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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 126   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A big, crisp Ale that is hopped to the extreme. A Combination of Pale Ale, Bonlander Munich and Carapils Malts to which a very, very, generous amount of hops has been added gives a balanced 126 IBU beer.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (524) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Clear light orange body with a white head. Mostly buttery aroma with a hint of cinamon(thanks for that one Mike). Slight buttery taste with some semi-bitter hops. Interesting and sort of good, but not outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Shiney clear reddish amber. Creamy white head with good lacing. Buttery citrus hops with pine accents. Rindy bitter orange hop flavor, with some sweet + spicy buttery malt accompanying it. I didnít like this at first, but it seems like after it warmed up (and/or opened up from oxidation?) it got better. A bit richer, fuller, bolder. Hops were more noticable and better tasting, even the next day (I fell asleep before I finished the bottle).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Pours a clear still copper with a thin, short lasting head. Aroma has some green, earthy floral hoppiness with some diacetyl butterscotch. Starts with sweet caramel maltiness and some earthy bitterness turning toward a dry, sticky, bittering and aroma hop finish. Could be fresher tasting with less butterscotch, but still a nice double IPA with some subtle complexities. Thanks Kinz!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Never have I had a beer that was so dominated by butterscotch in the aroma that it hadnít affected the flavor. Here is that example. Flavor instead is very peaty - almost as if rock hard water had been used. This is a yeastier and breadier IIPA than most, and the hop aroma and finish are just buried under the toffee toast.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 sitting at my favorite brewery(kuhnhenn with flemdawg, llgrgg, styles, eyedrinkale, scraff and wohlfs. thanks goes to wohlfs for this one. poured a amber copper with a off white head. aroma hops, citrus, cinamon and I got a soapy aroma, malts hint of alcohol, some grass. flavor hops, grapefruit, flora, a touch of vanilla not to bad of a beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2005
bottle provided by tchrome and shared among some great ratebeerians, thanks for having us over, ernest. pours dark tan with a nice head. aroma is hoppy vanilla creme cookie. taste is very sweet with a bold hop side. floral hop taste dominates and leaves a dry mouth. lingering butterscotch and hop finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Mostly clear and medium amber-red. Creamy and weighty with a fluffy carbonation. Richly malted, with elements of dark caramel, hard candy, and super-rich toffee. Much maltier than your typical imp./dbl. IPA, especially the West Coast impy IPAs, as Pdee noted. Wonderful hop notes throughout (aromatic flowers, nips of lemon, grass, herbs, and a little sourness). Grass resin sticks to the roof of the mouth in the aftertaste. Very complementing sweetness and bitterness. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Glowing golden red. Ripe, sweet hop aroma. Balanced hop flavor, not overdone as an East Coast IPA should be. Floral, hints of alcohol. Nice sweet finish. Solid, full malty mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (orange, grapefruit), lightly malty (toasted bread). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Iím sorry, I just donít see the appeal of this one. Itís not very rich, and the aroma is pretty ordinary for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2005
orangey golden color, off white head. floral and resiny hop nose. creamy mouthfeel, bitter hop flavor. sweet malt backing but not cloying or sticky like most IIPAs.


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