Thunder Canyon Thunderhead IPA
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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
The Granddaddy of Pale Ales, this style got its start as a special brew for English soldiers living in India. Our IPA is a medium bodied ale, with a light copper color characterized by an intense hop flavor, with a full flowery hop aroma and high alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Draft. Straightforward and solidly crafted, this IPA was a pleasure to drink. Light copper body below an inviting white head. Aromas of orange peel, citrus with floral notes and a hint of pine. Starts slightly sweet, but turns nicely bitter. Could have had a bit more malt presence in the backbone. Medium body and medium carbonation. Moderately long finish. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
A very nice arizona brew. Very thick IPA with a hoppy head. Taste is very hoppy with a thick malty base. After taste is a little bitter but still a nice IPA especially after a round of golf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2007
The best thing I’ve had from Thunder Canyon yet. Nice solid IPA with a good, clean, piney hop aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Growler acquired in trade with cbkschubert (thanks!!!). Poured a medium orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of juicy oranges, orange peels, all around citrus and light pine. Tastes of citrus, floral, and fruity. Starts off sugary sweet and ends in a light grapefruit finish. Definite hop presence with out being a bitter hop bomb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Draft at the brewery. Defiintely the best beer of the night. Watched as several locals came in for growler refills... Good taste in beer. Lots of hoppy citrus aromas. All there in the flavor too. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2006
On tap at TCB - Pours an amber color with a nice lasting head. Nice lacing. Aroma is big floral and citrus. Flavor is the same with a light resiudual sweet malt background. Medium body. My favorite TCB beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Had a full glass of this one at brewery. Aroma was of pine and light fruit. Copper color to the body with a white head and left decent lacing. The fruity hops were quick to bite at first drink. Settleed down at finish with a citrus orange flavor. Best beer of the day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Braudog (6255) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Nice big head with a good copper color. Decent hoppy aroma. But again the balance is off ... this is too astringent, bitterly hopped without an underpining malt body. Vapid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Pours a deep copper color and is visually quite clear. It is topped by a pale off-white head. This has a fully aromatic hoppy nose, citrus dominates with notes of grapefruit, and perhaps a hint of pine. This beer is fully hoppy throughout the flavor profile, it starts with a spicy herbal character up front. The bitterness starts to be apparent in the middle and then blossoms in the finish. There is a nice level of toasted malt in the middle that helps to accentuate the hops. This beer really showcases the hops without being overwhelming. This is lightly sweet as well, but it is not that noticeable because of the hop bite. This is nice and clean, and is technically spot on for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2004

The beer after relocating to my glass from the tap pours a slightly bemused amber color with a medium sized head that is creamy in texture and a bright white color, the lace a silky sheet to drape the glass. Nice hop floral spiciness at the front the malt sweetness hit you in the middle and a fresh citrus like crispness at the end. Start is ambrosial, nicely malted with the top moderate in feel. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops powerful but not overbearing in their spicy bite, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a fine drinking beer that’s a treat.

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