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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
A brilliant, dry pale ale with an aggressive hop character balanced with a smooth finish. A bold beer best consumed with a stiff upper lip.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Draught. Golden color with a thick white head that lasted and laced the glass as I went. Faint hoppy aroma and flavor without much hop bitterness (less that expected for an IPA). Very smooth with low carbonation. Slightly sweet. More thirst quenching than most IPA’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Bottle. Light straw/gold color, very light for style, with puffy white head. Very nice flowery and citrusy hop aroma, more sweet than bitter. Light body, especially for the style. Flavors are mostly hop oriented-- orange and lemon citrus, a little vegetablelike as it warms. The slightest of malt sweetness in a very thin body, which is honestly ok because of the outstanding character of the hops. Somewhat of a tangy aftertaste, probably the hops acid, but not very bitter. Wouldn’t necessarily think of this as an IPA, but a grand celebration of the hop. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 3, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) This has a nice, sweet orange citrus nose with gentle aromas of pale malts and fresh hops. That sweet orange citrus carries over into the initial flavor, and combines with a very pleasant and fairly sweet maltiness. Gradually, the flavor transforms a bit as a mildly bitter hops kicks in for a wonderfully balanced finish to this mild flavored beer. It’s actually very sweet and way too mild for an IPA, but I really like the quiet transfer from sweet citrus and malt early to mild bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a fairly soft and pleasing mouthfeel, quite smooth, but partially because of the low hops content. Medium gold color is crystal clear, and the smallish, off-white head diminishes to a halo within a few minutes, but that’s only a minor problem. This beer may be a bit pedestrian, not pushing the envelope in any way, and not really even an IPA, but it’s a very drinkable beer, tasty, pleasant and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Small white head. Aroma is weak, alittle hop to it. Flavor is "mediciney"pine and a little bread thing to it. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 2, 2005
Thanks to Springslicker for this one. Pours light golden with a tiny white head. Aroma is earthy hops. Taste is berries? sharp hops. The hops almost burn a little bit. Thin body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Golden colored with a small filmy white head. Grainy bread and biscut nose, with an odd resemblence to a Saaz hopped pils. Flavor has a dusty and airy hop and wet grain flavor so prevalent in mediocre IPAs and pale ales: toast and dried grass, I guess it would be best to describe it as. Finished light and clean, but without much flavor other than a ESB-like bite. Certainly not a bad beer, but not close to what I consider a worthy IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Strangely pale gold color, very little head. Typical citrusy IPA aroma and hopsy flavor, but much more on the malts side than I’ve come to expect from an IPA. I think I would prefer the Highland Gaelic Ale or Oatmeal Porter above this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2005
Pours hazy canary with medium head. Aroma of hopcit, fruit. Tastes hopcity, with a malty, fruity finish. Smooth on the palate. This is the goldest (non copperest) IPA I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle. I’ve had this several times on tap, but htis is the first time from a bottle. Not quite the IPA I remember from the past and I expect more from this brewer. Huge head over a hazy dark yellow body. Sweet malt and gentle pine aroma which certainly isn’t overdone, but o.k. Balanced flavor need mor eintensity. This makes a fine APA but falls short of being a top IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2005
Acquired in trade with goldtwins. Poured a medium, cloudy golden color with a very small white head. Aromas of flowers and very light citrus. Tastes of flowers and light citrus as well. Very lightly bitter with a very light sweetness to it. Weaker version of an IPA.

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