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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Our yearly Double IPA brewed with six malts and hopped with Magnum, Challenger, Goldings and brewery grown hop varieties.


2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Braudog (5596) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Draft at the brewpub. Darkest red I saw tonight, still only medium. Another seemingly out of sorts aroma with a hint of coffee. Definite toasted malt character, but seems extracty, if thatís a word. Odd fruitiness in the middle and an almost sour finish. (#4909, 1/15/2013)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Growler from the brewery. Malty, rich fruity nose. Itís got the bright, fresh yellow lupulin qualities in pine and tangerine, but then pushes it through with a good dose of maltiness. Flavors are good, focused on some sweet orange-y flavored malt and then plenty of warming, piney hops. A good balance, with good warmth. Itís not quite as hop intense as a lot of people might demand of the style, but itís solidly a Double IPA and doesnít confuse with Barleywine nor American Strong Ale and it manages to handle the malt/hop balance very well. A nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2248) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2012
This is a nicely malty complex DIPA with lots of citrus and spicy piney hops. Medium sweetness helps balance the massive amount of hops. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3605) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2011
On tap at brewery, big flower hop flavors, nice rich sweetish malts, dry finish. Not watery which I think is a common issue at willibrew

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2010
The beer I had this evening was definitely listed as containing different hops than those above. It was big and delicious. The booze when straight to your head. The malt profile was boisterous too,coming out in the finish with a vengeance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1827) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Draught @ Brewpub. This one poured a dark, cloudy golden color (although it was a little dark in the restaurant). There was almost no head but some lacing. The aroma had lots of citrus, and a bit of pine. It was fairly full bodied, and had a very smooth texture. There was an underlying sweetness nicely balancing the hops. Very well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (925) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Pours a cloudy orangish brown. Smells mildly of spices, pine, citrus (grapefruit). Slight booziness, but overall well masked

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Growler. Aroma sort of musty and tea-like with tropical and earthy hop notes trying to poke out from behind. Flavor has a load of toffee and nougat, always sort of musty for me. Enough hops to cut through and make it enjoyable, but not a favorite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Growler from the brewpub. Pours a murky dark orange with a small white head. Aroma of lots of citrus, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Flavor of rich caramel malt and a nice citrusy finish and hop oils. Alcohol is well hidden. Quite tasty and very easy to drink. Great IIPA. 8/4/8/41/6 [4.0/5]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Growler @ Paulís tasting. Poured a slightly hazed amber color with a beige head. The aroma is fairly hoppy with floral notes. Bready malt flavor with floral hop taste. Moderately bitter with a long "wet" finish. Medium bodied.


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