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RATINGS: 3572   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2600) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Firm white head, short lived. Hazy orange/gold color. Spotty laceing. Clean, piney, resiny nose. Medium body. Aromas roll over into the flavor dept., with some minimal maltiness backing them up. Finish is dry. I expected more from this brew, top 50 material? I think not. Good brew but the Victory Hop Devil kicks the Stone gargoyles ass! In this case anyway.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Hazy golden hue with small head but good lacing. Nose is pine and grapefruit with hints of buttered wheat bread and light spice. Oh yes, there be hops here along with twangy fruit and an undertone of sweetness. Dry and astringent on the finish. Almost oily feel. Big and bold IPA, one to put your macro beer drinking friends into hop shock.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EKGoldings (603) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Pours surprisingly light amber with modest head and light carbonation. Aroma is floral American hops in the citrus grapefruit style. Taste is honey, malt, grapefruit. Nice body. There is a long semi-sweet aftertaste with hops and malt. The hops do not outdo the malt, although the malt is sweet and somewhat thin. The 6.9% alcohol is carefully hidden, I would not have guessed. This is an outstanding beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 23, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2003 Pours golden with a small head and medium carbonation. Floral, citrisy, grapefruit aroma. Taste pine, grapefruit, woodsy. This IPA doesn't have the malt kick to balance the hops like dreadnaught or dfh 90, but it is balanced by other flavors and its subtle malt end quite nicely. An excellent IPA right up there in the same league as 3 floyds and dogfish head. RERATE 08/31/03--One last comment about this beer. I bought a sixer of it, and I have been noticing a unique balancing act this beer does. After every sip, the hopiness is overwhelming, and stays completely unbalanced until the very very end. Then, a small spike of maltiness hits just as the flavors have all finished. Every sip, every time. This is an outstanding beer. I am upping the flavor and overall by one point

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Golden with white head. Sharp pungent aroma of spicy hoppiness(elements of pine and citrus). This beer is all about the hops including notes of pine, citrus fruit, and earthiness. Leaves a long dry floral bitterness on the tongue. Overall there is a nice balance used to keep the hops from being overwhelming.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2003
This is an excellent IPA. Good balance, excellent flavor and aroma. Not much head, so the picture is a little deceiving, but tasting nontheless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
dep gold, white head. citrus and fruity hop aroma wit some earthiness. nicely balanced with sweet honey and malt flavours, big citrus piney hops and a mild roasty finish. a fine ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 Orangey-gold colour. Rich woody nose with orange, toast, peach, kumquat. Long hoppy palate, some biscuity pale malts. Standard issue stuff, moderate bitterness and a bit fruitier and more approachable than most examples.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Way hoppy, nicely bitter, pours a tad cloudy. A good beer to teach that Budweiser swiller what a beer should be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2003
Pale in color with a definate malt background. Typical c-hop character, Pine, grapefruit, soem floral. I bit bitter for my liking. I would have rather a bit more hops in the flavor and aroma area. Good overall.


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