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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This distinctive unfiltered pale ale is brewed especially for hop lovers. It is assertively hopped with Mt. Hood, Amarillo, and Ahtanum.

2007 and before - 7.3% ABV

2008 - 6% ABV


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raiderfost (168) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Bottle from the secret room. Nice copper pour with a thick white head. Nice hops flavor and aroma. By far the best offering from a otherwise not so great brewery.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 Botte from Beer Run in Charlottesville. Pours copper colored with plenty of head that sticks around. Floral hoppy aroma. Taste is straightforward hoppiness (kinda metallic) balanced at the end with a bit of sweetness at the end. Blah... 6/4/5/3/11/2.9

22 ounce 2008 bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a dark amber color with a large head. Good head retention and lacing. Sweet aroma with fruity floral hop notes. Taste is sweet, ligjhtly toasted malts with bitter spicy and minty hops. Medium bodied. 5/4/7/4/12/3.2

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a small, off-white head. Smell: Fresh-smelling hop aroma of pine, citrus fruits, and flowers. Some toasted caramel in there as well. Taste: Toasted caramel malts with a sugary sweetness. Resinous hoppiness with a followthrough of the notes from the aroma. Moderate bitterness. Dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: No diacetyl? Iím stunned! Not bad, especially considering itís from Legend.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2010 *re-rate* 16th anniversary edition @ 7%abv. pours a reddish gold with a thick, soapy off-white head and sticky lacing. aroma is much more pronounced than years past with sweet, dank hops, orange, pink grapefruit, and sweet nectarine fruit notes with a hint of spice and sweet, caramel malts. flavor is delicious and very fruit forward with orange, peach, and sweet grapefruit notes with a touch of berry backed by sweet floral esters and nutty, bready, caramel malts. palate is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a long, bitter finish. overall, a damn nice IPA thatís improved over the years.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2008
22oz. pours clear orangish amber with big fluffy head. big citrus hops... tangerine, grapefruit. mouthful is zesty with hop the citrus hops dominating. this is not bad, but seems to be lacking a malt backbone...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (4920) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Thanks to the Ga Crew for this beer. Deep orang amber pour with foamy tan head. Nice sweetish evergreen aroma. Nice malt with an excellent finishing bitter. Much more hop flavor than aroma. Carbonation is good mouthfeel is just a bit thin. Solid all round beer that edges on damn good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3943) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle shared by cdog69 at the pre-sex gathering. Thanks! Pours an orange amber with a light white head. Nose is lightly hoppy. Flavor is similar to aroma and is fairly one-dimensional with little-to-no malt backbone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Pours dark gold with a massive white soft head. The aroma smells of some extremely high aciidic hops. The medium to high maltiness balances everything out wonderfully. This has hit the nail on the head. It is as close to perfectly balanced as you can get. There is not a large bite of bitterness at the end because I believe it ís all in the nose. There is nuttiness as well as a small bit of chewiness that comes along with the body of this one. This is a solid brew no doubt.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2007
7-21-06. Dark amber, film for head. Decent zesty citrus character up front, almost no malt to speak of. Flavor nice combo of pine resin and citrus, but dusty, again no backbone. Sort of flat, oxidation is starting to set in.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Yeah, I get too much diacetyl in this one too. Really detracts at this level from what could be a quite tasty beer.


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