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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12509) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2009
12oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Small off-white head atop dead-yeast-filled amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange/floral, some caramel. Taste is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, some earthy, tea, light bread/caramel. Medium body, some resin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12413) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/19/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Ticker Tasting

clear dark gold, big off white head, lots of tiny bubbles, lots of thick drippy lace, sweet crystal mat aroma with citrus and floral hops, nice earthy hops flavor balanced by lightly sweet crystal malts, nice citrus character,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10285) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Beer acquired in trade with BBB63 (thanks!). Poured a medium to dark amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of light pine, flowers, citrus and caramel. Tastes of caramel, butterscotch, and citrus. Medium bitter with a nice malt balance (not your typical overboard bitter IPA). Very good, and I’m glad I had the chance to try this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle... Clear, golden ale with a mid-sized, wispy, white head. Terrific retention. This one has that black tea aroma I love... along with a little buttery diacetyl. Also notes of cocoa and crystal malt. More-than-medium-bitter flavor with caramel, more black tea and grapefruit rind. Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Finishes tongue-numbingly bitter and lasting. A shout goes out to MI2CA for providing the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 Sample at the Beer ’N Rock Band tasting on 08/27/2010: Pours a clear orange-yellow color with a medium thin frothy off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Citrusy hops aroma plus some malt notes. Medium body with flavors of hops and grapefruit, along with a touch of sweet malt. The finish is hoppy and leaves a short citrus aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9462) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
355mL courtesy of GCurlow. Pours a clear amber with a healthy, off-white head that leaves giant 360 sheety lace. Aroma of custard, butterscotch, Taste is English tea, diacetyl. Drying, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Pours a lightly effervescent transparent amber bronze with a small, clingy-lacing airy white head. Aroma of toasty, earthy, peppery hops and some grainy pale malt. Body starts with some light toasted caramel malty sweetness and good bittering hop balance toward a resiny, drier bittersweet lingering finish. A good to average IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6600) - 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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