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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Our high gravity offering weighs in at 8.5% abv and is delightfully loaded with malt and hops. This is an ale worthy of your sturdiest goblet or most treasured stein. Ring it!


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle: This was described to me as an IPA, so I tried it and was clearly disappointed based upon my initial expectation. The main thing that stood out to me was that there was a very heavy malt character, and that the hops were seemingly an afterthought. Tasted like a Nut Brown / Pale Ale hybrid. Odd.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2009
After years, finally able to knock off South Carolina! Medium slightly hazy orangish brown, slight head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts and some cooked citrus grapefruit. Flavor matches. Caramel malts, warm citrus notes of grapefruit and a bit of orange. I would have liked a bit more bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malts, but not a bad beer at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2009
12 oz. pours copper with small head. aroma is malty with hint of citrus. mouthful is a little thin dominated with some nice hop citrus. nice but a little thin for the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2556) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle bonused in trade from MSchae1017. Thanks! Pours an attractive hazy orange with a nicely lasting white head. Smell is very mild and more caramel and faint hops than would be expected in a DIPA, but still a pleasantly malty and faintly fruity nose. Taste is fairly balanced with a slight leaning towards hops. A bit of sweet caramel up front along with fruity, orange and tropical fruity hops, along with a noticeable alcohol presence. Medium to full mouthfeel with medium, crisp carbonation. Solid DIPA, but could have hidden the ABV a touch better and been a bit more vibrant in the nose. Still enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (9266) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Corks & Kegs in Richmond. Pours a pretty straightforward brown color with a bit of a haze. One finger head with average retention and poor lacing. Nutty aroma with some caramel notes and a muddled hop finish. Bitter hops in the taste with chocolate, caramel and nutty notes. A little bit of alcohol is noticeable. Medium-full bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Decent taste, but not the most drinkable beer. Not as enjoyable by the end for some reason, ready to move on to something else. Medium bodied with light alcohol flavor. I thought this was trying to be a double IPA. Not as full flavored as expected for the alcohol level. Not especially memorable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3901) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Draft at Charlie Mopps. Darkish amber with a small ring of foam. Aroma of caramel, citrus and pine resin. Flavor is a nice blend of the same, with some roast malt notes as well. Near-medium body is mostly smooth and well-bittered on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2008
12oz. The best of the flight, by far. Nose was the most intense, being loads of straight malt and sweet caramel goodness. Body follows suit, some roasted malt hesitations and good gummy bitter citrus fruit. Body has surprising lift in carbonation and overall a very pleasant beer. Does not show the alcohol at all, I truly thought it was a 4-5% brew like the others.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Pours orange/red with a small 1/16 inch fairly white head. Smells of alcohol and malts. First sip is rather bland with the malts over powering the hops. A slight note of fruits is present in this light bodied beer The 8.5% ABV is very well hidden - unfortunately so is much of the flavor. This tastes more like a session beer than a high gravity. Not the punch I want in an DIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Pleasant floral hop aroma. Orange amber color, a bit hazy. Not much head. Bitter but balanced with the malt. There’s just a touch of chocolate flavor in the finish that works nicely. The use of dark malt and the color are out of range for a DIPA, but the beer never actually claims to be a DIPA, it may be better suited for the "American strong ale" category on ratebeer. Anyways I think its a pretty solid big beer for the price.


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