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RATINGS: 1056   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foxbush (1268) - 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: Daleís Pale Ale

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (953) - 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.

4.1
   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 isnít readily apparent through the lupulin-induced coma that your taste buds will sink into to!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6024) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
Pours golden with a nice off-white head and a strong pine and citrus aroma. There is a tasty caramel malt base that is overwhelmed with piny hop bitterness. Crisp, clean and refreshing, but extremely bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3161) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. can at Fireworks. Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a well sustained frothy, off-white head. A powerful nose of hops punches you right in the face. This is the stickiest of the icky. Tons of pine and resin are in the nose. From the first sip you can feel the enamel getting eaten off your teeth. The taste is a hop lovers delight. Lots of herbal hops, pine resin, and tropical fruit. A real bruiser. Medium to rich mouthfeel leading to a long, bitter finish. This is one of the best brews Iíve had in a long time. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Sheets of lacing get left behind on the glass. Go get this beer now.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2010
On tap at OB Homemade in Longmont. Strong hop aroma with a balance of cedar and grapefruit. Flavor packs a punch with tons of sticky sweetness and high IBUs. Flavor is crushed a bit by the sticky mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2010
12oz can. pours clear and golden with white head. aroma is grapefruit with some pine. mouthful is dominated with grapefruit and has a lingering finish with earthy bitterness. nice big starter...

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2010
Ok...I have had this TWICE. From different sources, but probably the same batch. I did NOT like this. The color and presentation in the glass was great. The aroma was spot on. Big grassy, citrusy, piney, resiny hoppy goodness on the nose to satisfy my craving. Then I took a sip. It took me a minute to figure it out, but it tastes like braunsweiger...liverwurst....and not in a good way. I put the glass down to return to a bit later. I will wait to click "add my rating" until I revisit this brew in a few minutes. Yup. Crap. Itís a shame too. Old Chub, Gordon, Daleís...all 3 great beers. Not sure what happened here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2010
On tap at Whole Foods, Fairfax VA. Pours a darker shade of amber with an off-white head. The hop aroma is very prominent - citrusy and piney. Flavor has a pleasant malty backbone (which isnít too sweet) then comes a blast of PacNW piney hops, tangerine/orange and a tinge of a tropical fruit. Proper IIPA level bitterness which is more on the smooth side - not harsh at all. Body is full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Nothing you havenít already had before, but a damn good IIPA. Will pick up a 4-pack for sure.


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