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RATINGS: 3527   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our flagship beer. A session India Pale Ale brewed with Warrior, Amarillo & ’Mystery Hop X.’ A powerful East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. THE session beer for beer geeks like us!

Tasting Notes: Citrus, cedar, pine & candied-orange flavors, floral.
Food Pairing recommendations: Spicy foods, pesto, grilled salmon, soy-based dishes, pizza.
Glassware recommendation: Pint
Wine comparable: Busty Chardonnay
In case you care... the average 12 oz. serving has 209 calories.

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3.3
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAY 21, 2005
clear golden pour, with an inch or so of frothy white head. aroma is sharp, piney hops. flavor is mildly sweet with piney/grassy hops. medium mouthfeel. a decent IPA, but i can think of tons i’d rather have.

3.8
brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Excellent IPA. Although I had the 90 minute right after which made the 60 seem mild by comparison. But in and of itself, it is right up there with the top of this style.

3.9
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 Aroma is hoppy and citrusy with kind bud accents. The body is a light copper and holds a very firm and lasting white head. Fore has a lot of floral hop flavor, sweet malt, sugar cookie and a very faint toasted accent. There is definitely a feel of quality to this beer. It is what it is a session strength (by American Standards) IPA. But, the fact that this is a quality brew is evident. It looks good. It is clean tasting. The mouthfeel is spot on. It’s just a damn good beer even if (like me) you don’t really appreciate the style.

4.3
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Pour is a copper color with a small white head...pretty typical of ipa’s. Aroma has hints of citrus and malt. Taste is sweet on the front end with a smooth shot of hops and fruit in the finish. Very good IPA. Sam and the boys are my personal gods....I love most everything they brew.

3.9
Palidor19 (3188) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2005
had the 90 minute IPA first, enjoyed that. Enjoyed this too. The head last very long Hoppy, but not over powering, caramel flavor. dont like IPA’s that much, but this is an exception

5
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Perfect IPA. I love this beer. The color is a golden copper and very consistent between bottle and tap, spot on for traditional style. A whipped creamy white head forms after pouring and chases the beer down to the bottom of the glass. Truly a sign of a world class beer. A beautiful waltz occurs between the rich malt and the hops. Spicy citrus, earthy, and conifer hop elements all exist here in blanced nirvana. Everything I love about IPA is here. The finish leaves the palate clean, dry, and crying out for another taste. For a bottle conditioned beer it possess exceptional clarity. If you don’t like this beer, just give it up now.

4.4
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
En fût chez American Flatbread, VT. Très belle IPA avec beaucoup de houblon. Le houblon est floral et fruité et symbiose complexe avec un malt caramélisé.

4.2
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a pale gold with yeast particles floating around. A big, quickly fading lacy ivory head. Smell is overwhelming hops and light grassy malt. Taste is bright and lightly sweet with a pervasive hops bitterness. Tastes of freshly mown grass. Big hops throughout. Round hops aftertaste with a surprisingly light body. Somehow, the grassy flavored malt holds its own against the hops. Very smooth. Would actually be a good session beer for my tastes. A very nice, very different IPA.

3.7
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Medium orange-amber color. Thin cream head which dissapears quickly. Sweet fruity aroma. Very bold and dry taste. Bitter, tastes of pine (like fine gin), hopps. A very nice IPA.

3.4
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy and copper, with a small head of tiny bubbles. Pretty much what you want from an IPA. The aroma isn’t as strong as I would have expected. Piney and floral hops dominate, and a malty sweetness works it’s way in toward the end. First sip is citrusy, bitter and dry. Yum. As is warms, it mellows out, but never really picks up a maltiness like other IPAs. It’s a good IPA, but it’s missing something to make it great.


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