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RATINGS: 936   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21286) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2012
Bottled at SBWF. Hazy deep golden, small head. Lychee aroma. Sweet and bready with medium body with well rounded mouthfeel. Lots of sweaty lychee. Mid bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Draft at Maria’s. Pours a nice looking deep golden orange, lightly hazed with persistent white head. The nose is distinctly hop forward, notes of citrus and faint resiny pine. Clean overall with a bit of an old school hop aroma. Big aroma. Faint malt. On tasting, it is medium high in bitterness. It could stand to be kicked up a notch. The malt is nice, touch sweet and supportive. Resiny hop flavors at the finish, not my favorite. A bit light overall on the palate which detracts. Still, solid NW style IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3850) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some spotty, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a red tinged, bright copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The nose smells of sticky, concentrated hop fruit backed by subtle cracker like and touches of clean sweet malt. Specific aromas of lychee, super ripe kumquat zest, touches of Juicy-Fruit gum, and lots of floral, tropical fruit / peach notes. There are softer, but still noticeable hop aromatics that contribute touches of pine, a bit of dank hop herbaceousness, some dusty peppery herbal notes, and even a touch of tobacco. The nose has a nice, ripe hop character that I expect to find in an American IPA.

Fairly dry tasting, with lots of herbal, menthol and woody hop notes, but there is still a substantial hop fruit character here as well. The malt is even more subtle than in the nose; there is a touch of rounded bready / cracker like malt, and perhaps a touch of toasted hay like character that just barely peaks through in the finish. The bitterness here is firm, but not aggressive, and the finish is actually quite clean with a lower bitterness than I might expect; but it does have a menthol and perhaps woody note that takes hold in the finish. The floral hop character and perhaps hint of malt character provides a note a bit like a fruity, floral honey. This is exceedingly light bodied and refreshing, yet has just enough body to support the hop character.

You can’t ask for much more from a visual standpoint from an IPA. Really, in total, this is quite a nice IPA; it certainly gives this hop head a nice hop fix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thetmaxx (788) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11915) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (22640) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5360) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3562) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dphoxie (120) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (820) - 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.

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