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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Brewed with only East Kent Goldings hops, contributing a mellow bitterness and earthy, floral and apricot notes

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with a medium to large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate earthy floral hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate smooth bitter flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration. This a good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4413) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle. Amber - clear, with white head. Bread, sweetness, light fruit, and pine. Not very bitter. Decent, better then the Hallertau, but not as good as the simcoe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2630) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2011
12oz. bottle. Herbal, earthy hop aroma, some mild sweetness and malt toast in the background, with lighter notes of tea leaves and spice, some perceived funkiness here as well. Clear medium orange-amber color, with a lasting, fine head and attractive lacing. Flavor is full of the familiar aspects of EKGs -- leafy, herbal, spicy, mildly fruity and quite British, with the toasty, honeyish malty sweetness emerging towards the finish, and very prominent hop bitterness throughout. Semi-dry, lightly resinous and smoothly effervescent on the palate, body is medium. An appropriate showcase for this hop, easily recognizable for me, having had more than my fair share of Samuel Smithís ales over the years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2011
12 oz. bottle from the variety pack - Pours a crystal clear copper color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is light herbal hops. Flavor is pine hops, esters, and lightly sweetened malt. Medium body. No lingering astringent aftertaste. The aroma is a little more subdued in this one compared to the Ahtanum IPA. A good IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2011
(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with nice off-white head. Active carbonation and nice lacing develops. Aroma is dried apricots, some herbs and some pungent notes. Taste is semi-sweet with some bitterness and a bit of spiciness. Light bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad, but east kent is not my favorite hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1295) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Deep amber orange with a decent off-white head, solid retention and spotty lacing. Grassy, earthy hops aromas, a touch of spice and black tea. Modest bitterness offset by caramel and honey notes. Medium body, light carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter finish. Ok, just less interesting than the others in this group.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Deep amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma heavy on the orange, and somewhat earthy. Flavor is definitely earthy, not quite as sweet and citrusy as the others. Finish is dry and flowery. Palate is smooth and carbonated well. Probably my least favorite in the series. Iíve never been a big fan of English-style beers so that doesnt surprise me. Still a pretty drinkable IPA.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Bottle from Binnyís LP. Pours like all of the decons, deep copper with offwhite head. The nose is not really pleasant. I get a spoiled fruit note and some unpleasant qualities. Some caramel and choppy florals as well. On taste, better than the nose. Good level of soft bitterness with grassy notes. My least favorite of the lot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (4063) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2011
12 ounce from 12 pack. Making my way through this 12 pack still. Iím glad my wife is drinking some of these. Yet again, very little that differentiates itself from the others. Kind of duller, maybe. Less of a significant profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4783) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Copper glow that looks exactly the same as the Ahtanum varietal asisde from the head which is noticeably larger on this version and leaves a nice lace. Aroma of earth, caramel, flowers and a bit of perfume, way less deep and powerful than the Ahtanum and seemingly lower in Alpha Acids (although, Iím sure this is true). Medium-bodied; Malty and caramel flavours come out the most with the grassy and earthy hops kind of a secondary note - crazy for an IPA, but in general this is much more milder than the Ahtanum. Aftertaste is earthy and malty with a bit of caramel and a hint of dryness - very mild for sure. Overall, a drinkable IPA at most, this version I thought was the least of the three others that Iíve sampled thus far (Zeus, Hallertau, Ahtanum), and Iíd take most other IPAs over this for sure. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from the Beer Baron in Livonia, Michigan on 30-April-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 17-May-2011 in a vertical tasting with the East Kent IPA from Sam Adams - both bottles were US$1.99 each. Of the two, I didnít like this as much, but itís much more ídrinkableí by non-IPA beer likers as the hops are seemingly more diluted and not as strong, compared to the malt.

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