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RATINGS: 815   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the ‘twilight’ for the bright and brassy hops!


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Draft @ Cole’s. Ruby/brownish body, thin ring of head. Nose is big hop bitterness, some kind of honey malts, a little roast. Flavor is quite hoppy without enough to balance it out. Light roasted malt. Meh.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle, $2.25 from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours a slightly murky brown with a 2" tan head. Sour hop notes in the nose. Flavors of soap and sour hops. OK, not great.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fsbw21086 (333) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Very hoppy character. Aroma is of hops and pine. Complex beer that finishes sharp. Has a lot of character... grassy, roasted, pine, slight hint of caramel. Very hoppy IPA with alittle extra edge.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drdisque (526) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
On tap at Paddy Long’s Chicago. Pours dark slightly ruby brown. Flavor is too hop forward and dominates the sweetness and rich maltiness that is present, but overshadowed. Hardcore hopheads will enjoy this but I did not as I found it too unbalanced and harsh. Also, has a noticeably strong alcohol note.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThreeCats (567) - ISRAEL - JUN 18, 2013
Big tan head over amber-red body (thought this was suppose to be a black IPA?) Aroma of grass and lemony hops and some oxidation and chalk. Taste of big bitterness upfront and more bitterness afterwards. Roast and coffee (doesn’t come out in aroma much, but in flavor) palate hoppy and roasty

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocJitsu (957) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Pours a dark cola brown color with a thin mocha-taupe head. This beer was served too cold, so the aromas are muted. Chocolate and cola notes. A little flat, with a medium body. A lot if complexity. Chocolate, cola, vanilla, with a touch if bourbon, and bourbony alcohol. Cola sweetness and extraordinarily bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Best by 30NOV12 Pours a dark brown with a solid sheet of toasted cracker foam, the ale is surprisingly translucent. Lots of pine and resin in the nose with a bit of spruce character; the malts are toasted and like a brown ale: some tea character, a touch of spice and rye bread. Flavor is toasted malts, refined and soft bitterness and plenty of pine flavor. The malts are slightly spicy and a bit dry. Thin body with hi carb and a slick finish. This beer was worth trying, not sure I’d seek it out often. Serving type: bottle 09-14-2012

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2009
From a 12oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 47°. Color is a deep rich amber with good carbonation and a nice tan head. Aroma is a bright fresh floral hop scent. It starts with a lighter medium body and fizzy mouth feel that goes down sharp. Finish comes out of the sharp feel with grapefruit zest and pine sap then a bold bitterness. After taste is more bitterness as the citrus lingers on. Not the brew they described, there is almost no malt coming out, its just all hops and citrus.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (3203) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 29, 2010
12 OZ. Bottle shared with liveFREEorRYE. Color is an amber brown. Aroma is roasty, malty, hoppy and a little toffee. Flavor’s dominated by the hops, but it works well with the roasty malts supporting and complimenting the hops nicely. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is mainly hops. I wouldn’t buy again, mainly because I’m not really into hops. But I see why some people like this.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle. Deep amber, approaching red body. Frothy, off-white head, lasting. That’s the best thing about this beer. The aroma is malty with lots of toasted grainand raw grain and notes of caramel and cereal along with notes of resin and herbs and lots of dough and earthiness. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium body, creamy, thick texture, lively carbonation and alcoholic, bitter finish. The beer seems raw and unrefined leaving the impression of having chunks of plants stems and raw grain in your mouth. Not a big fan.


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