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RATINGS: 1027   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 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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Hazy Honey color and medium white head. Beautiful citrus grapefruit nose. Very dry grapefruit citrus rind with tiny bit of sweetness. Dry finish. Excellent IPA. I got this from a friend traveling across the Northeast on a beer tour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Slighly murky light copper with some head and no lacing. Nice citrus and grass with some malt in the nose. Good up front bitterness with a pine, citrus, and grassy hop flavor. Nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Thanks to goldtwins for the bonus! Bottled. Pours a murky, orange, copper color with a foamy ivory head. The aroma is pine and oranges with just a bit of a yeast aroma as well(?). Good malt backbone with a good bit of grassy hoppiness. Chalky aftertaste. 3.3 Re-Rate: Thanks again to goldtwins for this new bottle brewed with the new recipe. Murky copper colored pour with a sizable head. The nose is almost all grapefruit with some malt notes. Nice malt backbone with a ton of grapefruit notes. Nicely balanced with a clean aftertaste. Fantastic IPA!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Sampled from bottle, a gift from Stalyiv. This IPA pours a faintly hazt, dark copper with an adequate off-white head. The aroma from the dry-hopping makes this a very aromatic beer. It smells of fresh flowers. The flavor is nicely bitter with floral and spicy hops dominating. The toasted, caramel malt backbone is subdued by the hops, but still present. Medium-bodied and probably too carbonated. Bitterness lingers. A good ale, but not quite as complex and enjoyable as Sweetwaterís 420.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Pours with an orange-amber body topped by a thick head with some lacing. Itís sweet, malty and fruity with an underlying grassy hop note and a touch of artificial grape flavor. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Pours a cloudy orange color with a minimal head and very litlte lacing. The aroma includes oranges, hops and some sort of berry (maybe raspberry?) Tastes kind of like a fake grape soda. I didnít particularly enjoy this beer and the combination of weird berry and hop flavors

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 22, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Pours dark golden with almost no head. Light aroma of citrus hops, with some acidic grapefruit. Taste is spicy and almost all hops. Chewy, almost malty, but not hoppy to the extent of being overwhelming. Iím not much of a hop-head, but itís balanced enough to merit approval . Lots of hops in the finish, surprisingly little in the aroma. Quaffable, but not complex. If this is the beer Iíve been training for, Iím already a master. Fairly mild for an IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Hazy and amber. Head settles down nicely to just cover the beer and lace around the glass. Bigger grapefruit flavor than what I was expecting (pleasantly enough). Flavor is not overpowering; it lingers but not cloyingly. Some balancing sweetness from the malts but not much. Very much an IPA. Iíd rate this above the 420, which is also enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Herk34 (2) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
Best GA IPA Iíve had - a little cloudy, great aroma, long-lasting taste. Much better than the more heralded 420.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Thanks to goldtwins for this beer.

Poured amber with a large semi-creamy off-white head. Nice aroma of floral hops and a touch of candy. Taste is somewhat thin, predominantly hop driven, with a somewhat metallic character. Body feels thin and overcarbonated. Not bad... started out better than it finished.


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