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RATINGS: 2034   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Poured a copper color with a small white head. Aroma of hops and alcohol with malt to back it up. I was suprised to smell alc with this low of an ABV. malty flavor with hops running through it. Nice bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (5957) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Bar Volo. Pours a hazy amber with a frothy average white head. Earthy aroma heavy on the hops with some citrus. Flavour wasn’t as hoppy as I expected -- bitter, spicy and a bit malty. I found I could taste the alcohol a bit too much. May have been served a little too warm. A good IPA, I would definitely get it again, but ultimately I was a little dissapointed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6058) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (650ml) At Volo, shared with blankboy. Pours golden, clear, lots of bubbles. Head slightly off-white, quick diminishing. Flavour mild to start, then the hops kick in - heavy hop on palate and linger. Again, I’m not a big hop-head, but if you are, you’ll be happy with this. I don’t get much maltiness in this one, or citrus either for that matter.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Aroma of peach nectar. Appears crystal clear copper-orange. Flavor is bitter hops over sweet peach/apricot. Palate medium-light, nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 30, 2005
22 oz bottle. Bright clear orange, thick fully lasting puffy head, substantial lacing...resin dominant in the pungent, earthy hop aroma profile, perhaps some leather and grapefruit...ample body presents a challenging amount of wet piney PNW hops, low to moderate sweetness, intense bitterness late along with an odd and perhaps misplaced licorice-anise undertone...it’s interesting, different from other IIPAs I’ve had recently, but doesn’t totally come off for me.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2908) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
650ml bottle, Volo. Orange Pour. Thick bubbly white head that faded quickly. Strong earthy hops in aroma - a really wonderful not over the top aroma here. Very strong malt taste, all hopped up and sharp, yet I found it a bit subdued given its reputation. Medium to full bodied. It does at limes, taste a little thin and watery (hard to do with this much going on), but only slightly. This is an excellent strong, sweet hoppy beer that I would gladly have again. Another thanks to Ralph at Volo for taking a chance (red tape and cost only 2 difficulties I’m sure) and bringing this in.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2005
22 oz bottle. Hazy orange with a big frothy, long lasting head. Scent was a bit on the weak side but wow, what flavor. Big hoppy jolt of grapefruit, orange peel, pine and freshly brewed tea. The special thing about this beer is the huge bitter finish that lasts and last. Super IPA!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1217) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 22oz bottle. Served at 51.3°, to start, in my NB worthy glass. I popped the cap and it started to bubble over so I poured it ASAP. The beer is hazy orange with a good deal of finely ground pepper sized floaties and a hazy white head. The aroma is primarily orange and floral, with some grapefruit and a nice wildflower honey backing. Really nice smell, very inviting. The taste is sweet orange blossom honey to start with then comes on the herbal bitterness that finishes dry and bitter, but not overly so. The mouthfeel is good, but not overly full. This is a great drinking DIPA with nice citrus flavors and some good west coast bitterness. Addendum: The hops are potent, instead of decreasing when the beer warms up they just keep on coming strong. They are puckering and make my cheeks tingle. THIS IS A VERY GOOD BEER, I MUST JUST BE VERY CRITICAL NOW WITH THE IIPA’S SINCE I HAVE HAD MOST ALL OF THE VERY BEST

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2005
22oz bottle. Loved this bottle. To me, this is how a DIPA should drink...the beer had some sweetness, but the hops overran it and it did finish bitter. I get so dissapointed with a sweet DIPA...yeah, it needs some sweetness for balance...and this one had enough for balance. along with a solid bitterness. Head and heels above the one bottle of the "regular" IPA from them...this one provided the juice...hops were piney, pine tar, resin...not really the big citrus fruit, although a bit of that was there...I’d have liked more, but the balance of bitter/sweet was just about perfect for me...lean on the bitter, don’t stomp with it...this one leans.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Couleur ambrée tirant vers l’orangée, grosse mousse blanche mi-persistante. Arômes proposant le zeste d’orange, le persil et la terre. Manque vraiment de malt et de caramel pour venir contrebalancer l’amertume qui semble être amer juste pour l’être, sans aucune bonne raison. Corps de densité semi mince, faible carbonatation semblant trop effacé pour le style. Finale amère et presque astringente et un brin oxydée. Décevant sur toute la ligne.


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