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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Each time we make this ale we pick a different single variety of hops and use them exclusively in the brew. The malt bill stays fairly consistent from batch to batch so as to allow the distinctive hop flavors to come through. Here are just a few of the hops used in the past: Simcoe, Vanguard, Sterling, YCR-004, Amarillo, Satus, Santium, Tomahawk, and Columbus. Available on draft seasonally.O.G.: 1.060;50 BUíS


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2005
(F.O. in Santa Monica) Orange-gold with some head. Citrusy hops aroma. Nice citrus hops flavor, not over the top (but more than an English IPA).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Clean and extremely floral nose with a hint of biscuity malt. Orange blosson and citrus nose leading to a very clean and peonounced hop bitterness that leads to a wonderfully oily resinous mouthfeel. Nice hop finish with an extremely dry followthru.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
On tap @ the brewpub. Been looking forward to this for a while--Sterling hops have intrigued me since I had Valley Brewís Pils, and they used Sterling here as well. Clear pale orange amber with a creamy one finger eggshell head, fading to a clinging thick ring and thick film. Big fresh floral nose with some earthy bitterness and a pale malt background. Flavor has a fair amount more earthy bitterness than Iíd expected, and the flowers are toned back a little in the flavor. Bitterness peaked around a 4 when it did eventually finish, which was dry. Medium body with low prickly carbonation, yet still came across as smooth. Nice tattered lacing. For being a single hop beer, I like it. If nothing else, itís a nice education tool for what the hell a Sterling hop is. The chalkboard lists this batch @ 5.80% ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Pours medium amber with a two finger white head. Full nose of citrus and floral hops with a touch of malt sweetness. Same in the flavor. A bit of a grain husk, dry finish. Quite enjoyable and easy drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
(hand bottle from irishboy)orange in color with a white head.fruity and pine type aroma.flavor is much of the same with a dry dusty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3365) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
This one was was on draft at the brewpub with the Sterling hops and listed at 5.80% ABV on the board. I had a draft pour and likec it so well I took home a growler. It poured a nice golden color with a good white head and lots of lacing. Nose is citrus and pine hop odors, so even though there is only one hop variety, this hop has multiple aromas. The mouthfeel was slick and creamy. Flavor is very classic IPA with some bitterness. Shows you donít have to pack a beer with dozen different hops to make it taste good. Bitter finish. Simply a very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2009
On tap at RR. Bright golden orange color, very little carbonation. Big grassy hop aroma and flavor, hay, light spices, light yeast. Really nice, like how it lets the hops shine without a lot of other stuff getting in the way. Very drinkable, not too much lingering bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2009
On tap at RR, this is the Sterling version. Pours a light gold with a thick white head. Aroma is light smooth hop aroma, a little orange. Taste is smooth crisp malt, a little grassy and not spicy or over the top. A very mellow hop variety that makes a unique ipa.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3240) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. I didnít hear very many good things about this one, so I only ordered a sample. I wish I could have had more because it was darn good! Light golden yellow with a white head. The aroma was floral and citrusy with hints of tropical fruit. The flavor was the same. Very fresh and hop forward. It may suffer a bit next to Pliny and Blind Pig or even Row 2, but it was a very nice, light hop forward beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1390) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2013
On tap at Russian River brewery in Santa Rosa. Pours golden with a white head and sweet, fruit, hoppy aroma. Taste is of tropical fruits up front, with hops, citrus, caramel, and toasty notes leading to a bitter, dry finish. Nice IPA


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