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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.25%
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XXXX IPA is a non-traditional American IPA with a brilliant copper color and the classic citrus nose of Cascade hops. This beer demonstrates a unique balance of malt-inspired, delicate red grapefruit sweetness and lingering hop dryness. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body to balance the harmony of distinct flavors.Cascade, Warrior,Summit and Glacier hops are used for bittering and Cascade hops are added for dry hopping after fermentation. This hop blend is well balanced with malted wheat, pale ale, crystal, and caramel malts. To full enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This beer pairs well with Cajun dishes, blackened fish, and BBQ. XXXX draws its name from the British brewing convention of using X’s to denote style. 70 BU,s, 1.092 OG. 22 Plato


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Bomber from the Binny’s in Plainfield, Illinois: It poured a reddish copper body with a tall off-white head that pasted the glass with lace. The aroma was rife with pine, grapefruit, and zest from the hops, but was somewhat marred by a butterscotch sweetness from the malts that didn’t blend too well. The malts were more caramelly in the flavor, yet still held a touch of butterscotch candies. A hoppy bitterness came to the rescue, also offering tastes of resinous pine, yellow grapefruit rind, Chicklets---scratch that!, and lemon. Finally in the finish, it presented itself as a DIPA with a dry bitterness that lingered for some time. Probably the best of this series.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 30, 2009
[22 oz. bottle from Lou’s Beverage Barn] Pours slightly hazy, slightly reddish amber with a finger or so of off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine, some caramel and vanilla and candy-malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, a touch sticky and just a tad loose. Broken patches and dabs of lacing. Flavor of grapefruit and light pine overlaying a sweet caramel, vanilla and candy malt base. Very light touch of rosewater. Medium-heavy bitterness from fore through finish and aftertaste. ABV well-covered. Nice, fairly elegant and not a harsh tongue-scraper. Really close to as good as any big IPA out there.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (5356) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle (bomber) from Systembolaget. Deep golden, creamy off-white head. Dusty malt aroma, with strong piney and citric hops. Medium bodied and smooth. Nice lingering firm bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (1947) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle thanks to Ekstedt: Clear red colour,cremay yellow head. Aroma of lots of citrus, sugar and sweet maltynes. Flavor has a nice fruity mouth feeling, big dry fruitynes and flowery and grape.Lonf fruity/alcy finish. Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2009
650 ml bottle thanks to ekstedt!
On August 30, 2009
Clear dark golden to copper color, fluffy orange head. Hoppy and sweet fresh scent. Hoppy, citrus, grape, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Slight bit metallic aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2009
22oz bomber served in a tulip. Firey amber pour with a light haze and a one-finger thick head of lasting beige foam. A solid coat of lace was left around the glass. The aroma was very perfumey and floral. Lots of citrus and sugar-coated grapefruit followed by some caramel and light fusel alcohol. The flavor was sweet and also quite perfumey. A little hot and solvent-like. Moderately bitter. Mainly just sweet caramel and hot fusels. Hard to drink. Full-bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Nice to look at, not so nice to taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Sampled in the big bottle. A really really good brew. Comes up with a powerful punch of hops. Crisp clear but this really nice dark golden yellow hue. Really good brew.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Beautiful beer. Not much else. No aroma to speak of. Some pine taste is noted with the malt but for an IIPA this was fairly bland.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChazMania (652) - Pasadena, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 Bomber poured into pint glass. This is my first purchase from this brewery. While the color is nice and intriguing, there is simply not much aroma whatsoever. Flavor is just sort of ’there’ but has nothing unique to offer. There is some bitterness, but not a flavorful one, more biting than anything. 1/5/12: lowered from 3.1 to 2.4: This bomber was an astringent mess, sad thing as I couldn’t finish it and had to drain pour it. It tasted like aluminum flouride.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pilsnerrogge (2468) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2009
Bottled:
Pours deep amber with a thick head, good lacing. Fruity toffee and hop aroma. Flavour has some toffee, a great deal of hops and even more alcohol. Quite one dimensional.


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