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RATINGS: 653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
Hop Centric is one of a series of special limited-run beers in styles that are more extreme or unusual. This one is a real hop blast, dripping with the resiny soul of fresh Northwest hops. Donít come crying to us if itís too much for you; this oneís for hopheads only! And get it now, cause when itís gone, itís gone. Boo hoo. 22.7 Plato 100.1 IBU

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Real good citrus hop aroma. Body had a copper color to it along with a good off white head. Particles were floating arround in the glass instead of carbination bubbles. Medium to full bodied hop citrus flavor. Dry palate with this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2005
I really wanted to love this beer. The label is great to start. Secondly, it poured this amazing opaque orange with very little head and tons of lacing. And third, the smell hits my nose with an orgasmic sweet flowery hop smell that just drives me crazy. There is very little carbonation and feels flat and stale in the mouth. I kept smelling and smelling as I was drink to try to liven up the texture but it wouldnít work. It is almost soupy on the palate and would probably taste better at room temperature. The only highlight of the taste is the brewers yeast and hops that finally give back some sort of texture out of th bland body. It wasnít completely terrible, the flavor was unique and extremely hoppy, but it just didnít drink like I though or enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 Very cloudy dark amber color with smallish white head. Aroma is full of resiny, citrusy hops, with hints of caramel and cherry. Flavor is hoppy, dry, citrusy, herbal, notes of honey and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Bright, apple-hued glow. Mellow carbonation; soft texture. Chewy-sweet caramel malt flavors. Grassy bitterness. Dripping with pine juice. Overall, kind of stark and odd in some ways; flavors and aromas didnít seem to meld very well. All right beer, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
As far as IPAs go, this one was certainly not one of the greats. It really seemed to lack in anyn body or character beyond the hop profile. While I love the hoppy brews, this just didnít have much else going for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Pours dark golden/orange with off white head. Lots of resiny hops, very bitter hop esters, very extract like. Flavor is all hops through and through almost no malt for balance whatsoever. Great hop profile just lacks malt and body. Just o.k. IMO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Powdery, vitamin-like hop aroma, with hints of pine, lemon and grapefruit. The smell if soft, lke a pillow, not expressive like the best Double IPAís. Nice mouthfeel. The flavor is, well, like a high alcohol 1.25 IPA. Not very hoppy, considering the potency and style, in the mouth, this is equally as malty as it is hoppy. Butter toffee, toffee and caramel flavors, while the hops accent the finish, with a fine pine-like, bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted bread), moderately hoppy (resin, apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Poorly balanced, boring and one-dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
No head. Clear dark orange. Aroma is citrus hops, lots of alcohol. Taste is caramel, toffee, big bitter hops and of course alcohol. Finish is bitter and alcoholic, dry. A ho-hum beer, too alcoholic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4578) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
22 oz bottle from Sams in Chicago (Oct 2005), cellar temperature in a tulip. Lasting slight off-white cap topping a clear coppery body with hints of watermelon...big PNW nose, though hardly a "blast" or "assault", with lots of vanilla-caramel in there as well...very sweet, tending toward syrupy in its initial entrance, but big citrusy/sprucy bitterness bursts forth quickly and in the process dries out the finish and wipes out the sweetness, leaving a tingly but vaguely unsatisfied conclusion with hints of cardboardiness and stale rye...doesnít really work for me, alas.

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