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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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You may remember our recent single hop Pale Ale, Scratch #100, brewed with an experimental hop variety known as El Dorado. Well, we decided to revisit this hop again, but this time we decided to go bigger… and bitter! The result is a hefty IPA bursting with juicy tropical and zesty citrus fruits flavors. But make no mistake! At only 66 IBUs (moderate by today’s standards), you can still enjoy the potent hop characteristics without completely destroying your taste buds. The variety of lighter malts lends a bit of balancing sweetness and prevents this IPA from going over the top. Enjoy a pint before it disappears. Your palate will thank you!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
12 oz. snifter at Fat Head's 9/1/13. Big lemon candy scent on a bronze pour with little head. Medium bodied feel. Big lemon candy taste, as if drinking the scent of Mr. Clean, with a bitter hop note in the middle, and a pineapple citrus finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2013
On tap. Pours a dark red-orange with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel malt, grassy hops, bitter hops, light citrus. Flavor of light pale malts, light citrus, grassy hops, with hop oils in the finish. A nice IIPA, alcohol is well hidden. 8/4/8/4/14 (3.8/5)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Orange amber color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of tropical fruits, melon, citrus, toast, some toffee, and light pine. Taste of citrus, pine, melon, light tropical fruits, toast, and a bitter hop finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Pours amber with a deep orange hue, a bit hazy with a medium creamy white head. Aroma is too faint, maybe El Dorado is a subtle hop? It has faint citrus sweetness on the nose. Flavor is there thought to save the beer bringing juicy oranges and the bitterness is muted nicely. Body is not too big, just right.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours copper orange with a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a small ring around the outer edges, leaving sticky trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of sticky pine resin, caramel and toffee from the crystal malt, very light fruitiness, some candied sugar and a touch of booze. Based on the description and the previous single hop pale ale using the same hops I was expecting a lot more fruitiness from this one.

T - Starts off with some strong candied sugar and caramel sweetness that never really goes away. The El Dorado and Centennial hops add in some nice fruitiness and a nice floral component. There is a bit of light spiciness as well but the sweetness is just a little too strong for them to shine through. Finish is pretty sweet with some light fruitiness, not lingering on the palate for very long after consumption. Second offering was more balanced but still too sweet overall.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. First time I had this one it was super sweet while the second time was more balanced. It has a decent feel for an IPA but the flavors just aren’t working for me.

O - I think this one is ok. First time I had it I pretty much hated it, it was WAY too sweet, second time was better but still nothing world class by any means. It is not a bad beer by any means, but lets not make it out to be something it isn’t.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (1940) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 28, 2013
On tap 4 oz. sample/flight at the Troeg's tasting room in Hersheypark, PA. Clean, medium amber-copper with a small off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of pine, tropical fruit, sweet floral hops and sweet malt. Taste of pine, floral hops, light fruit, citrus, herbal hops and light malt. Light/medium body and medium carbonation with a thin mouthfeel that is uncharacteristic of an IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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