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RATINGS: 1073   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Hazy and deep orange with a really nice head. Creamy and rewarding mouthfeel. Very tasty malts and hops, complementing one another well. Notes of sweet orange, soft pine, a little earth, and an electric-like spiciness. Balancing bitterness. Very enjoyable IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pigpen106 (3) - washington, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2004 does not count
Golden amber in color with a nice creamy head. This is just what you would expect from an IPA with a little more hop kick than most. Overall, a very good beer and a must for IPA fans.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2509) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Huge wild hop mix, avoids the error of too much malt character, AWESOME, a mix of hop character rolling from tangy citric to bushy and herbal to pine, strong composite flavor with mild support of honeydew melon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (2064) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2004
22oz. bomber: It pours a slightly hazy, dark golden color. Touches of orange to the color. Quite a few floaties in there also. A bit of a head on the pour that lingered a short while. A bit of lacing. The nose is somewhat hoppy, mainly of piney hops. A bit floral also. Not as strong as I would have expected of an Imperial IPA. A decent bit of hops to the taste, but not as much as I would have expected. Decent malty backbone. Still, a very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Hazy amber, spotty lacing and a creamy head. Aromas of juniper, alcohol, and small malts. More of the same in the flavors. I didnít realize this was a i2pa. Hmm.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Pours a orange/amber with a nice white head. Strong floral hopped aroma, with some malty backing. Taste was nicely balanced, didnít really taste all that rich like an imp. normally tastes, but still very drinkable and enjoyable. Smooth and crisp finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Dunno about Double IPA. IPA and a half, maybe. Possibly IPA and 3/4, with a tailwind. Auburn, large puffy head. Nose pine and resin hops. Flavor quite hoppy, but the malt dies too quickly. Lacks the depth of the killer IIPAs, decent stuff but the bottle of Dreadnaught in my fridge kept trying to get out to bitch-slap this one arouned.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2244) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Great IIPA, deep amber color, big off-white head, lots of hop & pine notes in the nose, great malt profile to back up & balance out the huge hoppiness, very smooth & enjoyable beer, dry & bitter finish, hop resin seem to latch onto my entire mouth, great mouthfeel

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 10, 2004
A very solid "4" beer, if ever there was one. 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen, but none needed at this level of alcohol. Decent pfffttt when opened. Poured out a cloudy, dark orange color, with light green highlights from the massive amount of hops in it. It has a volumous, white head to it, which left a sticky lacing that covered the top of the beer, and went down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of grapefruity hops, sticky, resinous, piney hops, and slight aromas of malts, way off in the background. The hops clearly dominate both the aroma and taste profiles of this beer. Tastes are of resinous, piney hops, along with slight maltiness. Hops are almost over powering in this beer. Slick mouthfeel coats the tongue with sticky hoppiness. The IBUís of this beer must be off the scale. Finishes very bitter, and somewhat astringent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2006 Wow, I doubt whatever Iím drinking is 7 ABV, no way. Tastes more like the 90 minute Dogfish without the malt. Nice amount of hops on the tongue to make this a powerful beer. VERY present alcohol taste -- at times reminds me of cheap vodka. I almost think the spiked a normal IPA. However, this is a good IIPA in my opinion. Why hide the alcohol? Itís there -- letís taste it. Nice job, Smuttynose. 22 oz bottle. 4/5/4/4/14 2005 edition, 22oz bottle: This beer is nice, nice, nice. Full malt blast to compliment the hops that are obviously everywhere... well maybe not so obvious, and thatís whatís so nice. Semi-sweet nose is perhaps the most dissapointing part, but the taste is supersmooth and without the grain alcohol undertones I had in last yearís batch. Definitely worth a rerate. Did I mention its beautiful hazy golden color...? (6/5/8/4/17) 2006 Bottle ReRate -- Nose is fuller this year, change in recipe? Hops more dominant in the nose now, however still a very nice malt/sugary backbone even to the aroma that comes through, very balanced. Look is the same, flavor is full and crisp, neither sweet or overly bitter at 9.2%. This is now a world class IIPA. Smuttynose -- best brewer on the east coast?


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