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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Uninspired... almost lager aroma, perhaps, some herbal and spiced notes. Toffee, vanilla, toasted malts, and mild fruity hops for flavors. Nice, and rather creamy/full mouthfeel. Dry and a bit sharp at the finish. This beer is on the right track but needs to be beefed up. As it stands now there are much better "hop monsters" out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5729) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Hazy deep copper and golden coloured body with a bright orange tint and a dense, very frothy off-white head - looks great for an IPA! Aroma of light, but noticeable fresh hops, some grapefruit, a bunch of malt, some light fruits and perhaps a touch of perfume and floral notes. Medium-bodied; Sharp apricot flavours at first with some peach and pear touches and a light hoppy taste and a good malt backbone with some light sweetness from fruit at the end. Aftertaste shows more fruit notes, some light honey and hops and more malt backbone to show off. Overall, a decent APA, but a rather weak and one-dimensional IPA. Nice to try, but if they stepped up the hops, this one would be nice - the rest of the beer is good, especially the look! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Sicilianoís in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 06-November-2010 for US$1.69, sampled at home in Washington on 07-December-2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (9427) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2010
12 oz. bottle shared at The Royale, but from somewhere in Illinois. Pours a clear, light gold color with a sticky, small white head. Aroma of straw, pale malts, grass, paper, and grains. Where are the hops? The flavor is kind of the same, with the same lack of hops. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a bubbly mouthfeel. This is a very light ale, more like a pils than an IPA. It would be all right as such.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Mildly hazed golden yellow with a mild white fluffy head. Aroma of noble hops, toasted pale malt, dough and light earthiness. Taste is very mild, I though you were a monsterÖ Nobly hopped, just wrong for the style. Dusty, earthy hops with a mild bitter finish. Some pale malt to balance it out, but not much going on here. Highlight of this one was the Badgers knocking off the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes! No sight of the monster though, he must have hopped away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, 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
ChadPolenz (1701) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 (2337) - 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 (4025) - 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 (5893) - 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.

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