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RATINGS: 1071   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
For our hopping regime we went with Cascade and Nuggets in the boiling addition. Centennials were added every 5 minutes for the last 30 minutes of the boil. We added Crystals into the whirlpool. Dry hopping was done in both the fermentor after primary fermentation and the bright tank. We used a mixture of Chinook, Nuggets, and Sterlings in the fermentors and whole leaf Centennials in the bright tank.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Almost too heavy snd syrupy of a body - beautiful color, tons of yeast. Very spicy yeasty, very sweet fruity hop, very sticky sweet malt (toffee X 10) - gets some iron and earth bitterness late in finish when warm - good but not my fave kind of IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Bottle (thanks to The_Beer_God for the trade). Poured cloudy orange amber with minimal head and a trace of lacing. The aroma is heavily hoppy - citrus and pine - with a nice carmel sweetness and cloves. Flavor is well balanced, wonderful toasty malts upfront with the hops slamming in with a nice bite and puckering finish. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and full with light carbonation. Overall a really nice brew - well up there on my list of Imperial IPA's. Yum!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2003
The beer once unstowed from the bottle pours to a “Sumerian Tranced” orange color, heavily laden with dross, both in suspension and slowly settling to the bottom, head is gargantuan in size, creamy in consistency and the color a toothsome light tan and after transmogrification a thick and sticky sheet of lace forms to obscure the glass from view. Monstrous hop floral nose, citrus crisp, under pinned by the sweet malt, fresh and pleasing to the senses, start is thickly malt, lightly sweet and the top middling in feel. “ZAP, ZING, ZOW” hops slap your taste buds to life, massively hopped, delectably bitter to the senses, bleached desert bone dry. Hop spiciness remains till the very end then some, “Awesome” is a word that comes to mind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Thin head. Nice golden cloudy body. Hops/grass/lemon nose. Very hoppy and very sweet. Better on tap than from a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Thanks to Jah "Santa" Noth for this one-- Cloudy copper, with a small white head. Fruity apricot nose with sweet caramel touches. Flavor dominated by citric hoppiness. There's a bit of sweet malts underneath, but not quite enough to effect a total balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2498) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Nice cratered head of fine bubbles with decent carbonation. Excellent lacing. Color is a murky orange/amber. Big hops aroma with maybe a hint of orange. Flavor is very smooth and not overwealming with the hops. Very well balanced. Slight alcohol presence. Finish is bitter (grapefruit) with a nice creamy artertaste. A very good quality IPA that is not as harsh as some others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
Husky citrus hops fuel the tastebuds...Pine notes prick the tongue...Very similar to and one-dimensional like Magic Hat's HiPA...Well-made, bitter quaffing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3696) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2005 Draft. Light orange, fair head, undefined hoppy aroma. Flavor is almost solely of bitter grapefruit. Decent, but needed more malt to balance it out better. RERATE: 6/11/05: Draft at River City Beer festival, thought originally this would be the regular IPA, but was assured this was the Big A. Nice floral aroma, medium orange, good head, floral hop aroma. Flavor matched, floral hops, but with a bit of biscuity malt in the background. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Big flowery hop aroma. Slightly darker than golden color, not much head. Big hop flavor, decent blance. Pretty nice example.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Big, stickey sweet hop aroma. Thin clingy head. Light orage in color, lighter than I exspected. Big hops flavir, balanced pretty well with malts and sugar. This is a good IPA, that is not overly "green" with hops, but has a warm, deep hop flavor. Damn Good!

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