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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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.



3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5084) - 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.

2.3
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.8
   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.

4
   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.

3.5
   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!

3.6
   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!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 White oak creamy head atop a copper-tone body. Sweet hoppy aroma with pumpkin pie spice. Hops comes on strong in the flavor and is instantly mellowed by sweet almond malts in such a combonation as to entice and accentuate the overall complexity. An earthy yeast really rounds it out. This is what I envision a real IPA as approaching not the boring duldrum of over-the-top beers that have been deamed "good" by the more machismo brewing element eternally seeking beers with all the acridity of 100% pure hop oil. Bottom line, this is genuine quality and craftsmanship.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Hazy copper color with a large frothy head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, citrus and piney hop aroma. Hoppy fruity and caramel flavors with a nice hop bite, medium body with a creamy soft mouthfeel, finishes with a clean and pleasant bitterness, a decent english style IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5169) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 Sampled again recently as IPA2 and I gave it about the same rating. Decent. Pours with a nice lighter copper coloring. Has a medium head and lots of carbonation in the body. Smells of orange peels, fresh bread and a little bit of honey. Nice rich mouthfeel with a greasy finish. It has a little too much carbonation for me. The taste is understated wth some grapefruit and a little bit of raisin. It also has a lively black pepper finish. This would be a great session IPA.


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