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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


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Clear amber body under a sloppy white head. Orange citrus and taffy in the aroma. The sweetness continues in the flavor, it makes up the malt base along with some caramel notes. Hop flavors are pine and pineapple, although the strong carbonation makes detecting them difficult. Resinous finish. This beer's subdued hops are fine by me, but I disliked the taffy sweetness - it didn't fit well in this style of beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1086) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2004
What a great surprise. Ordered because it was the only micro offered, this puppy came through in spades. Yeastiness keeps a slight damper on zooming fresh hops. Malting is clear and strong. Fruitiness supreme with strong citrus and pineapple(?). A great IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjgdawg (13) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Great orange/amber color. The initialy scent is inviting and complex with tqinges of pineapple and hops. Tastes great with full and detailed flavor of hops accented with various fruits. Good thirst quencher and great overall beer. Best IPA in my opinion.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2004
Great aroma - hop freshness over to a big bodied fresh flavour. Lovely. More hops!!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haukur (1344) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 21, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2012 what a surprise, amazing IPA, complex taste of fruits (mainly pineapple and peaches), hops hops hops!!! citrus aftertaste hits you, and after the last sip, I was craving for more!!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Light orange-gold, slightly hazy. Hops aroma with hints of pineapple. Crisp pine hops flavor. Reasonable well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Poured an attractive amber-orange hue with a generous white head; abundant lacing remained on the glass. The strong aroma was hoppy and very fruity, with perhaps the strongest note being a pineapple fragrance. Flavor was very full: a combinition of strong, bitter hops, fruity, citrus tones and a pleasant mild sweetness. Very complex and enjoyable flavor. Best Sweetwater I've tried.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2004 A hazy Amber color that is wonderful to look at...Nose is heavy with hops alluding to the dry hopped flavor of this IPA...Tart citrus tones that are followed a beautifully balanced finish...this is one of the better beers made in Georgia.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Slightly hazy, but wonderful, hoppy IPA. This is the way it should be done... medium body with a wonderfully hoppy aroma that smells just like it tastes!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Quite good. Bright copper, creamy grayish head. Lots of suspended particles, huge floaties for a standard IPA. Nose packed with grapefruit. Tart, citric burst, lots of sharp grapefruit and orange. Malts are a bit toasty, provide a nice balance. Doesn't really have a depth to the maltiness, no real creaminess to lengthen it out but still very enjoyable.


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