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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Dedicated to Crustaceans
The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer is great beer - just drink it and enjoy!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4117) - Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Capped, 750ml bottle, painted blue with a squidbilly crab for a label. Clear, orange color,white foam. Smells of an English BarleyWine, sweet wort nose, mellow hops. WHOA, this is a strong one. This beer will turn your scrotum inside out! Very strong. High alcohol, very fusel. Finishes with notes of bitter flavored wort, toasted grains, bitter, earthy hops. Wow. (4117) To the caveman!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (208) - - JUL 7, 2014
cloudy orange color; piney, citrusy aroma with an underlying malty sweetness; the name pretty well says it: lots of piney, citrusy hops and big IPA character, with a barleywine-like sweet malt background and alcohol notes; perhaps a little bit muddled and confusing

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3366) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
(bottle - 750 ml) Copper orange pour with a thick white head. Sour and off aroma. Some hops but a ton of malt. Not balanced. Flavor is identical. Sour and sweet and unpleasant. Leaves a weirdly dry and sugary aftertaste. Swing and a miss.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jamesthebrit (231) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Strong malty note like a barley wine, sort of a citrus hop note as well. Look is strange. Pours very light in color. Almost a wheat beer color to it. Little head. Taste is very unique. Has the heavy malty finish of a barley wine but the light hoppy middle of a IPA. Palate is heavy. Smooth. Finish is a little intense. Overall a very unique beer. Brings some good notes of an IPA, brings some strong notes of a Barley wine. Doesnít do either exceptionally well but I appreciate the uniqueness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3196) - Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Pours a clear mahogany with a thick pale tan head. Aroma has yeasty, hoppy and fruity notes, not as strong as with some other BWs I have sampled but still inviting. Powerful flavor leaps onto the tongue like a tiger, assaulting the palate with hoppy and brandy notes, and an alcohol bite like a barleywine otter have. It leaves an alcohol finish with a hoppy underpinning and a hint of pear/cherry. Thick texture has a dusty hay feel and an alcohol chomp like an angry Rottweiler. Donít be crabby - get crusty!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5166) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Hazy gold with a short white head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, light booze, floral hops and candied fruit notes. Taste is sweet malt, booze, honey, candied fruit, floral hop notes, caramel, light toffee and citrus notes. Body is medium-full with a dense, bubbly carbonation and light warmth. Slightly sticky. Ends with more caramel, booze, toffee notes, sweet malt, honey notes, candied fruit and floral notes.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1178) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body. The aroma is musty barn hay... The taste has an assertive orange and grapefruit flavor, to include the bitterness, at first. There are some very sweet malt notes that snake their way in and out. And the booze is there too. The texture is thick with low carbonation. Itís a big beer with big flavors. Interesting for sure.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
I liked the beer at first, I thought it was a bit smooth for an IPA, but like the name suggests I couldnít put it into a category. It tasted like an orange peel after awhile. I got tired of it after about 1/2 a glass and it didnít leave my palate with a nice taste. Iím glad I tried it, just really couldnít get into it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (986) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle pour light hazy gold. Nose dank hop,slight floral, toffee and some caramel. Taste nice bitter up front, early palate sweet, some biscuit, light fruit. Lots of malt sweet. Reasonable balance. Bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4291) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pours dark gold into a tulip. White head with little retention recedes to mottle surface. Sweet caramel aromas. Thick with dark toffee, toasted nuts and bread upfront turning to hot caramel and resin in the lasting finish.


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