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Local Option American Muscle

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Local Option American Muscle – New World Double IPA Style: Double/Imperial IPA ABV: 12.5% Suggested Serving: Snifter Serving Temperature: 45°F, 7.2°C Web: http://www.localoptionbier.com Availability: On Draft Only American Muscle – New World Double IPA is massive hop-bomb brewed by the Local Option Bierwerker. Aggressively late-kettle and dry hopped with four quintessential varietals of American hops; this beer is built like houses used to be built. A strong malt backbone balances a rich, flavorful palate of citrus fruit with floral and earthy notes. No adjuncts or extracts of any type were used in this beer.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Really good double ipa Strong alcohol, veryalty an hoppy. Not much citrus in this one. Had this at haymarket ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2014
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY. Agressive IIPA at 12.5%. citrusy , dank pineiness, substantial malty/toffee backbone. drank well at 12.5%. far from a malty mess at the higher abv. hops still shined

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3863) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Location: Draft at Au Cheval, 6/10/14

Aroma: The nose is sweet for the style, a little booze, and a fair amount of resin/citrus hops
Appearance: The pour of this beer is cloudy and amber in color with a beige head on it
Flavor: The taste is much the same, sweet and a little bitter, with mild booze, and decent hops
Palate: A medium-plus body, with an average carbonation, some light heat, and a decent dryness
Overall Impression: I expected the booze to make more of an impact on this one considering the ABV. Otherwise, this one works pretty well. A tasty beer for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bendrixian (1098) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
On tap at brewery. Darker coppery/red colour. Huge aroma of fresh hops, pinecones and some resin but backed by a malts and biscuit. More of the same on the palate, with a hot finish that lingers well enough. Huge and tasty brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiGuy68 (407) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Tasted on tap at Chicago Diner. It poured a cloudy amber with a thin head. Had a sweet, fruity hopped aroma and a strong, yet sweet well hopped taste. This one is delicious, goes down easy, and packs a wallop with12.5% ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (879) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2014
My 168 fight night beer. Very different for a DIPA. The malt make up is what really seems to take this beer away from it’s counterparts. I mean the hops are in your face citrus and grapefruit, but the malt profile is something else.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2094) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Draft thanks to AndyReynolds - at first I thought this was a barleywine but my nose lied. Grapefruit, a strong malty backbone and soopa bitter. Reminds me of the BA southern tier unearthly. Damned good (oxymoron #1 for the year).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6317) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Almost entirely hazy orange amber red color. Little off-white head. Couple dots and bits of lace. Bigger, kind of slick body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Alcohol works better here than in other 12-13% DIPAs. No bite, burn, or onion - just a light pleasant alcohol warmth. Moderate sweetness. A lot of fleshy, bruised dark orange and citrus fruity hop flavors. Caramel malt, light burnt sugars. Toffee. Malty, but tasty. Alcohol is impressively well-hidden. Bigger body. A little sweet, but that’s it. Solid, big stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10584) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol burn as it warms. This is a solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2410) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2013
On tap at a pricy place in the viagra triangle, Lux Bar, served in a Local Option 10 or 12 oz glass. Paid about $12 for that, which is a lot but its pretty much 10 bucks everywhere in town. So, I paid a little more but at least I got a good beer at a place I would not expect to get some good beer. But that may be my biggest complaint about the beer, its very pricy. Its not some barrel aged, sour, ass puckering, imported, fancy oh la la. Its just a big hoppy beer, sure very big but still. But back to the point. Color is dark honey amber, cannot see through it but glows. Strong head as well. In short this is a good old school high octane hoppy beer. I actually do not get caramel notes from this, which I do not like in hoppy beer. There are some residual sugars, well a good deal, but it works for the beer. There are just enough sugars to offset some of the heat and a lot of bitter hops in the flavor. Along with the bitter hops, the other hoppy flavors lean toward fruit but not overly tropical. As I said, not caremel, not overly sweet or sticky, very hoppy, very big but sugars hiding some of the heat. I wont drink it again because of the price but I enjoyed my experience. Haven’t done a decent version of this kind of beer in a few years.


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