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RATINGS: 1487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 93   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 15, 2006
Nice hoppy aroma. The color was a burnt orange with a small white head. The flavor was very grapefruity. The finish was pleasantly bitter because of the light mouthfeel. A good solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Strong resinous, woody, pine, herbal, grassy, fresh hop nose could be considered unidimensional or perhaps just focussed in its intent. Hazy copper coloured body is topped by a decent, off white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Fresh, grassy, spicy, resinous hop flavour with some tannins and light malt sweetness. Bitterness is lingering and builds on the tongue. It gets quite strong but never overwhelms. Alcohol offers an occasional counterpoint. Medium body with moderate to lively carbonation that is somewhat prickly in texture. Sampled on tap at the Extreme Beer Fest 2006.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle. Poured clear bright pale copper with a decent diminishing off-white head. Quite a strong pungent funky-resiny hop aroma to this one - we were thinking almost fear-sweat pungent, but in a good way - the opys just got funkier and more pungent, almost like sour crushed mint leaves - oh, there’s some sweetish malt and yeast here too, it’s not entirely 1-dimensional ... sort of smelled like a balsam Christmas tree after a while. Tasted mostly of hops (duh - look at the artwork!) - resiny hops, dry floral hops, still those funkified hops, I even tasted some orange pekoe tea (with a squeeze of lemming - sorry! - lemon) as it warmed and developed a moderately long bitter finish. This seemed almost creamy to me (body almost like an ESB), definitely astringent - really liked it, not the usual hop-character to it, and I’d love to be able to buy sixes of this ... ah, Ontarioa, land of bland beer and beer protectionism. Which makes sense, because if most of us could buy stuff like this, there wouldn’t be many (non craft) beers sold. I like to think (sigh).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Reddish amber pour with a nice off white large head. Aroma is cirtus and hops. Flavor mimics the aroma with some added sweetness, possibly honey? Nice even if it’s a little too grassy. Would make a great summertime porch sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Callahan09 (7) - USA - MAR 14, 2006 does not count
This is a good beer by all acounts. There’s a strong citrus flavor, hinted with a sense of straw. It’s a little bit like chewing on grass on a hot summer afternoon while rocking back and forth in a wicker rocking chair. It reminds me of the 1930’s, it’s a little like the moonshine of India Pale Ales. Overall, I’d recommend it even over the Dogfish Head 90 Minute.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
Double amber, IPA, whatever, it’s a terrific beer. An IPA, and not too bitter. Very drinkable. This would be a standard back home, thanks to Dan123 who will correct me, whom I enjoyed a good trade and lots of good beer in Atlanta with. Smooth with orange worked in..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Bottle: Vibrant orange, translucent, moderate to large off-white head, foamy, fairly nice lacing, light carbonation.   Looks inviting!   Somewhat earthy hop nose, not citrusy, piney, tho it is slightly musty and grainy.   Flavor picks up with some citrus rind, but remains a musty/earthy/grainy sort of hop bite.   Big body, moderate to full mouthfeel.   Tangy citrus rind finish.   Good, but wished it were a bit more floral/hoppy versus earthy/musty/grainy.   Thanks to zathrus13, pineypower, and jah noth for each sending me a bottle (or 3).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4414) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is loaded with citrus, lots of orange, moderate grapefruit, and light apricot. Pours a transparent orangish-amber with a minimal soapy white head. Lots of sweet orange up front and light apricot followed by a big, but quick, grapefruit hop finish. Hops fade quickly leaving a sweet citrus aftertaste. Very nice and well balanced IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper, see through, orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, oranges, and citrus. I’m also getting a little breadiness. Tastes of oranges, caramel, pine, citrus, and a little fruity. Not overly bitter and has a light malty balance. Alcohol content hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2006
This beer is absolutely brilliantly clear, and I mean brilliant. It is a deep copper color with reddish over-tones. The head is initially two-fingers thick, but seems to disappear to a thin layer fairly quickly, it is a pale tan color. The aroma is raw and hoppy, which is quite apparent even as I am pouring this beer into my glass. Aromatic notes of sweet grapefruit, lychee, apricot are up front, but there is a raw, grassy, almost herbal, pine-like note here that plays a supporting role to all of the sweet fruit-hop notes.

The taste is sharp and bitter from the get go. Sharp herbal notes hit the tongue as the beer becomes lightly astringent, and ends with a tongue flagellating bitterness that lingers on for quite some time. There are lots of fruity hop notes here as well, a smooth lychee, almost apricot note seems to lead, but ample notes of sweet citrus fruit are also found here. This beer is missing a lot of that raw, grassy hop character that one would expect in a beer like this, but I have a feeling a lot of that was filtered out. There is just enough malt here to give a touch of sweetness, which certainly helps with the fruit notes. This beer is quite light feeling and goes down easily, it is almost on the thin side, but does manage to live up to the hop character.

I can’t help but feel that a lot of the life has been filtered out of this beer (or perhaps it was never here to begin with). Don’t get me wrong it is tasty, but it is missing a lot of complexity, even for a hop bomb, that would make this beer quite a bit better. Luckily, I can be a hop head, so this beer is still quite enjoyable.

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