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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with extra hops and malt in the English tradition, but with West Coast style. This deep golden India Pale Ale is artfully balanced with a fresh, powerful aroma and a luscious finish.

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3.8
stevoj (5864) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2018
Bottle from Whole Foods. Medium to dark golden with huge fluffy head. Aroma leads with the hops, some of the grains, light citrus. Taste as well is hop forward, lemon zest, orange peel. Citrus oil, mild bitterness. A hark back to the day when IPA ruled the beer scene.

4.1
orbit (329) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2018
Craftfully made IPA, beautiful balanced and smooth flavour, high on raisin and caramel, but also some tropical flower touches. Hardly any bitterness, this how a west-coast IPA is supposed to taste.

4.2
Bill Becker (1998) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 2, 2017
From Jan 2008 I got this bottle from South Bay Drugs & Liquors. It pours from 12oz bottle a hazy gold with a good 1 finger head of foam and it has a lot of lacing. The smell is very nice. Lots of hops there but equally strong in the malt and together, it makes for a very bitter-seet nose. I like. The taste is as if not more impressive than the smell. Grapefruit and floral hop flavours in abundance but the malt sweetness somewhat takes the edge off the bitterness and it's *almost* a complete balance for this IPA....nah, there'd have to be a bigger malt profile here to do that. Hops win flavour domination....by more than a nose. It has a good medium mouthfeel to it and the carbonation is fairly high. It finishes on the bitter side. I'd say this is more of an American IPA but it's reasonably near the ballpark. That said, this is quite a good IPA regardless and one I'd drink again without hesitation.

4.1
Navers (265) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2017
Bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow. Beer served in 8°C, Duvel Glass. Pours brown golden, medium head. Aroma is like a tropical fruit pulp, mango, pear, molasses. Taste is fruity, pine and herbal hops, earthy. Medium bitterness, long lasting in the aftertaste.

3.9
pachecoweld (29) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2017
Aroma of grapefruit and herbs. Taste is a good hit of citrusy hops but not as fruity as some other ipas because its more balanced out by a spicy, earthy, herbal undertone. Has a lingering dry bitterness. Solid and tasty, but not a home run for me.

4.8
corkyrory66 (2398) - BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2017
Une ipa à la limite de l'imperial ipa, puisque le niveau abv d'une part pouvait le justifier avec 7 % au compteur, et d'autre part l'intensité des saveurs est adéquate au style "impérialiste", avec quand même 65 ebu bien sentis. Notre belle a été médaillée d'or au GABF de 2002. Elle a donc 15 ans de route, et semble bien calibrée pour durer. Il est vrai que dans la ville de Caterpillar on fait des engins solides … Couleur caramel un peu roux (et pas mou ..), à la clarté nette. Bulles très fines, partout, à montée lente. Mousse brun clair, à flocons moyens, stable à 2 mm. Arômes de sève de pin, malt cara, miel de châtaignier, pointe de "vieux temps" (de la belle époque du vieux temps, et pas de l'actuel … Ce qui est un vrai jeu de mots, j'en conviens ..). 1ère bouche souple à l'entame sur la résine et pointe de whisky non affiné. Arrière-bouche à la belle amertume résineuse. 2ème à l'ensemble avec lichee, résine, ananas. Arrière-bouche très soft, malgré ce bon niveau ebu. 3ème au bel enchaînement avec du tabac brun. Arrière-bouche longue, complexe. La longueur donne beaucoup de nuances très élaborées, grande fusion résine/fruit/amertume. Jambes huileuses, mais collantes sur toute la hauteur. Levure un peu fruitée, belle ligne. Alcool correct, il aide la longueur à approfondir les saveurs. Finale dont on pouvait espérer un peu plus... CONCLUSION : après une très belle longueur complexe, on espérait un final plus flamboyant au pays des caterpillar … Mais on peut se fier à ce solide engin drakulesque … (10/4/10/5/19)

2.6
mephisto (1301) - TAIWAN - SEP 22, 2017
Draft in SFO next to some sorority girls talking about rager and parties. Decent brew.

3.8
MaBeer1972 (2204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2017 Six pack of bottles. Pours out a slightly hazy light copper color. Frothy off-white head settles to a thin lace. Light citrus and spice notes. Slightly earthy and herbal. Body on the lighter side. Plenty of bitterness. Some bitter grapefruit peel. Dry finish. Decent IPA. Update: Upgrade!

3.4
nickel (1263) - UKRAINE - AUG 15, 2017
Aroma: grass is dominant, notes of citrus are slightly noticeable. Taste: citrus and grass, probably some pine. Moderate intensity. Decent IPA

3.4
jls321 (29) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours yellow-gold with little head and lace. Light aroma with tastes of hay, grains, bread, pine, grapefruit. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall refreshing, flavorful and tasty. Good balance between malt and pine hops. Wife likes it more than I do. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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