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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5433) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Bottle - brought to me by my friend Noel along with Sweetwater IPA. Copper pour with a short white head. Aroma is mouthwatering with strong piney hops, grapefruit juice, caramel, sweet malt, and pure hop oil. Taste is delicious! More piney hops, grapefruit, orange oils, hops resins, chewy caramel and sweet malt. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation and a mild resinous feel. Finishes with more grapefruit, pine needles, earthy hops, orange oils, and caramel. Very tasty! Nice gift!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Picked up by bmanning--thanks, Ben. Served in a Stillwater wine glass. Pours a slightly-darkened peach color with a nice white head and some spotty lacing. The nose is really quite nice with strong tropical notes along with some citrus. A lot of pineapple. The taste is a huge falloff as both it and the mouthfeel fall quite flat. There are some hops but almost no bitterness. The body is really thin and there is some slight residual sweetness. This is one of the best-smelling IPAs that Iíve come across in a long time. Itís really a shame that the flavor didnít live up. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-30-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4964) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4728) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
22 oz bottle. Nice bitter piny hops, herbal quality, citrus, and fruit. Nice IIPA, good flavor, not quite as clean as many west coast IPAs, but the flavor is great. Glad to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4474) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2010
14 ounce serving - $4.75 at Raging Burrito in Decatur, Georgia. Appearance: Served a lightly hazed, dark copper-toned body with a creamyish, white head. Smell: Scented of fresh-cut lemons, tropical fruits, and moistened flower petals superimposed over a whelming maltiness of softly bready malts and intensely sugar simple syrup with a hint of caramel. Taste: Pale malts along with some lightly bready honey malts with an additional hint of light caramel. Fresh lemon peel, a couple chunks of pineapple, and some sharp, resinous florals underscore with a bit of soapiness. Moderate bitterness. Resinous quality increases as it warms, though a rebound of sugary residual sweetness on the back-end cuts through it. Still, it finishes bitter and resiny, with some heaviness on the tongue. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: The fourteen ounces was just about right for me. A nice DIPA using the latest "it" hop, citra.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4317) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2010
22oz bottle, green label. Pours orange, thin white head. Aromas of cotton candy, fresh grass, loads of citrus zest, pine resin. Honey and herbs. Thyme. Flavor of herbal hops, citrus rind. Some sugar, caramel. Mostly bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Bomber from Hop City, Atlanta. Nice hazy orange pour with a crisp carbonation that yields a moderate head. Vibrant nose of resinous hops but also a real vein of candy sweetness in there. Smells lovely but somehow the taste ends up seeming a bit like an artificially achieved wet hop beer. Iím sure this is not the case, but there was something that screamed Push Ups more than wet hops to me. Decent, and enough bitters to keep the beer solid, but not something Iíd seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3895) - Fort Worth, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3891) - - OCT 29, 2010
22oz bottle. reddish, murky, copper color. nice peachy, mandarin, sweetish, piney, fresh aroma. flavor is different that the usual. not sure iíve had these citra hops before. piney and lemony but with a juicy fruit gum twist (or maybe the yellow "fruit stripe" zebra gum stuff). kinda nice for change. enjoyed this one better than terrapins fresh hop offering this year. 8.6% is hidden. well done!

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