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RATINGS: 660   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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...created to aid in deciphering the puzzles along life’s road, and interpreting signs in the voyages of the spirit. Brewed in homage to the wisdom of visionaries everywhere who blaze paths into uncharted territories. Our take on an India Pale Ale (IPA.) A deep golden amber ale with a rich up-front malty nose finishing with a big, hoppy bite. Dry-hopped to finish with a big fresh (Cascade) hop flavor. Fermented with our 150 year old strain of top-fermenting yeast.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2003
This beer looks much more inviting than it really is, at least for an IPA - I expected much more bite, more bitterness, more hops than this beer offers. Yet, it is very smooth, and a light, warm weather easy-to-drink beer. Some fruitiness, and it has a lager quality to it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 16, 2003
My cap said "Love is blind to your behind." Poured out a definite copper color. Not much head here, just a slight ring of bubbles around the rim, and a little island of yeast in the center of the glass. Aromas of fresh cut hay, after a summer rain. Slight aroma of caramel in there also. Cascade hops very present here as well. Piney, resinous, sharp smelling hop aroma. Malts are subdued in this beer, as the hops make their presence well known. Lingering tastes of pine on the tongue. An ok beer for an American IPA, but not well balanced by the malts in my book.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1071) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Great American IPA! Just ready to harvest wheat color. Slight, lasting head. Perfect dryhopping. Enough malt for balance, but did I tell you about the hops? Good drinking beer!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2003
Copper in color with a medium, off-white head. Nice Cascade aroma - piney, citric. Thin bodied and out of balance considering it's unimpressive malt flavors/aromas. Slightr woody and non-hop astringent notes. Pretty much just straight hops with this beer - and I've had plenty of out-of-balance hop monsters that pulled of the task better than this one. Not bad, but not impressive either.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAR 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Nice strong hoppy taste with light body and sharp, brief aftertaste. Probably my favorite magic hat.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2003
In all fairness this probably deserves a re-rate at another time. Had it at the end of RAF and i was so sick of one-dimensonal hoppy beers that this one just pissed me off. Is it too much to ask for some malt flavor in an IPA? I mean seriously...

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Great body, very creamy, full, and malty, just a wonderfully rounded texture. Excellent citric hops balanced by a load of caramel malts. Nose is citric and sweet, holds good promise. Excellent stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BadGasAssMan (9) - USA - MAR 22, 2003 does not count
Has a much fuller body than #9. Aroma still enojys the same aspects of a #9, but has a nice IPA character to it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
I enjoyed this so much. Started off with some nice citrus aroma. I don't know if we got some really fresh bottles or what, but these were so hoppy from the front to the back - a nice citrus/piney hop - about the same intensity as Buckeye Hippie (80 ibu?). The malts provided a very thick body of moderate sweetness. The finish was thick and resiny at the back of the tongue. So enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Not my favorite IPA, but a good one. Taste a little like a blend of an English IPA and an America IPA. It is malty an bitter up front in a way that reminds me of an English IPA with the Earthy type qualities to the bitterness. On the finish, it is some what piney and acidic, in a way that reminds me of an American IPA, which probably comes from the dry hopping with cascade.


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