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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Pretty drinkable beer. I would prefer more malt and less hops. Overall the closest thing Hops serves to what I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Dark Brown Coloring. No Head. Malt, Roasts. Very Average Porter, not Bad. Beats some of the other stuff at this Brew Pub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is a little malty. The malt comes out in the taste and is the only beer of Hops’ that I’ve had that actually tastes like something resembling real beer. Maybe a little chocolate as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 1, 2004
Cola brown color, not much of a head. Smells hops and molasses. Taste is all hops and some chocolate malts. Really too aggressive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2004
On-Tap at the brewpub in Eden Prairie: Actually a porter and for some reason called an "Ale" -huh? They really ought to change that, cuz its just plain stupid and ruins what actually isn’t to bad a porter. Solid dark chocolate brown color, tarnished glow up to the light, thick, medium sized cocoa brown crusted foamy head sits breifly, a hazy skim remains present and the lacing is impressive with lots of sheets and strings. Aroma is mild yet appealing enough, slight roasted malt and chocolatey touches. O...if it could only be more so then what it gives off this would be nice. Taste is roasty and chocolatey, slight cookie dough sweetness with a twinge of burntness. Roasty tones are pleasant with just a nudge of bitterness in with some light hops towards its finish. Feel is smooth and favorably on the lighter side of medium. Goes down without much effort and is enjoyable enough, just not up to par with most other good quality micro porters. A-hem...Summit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2004
Chocolate, caramel, coffee malt (M); little bit of smokiness and grapes/raisins. Maybe some cherries. Deep brown-black with a short lived tan head. Moderately sweet flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter finish with a lingering chocolate and caramel finish. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: served too cold and it’s terribly fizzy, but also drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (6719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2004
On tap at Orange Park (Jacksonville) Fl. location. Cola colored with a decent off white head. Slight chocolate aroma, good thick mouthfeel. Chocolate carries over to the flavor as well with some caramel popping in there at the end. Some cascade-like hops make a brief appearance as well. Best of the sampler - my chioice for the after dinner pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2004
draft- not bad, i was expecting a little more body too it. but it was still a good beer. as with all of the hops brand beers im about to rate- i couldnt really detect an aroma because i have a headcold, so im just going to give them about what everyone else has. sorry :) long lasting head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4645) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Draft at Hops in Ft. Myers, FL. This beer's appearance was that of an average sized tan head with fine-large sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body of this beer was mostly transparent and uncarbonated with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was chocolate with a coffee flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was a medium bodied beer with very sparse lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (5282) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 20, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2003 TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 126. This draft brew was sampled at the brewery resturant in Fort Myers Florida. This brew poured a large head of fine to large sized long lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a semi-transparent brown colored uncarbonated body and a fair lace. It had a nice brown malt mollasses aroma and a mouthfeel that contained a mild brown malt hop bite but was otherwise smooth and thin. It had a very nice brown malt caramel flavor with no coffee notes.

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