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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1441) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Pounded this down by the 95 turnpike while hitching my way down to the race tracks. I won $32 that night and I bet it had something to do with this gem of a beer. Orange in color with a thick off white head. Aroma was grassy hops, caramel malts, tires fires, and oranges. Flavor was simlar, lots of dirt roads with chewing gum, some filth, and a bit of dusty, grassy hops. Finishes rather light and sweet, not much lasting bitterness for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rustyham (1718) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Like any other Imperial IPA, this has an amazing aroma that is not at all supported by the flavor. This is the kind of beer that you bug your friend to buy so that you can smell it as it comes out. Don’t bother drinking it though, because you have had better. Bottle at Abraxas, Miami Beach.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Started with a fluffy, soapy head in an off-white hue. Clear rose-orange color. Sweet syrupy hop nose showcasing some candy notes and a sublt hint of vomit. Tame mellow flavors with floral hop notes and an astringent bitter finish. Pretty dry overall...the astringency here is a little annoying like chewing a mouthfull of grape skins...a bit hot as well...not overly bad though...though some bubblegum notes start getting stronger...

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (8420) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2009
Strange Brew bartender: You want our cask, it just came on. A: Yes, whatever it is. This is the experience: Orange colour with a lot of lace already in a huge snifter (that’s what he gave me). Aroma there is abundant and pleasing hops. Wickedly tasty balance,above average and creamy mouthfeel. I savoured every sip, as my wife stood by my side ever reminding me of our impending flight.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4271) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Not a very good IIPA. Clear amber pour, nice sized frothy white head. Sweet caramel, malt, funky stale tasting fruit, earthiness, and some resinous hops. I wouldnt reccomend it for the style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Pours with an amber body topped with a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a biscuity note and a resinous, astringent hop character. Full bodies, oily and warming.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8914) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Cask… Hazy dirty orange ale with some rather large bits of yeast and a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Earthy, woody, grapefruit and pine nose. Full-bodied with passive carbonation. Nice toffee and caramel malt backbone; but the earthy, fruity, bitter hops have the reins and they’re not pulling back. The finish is lengthy, bitter, resiny and dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Cask at Redlight. Deep copper color with a thin, fine head. Fresh citrus and pine nose. Honey and caramel malt in the background. Light carbonation. Spicy and peppery hop flavors. Malt is a touch fruity with the signature Shipyard yeast profile. Moderate finishing bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (950) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Tap at Manderes. Copper color, white head that dissipates pretty fast. Butterscotch and taffy in the nose mixed with Earthy hops. Interesting and unexpected. Taste starts off subtly sweet but quickly turns bready and then quickly turns again to a blast of hop bitterness. Finish is really well balanced. I am impressed by this beer. Unexpected flavors and aromas and an exceptional balance. Looking forward to having this again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
sweet, sugary aroma with some liquor notes; creamy, sugary, but papery malts do little for what could be a lot fruitier - a lot sweeter grapefruit smack, but the dry aftertaste keeps me from not tasting anymore; overall, the alcohol is hidden well and it’s drinkable, good stuff, but not where it should be to me especially considering this is my favorite style of brew.


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