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RATINGS: 1712   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2007 Corked bottle, 2004 Vintage. Pours a dark, hazey brown color with full creamy froth that slowly subsides to shallow puddle of heavy cream. Aroma is malty w/ citrus and slightly salted biscuits. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. Flavors of lime rind are upfront w/ caramel and biscuits intertwined w/ roasted cocoa. Freakin awsome. The finish is long w/ malted herbs, citrus, leather, and a dose of asprin. Overall: This IIPA is complex with the big hops showing the full sip from start to finish. No grapefruit citrus at all, pure lime rind. It’s well ballanced and the alcohol is dangerously well hidden. I highly recommended this for the connoisseur. **REVISION 12-1-06** I had this brew a few nights ago and it has totally changed. The chocolate malts are really pushing forward and has become more creamy. The lime rind has turned to mellow citrus. Even the froth has turned from a shallow puddle to a tall Belgian style island that sticks like a dense, Detroit snow fall. I found out this brew is two years old now. The last time I had it was six months ago. Big changes have taken place in a short amount of time. Get this while you can. This stuff is amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2006
(Can) Pours a lighlty cloudy deep amber body with a moderate quickl diminishing off-white head. Aroma of spicy cake, toffe, citrus, and pine. Flavor of hops, toasted malt, and pinapple; big and complex with a chewy, breadiness mouthfeel. Excellent balance of malt and hops.

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 (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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 (6300) - 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.


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