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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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HOP MEADOW INDIA PALE ALE. The American cousin of our ESB. This pale ale was originally brewed in 19th century England to survive the long ocean voyages to their troops stationed in India - hence the name India Pale Ale. To keep the beer from spoiling during these four- to six-month odysseys, they produced a stronger, more generously hopped ale. Our creamy IPA emphasizes traditional West Coast Chinook and Cascade hops to yield a hopheadís delight of a brew: just-right complexity thatís not too sweet - or over-the-top with hops.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
(22 oz bottle: Obtained 29-Apr-06 in trade with jjpm74, thanks John!) This stuff just looks like itís pouring thick and heavy, so Iím immediately intrigued and my expectations are building. The very balanced nose is surprisingly hoppy and piney, but also, itís sweet and malty, kind of tea-like, and thereís an immediate vegetal quality too, so this actually smells like it could be a West Coast brew if I didnít know better. Exquisite balance in the flavor as well, with the strongly piney and bitter hops complementing the sweet, earthy, grainy maltiness. Lingering resiny bitterness is prolonged and unrelenting, and soon just coats my entire mouth with bitter hops until the next sip and maintains its grip for the duration of the session. Medium-full in body, so the pour didnít lie. Crisp on the palate and well carbonated. Deep ruddy-amber in color with nearly perfect clarity. Off-white head The extensive lacing looks like it was dabbed on the glass with a course sponge. Damn, I was not prepared for an IPA like this from the East Coast. Iím very impressed with this effort. Even compared to the hop bombs around San Diego, this is a wonderfully flavorful and balanced IPA that truly deserved accolades, regardless of where itís from. I have some more IPAs to try, but thereís no point in drinking any others tonight, the hops in this beer has so totally taken over my palate, Iíll need to wait until tomorrow and start fresh. Awesome job with this beer, guys, and this is coming from a San Diegan!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3318) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 9, 2006
bomber-DLD06-thanks to who brough the beer to the gathering. copper hue with a nice soapy white head. fruity, piney, resiny aroma. the hops are not in your face though-maybe due to age (autumn seasonal). big earthy, piney hops with a nice toasted caramel malt backbone to balance the C hops. fairly resinous and dry (chinook definately there). not a bad IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle 22oz. Courtsey of DYCSoccer17. Sweet citrus fruit and maple syrup aroma. Amber body with off white head. Second glass from this bottle enjoyed outside in 90 degree heat left a good amount of lacing. Flavor was just up my alley with sweet citrus and the syrupy texture seemed to give it a full body. Dryness on the palate as expected good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2006
From a 22oz. brown bomber bottle with no freshness date and a please keep refrigerated instruction on the upper right side of label. Made a good appearance, poured a clear red hued amber brown with a foamy pale tannish head that settled into a thin, semi- sticky, bubbly lacing, good carbonation. Had a piney and citric/grapefruity hoppy nose with a sweet caramel maltiness at the edges. A crisp, smooth and creamy medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. The hoppy flavor of fresh pine needles, grapefruit rinds, minty and tobacco, sharp at first then rolling in itís bitterness, a fighting to balance sweet toasted caramel maltiness, a subtle butteriness creeping in towards the end and a dry, spicy finish with a tobacco bitterness lingering in the palate. A very enjoyable AIPA, much better than I was expecting, tasty with a nice balanced bitterness.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2006
Pours to a bronzed body with a creamy white head. The aroma is hugely hoppy. Sweet juices. Fruity peaches, mangoes, tangerines. The flavor is staleish hops. The palate was cardboardy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 21, 2006
Some sticky honey-like sweetness and oranges in the aroma. Beautiful reddish amber in color with big and fluffy off-white head and oozing lacing. Chinook hops at the forefront with all their zappy bitterness - lots of limes, lemons and slight mint. Malts are very firm - very sweet and chewy. Creamy mouthfeel and lingering bitterness. One of the better IPAs I have had in awhile.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2006
Bottle. Poured a copper color with a tall off-white head that leaves lacing behind. Citrus and pine aroma with a light caramel background. The flavor found grapefruit, pine, and a generous amount of malts with a hint of orange as it warmed slightly. Light body that is bitter but not a big bitterness like other IPAs. Thanks to Springlicker for sharing this at the Tennessee Tasting!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2006
Not a ery memorable IPA. No flaws,just nothing outstaning. Aroma is the usual west coast cascade. Flavor is litle more on the citrus side, with a mild finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Pours a reddish copper hue, with big creamy off-white head. The aroma is pine-sap hops, some grapefruit, and quite a bit of crystal malt. The flavor is slightly earthy with some spicy bark taste in there, and eventually a distant sweetness that resembles bubblegum. Then comes some fruity hop bitterness, leading to grapefruit and pine in the finish. Tasty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2006
Great color. Looks bigger and sweeter than it tastes. The hops and sweetness are well balanced and neither overpower each other. Sugar and caramel tastes are closer to a double IPA. Iíd be interested in what the alcohol content is. I would guess not much more than 7%. Cascade hops for sure. Nice beer.


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