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Mishawaka Hop Head

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
The beer with our highest level of hops it is brewed as a specialty beer a few times a year. Brewed with the intent of providing an ale with a very high level of hop flavor without excessive bitterness. We use four varieties of hops and three malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5886) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2006
This beer was enjoyed alongside Beerdrenched. Pours orange / bronze with a large soapy off-white head that gets patchy as it settles. The aroma has lots of green hops with grapefruit and floral being dominant. Medium body with very nice soft carbonation. Taste has lots of floral and grapefruit hops as predicted from the aroma. There is some malt there to offset the hops, but only enough to offset this is hop forward. The finish is lightly astringent and metallic. There comes a bit of a watery taste on the finish. While there may have been a couple light problems on the finish this is a very solid beer I look forward to picking up more of in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Alpha King Competition 2006: Blind tasting. This one didnít do it for me. Decent piney hops in the flavor and aroma. Malt backs it up but there was big diacetyl notes that I just couldnít get past.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2006
The body is an unpolished gold with slow, lazy bubbles and a thick, creamy white head. Thereís a toffee & caramel scent nearly buried beneath an aroma of grapefruit, pine resin, and pineapple. The flavor is a nice blending of the above, the hoppy bitterness slowly growing, making sure you know that this is an IPA. The finish is a piney bitterness, not strong, but prolonged. A good quaffable IPA, to be sure.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Pours the standard light copper to amber with a thin white, quickly diminishing to nothing head. The nose is enormous on this brew. I could smell it upon cracking it open. Dripping with papaya with hints of resinous (marijuana?) and light sweet malt. Really one of the bes smelling brews Iíve had in some time. The palate is a little thin with low carbonation, though for the style, I suppose thatís what I want, because man could I ever drink a few of these. The flavor is really top notch as well. Again, big papaya, though now thereís also some resinous pine and marijuana-like flavors. Really strong bitterness over a light malt, itís tough to find a beer so big in the hops, I swear this might be one of the hoppiest beers Iíve ever had (somehow). The bitterness just lingers and almost leaves an impression on the tongue with that resinous flavor. I really like this, Iím glad to have found another good local brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2006
In appearance, this beer is a golden yellow/brown color with a thin white head. The aroma is great- I get citrus fruits, melon, papaya, sweet and sugary, brown sugar, light caramel, hops. The flavor is similar--hoppy, bitter, juicy and fruity. The price is right, its hoppy and full of flavor, I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Bottle. Small ivory head that was mostly lasting, poor lacing, visible carbonation, transparent, and an orange hue. Nose was malty, some caramel, citrus, and hoppy. The flavor was sweet, malty, hoppy, citrus, somewhat dry and a bitter finish. Hoppy mouthfeel. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2006
12oz - Aroma is floral hops, very malty, carmel and a late citrus zing. Pours cloudy light brown with a big lasting head and great lacing. Flavor isnít quite as hoppy, but has the same characteristics as aroma. Malty after taste is a bit musty. Palate is tart and sticky. Not a bad brew, glad itís at my local shop now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10756) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle. Orange-pineapple hops aroma with a hint of celery. Amber color with small head. Initially a slightly sweet pineapple flavor that is quickly overwhelmed by the hops. Long lasting bitterness. Very nice beer on the verge of being an I2PA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13595) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Draft sample at IBGF 06. Hazy copper color with a large off-white fizzy head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate earthy bitter flavor with the same earthy bitter finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Bottle: Dark golden, very cloudy with bits, large and small, floating about, moderate foamy off-white head, with sticky lacing. † Strong hop nose, slight pine, with a very subtle malt background. † Strong, assertive hop flavor up front. † This is my kind of IPA! † This is big, nothing subtle or soft about this, IPA except the malt backbone. † Big body, with a fairly moderate mouthfeel. † Clean finish, surprisingly long bitter finish. † Hop heads should celebrate as this is a BIG IPA, and well worthy of its praise. † If IBUs are your nemesis, stay way, as this will destroy the common folk! † No doubt one of the better/bigger IPAs to come out of Indiana. † Mucho thanks Mike for this kick ass example of a Big Boys IPA!

Note: Being from the PNW, I find this IPA quite suitable for this region, and even bigger than some of the finer examples available here. † I will only add that a bit more malt backbone would only highten its scores.

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