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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 it’s own. Our bet is that you will think it is O’so 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Poured this before reading the description: the hop cone slowing the pour was a surprise. Big candied fruit aroma: pineapple and mango. Taste is almost syrupy sweet with massive hops; the sweetness or the hoppyness taken on their own would make this undrinkable, but they are somehow lashed together into some semblance of "balance". This beer is ridiculous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Thanks to BeerBill for sharing. Poured a slightly hazed deep copper-gold color with a small off-white head and a hop cone inside the bottle. It plugged up the pour somewhat. Citrus hop aroma with some earthy notes. Caramel malt and a touch of alcohol. Sweet malt flavor with citrus hops from the middle to the finish. Warming with a medium body and some hoppy burps along the way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3565) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with Ughsmash. Pours a hazy golden brown with a thin tan head. The hop cone inside plugged the bottle while pouring. Aroma of overripe orange and sweet malt with a few alcohol vapors present as well. The flavor is sweet malt and overripe orange with a bit of an alcohol bite towards the end. Dry at the back of the throat with moderate bitterness at the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Pours a wonderful deep amber with a foamy off white head that subsides rather quickly. Aroma is intitially big time citrus and light pine but then butterscotch (Diacytal) dominates. Flavor is much the same unfortunately, big time IPA up front and then butterscotch. The butterscotch aroma and flavor strengthen as the beer warms. Really nice creamy texture, low to moderate carbonation. It is tough to get past the Diacytal for this style as it is totally inappropriate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle courtesy of skyview in the Mystery Swap 4.0. Pours a clear ruby red amber with a hefty tanned beige head. Slight hint of paper but it’s mostly obscured by the thick earthy citrus and peppery pine hop notes. Nice thick caramel malt backbone. Medium bodied, a touch of booze and some esters. Light hint of vanilla and then the hop presence sets in over the malt base, tending toward a bit of spiced gingerbread cookies. Finishes up with a touch of grapefruit and some velvety sweet malt. Well, I wondered why it was having trouble pouring nicely and when I went and rinsed the bottle, I found an entire hop cone in there. Interesting. Bonus points for the hop cone (though it did scare me a little bit when I was rinsing and this… thing….started coming out of the ‘empty’ bottle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle. Aroma intensely floral with some spicy character, hops powerful practically to the point of lysol (in a good way), as well as heaps of gooey caramel. Flavor very malty with limey hop notes brightening things up, some resin, again loads of the gooey caramel, particularly upon warming. Nice use of the hops but also a bit big and heavy down there. Unique and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3516) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2010
12 oz. bottle thanks to Skyview. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a small white head and, of course, the hopcone. Aroma of citrus, grassy, and fruity hops, some spruce too. Flavor of hop spices, woodsy spices, and citrus. Very earthy and a nice hop profile. Good IIPA. 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle:   Pale caramel, slight orange hue, mildly hazy, moderate white foamy head, fairly sticky lacing.   Bright citrus peel, seems a bit candyish, also some heat.   Certainly on the resiny side, moreso orange rind with a sweet flair, followed up by some alcohol.   Comes across to me as more than an IPA but not as big as the IIPA I prefer.   Could stand to be a bit maltier, otherwise body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Lingering rind and alcohol.   Hop aspect is there, but plays second fiddle to the rind like bitterness.   Good as it does have some nice sweetness, but without the malt to back it up its not as special.   This has all the components I like, but just needs to be a bit heavier.   Thanks Bob for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Amber with a creamy tan topper that leaves some lacing. Aroma of tangerine, marzipan, caramel and medium hops. Taste of peach, marzipan, orange, mild alcohol and sweet malt. Perhaps a touch too cloying and finishes up sweet but a different and interesting mix nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Did a hop cone really just plop out into my glass? Awesome. It shows in the aroma. Super creamy, fresh-hop-like pineapple sugar aroma. Pours a rather dark even red, with a good finger of lacy khaki soap. Flavor is rich, but somewhat lighter than expected. Peppery, a bit of sage and laurel, some leafiness. Alcohols are prominent, but meld well with the sugar and hop profile. A nice bristling sharp brown sugar flavor develops. Kinda like a barleywine/american strong ale/imperial IPA. A bit sweet and little light on the flavor depth and complexity. The character is unique and enjoyable. Thanks John!

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