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RATINGS: 510   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7616) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Sonoma Wine Exchange, Sonoma, Ca - 12 oz bottle. Enjoyed this after a hike on Mt Shasta. Pours medium orange, with a light white head. Has a malty, yet sprucey aroma, very fresh. Has a very solid citrusy taste but not tongue numbing with too much cascade hops, very drinkable and it finishes with more a vegetable like taste. Finishes strong, chewy mouthfeel. Overall, a very decent IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b7j0c (10) - USA - SEP 2, 2005
rich color, great taste in a strong IPA. not as hoppy as i might have expected, but refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 This beer pours a hazy orange-amber color and is topped by a frothy, tan colored head that has a bit of a creamy texture to it. The aroma is predominantly citrus (with notes of orange, tangerine and a bit of apricot), but there is a back drop of a subtle herbal pine note. The beer is initially a bit too cold and has a sharp bite in the finish. The beer is quite citrusy up front, a bit like candied orange peel, but not all that sweet. The malt here is of course secondary, but adds a sweetness that accentuates the citrusy hop notes. There is a nice piney, herbal note in the finish that helps to accentuate the sharp bitter bite. Quite a nice IPA, I could definitely drink a couple of these.

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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Hey, not bad. Much more balanced than expected, has a more mild hop flavoring, and a nice malty aroma. Nothing really overpowers you, but they blend together well. Not an absolute favorite, but Id have it again.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Poured a dark and hazy orange-amber color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of oranges, pine, grapefruit and caramel. None of the aromas where overpowering and seemed to blend together very nicely. Tastes of caramel and citrus. Lightly bitter with a light to medium sweetness. Not over the top bitter. Lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content hidden. An IPA you could drink all night long.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Medium dark orange color pour with a finger of lasting head. Aroma is all about fresh hops. OMG the flavor is to die for! They somehow managed to combine the candied malts with the fruity hop for the best tasting IPA I can remember for some time. The fruit flavor is more of a marmalade than that boring, overdone grapefruit peel flavor so common with IPAs. Man am I scheming how to get some more of this beer, being that its not in this distribution area and I only had one sample!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Bottled Pours a dark orange color with a whispy head. Big pine and citrus aroma-primarily oranges. Grassy and malty flavors. Good, clean IPA

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours dirty orange/amber with film for head. Pine hop aroma a little muted, with big caramel malt background. Flavor is all carmel with some bitterness, but not hops, very strange.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle from Pailhead. Hazy light brown color with a nice compact tan head. Aroma is malt dominated with caramel and a touch of nuttiness. Medium bodied. Lacks in hop aroma and flavor. Malt is dominating the flavor. BItterness from hops is there and is lasting, but no real hop flavor. Fair IPA, too malt dominant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6527) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Bottle: Courtesy of Foolish_Mortal via trade. Tons of caramel in the aroma. Hops are barely noticeable. Pours a dull cloudy orange with an insignificant white head. Lots of caramel and tofee up front. Light banana bread. Citrus hops in the finish, but they are very subdued.


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