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RATINGS: 1032   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
12 oz bottle Pours a hazy yellow amber with a creamy white head. Aroma is of spruce and citrus, with a touch of nut malts. Has a medium body with a very smooth taste. Moderate bitter and acid, light sweetness. This is a very drinkable beer. I love this one. Might have to get it for the kegerator.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3243) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, sweet. Pine, tangerine & orange, grassy & herbal. Clean orange copper color, small head, ok lacing. Bittersweet flavors. Like aroma, but the citrus takes on a little more of a grapefruit/lemon thing. Medium body, lite creamy/oily mouthfeel, bitter sweet kind of sticky finish. Nice easy to drink APA. My kind of lawnmower beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2005
2005 bottle, big thanks to Shadey for the bonus! Consumed on 12/27/2005. Pours a glassy amber-brass, clear and filtered with a fleeting white head that sits at a light cover and eventually recedes to ring. Signature Southern Tier hops blend in the aroma, cascades and centennials being quite distinct, giving it a grapefruity, and lightly floral element, while there is a touch of fruitiness and green leafy fuzziness. Light papery crystal malt hardness in the nose, with a touch of light biscuits. Flavor is quite hoppy, moderately acidic and drying, though lightly fruity as it warms, with an herbal note to it as well (dill and wintergreen mixed). Hard crystal malts, exacerbated by lots of filtration and artificial carbonation. Light toasted grains, more in texture than in real flavor. Very low malt sweetness, mostly attenuated and no alcohol apparency. Flawless and well-made, but I can’t get through the lack of comforting malts. Just too dry, papery and grainy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2005
12 oz bottle: Light amber w/a thin off white head that shrinks quickly. Lighty floral and piney hops, becomes grassy & herbal as it warms. Toasty malt and some slightly plum fruity esters. Well balanced, a bit bitter up front and hints of plum fruit. A medium toasty malt w/ a semi sweet finish and herbal hop aftertaste. Lower medium carbonation, lighter body, and smooth. Nice thirst quencher and flavorful for a lighter beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Mostly clear amber pour with a medium off white head. Floral hop aroma with malt notes also. Resinous hop aroma. Lots of old lady perfume from the hops on the palate. Sweet, thinnish mouthfeel. Not a lot of complexity, mild hop presence except for the perfume...kinda making me ill...unimpressive finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Light amber-orange. Smelled like alcohol and oranges. Rather sweet (sugar water and light caramel) malt base. Delicate notes of fruit (pear and apricots). Gentle, flowery bitterness added a nice contrast. Pleasant beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7323) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly malty (toasted grain). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Extraordinary? Nope. Decent for the style, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
No head, clear golden. Malty, sweet aroma. Taste is bitter grains, slightly buttery toasted malts. Finish is very clean, just a slight hint of bitter grains. Needs more hops IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2005
12 oz bottle. Deep gold, slight haze. Slight wispy white head. Some pine, citrus and green tea in the nose. Nice slightly bitter taste with just the right amount of hops. Excellent balance. Slightly dry finish. Damn good beer!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Crystal clear golden brown body beneath a dense foamy white head. Grapefuit and lemon highlight the aroma. Starts crisp, with some grapefruit and orange zest flavors. Very slight toffee like malts sit in the background. Another solid southern tier beer.

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