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RATINGS: 3553   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Bottle and keg: Filtered
Launched: August 1997
Hops: Magnum, Chinook & Centennial
By definition, an India Pale Ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale-and we deliver in spades. Now one of the most well respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy flavor and hop aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 Bottle: Big piney and moderate grapefruit hops with hints of peach, apricot, and caramel. Pours a bright transparent amber with a small white head that has fair retention. Quick sweet caramel and apricot up front. Hops in the finish are mostly pine with some grapefruit and floweriness. A very well balanced IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 from the bomber into the glass / thanks kevin! / looks a little soapy, but itís smooth, clean (at first), and juicy. floralness and grapefruit dominate. amarillo in this? not sure. suprisingly, itís not that bitter; perhaps my palate has been assualted from something, but thereís definitely something sweet about this. the richness within this is a little stomach twister. i think this rating was done at a slightly inappropriate time. in the end of it all, the aftertaste is a bit dry and chalky. not bad, though. maybe it's because i recently had some gumballhead on tap, but i find this comparable to gumballhead and i prefer gumballhead.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Ok, this beer is supposed to be crazy hoppy, but it falls short of that expectation. Still a good beer, but not as hopilicious as I expected. However, very smooth with no aftertaste. That helps.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - SEP 18, 2004
This is my "standard" beer. The Vons (grocery store) has been stocking this regularly, and is on sale occasionally, so i always have several bottles on hand. In the past sierra nevada pale ale, and back when bridalveil was being bottled, either of those were my stock beer, no longer. this is a great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2004
Golden amber in color with a great huge floral cascade hop aroma. Huge cascade flavour, a bit dry, thinner then Iíd prefer, light on the bitterness for an IPA with some tasty biscuity malt backing things up but overall a bit simplistic.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2004
great IPA, probably the best, but onlt second to Ruination. full bodied taste, good strong hops, rich and sweeter, not very bitter, good head and thick lacing.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
daddyvx1 (2) - vista, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004 does not count
THIS BEER HAS A MEGA HOPPY FLAVOR AND IS CRISP SMELLING AND TASTING. THOUGH THE AFTER TASTE IS NOT OVERBEARING, IT IS STILL ANOTHER PART OF THE BEER NOT TO BE MISSED! THIS IS THE BEST BEER I HAVE EVER HAD!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - SEP 11, 2004
open the bottle and Hops overflows. great smell, thick white head, very smooth with a balancing taste of malt and hops. very good IPA

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Bottle. Poured with a light amber color. Large whitish head. Aroma is like opening a bag of hops when brewing. Flavor is smooth malt and nice hop finish. Really nicely made.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Bottle poured a cloudy orange color with a nice head. Strong hopps flavor with citrus and fruit. bitter finisg!! great beer if your into hopps hopps hopps!!


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