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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Best described as a "lighter" big, hoppy IPA.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Draught at the brewery, 6/20/15
Reddish-amber, clear with a medium sized off-white head that slowly recedes to cover.
Interesting nose, I will give it that. Not your usual tropical/juicy fruit hop salad, yet nor is it a citrus/pine concoction. Rather, you’ve got leafy green spruce notes, with a touch of wintergreen, dry pine and plentiful cherry-like sweetness. I guess this is some ester and it’s quite interesting and unique. Reminds me very, very much of something like Gales Christmas ale or Harveys Christmas ale (can’t remember off-hand without going back and looking at my reviews). Sugars are light, though, mostly just pale malts and no weird bubble gum or cotton candy, nor is there any alcohol.
The flavor is even more akin to these traditional English christmas ales (and non-christmas ones too, the christmas ones are usually stronger, so it reminds me of those particularly). Sweet, yet nowhere cloying, with green, lush hops, a touch of candied orange and dry pine all balancing each other well. Ample carbonation helps relieve the high gravity nature and the malt is still well-attenuated yet sumptuous. Delicious cherry ester character lingers on, and increases with warming.
Not rating this as an American Double IPA, but more of an American/English Strong Ale hybrid.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rodenbach99 (3515) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
En fût au Great Lost Bear. Un liquide jaune foncé trouble. Un nez et une bouche problématique avec des notes de vomis, de caramel et de miel. Vraiment mauvais.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SlovakSniper (3826) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
En fût au Great Lost Bear. Robe orangée et généreuse mousse. Le nez est rempli de caramel et de houblons qui dégagent des odeurs de bile. En bouche, ça goûte le contenu d’un estomac d’un gars qui vient de manger du caramel et des houblons. Au palais, c’est un peu collant. En fin de bouche, ça manque d’amertume. Problématique.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (4400) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Draft Great Lost Bear, clear amber with no head at all. Nose is oily pine resin and thick caramel malt.

Flavor starts with big caramel sweetness followed by lots of pine resin near the back side. Bitterness is abrupt and is gone real fast. The texture is syrupy and kind of sticky. My overall impression is that this is a standard IPA and nowhere near a DIPA. Because the bitterness is short lived with more malt then hops. If you like your IPA’s sweet, this could be appealing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strife21 (223) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Pours dark amber with frothy head. Smells hoppy with pine and citrus notes Tastes danky and earthy, notes of bitter grapefruit. Smooth malt balance at finish. Medium body, medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2660) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Growler from brewery. Pours a rich copper color with a two finger sticky eggshell foam. On the nose there is lots of sweet round caramel notes a bit of toasted malt and some citrusy juicy fruit coming through as well. On the palate its starts a bit sticky and round with some nice juicy hop flavors, but the sweet caramel rolls in mid palate and then a touch of bitters take the finish away.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
czar (5568) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
growler share at hill farmstead harvest festival. clear golden-amber with a nice off-white head, some retention. loads of caramel, booze, oranges, citrus and pine. unbalanced. avarege carbonation, medium body, decent citrusy finish. meh.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9447) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
Neutral aroma, on tap at Great Lost Bear. Golden coloured body with a white head and very lacey. Above average mouthfeel. Some hoppyness, but rather below what I would expect from an IPA these days, and certainly not a DIPA as listed.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 15, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2011. Slightly hazy golden brown color. Sweet juicy grapefruit and pine aroma. Flavors of toffee, grapefruit, mango and plenty of pine. Slightly soapy. Strong hard bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11722) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
Amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt and citrus hops. Sweet malty flavour with a bit of hops


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