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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Golden in color with an assertive hop bitterness. This beer won gold medals at The Great American Beer Festival in 1989 and 1990. A true American Classic.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4022) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle. Orange-amber with a small ring of cream. Nose is resin, citrus, caramel. Taste is caramel, resin, citrus with a bitter herb and cardboard finish. Light medium body is dry and has medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2457) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
Light copper yellow colour with foamy white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, bread. Taste is quite bitter, with a bready sweet backbone. Quite nice.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jandd1983 (2998) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a cloudy golden color with a white head. The aroma was of citrus hops. The taste was bitter grapefruit citrus hops with a bitter and dry finish. A good IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5349) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. CleR ligjt golden brown with little head. A nice citrus caramel aroma is classic. First sip is dry and has a nice balance. This is softer than I prefer but is nice.ligjt fruit and mild malts.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bookman10 (715) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Pours a light golden yellow with mid-sized head. Strong hop aroma and strong hop bite to the flavor (coupled with the usual citrus notes). Smooth finish. A nice example of the style, though nothing too special.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10537) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Tap. Pours clear dark gold with a medium, fizzy white head with medium retention and light lacing. Aroma is fragrant floral, citrus, and pine hops with tropical fruity esters, cookie and biscuit malt. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, supporting malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bronzan (130) - Windsor, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Pours a clear amber. Has almost a prune or raisin aroma. Maybe it’s gone bad? (saying this before tasting it). A bit nuttier than most IPAs. Not terribly hoppy. Fairly light. Not terrible, not great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1985) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
dark gold pour with a medium tight white head. aroma is very nice citrus pine and caramel. Body is lighter than expected, caramel maltiness with a piney hop flavour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nsquishee (628) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Very nice hop/malt balance, with a pronounced hop bitterness at the finish. A new offering in MN. I’ll be having more of this. Reminds me of a dIPA, but it doesn’t pack as much ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2009) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 Bottle from France and 44. Pours bright amber with a sudsy off white head that settles to a soapy film and some lacing. Aroma is sweet floral citrus pineapple and piny with just a touch of malt mixed in. Taste is very nice hoppy bitterness with pine citrus mango pineapple and a smooth malty finish. Palate is medium and shows good carbonation with a chalky drying finish. Very well done! I wish there were more California IPA’s on the shelf here in Minnesota!


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