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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This big, glowing, powerful IPA is packed with assertive Northwest hops that are floral, citrusy and resinous. A healthy dose of Munich malt helps to provide backbone and balance against the hoppy attack. The result? Explosive! Brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner and Munich Malt, Centennial and Cascade hops. 7.0% ABV, 75 BU

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3.2
TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 6, 2017
Bottle shared with Ladi at Bad flash on his historic last day at work. Picked up this and the IRA and had them side by side. both were disappointing honestly but I think the IRA was narrowly better. It’s a decent beer. Went down smooth but the hop levels were not fit for purpose. Picking up an IPA from Oregon, I mistakenly believed the hops would dominate.

3.5
Sarlacc83 (2404) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Tap at Woodstock.

A: Cloudy copper with a thin white head.

N: Grapefruit, pine, earth, papaya, orange zest, and pineapple.

T: Bitter and sweet, but mostly bitter.

M: Medium resinous body, biting carbonation, no alcohol.

O: Standard IPA, but one that’s a lot more refined than I remember.

3.5
Alengrin (5785) - BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2017
West Coast IPA from a 50 cl bottle; at more than one and a half year of age, this is clearly too old for an American IPA, but anyway, I promise I won’t let this get in the way of my appreciation of this Oregon micro brewery, which is completely new to me. Thick and frothy, irregularly edged, egg-white head, thinning but remaining closed for a long time and leaving patches of thick ’membranous’ lacing around the edge, clearly hops-enhanced, crowning a ’sunset’ orange hued, deep and warm golden beer with tiny strings of fizz here and there, lightly hazy, turning equally cloudy and even more intensely ’sunset orange’ with sediment. Aroma is already faded due to age, but still breathes the remnants of powerful hops over a firm malty background, with impressions of moist white pepper, old pine branches, grapefruit peel, ginger powder, dried wormwood, tonic water, old bread crust and dito biscuit, dried out orange flesh, faint hints of parsley, gin, lemon zest, straw, cold fried chicken skin, cardboard, soap. Sweetish fruit in the onset, traces of apricot, apple and vague orange sweetness but everything rather subdued, with a sourish edge as well as the first signs of grapefruity hop bitterness; carbonation remains very soft, a bit too soft even for this style, to my taste at least, but tingles very subtly on the sides of the tongue. Smooth, lightly oily, very supple, soft mouthfeel. Soft cereally sweetish core with a clear toasted edge, gaining some strength in the finish just as the hops, that have been developing in bitterness right from the start, take over completely and ensure a long, spicy, leafy, ’bright green’ bitterness coating the back of the mouth, resinous and tonic water-like with retronasal hints of grapefruit peel and pine, while some juicy maltiness peeps through in the very end; alcohol remains practically hidden. The aroma is clearly suffering from age after 1.5 years on a shelf - unsurprisingly, of course - and showing the first signs of oxidation, apart from having largely lost the more delicate Cascade and Centennial features it must doubtlessly have when fresh; still, based on experience alone, I can feel that this must have been a solid IPA when young, with a firm toasted edge in its malt department to support a strong, rooty and spicy hop bitterness that lasts for a long time. It is that basic bitterness that has remained firmly in place so in the mouth, this beer still behaves more than decent for its style. Too bad for the faded and withering aroma, I’d love to taste this young and ’green’, but from a merely didactical point of view, it is also interesting to taste an IPA at this age if only to experience first hand what age does with it. As for style: this is about as West Coast as it gets even at this age.

3.6
blackisle (2850) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle 50cl. poured into a pint glass. Slightly unclear pale amber, tall creamy white head to off-white head, good retention and lacing; aroma pale malts, grain, lemon peel, pine, wet hay; taste medium sweet and bitter, malty, caramel, grainy, citrus; malty dry bitter finish, husky and chalky notes; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; solid IPA.

3
batneil (798) - - NOV 22, 2016
Decent IPA. Tasty enough. Some hops, not overwhelming though. Not bad, but could be better.

4.3
asedzie (834) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle from PCC Fremont Seattle. Pours clear deep amber with off-white head. Nose is spicy pine resin with some caramel malt. Flavor is very big - a rush of very fresh tasting alpha acid-infused maltiness, just slightly sweet but also quite rich. Good backbone. Aftertaste is long-lingering hop resin fruity bitterness. Another spectacular IPA from my favor PNW Coast ale brewers. They deserve accolades for every single beer I’ve tried since moving to the PNW - Killer Green, The Vaporizer, etc.- each has its own character and each is a new, distinct and bold contribution to a world oversaturated with mediocre IPAs. I’ve stopped rating beers after ten years of seeking out the best and brightest- and I just have to return to rave about this brewery.

3.4
fonefan (51603) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2016

Bottle 500ml.

[ As Double Mountain Hop Lava ].
Hazy - murky matt - golden medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, sweet malt, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, caramel, sweet malt, hoppy, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20150928]

3.1
djd07 (15663) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear orange gold with frothy white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is earht and fruity malt. Medium mouth, grass, citrus, lingering bitterness, good.

2.3
DuffMan (10733) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2016
Bottle. See my reviews for Gypsy Stumper and Fa La La La that immediately precede this one. I felt much the same about this brew, overly sweet, poor use of hops, unpleasant bitterness. Of the three, this was also the most watery.

3.2
VertBaconStrips (2408) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - FEB 15, 2016
Interesting whatever thing here - instant impressions and mind tricks telling me this is a pilsner. Grainy, slight must, loaf, tangerine, light honey, weak pine. My hand is fairly infected with dozens of wild rose bush thorns that I keep forgetting to take out - I kinda figure that the body will just push them out sooner or later and I kind of want that satisfaction but this shit better start asap. The taste is pretty satisfying yet not quite what I was hoping for. Heavy on the citrus and seriously bitter, this is a goddamn light beer. Grains, acidic backbone, Sweet tasting bread, pineapple, some other things. Doesn’t hold my hoity toity attention span.


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