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RATINGS: 1031   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
When Phin and Matt sat down to collaborate on their new beer, they knew it had to be different if they were to call it extraordinary. "Let sprinkle it with fairy dust and wave our magic wands," said Phin. "No way," said Matt, "We’ve got to do better than that. This beer has to be better than any other in the galaxy." "Let’s do some market research." So the two strapped on their rocket pack packs and traveled to the intergalactic beer store. After sampling an array of beers from acrossed the galaxy, the duo hit on an idea. "I’ve got it" exclaimed Matt, "we’ll use vast amounts of whole hops, the finest malt, and put a little more love in every batch." "Eureka!" shouted Phin. And thus became a beer so fresh and tasty the duo put their names on it. 37 IBU’s, 5.6% ABV

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 18, 2007 June 10, 2006; 12 oz. bottle

Straw color, small head. Signature citrusy ST aroma, but there’s something sour in there as well?

Watery (on the finish) and uninspired, this brew lacks the character of this brewery’s excellent flagship IPA. Unfortunately, can’t say there’s anything "extraordinary" about this one.

Re-rate on April 19, 2007: Was a bit hard on this one the first time around -- I have to remember to rate to the style to some extent!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
This is definitely NOT the best Southern Tier, but it is good. A very hoppy ale and malt with a strong aftertaste, this is definitely the one for the true beer enthusiast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle. Golden-amber color with good long lasting head. Amarillo hop aroma with orange, citrus and raisins. Aromas of malt in the background with hints of yeast. Sweetish malty flavor with orange-raisin hops. Same flavors continue into finish with light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2006
(Bottled) Almost clear amber color with a smallish, tight and foamy, lasting head with lace. Pine-hoppy, citrusy and soapy aroma. Pine also dominates the flavor, which has hints of lemon, sweet-honeyish malt and birch leaves. Light to medium-bodied palate with balanced carbonation. An ok pale ale, but not very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KUEric (943) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 Bottle (via BeerBeast): Outstanding!!!!! Just a fabulous beer. Aroma is soft and delicate, taste is full yet not overpower ing with any one thing. i kept thinking the taste was malts, no wait hops, nevermind malts (so a tad more malts than hops), so balanced and good!! The best beer I’ve had in a long while, especially when you consider its one of those underrated APAs, its outstanding!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrison (811) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2006
From a twelve ounce bottle - Pours a reddish-amber color with a tall white head and piney aroma. Tastewise, I like it (very Sierra Nevadaesque) but it’s a bit heavy on the evergreen flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bottle. Pours a copper colour with a nice little head. Scents of fruit predominate the nose. It’s almost like a fruit sweet but not overly sweet, apricot and/or peaches. A nice balanced APA, not a near IPA, but subdued, but still present hops. Nice session brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Much better on tap than in a bottle. Clear clean fruitty taste with crisp hops and a good color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Draft at Coles, enjoyed while drinking with Rudolf and IPfreeley. Pours murky copper red with a malty and floral hop aroma. Very dominant citrus hop flavor with a nicely balanced malt profile. Slight dry and bitter finish. A very solid APA, and a tad hoppy which is how I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2006
It has a lovely crisp aroma of flowery hops but the taste doesn’t quite live up the fumes. There is an apple-like maltiness which seems to override the hop content. In the aftertaste there is a bitter spike reminiscent of a biscuit swimming in a cup of tea. Dry finish is present as with the other Southern Tier brews I’ve sampled.

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