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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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In 1842, the first hop farms appeared in Sauk County. The heart of the hops boom was in Kilbourn City (now Wisconsin Dells).This medium-bodied amber ale has a pleasant hoppy flavor & aroma. Locally grown hops are harvested from Brownie Zinkeís Hop Farm & are used to create this one-of-a-kind ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2006
On-tap @ the Brewpub. Amber color. The fresh hop aroma you get right off the bat is great, and I was told all the hops used are locally grown...nice. A solid use of caramel malts, but the hops take over from there and lead to a great, smooth brew that is certainly hop-driven. I asked the bartender if there were any plans to bottle their beers in the near future, and he actually said they are planning to bottle the Kilbourn Hop Ale soon. Assuming thatís done, itíll start very local for sure, but itíd be nice to see this one out in stores for more people to try. Overall impression..this is a very good, hoppy pale ale. You canít stop at this place and not try this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2585) - Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2006
(Tap) Pours amber with tan head. Great balance, in my opinion. Iím not a big IPA fan, but this brew was refreshing and very drinkable. Would definitely drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Tap @ brewery. Good floral and pine aromas. Deep amber body with off white head. Medium bodied hop bite and bitterness. Cool and crisp on the palate. A good refreshing brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2006
First off - this is NOT an IPA - Iíd call it a brown ale, the brewery calls it an amber. This one one of the best I had of six. Nice head that laced well. Nutty and a bit bitter. The local hops taste English to my palate. A hoppy brown, but too malty for an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Tap: at this point itís hard to tell if the beer is decent or the first five or six were that bad. Amber with nice beige head. Aroma has decent pine hop aroma. Big hop kick in flavor right off the bat, maybe a little unbalanced, but drinkable. Servers told me this was a "hopped up amber"? hmmm...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2252) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2005
The nose definitely has a hop presence but is well balanced. Clear, dark amber body. No visible carbonation. Creamy lace and head. Nice mouthfeel. Hops are clearly there, as is the malt. Well balanced as the nose predicted. Strongish with a bite. Some flaws but not glaring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Bright clear copper in color with a creamy tan head. Nice hop profile greets the nose along with some honey and ginger. Upfront pine and grass flavor characteristics. Dry and encompassing on the palate. Thins out slightly in the finish but this one can stand on its own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Ya know what... I really liked this one. Copper with white head and good lacing. Nose is hoppy and the taste is just about the same with some good malt character to it. Imagine a good IIPA but tone everything down about 50 fold and that is what this is. There is a good balance and is very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5755) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2005
On tap at the brewpub/restaurant in the Wisconsin Dells. Medium copper pour with a good sized off-white head and sticky lacing. Floral aroma, grapefruity citrussy and spruce hoppiness with a bit of a underlying nuttiness. Decnelty thick mouthfeel. Overall, a very good brewpub IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
Gold color with a thin head. Spicy hop aroma. The taste is not as punch-in-the-face as the aroma suggested it might be. Semi-syrupy hop taste. Spicy and floral.

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