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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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2010
Fresh can. The pour yields a crystal clear, dark golden body with a small, wispy head of beige foam. Thin, sticky sheets and splotches of lacing mark the glass well. The aroma is downright strange, showing a savory, meaty sort of quality that is completely unexpected. I swear I almost get canned ham. Once you get past that, a bold and dank, grassy, cannabis-like hop profile blasts through, accompanied by waves of golden wheat, biscuit, and burnt toffee. Flavors are just as odd, again showing an overly meaty, salty sort of component that interferes with what is otherwise an insanely hopped, dank, bitter bomb. Ample grain and scorched toffee lend significant malty sweetness to balance things out, but a pumpkin-like, vegetal component also creeps in. A hearty burp is as grassy as any I can recall! The palate is substantial, but not quite full, with a lively carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish. That strange meatiness unfortunately intensifies on the finish, reminding me that I can’t quite escape it. This one just doesn’t agree with me. Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2010
A thick and chewy strong IPA. Can from Malt & Vine pours honey gold with a thin white persistant head and good lacing. As I open the can, there’s a decent whif of grapefruit and piny resins. In the glass, I swear I get fresh pumkin for the most part, some lemon, and alcohol. Fairly mild malt characteristics. The hops are more floral on the tongue than bitter, but the finish is spicy/tangy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajd413 (17) - Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2010
wonderful mouthfeel but a bit of an unpleasant bite from the rye malt. Let me wanting more depth of character from the hops. Maybe the single style hop just doesn’t cut it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3442) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2010
Can of course. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, hop resins, grassy hops, and caramel malt. Flavor is pretty similar -- grassy hops, hop oils, pine, and citrus. Plenty hoppy and drinkable. I’m a fan! 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2010
Sparkling clear amber. Thick light tan head. ARoma is rather muted, especially given that it is IIPA. Flavor is mmmehhh. Neither resin nor citrus dominates, instead it is more vegetal. Kind of soapy. Glad I "only" committed to a 4 pack rather than a growler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3749) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2010
Can thanks to brewengineer at the Slutfest. Very unique, douglas fur new pine aroma with pungent grapefruit flavor. I’m not sure about this. Awefully hot, almost medicinal bitter hop finish. Maybe need to try another. Love the can as usual, but the price is way up there!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foxbush (1264) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 Classic IPA, what a super ale. This has the best nose of any IPA that I had lately. Grapefriuit and possibly oranges. The IPA pours a clear gold with wonderful head and major lacing. This was purchased at The Caboose in Ashland among other beers and ales. It is the best. The finish is smooth with a spicy bitter taste. Another ale that I liked came in can: Dale’s Pale Ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (952) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2010
Clear, orange-amber body, craggy large head, and steady carbonation made for an attractive looking beer. The smell was intensely citric and succulent. The hops came through in the taste as up front bitter and spicy flavors, and the malt backbone was solid with a candy like sweetness. Quite sticky in the mouth with a lingering spicy aftertaste. No frills construction, but does not need any gimmicks to stand up to the completion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2010
Canned into a wine glass. Cloudy copper pour, thin, off-white head. Huge citrusy nose--grapefruit rind, sour oranges. Sweet, slightly spicy malt almost overwhelmed by a wondrous hop onslaught. The grapefruity hops assault the taste buds right up front and the finish is just as intense. The alcohol isn’t readily apparent through the lupulin-induced coma that your taste buds will sink into to!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5998) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2010
Can into a pint glass. The aroma is sour orange hops with a hint of cat pee and a toooouch of malt in there. The flavor is big orange, like straight orange peel with hop bitterness on the finish, but mostly a lot of citrusy sweetness. Not bad, not amazing.

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