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RATINGS: 819   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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We heap the hops into each batch of our Thunderhead IPA. A golden nectar with a striking floral aroma, Thunderhead holds a harmonious balance between its bold hop bitterness and subtle malt backbone.

2-Row Pale Barley, Munich 10L, Caramel, Carapils

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OG: 16.7

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2779) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 Bottle. Rated 6/29/06. This oneís stamped "06/08/08." That doesnít seem Iíve read it right, but I can definietly tell itís a fresh bottle. Hop nose and taste is very fresh, grassy and piney with a hint of what I lovingly call "cat piss." No, that means I like its boldness. Looks a little pale, but malts are quite sweet and sticky, which would only intensify if the bottle is left to age. No doubt, a big ass kicking of northwestern alphas for us hop heads.

Bottled, rated 9/22/03. My bottle, from a friendís cellar, was date-stamped 3/99, so hereís how well it has aged: Very flowery/estery smell when opened. Pours a slightly cloudy amber body, thin head but leaves a little lacing. Taste is actually closer to a thin barley wine; maltiness overwhelming the mellowed hop profile. Holds up well if stored carefully, but I wouldnít recommend keeping space for it if you have some Bigfoot. I opened a second, equally old bottle and got more of a big hop aroma and taste. Alcohol still very noticeable, almost like a barelywine, and more of a citrus note as well. I canít be more critical since these are 4-year old bottles, so just take this as a cautionary on well a good beer keeps.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Luvystypotables (550) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Virtually no aroma just a hint of hops, copper colored not much head. No distinctive taste just a bitter taste with an oily feel and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5334) - Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2014
12 ounce bottle from backlog notes 07/08. Pours a clear golden amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have pale malts, mild caramel, light resiny and citrus hops, lightly toasted bread, a general bitterness to the finish, medium bodied. A very average ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jrwhitney6 (278) - - MAY 17, 2014
Pours a very cloudy copper - not particularly attractive. Nice nose, though, with floral and pine scents. Taste is some citrus, sweet caramel malt and hops. Pretty solid IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Redtown (4) - - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
very disappointing it kind of tastes like budweiser at first but finishes a little better. Aroma isnít to bad but the flavor is very off sweet then bitter and skunky no balance. I thought maybe just poor storage but reading the other reviews probably not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lagerboy (1185) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Bomber. Opaque orange copper, off-white foamy head fades fast. Citrus hop aroma and taste, nice fruitiness, some herbs and evergreen, medium caramel malts. Flat-soft carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. Bitter citric finish. Nice enough flavor, a bit lifeless. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jandd1983 (2505) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2013
It poured a clear copper color with no head. The aroma was of bready malts, caramel and some light citrus hops. The taste was of caramel malts, lots of bread, cereal, some lingering citrus hops and some bitterness. This was pretty much a one dimensional beer and average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevoj (2008) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Nice aroma, but taste is a little flat. Normal hop sharpness, appearance is great with high fluffy head. Finish is short, with mild lingering bitterness. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (1975) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2013
On tap @ Doyleís Pour House (Barneget NJ). Pours a clear golden amber color with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Aroma of bread and yeast, with plenty of citrus hops. Taste of citrus and floral hop bitterness, and bready malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rocketman2013 (108) - Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Aroma was I don't remember. Light amber. Quite bitter and surprisingly fruity. Medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beergeek23322 (2161) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2013
March 2012. Bottle. Middle of the road IPA, but with so many better choices out there, why even bother? Amber color, white head. Some hops, but muted. Mostly malt and caramel.

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