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RATINGS: 1021   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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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4.2
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2009
This beer pours a light yellow almost pilsner like hue. The head is about one finger and it retains this for quite a while. The lacing is very heavy with thick white foam. The aroma is not particularly strong. The initial flavor is very piney and full of resin. The aftertaste is very earthy, almost a bit like a pilsner. This beer tastes very much like Bell’s Two Hearted Ale with some very green earthy notes to it. This is quite an exceptional ipa.

4.7
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 12 oz bottle from Princeton’s. Light golden color, thick foamy white head. Very nice lacing. Wonderful floral hoppy aroma. Sweet, citrus flavor with a nice hoppy bite and a slightly bitter finish. The "juicy hop presence" in the commercial description is a good way to put it. Excellent beer.

3.9
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Light gold colored pour with a large, fluffy, white head. Great fresh juicy hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, and wet pine needle aroma. The aroma is more towards the piny scale than grapefruity but has a great fresh, juicy hop quality. A little bit grassy too. The malt is sweet and bready but quite subdued. Would like a little more caramel flavor from the malt in there. The body is a tad thin with lots of carbonation and finishes a touch astringent.

3.7
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Bottle 2009. Pours a very pale orange with a nice fluffy white head. Citrus and intense hop aroma. Flavor is big time hops to start, very intense. Has a bit of lemon zest in the middle, and finishes with a nice balance of toasty malts and hops, lingers very dry. Medium feel on the palate, almost oily. Pretty good.

4
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2009
straw colored with nice white head. great fresh citrusy hop nose. moderate to low carbonation for the style. moderate to moderately low hop bitterness for the style with a ton of lingering floral, citrusy, spicy, and herbal flavors followed by a present but mild malt backbone with a very dry finish. the hops linger long after the swallow. a great IPA, probably the best founders beer I have had, especially impressive as I find most of their beers slightly disappointing

3.8
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - OCT 7, 2009
12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a brilliant gold with less than a finger of white head. Massive piney hop aroma, almost too "green". Some bready malt in the aroma as it warms. Big hop profile in the flavor. Bursting with hop presence. More pine along with citrus. A bit vegetal however. Very drying hop finish. Lighter side of medium bodied. If you are looking for a blast of fresh hop flavor, this is your beer.

3.2
DalzAle (2037) - 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 I’m surprised to see it rated so high.

3.5
DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, 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
JaBier (7871) - 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
Drake (13661) - 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.


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