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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Formerly known as Hop Notch. Wonderful complex flavos, like no other, simply a great tasting IPA. It’s balanced, strong malt backbone, citrusy nose, with hints of pine and grass.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thetmaxx (732) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Aroma is kind of mild. But is citrusy and pine. Flavor is good bitterNess, and a clean palate. Finishes a bit sticky oily. Overall a good ipa. No lacing, clear.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark amber color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This a very good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2012
Bottled@SBWF2012. Goldeny amber colour, not much head. Aroma is fruity, wooden, herbs, mild toffee, some resin and quite zesty notes. Flavour is rather similar with a rather big bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear dark copper body with a one finger frothy white head that left a little lacing. The nose is fresh and bright with citrusy hops and some toasted malt with a light caramel sweetness. The flavor shows a bit of residual sweetness from what I think is crystal malt. Normally a turn-off for me, but it’s pretty minimal in this instance, letting the hops show through and do their thing. The finish is still a bit sweet for my tastes, but there is still a decent amount of lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with a slight clingy sweetness yet enough bitterness to scrub it away. Fizzy prickly carbonation aids the bitterness. Pretty decent drinker, but not something I’d seek out again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2559) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
Sample @ Stockholm Beer & Whisky 2012. Pours clear golden with a frothy goldenish white head that slowly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, fruity and tiny malty with crackers, grapefruit juice, freshly cut grass, orange peal and pine. Taste is sweet and bitter with grapefruit juice, orange zest, freshly cut grass, lemon zest, pine and resinous wood. Mouthfeel is smooth, round and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and bitter with grapefruit juice, crackers, lemon zest, pine and grass. Pretty sure this would have been better if it was fresher.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dphoxie (118) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
I have enjoyed a handful of these (on separate occasions) before getting around to rating it. I find its a very serviceable IPA, solid hopiness and good malt balance. there is nothing that stands out as fantastic, but its really good none the less.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (774) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 5, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours Pours a hazy light honey color. Aroma of citrus, pine, hay. Flavor is citrus, pine, tangerine, caramel. A citrusy and slightly bitter hops in the fore with a smooth caramel sweetness in the finish. A great IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HughConway (770) - Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange, white head. Lovely hop aroma, hop taste. Solid IPA

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2012
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a lightly hazed amber orange with a thin white head. Big sticky pungent hops, earth and grapefruit. Toast, malt, earthy malt and pungent hops. Bitter grapefruit, pith, lots of quinine and grapefruit. Tasty and well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2014 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark orange color with a small creamy orange-white head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was strong sweet and tangy pine and grapefruit. The flavor was tangy and sweet pine, resin, sour caramel, orange and more resin. The finish was long and tangy pine and resin. Moderately full bodied. Solid.


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