-bottle courtesy of Brentfeesh and kp: Pours a lightly hazy golden bronze with a thin wispy and lightly-lacing head. Earthy, fresh, piney bitter hoppy aroma has a touch of caramel malt. Body starts with light sweetness turning more dry, earthy and bitter toward the mildly sticky finish. Could use a touch more citrusy flavor, but still a nice double IPA.


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