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RATINGS: 738   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Nice golden body with a mild hop aroma. On the body, malt mingles with the hops with a slightly bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle (22oz). Shared with tupalev (sorry Paul!), my bottle via trade with MrBendo. No idea how old this is. Poured murky orange, average off-white head. Bitter, stale hop aroma, grainy malt. Boozy, woody malt and dry UK hops - bitterness really ramps up, but ... Thick body, very astringent, dry long bitter finish. A little older, perhaps? UK-style ,... meh - almost sour ... MrBendo tells me this is really fresh, so ... I guess I don’t like this beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
650 ml bottle at pre-RBSG tasting

Thanks to the Ohio crew for bringing two bottles of this to the tasting. Great Lakes is a brwery that has seldom let me down. While they are not rock stars of the craft beer kingdom they should definitely get credit for a job well done. This was sampled right after the Williamsburg Alewerks IIPA and provides a nice contrast of what an Imperial IPA can be.

Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy orange body absorbed about half the light that tried to filter through it. Light carbonation bubbled underneath a one-finger head of pure white. The scent of fresh spring rain greeted my nose when I examined it closer. Orange creamsicle is the closest thing I can think of to the overall aroma which is hoppy but does not totally assault the senses. Instead it comes in waves which continue to promote the grassy base.

Flavor / Palate - Orange cream, floral notes and pine resin create a hoppy bitterness in the mouth which does not pass easily. Despite the introduction of chocolate custard on the second sip it lingers for minutes. The third sip reveals fruit loops, peaches and vanilla before a dryness attaches itself to the back of the throat. This beer does not go away without a fight; it took two glasses of water to cleanse the palate totally. Overall I was impressed by the balance and full body. I can’t wait to see what Great Lakes tries to do next.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7505) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottled. Poured clear medium orange with not much white head sticking around. Aroma was of very heavy pine and grapefruit with caramel and darker sweetness beneath.. very engaging. Flavor found sweet grapefruit with an almost artificial sweetness to it.. rather high pine and grapefruit bitterness.. sweet, lightly sour finish. Sweetness and bitterness were decently balanced.. medium-bodied.. warm finish. Solid brew!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2007
The beer pours to a hazy straw/golden colored body with a thin white head. The aroma is really citrusy with tons of grapefruit and spruce. The flavor is bitter grassy hops, lightly chalky from the amount of hops. The palate is really bitter. Lightly chalky. Still, I enjoyed it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Dark golden color, small white head. Nose is citrusy hops, a little malt backing. Good stuff a bit too syrupy and sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6278) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2007
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Bottle: The aroma has lots of citrusy hops with some light apricot. However, there is a slight aroma of sweaty socks that is rather unappealing. It pours a cloudy dark orange with a small off-white head. the flavor starts with lots of sweet orange and fruit up front. It finishes with a mild grapefruit hoppiness. More hops wouldn’t hurt, but very smooth and drinkable overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3411) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Pours a mostly clear red amber but with some sediment. The aroma is sticky hops and a sweetened malt. The cloying sweetness of the malt is a bit of a detractor from the overall drinkability, but good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle. Pours a orangey dominated amber with a good head appearance. Nose is subdued pine and citrus. Flavor is very well balanced for my tastes, nice hop profile in conjunction with the their malty counterparts. Also the sweetness added to the overall flavor combination. Really like this one. It was the best of a 6 IIPA tasting. Thanks to jeffmw for the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2007
On tap @ GLBC and 22 oz bottle 5/22/07: Orange colored liquid w/ a lasting off white head and alcohol legs on the glass. Big hop aromas of pine, citrus and floral! Also a bit resiny. The toasty and bready malts also come through and evens out the aroma as it warms. Just a touch of caramel. Some light alcohol notes, and pretty clean of fruity esters, other than hops & alcohol. Very well balanced flavor w/ bready malts and resiny/piney/citrusy hops. Starts a bit sweet, and finishes lightly bitter and semi dry. Some slightly chewy malts up front and light caramel, but has a lightly bitter and earthy herbal hop aftertaste.. Fuller medium body, lower CO2, warming alcohol. A pretty good, well balanced IIPA. Not as hoppy as some (good thing for me), but I think more well balanced than most overall between bitterness and flavor.


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