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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 127   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Alpha Dog — 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Orange pour with a soapy white head. Alot of citrus, honey and pine in the aroma. Slightly burnt toffee and grain body with a low bitterness. Some honey in the back, quick fading flavor. Thick, but cloying. A bit of yeast in the background and an earthy bitterness that hangs on the back of you tongue. A bit disappointing but not bad. Maybe the bottle was not the freshest.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Awesome double that won’t kill you to drink more than two. The hops were all grapefruit and were using the malts as a trampoline to smack your mouth in half. Great beer, aromatically flavorful and the flavor follows the aroma. Very good indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4981) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Lightly hazed bronze color with a moderate off-white head. Big grapefruit, light fruit and caramel aromas. HInt of alcohol detected. Sweet start with light caramel and lightly toasted malt. Just a touch of fruit including pears. Big hops middle with mostly grapefruit. A little unbalanced at this point which seems to continue into the finish and linger. Definitely hops juice. Could use a bit more malt in the finish and linger.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6770) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2009
GABF 2009, Golden orange pour, Citrusy piney hops, caramel malt balance. Pretty good, not sure about 127, medium body. still nice drinkable IIPA

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle, courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Poured a light hazy golden color with a thin white head. Nose is citrus hops, pine, and diacetyl. Medium bodied, somewhat sticky mouth feel. Flavor is sweet caramel, pine, citrus, and diacetyl butteriness. I definitely didn’t get the intense hop profiles that many others who rated this got. 127 IBUs my foot. Decent IIPA at best.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 26, 2009
THOUGHTS: Nice beer, but nothing special. I enjoyed their unique Dogzilla much more. Love the name of this one because it must have a ton of high alpha acid hops in it. The beer had nice balance, but poor transitioning from sweet to bitter. There was enough malt to balance the hops, but the malt stops and the hops beat it to death. There was very little blending in the transition. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, light to medium brownish orange with a large, off-white head that mostly, but slowly diminished, leaving excellent lacing. The aroma was moderate caramel malt, heavy floral and resinous hops, light citrus hops and something slightly rubbery. The initial flavor was sweet, acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was very sweet and very bitter with a fairly long duration. There was mostly resinous hops, along with caramel and toffee malts, piney and citric grapefruit hops. The medium to full body was a bit oily, slightly grainy and then a little dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a lightly stringent, lightly alcoholic and ever so slightly chalky finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5159) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bright bronze colored body with a large lightly yellowish khaki head. I got my nose hairs burned off by the initial snort of the brew, massive grapefruit up front with some bread crust. There is some big malt body to balance out the citrus hops. The taste is strong grapefruit with some notes of dry hay. The finish has lots of the grapefruit resin with a little bit of burnt bread crust and almond shells. Nicely done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Pours orange. Nose is the gamut of hops and caramel. Flavor is sweet hops, bready, slight grassiness, and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear orange, with a thin white head. Aroma is of citrus, hops, pepper, and hints honey. Balanced, carbonated body with a tangy, bitter finish. Good IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Moderately resiny citrus hop nose with caramel. Mostly clear amber/orange golden. Frothy off-white head. Sweet caramel and toasty graininess with resiny citrus hop flavor and tons of bitterness. Finish is quite bitter. Alcohol is evident but not forward.


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