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RATINGS: 3985   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.

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3.8
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Pours a dark amber with a tan head. Aroma is fruity, nevertheless you can still smell some malt and hops in the beer. The flavor has hops initially, which give way to malt flavors. Good beer.

4.2
blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
Bottle. Ah, Arrogant Bastard, I’ve had you before but never rated you and now I get a whole bomber of you to myself! Woohoo! Pours a bubbly dark mahogany with a lovely large foamy off-white head -- it looks great! Aroma is a near-perfect blend of fresh citrus hops, roasted malt, caramel and spices -- man, that’s some good smellin’! Flavour follows the aroma but the hops are more upfront, way more upfront and I love it. I love the mouthfull of hops -- it’s a hop-party in my mouth. Not as hoppy as some of their other beers but there’s a reason it has such a great reputation -- it’s a damn fine beer and one of the best American ales you’ll find.

4
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Really very strong and rightfully named. Drink slowly and appreciate the caramel, tofee, and hops. The tastes mgiht hide the hops at times, but the hops will eventually reign supreme in your mouth. I’ll say it again, drink slowly.

3.8
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 Pours dark brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma is caramel with toffee and citrus hops. Flavor is initiallly very hoppy, grapefruit. Lots of caramel and toffee malt follow, but never wipes the hops out. Nice sipping beer.

3.1
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Bottle. Deep reddish brown. Mild tan head, somewhat slick, manages to stick around in thin form for duration. Overwhelming hops presence. Decent raisiny tongue feel & flavor. Bitter. Tastes like they tried to cram 5 beers into one. Arrogance is not a quality I hold in high esteem. This is an astonishingly overrated brew. I don’t appreciate consumer items marketed in a manner that tries to insult me.

4.1
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Deep ruby. Nice sized, bubbly, tan head. Aroma of piney and resinous hops, creamy malt, and dark fruits. Same flavor- big hops with strong creamy malt backbone. Full body, sweet and sharp. Very good.

0.5
rafalweb (11) - USA - OCT 14, 2005
Ouch. This stuff will blow your head off if you’re not expecting its flavor. The great diatribe on the back of the bottle is right....not everyone will like it. I liked it though. Brown, lots of hops, very strong and bitter in the end. An acquired taste, but once acquired, is quite enjoyable. Just remember, it’s pretty strong.

4
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2005
Tasted during trip to california. 65 cl bottle. No yeast in bottom. Amber to brown colour with a beige lance head. Nice hoppy aroma also notes of malt. A big mouthfull. Very tasteful of hops that ends very bitter and dry. A really good double IPA. Overall a great beer.

4.2
HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
Bottle (650ml). Poured deep mahogany-brown with a large foamy light brown lasting head - can’t fault it. Quite an aroma too - roast malt, sharp spices, plenty of hops, some earthy yeasty oaky funkiness keeps it from being too sweet. Taste has a strongly resiny hop character overall, but there’s roast malt, ripe fruit - almost like an average belgian strong with the spice muted and the hops ramped up. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, bitter but a tad flat. A little more bitter than ideal for ME, but a solid beer and I AM WORTHY.

3.8
IHCNavistar (92) - Orinda, California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Bottle. Excellent aroma of hops with a little sweetness present. Drank from a bottle, so I am not sure what it pours like. Flavor was strongly of hops, with a little sweetness and something a little like banana at the end. I wish I would have had more time to finish the bottle, but was too sleepy to finsh the pint. Great beer.


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