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RATINGS: 1059   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 doesnít 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2010
12 oz. can from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy golden color with a nice size off white head. Nice layered lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus, pine, and resiny hops. Flavor is bigtime hops! Lots of citrus, pine, and resin. Finish is pungent, but not too bitter. Medium to full body. This is a wonderful beer. Just wish it wasnít $4 a can.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
can8ianben (1317) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Aroma of bright citrus, cut grass, and alcohol. Appearance is a nice amber color with very little of the wispy white head. Tastes like the hop bomb youíd expect it to be - slightly sweet, slightly medicinal, very bitter. Delicious bitterness and just a tad woody. Alcohol is certainly more noticeable as it warms.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Snap the tab resin hits you from afar. Pours hazy gold wth some amber, off white head that sticks around lacing nearly all the way down. Amusing the nose further are big grapefruit citrus with spicy flowery malts, rye, some clove. Flavors translate with big sticky sweet resinous G/F with floral rye backbone - very smooth with little to no alcohol taste and underlying, not overpowering bitterness that holds throughout and stays with you on the finish (though not as long as I would expect or prefer). Certainly amongst the best beers I have had!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2234) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2010 beautiful citrus and flower bouquet if ever i had! the tastes are hard pine resin and tar in citrus of a sort thru a deep stingy rye flavor that combined produce a moderate leathery and saliva on cheap cigar dankness. unbalanced, slick and in your face it is overdone and an honorable attempt to satisfy the insatiable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2010
300 rated poured golden with small head smelled like hop off vine tasted like hop pellets with floral flavor and bitter hop stickiness to finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Pour is a bright slightly hazed orangey color (almost sunset-ish) with a fluffy big off white head...smell is overpoweringly grapefruit...some toasty caramel flavors are there too, but hops dominates with a bit of resin as it warms...terrific full and viscous mouthfeel...strongly sweet taste at first and very briefly like a lemon custard...then grapefruit, resin, and hints of pepper come on strong an linger until the end of the medium slick finish...nice.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
I love IPAs, IIPAs, barleywines, and big beers in general. This is the 1st OB beer that let me down somewhat. Pours dark gold with nose of resiny, piney hops, tangeriney fruit, rocj syrupy, peppery malt. Tastes very funky, on the sweet side, with heavy mango, tangerine, pineapple, black pepper, but a late heat that starts midway through and permeates every aspect from about 6 oz to the end. We always talk about well hidden alcohol, but this one had not well at all hidden alcohol, and that took away from the holistic positive impact of this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Can. Fortunately, I found a shop selling singles, because I wasnít too keen on making a $15 investment on this, for something Iíve never had. Pours a nice orange gold with a big fluffy head and brilliant sharp clarity - a nice appearance, at least. Probably one of the lighter-colored 10% beers Iíve had, too. The nose is grapefruit, orange rind, and sugary malt. A little grass, too. Flavor is predominantly sweet - I guess thatís what you get in a 10% beer. I guess Iím not hugely impressed by this beer as an imperial IPA - itís hoppy, sure, but it seems like itís double malt and not quite enough bitterness to match up. Certainly not anything I havenít seen before.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Can pours orange amber with a thin eggshell head and some spotty lacing. From first sniff Iím going to guess that this will be one of those beers you will either love or hate. Aroma is earthy and vegetal with notes of grapefruit, and tangerine being attacked by celery and green tomatoe. Flavor shows the same but is reinforced by some additional depth. Apricot, mango, kale, and green olive all make themselves known at some point during the experience, all the time leaving you scratching your head. Overall body is moderate to full, slick and chewy. I can honestly say that I was so confused by everything else going on that I really didnít get any alcohol out of it. Seemed pretty balanced. Definately not for a beginner.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2010
12oz can. SO stoked to finally buy a four-pack of this. Cloudy yellow-amber with a 2cm frothy-foamy off-white lasting head (my first beer in my Sam Adams glass - pretty schweet! thanks, Paul). What an interesting aroma - I swear I get canola oiliness in this - definitely funky/acidic behind more C-hop resin bitterness - and a hint of apricot ... and olives; a bit crazy, definitely not the same old same old, and appealing. The taste - definitely 10% alcohol, very chewy/oily ... grapefruit pith, overripe mango, and an interesting salty/earthy bitterness in the background ... so odd, and so good. Average body, but a bold, lively, chewy mouthfeel - some drying on the tongue in the long finish from resin and alcohol, but it leaves the right impression for an American DiPA: strong, bitter, resin/citrus and aggressive. Nice. In cans!! - fuck me, what will they think of next?!!!!!


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