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RATINGS: 447   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle from Bev 4 Less: Created a thick frothy heading while the liquid was a reddish orange hue. The aroma is sweet apricot fruit and orange citrus hop combination while allowing room for malts to be put into effect as well. Flavors are tart and bitter with only the sweetest amount of malts coming through the thick chewy apricot hop foundation. Not the most pleasant drink but at least it packs an ABV kick that relaxes me to further drink the rest of the bottle.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Pours brilliantly clear copper with nice off white head. The modest aroma has notes of citrus and hoppy spice to go along with malts, caramel and a tad bit of butterscotch. The mouth feel is chewy allowing time for deep flavor contemplation. I get a load of late addition hop flavor from grapefruit, orange peel and tangelo. By midway the citrus hops grow from hop flavor to a moderate level of hop bitterness with grapefruit as well as pine mixing with sweet malts, mildly roasty malts and a touch of caramel or toffee or butterscotch or something. It ends with lingering hop bitterness and mild to faint dry roasted malts. Very tasty and very easy drinking brew.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Ultra-fresh bomber. Pours mostly clear with a very slight haze, dark orange-amber in color. A dense, lasting head of spongy, beige tinted foam is quite attractive. Thick clumps of cloud-like lacing cling hard to the glass. Surprisingly, the first note to hit the nose is of big, sweet, honey-kissed grain. Hoppy citrus notes come through in the form of phenolic orange liquor, hot and alcoholic, lagging behind the big, syrupy malts. Flavors are equally disappointing, saccharine and boozy. Stale, wet cereal grains dominate floral and citrus hop bitterness. The palate is big, syrupy, and sticky, not to mention downright hot and astringent. Another major disappointment from Shipyard. Bad brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
The aroma is quite nice with lots of citrus and pine hops. There is also plenty of caramel malt to balance. The appearance is amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is smooth but not thick. Overall this is a good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (2946) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Very good, the aroma is actually kinda of bland, but the taste brings a strong citrus flavor and sharp malts all around. ever faithful to the style, and definitely one worth trying.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
22 oz in duvel tulip.Pours dark amber with medium off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, Carmel malt. Taste is citrus some grapefruit alcohol is present,but not overwelming. Medium mouthful with bitter hops lingering around. Its nothing like west coast IPA’s/DIPA’s

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 650 ml bottle from Bev4less in Santee CA. How the hell did a small store in Santee CA get this beer first? Anyway, a copper pour with a fair size white head that has good retention. The aroma is moderately strong with some citrus, green blooms and a bit of spicy pine. The flavor is biter hops forward with good citrus, pine and chlorophyll--just like the aroma. The finish is long and dry with lingering biter hops. The flavor is harshly biter at times, and the alcohol shows through occasionally. The palate is full and malty. Overall: All the elements for a great IPA are here but somehow this just does not come together quite the way it should. Still, its a pretty decent DIPA.


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