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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is an orange-amber in color with a soapy off-white head forming and leaving a small amount of lacing. S: A really pungent and powerful hop aroma, which is really quite nice. Lots of freshly cut grass and some grapefruit peel, initially at least. Plenty of sweetness, too, especially in the form of honey and peaches. T: The flavor is also very heavy on the honey notes. Super grassy and floral with a decent breadiness to it. A moderate level of citrus flavor and bitterness, but not overwhelming. M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. A touch of bitterness lingers on the palate. D: As a double IPA, this is not the greatest example, but it is a pretty good beer. I enjoyed drinking this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bomber courtesyu of Craftbeerdesign poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of skunk bud, biscuit, pine, grapefruit and grassiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a watery finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, light pine and light grassiness with a smooth moderatly bitter watery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear copper body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of weed, pineapple, mango, papaya, and grass. Flavor of light pine, grass, pineapple, caramel malt, and mango.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Border Hopper
Date: October 23, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: cloudy burnt orange, creamy beige head, layers of lace
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma, floral and citrus hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of candy sweetness, citrus, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Piney, citrusy and grassy hops provide a juicy flavor profile for this Double IPA, before polite bitterness approaches.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam covers the misty light amber.
-The prickly carbonation remains low key throughout.
-Malts donít offer much in the way of flavor, building a slender body in the process.
-Light alcohol warmth is felt.
-There is not much complexity here, nor is there much hop vivacity, for the style anyway. This is still a fun Double IPA, just not a top notch example in a country where there are plenty of such top notch examples.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2010
11/9/10. Bomber. Reddish pour (mostly orange when held to the light) with a thick, fluffy, khaki head that fades surprisingly fast. Sweet, floral, and orange peel aroma with hints of caramel and alcohol (really reminds of their normal IPA). The sweetness of the hop character in this brew combined with the nice, clean caramel sweetness of the malt make the sweetness a bit overwhelming. Hop bitterness can be perceived but is overwhelmed by sweetness in the long run. Feels a bit light but at the same time is a bit creamy... hmmm...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7404) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark murky orange with a pillowy snow white head. Fresh resiny aroma with some cat urine sweet hoppiness, a bit of spruce. Flavor is full bodied plenty of citrusy goodness, some nectarines, a hint of dates and a back end of maple syrup. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Overall. very decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6511) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (6379) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
This poured a cloudy orange color with an off white head. Aroma was piney resinous hops and some citrus too, along with sweet lighter malt. Flavor was a bit too malty for my taste in IPAS, soem caramel and biscut with some hops bitterness and only light fruity flavors. Alcohol is not well hidden at all either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011

In short: A straightforward grassy and citrusy IPA a bit weak on the malt side. Good beer, average for the style.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh. Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Almost clear golden body topped by a very small off-white head
In long: Nose of herbal hops with a freshly cut grass juice character reminding me of many harvest IPAs. A tiny bit of cat piss in the aroma (I often get that). Taste has discreet bready malts followed by a good amount of hops with a grass juice and slightly citrusy signature. Alcohol is mostly well hidden especially considering that the body is a bit on the thin side for that size of beer. Bitterness level is medium. This one didnít stand out in any way but it was nonetheless a good, like so many other American IIPAs. Border Hopper is a racist slang for a Mexican immigrant. I despise racist stereotypes like that. Racism is a crime therefore being a racist is being a criminal and I am not a criminal. Mexicans and black people are criminals.

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