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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Some may call this a malty double IPA, some a hoppy barley wine. We prefer that it not be classified. We think of it, simply, as our strong winter ale. Intense hop aromatics and flavor (think pine, candied orange) blended with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the palate. Vitals: Color – Mahogany ABV – 9.1% O.G. – 1.080 Malt – American 2-Row, Marris Otter, Victory, Carapils, Caramel 80, Midnight Wheat Hops –Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade, Falconer’s Flight


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Newmassres (20) - - APR 28, 2014
This is an excellent pale ale. Lacy with good body and easy on the palate. Well worth the wait in finding this gem. $8 a bottle is a little steep given that Sculpin and Dogfishhead 90 are more economical and equally as good. But something to put on your beer bucket list for sure.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sweigardc (1) - - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
Hoppy and strong, yet well balanced. Lots of citrus, a little malt. like a strong IPA.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhatB420 (615) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2013
16.9 into a stemmed glass. This is wonderful, aroma is herbal hoppy with inviting whiffs of pine, soil, weed, and malty satisfaction. Taste is all around organic soil, pleasant hops, grass, citrus and more pine. The malt rides high within the first encounter, but the the hops seem to meddle in perfectly to pronounce their stance, which is strong. Color is a dark brown orange. head is nicely covering the brew but leaves sufficent room to breathe. Abv is there, but not fully brutel. Goes downn eloquantly (sp), smooth, and measures in some winter spices. I consider this one an excellent hybrid of a dipa and a strong ale. more on the dipa side. Aromics are ipa strong but the malt man, that simmers in striaght up and alters this one. An excellent brew by an excellent brewery.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle from Luke; Thanks! Awesome effervesent aroma of fresh pine needles, grass, and fresh citrus. Pours dark amber with foamy white head. Medium body, resiny, slick mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. Tastes like fresh pine tree. More sweet than bitter with citrusy notes as well. More body and sweetness than a typical DIPA, so I can see why this falls into the Strong Ale category. Really excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid orangy ruby with 3-finger fluffy sticky head. Nose is huge tangerine, pineapple, Simcoe and FF hops. Tastes rich, very tropical fruity, with the aforementioned pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, a huge IBU load, big carame; malt, and finishing black pepper. This one is a hop bomb.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (3784) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Location: Half liter bottle from Buy Rite, 2/18/13, Born on Date: 1/31/13

Aroma: The nose has some fresh tropical/citrus hops, some pine/resin, and a little spice
Appearance: It pours a dark orange-red with a fluffy head and some sticky lace
Flavor: The taste has lots of tropical fruit sweetness, some caramel, and lots of hoppy bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it some stickiness, a soft carbonation, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: Rater #11! I couldn’t help but break out this one as a celebratory beer today since it is a new, fresh beer from a great brewery! Anyway, what is there to say other then that this is another great, hoppy beer from Maine. What they are doing in the hop department just works.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2853) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Poured from a 500 ml bottle thanks to lukaduke. Thanks man! Pours a semihazy copper with a white head of bubbly foam. Aroma is dank pine with a spicy sweet malt backbone. Taste is a clean hop bitterness with lots of pine. Really nice and clean. Super drinkable, especially for its gravity. So good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9431) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy orange with a large, frothy and bubbly light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is fragrant floral, citrus and grapefruit hops with mango, peach, and pineapple fruity esters, and biscuit, honey malt. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with sweet malt, tropical fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3005) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish amber with a medium creamy beige head that sticks around and laces very nicely. Aroma is a pleasing blend of pine, grapefruit, citrus, just a touch of grass and caramel to keep it honest, along with some passionfruit. Flavor is light plus sweet and medium bitter, citrus pine caramel flavors all melding together. Finish is fairly bitter, but just short of harsh. Full body and creamy mouthfeel. ABV very well hidden, perhaps a bit of burn in the far finish to give it away. Yum!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2014
500 mL bottle from Whole Foods P Street. Gorgeous deep blood orange colored pour with a vivacious white head. Nose and flavor are absolutely lovely; tangerine, sweet kumquat, spruce tip, hints of peach and earthen loam, scallion, and garlic. Love the addition of Falconer’s Flight to add that slightest new-age change. Reminds me of an imperial Zoe but with more fruit character brought out by the malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is gorgeous; actually quite lean for the first 50% of the sip, then the slight malty richness and 9.1% ABV shows itself en route to the finish. Scary drinkable. Really beautifully done.


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