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RATINGS: 1402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
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We brewed this especially bitter ale in dedication to all the worldís would-be astronauts, in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrickís 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!


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Copper body, thin white head. Nose is caramel, floral hops, some iced tea, rich malt. Flavor is as advertized, quite bitter. Caramel, floral hops, grapefruit, dusty malt. Alcohol is definitely present in the caremel/brown sugar/dusty malt finish. A bit too much alcohol - could be hidden better. Overly bitter - I like bitter - this just isnít bitter in a good way. A mediocre overhyped beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1628) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 On tap at Latona Pub in Seattle into an English Pint glass. Pours a very dark amberish and lightly golden color with bigger bubbles rising to the surface. The aroma is heavy on bitter hops and lighter on sweeter malt. Flavor is huge on the tongue, almost wiping the palate. Flavor consists of heavy hop notes, while quietly preaching sweet malt and grapefruit. The malt and grapefruit are then quickly taken over by the bitterness heading into the finish, which resonates on the palate for quite sometime. Itís like a cross between an IPA, a copper, an amber, and a light barleywine. Quite the interesting brew. Alcohol is very present! Story behind this one is quite an interesting one as well!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6421) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 20, 2006
On tap at Toronado. This dark brown ale poured with a very thin off-white head. There is a nice balance of sweet malt and hop bitterness that provides a full body. Seems to be dry hopped, adding a pine sort of flavor to the finish. A very enjoyable drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Bottle: Ruby in color, moderate light beige head, foamy, spotty lacing, mild carbonation. † Semi-sweet malt & hop nose. † Pale Barleywine, light IIPA. † Decent malt backing, nice hop bitterness but not overdone. † Very well balanced. † Good American Strong Ale, but nothing to make it stand out. † However, for the price, these beers offer some of the best bang for the buck.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2006
$3.89 / bomber. The beer pours to a nice amber body with a very thick and lasting foamy/rocky white head and nice lacing. The aroma is very piney and sprucey. Quite hoppy. The flavor is quite piney/sprucey with grapefruit, caramel malts. Sweet. The palate is lightly resiny, nicely bitter, creamy, nice feeling. ASA? IIPA? I donít care, itís great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2006
From 22oz Bottle. Transparent pour of tangerine orange with hues of scarlet red and a fine bubbled topping of cream head. Delciously pungent, hoppy araomas of spruce sap, raspberry seeds, and evergreen boughs. A tiny pinch of brown sugar gives it a bit of a sourpatch candy character. Medium bodied, slightly syrupy texture with loads of hops, although the bitterness of the hops is kind of lost in the sweetness of the beer. Interesting how this brew manages to be heavy on the hops but heavily sweet at the same time. If I could add anything to this eclectic brew, it would be to increase the fruity raspberry and tangerine dimensions that seem to be struggling to reveal themselves fully on my palate, lost behind the piney hops and sugars. Still, quite nice overall and highly enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Very malty aroma with a bit of caramel with a light hop accent. Body is amber brown with a thin off white head. Taste is very sweet with brown sugar with a nice hop background, very well put together beer nothing great, but just a very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
22oz. bottle. Deep orange amber with a small offwhite head. Very sweet maltiness and a deep piney, vegetal hop aroma. Candy, worty sweetness dominates the flavor, with hot tinges of alcohol. Slightly astringent, piney, sour-candy hop flavors meld with residual sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a medium heavy, very wet and fairly chewy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Bought this bottle at the BevMo in Mission Valley, CA. Pours a clear copper color with a frothy cream head. Piney aroma. Along with some malt. Bitter taste. Hops, and heavy malt. Alcohol is definitely masked, however. Dry hopped finish. Interesting beer, but good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3306) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle. Tons of pine and grapefruity PNW hops in the nose along with some sweetish caramel maltiness as well. Transparent amber/copper color with a frothy, nice, long-lasting off-white head. Spritzy piney grapefruity hops to start, turning chewy, sweeter, and earthier. More bittering hops to finish with some peppery ethanol booziness kick at the end. Decent, but not overly well-rounded.


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