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RATINGS: 1026   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 17, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with slob, thanks Bert!) This is my sixth Southern Tier beer, and I continue to be impressed with the caliber of their offerings. This has a solid malt base, quite grainy, mildly sweet and caramely, and the moderately bitter hops actually tastes like hops, not just a generic balancing bitterness. It’s also fairly fruity, both in the flavor and the nose. The nose is also quite malty, with a mild hoppiness that seems satisfied to stay somewhat in the background. Medium bodied, clean and round on the palate. Medium golden color, fully clear, with plenty of off-white head capping the beer. Retention is average, but lacing is very good, patches of lace resembling ice crystals scattered around the glass. While Phin & Matt’s isn’t anything earthshattering, it’s a well crafted and very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2005
A standard APA, a bit sweeter than most with a nice creamy palate. Hops are there but well melded. On tap at Hogan’s Hideaway, a family stop 2 years in a row on the way to the wife’s family homestead. I would get this again (and it is better than the CB house beers brewed for Hogan’s).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
Bottled. Golden coloured. Fruity and rather hoppy aroma and flavour. Sweet. Smooth and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Moderate amber color, aroma of grapefruit and cut grass. Flavors of malts, caramel, citrus, grassy hops and lemon. Bitter finish, with a slightly soapy texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
croutonboy (3) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005 does not count
Slightly bitter, with a nice citric flavor. More lively than one would expect from an amber. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Bottle: Strong, malty and citric aroma; toasty malt and earthy hop flavor; mildly bitter finish; slightly watery palate. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Poured a clear amber with a fizzy off-white head. Grassy hoppy aroma. Bitter grass taste, very dry. Surprisingly thick body. Thought this might be an EPA, because the hops are not all that pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2005
HBF 2005. Deep gold with good carbonation and nice white head. Aroma is citrusy with a ton of american hops with just a bit of malt in the back for balance. Flavor is moderately sweet from a good amount of malt to balance out the abundance of hops. Not overly hoppy, but very nicely done. Smooth and slightly crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
methtlcai (10) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Given the low rating on the site for this beer, I was hesitant to get a 6er of it, so I got Southern Tier’s variety pack just to sample- but now I wish that I had gotten a 6! This beer is reminiscant of Red Seal Ale- a surprisingly hoppy yet sweet APA. The aroma jumped out of the bottle and I could smell this one across the room, but the appearance isn’t that great and the lacing is kind of weak. Still, a really tasty ale with more body and hops than you might expect

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Pour is cloudy orangey yellow with a huge big bubble fast fading off white head...smell is grapefruit and soap...taste is quite malty up front and a little surprising for this style...sweet citrus and a touch bitter in the finish...quite nice!

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