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RATINGS: 495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to BA’s Mikeandi..Pours a cloudy orange with a white head..Aroma was caramel, toffee and floral hops.. Sweet and malty with a nice lingering hop bitterness..Mmm

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2009
It pours a hazy gold color with a centimeter of thick foam. It has a hoppy aroma with hints of chocolate. The flavor is pleasantly hoppy and mildly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden /orange with a thick off-white head that leaves traces of lacing. Fairly hoppy aroma with pine, citrus, grapefruit and a hint of caramel. Flavor is mildly bitter and hoppy with piney resin, citrus, light caramel, orange and grapefruit with a medium body and has a dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bomber. Poured slightly cloudy medium orange with an easily-resuscitated cap of eggshell head. The aroma picked up juicy grapefruit, orange zest, and pine over a soft caramel and bready base.. some sort of dark, sweet malty impression really stuck with me.. felt like it had potential, but it failed to shine. The flavor did the same thing for me.. it had caramel and light fruits at the core, but it also picked up a light hit of corrugated cardboard.. bitterness surrounded in the form of syrupy pine resin and wet grapefruit.. finished sticky and sweet with non-descript residual bitterness. Heavier-bodied and sticky on the palate with less bitterness than anticipated.. juiciness at the end showed promise and provided a solid final impression. This wasn’t bad by any means, but I was hoping for more.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Pours golden amber with a darker shade of brown. Medium bodied. Not much head at all. On the palate I get hops, citrus and floral notes some malt as well. Decent lacing on the glass. This one just didn’t do it for me though. Oh well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5935) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2009
very tasty stuff .. pours a dark murky gold .. . light honey and dog bone .. . great aftertaste .. not overdone .. . a very nice example of a DIPA.. . The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle from Hophead22 beer tasting, compliments of Mike and Di. Light hop aroma with caramel and toffee. Cloudy golden color. Tastes a lot better than the smell, lingering bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2009 Tap at the brewery. Hazy golden amber with off white head. This just into full bodied IPA had a nice, fresh toffee/caramel malt flavor and there was a pleasant fresh hop presence but the entire experience was overwhelmed with an awful industrial hop burn and bitterness. The bittering hops were an added on feature that did not fit with the rest of the ingredients. The 8% alcohol seemed well hidden but it was hard to tell actually with the bittering hops dominating the palate. I had a strange aftertaste from the bittering hops for at least half an hour after drinking it. Extremely unbalanced. I won’t drink this again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
22oz bottle from DuffManSW via mikendi 0n BA, much thanks.Hazy yellow/orange color. Sweet aroma, kind of funky. Smooth upfront, a good amount of bitterness in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2009
22oz (new to MD) - Tasting at the Wine Source. Clear gold, creamy white head. Deep grassy pine aromas warm to swirls of honey dew and peachy toffee. Intense bitter resiny citric hops balance on a undercurrents of caramelized melon. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. A very well crafted I-IPA...


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