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RATINGS: 443   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2611) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Tap at Maggie’s Attic. Nice copper pour with a thick fluffy tan head. Grapefruit citrus aroma, very floral. Taste is smooth malt with a big citrus pine bitterness. Very good ipa and the best of the Pugsley series.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2066) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Tried at a tasting at Barb’s Beer Emporium in Concord, N.H. It poured a nice amber-brown tone with a foamy head that simmers down. The aroma is clearly of floral hops with some malts in the background. The flavor tended to be sweeter than bitterly hopped, which made it appealing to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4310) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Pours deep clear amber into a tulip. Off-white head with excellent retention. Mango and sweet citrus aromas. Sweet tropical fruits and caramel. Turning slightly hoppy resin and a lasting bitter alcohol finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of resin, citrus, sweet malt. Tastes of resin, caramel, bitter and earthy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2009
22oz. Bottle. Great looking pour, dark coppery red color with a finger of foam. Nose is a little sharp with pine and citrus and a bit of alcohol heat. Flavors of caramel, slightly burnt toast and orange citrus. Shows a big time bitter streak swimming through a resinous and syrupy texture. All aspects of the beer are hoppy, but not really well balanced. Finish has a slight metallic taste that throws me off. A good effort that just didn’t quite work out.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Tasted at the San Diego International Beer Festival. Clear orange with no head. Big sweet caramel and hops aroma. Caramel, vanilla, pine, and citrus taste with a decent bitter bite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle: Transparent orange amber with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops and some light caramel malt. Starts with good fullness and sweet toffee along with some juicy resiny grapefruity hops. Finishes crisp and bittersweet, hiding its alcohol quite well. A pretty decent IIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Bomber from Whole Foods (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark amber copper color with one finger foamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, pine, malt, caramel, butterscotch, light spice. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, light citrus, honey, toffee, light floral hops, some hints of spice. Generally medium body with a pleasing light floral hop finish. Not a hop bruiser, but a solid beer with a nice mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bomber from GM Liquors. Nose is very floral hops with a touch of ivy, caramel, and a slight vanilla note. Clear copper with a medium off white, glass lacing head. Flavor is lightly bitter with a touch of toffee, the bitterness becoming more pronounced in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Bottle from BevMo in Encino. Pours with a fluffy, khaki head over a clearish, deep orange body that leaves good lace. Aroma of oranges, yellow grapefruit, caramel, earth, sticky toffee and CO2. Taste is disappointing. Soggy malts upfront with wheat and a light fruity hop bitterness. I know this is a fresh bottle, as this is only rating number #14 for this beer, but the hops seem almost faded and dominated by a sub par malt bill. If I didn’t know better I would think this beer was aged, but instead it seems like a crappy recipe for an DIPA. Medium carbonation. Bland and sub par for a IIPA.


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