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RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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This formidable India Pale Ale has a hop aroma that demands attention. The bold, citrus hop flavor is balanced by a dry malt character making this refreshing ale a true classic.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Draft - A very nice IPA. Tons of hops and malt. More malty than most IPAís. Alcohol well hidden.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Old Dominion beerfest 2005, Great IPA. Tons of flavor and balance. Want more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Thanks to Willblake for this little treat.This has a great little aroma with a definite presence of perfumey hops and citrus.Little off on the taste,bitter but not as hop ridden as I was hoping but this would be a beer to always have a round.My friends would love this.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JimNecci (1) - Amissville, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2005 does not count
The hops come through wonderfully! Such a nice ínoseí. This beer is quite different from the IPAís out there/

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle - big thanks to slob for sending me this goodie! Pours a beautiful copper amber color with a thick and creamy beige head that lingered well leaving wispy lace. Aroma is outageous - rich caramel malts with a good balance of floral hops and just a hint of citrus. Flavor is good, but seems a bit dominated by the malts for an IPA, again rich caramel flavors, some earthy-herbiness and floral flavors in the hops, a nice spiciness in the finish with a pepper burn aftertaste. Thick full body and creamy carbonation. Quite nice overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2005 Bottle: Clear deep amber with ruby hues and a large beige head that quickly dies to a medium ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma is fresh citrus & dry grassy hops with nice toffee, biscuit, caramel, and earthy malt as well. In fact thereís a hint of sweet berries as it warms. Taste is medium bitter citrus, grass, and light pine hops at first, but so much that your palate is overwhelmed. Malt flavors of caramel and toffee (though not as much as you would expect with an English version of this style). Medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation, slick mouthfeel. This beer really strikes a great balance of hops and malt, and is a great example of making the most of hops flavors without going over the top (only 40IBUs).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (949) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Shipped to me by BA pezoids as part of BIF 20, the 12 oz. brown bottle yielded a deep copper-orange colored clear beer with an inch thick foamy head. The smell was rather mild for an IPA, with a mix of biscuit like caramel malt, and piney-grassy-herbal hops. The taste was nicely balanced for the style but tipped the scales more in favor of a citric and peppery hoppyness, over crisp graham cracker like malt. Mouthfeel was soft and sticky, which allowed the hop oils to linger that much longer over the tongue. The aftertaste was that of fading peppery hops. Nicely done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Well, I didnít have high expectations of this beer, which means I severely underestimated it. Deep, cloudy amber to copper color with a fluffy off-white head. Nice fresh Cascade aroma with toffee-ish malts in the background. Well balanced flavor profile with the hops tempered well by the substantial toffee and caramel malt flavors. Reminded me of Arrogant Bastard in itís balance and complexity. This is a very nice beer from a very unexpected source. Canít wait to try some of the rest of their line when Iím up that way in a few weeks.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Saprkling clear dark amber with a nice rocky light manila head. The aroma is quite floral with light citrus and pine in the background. The flavor is pretty nice. Good balance between the malts and the hops. Not overly the top bitter, decent sweet firm malt backbone that carries it through until the end. Soft palate that is only lightly hoppy gritty. Best beer I have had from this brewer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerdude (1) - USA - JUN 9, 2005 does not count
Wow! What a great IPA. Nice thick head, big floral aroma, big hop flavor supported by a malty backbone. A well crafted beer with wonderful balance.


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