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RATINGS: 1141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Lots of sweet fruity malt in the aroma but much more balance in the taste. A bold beer! Flavor has hints of an IPA with potent hops and pine flavors. But there are also plenty of malts with caramel and fruit. Feel is silky smooth. Lots of warming alcohol and a unique dark fruit bitterness. This is anything but subtle and is quite delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Clear orange/copper color with a small head. Good lacing. Aroma of citrus and sweet tropical fruit. Taste is pine and citrus hops with some caramel sweetness, bordering on brown sugar. A little ’bite’ on the tongue, but it stops well short of being bitter. Fairly dry finish. A very well done American hop vehicle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - OCT 2, 2007
Clear dark amber with good rich head. Grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Hops dominate. Alcohol makes its presence right before the strong bitter finish. Medium to full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintocb (652) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Amber in color with a very spicy, hoppy smell. Sticky and malty at first, almost sweet, the flavor is all hops in the finish. Very fruity, full of grapefruit and really really really awesome.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sneed (8) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2007 does not count
Excellent ale, sets a high standard. Great flavor, not tiring, easy to drink another.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Poured a nice red into the glass. I am always skeptical of "double red" ales. It seems they are rarely done well. This was a huge surprise. Smell was nice soft citrus and hops. Taste was citrus, hint of orange rind, soft and distant malt, with a nice hoppy bite. This was nicely balanced and smooth. Well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7479) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2007
12-oz. Man, this is tasty stuff. Pours grainy, murky dark brown with a thick, surging, moussy tan head that falls quickly away to nothing. Leaves sheets of bubbly lace on the way down. Big mango tango nose, lots of fruity tropical hop goodness. Medium body, actively tingling carb. Light caramel on the mid-palate, underneath a nice tideflat of pine and plenty of mango, grapefruit, and citric hop tang. Long lingering fruity hop cling of a finish. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1625) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Aroma is strong grapefruit and a little pine. Flavor is very bitter. sharp biting grapefruit, pine, and a little metal. Decent amount malt balance. pretty good ipa.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obguthr (5482) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Strong aroma of grapefruit and caramel, with an enticing woodiness. The color is very red, decent clarity, and a thin yellow head. Medium body, wonderful thistle and grapefruit taste, smoky undertones. Finishes with a most perfectly complimentary bitter hop. The alcohol is felt in the belly not on the palate. Served in a frosted glass and was still superb!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Clear, dark reddish-amber body. Foamy, off-white head that lasts for quite a while. Sticky ribbons of web-like lace coat almost the entire glass. The aroma shows big, piney, resinous hops over a substantial caramel and toffee malts base. The scent really lets you know you’re in for a big, hoppy, malty experience. The flavor is more of the same. Massive pine hops build on a moderately sweet caramel malt base. There is nothing complicated going on here, but the big flavors that are there are excellent. Smooth, medium-full body. Hardly any astringency. Long, pine resin finish. I can taste this one two hours after drinking it! Damn good beer!


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