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RATINGS: 3172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Bold, spicy and menacingly delicious, this American-hopped India Pale Ale offers an aromatic punch and then follows through with a lasting, full-bodied finish.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jp1320 (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2004 does not count
If I had to choose only one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it. A true pleasure for a hophead.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BJM8 (17) - USA - OCT 11, 2004
YIKES!! Hoppy, hoppy, and even more hops. I love it. Just wish it didnít have as much grapefruit in the aftertaste, but beyond that complaint, a great beer from a great brewery!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Poured a deep amber (strange color for an IPA) with a good-sized off-white head that lasted a decent amount and left a lacing on the glass. Aroma is hoppy and refreshing. Initial taste has obvious hop bitterness but less pronounced than other IPAís, with a very subtle sweetness. It did not sit as heavy as other IPAís Iíve had. Body is fairly full. Overall, one of the smoothest, most drinkable IPAís Iíve had the privelege of trying.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Bottle from Beers of Europe. Aroma is spicy, hoppy & fruity. Tastes very hoppy, bitter, slightly medicinal, spicy and peppery with notes of fruit.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Huge props to Sancho for this one...right up my alley. Nice opaque reddish amber. Great malt....nice hops, with a wonderful mix of bitterness. Grapefruit and caramel, but neither are overpowering. Just a touch of sweetnes....great IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours a discolored dark rose. The head is dense and leaves a solid lace throughout the session. Caramel, orange peel and fruity hops on the nose. Oranges, caramel, cardboard, citrus hops and herbal hops throughout. Solid flavor and a very full in the mouth. An excellent IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2004
beautiful appearance, red coloring w/ white head, apple, alcohol nose, sweet fruit flavor, fresh malts, the hop devil himself must have sucked all of the bitters out of my bottle, b/c it was generally lacking in the hop area, which needless to say, dropped the points for this one, I really wasnít too impressed by this one.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Very good Pale Ale. Not to hoppy mixed perfectly with the malts to give it that unique flavor. This is a IPA I can drink. I was very pleased with the flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Bottle. Bronzish ber with a thin off-white head. Hoppy aroma (citrus), but not that strong. Clean, refreshing, malt balanced with hops. Nice flavor - caramel and good hop flavor (citrus, earthy) that causes some tingling. Big disapointment. I expected so much more from this. Iíd say itís no where near the quality of many west coast IPAís. Barely any aroma (for an IPA) and not enough bitterness. I wanted/expected much more from this - even went a day out my my way just to get some bottle on the eat coast. And there are still months to go on the freshness dating. Overall - better than most brewpub IPAís, but not the quality of most microís IPAís. Itíd be a good pale ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is a slightly sweet grapefruit and citrus. Pours a transparent amber with an okay white head that is gone in a minute or so. Not as hoppy as I expected. More malty than expected. Flavors are kind of citrus, grapefruit, and caramel without any of these being the dominant flavor. Most of the taste comes in the finish and the hops barely outweigh the sweetness. Rather dry. A little more hops or a little less sweetness would improve this beer, but still very good. Fits right in the middle of the IPA's I've had.


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