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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   IBU: 127   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Alpha Dog ó Ahead Of The Pack
A True Hop Bomb Brewed plenty of Columbus and Mt Hood Hops for a Piney hop character. Premium Pale, Honey and Munich Malt make this beer a little less malty but packing plenty of hop punch.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5273) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Pours gold into a snifter. White head recedes to coat surface. Pine and resin aromas. Caustic pine upfront mellowing to a lasting resin finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Why all these dogs and beer? Itís really tiresome. But I overlooked that failing with ease. I really havenít had such a good hop bomb in a long time. This was just tremendous. Sticky, never syrupy, sweet and not cloying. Clean. Citric. And there were a lot of really fun flavors in there--those that actually made my eyes pop when I noticed them. Highly recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3993) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle via trade thanks to JohnGalt1. Cloudy golden color with a creamy white head and some lacing. Lots of citrus hops on the aroma, orange lemon, with a little sweet pale malt. Flavor is sweet pale malt, slight apple notes, and rough citrus hops as well as some pine/resin. Palate is just slightly astringent with alcohol detectable and medium-full body. Good IIPA overall.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2491) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2009
A very large off-white head of nice fine and tightly compacted bubbles. Lots of citrusy hops in the aroma with some lemon grass and pineapple. Very fresh and crisp aroma. Color is a hazy orange. Dry and chalky palate that has very little sweetness to it. Some light malts but predominantly strong bitter hops. Some peanut skins, toasted malts, resonous pine sap and juniper. Light alcohol presence. Finishes bitter and grainy. A pretty good and strong IIPA. I woul have liked ot see a bit more malt to offset the strong hops presence.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Grassy and spicy aroma. Pours hazy golden with frothy yellow-white head. Taste is piney resinous hops - very in keeping with the PNW IPA. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 Bomber- Pours hazy orange with a frothy beige head. Aroma is hop spice, sweet lemon, grapefruit and pine. Taste is more bitter and resinous with a thick malt body to support the hops. Finish is long with a slight wax taste. Sample at the brewery. Clear gold, frothy white head. Aroma of milod pine and citrus. Taste of pine bitterness but I think my palate is shot because it doesnít seem very bitter. Could also be ridiculous malt balance that is making it not so abrasive. Medium body, smooth carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 13, 2009
22oz. bottle. Wonderfully big floral, citric and lightly sweet aroma, green and fresh with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, light brown sugar, spruce, faint bubblegum and blueberry. Clear, light golden amber color, head is lasting and leaves thick trails of lace behind. Flavor is nicely hopped from start to finish, with a punch of bitterness up front, fading to reveal lightly sweet malts, citrus, pine, mild alcohol and a slight herbal tinge. Finish is sharp, piney and shows a bit of lemon. Moderately oily, dry, well carbonated palate with a medium-full body. This took me by surprise as being one of the best IIPAs Iíve had recently.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8602) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2009
courteys of ibrew2or3. Pours light hazy golden, white head. Aroma and flavor, buttery aroma, hops, light spices, malty finish is hoppy with lingering bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (973) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Poured a nice orange color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of grapefruit and some malt. The flavor wasnít as bitter as one would expect for an Imperial IPA, but there was still a good citrus hop flavor. Flavor was balanced well by the malt. Refreshing finish. Not as strong as I like my Imperial IPAs to be, but a solid beer nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3036) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Very nice earthy malt aroma, grass and some pine. Amber with a big fluffy head that laces and hangs around. The flavor starts with the earth y malts and then kicks in with a big hit of hop bitterness. Extremely dry and refreshing finish. Very well done.


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