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RATINGS: 755   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Hazy deeper golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Floral, pine and citrus. Lighter sweetness with a medium bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
A good though not exceptional IPA, on tap at Capone’s Restaurant. Big IBU, fruity and orange. Spider lace. Decent drinkability, however some bleach in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8313) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
Tap at Owl Farm. Slightly hazy golden pour. The nose is quite bright and fresh. Citrus and a bit of fruit. Bright and fairly resinous. Some orange marmalade and a touch of Spice retro nasally. Nice IPA

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8178) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
355mL thanks to tastybeer. Pours a clear orange with a medium, yellow, rockier head with nice retention and stickier lacing. Nose is fresh cantaloupe, honey, pine, cheesier hops. Taste is aggressively bitter, piney, sappy, no off character. Thankfully not astringent. No sugar or red apples. No orange candies. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized creamy light tan head. Good head retention and nice sheets of lacing. Really a nice looking beer. The aroma is herbal and peppery hops with pale malts. The taste is herbal hops, caramel, faint fruitiness and a bitter finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation and a slight lingering bitterness. Nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle at Endo’s house, cheers Frank, 22/05/13. Hazed golden amber with a thin off white head. Nose is caramel malt, pine, hops, bitter grapefruit, grass, orange pith. Taste comprises hops, big old pine bite, bitter grapefruit, topical fruit notes. Medium bodied with fine carbonation, big dose of agressive hop bitterness in the finish. I likey - SOLID !

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2012
bottle, datestamp 3/29/12. clear apple juice bronze. strong juicy fruit bubble gum / mango / tutti-frutti hop nose with a light dose of concrete mix / minerals. medium body with an appropriately balanced bitterness (grass, parsley, young squash) and sweetness (mango, papaya, bubble gum). zippy, zesty and snappy enough and light enough (even at over 7%) to stay balanced. not too sweet (for me) and presents the fruit aromatics of the hops well without any harsh resin character.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle marked 4/30/12. Pours with a crystal clear, medium golden orange hued body with a large, slightly off-white to bone hued head. Aromas are malty, bready, biscuit, caramel malt, pinenuts. Malt dominant aroma. Some floral, citrus, pine, grapefruit and light tamarind hop aromas. Low esters. Flavors are bready, malty, dry and lightly oxidized (odd). Malt forward, grassy, lavender. Medium bitter, some sweetness, overall bitter balance. Floral, citrus and pith. Quite a lot of toasted malt character with some biscuit notes. Overall a pretty reserved/traditional IPA. Low esters, some iced tea like flavors in the finish. Moderate to somewhat high carbonation, medium bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bottles from Capone’s and Craft Ale (also had the draft at Capone’s). Pours dark straw with 3-finger clingy off-white head. Nose is a great resiny, piney hop bomb, with tangerine, pineapple, and black pepper. Tastes very resiny, piney, with a huge hop bill, some mid-palate tangerine, pineapple, and black pepper, and a bitter finish. This one is great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
My Bottom Line :
This nearly crisp IPA sets forth grapefruit and flower aromas in a smooth body meant for easy drinking.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A creamy head of foam sits atop the misty amber shine.
-This might not be the most explosive IPA, but everything it does it does very well.
-Carbonation feels natural, which I like.
-Grassy hop resins conclude each sip in a tasteful fashion.

Bottle.


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