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RATINGS: 111   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2003
A pretty good dark brew. Good coffee flavor and smooth finish. Not much head to speak of, but good lacing when the glass is clean.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
Nice hoppy aroma, plenty of roasted malt, relatively dry and light bodied. Has a dry finish. Watery and thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2003
First time I went to hops, and the only beer I drank there. Good colour, but they were trying to put it off as a 'Porter' on the menu. It was far from a Porter and far from anything else of that nature. More of a 'bock', but also represented well as an 'American Dark' as this site suggests. Decent smell and acceptable taste. Nothing really fantastic about this beer. I'm happy to hear that this beer is one of the better ones from the restaurant, because I would have been very upset had I had any of the others. The entire offerings from the restaurant contained only styles I don't typically like (American Macro brew clones). I visited the branch in Alexandria, Virginia.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivo (2665) - GERMANY - APR 12, 2003
ON TAP: one of the better ones of the bunch at Hops. Fairly substantial nose, deep mahogany color and a low head. Pretty complex malt tastes with an interesting blend of hops, but this is overall not so successful because the balance just isn't there. The flavor profile is all over the place in your mouth. Nutty, toasted, toffee, and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
Dark amber color. Pretty nice hop and roasted malt aroma. Good body, malty, roasty, hoppy (maybe just a bit acid). Equilibrated final, with roasted barley and bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2002
The best beer I had here and undeniably a respectable brew. Very dark, though clear, and the thin head clung nicely to the glass. Not an overwhelming aroma, hinting at a Scottish ale, but on tasting I got a burst of deep flavors, as if they’re trying to label a porter an ale so as not to scare their run-of-the-mill-beer-drinking customers. A bit creamy with soft carbonation. Roasted, malty, hints of chocolate and a whiff of smoke, with a finish that ends with unfortunate notes of celery. A decent brew. (at Eden Prairie, MN location)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Pretty nice brown ale, mahogany in color, nice soft lacy head, excellently balanced, lots of hops in the nose & in the finish, some great malty sweetness in the flavors as well, pretty good dark/brown ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Love this brown ale. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Orlando Beer Fest: Milky head, dark red color. Airy aroma. Coffee malted flavor. not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2002
Umm Umm good. A dark ale that hits the spot. Nice balance of malts and hops. A smooth beer I cant wait to drink again!

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