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RATINGS: 1074   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Emphasizing that complexity of character can arise from simple elements, this ale is made with three malts and one hop. Its light amber color and slightly spicy malt character are derived from the use of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt respectively. North American 2-row barley combines with the other grains to lay the foundation for the hop onslaught to come. Summit hops are used exclusively in the boil for bitterness, flavor and aroma but it doesn’t end there. Post-fermentation dry hopping allows the 10% ABV monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma to join the 100 IBUs already present. This beer should greet you with a pungent citrus blast, provide a spicy yet round middle and finish with a brisk, clean bitterness. Columbus in early and mid kettle.
** This beer will now feature different hops in the massive dry hop every year.
2014 - Sorachi Ace, Mosaic, and Chinook. Incredibly complex mix of lemon zest, pineapple, red berries, peach, and a hint of dank earthiness.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAY 29, 2010
picked up this 4 pk at Specs in College station. Nice clear orange with a desent head. taste is very smooth with tons of bitterness and citrus. Nice malt backbone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2010
From can. The pine fumes from this one make me smile from immediate pour. Smells like a Douglas Fir in a glass. Pours a copper hue with decent head. This one is all imperial IPA and I love it. The Gordon Ale has too much caramel malt for this hophead. Gubna is right on the money! I would buy this regularly if available. At 10% you don’t need much. Delicious. To get full effect though pour from can and swoosh a bit to open up the pine citrus tones. Scrumptious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
On tap at Brass Tap. Pours clear gold with copper hues and light tan head. The aroma is rich inviting sweet citrus goodness blending with a modest level of resiny grassy pine hops and a firm malt sweetness. The taste is full rich sweetness like the nose with loads of sweet citrus hop flavor backed by malt sweetness moving quickly into citrus and pine hop bitterness. All along and into the finish malt sweetness provides a pleasing balance to the load of hops. Fresh, crisp and very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2721) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 29, 2010
Can. Appearance: golden orange with a thick snow white head. Aroma: super hoppy,lots of pine, tree sap, mango & caramel. Flavour: thick & spicy at first. Lots of pine, alcohol, mango, oranges & a super bitterness. Long ’juicy’ finish. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3840) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 Can. Clear amber-orange with a small film of bubbles. Nose is acrid pine oil and white pepper, with some light pineapple and grapefruit. Flavor is pineapple, peppery rye, resin, minty citrus and light honeycomb. Medium body is smooth and tongue tingly. Well-hidden alcohol but a bit too much rye for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4536) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Can. Pours an amber color, with off-white head. Stale earthy malts, candy sweetness, small amounts of tropical fruit, herbal hops, and bitterness. I didn’t like this too much, at the most this is quite marginal.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Can; canned 3/26/10. Pours orange and amber-colored with a small beige head. Smells like a fresh pine grove, with citrus rind, juniper, ground black pepper, and some caramel malt and funky papaya. Initial flavor is sweet cane sugar and slight pine, fading to bitter grapefruit rind, alcohol, and sour citrus. Creamy, warming, slick mouthfeel. Brown sugar and tart ethanol finish. I wasn’t sold at first, but each successive sip is better than the last. I’m not sure I get the full 100 IBUs, as this has a large malt backbone. I’m enjoying this very much.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Pours a cloudy light orange with a lasting eggshell head. The first smell I get is wort. Big time. The aroma has spicy hops and pine but the malt is overpowering. The flavor is where this beer shines. I get notes of orange and apricot, pear and earthy spice. The malt is sweet and matches the hop flavors very well. The body is on the light side and already has some age on it as the 10% is masked very well and the drinkability is high. The finish has some anise and toffee characters that make it a bit unpleasant and medicinal but a fresh drink cures. The bitterness is very interesting here as it doesn’t shellac your teeth like so many D/IPA’s. Thanks for that.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1883) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Can courtesy of my lovely lady. Creamy and bubbly eggshell white head with solid retention; fairly clear light golden orange. In the aroma I get grapefruit hops at first; some mango; some astrigency, but not in a bad way, just powerful hop presence, and a little dank. Damn hoppy flavor, which was what I was hoping for. Bit of pine in addition to the grapefruit, some caramel, and a very light sweetness in the finish. Bit of hop burn. More viscous body with light carbonation, and a bit sticky. Quite good, and definitely have a fresh can on my hands. Really enjoyable, but not one of the best IIPAs out there.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (14008) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 Can at Patricks. Clear, golden with almost no head. Off wiite. Sweet aroma with lots of pinecones, a good dash of liverpaste and some herbal onion like notes. Alcohol too. The flavor is quite bitter, vith pretty much the same elements as in the aroma. Piney bitter finish with liverpaste and onion. Full body. Sort of strange, but delicious. Yummi. 100527


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