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RATINGS: 1213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A hoppy full bodied beer, crisp and clean. Made with generous amounts of Columbus, Willamette and Centennial hops.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Pours a dark amber with lots of suspended particles and a large, rocky off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy and grapefruity. Taste has strong notes of hops, grapefruit/citrus and pine; very resiny. Some caramel in there too. Good malty sweetness to back up the high alpha hops. Leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. Very full and creamy on the palate with medium carbonation. Lacing hangs all thoughout the glass in sheets, great head retention. Highly recommended.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Bottle. Appearance was a small sized creamy and smooth ivory head and fine-large sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. Softly carbonated, hazy and a orange-brown hue. The aroma was malty and hoppy with a bitter and hoppy taste. The mouthfeel was too tingly and hoppy for my taste. The lacing was average.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Decent sized tan head tops this suprisingly brown IPA. It’s a bit cloudy, but has nice lacing throughout. The aroma is a suprise because it contains such a nice malt character in addition to piney hop aromas. It’s a medium bodied beer with a creamy texture, which I think comes largely from the carmel malt flavor that is unexpected, but quite welcome. The bitterness is led by a spruce hop flavor that balances nicely with the malt presence. Very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2004
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of frothy large sized mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was a carbonated very dark hazy dark brown color. The aroma is all hops and the mouth feel is tingly from start to finish with a strong hop bite at the start that fades into the finish with time. The flavor is that of piney hops and some mild caramel notes. Actually a pretty good hop head brew and one that satisfied my palate too. Maybe I am finally linking hoppy brews?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Medium-darker brown body with a thick, frothy white head that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Strong malt nose but definately not lacking on the hops either. A bit carmely with some citusy fruits. Very fresh. Syrupy sweet carmel malts taste with a good hop kick in the end. Just the slightest alcohol aftertaste and warming. A most excellant IPA!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Amber clear beer with a good full tan head. Good malt and hop aromas that blend well. Good hop bitterness and flavor with some crystal malt to go with it. Great IPA, they did a good job on this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 Great hoppy ale. Nice amber ale with some nice white head. Beer has some great flavor and some great hop tones. Awesome IPA

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2004
A very good, full flavored IPA. Backed up with a crisp and strong hop bitterness. Also had a slight hint of grapefruit that a lot of IPAs tend to have.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4148) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2004
Melted caramel color with a lasting off white head that left lots of sticky lace. Pine hop nose. Syrupy mouthfeel with lots of hop burn on the tongue. Great fruity malt backbone with grapefruit rind bitterness. Very well balanced but definitely a hop showcase. Great IPA. Thanks to HeRftYDrF for the tade.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4773) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 12 oz bottle. Dark maple, medium head decays quickly, lacing beautifully. Dried cherries, caramel, and pine dominate a complex, vivacious nose, and this dark fruitiness carries over into the wonderfully deep, sweet body which seems almost a cross between a Scottish Ale and an IPA to me; very sweet, earthy and creamy but with underlying layer upon layer of complex leafy fresh stinky PNW hoppiness. This is a treasure, unquestionably one of the best IPAs I've had. The bitterness goes on and on and on.


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