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RATINGS: 633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Our IPA is created from a base of Pale and Crystal malts and is aggressively hopped throughout the brewing process with a final hop addition in the conditioning vessel. A beautiful flowery hop aroma will greet you as you dive into this hop lover’s dream. A middle caramel malt presence balances high hop bitterness with hop flavor end to end... learn to love hops! (Editor’s Note: originally brewed by Humboldt Brewing Company under the name "Humboldt IPA Nectar" until their acquisition by Firestone Walker.)


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2005
Cracking the lid on this was like opening a bag of fresh cascade hops; such a strong hoppy aroma, bitey citrus and pine... enough to scare you off initially. The flavour, like the aroma, is also over powering until you get used to it; not really balanced. Finishes off nicely with rounded malt flavour and some tough bitterness that hangs around for a while.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2005
In my opinion simply the best IPA around. Grapefruit is the most obvious flavor though does not begin to describe the complexities of this beer. Apples, pears, oranges, etc. sweet nectar without being cloying. Nice soapy head shows some birdseye bubbly. All this while being a great session brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34004) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2005
An orange beer with a disappearing orange head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy, from a good hop sort (or combination), but also with notes of caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of grass and flowers, leading to a good bitter hoppy end, but the body is a little thin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Ruby orange color, thin head, some lacing. Nose of musky, woody, dusty and overall earthy hops. The malts are present and is sort of "chapstickish" with vanilla notes. The flavor is good, a bit of bitterness and a nice level of body and sweetness to counterbalance. I like it when those two balance but don’t blend, I want to taste them both. The finish is resinous and sappy, juicy and citric. Good IPA, interesting to find out the hop varieties.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF ’05. Golden brown body. Grapefruit rind and cane sugar aroma. Simplistic grapefruit bitter flavor. Blah.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Crysal clear copper, thin head. Nutty, caramel malt aroma supported by slightly grassy, pine and citrus hops. Very clean and quenching flavor, with sweet malt holding up to great hop character. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6252) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 Original rating: Draft at KClingers. Reddish amber with just a whispy head. Light fruity aroma, but with a nice full fruit salad-hop flavor. Quite drinkable. Re-rate from the bottle 1/21/07: More orange than red. Solid but thick head. Otherwise, same as above.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2005
OK ... an unremarkable west coast IPA yet without any obvious defects. Great dark golden appearance with orange/tan head. Good citrus and hoppy nose. Grapefruity Willamette and Pine and Orange Cascade hops both clearly present with a long hoppy finish. Malt and hops in balance. A bit dry in the mouth, more so than in most American IPAs. Easy to drink.
Earlier Rating: 4/27/2003 Total Score: 3.6
Reddish golden ale, like many American IPAs. I am planning to be pleased. Nose speaks of hops and malt. Mouth like an ale. This is a good, hoppy malty beer with a good bitter finish. Citrus American bite, not to the levels I have come to expect from an IPA. Pleasant and easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 5, 2005
The nectar hit my nose as soon as I popped the cap. Pours a gorgeous ruby-orange, dark for an IPA. Head is buttery, yellow-white, thick. Aroma is heavenly, sweet, nectar-like pine, pineapple, peach and melons. Taste is likewise at first with sweet fruit malt caressing the taste buds before the sizzle of the hops begin. The hops are not over done and match very nicely. They’re the slight spicy, vegetable variety. Enough to dry the tongue, but not destroy it... just a little toasted in the finish. Great beer! Purchased at Norm’s Beer in Vienna, VA

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6537) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 This one came to me in my beer club. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright caramel color with a very creamy medium sized yellowish head. The aroma is strong with grapefruity hops. There is a strong grapefruit flavor with light sweet malts underneath. The balance is not too bad but the hops really dominate. Still not as good as the Double Barrell.


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