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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 114   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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This beer was developed as a collaboration with Mark Richman, the lucky winner of the Taste of the Nation "brewer for a day" silent auction item. This is one monster of an imperial IPA, brewed with a bit of honey and beet sugar.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TOSG55 (219) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Hmm - a Double IPA brewed with honey, from a Michigan brewery - sounds a lot like the famed Hopslam. While it has some strong similarities and is pretty good in its own right, it does fall a bit short. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a medium head. Fairly mild aroma, earthy and hoppy with a sweet malt undernote. The flavor is far more assertive and hop-forward - more floral/pine than citrus, and quite bitter. Thereís a nice sweetness, but itís not totally in balance with the aggressive hops. Still, a pretty good beer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7390) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle. Orange caramel malt and grapefruit peel aroma. Amber with moderate head. Sweet orange-caramel malt and moderately bitter grapefruit and pine flavor. Nicely blended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1327) - Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Strong caramel aroma, with pine and tropical fruit hop notes. Pours a hazy amber with a full white head. This is a big hop bomb, with quite a bit of caramel malt sweetness. Starts off with the sweet notes, then the hops start stepping up fading to a lingering bitter finish. Itís a bit light in body, with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Overall, this is an impressive IIPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fakebeersnob (138) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Pours an amber that is closer to brown with a yellowish head. Pretty malty for a DIPA. The hop presence is muted. Creamy in texture. Bitterness in the back. Can feel the alcohol to it. Not bad, but not sure it lived up to the hype.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (518) - - JUL 13, 2014
Pours a hazy dark copper color. Aroma is citrus and honey. Taste is sweet with a bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3536) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2014
bottle - This brew has an aroma of citrus and resinous hops. The flavor is similar with the citrus and resin accented hops dominating the caramel malt. Itís intensely bitter with full bodied malt. Itís strong and very good though doesnít quite jump out like some of the top beers in the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thechasm442 (297) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle dated 6/9/14 poured into a Duvel tulip. Appearance-Pours a deep crimson amber with an inch and a half of off white head that leaves moderate to heavy lacing. Aroma-The beer smells of pine resin, tropical fruit, burnt caramel, honey, and a little alcohol. Taste-Right away you taste pine. It is quickly met with super sweet caramel, tropical fruit (mango, papaya, pineapple), and honey. You can taste some alcohol as well. Palate-This beer is sticky. The flavors stay in your mouth and do not leave easily. The alcohol is on the stronger side and very evident. Overall-I like this beer. I do not feel that it lives up to all the comparisons to hopslam, however I did not expect it either. I was seeking a complex and well rounded DIPA, and for the most part, I feel that I have found it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (614) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a cloudy orange , with light tan head . Big citrus nose . Taste is a bit resinous up front but finishes with a lot of sweetness . Pretty bitter , but solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ddemmingjr (691) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours clear copper, frothy khaki one finger head. Nose is lots resinous hops, malty, honey sweetness, a bit perfumey. On the palate, heavier, boozy heat, Hawaiian punch, soda, honey sweetness. Heavier sweet DPA ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2325) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying a clear, coppery amber hue, with persistent, cakey frothiness to the off white/light tan head foam, and wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was perfumey citrus, malt, honey sweetness, a fresh, hop cone scent, and ready alcohol. Medium+ bodied, with decent carbonation, alcohol warmth, malt, and honey sweetness that served to mellow a pronounced, rindy, lingering hop bitterness. Maybe a bit too sweet on the finish for my tastes, but otherwise, a decent, hefty DIPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours deep red with an off with head. Nose is actually fresh hops- surprised. Spicy citrusy and cascades with deep caramel malt character. Flavor is similar with heavy caramel malts. Pretty fresh but hoped for less caramel to keep the heavy malt character down. Ok beer.


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