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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Our holiday I.P.A. Black, bold and bitter as hell.

Previously 6.5%.

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4.4
TonyDiUlio (679) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Had this beer as part of Beer Quest 2010 with the guys. This was beer number 33. One of, if not the best beer of the trip. Pours a dark amber. Aroma is hoppy and bitter. Flavor is spruce, hops, very woody. This beer was money.

4.6
Pwn3d (1958) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
On tap at the brewpub in Waterbury VT. Named after a cat whose pictures crematided in a Santa suit on the wall. Without a doubt one of the best ipas I’ve ever had. Juicy hopped brew with tons of lively flavors, overflowing with tangy wet hops .

3.5
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Draft at brewpub. Sweet citrus aroma. Cloudy dark brown body, off-white head. Bitter-sweet grapefruit flavor, and a lovely lengthy astringent finish.

4.8
groot (7) - USA - MAR 27, 2007 does not count
on tap within its home. this beer is one worth traveling for. pours a rusty red with a creamy head. best first sip in all of VT... aroma screams hops with the perfect malt backbone. hell yeah through and through.

3.7
VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Draft at Brewpub - Poured a very dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is very piney with some grapefruit/citrus also. Flavor is very hoppy (Yum!) flavor with hints of peppery mals. Quite bitter finish. Awesome... a true hop head’s beeer....

4.3
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 In short: India Dark Ale with more pine-tree hops that can fit in a pint. Intense, unique and just wonderful.
How: Tap at brewpub december 2007
The look: Clear mahogany body topped by a long-lasting medium tan head
In long: Intense nose of pine-tree. What a hop-fix that beer is!!! Roasted malts is dominated by an enormous amount of pine-tree type of hops and the body ends-up feeling like roasted wood. Roasted malts develop light chocolate notes in the finish. Light orange notes. The beer is totally unbalanced which usually constitute a problem but in this case the roasted malts work so well with the hops that it was just perfect. Powerful bitterness. One of the most intense bitterness I have ever experienced. Right now the main issue talked about in the beer community is the worldwide hops shortage. I now know who to blame for the Simcoe shortage.

3.8
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Cask-Pours a very deep brown withe a big beige head. Nose of PINE and some grapefruit and caramel. Light diacetyl. Body is medium with a really great creamy texture. Well Conditioned. The flavors are just huge pine and light caramel and bread. Finishes intensely dry and bitter with resins just clinging to the tongue. One of the most bitter East Coast brews ever. Really enjoyed it. Like a great Homebrew.

3.6
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Dense 1-inch light tan head appears irregular, but mostly lasts atop the darkest brown body with crimson reflects. Explosive hoppy nose blends with the expressive roasted malts and somehow avoid the overwhelming acidity trap to head into a tobacco like, highly leafy and piney, ahses-like flavour range. In mouth, it is obviously highly tasty, growing sheets of bitterness with every sip, obviously made to be the last beer of the day (which it was). Well roasted, foresty and aggressive bitterness can’t help, but create some astringency, the its level remains minimal. Medium bodied, well displayed carbonation mostly removes the gummy feel. Remarkable for something so far of my usual likes.

4.2
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
Very assertive, citrus, leafy, resinous, lime, grapefruit, pungent, almost catty hop nose is appealing. Clear but very dark mahogany brown coloured body with amber highlights is topped by a low, fine bubbled, tan head that leaves some lace as it recedes to a thin but lasting cover. Chocolate, cocoa and roasted undercurrent to the strong citrus hop flavour with very strong bitterness that never seems overwhelming as there is plenty of malt here to ffset. Liquorice flavour emerges as it warms and plays a nice counterpoint to the bitterness. Medium body with moderate, fine bubbled carbonation that engages the tongue. Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie.

3.6
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2005
Clear dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a thin light brown head. Interesting aroma of oranges, slightly earthy hops and malt. Good flavor of oranges, very strong hops but also a decent malt base to give some balance, the finish is very very bitter and lasting. The body has a light to medium thickness with a creamy and dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A good IPA but finishes way too bitter.


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