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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 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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7578) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Thanks to T.A.R. for this solid IPA. I think it is every bit as good as Fuller's and Stone's version, but not on the scale of Buckeye '76 or Ruination. Light and hazy amber color with a medium bone white head. Resonant hops aroma with some citrus. Flavor is nicely sharp and crisp, consisting of floral hops, pine and citrus. Finish is rather dry with a nice bite. Not as intense as the great IPAs out there but it is good enough.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 Dusty orange body, moderate sediment/floaties. Head is medium-sized, off-white, and barely lasting. Steady carbonation throughout the glass. Hoppy aroma in the form of citrus, mostly fresh orange, not much lemon, and not piney like I'm sort of used to finding in an American IPA. Suprisingly soft mouthfeel. The pale/crystal malts definitely make an appearance before the sharp wave of hoppy bitterness rides in. The aftertaste lingers dry and long, which is terrific. Definitely worthy of praise.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Just about the right body for an IPA, but I think it's missing some depth. Aroma, despite dry hopping, did not jump out of the bottle like one would expect. Not well balanced, too bitter, but ok.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Good floral aroma and typical NWestern hops. Backbone is very clean and moderate in strength--nothing spectacular but enjoyable. Overall a good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
Light orange beer with a massive white head. Very strong aroma of citric hops. Grapefruit and apricots galore. Firm bitterness with a nice underlying malt backbone. Clean, crisp finish. Medium body. An excellent American IPA. Thanks to hopsrus for the trade.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 Sweetwater is a great brewery in Atlanta, if you get a chance try all their brews they are marvelous

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2003 Good floral hop aroma and a smooth palate make this quite enjoyable. The body is well balanced, sweet and bitter with plenty of piney spruce flavor. Nice caramel malt presence and sweet fresh hops contribute to this very good IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Picked this beer up on a road trip on a fluke (looked good), and bought a six for a friend. Good crisp taste, unfiltered, and clean. A slight fruity taste, maybe grapefruit? Very dry hopped with a good bite. A favorite. The next time I drive to Atlanta, I’m buying a keg of this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2003 Dirty white rocky foam with average retention and stickiness. The balanced, round, and grassy aroma boasts lemon, minerals, pineapple, and a hint of pine. Firm, round palate with some fuzziness. Quality flavors of lemon, spicy hop character, and malt breadiness. Adequate finish finishes herbal and salty, followed by hop belches from the intensive dry-hopping. An above average IPA and one I like to revisit from time to time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 27, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 A lighter colored IPA. Very nice white head. Fresh hop aroma - spicey, grassy, citrus, and a delicate malt aroma - caramel and vanilla. Overall smells a little 'ice-tea like' (not the rapper). Aroma not quite as different from the pack as say Diamond Knot IPA though. Very refreshing bitter flavor with a bit of sweetness mixed in. Pretty unique hop profile and refreshing malt characteristics.


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