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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Thanks goldtwins! Amber color with a thin head. Nice lemon aroma with some floral hops. A good hopiness in the flavor, but not overwhelming to say the least. Slightly dusty. Tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2005
probably my favorite hoppy beer, I just love the balance, I never used to be an IPA guy, but they really seem to be growing on me. All in all this one is a winner

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3786) - - FEB 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 smells very floral and sweet. not cloudy but has chunks of ingredients floating in it which add to the flavor. tastes like it has some mandarin orange flavor which i found very pleasant. not as sweet as some i.p.a.ís. very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Slightly cloudy and orangish/brown. Thick tinted head. Smells citrusy sweet - pineapple and grapefruit intertwined with a nice hop bouquet. Very flavorful - pineapple, grapefruit, mango and hops. Hints at cedar and maple. Unusual and different from other IPAs, but good, nonetheless. Thanks to goldtwins for the bottle!

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Hazy orangish color with a medium white head. Very aromatic, candy sugar, floral hops. Sharp hop bite to start, remaining bitter throughout. There is little or no sweetness in this brew. The harsh bitterness is more than I have experienced with other IPAs, I can feel it sitting on the sides of my tongue, and it becomes unpleasant. This bottle was courtesy of goldtwins. Thanks.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Dark golden-amber in color with decent off white head. Citrusy, floral aroma with slight maltiness. Flavor is the opposite with a little more balance to the malt than the bittering hops. Good amount of dry hops for the aroma, but needs more bittering hops. Pretty smooth and very drinkable. A decent IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Deep copper/amber color with slight head. Aroma is citrusy/ornage some lemongrass and pine, with hints of fruitiness. Good sweet maltiness in the flavor which balanced well with the american and british hops. Weird combination of hops but it works pretty well with this IPA. Nice but not outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2004
12oz bottle BB 11/05(month/week)...so yet another past date sweetwater, unless that month/week is supposed to be in 2005...all of mine were bought outside Dahlonega, GA at WOrld Beverage. Banana & lemon hop/yeast combo in aroma and flavor. some malt backdrop. Not overly bitter, certainly not harsh...Quite quaffable, well-integrated, hoppy beer with just a bit more yeast fruitiness than some, it seems to me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 21, 2004
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) Hugely bready and malty nose is like walking through a brewery, and thereís a mild hoppiness somewhere in the background trying unsuccessfully to compete. Bready, lighty toasty flavor is dominant, and again, with hops only being a supporting actor, which is certainly different from how we make IPAs out here on the West Coast. That isnít to say I donít like it though, since Iím a big fan of malty beers. When going back to this beer after rating other IPAs in this session, this one seems to have considerably more orange citrus in the flavor. Medium in body and smooth on the palate, in part because there isnít much bite from bitter hops. Orange in color and somewhat cloudy in appearance. A fair amount of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. The off-white head builds quickly during the pour to over an inch, and then fades to a very thin layer almost as quickly, but a dense ring of lace is left behind as the head subsides. This is a beer Iíd love to have available for those times when I simply want a beer. Yummy and extremely drinkable to me, but probably not terribly satisfying for hop heads.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This pours out a fairly hazy amber orange color with three fingers of fast rising rocky off white head. Beautiful chunks of foamy lace are left cling to the glass that seem to cling on for dear lift as they stay in place throughout the beers life. Glorious citrus hops jump through your nose when first sampling the aroma. Quickly the hop scent dies down to let the sweet caramel malt profile take center stage. Hmmmm the first thing that comes to mind when I took a sip was balance that seems to be the game here. The sweet caramel malt play at the front of my tongue while the bitter hops take residence in the back balancing each other out one for one it seems. I would expect more hop presence in an IPA than this; it seems at times malt is in the starring role. Mouthfeel is great medium body with creaminess written all over it. Drinkability is good too as this went down very quickly and I would have had a few more if I had them. Overall the only knock on this baby is the taste and smell, which needed a bit more hops for what I want in an IPA. Besides that the brew still tastes great and is something you should give a shot if you come across it.


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