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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
One of our favorite styles, this ale is a hop explosion. Light in color, heavily hopped in the kettle as well as conditioned with several unique hop varieties. This creates a beautiful floral/citrusy nose which is balanced well by a smooth and full finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
To steal from muzzelhatch: Draught pint shared with Argo0 at the Happy Gnome in St Paul, RBSG Minneapolis pub crawl, June 22 2007: Hazy orange, light white head and lacing. Nose of bright grapefruit and pruned spruce, pine, nice orange and plum. The flavor is nice and balanced, plenty of hops and a crisp forgetful, yet inviting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Lightly hazed dark golden color. Moderate off-white head that settles rather quickly to a thin lid of small bubbles and a few isles of lace. Mild green grassy hops and earthy malt. I catch a touch of orange soap as well. Nice feel to this one. lightly oily and slick with just enough zip to keep it alive. LIght malt sweetness with some citric zest. Middle is full of citrus and light pine. A bit sharp and unforgiving in flavor. Perhaps a touch thin in the malt for my tastes. Linger is nice with a bit of malt and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (5430) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Where’s the hops in the aroma. Is this English style?? This is very unhoppy for an IPA. A hint of dryness comes on late. Okay, but could be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Light gold body with a bright white head. Strong grapefruit with some almonds. The taste is very bitter with lots of grapefruit and some toast. A finish of bitter almond shells. Fairly well done with plenty of bitterness in the finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Tap at barcade. Better than the bottle I had out in MN a couple summers ago. Pours a mostly clear light cppery orange and a nice sticky head. Aroma is on the phenolic side- lightly grassy alogn with some piney and citrus cascade like hops- seems cold dry hopped from the phenols. A bit more grass and plasticy phenols int eh flavor with some tacky citrus and light pine needle- orange comes through the most on the citrus with some grapefruit but seems a bit solventy as it warmed. Ok bitterness and a sticky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4809) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Gold color with a thick head. Very citrusy aroma. Switches to pine in the flavor. Pretty strong on the bitter acid for a ’plain’ IPA. Almost herbal and grassy. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4721) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-copper body with a thin, wispy off-white head. Smell: Aroma of caramel malt and fresh citrus fruits with lesser notes of grass and buttery diacetyl. Taste: Caramel maltiness with a medium amount of sweetness. Light buttery hints. Hunks of juicy grapefruit. Medium bitterness and acidity - finishes same. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Drinkability: Diacetyl or no, it’s still an okay IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Draught pint shared with Argo0 at the Happy Gnome in St Paul, RBSG Minneapolis pub crawl, June 22 2007. Nice lacing lasts in the glass as the moderate creamy head drops slowly atop the bright golden body....nicely hoppy though restrained aroma, caramel, grassy and dry....somewhat pungent body, light cidery tartness and some odd funkiness, grassy hops dry out and dominate the finish....pretty solid overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 So this is a new and second rating for this beer that I tried one year ago when it was well you can see below. It was so much better now. Great aroma and taste. The new rating is the score above and not an average of the two. Tap @ Barcade. Poured a hazed gold color with an off-white head. Huge fresh hops. Like sniffing hop cones. Notes of citrus and pine. Citrus and citrus pith flavor. Sweet but it dries out quickly. Very long dry bitter finish. Medium bodied.

Rating from 12/14/2007 Poured a pretty hazy gold. Aroma of butterscotch with a mild citrus underneath. Some caramel malt but covered by the diacetyl. Diacetyl and citrus in the flavor. Bitter dry finish. Light to medium body. Wow so disappointed after seeing the ratings. The bottle must have been a bad one. maybe one day I’ll get a chance to try it again. 5/3/5/3/10/2.6 Crappy beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2007
November 2007 Bottle Date, Sampled December 2007
Pours with an initially two-finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head that sits on top of an almost brilliantly clear, copper hued beer. The aroma is quite strange; it smells like some artificially flavored bubble gum. Ah, as I go in for a closer smell of the aroma it becomes clear that this particular smell comes from a mix of citrus hop notes and a rampant case of diacetyl. Buttery, slightly rancid, with notes of butterscotch too, it can be hard to get at the usual IPA aromatics under this assault. If you dig for it you can separate out some of the sweet, fruity citrus notes as well as some biscuit like malt aromatics.

Up front this beer is quite hoppy, with a light malt sweetness which accentuates flavors of grapefruit and orange zest. The beer continues with a powerful bitterness that unfortunately can’t quite mask the reek of buttery diacetyl. The flavor is not quite as dominated by the diacetyl as the aroma is, but it still plays a huge role here and really gets in the way of the biting, dominant hop character. The diacetyl actually seems to make the bitterness quite harsh and even astringent.

I get the sense that this was a decent, quite hoppy IPA, unfortunately I just cant get to that beer due to the poor yeast management. I am a bit sensitive to diacetyl, but the levels in this beer are just way too much.

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