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RATINGS: 2297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
At the height of the heat in the heart of the summer, we felt that the only cure was a raging mouthful of fresh hops and malt. Caution: May remove enamel from teeth. This is Lagunitas IPA pumped up by about 30%!
IBU: 72.41


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2007
Cirrus cloudy head, pillowy silk mouth. Nice hops in the nose, great chops in the blows. Drink this sh!t to get sh!tf@ced!

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Pours a hazy golden with a small head that leaves adequate lacing. Aroma is very aggressively hopped. Notes of cirus are mostly grapefruit and orange. Chemical odors protrude. Leafy and with prickly alcohol. Flavor is unimpressive and at times annoying: bitter hoppiness clashes distinctly with toasty malts that seem only half extracted, raw. Finishes bitter and moderately dry. Not very good at all. There is a big difference between pleasant hops and nasty bitterness that is crossed over like it’s unimportant to differentiate between the two. The hops never seem fresh, but the beer undoubtedly is. Extreme hoppiness can’t mask these egregious flaws.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Now that is an Imperial IPA! Pours dark tan brown with a frothy head. Has an incredibly strong hoppy flavor and scent. Mouthfeel is smooth and goes down with a little bit of an aftertaste but a good one in that.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nephilium (1617) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Wow... a nice strong IIPA, big hop nose, light carbonation, somewhat cloudy tan color, with almost no head. The flavor is a nice balance of various hops running across the mouth, jumping down your throat, and having a party. This comes close to the Ruination in its ability to prevent tasting other beers. This is one I’m going to drink as much as I can while it’s available.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2007
12 oz. limited release bottle 2007. Spring like grassy aroma. Hoppy with an exceptional bouquet and bitting bitter finish. Charming IPA in a nice and balanced range for a West Coast.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Re-rate; Wow this stuff has taken a turn for the ugly since it went to ’unlimited release’. Sweet and astringent, super piney and resinous. Ugh, I hope they don’t fuck up Hop Stoopid when it goes to wide release but I’m guessing it will happen.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Pours cloudy orange with off-white head. Nice orange citrus aroma with some pine zest. Hoppy through and through with the citrus and pine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - MAR 27, 2007
On tap at the brewery’s loft / tasting room. Thick and delicious without tasting like hop resin. After reading a few other reviews that suggested this beer tastes like tea, I now know why I sometimes think my tea tastes like beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmurray (20) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2007
22oz from matt at Capone’s. Pours slightly cloudy orange with a thick beige head. I smell oranges and a slight pine aroma. The hops hit you early and at the very end. In between it is all grapefruit and orange-zest. A very drinkable beer, except for the bitter in the aftertaste. I can still taste it in top of my throat. This makes it slightly less refreshing than other IPAs I have reviewed. Still a very well rounded brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
650ml bomber, shared with VeloVampire - pours a deep amber/golden shade, with a relatively small white head. Aroma is at first a big of citrusy, orangey hops, but then mellows a bit and you get a big dose of sweet malt as well. Mouthfeel is very buttery. Flavour is extremely well balanced, with lots of sweet, caramel malt and citrusy/piney hops in the mouth. The piney character of the hopping comes out mostly in the nicely bitter finish. Has a somewhat tea-like character. Much bigger malt presence in this one than most other dIPA’s. Really nice.


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