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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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If there were ever a beer that so quintessentially captures the spirit of the primordial past on planet Earth, it has to be the Hop Nest Monster. Bursting with the aroma of the American Amarillo hop, like the eruption of a great and tempestuous volcano, the Monster makes a bold and intimidating impression even before it reaches the palate. As an all-malt American IPA, over an entire pound per barrel of fragrant and floral Amarillo hops are added to the brew kettle during the final minutes of the boil. This process is known as late-kettle hopping.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2695) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 15, 2010
12oz. bottle. Lightly piney, citric aroma, very faintly sweet and malty as well. Pale yellow-golden color with a lasting, fine head. Flavor profile is moderately hoppy as well, with a fair bit of hop bitterness throughout, these fruity, leafy, mildly spicy and citric in character, with a very light malty background lending a touch of honeyish sweetness. Palate is mildly bracing and resinous, with a gentle acidity and a medium body. Fairly refreshing, but nothing too special on display.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1365) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Drank a 12oz bottle sent to me from a friend. Apperance: typical IPA orange - extremely bubbly; shaving cream-like head; Aroma: Plenty of flowers and some citrus but not very potent Taste: clean, hop bitterness from start to finish. Tastes like flowers but isnít very robust. A nice orange juice-like flavor in the finish, but palate is simple and fairly mild. Bitter to be sure, maybe overly dry. Mouthfeel: tad thin for an IPA; dry; hops linger for a moment and fade away Drinkability: Easy to chug, although bitterness and dryness are hard to circumvent. Overall: itís a by-the-numbers IPA. Doesnít break any new ground. Not that itís bad, though. It satisfies. Iíd prefer something with more character. This is playing it a little too safe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (1982) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Had at Fizz. Good but unbalanced IPA. Needed more malt sweetness. Very pale color. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Pours a beautiful golden color with a nice sudsy head. Smells well rounded with citrus notes. Palates well with a slight grassy character. Beats most Pale Ales in my opinion, but hard pressed to score well in a very challenging IPA catagory.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2010
This is a mild little blond hop centric ale. The nose isnít that compelling but the taste is a really nice balance of simple, sweet malts and bitterness. Combined w/ the light body and zesty carbonation this makes for a very drinkable beer. This is seven percent alcohol according to the brewerís website and does not taste it at all. It actually strikes me as rather light APA more so than an IPA of any sort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (4583) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Pours yellow / gold with a large white head. It looks like a pils to me. The aroma is biscuity with light toast and a hint of hops. The body is medium, crisp and sharp with lots of carbonation. The flavor starts with toasty malt and harsh hoppiness with traits of earth, pine, dirt and dry grapefruit. The finish has the brutal harsh hops and some metallic traits. Good, but a bit rough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (3463) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Pour is a straw yellow with a large white head. Aroma is hard to come by. Some hops are there but very faint. Flavor is a little better. Super bitter with minimal hops in the aftertaste. Drinkable but not real good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Pours yellow with an off white head. Aroma is citrusy, lemony hops, with a little bit of earthiness. Flavor is an interesting, dry bitter slightly astringent flavor. Not bad but nothing too crazy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lholub (5) - Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2010 does not count
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours cloudy amber with small head that lingers. Hoppy aroma with a light bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Draft at Kelleherís (Peoria, IL). Pours a nice lively golden hazed hue, glowing and pretty, a thick creamy bright white head laces very well, stays large. Aromas are soapy and grass, pale and cereal grains, soapy and and mellow sweetness, decent bittering hops. Initial is lighter bodied, pale malts and floral hops, nice moderate bitterness, a bit perfumey, decent bitterness on the backend. Florals, a faint pine, a lighter bodied beer more of a pale ale without a hop bite, still a decent bitterness balances and takes. Ok. A bit underwhelming

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