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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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Bronzan (158) - Windsor, California, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Nice and crisp with a bit of a toasty bite. Not sweet, but not terribly bitter either...quite smooth in fact. Average carbonation and a fairly abrupt finish.

Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Habersham Liquors. It pours a deep hazy amber color with a small, light tan head. The nose is very malty with notes of bread, apple, pear, and alcohol. The flavor has lots of apple, alcohol, and bittering hops in this brew. The rye adds a different characteristic. Brash and forward, this one doesn’t come together well. Some raisin and dried fruit come out as the brew warms. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

rollinsr (852) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours a clear ruby amber with with light colored head. Smell is nice and fruity with some hints of citrus and banana. Taste is more bittersweet banana and clove notes. Very slight funk in the aftertaste but all in all a pretty good beer.

arminjewell (9744) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pours clear orange-red with nice off white head, aroma has nice notes of rye, biscuit, toffee with some spice, grass and pine hops to back it, touch of earth in there as well. Taste is nice spice, rye, grass, some slight metallic notes, goes into more rye, toffee and caramel, finishing slightly bitter.

Ibrew2or3 (8989) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2011
12oz bottle that I could tell was at the correct temperature just by placing my finger on it and actually touching it. This beer clearly lacks a slick gimmicky label scheme to relieve me of the need to actually touch the bottle, . . . ICK!! Well, it pours clear amber with a rutty red tint and white head. The aroma has bold sweet dark fruity esters, some caramel candy and a sense of earthiness. The taste delivers prunes, cherries and some raisin. These notes mix with some roasted malts, some chocolate malts and a bit of earthiness. I also get a bit of spicy hops here and there too. Seems like an estery old school brew.

jmohno (1681) - Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2011 Wow,low ratings. This is a nice roasty red ale-maybe people dont know what a red ale i s suppose to be like. Right away aroma is very malty sweet with english,some hop-herbal spice aroma type Mineral aroma after the short malt aroma.Flavor is classic red ale pretty roasty and bitter towards the end,hop flavor is robust very grassy bittering. With the caramel you get a almost burnt like carmel with a robust hop bitter med-light body and dry with a pronounced dark bitter(Maybe the hops) finish.I didnt get much of a hop aroma but alot of it in flavor and bittering. Pretty good red ale.Lots of yeast floaties and hop aroma has lost its way probably from shelf life. Overall its a pretty herbal bittered beer with a very dry robust dark /burnt roast taste going on with maybe some clashing citrus. This is slightly not decent,there is this love/hate thing about this beer. I think maybe the finish has this odd citrus burnt bitterness also,like a dark burnt roasted citrus,kind of harsh and odd,but not bad at the same time.

michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Ick. Color is fine, head is fine, aroma is uninteresting. Tastes bitter and harsh. Has a long bitter finish. I didn’t find anything here that was interesting or tasty. Really, a beer that is below boring, which is to say, it was unappealing.

Syzzer (736) - Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2011
This was surprisingly hoppy but I was slightly disappointed at the quick finish. This is a good beer

jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2011
(draft 5/25/11). Clear amber color. Small off white head. Light sweet malt aroma. Flavor of the same, wtih moderate alcohol and light hops. Avg duration. Moderate alcohol finish with light bitterness. Slick texture. Soft to moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

Hangover (1156) - oxford, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Copper pour with a very large tan head. Very malty aroma with some woodsy notes. Medium bodied and carbonation. Malt forward flavor but quickly becomes pretty hoppy, strong and bitter. Some toasted malt/oak seems to come out towards the finish. Seems to have all the pieces there but it’s a bit disjointed, maybe a bit too much grapefruit for the malt profile?

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