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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1529) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a big, creamy antique white head. Grapefruits, pine, and some creamy caramel & vanilla in the aroma. Medium to full-bodied. The flavor starts off with some caramel and vanilla and quickly transitions to some harsh grapefruitiness and pepper. Earthy and a bit resinous. Fairly drying at the end. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Serving: 22 oz. bottle. Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a creamy, off-white head. Great head retention and great lacing. Aroma: A little bubble gum was the first thing I noticed. Kind of strange for a DIPA. Lots of citrus, a little Play-Doh, and some citric sweetness. Taste: Powerfully bitter! Great notes of caramel, candy sweetness, citrus (blood orange?), floral notes, and a bit of the aforementioned Play-Doh. Not quite sure where that one is coming from. Great up front, but a bit off on the aftertaste. Palate: Medium, very smooth carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Long, bitter finish. Overall: Not a bad DIPA, but it doesn’t reach the heights of the truly great ones. Rebuy: No, but it is definitely worth trying once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6607) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Brilliant amber color with a lasting off white head. Nice floral hop and malty marshmallow aromas. Smooth medium body. Floral hop flavors on a lightly sweet caramel base. Nicely bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (5882) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Sweet. Citrusy. Very nice overall grapefruit taste. Bitterness. This is a very fine IPA. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle shared with the guys at the Inglorious Emergency Tasting. Nose is a clean soap hop pinapple fresh clean. Flavor is a little spicy plastic hop. Pours a near clear golden with good white head. Earthy homebrew quality of the aftertaste, and a little plastic. Great nose, and good flavor, but a little flawed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Pours a hazy orange with big white head. Aroma of sticky pine hops, hint of malts. Similar taste, very hoppy. Kind of funky aftertaste. Great aroma, but average imperial ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Pours a pillow, off-white, lacing head with a golden-amber body. Smells of grapefruit, pine, toffee. Flavor is cotton candy, citrus hops. Slightly spicy and bitter on the finish. Little home brew in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delsym (41) - Vinton, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2009
A well-balanced DIPA. Not as hoopy as I would’ve liked (and excepted), but still pretty solid. Bought in NJ, so I wonder if the dreaded "three t’s" (time, travel, temp) had something to do w/ its less-than-diseralbe tasting. At 120+ IBUs I was expecting more. Avery Maharaja blows this one away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2009
mostly orange in colour. Starts with a nice big head but it eventually dies out. Sticky sweet aroma with a nice dose of hops. Very drinkable and barely lets on that it’s a big beer. Again, it’s pretty sticky with a nice lush mouthfeel. Biscut like malt gives way to a nice even hop flavour, lots of floral hops with a bit of grapefruit in there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vyvvy (5308) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2009 Usually when a new brewery comes into the area we get their best. Not here - the first batch of this IIPA that came into Missouri was three months old. Hopefully they send this fresh later so I can rerate on a fresh bottle - this bottle suffered from being old, but this was what came from the distributor, so a rating is still in order. Pours lightly hazy copper with a sudsy tan head. The aroma has quite a malty presence that has light toast and quite a bit of sweetness. There are some citric hops hiding in there somewhere. This has a medium / full body with a light abrasiveness and sharp microcarbonation. The flavor starts with bubblegum like taste, some earthy/woodiness (hops, oxidation or both?), minor toast and some medicinal traits. The finish is astringent and harsh. 127 IBUs? Not noticeable at this age. This was "meh" in every way. Laughing Dog / distributors - please show St. Louis some love and give us these beers fresh so we can taste the big IBUs that are supposed to be here. Hopefully I can rerate this soon.

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