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RATINGS: 1058   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 IPA’s 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 you’re at the brewery you’ll 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


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - 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 there’s 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 isn’t to say I don’t like it though, since I’m 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 isn’t 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 I’d 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pacothrash (1) - Springboro, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2004 does not count
Nice golden ale with grapefruit hops. Very nice flavor and bitterness. Just moved away from Atlanta and will miss this beer and the Terripin Rye Pale Ale the most. I have only found on draft at a couple of Summitts Tavern/Taco Mac locations.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10484) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Hazy golden ale with floaties and huge golden head. Very sweet strawberry aroma, and bushy /resinous hops. Again a very mellow IPA, with resinous hops and chalky citrus. Very dry. Very pleasant an complex body. Bottle sampled with TiggMtl, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. Thanks to Goldtwins.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Light golden orange, slightly clouded, with an off white head. Long lasting spicy citrus hops. Grapefruity hops are strong and nice. Some carmel malt ballances and gives it a nice smooth character. Finishes with a clean hoppiness that settles and leaves a tingiling on the toungue.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2004
Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with medium head and medium retention. Aroma is quite hoppy and I can already feel the bitterness. Taste is extremely bitter, probably one of the most bitter IPA that I had the chance to taste but also I can feel very light sweetness in the background which make this beer very interesting. Body is just above average and carbonation is medium. Probably one of the most interesting IPA, which mixes some extreme characteristics as well as some balance.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10099) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Pours light copper with a small off-white head; some thin lacing. Fragrant floral hop aroma with a citrus nose. Flavor is boldly bitter with a crisp hop finish. Palate is mild and refreshing, very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
Golden orange body, moderate white head. Big hoppy aroma with lots of resiny hops, not as much as others but nice. Flavour is hop dominated, mostly resiny hops with not a ton of malty but it is fairly well balanced. Lots of hops in the finish, but they don’t stick around forever in the aftertaste. Pretty decent palate. Nice beer, touch simplistic at times but very nice. Thanks for sharing your trade from Kimchee Gunny. Cam discovered that the cap smells like lemonade.


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