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Mad Brewer Hop Fusion IPA

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This hop bomb will blow you away with its stellar taste and smooth hoppy finish.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2008
(22oz. bottle) Pours an amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit, orange, and pine. Flavor of hops (citrus, pine) and caramel malt. Nicely balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Date: November 29, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: clear dark amber, frothy beige head, drippy patterns of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, lots of bready character, sweet citrus, earthy and floral hops
Flavor: lots of bitter earthy flavor, plenty of rich caramel malt, earthyness keeps it pretty dry, light peppery spicyness, touch of alcohol, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10804) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Draft at Brew Keeper. Poured hazy copper with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hoppy and small malt aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture. moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium smooth bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. A standout beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2008
22oz bottle acquired in trade with goryshkewych (thanks!). Poured a deep and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Some floaters. Aromas of citrus, floral, and light toasted caramel. Tastes of oranges, grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Has a sweet balance to the bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
Enjoyed at the brewpub. C-hop aroma, grapefruit colour, lacey, lots of dots about. A tasty IPA, fresh.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2006
This beer is a dark amber color with a medium off-white head that lasts a long time. Thin patchy lacing. Aroma of fruit and sprucey hops. Very hoppy character, with some fruit flavor as well. The finish is bitter and lingering with hops and spice. Rather good from start to finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Dark nut brown colored body with a frothy tan head. Rich flavor of cedar wood and pine cone hops, some fruit juices, some cherries and oranges… vibrant and fresh tasting, but also chewy and thick with a distracting bready malt body that is out of place in an IPA. Malty cherry pits and nut bread cloud the fruity hop notes. Somewhat rough bitterness, not helped by a coarse malt/bread base. Okay overall, without glaring flaws, but could be a bit better.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Bottle thanks to Nathan! Poured clear medium orange with a healthy cap of sticky off-white head. The aroma was enjoyable at a distance, but sour and unbalanced up close.. light fruit skins took over and pushed juicy grapefruit and caramel into the background. Sour apple skins and lactic notes give the first and most prominent impression on the palate, with sweet grapefruit and buttered toffee at the base.. bitter pine and grapefruit fight with the sourness on the edges.. good elements in there, but it doesn’t appear to have held up very well. Medium-bodied and too sour on the palate.. nice higher level of bitterness. OK, but I’d love to try a fresh bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bottle from Beerman6686. Thanks man! Nice hop nose that consists of citrus - orange and grapefruit mainly, tropical punch, a hint of dank, and some caramel malts. Pours dark amber with a thin white head, some lace. Soft toasty flavors, moderate citrus notes - mostly juicy orange, some floral and pine notes as well. Lightly juicy piney resins linger on the palate. Fairly standard nicely drinkable IPA with no flaws.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5554) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2009
22 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma was citrus, floral, fruity, and caramel. The flavor had much of the same things as the nose, but the hops were dominant. There was quite a bit of orange, grapefruit along with the peels, light pine, but not enough of the caramel and bready malt to balance things. I did like this because I don’t think every beer needs to be perfectly balanced.


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