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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2106) - Assat, Alberta, - FEB 4, 2013
Ohhhhhhh shits! Hop destruction! Awesome. Clean dark gold with a thick steady puffy head and dirty ass lacing. Giant nose of tons of hops, slightly freezer burnt vanilla ice cream - the kind only found in Neapolitan ice cream, citrus - grapefruit, minor quality of peach, melon, some caramel. The Tate is exactly what I love - a hop disaster soley created to demolish my palate. Spice burn, citrus raping, leafy pounding, caramel padding, savage beat down. Honey, lemon, grapefruit, leaf, perfume. Daring, punishing and an all around fist fight. Not the most complex or best put together iipa but am I really going to consider that - not at all. Price point and a bitter sodomy makes me stock this. Period.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 17, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 08.16.14. A: Hop resin and red grapefruit. A: 2 finger head. See through amber/gold body. T: Hop resin, pineapple, and almost a bubblegum quality dominate. Flower, cracker, and honey are subtle. P: Creamy and crisp. Lip smacking mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. O: This one is super resiny. I loved it. For 126.8 IBU, itís definitely hop forward but itís surprisingly not too much. The malt is there as balance, but itís not annoying. Pineapple flavor is there in force too. It really is a fantastic West Coast style IIPA. Pliny who?

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2314) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Draft at Crossroads. Pours a clear light Amber color with a small foamy white head. Aroma and taste were much the same. Sweet citrus, resinous pine, lemon zest, and a tad boozy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5178) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2014
22oz bottle. Poured a cloudy, vibrant yellow-orange color with a large white head. Aroma was orange peel, pine, resin notes. Flavor was lots of pine, citrus, some warming booze on the end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (471) - CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Pours clear pale amber with two fingers of tight white head, great retention, excellent lacing. (5/5) Nose is piney and citrus hops, mango, caramel malt. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet and strong bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (4/5) Decent IIPA that tends a bit to the harsh. Itís hop forward, though, and even though thereís lots of malt, it plays the appropriate supporting role instead of coming to the forefront. (As Iíve said many times, Iím always disappointed by malt-forward IPAs or IIPAs, but this isnít one.) Fairly sessionable despite the high ABV and IBUís. (127 IBU? Yeah, I believe that.) OK, fine, it is a bit of a palate wrecker, but if you follow it with another one of the same, thatís not a problem, right? (15/20)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardW (1576) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
660ml bottle from Jasper wine cellar & liquor store. Big sweet caramel and perfumed floral aroma. Pours a good looking pale amber colour, with a fine white head. Warming alcohol in the chest pretty quickly, the smell does remind me of rapeseed plants. Slightly chalky in the finish, but with some background dry grapefruit. Really enjoyed this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"not super impressed with this one - just too many great iipas on the market to buy this agian, but it was ok. aroma and flavor of pine and bready malts, with a little citrus and ample bitterness to back it up."

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kseymour (1) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2014 does not count
22oz bottle. Very pleasant smell slightly citrusy with a piney flavor and a hoppy aftertaste

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2464) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Om draft at Isaac Newtonís. This was just okay for me. Very piney finish, some caramel malts, some notes of grapefruit. The aftertaste was a bit harsh in the pine department. Could have been blended better.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bulk_Carrier (2309) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy copper/orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light speckled lacing clinging slightly. The smell had some grapefruit/piney aromas here and there. The taste was similar. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not overbearing. Overall, good DIPA, itís nothing over the top but gets the DIPA fix done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MunBro (575) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
Amberish pour, white foamy head. Pine focussed taste with some nice hops too. A good IPA!


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