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RATINGS: 1577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Fast on the heels of our fantasticly reformulated Hops Infusion, our brewers have picked up the gauntlet and brewed a Double IPA using exclusively Simcoe(R) Hops! This west coast Hops was created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc. and carries a fantastic flavor profile abounding with citrusy-grapefruit, piney, resiny notes that pushes this Double IPA over the top. 9.0% ABV in the brew gives it a nice malt foundation as well. Draft and bottles, 12 oz. in PA, 22 oz. out of state (as we have no 6-packs),

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2006
clear amber color, tall foamy tan head, very frothy at the top. aroma is all simcoe! (at least now I know what a simcoe smells like). actually, itís armpit, damp pinecones. flavor is very strong and spicy hop, high bitterness. frothy clingons of lacing. there is a little malty sweetness to keep this from being one-sided, but the sweetness in plain, canít pinpoint. mouthfeel is smooth and alcohol is super well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 Rating #420...hahahaha.. dude, that is soooo cool... Draft at Friscos. Clear, amber body with a creamy, off-white head. lasting cover, excelent lacing. Big fruity, citrus aroma, very sweet, lots of bready malt and caramel. The flavor is loaded with bitter grapefruit, apricot, lots of malty sweetness, caramel. Medium body with a chewy texture and a bitter finish. The nice juicey hop flavor is overwhelmed by the sickly sweet body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 Clear dark orangish gold body with a moderate to large head and good lacing. Aroma was grapefruity and citrusy hops with light caramel. Also quite fruity. Flavor reminded me a little of Ruination but this isnít nearly as bitter. Good flavors and good balance, but something just felt lacking in the long run. By the end of the bottle, I donít want to drink this anymore. I guess I prefer the other American varieties. This isnít bad, but itís not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Pour was a thick, darker amber/brown color with a large foamy head. Aroma was huge citrus, sweet pineapple, and earthy hops. Flavors were big citrus, with a small hint of barnyard funk and carmel. Already a great beer, but the finish really knocks it up a couple of notches. I could taste the resiny grapefruit and pineapple for about an hour or so after finishing the glass. So glad this wasnít a disappointment!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle: Dark amber pour, big off white head. Aroma is loaded with citrus and pine. Flavor gives a nice carmelly malt presence up front, followed by a nice piney, citrus bitterness. The hops linger on the palate very nicely. A little more in balance than what I was hoping for, but I do love simcoe hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Citrus nose, light amber body, light malts, and a potent grapefruit and pine flavor. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2006
(draft) Pillowy off-white head with nice lacing, topping a lightly hazed amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple, grapefruit, some peach. Taste is moderately sweet, pineapple, grapefruit/herbal, some peach, caramel, chocolate, light alcohol. Smooth and chewy medium-full body. Easily my favorite from this brewery, and a great take on the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (994) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2006 On tap at Mahars. Very dissapointed. Poured straw yellow with a quick dissapating head. Aroma was nice and hoppy. Flavor was very subtle and only a bit bitter, like gin bitter, not like hops. Body was very thin too. UPDATE - Wow, keg musta been bad because bottle is great, thick body with a great bubblegum and gin flavor, yum!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle from Stockertown Distributing (only one case left!). I havenít been this thrown from a hoppy bitter strong beer since I had troegís Nugget Nectar a few months back. The aroma is so strong and floral I can almost sip it. In the taste, there seems to be a bitter hoppy piney twig note which is balanced by a pleasant soft mouthfeel and that trademark Weyerbacher maltiness Iíve sampled in their other beers. The citrus tones which smack of grapefruit also help balance out the hoppy blast. The only thing Iím not a fan of is the bitter tones in the aftertaste which come out less when the beer is colder. I canít imagine this on draft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6301) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2006
12 ounce bottle and served in my GI IPA tulip: Poured a surprisingly deep amber hue topped my a lasting creamy head and excellent lace. The aroma is in a nutshell, pure juicy Simcoe hops, hooray for hops!!! Grapefruity, piney, and resiny for sure but there is a vapor of bready pale malt there as well.

The taste is shockingly BALANCED! Again, the hop shines through but there is more than enough malt to counter the bitterness. This is what single hopping is all about, displaying the true nature of the Lupilin without crushing your palate. Well done and this from a non-hophead. I like this more than Victory Hop Wallop !!


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