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RATINGS: 642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Bomber. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with plenty of yeasty sediment. A good amount of citrus and pine in the aroma and taste. A good amount of bitterness and hops in the aftertaste. It is not on the same level as other double IPAís if had but still a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle. Poured a small sized ivory head, fine-small sized bubbles, sparse lacing, yeasty, cloudy, no visible carbonation, and a brown hue. Sweet, hoppy nose. Flavor was sour and hoppy. Dry, very tingly, hoppy palate. Medium body. Very hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maddog (455) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2005
A good beer with a wonderful, floral hop nose and a decent body. However, for a double IPA, it needs to blow me away, and this one fell a little short. Would be a great IPA. Contained good aroma and good flavor hops, but the bittering hops were not up to snuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Nice light amber color with a thin head. A little citrus and pine in the aroma. The taste is a bit of grapefruit and a lot of bitterness. Not sure if that is 100+ IBU, but it tastes great anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Golden amber with a small white head. Malty and piney in the aroma. Body is piney and grapefruit with a malt backbone that is weaker than is needed. It doesnít blow me away with the hop profile and then fails to make it up with a malty balance. Good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Superbly made IIPA from, hey look at that, my local brewery. Some of their better stuff for sure. Pours a wonderful golden pour, small white head on top. Nose full of hops, slightest malt backbone. Flavor is reminicsent of Dreadnaugh, and Yulesmith but not quite packing the same punch. Wonderful brew though without question.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2005
22 oz. bottle. A cloudy rusty-orange pour with tons of chunky floaties and a big, creamy light-tan head that leaves lots of webbed lace. Typical I2PA aroma profile of sour, tangy, citrusy and piney hops. A little more orange present in this one compared to others. The taste isnít completely over the top with hops. Grapefruit, lemon and oranges are up front. Really sour and tangy. The middle is smooth with some sweet caramel. The finish is quite piney and dry. It lingers too. No hint of the alcohol at all while drinking. It hit me a couple minutes after I finished the bottle. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehinge (283) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 20, 2005
This might not have been capped correctly...had absolutely no head at all. But thatís really my only complaint with it. Bready, yeasty aroma. Hazy orange pour....man, this had a ton of hops in it. Taste had a lot of citrusy hops and caramel. Very well balanced. I would definitely recommend it.Too bad itís a limited run and Two Brothers is probably not available on the East coast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Lots of sediment in the bottle. The initial aroma was pronounced and pleasurable, but not over the top. Smooth mouthfeel and bitterness, again not over the top, but not outstanding or original either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4215) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Bottle consumed on 9/13/2005. Smells really hoppy. Deep citrus, pine-resin, some light fruitiness, quite perfumey. But there is also a distinct caramel malt, which mixes with the hops and produces a cantaloupe sort of aroma. Severely unfiltered, with all kinds of huge things floating around and plenty of sediment suspended in the liquid. Chunky, in a word. Transluscent body is a rusty orange-copper. Light yellow on edges. Flavor begins with a lot of caramel flavor, toffee as well, and is very sweet and wants to be syrupy, but a little bit too watery/loose in consistency for that. Very low carbonation. Needs more, I think. Lacing on the glass speaks to the unfiltered nature, but all of the hops oil makes for a very small, poorly retained head, yellowish in color. Hops taste of grapefruit, resin, perfume, lemons. No alcohol apparency. Good unfiltered body, but not enough interesting fine bubbles. Gets better as it warms, slightly more passable in mouthfeel. But overall, itís so boring and unoriginal. I guess everyone wants to try their hand at the Double IPA, but come on, put some twist on it. Not so here.

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