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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The descent from the top of the mountain to the bottom should be exhilarating. Whether it’s a gradual descent or a screaming race that gets you to the bottom, this beer is created to help you enjoy the experience.

Life is loaded with peaks and valleys, where we associate the valleys with the reward post ascending the peak. Like the flow of the stream slows in the valley, put the cell phone away, sit back and relax with this IPA, and enjoy the journey.

This beer is a hop lover’s dream that has balance you will appreciate. We created it for you so you can take time out from the rigors of life and descend to a valley full of hops – sounds good, no, great!

Malt: NW Two Row, Bonlander Munich, Melanoidin, Crystal 60, Carafoam
Hops: Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, Galaxy, Warrior

Brewed with a process called "Hop Bursting," resulting in a beer with a balance and quality that you will not forget!
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/1/13. 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade with many of the usual characteristics in an IPA (okay retention, good texture, nice patchy lacing on the glass). Pretty standard IPA appearance. S: The hops bring both a good deal of grapefruit peel/flesh, and permutes into a piny, peppery aroma after opening up some. Caramel malts provide the backbone. Very good, especially considering it seems to be a typical "crystal malt and pine hops" IPA I’m oh-so-used to on the right coast. T: I’m really enjoying the grapefruity hops that open the palate up. As the flavor progresses, it shifts from grapefruit to bright, piny qualities on the finish and aftertaste. The malt profile helps to keep things in check without overpowering. While it doesn’t really have any standout qualities to it, the finesse and refinement of the execution is what makes this a great IPA. M: It’s thick and creamy, yet dry all at the same time. Hop resins accumulate on the palate to a very pleasant level. There’s just something about it that gives an incredibly ’bright’ feel to it. O: It’s not particularly unique, but the execution here is top-notch. The beer of the month club I got this from has been WILDLY hit-or-miss so far (emphasis on miss), so I’m finally glad to receive a really good beer from them.


3.5
bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - APR 30, 2017
Pours hazy gold with a bit fluffy white head. Nose is tangy and citrus. Very tart with an orange juice note. Very carbonated. OK.

3.1
jgb9348 (6280) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2017
A nice slightly hazy golden and light copper coloured body with a small three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, grass and light malt. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour with toffee, caramelised sugar, grains and earth all noticeable and only a touch of bitterness, some sweetness from honey and caramel and a little earth on the taail end. Aftertaste is rich from the malt, showing some alcohol bitterness and a touch of grain, but no real hop flavours at all. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from The Liquor Collection in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii on 30-December-2015 for US$2,25 sampled on the train from Washington to New York on 01-December-2016.

3.6
trapped (3150) - New York, TURKEY - DEC 14, 2016
Can, thanks to 5000. Pours faintly cloudy copper color with large foamy off-white head, citrusy aroma, medium carbonation, medium bitter mango-citrus taste, smooth body, long medium bitter finish. Very smooth and tasty hops profile.

3.6
altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Can in Astoria, OR. Nose floral and grapefruit and citrus. Taste is floral, grapefruit, clean and crisp. Notes of citrus and lemon. Quite nice.

3.8
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2016
12oz can into taster glass from my cabin boys. Pours a thick amber honey gold orange tan. Nice melon floral aroma, then nicely settled hops. Taste is a nice flow of hops, citrus cues, grass, earthy notes. Solid IPA

3.6
GIJOE (1210) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Pours a golden color with a foamy, white head that stays forever. Nose is somewhat fruity: citrus with light pine notes. Taste is sweet with a distinct hop bite. Well balanced. Medium body; moderate carbonation. Quite good beer.

3.8
Panzuriel (2256) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Location: 12 oz can obtained through Tavour Appearance: Golden yellow. Firm head of small off white bubbles Nose: Pine, citrus and a bit of caramelized sweetness. Taste: sweet malt with a nice amount of pine and citrus hop bitterness Body: medium and a little lively Parting thoughts: a very nice IPA

3.9
nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Tasty brew from can. Relieved this beauty as an extra in a trade. Drank from can. Nice balance as advertised. Very enjoyable IPA.

2.7
nealblind (1867) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2016
gold orange pour. aroma wheat orange amarillo. Tastes doughy firmly bitter some dry alcohol bite. Sweet As Pale is way better. This in fact feels like a pale that’s been shoehorned into the IPA style.

4.2
polo_marco (332) - milton, Vermont, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Drinking a 12 ounce can. Scent is slightly off could be a bit stronger I do smell great citrus fruits with a nice hot exterior background some caramel malt. Taste is quite bitter starting off then a nice smooth lemony malty backdrop sits on your tongue for the perfect amount of time. This IPA makes me believe that there could be a good life.


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