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RATINGS: 1600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ale with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown. For all the details behind this tribute follow this link to www.N3978Y.com. G’Mornin’. G’Day. G’Knight.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
From a limited number of cans that were available in Georgia. Pours a large, frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly. Cloudy, dark copper color with little carbonation. Mildly hoppy taste with hint of citrus and caramel that makes it a little more sweet than I would like, but a nice mild bitter finish. High abv is barely noticeable. All in all, a tastey beer from a can, but a little pricey and not as hoppy as I would like from a DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2006
On tap at the Brick Store Pub. It was served up way to cold, so I had to let it warm. While it was warming I noted the color was amber. The aroma was very piney and of resin. The taste is citrus up front and then fades into the pine and as it warms in the mouth the malt kicks in. This is a well balanced brew. It let good lacing on the glass as I drank it.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5485) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2006
On tap at the brewpub, 4/13/06: 9.2%! Ouch. Dark rusty orange with a gluey top. I could smell the hop oil from 14" away. Wow. Oily and thick with citricly bitter hop body. Quite the hop monster.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6023) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2006
Can: Fiery caramel, moderate beige head, foamy, very nice lacing.   Caramel malt nose, bready, slightly earthy with some citrus peel bringing up the rear.   Whole wheat start, lots of citrus rind and tea leaf.   Big malt chewiness, with an earthy finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Hop bitterness is moreso sweet than bitter.   Clean, a bit more earthy than what I like, but pretty damn tasty.   Thanks to Larry for the can, and mattbob for a year old bottle.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2006
This beer friggin rocked...and it was in a can. It was like the most mellow friggin IPA ever. Mind blowing really. Pour was thick syrupy and gold. Aroma a wondeful blend of hoplicousness and malt. Flavor is again a great mix of the piney hops and even more malt. Kind of like it was trying to become a barleywine. Anyways it was really tasty and was so damn smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Nice deep brownish-golden body with a light tan head. Great hops in the aroma, some light malt accents as well. Very hoppy body, similar to the Dogfish 90 Minute IPA. Nice tangy ending.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Clear dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Decent citrus hops aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with some citrus hops and grapefruiy in the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 27, 2006
(Can via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 target=blank>beeryum, thanks Dave!) Burnt orange with a small off- white head. Aroma of aromatic hops and some pine. Some fine and sloppy lacing. Mouthfeel quite smooth and full. Flavor is a bouquet of pleasantly fruity hops with a mildly bitter finish. Very tasty and mellow, none of the sharpness, overt sweetness or high alcohol apparency that I’ve found with some of the other big IPA’s. This is very easy drinking for a big beer. Would be my double IPA of choice so far.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Ruddy orange-red sediment-laden body, medium slowly dissipating cream head that leaves nice lacing. Big citrusy hops with a tropical fruit bouquet and underlying brown sugars and caramely, toasty malts. Citrusy, piney hops lend a fruity bitterness to the sugary, caramely, biscuity malt backbone. Very nice I2PA. Thanks jimbowood!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (933) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2006
From the 12 oz. can, I poured this beer into a standard 16 oz. pint glass. The beer came out very highly carbonated with a two to three finger tall head that prevented the emptying of the entire contents in on pour. The underlying body was reddish amber in color, which was a departure from standard issue DIPAs. There was also some yeast in suspended animation in the glass. The aroma was very mild for the style with a sweet toffee-ish nose and some spicy hops. The alcohol was also evident in a mildly fumy manner. Taste was little too sweet for what it was meant to be with the mildly bitter and earthy hops providing only a slight contrast. This beer had a pleasant caramelized and balanced taste, but much closer to a concentrated English Bitter in flavor profile than a bulked up American IPA. Nice toastiness and nutty flavors also reinforced the impression that this was off style by quite a bit. The cloyingly sticky and slick mouthfeel lacked the bright punch I so love in the real Western hop monsters built on pale malt base. Alcohol was also too detectable in the aftertaste. Enjoyable but flawed, and overpriced to boot. A decent beer, but not a good DIPA.


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