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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Pushing the Envelope Extreme – An India Pale ale brewed with 755 lbs of malt and aggressively hopped with Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe and Columbus.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Hand bottle shared by moejuck: Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Aroma, piney, earthy and citrus hops, some pale malts in the background. Flavor, some caramel, huge pine and citrus notes, some earthiness as well. Finishes with a great bitter kick of piney, resinous hops. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5932) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Growler, courtesy of the incomparable generosity of KMWeaver. Thanks so much, man! Pours a gorgeous medium-dark amber with brilliant orange overtones, nicely clouded. Thick, creamy tan head that doesn’t hang around for too awfully long. Nice piney and orangey hop nose. Medium body, tingly carb. Huge blasts of pine and resin across the mid-palate, with a long, sharp, caustically resiny finish. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Date: 02/01/2008
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, Pre-Sex

Appearance: hazy dark copper, frothy off white head, many bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with huge amouts of citrus and pine hops,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, touch of grassy character, tongue scraping hops, lots of crystal sweetness comes in to keep the abundance balanced, long bitter finish,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: ***+/4

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Many, many thanks to Ken for the growler hook-up! Poured a lovely shade of deep coppery-amber with a creamy beige head that left sticky lacing as it descended. Juicy grapefruit, passion fruit, and spicy floral notes leap at the nose, riding on sweet, drawn, lightly-spiked caramel and toffee.. eminently balanced and enjoyable.. I smelled this for about 15 minutes before I thought to take a sip. The flavor did not dissapoint.. spicy citrus bitterness tingled the tongue upfront with pine resin and caramel setting up a perfect base across the middle.. the back-end ramped up the bitterness with grapefruit, pine resin, and more spicage representing.. the long finish was warm and sticky. Thicker-bodied and coating on the palate.. spicy, balanced, and warm, and not something you can soon forget. One of the best IIPAs I’ve tried!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Tap at brewpub. Pours a hazy bright copper with a fine lively mild carbonation and a modest head and good lace. Aroma is pungent with C hops- some citrus, and lot sof minty pine- as it warms some tropical fruits and some more sap comes through- has a moderate malt backbone- lightly sharp and sweet- reminds me of an amped up AB from the intense chinook. Flavor is also piney minty with a cold smokey earthy hop character from the chinook- sharp crystal malts are subdued by the pwerful intense bitterness in the end. Resinous and tacky with a cold alcohol burn and bitterness for the finish. This version said 8.1 on the board, and not the 8.8 listed here. Very nice DIPA, but still isnt as great as the other local CT brew- Big Hoppy from Cambridge House.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Draft at brewpub. Amber brown with a small head but tons of lacing. Aroma is plenty of citrusy hops. The beer is plenty bitter, no doubt with flavors of pineapple, tangerine and apricot. The first beer this reminded me of was Stone 11. As the beer warms just a bit, the alcohol really comes through. There’s no fuckin way this stuff is 8.1%. More like 10.3%.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Growler, thanks kmweaver. Cloudy unfiltered amber with a dense off-white head. Prominent tropical fruity Simcoe-Amarillo-esque nose - very nice. Strong malty caramel base - enough to support the boatload of resinous piney, citrusy, orangey, tropical fruity PacNW hops. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Very, very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Thanks kp. An amber orange our with a creamy white head. Extra special citrus hops aorma with malt making it seem semi sweet. Very nice fruity hoppy flavor with a very nice hop kicker. The hop bitter just continues to grow on this baby. A very unusual citrus flavor that makes this a very special beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Growler shared by kp at the footsex gathering. I thought this beer was really wonderful and was shocked to learn I was about to drink it when kp pulled it out of the cooler. Pours an orange amber with a small white head. Great carbonation and lace. Aroma has nice floral hops-very resinous and bursting with fresh hop flavor. I never tried the first batch, but I still think this stuff is pretty darn good. I was quite impressed and found this similar to my solo pliny experience.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Thanks to KP and CaptainCougar for sharing this one. Dark brown body. Strong hops aroma. Hops flavor, bitter, brown sugar as well. Not overly impressive, but not too bad.


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