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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
This traditional ale was originally brewed in England for the British troops stationed in India. Double dry-hopped,it has intense hop flavors and aromas delicately balanced with a potent, yet delicious, malty sweetness.

Randy's Notes: "Our IPA is of the imperial or double style, therefore much stronger than the normal IPA's now found everywhere. It has a very balanced but different flavor than most US micro types focusing on more on malt and hop balance where CA IPA's emphasize massive hop aroma and bitterness."

Editor's Note: also known as IPA2 Double IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Pours reddish and cloudy with a lingering off-white head. Smells of alcohol, sugar and straw. Taste is an unexpected sweet coupled with an underlying bitterness with some hoppiness as well as caramel undertones. Grassy notes on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2005
bottle. love these 16 oz. bottles from Sprecher. pour is a dark amber with very little head but a thin layer of foamy lace sits on top of the brew. a certain malty sweetness hits the palate on the front end, followed by a citrus, floral hop bitterness on the tail end. seemed just slightly out of balance at first, but as I near the end of the 16 ounces, it tastes pretty damn good and I wish I had another.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2005
Bottle. Small ivory head that mostly diminished, fair lacing, fine-very large sized bubbles, carbonated, hazy, and an orange brown hue. Malty, caramel, hoppy aroma. Sweet, bitter, malty, caramel, and hoppy flavor. Slightly tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5142) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 15, 2005
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of light brown colored finely sized foamy mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a poor lacing and a hazy yeast swirl filled brown colored carbonated body. The aroma contained notes of mild hops and caramel. The mouth feel was smooth and mildly tingly. The flavor contained notes of mild hops and caramel malts. It was actually much to my liking for an IPA if you can call it that. I didnít think it typical of the majority of the IPAís Iíve had and different from the English IPAís too. I guess itís a German thing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Clear, funky reddish color without many bubbles but yet a smallish head. Any-who, Decent English hop aroma with some caramel malts. Taste is dry with sweet malts and a light hop bite. For an Ebglish Style IPA itís not bad, but Iím not into it. Too sweet. Thanks Adam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Rerate from a recent sampling of the 2005 batch, which didnít hold up to the 2004. Too hot with an intense stinging alcohol presence. Knocked the overall down from 17 to 14; palate from 5 to 3; and flavor from 8 to 7. Nevertheless, the original review...

I liked this one. The commercial description does this brew justice - it has bery intense hop flavors and aromas. Has a good bite and a great aftertaste. Very rich, but meets my approval.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
On tap at the brewery 11/26/2004 Appearance is an amber yellow with small white head and lace sheets. The aroma is floral and of bread. The flavor is sweet malt and hops with a rich body. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2004
It poured a hazy reddish-brown color with an off-white head that spilled over the top of my pint glass before dissipating into a laciness on top of the drink. Has a light citric hoppiness to the aroma and you can detect sweet, fruity maltiness beneath it. A fairly balanced IPA, the malts coming through strongly but with a good stiff level of hoppy bitterness. Very decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Appearance: dark, rich, reddish hue, with a solid, frothy, creamy head. Aroma: smooth, light, creamy, soft. Taste: some small, light hop bite on the palate, still very tasty, though. Juicy, sweet malt, ably steps up to match the hops, sometimes a fault in other IPAs, sometimes a flaw, this time it works, excellent fruit factor, quite a mellow, but snappy brew. Nice and rich, tasty, but lacking in a hoppy bite, rather mild, sweet, yummy, fruity, but would require more, shall we say, Oooom-Poppa-Dop! to really lift my top!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Bottle pours caramel (dark for an IPA), medium foamy off-white head, attractive lacing, with bountiful carbonation.   Aroma is rather sweet, caramely, slightly malty with a subtle hop note.   I also detect some fig or prune, which is odd.   Forwardly cereal/oat like, slightly bitter, and rather malty.   Good body and mouthfeel.   Lingering hop bitterness at the finish, but also malts and grains.   Comes across as more of a malty pale ale to me.   Still highly drinkable tho.   Thanks goes out to atpayne for the trade!

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