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American style India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed using Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial and Mt. Hood hops. A beer with crisp hop flavor and bitterness well balanced with American malt sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
floral aroma. Pine is refreshing. Nice alcohol profile with this. Smooth and slightly bitter make this a great drinking ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Only had a sample, so donít take my rating to heart. More or less hits the mark in terms of hops, but didnít really thrill me. Guess Iím more of a west coaster when I look for an IPA. Still a nice beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Growler acquired in trade with Robertsreality (thanks!). The USPS must have shipped my trade from MN to PA by way of CA. Here I sit with a whole Growler of this great beer and I have to drink it all myself (donít trust letting it sit any longer). Poured a dark amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus and malts. Tastes of pines, grapefruits and caramel. This is one nicely balanced IPA. Real easy going down and migthtly tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 2005 growler from Robertsreality! Pour is a 5 from me. Huge head, is well retained throughout most of the glass. Ample lacing is left and the beer is unfiltered with a magenta-orange-amber appearance and a yellowish head, nice and creamy. Iíve been wondering about this beer for some time now and wow did it deliver. Aroma is fresh hop juice, BUT not too bitter. More candied oranges, sweet caramel and toffee, peaches, cream, vanilla, light hints of grapefruit. Big and juicy. Flavor is even better than the aroma, IMO. Full body immediately delivers the malt, rich, creamy and moderately sweet, the caramel, toffee and honey all provide ample balance to the citric, juicy hops. While the hops and malt are nothing new, they are just so gloriously executed and the body and mouthfeel lacks nothing, or so I thought. Creamy smooth, with tingly carbonation and a finishing bitterness that almost goes too far, in my book, but not quite. Bit of pine acidity on the finish, brings back memories of the old DFH 90 minute, before they started filtering it. Almost a green hops flavor, like Amherst IPA. Juicy and fruity, creamy and malty, with natural carbonation. I canít ask for much more out of an AIPA. Thanks so much Rob, this kicked ass! (on a side note, I think I have to give The Tap Leather Lips another try).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5486) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 Poured a dark, reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of light floral and citrus hops, light caramel malts in the background. Taste of mostly the same, with lots of fruity hoppiness, a really nice IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 Amazingly good. Deep copper. Great nose, very citric, some sweet creaminess. Huge hop taste, very tart and dry, big grapefuirt. Great balance, kiss of caramel and maltiness. Palate-wise, absolutely perfect, fills the mouth beautifully, creamy and full. A truly great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2005
My sonís mother lives in Minnesota and was kind of enough to pick up a growler for me. pretty nice for an ex wife! My refrigerator beer is Two Hearted Ale so that is what I measure all IPAs against. This was extremely good but I would have to say I prefer Two Hearted Ale. Orange/amber color which pours a nice head with heavly lacing. Scent was more fruity than floral. The taste was somewhat grapefruit, pine needles. Not as citrusy as Two Hearted Ale, a bit more malt flavor. Damn good beer. Looks like my son will have a stop on the way home from his visits up north. Am anxious to try their other beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2005
I had this at a tasting I blindly stumbled upon over the labor day weekend. This was poured from half gallon growler into a wine tasting glass. The color was a nice rich amber with a very decent head and carb bubble. The nose was staggeringly good. The hops came through piney and earthy with a citrusy grapefruit background. I had to actually stop myself from smelling it to taste it. The flavor matched the nose very well. The piney hop took center stage, supported with a sweet grapefruit backdrop. The hop flavor didnít linger, but instead, the aftertaste was sweet and mellow. This was a thick feeling beer, but just about where I wanted it for what it is. Unfortunately for me, I was actually dressed for and on my way to a wedding so I only had the one small sample glass, but I could easily have taken the growler with me and sat in the back of the church annointing myself with this most holy beverage. I am going to have to try and get a growler of this sometime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Oh, Mama, come to Papa. This stuff was great. Thanks, Phil, for sharing this growler. Hazy orange/copper with a soft beige head. Aroma was potent hops with spices and fruit and pine sap. Good body and nice, unintrusive carbonation. Flavor was dominated by the hops but with no apologies. This was an excellent IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2005 Major thanks to Wawood for sending me a growler of this Bad-Ass Momma Jamma of an IPA!

Poured with the most robust cherry wood and tobacco colored body. The head was enormously dense, creamy and leaving fat rings of whipped buttery lace from start to finish. Distinct aromas of caramel and grapefruit impart from the beer. The palate is near perfect; dense and chewy, creamy as can be. Caramelized grapefruit from start to finish, never overly bitter and never astringent. Subtle hints of molasses give a light smoky characteristic that is a welcome addition.
Overall, this is one of the most well crafted IPAís Iíve had! Thanks again, Winston!

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