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RATINGS: 1546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We brewed this especially bitter ale in dedication to all the world’s would-be astronauts, in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day Massacre on the Brewery Party Grounds and also in joyous celebration of our 20-day suspension that following January. Do the crime. Do the time. Get the bragging rights. Cheers!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
22oz. "Sneak Release" bottling. Fruity, leafy, well-hopped nose, strong scents of lemon and pine arise, along with lighter notes of honey, flowers, pepper, doughy pastry and grapefruit. Deep golden copper color, clear, with a fine, slight head and thin wisps of lacing. Flavor profile is dominated by the hop character, strongly resinous, piney and bitter, with plenty of citrus throughout and a lightly sweet, syrupy malt undercurrent, finishing with a blend of lingering hop spice, warming alcohol and fresh lime. Acidic, oily and drying on the palate with a full body. Certainly quite flavorful and appropriately bitter considering the origin. Or is that triumphantly victorious? Perhaps a bit of both. Thanks to boboski.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2008
pours a clear red copper with mild white head. sweet smooth hop aroma, sweet mild front with dry finish. slight fruit sweetness on back of finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16099) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2008
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are malt, hops, fruit and spices.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
Strong aroma of west coast hops, orange and pine, full malt as well, orange, small custard head. Taste is big time west coast hops with a decent malt backbone. Medium bodied, well balanced a beautiful mouth feel. Terrific! Thank You R.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Draught at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle. Clear dark amber with a thin bubbly off-white head. Supersweet piney soapy aroma. Quite bitter, greapefruit, seems like a double IPA with the strong hops and sweet malt. Full in the mouth, a bit sticky with a strong lingering bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (12729) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle. Creamt off-white good mostly lasting head. Orange colour. Moderate malty heavy hoppy aroma. Nice balanced. Powerfull bitter hoppy flavor. Long complex finish. Creamy palate. Wonderfull beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Homerlikebeer (36) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Tried at private tasting at Lagunitas Brewery. Excellent taste nice and hoppy and lost of alcohol. Bar area poorly lit so hard to see color (that and they serve it in plastic "solo" cups.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2008
"Sneak Release" Bottle and served in my NB worthy glass, many THANKS Dough77 for this: Pours a deep bronze hue with a frothy head and produced very good lace. The aroma has notes of big caramel and toasted malt, crabapple and pomegranate, resiny hop, some herbal and almonds vapours and a hint of melanoidin. Really smells close to that of a old ale IMO.

The taste starts with a heavy malt profile showing off lots of toasted bread character supported by resiny astringent hops and some acidic fruit. The midsection is sugary and earthy. Finished with a slight hop spice, moderate alcohol kick and cardboardy oxidation. The mouth feel is sharp and warming and fits the flavor profile to a tee.

I really dig this the more I drank it, a complete surprise!! Maybe when it first came out it was closer to a IIPA or ASA but now this beer in front of me is more akin to an olde ale or barley wine. If you can find an Sneak Release bottle I highly recommend it!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
Bottled at your crazy new years evening party (man did we eat a lot - wow). Clear amber coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Typical american ale - with lots of hops. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1991) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Pours a deep, coppery bronze body under a head which leaves trickles of eggwhite lace. Fruity hop aroma with citrics and apple above hot, vinegary Tobasco. Considerably hopped-up flavor is mostly peppers and pine, although a heavy caramel presence is noted through a chewy sweetness. ABV is numbing yet well-hidden. Sticky mouthfeel ends with a sharp astringence drying up the roof of the mouth. Heavy-duty.

<font size=-4>I couldn’t tell you where I procured this bomber if I tried.</font>


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