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RATINGS: 1126   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2914) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Bottle, from trade with goldtwins. Best if enjoyed by. month 8 week 5. Huh, week 5. Anyway. Great nose, sweet. Fruity. Peach, apricot, mango, pineapple. Toffee too. Tad hazy orangy bronze color. Small head that faded to a ring. Nice lacing. Bittersweet flavor. Grapefruti kicks in other fruits follow as it rolls on the tongue. Little soapiness too. Thick body, creamy oily mputhfeel. Got grit. Bitter finish. dries as it goes. Great brew. Worthy of itís hype. Thanks goldtwins!!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Hazy light amber color with a small frothy white head. Sweet caramel aroma with some floral hops in the end. Strong caramel flavor with some light floral hops in the background. Thanks to CaptainCougar for sending this to Richmond.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Another big thanks to CaptainCougar for sending this to me. Golden body with a bit of cloudiness, light ivory head that diminishes quickly. Excellent aroma, very light spices along with hops and caramel sweetness. Very good taste, caramel hops dominate, along with some light fruit accents. Cool, bready ending.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
12 oz bottle courtesy of goldtwins... thanks. Deep orange, slightly hazy beer with a thin white head. Sweet tropical aroma, grapefruit, some mango/pineapple and a bit of pine needle zing. Sweet rich malts as well, but they accent the hops rather than competing with them. Piny hop flavour with some light tropical notes and a bit of earthiness as well. Palate seems a bit light, but there is so much character that is still comes across well-balanced. Tasty IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
A hazy golden amber beer with an aroma of hops and malt. The flavor of the hops just slightly beats out the malt but pretty well balanced. A nicely carbonated palate that isnít fizzy or watery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pmfreed (2) - USA - JUN 17, 2006 does not count
Pours a pale orangish color with a nice size head that fades within the first two minutes (except for a thin film that lingers longer). Pleasant citrus aroma. I pick up a lot of orange in the taste. I like it: my favorite of the Sweetwater staples.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 17, 2006
"Ho hum middle of the road IPA. Poured a light amber/golden color with big head which didnít last long. Aroma was subpar at best, some citrus and floral. Flavor was much the same but with some pine comeing out. "

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours a yellow/gold with a nice albeit short lived head. Floral scents on the nose. Although the suggestion is a "mammoth" IPA, I found this to be not overly hopped but at a pleasent level. Clearly, this is hopped up, but it is not overwhelming, pretty balanced, citrus infused brew. Thanks to Goldtwins for the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2942) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 Re rate in June 2014 after a handful more shots at this on draft and in Atlanta over the years. A nice IPA, not at the top of my list but near it as a pretty available and nice example of the style. Good pine and citrus, respectable malt backbone. Poured an amber color with lots of carbonated bubbles rising to the top. Initial head was decent, but it faded fairly quickly. Lacing was decent, but only average to below average for the style. The aroma / flavor were unimpressive, on par for the style: citrus, light pine, light floral, and a resinous component. Mouthfeel was somewhat light for the style, moderate overall. Too much carbonation in this one. This was just an ok IPA, imo.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4218) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Best before Feb 2006 bottle shared by SuIIy on 6/9/06. Shimmering (light sediment suspended) bronze with deep strawberry-blonde tints showcase this lightly filtered body. The off-white head sits atop, perfectly retained at about a centimeter in height and providing plenty of lacing. If this is past its best before date, I can only imagine it fresh. Strong perfumey hops emanate from the liquid, mixing about with lightly toasted grains that begin to build. Though the colombus greatly overpower the goldings, the goldings still do provide a hint of spicy/grassiness that is highly dry, zesty and challenging. Soft pine resin slowly weaves itself about the caramel malts and a hint of breadiness is felt as an afterthought. Not too sugary either, but a good backbone is notable from the aroma, without ruining the hops. The flavor is surprisingly restrained and lightly fruity, with bits of oat-like creaminess, chewy, and sporting notes of vanilla and buttery biscuits. Some perfuminess lingers on, and is especially apparent at this age, as the acid from the colombus has definitely calmed down. I can tell this was just absolutely packed with hops by the strong plant-like chewiness and old leafiness. Very clean, with no yeast apparent, nor alcohol. Firm, nearly creamy texture and light carbonation that is engaging. How bout that head retention? Must be the wheat...


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