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RATINGS: 1052   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.


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 (6064) - 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?!!!!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rustyham (1722) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Aroma is of sweet sugar and grapefruit juice cocktail, color is a glowing cloudy orange with hardly any lace. Flavor is nothing but alcohol and hops, while palate has a thickness probably from the malts that I canít taste. the alcohol sting is very hot. Can from Grace Wine and Spirits, Nashville.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
osu97gp (647) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Pours a dark orange/amber color with a persistent head. Aroma of floral hops and citrus. Flavor is huge hops and grapefruit with a nice bitter hop finish. A very good IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Pours a deep golden yellow, not quite amber, with very little head. Nose is wonderful. A bit of cat piss, very floral, and slightly citrusy. Flavor is citrus (grapefruit), floral and sweet. A fair amount of sweet malt in here, which surprised me. Also, the appearance led me to believe this was going to be pretty thick and syrupy, but it really isnít. An interesting beer that I think maybe falls just short of being in the truly exclusive IIPA club. Iíd drink this again, but I do think itís a bit overpriced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1887) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Can from BOTW. Pour is a bright melon orange with wisps of white lace. Aroma is herbs and citrus, quite spicy. Flavor is really bright and fresh - this is all about the hops and the malts take a distant back seat. But that is okay because the hops would steal the show anyway. A beautiful beer, but really way to expensive. There are other beers like this for a lot less money.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Pours orange amber with a white head. Nose is lots of citrus with hints of caramel and slight pine. Flavor is the citrus burst that I think OB was going for with caramel and some booze within. Finish lingers with crisp bitterness and citrus rind. Medium bodied and interesting overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2010
12 oz can from Jonathan Ron. Poured a clear orange/amber body with a smaller frothy white head. Aroma of intense citrus, peach and apricot, resin and even a hint of pine. Body is spot on with a medium mouthfeel, slightly assertive carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. Lots of citrus rind on the flavor along with apricot and alcohol. This beer is intense in every way...flavor, aroma, alcohol, bitterness and is not for beginners.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Can, poured a clear orange-amber with a small egg shell head. Lots of toasted grain and pale malt in the nose with lesser notes of pine, a strange vegetal note, and light ammonia. Medium body with ample carbonation and a slick, oily mouth feel. Moderately sweet with mild bitterness, primary notes of resinous pine, biscuit malt, and caramel with secondary notes of citrus. Finishes slightly sweet and slightly acidic.


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