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RATINGS: 3588   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Draft: Very nicely hopped in the nose and aroma. Sprucy and earthy. A touch of sweetness in the finish - which I love! A deep golden color below a white head. This is an excellent IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Orange color with a normal sized creamy white head. Average carbonation. Immediately noticeable flowery hop aroma. A nicely balanced, not overpowering, heavy hop flavor that sticks around in the mouth for a while. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2004
A good IPA, and by the ratings, seems to be one of the best. You'll like it if you like bitter beer. Impressed, though I just wish it maybe had a sweeter start, with the existing close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2004
22 oz bottle, goblet. Tall, creamy, white head is well lasting and sits on a deep golden-orange body. Cookie, light bread malt (M); spruce, grapefruit hops (H). Simple, powerful, and clean aroma. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, heavily bitter finish. Very clean. Medium-heavy body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: yeah, it's one dimensional, but it does it so well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
11/29/03. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Liquorama in Upland, CA 11/5/03. Pours to a clear, bold golden body-- looks rather full. Rocky, off-white head that hangs around thinly with very good, sandy and shimmering lacing. Carbonation runs through the body pretty vigorously. Fresh, bright hop aroma with some delicate malts and hints of cloying sweetness. Taste is a little bit of hay, no-nonsense bitter hops and pale malt. Stings with carbonation and burn of hops. Quite complex assortment of flavors going on with the tease of overwhelming bitterness but the balance of a subtly sweet outline. Very substantial mouthfeel, medium-full. Finsh lingers long and turns to a somewhat harsh but pleasant bitter malt glow-- like fresh barley malts bursting in your mouth. Mellowed but still punishing. A deceptively simple brew, this just does what it does extremely well. And I'm sure it's fantastic with spicy Indian or Mexican food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 2003 Draught. Yes!! I love it. I get tired of all of these new super wowee double ultra IPAs. . . I like a sessionable IPA. 2004 draught. Yes. Good. Balanced.
Having had bottles of this twice now in blind tastings, I havent been as impressed. I actually got some yeasty, blandish, sourish type notes, almost buttery. Though the mouthfeel is still creamy and soothing and the nose expressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Hoppy as any exmaple that is available on the market today. The overall strength of hops somewhat takes over the the other subtle flavors that show as it crosses the palate. Overall it is a definite "must try" for any fan of the style, but unbalanced overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3233) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Big head and citrusy-hop aroma start off nicely on top a beer that is just a shade lighter than many IPA's. The body was a little thin and the finish was short. With an IPA like Ruination, I don't know why they need this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Golden in color with a small white head.Great hop aroma,citrus.Hoppy from first sip to last,never mellowed.A good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2003
this is a monster hoppy ipa. strong hoppy, floral smell with a bitey hop aftertaste. good lord, this is a hophead's dream

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