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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Our Alligator Ale is a rich mahogany colored ale with a surprisingly smooth finish. This beer is perfectly balanced with flavors of dark malts and hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
On tap at the Alexandria, Virginia location. Pours a moderate shade of brown with a thin off-white head plus a bit of a cap and collar as it settles. The nose doesn’t start out too bad. There’s some chocolate and roast character before a metallic presence starts to overwhelm all but the chocolate. The taste is similar. It starts out with a decent enough chocolate malt presence before being hit hard with a fairly-harsh metallic presence. Mouthfeel is overwhelmed by this. Probably the best beer I had at Hops, though it still was jot very good. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 12-20-2010

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (6647) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Draft at Hops Grillhouse & Brewery, Alexandria. Poured a dark brown color with a medium sized dark tan head. Aroma was toasted malts, touch of chocolate malts. Flavor was roasted malts, like a thin nutty porter. Was probably the best of the bunch I had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (12540) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2011
On tap at Hops Golden Colorado poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, carmel and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cocoa, earthiness and a hint of fruiottiness with a smooth carmel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (2131) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Mahogany pour, with sparse lace. Malty, vinous notes to the nose with faint coffee. Flavors are of coffee and dark malts. Pleasant coffee finish. Soft carbonation and a medium palate make for a smooth pull. My favorite of their stock selections, but in comparison..... what does that say?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9173) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009 Malt and liqorice aroma. Dark coloured rich and smooth on the palate with a little dryness in a full malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Draft at Alexandria, VA location. Pours black with garnet in the shoulders and a thin off white head. Light aroma of roasted barley. Flavor is very roasty, some chocolate. Dry and mildly bitter finish. Full bodied mouthfeel. Pretty nice, on target for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2009
The best thing on the Hops sampler. Black with a tan head. Aroma was sweet, roast, caramel and alcohol. Flavor is the same with less roast and more cereal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Part of a sampler set at Hops in Charlotte, NC, 01.20.09. Dark brown ruby, off white head. Aroma is malted, roasted, caramel. Flavor is roasted, malt, pine, caramel, smoke.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2008
This is definately the best beer that I have ever had at hops. I like it because it actually has some depth of character. There are roasty malt flavors, combined with a decent amount of hops to balance it out. It has a sturdy body also.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Hops Restaurant and Brewery Richmond Va Sampler at the brewery. Very light roastyness in aroma. Clear dark amber brown. Slight smoke and roast in flavor. Faint sourness. Light body and mouthfeel with dry roasty finish and low hop bitterness. Rather thin and not as much roast character as I would like.

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