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RATINGS: 1021   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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This mammoth IPA is defined by generous quantities of premium hops and balanced with a premium selection of English malt. Traditionally unfiltered IPA’s lead to the slight haze appearance. An extensive dry-hopping process contributes to its very intense floral hop aroma. The IPA is unfiltered and as always, unpasteurized to leave all the natural flavors intact. If you’re at the brewery you’ll be able to guess what style of beer every brewer has in his hand. THE BEER YOU'VE BEEN TRAINING FOR!

Malt: 2 Row, Pale Malt, Munich, 70-80 Crystal, Wheat

Hops: Columbus, Golding

Dry Hop: Columbus, Golding


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 8, 2005
12oz bottle from captaincouger! Upon opening a great release of oranges and citrus comes out, very fresh! Pours a dark cloudy orangeish color with a with a white frothy head that leasves thick lacing. nose again is big citrus, lots of grapefruit, orange and hops. taste is pretty dry, some grapefruit and orange notes, light hops, and a bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Pale and reddish, a little cloudy. Fine white head doesn’t last long. Citrus hops all over the nose with a touch of cinnamon and spice. The columbus hops dominate the thin malt body, coating the throat with lupins. I pick up a 6 pack of this every month or so and am never sorry I did.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
budweiserblows (35) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Personally this is my favorite beer to come out of Sweetwater. Not too spectacular at first glance but as soon as it touches your lips it may just become your favorite as well. I guess I’m just a sucker for IPA’s.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
Bottled at the London gathering, November 2005. Thanks to Captain Cougar for bringing this one over. Grapefruity hop juice, but not a lot more to it in my view. Very intense grapefruit aroma, less on the palate. Quite light mouthfeel. I like hoppy beers, so I found this quite acceptable, but a bit one dimensional and short of interest.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Hazy peach color, fizzy white head. Soft nose of grapefruit, florals, evergreen, and toffee, with an underlying tone of apricot and caramel. Subdued up front citrus hop bite with a decent caramel malt backing throughout. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, slightly dry, hoppy finish. Nice brew that shares some flavor similarities with Alpha King...

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle. This seems like a bit of a legendary IPA here on ratebeer, but i just didn’t see it. Nice hoppy aroma, bursting with lychee, grapefruit, pine and all those things you associate with an IPA. Unfortunately it fades away on the palate a little bit. There are some fruity hop characters as the aroma suggested, but there was a flat boiled vegetable character that just wouldn’t go away. I was really dissapointed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottled at the Chris_O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A copper gold coloured beer with a reasonable head. The aroma is strong on the piney hops and is also nicely citric. The taste is also full on hops - grapefruit and mouth puckering bitterness. One of the hoppier IPAs I’ve had but there is just the problem of the body being too light which we all picked up. That besides a top beer. Big thanks to CaptainCougar for bringing this one over to Kook and to Kook for sharing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13144) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. Copper colour with thin white head. Ooops another intense US IPA with grapefruit and hop. OK in mouth, but doesn’t live up to its nose. Bit thin in mouth and on finish. This rather lets it down

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle @ London Gathering Nov 05. Graoefruit and hop resins. Slightly thin body with high hop bitterness. Drinkable but malt not there to balance

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Bottle Courtesy of Aracauna via trade. Nice citrusy aroma with oranges and citrus hops. Pours a transparent orange witih a slight haze and an off-white head. Very nice lacing. Lots of sweet orange up front and fruity sweetness in general. Finishes with a mild grapefruit hoppiness. Hops could be strengthed a little to balance all the fruity sweetness.


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