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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 its own. Our bet is that you will think it is Oso 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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (13272) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle poured a hazy amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, candied orange, grassiness and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, candied orange and light grapefruit with a smooth dry lightly bitter lingering candied orange finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
12 oz. bottle with a cone obstructed pour to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a hazed amber hue, creamy, off white head foam that gradually developed a cakey nature, and rings & spots of clingy lacing. The aroma was pungently fragrant, offering initial sweetness, a hint of yeasty stinkiness, citrus as orange/tangerine, and next some grassy, resiny earthiness, with the citrus still dominating. The flavor was smooth, tempering malt and expressive, deep, earthy hop bitterness that had a lingering, rind-like quality to it. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Had to chew on the cone, and was thankful that I did at the end, since it was quite astringently strong and almost hot on the tongue. Nice touch, though. Amarillo or Citra?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours a dark golden color w/ a thick tall foamy and sticky white head w/ some good lacing. Aroma is lots and lots of hops, comes off a bit acidic and piney some light fruits come through with hints of citrus, pretty unbalanced too the hop side and dominates the sense pretty quickly, not bad, but a bit too much of the acidic nature. palate is full well coated and lightly creamy with a sticky finish. Flavor follows the aroma dominated by an acidic astringent piney resinous hop flavor, follow up with some grapefruit, a touch of grass, and a tiny hint of sweetness with a warm swallow showing the alcohol off. Not a bad IIPA, but it could use a bit more balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (609) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle, poured (along with the hop cone) into a tulip. Dark orange, just a hint of dull grapefruit pink. Big, oily, pungent nose, with lots of pine resin and ripe grapefruit. Dank. A bit toned-down on the tongue, with some nice orange peel, light spice notes, and a pleasant funkiness. Lasting, oily mouthfeel. Fairly unique IIPA, worth having again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 Pours dark amber and sustains a frothy white head throughout. Big pink bubblegum, mangos and pine overwhelms the palate. An amazing IPA! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerHopKopf (46) - Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Pours a beautiful copper with large white head. Aroma is amazing with apricot, pear, and flowery hops. The taste starts and finishes bitter with some lingering sweetness. Balance is done very well. Palate is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Seems both syrupy in the middle and crisp at the finish. Overall, sweeter than most but a great beer within a great style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle. Pouts a cloudy rust orange color with a light tan head. Interesting trying to pour a beer with a hop come inside. Lots of citrus notes in the nose along with florals. Medium mouthfeel. Some lacing. Nice malt backbone with the orange zest flavors. Not overly bitter. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Orange and very cloudy with a fair head and decent sticky lacing that lasted. Aroma is earthy, perhaps a little of the onion that some people say certain hops gives beer, plenty of citrus and pine needle hops, and lots of earthy malts. Taste is similar to the smell but the sensations seem to come in a different order... first up is almost malt-bomb amounts of maltiness, followed by sweet fruits and sticky, oily, pungent hops. Earthy and syrupy, with a little obvious alcohol. Body is very thick, slick, oily with a sweet, slick, heavy finish. Overall its quite interesting but is perhaps a little over the top. The hop cone in the bottle probably adds some nice aroma, but appearance may have suffered because of this. Its a bit gimmicky and probably unnecessary.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopAutonomous (12) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Nice big imperial IPA. Sweeter than expected at first with some spicey and herb-like tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
On tap at Old Fashioned, pours a clear copper with a thin white head, the aroma has a good amount of citrus and pine on the nose, the flavor has a nice tropical fruit front end but finishes more sweet than hoppy, good amount of malt in the finish, pretty balanced though, not bad.

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