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RATINGS: 1   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
64 ounce growler
For an impromptu tasting a local brought several of Otto’s best beers. This was the first that was opened. A solid imperial IPA it masks its alcohol well beneath a rich tapestry of flavors. I can imagine few better ways to celebrate ten years of being open.

Aroma / Appearance - The golden rosy base is carbonated but pours with almost no head. Grapefruit, lemons, and a number of other aromas mix into the smell of a tropical breakfast buffet served on a quiet beach.

Flavor / Palate - Pineapples, grapefruit, and additional citrus aspects aggressively hit the tongue. The bitterness morphs into a floral baseline that carries into the heady finish. Eventually the 10% ABV catches up with the rest but not until it has had time to settle down. It would be tough to finish off an entire growler alone but with a few friends there would be no problems at all.


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