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This is an amber beer with assertive hopping. The kettle hops are Amerillo Gold and Cascade. These hops plus Columbus hops are used for dry hopping later in the fermenter.

Now brewed at Lost Rhino Brewing Company. Formerly brewed by Old Dominion Brewing Company, formerly of Ashburn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 4, 2003
Very nice rich nose of spruce and brown sugar, molasses and a hint of citrus. Pours a clear copper amber with golden highlights. The fully lasting large head is off-white and creamy with good lacing. The flavor is bold and spicy with moderate acidity. A good level of complexity and balance for this stlye leads to a finish of fair length. The medium creamy and soft palate is superb with an sharp astringency to the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 New: 3 Months after bottling this is so goddamned lively--the malt is lively and the hops are doing dances. This may be even better than Red Seal. Tremendous flavor. Old (at the brewery)(4.1):A study in fresh hops: huge fresh Cascade nose exhibiting that hop's floral qualities wonderfully. Th light malt fights to retain its position in this hoppy, but not overly-hopped, pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Bottled XMas eve 2002. Deep golden/amber color with a cream colored head. Pine trees, toffee and slightly sour milk aroma. Sour aroma dissipates as it warms. Quite smooth across the palate. Grapefruit sourness along with a balancing malt sweetness (maybe a bit late in the quaff), but it does take back the flavors. Linger of hops and malt near perfect. Now this is what I would call a true APA. Not an IPA as may american brewers want to call their over hopped ales. Call it like it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
I love this stuff. The hop balance is perfect. It is a lot like Dominion Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5127) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2002
I can’t quite put mu finger on it, but there seems to be a "homemade" quality to this beer - in a good way, of course. Hops dominate from start to finish, with a malty echo. Bought on a recommendation from the guy at Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA - Nice Call!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Nice hop aroma that some other APAs don’t have. Very pleasant. The flavor is more of the same, producing one of the better APAs (if you like ’em well-hopped).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2002
Quite hoppy, but able to support it well. Excellent American Pale, all the better for being from the East Coast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2002
(draft) Clear amber,with little head. Grapefruit-Cascade hops aroma, but not overpowering. Decent malt backbone with relatively restrained hops (OK --it’s still hoppy, but they could have made it much moreso). Goes down grapefruity bitter. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2002
Very good APA. More hopped in flavor than in aroma. The bitter hops predominate the flavor profile too much for my taste, and to my palate, the lack of malt balance makes this slightly thin-bodied. Still, this is nitpicking on a fine beverage. Enjoy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2001
Most definitely better than Tupper’s Hop Pocket Ale. The floral hop aroma on this is incredible. Translates well in the flavor profile also. Just a tinge of malt to balance. Good hop bitterness. Maybe a rival to Alpha King?

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