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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2011
12 oz bottle from our Wisco/Minnesota trip. I think I have 4-5 12 oz bottle rates left. Pours a well hazed orange amber pour, glowing orange and a small frothy offwhite head that is more of a film, ok lacing overall and a loose hop cone inside. Hmmm. Aromas are oranges, caramel, toffee, some wet cardboard, and toast. Biscuits, florals, grass, and touches of grapefruit, sweeter gumball like essence. Initial is medium bodied, past itís prime it seems. A healthy orange and toffee sweetness up front, malty biscuits, toast, bread and decent bitterness move into an ok hoppy press, green hops and grass, florals, and more resinous pine start to grow on the back of the palate, lemons. A bit underbodied, perhaps thinned, with a growing resinous and dry earth hopping on the backend, a touch of ABV mixes into the dryness. Itís not bad, perhaps a touch old as some of the fruity and citrusy elements seem to have faded away but itís still quite drinkable just not oozing hop vibrancy and complexity. Not bad. Finish is dry, sweet toffee, and oranges with earthy and piney hops in decent amounts, a touch of oxidation. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
2010 bottle - had to buy this - there is a hop cone in the bottle; who wouldnít want to buy it because of that? - anyway, at first it was cool, but once the cone got stuck in the neck of the bottle, making the beer extremely difficult to pour, it wasnít quite as cool anymore - turbid straw color - minimal head after the trickle of a pour the blocked neck produced - earthy, piney hop aroma, with some additional grapefruit zest and underlying sweet maltiness - nice nose, really - moderate sweetness for the style - loads of earthy hop flavor - still tastes fairly fresh, despite its age - strong bitterness, but only moderate acidity - sweetness is just strong enough to temper the hops - finish eventually becomes a bit sugary, but this is mostly fairly well-executed - I probably wouldnít buy it again, but youíve got to love the novelty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2011
12 oz bottle, 2010 edition. Foggy yellow brown with a lacy white coating. Is that a hop cone blocking my pour? Nose is caramel, grass, pine and basil. Resiny medium body with soft carb. Taste is grapefruit and plastic with lemon peel and orange juice concentrate. All over the place tastewise. I vacillated between liking this and being put off but ultimately had to admire it for the craziness. Probably a bit faded as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2011
My first ever bottle of beer with a hop cone in it. This always seemed a silly idea to me, but so it goes.... The beer pours golden with a small head. The aroma is pine and fresh cut grass with a bit of caramel. The flavor has a bit more caramel than I would like but never crosses the line to cloying and keeps a strong hop character to back that up featuring piney, citrus rind, and melony fruity hop flavors. The beer is plenty bitter but fairly nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2809) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Still reeling from the Abrasive!!!!! Loopy max pours fairly flat, small bubbles and a wee bit of spotty lace. Hazy orange copper color. Soft nose of citrus and pine, a bit perfumey. Body is medium, lightly resiny, low carbonation. Tired hop flavors, faint citrus, light earthyness, a bit minty with some chewy crystal malts. Dry, fruity finish, slight bitterness. Does kinda take me back to the Laconner bottle dry hopped brew though. Also this is apparently a 2010 vintage. Todd, you send this??

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2011
12oz bottle with a single hop cone inside. Shared with some buddies. Aroma wasnít overly hoppy or earthy, sort of a rubbing alcohol smell. Flavor was more geared towards the malts here but it wasnít terrible. Not really my cup of tea but still glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 13, 2011
(12oz bottle, 2010 vintage) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of herbal, grass, pine, and coconut. Flavor of caramel, pine, coconut, earth, and pineapple with a dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2011
Pours a cloudy gold color with a thin soapy head. Hop cone in the bottle! Aroma is light earth, floral and citrus hops, and some grapefruit zest. Taste is oddly not very bitter - citrus hops, grapefruit,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2011
Ok, this is a ridiculous bottle. A whole hop cone floating in the bottle earns it a 5/5 for appearance out of the gate. Itís just a cool idea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
12 oz glass poured into a pint glass (no hop cone). AROMA: Malty APPEARANCE: Amber orange color that is hazy. Pour resulted in a slight head that dissipated into a ring around the glass with a little bit of skim. TASTE First taste is medium sweet malt. The taste turns to light bitter then finishes much bitter. There is some floral taste in there. PALATE: Medium bodies with a creamy texture. OVERALL: Well balanced. A pretty decent beer. If you are into malty IPAís then this is a good one to try.

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