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RATINGS: 1015   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This liquid dream pours a hazy golden orange straw color with a large puffy white two-finger head. First sip of this beer rewards with a super juicy hop presence bursting with fresh orange and lemon citrus then continues to introduce toasted malt undertones.

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (2030) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle. Yellow/orange pour, tons of carbonation and a light but noticeable hop aroma. Flavor is good bitter hops, a bit woody and kinda weird and skunky on the aftertaste. Not bad, but Im surprised to see it rated so high.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Sampled at the weekly tastings at Blacklick Wines and Spirits.Poured golden with a nice piney, citrus nose.The flavor was hop on goodness.A nice blend of citrus with hints of pine.Not overly hoppy and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (7458) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Sampled as a bonus at the stout tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 10/1/09. Clear gold pour with a thin white head. Not quite as good as I remember it from last year. Still good, but the spicy hop flavor is not well balanced and comes out with some oniony notes in both aroma and flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13259) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium head. Nice fresh hop aroma with lots of bitter resinous citrus hop notes with some floral, rye and toffee notes. Taste is toffee and caramel with fresh, bitter hops... resin, citrus, floral, leafy, pine. Lingering hop burn. Medium bodied. Strong carbonation. Excellent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2009
12oz bottle pours a bright, clear gold with a big cap of bright white head; a good indication of the freshness within! Great grapefruit and pine aromas, with a nice yeasty smell mixed in. Flavor is hops + hops (fruity, bitter, and fresh), and the freshness is clear in the amount of lacing and resiny aftertaste. Light mouthfeel, sharp bite then a crisp clean finish. Very drinkable and very tasty. This is a great IPA!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blaheath (16) - Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Golden color with lemon and pine aromas. Light bodied with minimal bitterness/carbonation/malt. Flavors of lemon, pine, soap, and grass all come from the hops but are also very light and floral. Dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopsandvines (61) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Pours clear, light gold. Good presentation about it. Aroma jumps out with grapefruit and lemon hop aromas with some yeast and fermentation character. Flavor is hops with bit of malt backbone that does not support the hops as much as Id like. A bit of toast malt flavor and the "house" Founders yeast character. This is a good beer for someone that wants a fresh hop showcase. A nice change from their regular line of beers. Good but not outstanding, retails for $10.99 a 4/pk FYI

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2012 Re-rate (10/24/2012): 12oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours a clear, pale golden-yellow colored body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is very fresh, dank herbal pines with lots of citruses and a few tropical fruit notes. A few juicy resins to the hops with a lightly sweetened, somewhat grainy pale malt backing. Flavor is just as nice. Fresh, dank, resiny herbal pines with lots of citruses and a few tropical fruits. Lightly sweetened, bready and grainy pale malt backing before this finishes dry, crisp, bitter, and fruity before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Light body and a moderately lively, crisp carbonation. Overall, a really nice, very fresh wet-hopped IPA. On the same lines as Surlys Wet, but a bit more juicy and a touch sweeter in the pale malt backing. Not sure which one I enjoyed more, but I really liked both of them (8,4,8,4,15=3.9).

Original Rating (10/1/2009): 12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, golden-yellow body with a steady rise of carbonation. Finger-width, white, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of soapy lacing. Aroma is extremely fresh and loaded with juicy, chewy hop cones. Smells just like when I add fresh cones to my homebrewed IPAs. Zesty, leafy grapefruits and flowery lemons. Medium sweet caramel creeps in here as well as a bit of papaya. The yeast is a bit zippy and kind of reminds me of my Belgian IPA. Very enjoyable aroma. Flavor is just as solid. A light amount of medium-sweet caramels initially greets the tongue quickly followed by plenty of fresh, wet hops. Like sucking on a hop cone. A medium, leafy bitterness stays even and balanced while the 70 IBUs provide plenty of zesty lemon, grapefruit, and flowers while never growing out of hand. Finishes with the same even bitterness before drying and lingering with plenty of fresh, leafy hop aftertaste. Lighter bodied and extremely clean making this extremely drinkable and huggable. Overall, this is a damn good beer. Gomers in Lees Summit just got this in today and it wasnt even on the shelves yet, so I know its extremely fresh. This is a pale ale done right (9,4,8,5,16=4.2).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
12 oz. bottle - thanks after4ever; cloudy gold with frothy head; lemons, oranges and sweet hop aromas; citrus and very little bitterness in the flavors; some floral notes in there too; nice dry finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2009 Scent is all bout the hopS! I love hops so I will dig in.... Bitterness is there for sure but not overwhelming. Thick frothy white head, wife says it looks like marangue. Tastes great if you like this style.


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