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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Specially kilned Crystal malt and a generous portion of American cascade hops are used for a refreshing, spicy aroma, and a long, dry finish. Great with food, it’s big, bold, and bittersweet. Named best beer in Ohio and winner of a Bronze Medal in the World Beer Championships. Four Stars-Great Lakes Beer Guide.

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3.6
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 26, 2006
12oz bottle from Ohiodad. Pours a rich amber color with a small off white foamy head. Nose is sweet caramel malt, ligh tapricots, and some faint grass. Taste is malty enough for JoshuaB. Lots of malt, hints of apricots and peaches, with a very fizzy and bitter finish. Hops follow up the swallow and the palate is thick enough.

3.4
cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2006
draft. Scents of Malt and floral hops are present. Reddish brown in color with a short lived off-white head. Some fruit flavors, orange and some malty carmel flavor. Medium bodied with a nice crisp taste from start to finish with lingering bitterness. Not a bad beer.

3.5
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2005
12 oz. bottle. what a nice surprise. pours a burnt orange with a decent size off-white head. aroma is of cascade hops but i got a whiff or two of apple juice as well. flavor up front was a bit lacking but on the tail-end, it was a pleasant dry hopped mild grapefruit. Thanks to OhioDad for the bottle.

4.3
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours a dark amber color with a decent head that fizzled away after a few minutes. Smells of sweet malt, fruit and Flowery hops. Nice bitter hop bite, I can dig this beer. Full of hops and sweet malt, but mostly hops. If your not a fan of hops you won’t like this. For me the more bitter the better. GO BUCKS! BEAT MICHIGAN!

3.3
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Bottle from OhioDad. Pours clean mahagony with a small rocky off-white film and spotty lacing. Fragrant floral hop and pine aroma, resiny with a medium roasted caramel malt (cookie) and citrus rind nose. Heavy bitter and acidic floral hop resin and rind spicy flavor that goes dry with a caramel malt body. Medium bodied and dry palate.

3.1
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with OhioDad, thanks Scott!) A pleasant grapefruit aroma bursts forth when I first pour the beer, but that diminishes greatly within a few minutes, gradually degrading into a somewhat vegetal aroma. Solidly citrusy hoppiness shows lots hops flavor and a moderate bitterness. Very gently roasty malts provide a base for the hops, but again, a slight vegetal flavor lurks in the background. Body is medium, with a reasonably clean and crisp mouthfeel and a lingering bitterness. The clear dark amber body is quite nice, and is initially capped by half an inch of off-white head. A few splotchy patches of lace are left on the glass as I drink the beer and the head recedes to a wide ring. Not a great beer, but certainly the best of the bottled Columbus beers I’ve tried so far.

3
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Pours a hazy amber color, huge fluffy marshmellow like off white head. Aroma is feint, hops and some sweet fruit. Flavor is piney hops, bitter and earthy. Dry hoppy finish to it. Thanks Heemer.

3.2
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle acquired in trade with OhioDad (thanks!). This one poured all head (7 finger head vs. 1 finger of beer). When the head finally died down, poured a medium and lightly hazy brownish/amber color with the huge off white head. Small floaters. Aromas of light grapefruit, flowers and with some caramel. Tastes of oranges, grapefruit, and caramel. Lightly bitter with a light sweet balance.

3.3
IndianaRed (4633) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Bottle pours a deep clear mahogany with a huge fluffy light tan head. This may have been due to the glass being frozen. Sweet slightly acidic almost lemony aromas, not much hops apparent. The malt flavors are pale a bit drap and woody. Lke an old basement but not objectionable. Still not much bittering, fairly unballanced in this area I’d say. Still, tasty and easy to put down. Very lively carbonation and a moderate feel. Thanks to Ohiodad for this one.

3.3
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2005
OHIOHDAD, THANKS! I got a huge head off this amber body. This head would not quit, creamy and tan and foamy. Nose was malty and hoppy and earth. The taste was hops, and balanced malts, but the finish was watery.


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