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RATINGS: 1460   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 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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2006
22 coped @ whole foods nyc. imperialy hopped over the top. sweet aroma super heavy hop bitterness above that theres a fruity light citrus almost pear taste came to mind. hophead beverage here enjoy half @ home corked and finidhed it off on the way to post up graffiti

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
on tap at O’Briens. Just have to say this is definitely one of the coolest bottles i’ve seen in a long time... the labeling is just great! Ok, to the rating... pours a clear brown color with a small, thin head. Aroma is nutty and malty with a slight sweet note at the end. Flavor is malty and sweet with a slightly grassy hint that lingers at the end. Very smooth and slightly bubbly on the palate. I enjoyed this beer more than I thought i would and i’m duly impressed with their form of protest to their shutdown last year!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Pours with a frothy, three-finger thick, tan colored head that is largish bubbled and leaves a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, concentrated amber color. The aroma is a heady mix of malt, but mostly hops that is noticeable as soon as I start to pour this brew. Notes of candied orange peel mix with citrus flavored caramel toffees, some notes of apricot and even some tangerine notes. There is a bit of alcohol in the nose as well, and when mixed with the citrus notes sort of reminds me of an orange liquor. A touch of herbaceous pine rounds out the aromatics towards the end.

The beer is hefty enough, as it tends to linger on the palate and even has a bit of stickiness to it. The beer is sweet and malty up front, which really amplifies the fruity-citrusy hop notes. Hops are the dominant note in this beer, with notes of sweet grapefruit, apricot and tangerine found up front. Towards the end an herbal, almost pine like, but definitely with notes of menthol, solid bitterness starts to take hold and lingers on in a long astringently bitter finish. I really like how the sweetness of the malt combines with the ample citrus fruit notes of the hops; it makes for an enjoyable tipple. And the beer is not so thick and rich as to keep this from being pretty drinkable. By far the most enjoyable sip of this beer is the first, or if I have not taken a sip for a while. It is at it’s most citrusy and quaffable at this point.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. Smells of rich coffe and caramel malts as well as floral hops. Taste is hoppier than smells but the coffee and caramel notes are there. The hops subside to give way to a coating palate aftertaste that becomes controlled by the matly notes once again. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2118) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 From a bomber.

Pours a rich clear caramel brown with a small off-white head. The aroma is a kick in the face made up of floral hops with pine-sol intensity and astringency, laced with acrid molassas. The flavor is more or less what the aroma would lead one to expect albeit slightly more pleasing --- powerful resinous hop oils overlayed atop a sticky brown-sugar IIPA base. Hints of sweet cherries, some wood on the finish, plenty of alcohol in the late flavor and throughout the palate.

Certainly a big brash ticked-off beer - subtlety and balance are not what this one is about. I’m not sure I’m in a big hurry to repeat, but I do prefer it to many of the other offerings from this brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2771) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Growler fill from the Hop Devil Grill, thanks Mike. About 45 minutes of driving until I cracked this. Pours dark bronze with some lacing. Aroma is all hops, mainly piney. So here automatically i am thinking another unoriginal hopped up west coast beer. But the flavor is actually a bit different. Actual taste behind the hops. Some pepperiness in it. Bitter at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. Has some of the characteristics of a IIPA, but cloying. Good, but not great. Needs some age? Peppery finish that doesn’t suit the beer very well.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle: My 300th Rating! Dark amber, pretty clear. Bubbly cream colored head with lacing as sticky as a cheap suit. Aromas of pine, juniper shrubs. The taste is complex with hops winning the battle over the malts, just the way I like it. There is also a sweet black licorice taste at the end as well as a pine forest making its residence in your mouth. The body is smooth and snaps at the tongue a little, but overall a great finish. This is a powerful ale. If I had to say anything to this beer, I would have to quote Jim Carey "I like you alot."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (1977) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Ruby red color with a big creamy thick white head. Aroma is super bitter resiny hops. Flavor is incredibly bitter with only a hint of malt. Long bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Draught: Very floral hop aroma with hints of grapefruit. No malt aroma. Poured dark amber color. Very small white head lasted. Clear and sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor of hops, sugar, grapefruit and a little pine. Maybe Cascade hops? Heavily sweet and moderatley bitter. Long finish starts sweet but turns bitter. Light to medium body. Lively carbonation. Overall, a nice strong ale. Not all that complex though.


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