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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
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This is Joe’s multinational take on a classic IPA. IPA’s are known for their intense hop bitterness, flavor and aromas. First, Joe used American and English malt, then American and English hops are added during the mash, first wort, boil, and finally it is dry hopped for aroma. Belgium gets involved with the yeast and a special candy sugar finish for smoothness and flavor.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
piscator34 (1949) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, - APR 27, 2013
Draft sample. Copper in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of berry candies, cut grass, and peppery spice. Flavours are of more weird red berries, pale malt and grassy hops. Medium bodied with a lingering chalky bitterness. Didn’t work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pschulz93 (7) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 16, 2014 does not count
Nice IPA made with Belgian yeast. Always one of my favorites from Iowa. Hop Sutra also good from same brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (1820) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2014
bottle @ John’s Grocery / Iowa City IA --- Clear rich dark amber color (nice!), 2" ivory head that slowly drops to 1/2", strings of lace. Aroma is strong citrus. Taste is mostly citrus on the sip, but big swallows produce a full malty body that mixes with citrus in the palate. Citrus fades before malt for a lingering sweet finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scipio (682) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a darker, clear amber with a full, frothy, long lasting white head. The aroma is more subtle. Grassy hops comes out most in the nose. Caramel, earthy malts, grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus are all very mild undertones. The taste is very dry and without the bitterness usually found in this style. It has grassy and floral hops, lemon, and slight pine. The aftertaste is full of floral hops. The body is light to medium. It has a very sudsy texture, while containing an average amount of carbonation. This is an unusual IPA. Unfortunately, its also pretty bland overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (452) - Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark red with thin white head. Nose is camomile and pine needle. Taste is a some lemon and tart fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (1998) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2014
12 oz bottle from Hy-Vee Muscatine. Dark orange, hazy appearance with a small white head and sediment. Aroma of floral notes, Belgian yeast, citrus fruits, herbs, banana and spices. Similar flavor, adding mild zesty hop bitterness and light malty sweetness. Nicely balanced, everything comes together well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2014
C/O mnmike - Thanks again Mike! Really jazzed! Aroma - odd sort of nose, but enjoyable. Belgium yeast?! It’s slightly surprising, but really pleasant as well. Centennials are present, as well as citrus hops. A dose of resin, but not much. Very interesting. Appearance -nice orange rust body, the liquid is cloudy almost opaque, but with a lot of nucleation going not; the head is huge about 2 3/4" of off-white head that almost starts to flake, really sexy! The dissipations is very slow, and it just kind of holds up for a while. Taste - the flavor is really interestingly balanced. It has a piquant hop body, not bitter so to speak, but a citrus spike that’s not over the top, but definitely the defining quality, with a little champagne yeast quality. Rather tasty. In the citrus is a bit of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and lemon essence. Had to add a late note, there is also a late tang, almost an English hop tang about it. Palate - the body is around medium; the texture venturing toward oily; the carbonation is definitely lively; the finish is not overly lengthy, but it is spiced and mildly bitter. Very pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3246) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12oz bottle 9/29/13 (Hy-Vee Oakland St.)-42° in shaker-Pours a murky orangish amber with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, hops, and malt. Taste of yeast, hops, malt, and citrus. This medium bodied brew is not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (3857) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Backlog of ratings. Thanks to someone at one of bu11zeye’s tastings. The smell is fruits, hops, citrus, and yeast. The look is golden in color with an off white head. The taste is floral, malts, hops, and some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2193) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle. Sweet hop aroma. Murky deep amber body. Nice hoppy flavor. Not the best IPA I’ve ever had but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
On tap at GTMW 2013
Another brewery which I visited on a whim this one was a solid IPA. The product is not remarkable enough to compete with the best of the best but if I were ever in Iowa I’d pick up a couple.

Aroma / Appearance - The bronze body sticks to the glass with evidence of carbonation bubbling up from time to time. Grass and bitterness cling in the air with a malt bill gluing it all together. It is not exciting but gets the job done.

Flavor / Palate - A oaky envelope wraps around the bitter mouthfeel. It sits in the background the entire time with various hops peeking up from time to time. There aren’t any massive flaws but it is not enormously exciting either. This is just a run of the mill IPA.

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