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RATINGS: 758   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
A massively hopped strong pale ale brewed to celebrate our anniversary each year. Anniversary Ale is light gold to pale orange in color and offers a potent aroma of fresh pine and citrus with some warming alcohols present.The taste is a thick, chewy hop presence only barely contained by balancing malts. The finish is pure hop expression with a moderate warming alcohol sensation. Hops – Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe; dry-hopped with Columbus and Amarillo. Body – Medium.
Availability – Late Spring / Early Summer Release. Formerly 10.5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5398) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Hazy glowing orange, sticky lace - it’s got your standard grapefruit heavy, pine hop explosion in the nose you’d expect from PP - some fusel alcohol underneath this - lightly sweet and tangy citrus up front, followed by extreme bitterness that builds until it eventually becomes astringent - strong alcohol in the finish amplifies this astringent quality - sticky caramel throughout - a touch of metallic character in the finish as well - some lingering earthy, herbal hop flavors underneath keep the finish from completely ruining the beer - another overrated IIPA - what a shock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Poured a fairly standard copper color with a one-finger tall, white head. Sticky lacing. The aroma was a blast of resiny pine hops with floral and citrus notes. Some softer sweetness. The flavor was pine and floral with a bit of sweet malts cutting through. Medium bodied with a bit of alcohol heated noted on the finish. Well made, kind of boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1371) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2009
bottle. thin copper pour with thin off white ehad. malty hop bomb aroma. big and bold. rich malts with big bittery dry hops. warms the belly. awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Served cold from 22 oz bottle. Pours amber orange in color. Aroma is fruity. Flavor is marked by bitterness, but there is a full-bodied aspect to it that makes it more easily drinkable. Spicy, warm finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4408) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2013 Thanks to todd for sharing. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a one finger frothy yellowish head. The nose is citrusy and fruity, some pineapple, very fresh and pungent hop aroma. Flavor is citrusy and resinous, waxy bitter/grapefruit rind, some mango. Palate is resinous with a bit more of a waxy bitterness than I’d like. Re Rate June 2013 Pours a cloudy straw gold with two fingers sticky white head. Nose is leafy and green with fresh citrus and tropical fruit. Sweet hops and a prominent but soft bitterness. Nice citrus rind character and green hop flavor. Very zesty and dry with some fruity notes. Medium bodied. 8/4/7/3/17

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2009
22oz. Bottle. Hazy orange color with a lacing white head. Pine and tropical fruit dominate the aroma with a note of caramel in the background. Oily and resinous mouthfeel that is on the thinner side with a medium level of carbonation. Huge hop flavor with tons of grapefruit, pine needles and a bit of pineapple. Some bread yeast and caramel malt flavors are noticeable. A quick bitter streak cuts through the citrus flavor towards the end. Finish is a little hot, but also sticky and lingering. Decent, but lacks the wow factor of other san diego imperials.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bomber shared by OldStyleCubFan at the Carolina Crew gathering - thanks, Todd! While certainly in the same wheelhouse as the 2nd Anniversary brew, I think this is a more successful and certainly more enjoyable version of the style. Whereas its predecessor was a weird combination of bubblegum and blowtorch heat, this brew is fruity, fresh, and relatively mild for the style. Handsome, full bodied, well balanced, a very nice DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Thanks to Todd for sharing. Muddy light amber pour thick white head and drippy lace. Piney aroma. Grapefruit and piney hop flavors. Slightly resinous

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1472) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a murky tea color with a thin frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is piney fruity resiny hops - a little on the subdued side.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits followed by a big bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. There’s a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is kind of watery.

Overall, other than the mouthfeel, this is a solid DIPA. It’s well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Big grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel and light darker malts. Medium-plus bodied. Decent bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with rich caramel. Has that Port/San Diego big sticky caramel backing.

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