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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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2nd Degree is a Double IPA. It's 80 IBUs, 9.8% ABV and loaded with 39 Pounds of hops including Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo and Columbus! In case you aren't aware hops are in short supply....and we still used a TON in this beer including 13 pounds in the hop back.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Hand bottled by TY! Copper/amber color. Smell of hops, honey, citrus peal, grapefruit, flowers, malt, caramel, pine and alcohol. I remember smelling this for my first time when I opened it. Tastes the same but a little bit lighter than the smell. Wonderful hop flavor. Thanks TY!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Growler courtesy of Ty5592. Pours copper with a caramel color head. Smells of sweet malt, some citrus, yeasty, some pine. Tastes of sweet caramel, citrus, resin, some nice citrussy hints, roses and a peppery splash with a fruity finish. Some nice spicy hints are also there. Very enjoyable!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2008
22 oz. handbottle courtesy of Ty5592. Thank you Ty! Nice red color with a small head. Nice floral hop aroma, even if it is a little faint. Very complex citrus, pine, earthy hop taste. Full bodied. Alcohol sublimely hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Pours with a frothy, light tan colored head that starts out about a half-finger thick, but it remains quite persistant for a long time and even is able to produce some lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as I take each sip. the beer is a clear, deep, red-amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, vibrant copper color when held up to the light. The aroma, sticky with hop notes, is noticeable as I am pouring this brew. At first smell the beer is very herbal, but an inspection of the aroma yields much more fruit-like hop notes. Massive tropical fruit notes of lychee, apricot, and light pineapple are accented by notes of bergamot syrup, and über-ripe tangelo are the dominant note at first. But then a substantial malt character starts to become noticeable, more towards the finish but with ample notes of toasted malt, biscuit-like grain and a powdered bread crust note mix in with the more noticeable fruit notes. Strangely the strong herbal notes that were noticed at first now only play a boosting, back-drop of a role that adds a touch of spice / edge to the other hop notes.

The first sip is much more herbal than the bulk of the aroma might have suggested. Piquant, herbal notes reminiscent of hemp oil, aromatic almost zesty menthol, substantial pine sap and a huge, biting bitterness serve as the dominant flavor notes. The hop fruit notes are still noticeable in the flavor, but play more of a supporting role (though they still play a substantial role); flavors of lychee, candied orange peel, ruby red grapefruit and tangelo all are noticeable from the beginning through to near the finish were the herbal, astringent, aggressive hop bitterness drowns them ultimately into submission. This has a fair amount of carbonation to it, it is prickly, with a zip to it that keeps it from being creamy and full. The body is full, lightly viscous, but not so heavy that I feel like this is a sipping brew (which is a good thing).

As the beer warms up a ways from its initial 50ºF / 10ºC temperature, the hop flavors become much more fruit balanced. The aggressive (they weren’t overly so in the first place though) herbal notes become softer and superseded by zesty, tropical fruit and citrus flavors. Overall the beer becomes much smoother, more easy drinking and even less bitter on the palate.

A great example of a Double IPA, one that is thoroughly enjoyable and as an often-times hop-head, one which I can’t put down. This doesn’t break any new ground, but does have my preferred balance of punchy hop fruitiness balanced by a supporting cast of herbal hop notes and biting bitterness that I like best in my Double IPAs. Probably loses a couple enjoyment points for no other reason than not being original, which I objectively realize is completely unrealistic in a Double IPA for the most part. I would happily drink this all night though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 12, 2008
This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from a growler. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel malts and floral hops. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The Malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are floral and citrusy grapefruit. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Bitter without being over the top. Touch of orange oil. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with some orange.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Name: 2nd Degree IPA
Brewery: Iron Hill - All
Date: 06/10/2008
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: clear dark copper, fine beige head with frothy edges, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet pine and caramel aroma,
Flavor: sweet pine flavor, lots of sweet crystal and caramel to go with the pine, touch of peppery alcohol adds contrast to the sweetness, nice bitterness adds some balance but lets the fruity and piney hops stay in control,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Growler shared by kp: Pours a transparent bright copper orange with a wispy-lacing white head. Nice aroma of fresh grapefruity resiny hops and some sweet toasty caramel malty balance. Body starts fairly full and toasty caramely malty sweet with great balance of fresh assertive resiny piny and grapefruity hops. Finishes crisp, smooth and bittersweet, hiding the alcohol quite well. A very nice double IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5825) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2008
12 oz. handbottle courtesy of hopdog. Pours a clear amber orange colr with a smaller off white head. The aroma is in your face citrus hops, moderate sweetness, a touch of pine, and some floral notes. The flavor is still citrus, but more in the finish where it presents as grapefruit bitterness. Up front there is more caramel malt, pine, floral, and slight earthy combinations. I think they work well together. I don’t notice the alcohol at all. Full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. This is a very solid beer and a great intro to Iron Hill for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pepsican (1448) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Big thanks to JB175 for a growler of this stuff. Send me some more! Pours amber with a small white head. Up front citrus hop aroma. Flavor is oranges, more citrus hops, pine hops, sweet caramel. Finishes with that nice sweet up front but bitter in the rear combo. No hint of the abv. Well made and a great example of what I think of when I hear DIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
5-30-08 hand bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to hopdog!!
Thick, slightly red amber brown with a decent off white sticky head. Smell is dough and hops with a hint of cranberry orange bread in there too. The nose becomes more floral as it warms. Flavor is quite unique and reminds me of a hoppy almost metallic cough syrup. It is full of pine and sweet hops and alcohol. Palate is a little strange and off and there is an aftertaste of hefty burning alcohol that is a little hard to shake. Overall, I have no idea how to rate this beer - I can’t seem to find the words or numbers to adequately describe the experience here.


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