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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Brewed with only Hallertau Mittelfreuh Noble Hops, contributing a soft bitterness and delicate lemony flavor and resinous pine notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (2860) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2011
My first in the deconstructed series and excited to try the rest. This beer was average at best. Aroma was so so. A light caramel malt with some hints of grass. Pour was a nice medium gold with a decent bit of rising bubbles and a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was very malt forward in the beginning. Sweet caramel soon gives way to the lemony hops. The hops are spicy and a tad on the sour side, but not very bitter. The mouth is dry after the swallow and a slight bitterness is left lingering. Not bad but a bit boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Bottle from Binny’s LP. Also pours a deep copper with offwhite head. Nose really bizarre. Sweet spicy note with some citrus peel but mostly an herbal thing going on, mint? On taste, quite mellow but a really beautiful showcase of HM. I like the herbal quality without being grassy. Good balance between malt and hops. My favorite of the single hops, easily. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5102) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Rich copper colored body with a thin light khaki head. The nose is sweet and earthy with a little bit of citrus. There is also some dough and a little yeast. The taste is a little sweet with some orange rinds and bread crust. There is also some almond. nice and smooth. A good IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2011
(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with chunky off-white head. Already getting some lacing. Active carbonation. Aroma has caramel, bread, and some buttery citrus. Taste is bitter, like citrus pith, with a semi-sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Bitter finish. Different, but not too shabby.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Nice copper coloured body, slightly more orange or brown-tinted than the Zeus varietal with one centimetres of tan head that just settles - shorter head than the Zeus. Aroma of flowers, perfume, grass and a hint of oak - much more floral and perfumey than the Zeus. Medium-bodied; Mildish characteristics with some perfume and herbal grassiness at first with less of the defined malt than the Zeus. Aftertaste is very mild with a touch of the grass and perfume coming through but not much else. Overall, a bit refreshing, but relatively mild compared to the Zeus - the hops are too low in Alpha Acids and they show too much perfume compared to the Zeus. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from the Beer Baron in Livonia, Michigan on 30-April-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 16-May-2011 in a vertical test with the Sam Adams Zeus varietal IPA. I preferred the Zeus to this one, however.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4018) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2011
12 ounce from 12 pack bought a HyVee. Ok. Second of pack, and I’m feeling like sucker is on my forehead. Is this so much different than Simcoe? Same malty IPA body. Slightly different aroma and taste....but how different? Maybe more caramel. But that is not a hop issue. Passable, but nothing amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6555) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2011
12 oz. bottle from TWCP Beerfest 2011. Tried right after the East Kent, so maybe this one got a bump from that comparison, but it wound up being my favorite along with the Ahtanum. Pours a bright orange-gold color with a small off-white head. Aroma of grassy and herbal hops, orange citrus, sweet and caramel malts, and pineapple. Flavor of grassy hops, earth, orange and grapefruit citrus, caramel malts, and cereal grains. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a citrusy mouthfeel. Nice IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
- Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head on top. The head fades down to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing in the process. S - Aroma is a mix of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. There is also some other fruity aromas and some bready smells. T - Starts off with some citrus hop flavor and some lemon zest flavor. There is some caramel malt sweetness in the background. There is some mild bitterness and even a touch of tart. Through the middle, some stronger bitterness and a touch of bread flavor come through. The finish is a mix of some bitterness and some lemon and citrus flavor and a bit of malt that lingers. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and crisp. The finish is a bit lacking with only a touch of dryness. D - Very drinkable. Smooth and well balanced overall. The hop flavor is nice and balanced with the malt. The only real downer was that the finish was a bit too plain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1276) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Like the others, dark copper red with a nice one-finger head, decent retention and excellent lace. This one seems a bit clearer. Pine aroma, accompanied by some grassy hops and a touch of lemony citrus. Citrus hops flavors are more pronounced, and the pine makes another solid contribution to the bitterness. Caramel and toasted malt sweetness offer a counter. Medium body, very lively carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, and a clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle - part of the Latitude 48 variety pack. Dark, sparkling copper pour with a sticky off-white head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Aroma is initially that of spruce, but when you really dig down you pick up some floral notes. Flavor is subtly bitter, with some grapefruit citrus notes, a bit of raw cookie dough, and just a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick. Interesting to see how my reviews of the other four will fare.

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