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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 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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3657) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2004
I had this side-by-side with the Speakeasy Big Daddy in a tasting with bu11zeye and TChrome, and for at least the first half of the bottle I was in disagreement with them, because I thought this more enjoyable than the Speakeasy. Decent head production, darker than the Speakeasy. Great aroma to me, fresh, floral, bready, with some dill (as in dill pickles). There was a malt backbone here where the Speakeasy didnít have it. Favorably impressed.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
(Bottle) Sampled side-by-side with Big Daddy Speakeasy IPA. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt and hops (much lighter aroma than the Speakeasy). Similar flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19185) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2004
Bottled, thanks SpringsLicker! Hazy golden. Rich grapefruit aroma. Sweet with clean but firm mouthfeel. Pine needle finish with good bitterness. A well balanced IPA, itís shortcomings in malt character are well masked behind the hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Pours a hazy amber with an off-white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruit/hops, some spice. Lively carbonation, smooth and creamy, medium bodied. The flavor is grapefruit/hops, clean and refreshing, pungent. An excellent IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Cloudy amber in color with an off white colored head sitting atop. The aroma of this IPA greatly encourages the user to take a big drink. Not so fast now! Aromas include delectable floral hops and a wonderful biscuity malt sweetness. The user is justly rewarded for his imbibing. Nice sharp hop bitterness on the front end is very suitably balanced by a dash of malt sweetness in the finish. Great daily drinker, this one rates with another of my faves, St. Arnold Elissa.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Thank you to Brooklyn Boy for this. Pours turbid coppery with a medium, creamy white head. Aroma of hops, malt, citrus, and fruit. Tastes malty, hoppy, with some fruit and spice in the finish. This one isn;t as overtly hoppy as other IPAs Iíve had, but it has some extra fruitiness and fullness in the finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 1, 2004
12oz. bottle: This one pours a cloudy orangish-golden color. Some floaties in there also. Mine didnít have much of a white head to it. Nice hop nose, mainly of graperfuit, but some spiciness and maltiness come through also. The taste is a good balance of hops and malts. Just a bit bitter. A decent IPA. Thanks to Cap. Cougar for the trade!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Nice white head, medium density, great retention. Cloudy orange color, excellent appearance. Medium body. Taste is medium hops up front with some nice creaminess. A little roasted flavor comes through in the end. Nice fading bitterness. A pretty good IPA.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mooseklaus (3) - Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2004 does not count
Nice anber color and lasting head. Floral accents in the aroma. Taste has a nice strong hoppy forward with a nice sweet finish. This is an excellent IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1056) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Dark copper pour, decent head and a massive amount of sediment. From the aroma, I know Iíll like this one. Some nice hopping in this one. The taste does not dissapoint. Citrus with some floral notes and a nice malt presence to support it. Dry, mildly agressive finish. Very well put together. This is a top notch IPA.


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