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Pizza Port Frank Double IPA

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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9755) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 7, 2005
hazy orange colour, nice foamy head and a correct lacing, strong hoppy nose: apricot, flowers and cream, full-bodied, low carbonation, very strong bitterness, long bitter flowery finish - strong charatcer and a nice balance for this wonderful IPA - Thanks Per for this one and fiulijn for sharing it !

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9490) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2002
This beer rocks. Very complex in aroma and flavor. Try to keep up. The nose is lightly malty, but ruled by THE HOP. Very heavy hop aroma; specifically flowers, grapefruit and soap... well hopped soap?? The high alcohol content also comes through in the nose. The beer has a clear and flat amber appearance. The creamy, white head is mostly lasting with excellent lacing. The initial flavor is very well balanced. Moderately sweet and moderately bitter. The back end is owned by the moderately bitter finish. Itís also lightly acidic and salty back there and it lasts and lasts. The mouthfeel is between medium and full. Itís also dry with lively carbonation. Also, moderately alcoholic in the finish. Very, very good strong ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Poured a darker, cloudy amber color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Nice hoppy aroma. Tastes of oranges, malts, and sweet fruits. Nice balance (lightly sweet and bitter at the same time). Clean and dry finish. Alcohol well hidden. Another great West Coast IIPA. Big thanks to DarkElf for trading me this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2008
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 First taste GABF in 2004. Second taste from an aged bottle. Mostly clear orange copper colored body with a small white/tan head. Nose has a big, stinky, dank, wet orange hop note, no doubt tempered by age, and moving more towards a nutty, old orange and cardboard/bran character, dampened hops on top of some chewy malt. Flavor is resinous, old oranges, little to no apparent oxidation noticed, not the typical wet cardboard at least, but some sort of wet, nutty, orange fruit and honey flavor. Texture is resinous, oily and properly thick, and thereís little to no bitterness left after all this time. Sweet, sugared oranges and pine needles in the finish, itís still quite delicious. I have to compare back to 2003 when I had Frank on draft at the GABF (too far gone for a proper rating), and I remember it being unbelievably dank, vibrant and thick, with a smooth-but-rough bitterness throughout. Quite different now, but still really good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
Heavy Cs send waves of citrusy fruit rolling to the resinous sands...A few berries canít escape from the Hop Wallop-like grapefruity assault and even unearth some herbal leaves dancing in its undertow...Green bitterness foams ashore and some wide-eyed surf dudes appear to be licking it with drunken fervor...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
12 oz bottle thanks to DarkElf! Poured a wonderful shade of orangish/amber with a tall, rocky off-white head. Powerful aroma of grapefruit, orange zest, sweet earth, caramel, and fresh pine needles. That nose was just brilliant... with air freshener-like power. Orange, grapefruit, and pine slide across the palate first, followed by some perfecly-balanced caramel malts. The Cascade hoppage fights its way back, and the brew escalates to a huge finish of citrus, Pinesol, alcohol, and dry bitterness. Long finish that I hope (and think that it possibly might) sticks around ítil Thursday. Brilliant!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Pours a clear copper bronze with a thick off-white and well-lacing head. Fresh and bold green hoppy aroma with some earthy, sweet caramel malt supporting it. Starts rich and florally hoppy sweet with a nice bitter and sweet resiny balance. Finishes mildly dry and crisp. Very fresh, smooth, balanced, and enjoyable. Thanks to jcalabre for this brew!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Very strong, very hoppy, big in a good way with a great balance of pine and grapefruit notes I like in an IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Dr. Bill tasting at 2005 Toronado Barleywine Fest. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie), heavily hoppy (grapefruit, orange, apricot, resin), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Good for the style...ample malt to support the large hop character, big flavors but balanced, rich texture.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Bottle for rating #1500: Dark straw, very cloudy and dirty, moderate white head, frothy, fairly nice lacing.   Rich sweet hop nose, graham cracker, slightly floral, a touch piney.   Smooth hop flavor on the tongue, not overly bitter, decent malt base, fairly sweet, very full bodied.   Quick hop bite on the exit, moreso bitter tea leaves, emergence of citrus notes.   Lingering sweetened hop tea on the finish.   Very smooth, palatable, and well balanced.   One of the best Imperial IPAs out there.   Make sure to let this one warm up a bit.   Thanks DarkElf for the numerous bottles you sent my way!



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