RATINGS: 2627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystalmalts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial. Theres a trophy in every glass. 2009 Great American Beer Festival American-Style Strong Pale Ale GOLD; 2009 Colorado State Fair Best of Show; 2006 Great American Beer Festival American-Style Strong Pale Ale SILVER; 2005 Great American Beer Festival American-Style Strong Pale Ale SILVER; 1999 Great American Beer Festival India Pale Ale - GOLD

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Peachy golden, with a faint but fluffy head. It sported a massive amount of chunks, pretty odd for this style. I dont think the bottle was very old, I got it only a few months ago.
Fresh hop aromas that burst of strawberries then the alcohol creeps in slowly to release notes of pine trees.
Relatively mellow carbonation, the malt tastes like cookies with a bit of cooked vegetables. The hops show up nice and easy, and slowly grow momentum, without ever going into excess. Almost no alcohol to be found in the taste, somewhat ashy finish, perhaps from the yeast shot. Not my favorite Bear Republic, but a nice sessionable IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
great ipa....very floral and piney with a soapy white head....i would definately like to try this side by side with stone ipa to see which one i would prefer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (3061) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2005
[big bottle from BevMo in SD] Hazy copper with yellowy, lacy foam. Strong hops aroma that is a bitter grapefruit with pine. This is one of those overhopped IPAs that has its nice malt character masked by a salty and sour US hops schedule, which attacks the back of your tongue and leaves you wondering if youll ever stop burping piney grapefruit. The bitterness from this medium bodied brew lingers for a while. Medium carbonation. Majorly overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
lovely citrus grapefruit hop aroma. Pours a nice cloudy orange with a thin white head. Hops, hops, hops. Eye watering hop finish - but do we really drink these beers for balance? Hop finish tapers off with some sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Those lucky pricks in California get to drink this all the time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Orange citrus and biscuity malts in the pleasant if unexciting aroma. Hazy, tan-copper coloured body with a low, fine bubbled, tan head that lasts and laces very well. Orange citrus hop flavour with strong bitterness that counterpoints the toasty malt base. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bottle (Liquor Mart, Sep-05) sampled at the hotel room tasting while packing to return from GABF with Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere. Resampled at the Montreal YEHa 2005 with largely the same results (7-3-5-2-10=2.7).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2006 Sugar and hop dominate the nose. Tons of grapefruit and chewy sugary sweetness. Orange with a tinge. Snowy, fizzy white head. Very bitter, but the the malt backbone is standing right there ready to put a boot heal in your forehead if the hops ever let down their guard. Fuller bodied. Man, this is a top notch IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Thanx to Jason @ Knightly for sharing from his private stash.Big hop nose and when poured is hazy and amber.Lots of hop flavor that was quite enjoyable.I am not a hop head but really liked this one.The hops had a hugh presence but did not overtake the brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brianwxx (2) - cincinnaticus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005 does not count
i got a keg of this for my wedding and blew away most of the schleps who didnt know WTF an IPA was! one of my all time favorites!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Ughsmash via trade. Aroma is 100% grapefruit hops. Pours a hazy amber with a moderate yellowish-white head with decent retention. Lacing clings to the side of the glass. Quick initial caramel up front is quickly combined with a moderate citrus and grapefruit hop finish. Slight touch of acidity in the finish. A hint of apricot hides in the background. Leans toward the malty side, but I like the balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2005
This IPA pours with a rocky off-white head with ring lacing on a cloudy golden body. It has a refreshing grapefruit hop smell with overtones of citric and pine hops. The smell alone makes my mouth water! A good earthy hoppy bitterness dominates this lively beer. It has a nice dry taste with a long body, as can be expected in an IPA.

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