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Thunder Canyon Good Vibrations IPA
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Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3827) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Bright golden and hazy with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of grass and a floral boquet. Taste is of grassy hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Sampled 1702, Tucson; November 2009
This arrives from the tap with a frothy, almost two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my tulip glass. The beer is an amber color that has a bit of haze to it. The aroma has sticky citrus hop notes, some lychee and some tangerine aromatics to it up front. The citrus actually has a caramelized edge to it, the nose is really quite fruity smelling (notes of tropical fruit too) and doesn’t really have much in the way of noticeable malt character. It even gets a bit better as the beer warms up.

As the beer hits my palate for the first time it comes off as clean and bitter up front; it is really way too cold though, which really mutes the flavors. There is still a pungent hop flavor that comes through easily enough; herbaceous pine, pungent grapefruit and lychee are noticeable enough. There is an ample biting bitterness to this beer that combines in the finish with a crisp carbonic bite. Really there are lots of grapefruit like flavors here that mixes well with the supporting, pale-caramelized malt sugars.

When paired with my just arrived pizza, more flavors of caramel and citrus come out, but this also brings out a bit of alcoholic heat in the finish. This really is quite highly carbonated, which can be a bit distracting as the beer warms up; it does make for a perfect visual presentation though. Luckily some quick swirls of the glass gets rid of the excess carbonation. The beer is actually somewhat under-attenuated for my tastes, though I wouldn’t say it was overly heavy either.

This beer really comes into its own as it warms up; it achieves a nice balance between the hop dominant character and the supporting malt character. Even the aroma picks up more of a tropical fruit like character. The texture is creamy, in a good way, for an IPA and the high carbonation, I suppose, helps to balance this out. I bet this would be wonderful if served on cask. In the end this is quite enjoyable, and it definitely grew on me as worked my way through this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3504) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, grapefruit, hop oils, caramel malt. Flavor of grapefruit and other tropical fruits like mango with some malt on the finish. Great ipa! 7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3405) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2013
On draft at the brewpub in Tucson. Pours a cloudy gold with an off white head. Grassy hop nose. Some citrus and floral notes. moderate carbonation. Bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3256) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 13, 2011
tap at brewpub-pours lightly cloudy orange with a small soapy white head. tropical hop nose-mangoes, papayas, somewhat catty as well. piney flavors more so than teh nose would suggest-pine, tangerine, and resin. resinous finish but not overly harsh. not overly complex of a IIPA here but decent. some decent grapefruit shows up on the finish as it warms. good but not great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2010
on tap 3/14/10. hazy honey color... pale amber with an off white head and gobs of drippy foam. rich malty aroma with notes of dry, earthy and spicy hops, honey, grassiness, orange peels, citrus blossoms and peaches. the palate is a bit thick and sweet though it is quite well balanced. it finishes dry and lingers that way for some time while the aroma’s characteristics fill in for the flavor. medium body leans on full but is helped out by dry hoppiness. still, a bit too rich. 7/4/7/3/15/3.6

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3203) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at the brewpub. Recommended by the bartender and he was right. A really fruity but bitter, west coast IPA. Nice malt balance too. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3008) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2014
From the tap poured a copper color with a small amount of head. Light citrusy hippy flavor with a quick finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2009
On tap @ Thunder Canyon - Served in a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger thick off white head. The headed lasted all the way to the bottom of the glass and left some thick lacing on the way down. Aroma is pine and herbal hops. Flavor is basically the same. Has a very slight astringent aftertaste. Medium body. A pretty nice IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2789) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2012
On tap at O.H.S.O. Pours a light, hazy orange. This is hoppy enough to make me happy. It’s floral and grassy with a citrus backbone. It’s nice and dry and resinous in the mouth. Clean drinking IPA. Pleasant surprise.


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