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RATINGS: 913   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Ready to buck convention? We took the traditional IPA, originally shipped from Englad to India in the 1700s, and made it bolder and more flavorful - American style. We've added new varieties of highly aromatic American hops to create a distinctive bitterness profile and an incredible hop character. Hop on, hold tight, and enjoy the ride!


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2009
November 2009 bottle date; Sampled August 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a pretty red tinged, copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pungeant hops; a mix of fruity, citrusy components and slightly dank, herbal hop notes that mix together quite well. Up front there are abundant notes of lychee, grapefruit skin oil, concentrated apricot and bright bergamot notes while the middle and finish of the aroma is more dominated by dirty hemp oil notes, herbal pine needle aromatics and really just a nice, dank hop character.

Lightly sweet malt up front almost gets stripped away by the aggressive hops in the middle, but peaks out towards the finish again just before a linger, biting, herbal bitterness cleanses the palate of all malt character. There is enough malt here to carry the hops, and in fact you can actually taste some of the malt notes underneath the hop onslaught; a touch of biscuit malt character, some light caramel as well as a touch of toasted grain cracker flavors join the fleeting, clean malt sweetness. This is actually quite light bodied; in fact it almost doesn’t have enough texture to carry the hop flavors as it can seem a bit on the thin side at times. A lot of the juicy hop fruit notes of the aroma are muted here in the flavor (not enough residual malt character to accentuate these notes) these notes are still here, and they are quite noticeable though with flavors of lychee, herbal grapefruit zest notes and tangerine zest flavors. The harder hop flavors are quite evident with ample notes of pine sap, hemp oil as well as just a solid dank herbal hop component.

The aroma of this beer is just sticky with hop lupulin, unfortunately there is not quite enough body and structure to this beer so that the flavor is just a bit too unbalanced. In fact this is one of those beers that would have actually carried the hop character better if it had just a touch more residual malt character left to it. Don’t get me wrong, this beer is pretty tasty, but it is quite easy to see how I would like to improve it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
justinehrlich (18) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2009
12 oz bottle. Copper coloring. The hops are kept to a minimum, while having a strong hop presence. This is one of my favorite IPAs.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4639) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle. Bronze beer with a strongish head. The aroma is mildly hopped, and the flavour is very deeply hopped and quite malty at the finish. Overall a very nice IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (3020) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2009
Bottle. Copper coloured pour with decent white head. Wonderful hoppy aroma was spot on. Hoppy, malty, pine, citrus taste, no sweetness but really drinkable. This is my kind of IPA, wish I had bought more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
12 oz. bottle. One of many brought back from Ft Collins by a friend who was visiting his son at school. Poured to a fest glass a deep, orangy gold with an off white, frothy foamed head and clingy, ribbony lace. The aroma was pleasantly pungent citrus, with a hint of mid-fruit sweetness, a little resin, but mainly citrus. Smooth malt set up the background. The flavor was these and a nice, dry bitterness that lasted through the finish. Kick ass but still easy drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12885) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
Golden with a lasting white head. Aroma of peach, apricot and pine. Sweet and fruity flavour with a hoppy bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2009
The pour was clear and copper with a nice off-white head that produced good lacing. The aroma was dominated by herbal, spicy hops with some light floral and citrus coming through. The flavor followed suit, with the herbal, floral hops dominating over citrus with only a touch of sweetness. Easy drinking, clean finish. An enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobbo16 (22) - Copley, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2009
very nice IPA. Drank copious amounts on a recent trip to the mountains. Hop aroma is a nice anticipation for the taste. My brother and I both noted that the citrus and pine hoppy flavor made the bitterness less intense. Best of both worlds.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Russo (2012) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2009
amber color with a nice white head, aroma is hoppy and herbal. Flavor is malty and bitter. Mouthefeel is bitter and dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Pours a coppery orange with a thin beige head and a big hoppy aroma. Flavor is rich and malty with lots of pine and citrus hops.


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