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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (603) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 I get this on tap, had the bottles a few times. Really a powerful punch of hops, nice bitterness to match the malt. 2 pints of this and I get my hops fix for the evening. I get a lot of Cascades citrus on the nose but there is a nice resin aroma as well. The wheat is apparent in the head, slightly in the taste. This is a very nice APA. Lost Rhino version. Had this on tap a number of places and I am disappointed in this beer compared to the original made by Old Dominion. The hop character is different and less intense in Lost Rhino’s beer. If I wasn’t a regular NRPA consumer before, I’d probably like this one more. As it is, it is a poor representation of the old beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
Hoppy, citrus aroma, orange, with a slight head. Hoppy, orange flavours, very bitter! Almost seems an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
Orange-copper. Slight haze. Off-white head. Fresh, hoppy, citrus aroma w/ malt in background. Medium, resiny feel. Fresh, floral, citrusy, hop flavour. Good malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5462) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2003
Had this at the Bon Vivant Beer Lovers Club on 6-27-03. Pleasantly hopped aroma on this amber beauty. Floral and slightly coniferous tang in the mouth. Splash a little sweetness to its piny and oily body and you have a nice American pale ale. Surprised it was this good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2003
This beer poured a copper gold color and formed a big foamy white head that left circular lace as it slowly subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops and cirtrus is present. A flavor of malt, hops, and caramel with a touch of astrigent hop bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 Ooooh yeah, I’ve got me a new summer beer. Amber-copper, decent head. Nose is quite hoppy, sharp and citric, some noticeable sweetness. Is quite hoppy, lots of grapefruit, good bitterness. Has just a lovely amount of malts to back up the hops, quite sweet, a bit toasty, slighty nutty. Just a beautiful balance. Palate is perfect, a bit lighter than most pale ales but has a glorious, creamy stickiness to it. The combination of the citric hops, sweet malts, and lovely palate make this just wonderfully quaffable, will be very appreciated on a hot day as it has both complexity and drinkability. Excellent stuff. Could not be any better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4981) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2003 Bottle #2:
Bright clear orange/light amber colour with a dense off-white head. Strong citrus hops in the aroma. Medium to light-bodied; Strong hoppiness in the taste, but an excellent malt to back it up. Overall, a nice refreshing APA! I sampled this beer at Joey_Capps' on 13-September-2003 in Hamilton, Ontario. I brought this up for the guys from up North to try! Rating for this sample: 9,4,8,4,16.

Bottle #1:
Good colour, somewhat light golden, but for a APA, this is just fine. Good smell, pretty well dry hopped most likely. Good flavour with pleasant but not an overwhelming hop presence. A very light beer which isn't overwhelmed with tremendous amounts of malt and hop. This is one to drink time and time again. There is a reason the Old Dominion state (Virginia) is a great place to drink beer: The Old Dominion Brewing Company! Rating for this sample: 8,3,8,3,14.

   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.

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