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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The second you open this bottle there is no mistaking that this is not your average IPA. Massive hop additions of the most obnoxious breeds put this taste bud burner in a league all itís own. Our bet is that you will think it is Oíso Freakishly good! Caution! This brew is 9% and may contain a hop cone in every bottle (2009 to present vintages) ! We want to make sure to repeat this reminder that we put a hop cone in the bottle. Always pour into a glass to release the essence from the bottle.

2008 Edition: 22-oz bottle
2009 Edition: 12-oz bottles w/hop cone in bottle
2010 - 2013 Editions: 12-oz bottles w/Hop Warning label

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours a deep, hazy amber with a small beige head that recedes to a thin collar. Aroma is sweeter than I was expecting with candied apples, caramel malts and light fruits - peaches come to mind. There isnít a lot of citrus or pine that I get in the nose. Taste has a bit more citrus with some oranges up front, but the caramelized sugar and sweet malts are still a big player and the finish is sweet with hints of pine but mostly a lingering sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but low on carbonation and comes across a little syrupy with the heavy sweetness dominating the palate. In case you hadnít noticed, this is a very sweet DIPA, very light on the hops. Itís not bad but itís not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 25, 2012
Murky orange-amber with a minimal, large-bubbled head. Nose is caramel, tropical fruit, hearty biscuit, grapefruit, and resin. Huge blast of ORANGE in the flavor, all wrapped up in a hefty malt backbone. Oily, medium heft body. The hulking malt backbone balances the ample bitterness to a perceived ímediumí. Finish is lingering and much more bitter than the mid-palate would have suggested. The obtuse alcohol and lack of carb detracted from the enjoyment a bit. The orange blast, copious hops, and solid malt make me think this would be a great one to have out of a fresh keg. Thanks for the opportunity, Matt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2012
2010 bottle is one of my favorite beers. 2011 bottle is flat and something is really off. Drain pour on the 2nd bottle. Very disappointing as I am such a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6427) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Courtesy of ughsmash via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, candied fruit, and citrus. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that leaves behind to thin webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with caramel and light-moderate fruitiness. The finish has moderate sweet citrus notes and light grapefruit. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation an slick/oily mouthfeel. Overall, I find this sitting in that grey area of "Is this an IIPA or Barley Wine?"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
A hazed amber DIPA with a thin off white head, with floating hops in the bottle. In aroma, sweet musty malt with light pinhey hops, nice. In mouth, a nice smooth biscuit malt with pinhey hops, vinous notes, catnip, very nice and earthy. Bottle at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 21 2012.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sherm1016 (1272) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2012
12oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits, with a lone hop cone in it. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, orange. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, a little malty, a weird tea flavor that I think is suppose to be hops, with a malt sweet finish. The hop cone is gimmicky, and the beer is pretty blah for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2011
(12oz bottle, 2010 vintage thanks to bu11zeye) clear gold with a ring of fine white bubbles. Nose of honey and pineapples. Taste is dank, orange, sweet and biscuit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2011
On tap at the new OíSo location. Hazy light orange pour with a small white head. Malty citrus hop aroma - wonderful. Smooth palate. Awesome citrus and pine hop flavor, a little sticky, with a big malt balance. Just what I want out of a DIPA. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle with three hop cones (Iím assuming 2010) via a trade. Pours with a hazy, hazy orange body with a thick white head. Aromas are huge with tropical fruit, big c-hops, papaya, grassy, resiny, estery. Fruity, light alcohol and some caramel. Taste is a bit oxidized (showing itself most in coconut flavors), caramel, toffee, medium to low bitterness. Light floral hop flavors with light warming. To be honest this has become a very acceptable, American barley wine. Sweet, but not really a sticky, caramel, crystal sweetness. Medium to lively bubbles. Medium bodied. A bit full for an IIPA, but dry for a barley wine. Overall: tasty.

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