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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
KINGPIN is a full-flavored, red-colored ale that uses a rarely-grown Willamette Valley Hop varietal known as Liberty Hops from fourth generation hop farmer John Annen of Annen Bros. Farm in Silverton, Oregon. Jeff and his team of brewers also used rye and caramel malt leading to a unique flavor profile; triple-hopped for bitter aroma and a unique dry-hopped character.

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2.9
ccex (1351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a clear reddish brown with very litlle head but lots of bubbles clinging to the glass. Aroma is primarily caramel and other sweet malts with some rye and alcohol present. Taste is sweet with only slight bitterness in the finish. Definitely does not taste triple-hopped to me. Body is medium with average carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Overall, a bit of a disappointment after reading the description on the bottle.

2.9
maekchu (4024) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from Village Wine & Spirits in Athens. Soft malt, rust, crushed leaves, and herbal wine in the nose. Reddish-brown, strong carbonation, lots of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. Slight sourness and pepper initial / mid gains maltiness and the the Liberty hops come out / mild warmth but little else in finish. Thin-medium body. Some unusual flavors here (maybe the Liberty on Rye isn’t the best match?)

3.7
AWISLguy (3283) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours an orangey-amber with a white head that stuck to the glass through the entire brew. Aroma has malt, caramel and fruit. Super malty to start, but down through the glass the other smells appeared. Taste is of sweet caramel and sweet fruits, with some spicyness and some citrus. Somewhat thick and quite sticky. FInishes long and sticky sweet - both from the malts and the hops. This was pretty nice!

2.7
ajnepple (6981) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours an amber/red color with one finger of off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. Faint aroma of toasted grains and caramel malts, light spices. Similar flavor with a light hop finish. Kinda dry. Medium body, pretty clean and crisp. Triple hopped? Not so sure about that. Not much flavor here

3.8
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Hazy cara-amber with a sticky lacy medium tan cap. Aroma is fruity with caramel, rye, toffee and citrus. Taste of toffee, caramel, fruit, citrus and finishes up moderately bitter. Malty with a nice hop zest.

3
hawthorne00 (4072) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
Clear reddish amber with a light beige head that fades to a coat but then lasts. Aroma of toffee, berries, pepper, some vague citrus notes. Sweet with bitterness gradually emerging. Some dark fruit with the caramel, some citrus and rye-associated spiciness at the fairly bitter finish. OK, but there’s little depth or intensity for a strongish beer.

2.4
beerpaw (9) - Portland, - FEB 5, 2013 does not count
ok, but strong... reminds me of Old English 800 or Colt 45 malt liquor. For me it’s a one-and-done... aftertaste of turpintine... not that I’ve ever chugged one...

3.8
Stevesie (336) - - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Triple hopped, double red sounds a little gimmicky, but coming from Bridgeport it was worth a taking a flyer on. Very attractive deep copper with about a half-finger of tan head that hangs around throughout. Superb lacing. Nose isn’t unpleasant but underwhelming for a triple hop. Taste is remarkably crisp and clean for a red and finishes with a nice little kick. One of my favorites of this style. The nicely cloaked 7.5% abv is a bonus.

2.9
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
12oz bottle---->tulip. A little on the lighter side of amber, verging on orange with a thin white head and tiny lace. Smells of cheap piney caramel and nail polish remover. Tastes like sweet onion juice with a floral hop bite in the end. Medium body with very little carbonation. This is a total disappointment.

3.4
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2013
(bottle) red with tan head. Sweetish malt aroma. Flavor is sweetish malt with some floral hops finish.


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