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Brewed by Otter
Style: English Strong Ale
Honiton, England

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Bottled, filtered, Occasional;
The purest spring water drawn from the River Otter is used to brew this traditional 19th Century-style IPA with a bit of a twist. Handcrafted with English floor malts and our very own yeast, we have added five of the US Pacific Northwest’s most citrus-flavored, aromatic whole cone hops to create a new, complex, highly drinkable beer.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11074) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Bottle from Sun Devil in Mesa, AZ. Amber color with a decent beige head. Aroma is more darkish roast malt than anything. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is roast malt with a lot of hoppiness. Really gets the sides of the tongue. More astringent than bitter. More floral than citrus. Very tasty thing. No question as to hop level - there’s some burn going on, and it isn’t alcohol. Very glad I am able to enjoy this.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2255) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle. Malt noes of lightly roasted grain, moderate amounts of flowers and herbs for the hops, a light musty smell for the yeast, and hints of grape, apple and wine. Head is small, bubbly, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy copper. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic then finishes slightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is medium bodied, oily in texture and has a soft carbonation with a dry finish. A very fruity aroma with an excellent palate makes for a complex, yet easy drinking IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2009
How can I pass an IPA with this name and label up? Poured hazy orange-gold with a frothy white head. Thick lacing. Beautiful pine and orange nose. More orange/orange peel than grapefruit. It doesn’t "pop" like other IPA’s and is kind of dusty. The taste makes up for it. Big citrus bite, less resin, with the rye bitterness that others have pointed out. Kind of gives it a roasted hop feel. The citrus gives way to an herbal hop bite that is kind of sweet. Creamy mouthfeel lends to its drinkability. Nice surprise.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4247) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle. Still looking very thickly bodied amber beer with very little head. The aroma is well hopped, and the flavour is very well hopped and slightly floral. Overall a nice well hopped and bitter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber orange with small creamy off white head. The aroma is very sweet with candy, banana and some honey. The tase is moderately sweet with a small dose of bitterness during the short finish. Where are the hops? Good beer. Average IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Quenching bitterness from the forest floor! A bit of pine, but real deep earthiness. Toasted malt interplay, but this is really about the spicy, leathery, woody hop action. Totally drinkable, doesn’t go down like 6.8%. Yummy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2008
A bit sick in color with weak head. Nice aroma with alcohol and strong malt and caramel and mild orange. Flavor is sweet with alcohol and hops with a bit of yeast. Finish is slick with a bit of bitterness and caramel. This is a nice beer with robust flavor that I would definitely drink again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2008
500ml bottle. Pours hazy amber in color with off white head. Aroma of floral hops and malt. Taste of malt and citrus hops with grapefruit bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2008
5/25/08: Bottle.
Floral hop aroma. Body is a deep tea-like brown with a small off white head and spotty lacing. Flavor is nicely hopped with a good balanced maltiness. Finish is slightly sweet and just a touch bitter. Easily drinkable and enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
A somewhat soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, faintly orange tinged, red-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is nicely hoppy and expressive enough to be noticeable as I am visually inspecting the beer. Aromas of orange zest, milk-weed, a definite herbal edge and some grassiness. This has a sharp, grassy / herbal note that doesn’t quite work, but it is muted enough that it doesn’t hold back the aroma too much.

This has a nice, soft mouthfeel to it that is picked up just a bit by a tickle of carbonation. Distinct flavors of freshly grated orange zest is backed by a grassy / herbal hop component. The malt, which definitely plays a secondary role here, provides a touch of caramelized sweetness that accentuates both the citrus notes and a touch of berry like flavors, it also picks up a touch of toffee in the finish along with a soft, toasty grain note. The beer finishes with a slightly green, sort of mint-like, lingering hop bitterness that is fairly soft for an American IPA, but is at perfect levels to provide a hop focused balance to the finish of this beer. I really like the texture of this beer, it has a light carbonation (especially by American standard), which really helps to boost the velvety texture of this beer.

A tasty beer, and it is perhaps the hoppiest beer I have had out of England (this last isn’t saying much as my experience is woefully inadequate in this regard). The hop notes seem a touch green around the edges and this detracts just a bit; a touch more sharp, almost astringent and under-ripe somehow than I would prefer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ


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