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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   IBU: 127   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Bottle: Pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head and a thick blanket of lacing. The nose is sticky and herbal with hops; bright citrus with more of a pumelo and malty nose. The flavor is bitter with a semi-dry mouthfeel but a creamy maltiness to rub out the bitter, lots of malt sugars and hop bitterness units battle it out before the final tally is hop: 28, malt: 27. The finish is creamy and lasting with an overall refreshing citrus character. Very nice overall. Not too sweet, bitter enough to be an Imperial, but not such a huge mouthfeel that one beer is too many. The only thing more this could take is a little more florals in the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 6, 2009
22 oz bottle. Cloudy orange with a fluffy, long lasting off white head. Sweet citrus, floral hop aroma with plenty of caramel and malt. The flavor starts sweet then gets gradually bitter, the finish is long and bitter with some fruity notes. Medium body with mild carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouth feel. You can really taste the dry hops in this one and the alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Bomber->tulip: pors an average, rocky, off-white head that exhibits spare lacing atop a murky, orange body. Aroma of cookie only. The body is full, texture oily with average carbonation and a bitter finish. The flavor’s duration is long, being moderately acidic and heavily bitter.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5318) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - 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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5235) - 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.

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