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RATINGS: 1559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We brewed this especially bitter ale in dedication to all the world’s would-be astronauts, in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day Massacre on the Brewery Party Grounds and also in joyous celebration of our 20-day suspension that following January. Do the crime. Do the time. Get the bragging rights. Cheers!

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2008
"Sneak Release" Bottle and served in my NB worthy glass, many THANKS Dough77 for this: Pours a deep bronze hue with a frothy head and produced very good lace. The aroma has notes of big caramel and toasted malt, crabapple and pomegranate, resiny hop, some herbal and almonds vapours and a hint of melanoidin. Really smells close to that of a old ale IMO.

The taste starts with a heavy malt profile showing off lots of toasted bread character supported by resiny astringent hops and some acidic fruit. The midsection is sugary and earthy. Finished with a slight hop spice, moderate alcohol kick and cardboardy oxidation. The mouth feel is sharp and warming and fits the flavor profile to a tee.

I really dig this the more I drank it, a complete surprise!! Maybe when it first came out it was closer to a IIPA or ASA but now this beer in front of me is more akin to an olde ale or barley wine. If you can find an Sneak Release bottle I highly recommend it!


3.6
NordicV (2515) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2017
Bärnstensfärgad öl med ett smutsvitt skum. Doft och smak av karamell, malt, tallbarr och citrusfrukter.

2.5
higgsbison (271) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2017
3/10/16 complex sith bitter taste while drinking but not too bitter. Finish is long-lasting and very bitter. Looking at reviews maybe it's worth trying again let it warm up a bit next time ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
SinH4 (6401) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2017

Tap. Dark orange color with tan head. Aroma is piney, raisins, some brown sugar. Taste is sugary, piney, some petrol. High carbonation. Not bad, but doesnt do it completely for me.

3.6
jmgreenuk (10109) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 10, 2017
Tap at the Ørsted Ølbar, Copenhagen. Poured a clear copper colour with a thin broken white head. The aroma is malt, woody resin hop, tropical fruit. The flavour is moderate sweet light bitter with a rich woody resin fruity hop bitter dry spice, light alcohol palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2017
on tap copper pour with off white head floral aroma taste is floral with sweet malt backbone lingering floral finish

3.6
hawthorne00 (4147) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2017
Bottle. Clear brown with an inch of cream head that fades to a cm. Aroma of bread crusts, boiled grapefruit, bottled cherries. Not much body, moderate carbonation. Malty but not all that sweet, bitterness is highish and certainly thunders through. Balance is more pleasing after a time - perhaps that’s the booze, although it’s not very overt for close to 10%. More fruity (cherries, mixed peel) than bready. Pine and some herbal notes at the end. Strange beer that grew on me - a bit old fashioned bottled English strong ale complete with boiled notes but still very American.

4
bigcat03 (339) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - APR 14, 2017
Bottle poured into a globe glass. Copper color with a sudsy of white head and lots of visible carbonation. Aroma is pine resin, lemon, and malt. Initial taste is citrus, pine, and a strong malt backbone. Aftertaste is a pleasant hop bitterness. Smooth palate with just the right amount of carbonation. As bitter as this was built up to be, I don’t get that. It’s definitely a big beer and not for the light at heart but it’s no double IPA.

3.2
benpickens (540) - Camarillo, California, USA - APR 11, 2017
Pours bourbon color with white frothy head; sticky tropical hop aromas; bitter oily finish.

3.8
MattShizzle (618) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2017
Bottle. Amber color - mostly clear. Mostly clean aroma with some malt. Definitely good. Strong, with a good balance of hops and malt.

3.8
Hopper8 (250) - Holland, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2017 It’s like having an IPA without the fun of the IPA. IPA’s can really showcase the floral nature of the hop and it can be really interesting. All this seems to yield is just the bitterness without showcasing anything interesting. Might try again, but will likely avoid.


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