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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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A classic, robust American IPA with a spicy, assertive citrusy American hop character balanced with a full-bodied, rich malt taste.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2007
(22oz bottle, thanks Drew) Crystal clear amber body atop a medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple, caramel, light wood. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple, light caramel, earthy. Moderate dryness in the finish. Resiny medium body, lightly watery.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3020) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2007
22oz bottle shared by Slob. Pours amber in body, transparent, light thin orangey colored head, retention weak. Overall, the appearance was weak for a style that has tons to offer normally. The aroma was caramel, pine, oranges, other citrus notes. The flavor was oranges, pine resin, some else along the lines but short of tea bags. The mouthfeel was slightly metallic, like there was a dry powder grain feel to it (not really bad, just interesting). A decent brew and yet one more to give thank to Bert for sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Poured almost an amber color with reddish hues. Aroma was of citrus maybe a little pine, caramel, breadiness. Flavor had a pretty solid bitterness with a lot of caramel notes and a pretty solid hop flavor. Solid IPA>

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2007
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with no freshness date, a blurb along the right side of label, sampled at cellar temperature in a pint glass. Poured a hazy reddish golden hued copper with a small foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing. Big floral citrus nose, orange blossoms and citric pith and zest, candied lemons, and a very light backing of grainy caramel malts. Good, steady tiny bubble carbonation and a crisp, dry, hop slick, creamy airiness, light bodied mouthfeel, very nice for a AIPA. Nice American hoppy taste with a moderate, balanced bitterness, sweet and sappy, only a light sourness, candied citric fruity that turns to a nice citrus rind bitterness in the end, the malts do a good job of adding a sugary sweetness to the hops, mainy grainy in nature when they can be tasted, the alcohol is only noticeable in providing a low temperature warmth in the palate, and a dry hoppy, grainy finish. I thought this was very enjoyable, a quite quaffable drinkability, as far as I am concerned, one of the top 5 Great Lakes/Midwest bottled AIPA’s out there for sale, a must try for any AIPA fan, I’m glad this is now available in central Illinois, thank you Specialty and Fred Karm.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5533) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Pours copper / bronze with a light caramel colored head. Nice hop blast aroma with pine, grapefruit, light woodiness and floral traits. The hops are assertive and pleasant, but there is a good amount of toasted malt backing it up for balance. The taste starts with toasted malt with some smooth caramel traits and some graininess and spicy hops. The finish has grapefruit hop taste with some floral traits - there is still quite a bit of malt present. A solid well-balanced IPA that straddles between having West Coast and British traits. Thumbs up

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pours clear amber with some hop particles floating throughout. Aroma is strong fruit (peach and passionfruit). Taste is much the same with more grapefruit coming through. Finish is somewhat bitter and a bit soapy. Decent stuff and not your typical ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle from Sprinkle. Nice hoppy aroma with a beautiful amber color. Taste was a bit different. I taste hops malt and seemes like cooper aftertaste. Full mouth feel witch I liked alot. NIce lacing also. I really enjoyed this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle sampled on 2/21/07: Pours a clear bright copper with a wispy off-white ring of head. Aroma of fresh, green, citrusy hops with a touch of sweet, biscuity caramel malt. Body starts fairly full and sweet with a nice, fresh grapefruity citrusy flavor hoppy balance and toasty caramel maltiness. A nice IPA.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
22 oz bomber thanks to drewbeerme for sharing this. Pours a clear amber with a beige head. Nose is brown sugar, yeast, cookie and lemon citrus. There is a lot of cookie in this for the style and something smells a little off too. Lemon grapefruit, cookie and cardboard flavors. Strange must have fallen long past its date or something.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
bomber. thanks to bigern for trading this. pours clear amber with big white head. nose of fruity hops, red apples, citrus hops, and something off. flavor is sorta bitter, but faint hop flavor, mild caramel. something off in the flavor. perhaps this is an old bottle and seemed slightly infected but this isn’t good. i’ll have to re-rate.


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