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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Simcoe hops take the pedal to the metal on this beer bus with jump-started hop aroma, revved-up citrus flavor, and road-raging bitterness. Ready to ride? This single hop Double IPA's got the goods: a fully loaded malt base pumps out 9% ABV and supports 105 IBUs. (Don't) get wrecked.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2008
22oz bottle shared courtesy of Ughsmash (thanks for yet another beer off my wish list!). Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of some citrus, toasted grains, and some fruitiness. All on the softer side. Tastes of tropical fruits, caramel, toffee, and some citrus. The hops definitely mellowed out, but I’m glad I had the chance to try this one!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7157) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Bomber. Poured clear, bright lighter golden with a fluffy cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet lighter fruits and toasted grains with dry floral and shadows of juicy grapefruit.. softer than expected and very well received. The flavor lost a lot of its hop power, but was still quite nice.. toffee and other paler malts surrounded by grapefruit, grassy, and pineapple bitterness that rose as the drink progressed.. finished bitter with some juicy remnants. Medium-bodied and increasingly bitter on the palate.. a little raw and a little past its prime, but still quite good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

hazy dark yellow, wispy off white head, sweet citrus malt flavor, long bitter finish, nice sweetness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcallister (31) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2007
This DIPA screams at you from the glass. A fiery blood orange/red. Full of miniscule floaties and some stray carbonation bubbles. The head is thick, white, and coats the glass with sticky, resiny lacing. Overall retention is superb. Sweet citrus. Lemon, grapefruit, lime, hints of tangerine, and star fruit, with a nice touch of toffeed malt to integrate things a bit. Very sweet smelling hops somewhat floral. Man this is a great beer. Thick with resiny, citrus fruity hops that finish on the piney side. Grassy on the finish as well with toffee malt at the mid. Prickles the taste buds on entry and through the long finish. Very citrusy again but not much grapefruit in the mouth more led by tangerine and star fruit with a lemon/lime twist. Nicely carbonated, medium mouth. Drinkable as hell, no signs of alcohol. If anyone from Midnight Sun is reading this. Please start distribution in Ohio. Your beer is outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 December í06 bomber drunk on 4/18/07
Large, foamy white head shows moderate retention, light lacing and tops a deep golden body with some peachy tints. Fine-bubbled carbonation rising sporadically.
Deep simcoe nose shows tons of pine, though itís not horribly acidic or bitter (thereís a punch to it though). Hop oils are quite fat and push aside much of the malt, though some moderate toasty, lightly sourdough-like malts fight back (munich maybe?). Pine sap and wintergreen sit starkly on the end, with a clean yeast and very minimal malt sugars. With warming and breathing, the carbonation lessens and the effect is to allow the hop aromas to spread out more and become a little more "fuzzy". Not as concentrated, thick and oily, though still displaying plenty of conifer and white grapefruit. Alcohol is lightly felt and the strength of the beer hangs on the end, with a bit of doughiness and dextrinous heft.
Fruitiness is immediately apparent, but itís a light pineapple-peach flavor that gives way quickly to strong pine and very dry white grapefruit notes. Some breadiness from the malt, maybe, and definitely moderate dextrines. Carbonation is kind of a let down. For a bottle conditioned beer, itís a bit loose and prickly. Acidity constantly and inevitably builds up, but enough brisk pine and citrus flavors hang on to keep it enjoyable all the way to the end. You know what else? This beer is about 4 months old. No doubt it has lost a lot of its hop flavor and aroma, showing more bitterness than was intended by the brewer. Still must be incredibly bitter fresh, but with that fresh simcoe that still shows through strongly even now.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
Bottle shared by cquiroga on 12/1/06: Lightly effervescent golden bronze color with a frothy off-white head. Fresh, grainy sweet toasty caramel malty aroma has some earthy piny hop character. Body starts sweet and with some sugar cookie doughiness and piny grapefruity hop balance toward a crisp, drier bitter finish. Needs some more big aroma hops, but otherwise a pretty nice IIPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2007
Big fruity nose and powerfully grapefruit-esque. This one is simultaneously smooth and bitter (not palate burning)on the finish. Hazy, clouded tawny/copper color with a small, well-centered white head. Prominent and columnular lacing. Exceptional IPA!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2007
Draft: Pours an etremely cloudy orange with a small tight head. Not a huge aroma, but definitely some hops and malt honey aroma. Flavor is a little sweet but with a huge hop bitterness and floral citrusy flavors. Medium to light body goes down pretty easy, quite tasty. Hop bitterness lingers.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JRBowie (18) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2007
This is a truely awsom Doulble IPA! It is like jack hammers on the tongue. A much have for any true HOP HEAD!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2007
December 2006 Bottling. Light peach color. Ample froth. Ok hop aroma. Lemony and grapefruity, but not overly citrusy like I like, and a bit medicinal. Nice malt sweetness melds with the hops well . The hops are fairly nice, Iím just so used to Dreadaught which is so bright and citrusy, and amazing I might add. But this does have some positive aspects. It has some very nice lemon oil flavors that are fairly lasting, with a few citrus fruits. This is a good Double IPA worth seeking out. Drink it a little warmer than usually recommended for this style.


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