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RATINGS: 472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.25%
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A style of beer curiously born on the foggy shores of Father Junipero Serra’s first founding mission. Our own vigorous entry is one rebellious IPA, quick on the trigger, and brimming with a bounty of hop ingenuity. This is a big, bold, brazen beer, a restless vision of a new America.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (935) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Poured from a draft into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company on March 16, 2012. Color was hazy caramel. About one finger of head. Light film on lacing on the top. Even amount of cobweb film on the sides. Got a deep whiff of citrus hops, probably lemon. Fairly balanced but nothing too special overall. Not too much citrus in the taste, but very bitter. Can really taste the alcohol. Kind of smooth. Lots of different things going on in the taste. Medium body. Slight texture. Average carbonation,. Bitter, but smooth finish. Just an OK double IPA. It had its moments but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have another one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a thick, lacing head. Huge hoppy aroma. Thick citrus notes. Chewy. Dry, hoppy finish. Nice balance and the alcohol is masked. Very impressive brew.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2012
This one is piney with a lot of caramel, some citrus, the bitterness isn’t too high. Just not that great in the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop aromas of roasted, caramel, perfume and cooked orange, with date and honey in the background. Head is averag size, frothy, off-white with some slippery lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is slightly hazy, medium orange. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft carbonation. Perfect malt and hop balance in the aroma of this DIPA, maybe a bit too sweet for the style, but still way above average.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2012
bottle in San Fran: tasty, tasty beer. Packed with so much hops that it can get a bit overwhelming (only 12oz though, so that’s good) but lots of floral character, and clean. Some balancing sweet malts and some booze in the finish. Dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2012
12 oz bottle from Birmingham, I think. Pours very orange, somewhat hazy with a temporary quarter inch head that dissipates to a single layer that persists throughout consumption. Aroma is that of citrus-and-pine hops with common caramel sweet malt. (yawn) Taste is much the same but with some additional spicy flavor hops, thankfully helping to offset some of the malt sweetness. Medium to full body as expected; carbonation presents the flavor and aroma profiles well. Alcohol creeps in with some burning sensation. Not my favorite DIPA but certainly quaffable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1129) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle, as pictured, as a gift from my parents’ trip to San Diego. Pretty good, though not as hoppy as I’d have hoped. Smells definitely citrusy, and tastes that way as well. Easy to drink and a little bit of honey in the taste, I think. Definitely doesn’t go down like you’d expect a 9+% ABV DIPA to....much easier to drink than expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfishho (599) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours orangey gold with a pillowy white head. The aroma is filled with resiny, piney hops and not much more beyond the average malty sweetness. The palate is dry, bitter, and tannic. There’s a touch of sweetness on the end, but the beer feels somewhat out of balance. I thought it was just okay.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3219) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Pours a hazy amber with a medium lt tan head. Aroma has light tea and earthy hop notes...a bit or orange. Flavor follows suit...some fruitiness...a bit like a hoppy, bitter barleywine. Mouthfeel is medium/full and sticky with a dry, earthy bitter finish that has some oakiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (1993) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Poured a dark amber hue with a beige head. Aroma had a nice mix of caramel malts, pine and grapefruit hops and an interesting coconut note to it. Flavor was well balanced a nice malt base upfront and good hop flavors. Seemed to have more of a grapefruit note than pine, which I normally prefer. Finish was slightly dry and the body was smooth and full. A good double IPA. Alcohol seemed well hidden.


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