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RATINGS: 1029   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3039) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Clear reddish-gold colour with moderate white head. Inviting aroma of hops, orange zest & candy. Crisp mouthfeel, nice. Flavour is hoppy as expected, but well balanced by a good malt backbone. I’m reelly digging Southern Tier!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
Ah, a little hops to move the evening along! Thanks Harry! Strong citrusy hop aroma, orange citrusy appearance. Light mouthfeel. Lots of citrus (not grapefruit, more orange like) bitter taste yet balanced with some amber malt. A little bit of yeast as well. I’m not sure about extraordinary, but pretty damn good - a very solid brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (12oz) - shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc at tupalev’s domicile - provided by me from my Premiere haul. Poured clear gold with an average white head and fair lacing. Aroma the usual hops & grapefruit blend, not too sharp, with some spruce and maybe orange peel in there. Taste - balanced! Very nice melange of hopes, citrus, some barley and a bit of evergreen resin for interest. A bit lively in the mouth, a decently long but not harshly bitter linger - some alcohol noticed in the finish. I’d drink this one again - and hope to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3050) - 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 (5105) - 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.

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