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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Release NUMBER 9 in celebration of our 9th birthday. Those of you that like Belgian made Urthel-HOP IT and LaChoufe-Houblin are going to love this beer! We borrowed some information from each of those Belgian Double IPAs and created our own. This is a 9%abv Belgian stlye IPA is complete with about 60BU and dry hopping with American Amarillo hops, the same as those crazy Belgian brewers.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 This is very good. Of course they didnít invent this fusion style, but they have pulled it off well. The aroma isnít as full or flowery as the La Chouffe, but still good with some flowers, citrus, and hops. Dark, cloudy gold with a thick white head on top. Flavor is not as intense as I expected. Some hops, also fairly sweet with more fruit and malt. A thick beer, and the alcohol is well hidden.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2006
Brewed for the Town Hallís 9th Anniversary(name obviously inspired by the Beatles), itís rather tough to categorize this. Americans created the Double IPA, expanding upon the English style. Then Belgians, first Urthel, and then La Chouffe made their versions with a local twist. And now, Mike Hoops has made the Town Hall version of the Belgian Double IPA. He calls it a cross between a Belgian Tripel and an American Pale Ale, so Iím calling it, for this purpose, a Belgian Pale Ale. Made with Belgian, American, and German malts, kettle-hopped with Belgian, French and Czech hops, dry-hopped with Amarillo. 9% abv. Poured into an Urthel tulip glass, No. 9 spills out a hazed, deep golden color, under a pure white head, slim, but staying. Aroma is classic Szaaz hops, (and others, of course), crisp, floral, honeyed, pale fruit, apricots and peach and bit of citrus. Softly spicy, very lovely. Starts out sweet, fruity, with a spicy kick. Lingers long on the palate, but no hop bitterness resides after. Interesting, very hoppy, and they dance a pretty turn on the tongue, but are matched well with juicy malt. Slight sting of alcohol bumps into the flavor and jostles with the enjoyment just a touch, but itís delicious. Rich with malt, juicy and tasty, bright and delightful. Medium bodied, but full with flavor. Iím loving it. Has some of the earmarks of the American Double IPA, and many of the favorable flavors found in Belgian ales. They nailed it, for sure. Drinkability is only limited by the higher alcohol. At the pub, they serve 10 ounces at a time, here at home I get 64 to partake of at my leisure. Ainít life grand?

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2006
wow. An absolutely delicious banana and clove infused tripel with aromatic and spicy amarillo hops. MUCH better in my opinion than the Urthel and La Choufe versions. I am very impressed with the versatility on this one.


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