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RATINGS: 1130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This mammoth IPA is defined by generous quantities of premium hops and balanced with a premium selection of English malt. Traditionally unfiltered IPAís 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 youíre at the brewery youíll 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghawener (1527) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAR 24, 2007
Thanks to DLacayo. Bottle: Flouwery bouquet hits you right from the start, complex body with ample taste scale ranging from citrus to bitter hops. An impressive IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAR 23, 2007
Really good IPA. Beatiful hops which are masterfully combined with peach/citrus and malt. Long lasting finish which I can still taste the hops in my mouth. Highly recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6632) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle courtesy of ross. Best before: 12.31.06. Pours a hazy bubbly orange-amber with a large lasting creamy off-white head -- nice! Sweet pleasant hoppy aroma with some toasty malt, spices and fruit. Flavourís hoppier then I expected which is a good thing. Resiny and citrus hops backed by sweet malt and a nice bitter finish. Medium bodied. Easy to drink, a nice session IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Gift from Loose Cannon. 12 oz bottle. Opps, bottle says best if enjoyed by 03/05/07, I am 2 days late. I like the label, the guy is fishing and his wife is rowing the boat, no motors here but this brew pours a nice clear amber with a foamy head that leaves quickly but the seriously strong hops aroma doesnít. Sweet malty undertones also present in the aroma. First sip is surprisingly smooth. I was preparing for an all out bitterness assault based on the aroma but this warming, citrusy sweet, bitter hops creation is right on baby. Great IPA, very drinkable, solid bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle. Very nice aroma of grapefruit, mango, and oranges. Palate is nice but a little thin. Flavor is well balanced between the fruity hops and malt.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 The I.P.A. is decent, but in no way does this beer deserve and 93 overall rating. I was looking at others who have sampled this beer, and everyone is from the Eastern part of the country. The fact of the matter is that you can taste other beers in this one. What I mean is drink a Sweetwater Blue, or a Sweetwater Hummer and you will taste the IPA in all of these beers. I believe that this brewery is having a difficult time giving each beer its own personal and unique flavor. The color was great! A dark golden brown color. The palate was also very nice, a thick IPA that goes down smooth. The beer tasted a little watered down at time but was thick at others, and the head was in no way worth describing. The taste was unique, and not too pleasing. I donít want to float on the mainstream too much longer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 2, 2007
12 oz bottle, best by date 03/05/07 (Iím just in time, apparently). Thanks to LooseCannon for this. Served in a shaker glass. Golden orange with a slight white head. Nose is very piney, a fir Christmas tree comes to mind. Some nice orange and grapefruit notes. Very smooth bitter flavor, biscuity malt and pine, but not a thick, resiny pine - a cleaner, lighter pine. Some cirtus flavors come in for the finish. Well balanced and crazy drinkable - really like this one!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber color with small white head. Aroma of floral and pine hops. Taste of malt and hops with bitter after taste.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 Rerate; had this when I first started on ratebeer. Really great aroma; grapefruit component was very nice. Probably like the flavor even more than last time. Just well balanced. Hop usage and the amount of sweetness almost perfectly done. Malt backbone ties everything together. Palate was fantastic as before. Upped from 3.9 to 4. Really good for the style. (Bottle brought up to VA by kleyland. Poured an orange amber; medium creamy white head. Aroma was great; citrus, some pine, crisp and sweet. Flavor was not overwhelmingly hoppy; pretty good malt balance. The beer is very refreshing, but still very flavorful. One of the better India pale ales I have had.)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6267) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle (12oz). Thanks to blankboy for this one. Slightly cloudy amber with an average white head - looks like it should. Ah, thatís the stuff - classic resin hop-hit with some light grain and citrus to back it up, a little bit of malt, but this is about the hops. Taste is straight on hops, lots of sharp resin, quite a follow-up of UK-type funky/acidic hops, and a little light grain to sew it together. Light and chewy body, very astringent, light acidity and carbonation, a decent pithy bitterness on the back of the palate - solid IPA, nice and hoppy but not a monster.


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