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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A tawny gold masterpiece in the world of beer styles.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5345) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Pours copper with a small white head. Nose is sweet and malty with a nice bit of caramel, hint of toffee, and a pleasant hoppiness. Taste is malty and rather sweet for an IPA. Some sweetened iced tea notes, caramel, creamy malts, and light hop bitterness. Light fruitiness( berries) throughout. This would be a pleasant session beer. Body is rather light, but smooth and has mild carbonation. Finishes with more ripened berry flavors, light citrus, rich malts, and caramel. Mild hops lingering as well. A bit too sweet but still very drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Bottle courtesy of eRenner. Clear amber color with a medium thin white head and decent lacing. Very sweet aroma for an IPA, mostly caramel and malt. Medium body with earthy malt and floral hops flavors primarily, as well as a bit of citrus. The flavors seem a little unbalanced though. The finish is mildly bitter and fruity. Somewhat unique as far as IPAs go, however nothing stands out enough for me to feel like having this again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WisconsinBeer (711) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Decent body and mouthfeel. Somewhat astringent flavor. Pine like hop presence with a touch of malt on the back end. Goes down easily. Nothing special nor offensive. Price considered (4.99/ six) this is a bargain for a decent pale ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle. Orange amber body, small white head. Resiny pine needle aroma. Flavour has a pleasant bitterness with a moderate amount of resiny hops and underlying caramel. Finish is a touch rough with the hops becoming a bit astringent at first. Mellows a bit as the glass goes on. Average to medium mouth feel. Pleasant but not spectacular.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sweetnlow (19) - Hudson, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2005
This is a good IPA, premium aroma, appearance and flavor at a Trader Joeís price. This has got to be the best IPAophile bargain in the USA. Yeah, I know Stoneís is wonderful, but if you drink 2 bottles of that stuff you turn into a rosebush.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 6, 2005
(Bottle, best before 3/06) Slightly cloudy dullish amber body, biscuit head, so-so lacing. Aroma is aromatic hops, some caramel. Mouthfeel kind of thin. Taste is perfumy hops, some toffee. Finishes bitter. Pretty good, but feels like somethingís missing.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Amber in color and aroma...with big roasted malt nose...very inviting. Strong malt base with caramel and toffee notes. Hop bitterness as expected in the style, but somewhat subdued. I like this a lot...not great by any means...but really drinkable!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2005
A little pine and citrus in the nose. Decent head. Caramel start, citrusy/pine middle, and light hops at finish. A little too fizzy, and light on the mouthfeel. Ok for an IPA - but may not be totally true to the style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Pours a deep amber color with large frothy head. Fresh hop and citrus aroma. Pine and citrus flavor with good bitterness. A tad too carbonated that keeps the beer light but lacking in body. Beer finishes quick and clean with bitter citrus peel aftertaste. Still an excellent brew considering this sample is a several months past due.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jjpm74, thanks John!) For an IPA, it smells pretty sugary, and well, not very hoppy. Uhm, okay, I admit it, I canít smell any hops at all. I mean, it smells good to me, all toasty and caramely, but it smells like an amber, not an IPA. The flavor is very much caramely, sweet and toasty, with just a light bitterness lurking on the palate for some balance in the mouthfeel, but not really in the flavor. This is a malty beer to me, no getting away from it, so maybe it just took too many months to go from brewery to distributor to store to consumer. But as the beer warms, a definite nutty character is emerging, and itís making me think this is intended to be an English IPA. Either way, itís not coming across as an American IPA. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with a very creamy texture. Bright amber body shows a bit of haze, and the small off-white head fades to a small ring, so itís not a very attractive looking beer. Nothing at all like the IPAs Iím used to here in the States, but since I rate to taste, Iím not deducting any points for straying from the style. Bottom line, itís damn tasty and enjoyable.


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