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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Fashioned after the famous ales from Burton-On-Trent which took on such bold character after surviving the long, rolling voyage from London to Calcutta in the days of the Empire. This is an amber colored masterpiece in the world of beer styles.

Malt: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Crystal & Chocolate
Hops: Willamette, Cascade
Yeast: Top fermenting English.
O.G. 1.066

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
POD (198) - USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottles. Big tan bubbly tan head literally blew out the end of the bottle into my mug. Nice amber brown color. Mouth feel was on the watery side. Flavor was sweet caramel, malt & bitter floral hops. This is the least citrusy IPA that Iíve ever tasted... which was a good thing for me. Aftertaste was bittersweet wheat or some sort of grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
wow what a head! Donít mistakenly pour it into you pilsner directly, be sure to tip it. Youíll have a head that wonít stop. Very murky muddly color. very nice tase with just a bite in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Amber/red body that is just slightly murky with about a half an inch of head that dissipates slowly and leaves a fair bit of lacing. Smells hoppy bittern and citrusy. Tastes hoppy, but almost just as malty. Some bitterness, some citrus in the hops. Malt almost has a roasty or caramel quality to it, though I canít quite put my finger on what it is. Medium in body. Flavor is just a little watery, though not as much as it is in some Sea Dog offerings. Probably the best Sea Dog beer Iíve had thus far. Most interesting, flavorful one to be sure. Not what I usually expect from an IPA (tastes a bit more like an APA to me), but exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
frankenkitty (2007) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Pours a bright copper with faint carbonation and a pillowy, ecru head that holds. Dusty lemon and butterscotch aroma with mild acridity... but this is more of an "English-style" IPA, as the hop character is certainly not what an American would expect by the name. Flavor finds more lemon covering a base of wheaty malts with hints of caramel and watered-down grapefruit. Has a bit of thickness in the mouth letting the flavors linger with a slight cloy and a dash of pepper.

<font size=-4>Single 12 oz. bottle from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/><a href=http://www.traderjoes.com/index.html>Tr Joeís, Orland Park, IL 60462</font>

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrnkMcDermott (3009) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 12 oz. bottle from Trader Joeís. Back to the grind after the excitement of a beery Michigan trip and rating #1,000. What we got here is an allegedly hoppy beer thatís missing its hops. Nothing in the smell (and itís "Best by April í07"). Even so, itís got a nice bit of malt smell. Dark color for an IPA, a clingy thin foam. Again, not much of an IPA taste, but pretty decent as an amber, if they would just relabel it.

Rated as "Kennebunkport IPA," Oct. 9, í07. Same beer, two brands, both at Trader Joeís. This one actually has something of a hop smack to it, but it just doesnít match well with the rest of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2006
120z bottle. Filtered and amber hued. Fruity nose. Hints of citrus and apricots. A tight mustiness. Medium and bitter hops. Medium caramel malts. Citrus hops. Bitter hops. Lively with a slight sticky malty note. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Not bad but pretty forgettable. Rating from memory so I wonít even try to describe it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Slight bitter IPA aroma. Coppery orange in color with slight tan head that disappears almost before the first swig. Yea, its IPA with a malt overtone and a crisp ending, but little else. Frothy mouth feel. Its not bad, but nor is it good. A basic IPA that I wouldnít get again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwillNoMore (105) - USA - NOV 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Bottle, from mug. Best by Aug í07. Fluffy white head fades fast, leaves rather weak lacing. A very slight haziness to the golden-orange body. Aroma shows some nutty caramel beneath the grassy hops, with earthy and musty notes. Palate leans to medium, but doesnít quite make it. Texture is not as oily as Iíd like, but itís there. Average carbonation. Flavor is mostly hops, but is rather less exciting than I remembered. The nutty caramel of the nose returns in the finish. Like many IPAs, I found this hoppier from the bottle. Iím not sure why this is, but Iíd guess itís because I swallow gulps from a bottle in two stages: while the first half goes down, the aromas from the second half travel to the sinuses, where they evaporate with the alcohol. Whatever the case, a good IPA straight from the bottle is how I define beer heaven.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
Tame aroma has some light grassy hops and honeyish malt sweetness that is just slightly musty. Amber-copper coloured body is topped by a shy white head that recedes rapidly to the slightest ring. Sweetness in the flavour with some caramel and butterscotch, some grassy, citrus, floral hops and medium bitterness. Medium light body with fair to moderate carbonation. Sampled at Mondial 2006.

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