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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Up next, we are crossing borders and boundaries with the latest Dank Tank creation - Border Hopper, with a little help from their friend, SeŮor Dank, who left his full bodied wife, Lupa, and their eight screaming babies in search of the freshest hop harvest in the land and the promise fields of Buford Highway. His censored journey began in the hop fields of Yakima where he scored some of the stickiest, freshest green hops, found a farmerís daughter, and ended up in Atlanta where he deals his stash to the boys at SweetWater to create this highly aggressive, censored, and muy fresh double India pale ale. This brew is pushing the envelope as our newest addition to the series of rarely released, experimental beers. The double IPA, brewed with fresh Citra hops, is 8.6 percent ABV, comes in 22 ounce bottles and on draft and is best served fresh. But act fast because this stash wonít last forever. Just like that rash you got in Tijuana, the Border Hopper will be gone just as soon as the next brewing itch needs to be scratched.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bomber, shared by NachlamSie. Pours a nice bold orange color with small offwhite head. The aroma is very fruity, filled with apricot, tangerine, peach, and a little bit of honeyish malt and slight graham cracker. The flavor is dense juicy hops. Lots of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and mango fill my mouth, with only a little bit of harsh bitterness. Thereís a grainy note behind that, and by the finish it tastes something like graham crackers. This one is smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3277) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bomber from Little 5 Liquor shop. Pours a cloudy amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is pretty spot on. It basically smells like their IPA, which is not a bad thing at all. Lots of grapefruit and some juicy citrus. The flavor is not quite as hoppy as it could be because of the dense malts. Itís not quite sticky but it is yeasty and fruity. Still, there is plenty of zesty hop goodness to go around. I liked it, I just wish Sweetwater would really take the hop bomb to the next level beyond the amazingness which is Sweetwater IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of citra hops, lemon, grass, citrus, resin, light herbs, pineapple, and mandarin orange. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Hazy/lightly cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Many tiny and small particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of citra hops, fruit, pineapple, citrus, slight grass, slight pine, line caramel, slight herbs, and a hint of honey. Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Citra hop, mandarin orange, citrus, slight pine, and light pineapple finish. 8.6%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Not nearly bitter enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bomber thanks to drowland, pours a hazy amber wiht a nice light white head, the aroma has a great hoppy touch with a malt balance, the flavor has a nice hop backbone with citrus notes, it seems that it could have been a little more bitter, it has a sweet finish that is different from other imperials I have had, good brew though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Bomber. Holy mother of sweet hoppy goodness, Thanks Rob! Citrusy grassy causing me to sneeze aromas. Orange, grapefruit, and pine flavors tickle the tastebuds. Overfall a freaking awesome beer. My burps even taste great. Now thatís a sign of a quality libation!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kptron (18) - Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Bomber from Scott. Grapefruity hop profile throughout, sweet imperial finish. Thick golden amber appearance, minimal head dissipated quickly. Medium body, resin-ish texture with light carbonation. A refreshing IIPA after a walk around Waneka.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Aroma:Nice grapefruit and sweet malt smell. Appearance:Honey colored, low head, and low retention. Taste:Lots of hop flavor. A little grapefruit. Good flavor overall, but nothing extraordinary. Palate:Medium body, a little alcohol warmth. Overall:I like this beer, and itís certainly a sessionable DIPA, but thereís something missing to make it great. Maybe more hop complexity?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
viet959 (81) - , Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Aroma: light orange, hoppy, citrus aroma.
Appearance: Cloudy orange with medium head that quickly fades to almost nothing. not much lacing.
Taste: Candied orange, citrus, pine, and carmel malt.
Palate: medium body, sticky, lively, bitter, long finish.
Overall: This is a very good and easy drinking beer. Itís a little light for a DIPA,.. more like a session DIPA if there is such a thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11. Pours a clear light orange with little head. Aroma is spicy sweet with pine sap and old Christmas tree water. Flavor is hoppy sweet with sugar and bread. Finishes with sap and resin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2010
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, golden orange dense color with pineapple and apricot aroma, flavors of sweet caramel offset by nice tropical fruit hops

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