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RATINGS: 1256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Enter, if you will, all the glorious aromatic complexity of the hop. This big, bold IPA’s intense multi-hop kick gets a subtle dose of restraint from select Crystal and Carastan malts. For discriminating hop heads.

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3.4
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Draft at Ritger’s Hawaii. Decent hoppy aromas off this golden amber pour with a really nice head. Flavors were similar. Strong hops of citrus and grass of the finish. Not bad

3.6
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2007
12oz bottle. best before 6/30/07. pours clear golden-amber with white head. nose isnt very hoppy, subtle spicy and grapefruit hops. flavor is spicy and leathery hops, medium bitterness, and biscuit notes with cookie finish. this tastes more like an english-style ipa and a well done one at that. enjoyed.

2.8
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2007
A strange aroma really, my girlfriend said it smelt like a wet dog. Orange red appearance with a small head. Flavor is bitter, but not really citrus or pine, just a regular bitter beer flavor. Got a little caramel and vanilla from the malt, but this one is still strange to me. I would rather have a Mirror Pond or Black Butte.

3.4
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAY 23, 2007
A strongly bitter IPA, as much as an imperial. A good dose of malts to... problem is that the bitterness is not acompanied with a nice hop flavor, there is a very slight grapefruit and orange but not enough to balance out the bitterness. The palate is lightly sweet and tangy. Overall its above average but not top 10 on my IPA list.

3.7
Braudog (6804) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Draft at Eichardt’s Sandpoint: Muddy and red. Sweet malty aroma. Likewise, a rich and malty drinker ... almost mediciney, though. Metallic. Blood orange and tangy. Almost too rindy. Fruity, but not enough of the fruit, if that makes sense. (#2910, 5/17/2007)

2.3
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 Not very fragrant, smells more of malt than hop. Nice, butterscotch-tangerine color and clear. The flavor just doesn’t cut it though, just not bold enough for IPA. Has an akward, lavernder-like smoothness on the palate (I’ve noticed this in Pyramid’s IPA too) that to me is not suitable for an IPA. I want my IPAs to sting at least a little, and this one doesn’t. Overall, a mediocre IPA. Maybe these guys have their porter recipe down cold, but I think they should change the IPA up a bit.

3.8
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 15, 2007
draft @ Fathers Office - i like that this IPA has a bit more of a malt backbone. much more color than you average IPA. taste definitely is bitter upfront with a strong grapefruit hops flavor....go figure for a PNW IPA. at times, it was a bit overpowering. however, as the beer warmed the flavor mellowed and balanced out much more and the palate felt creamier. very nice IPA.

3.8
ganache (6032) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2016 Bottle. Very hoppy aroma of grapefruit with lychee, citrus, caramel, and dark-toned funk. Orange body with a lacing, rocky, creamy, tanned head. Loads of thick, almost syrupy hops in the taste, resin with a little grit upon swallow. Smooth body though, and full Strong bitterness with a light underlying sweetness. Very dry. Really, too hoppy. Definitely a sipper. Chewy, earthy, excellent. A designer dress but all business, too serious for frequent use. [2007.05.03: 3.8]

Bottle from VE in Boardman, BEST BY 09/21/16. This one much darker than I remembered, that orange more like a deep-dark amber leaning into brown, but still transparent. Rocky, creamy tan head. Everything else the same -- quite unusual compared to most IPAs, even today, and has this sort of uncommon dry brutality supported by chewy, earthy malt that most of the Californian standouts don’t have. [2016.08.06: 3.8]

3.6
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 26, 2007
12 Oz Bottle. Intense resin and hop cone pine sap, floral explosion. Dense and full of resin glands, in a land somewhere between grapefruit and cedar. Amber-orange, clearish, with soapy mass of golden-tinted head. Lacing beautifully. Flavor loses a lot of the initial hop character and slides into a more planty sweetness, with some wispy floral runs and a good candied hop cone sugar supporting. Bitterness builds over flavor as the beer settles on the tongue. Oranges and orange blossom honey perk up and join a nip of yeast and nisu for a run through the land of lemongrass. Chewy and mouth filling, yet maintaining and airy sense of drinkability. Rich. Filtering may either give it some fresh clarity and cleanliness, or reduce depth, hard to tell. Otherwise, nicely done.

3.2
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2007
Bottle: Some aroma of crystal malts and citrusy/flowery hops. Flavor is of citrusy and kinda spicy earthy hops and a pretty good amount of caramel malt flavor. A descent IPA but the hops dont have a crisp and citrusy enough character.


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