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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Issue a small craft advisory: this South Bay Bessie-inspired brew unleashes a beastly hop attack amid torrid tropical flavors.

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3.9
GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2009
22oz bomber courtesy of ogglethorp poured into a tulip. Pours a super cloudy, bright golden orange with a tight creamy white head that recedes slowly to a soapy film on top with delicate lacing around the edges. The aroma is bright and citrusy with lots of lemon zest and pineapple with a slight grassy aroma as well. The sweet malts are there as well and have a slightly toasted bread character in the nose. The taste is better for me with the hops taking on a more pithy grapefruit character. What makes it better though is the hefty malt bill, which I don’t always want in a DIPA, but here is really lends a great balance to the hops. The finish is slightly bitter with some earthy hops but with a lingering malty sweetness as well. Very well balanced taste. The mouthfeel is sticky with citrus hops and malty sweetness. The carbonation is fairly low and soft but just enough to keep things from getting syrupy. This is an excellent DIPA and I was really surprised by the amount of balance in the taste. The light citrus hops are still the main draw here, but the balance is what makes this one for me.

3.7
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2009
22 oz bottle. Cloudy orange brown with a slim white head. Nose is orange, caramel and faint pine. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Taste is tangerine, pink grapefruit, peel and toffee. Tasty but subdued; sneaks up on you.

2.9
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Draft at Dayton Ale Fest. Pours a nice orangish-amber color with a nice white head. Good lacing. The aroma was caramelized malts and hops with notes of citrus, pine, and grass. On the palate, it is a little thick and it has a tiny bit of an alcohol burn. The flavor is maltier than I expected, not much of a hop pressence at all for an IPA. It finished a little bitter. Overall, it was pretty balanced, but pretty disappointing. I really enjoyed the Commador Perry and The Burning River, but for a double IPA, I am really let down.

3.8
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bomber thanks to MrBunn. Pours a thick viscous orange juice consistency. Aroma is not real strong, but is there in small bits of pine and citrus. Taste is pretty good, heavy on the malt and some decent hops and pine resin flavor. Smooth drinking. More like an IPA than a double. I could drink more than one of these as I near the end of the glass. The label wins it for me....very cool.

3.4
Bigmmartin (620) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Draft sample at Dayton AleFest ’09. I was expecting more from a DIPA. The aroma and flavor is quite subdued. Flavor is sweet and citrusy. It is quite balanced and the ABV is hidden, but it’s just an average IPA.

4.4
ZiggyDaMoe (7) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2009 does not count
Spicy, grapefruit, floral, nice honey sweetness with appropriate bitter aftertaste for this 22oz Bomber Bottle - DIPA.

3.7
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2009
22oz: pale yellow with mild white head and moderate carbonation. spicy and floral nose. flavor with some hop bitterness and a lot of nice hop flavor, of herbal and spicy and floral notes. problem is in the lack of malt flavor, there is some residual sweetness, but not much character flavor. am interesting double ipa, not great, but worth drinking

3.7
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 22, 2009
bottle courtesy of miketd, thanks so much! slightly murky pour looks as unclean as the waters of lake erie itself. aroma is of an old timey box of soap flakes and ’spring fresh’ fabric softener. there is a very pleasant freshness and crispness to this beer. very tart and dry style, not my fave, but pretty darn good. has a mild malt sweetness that balances it out nicely.

3.9
MrBunn (2867) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Bomber (fresh from Great Lakes today). Pours a light orange with a dense head and aromas of citrus (oranges and lemons), grass and a little honey. Flavor is very good... there is enough hops and alcohol to balance against the sweet malt and keep this from heading toward cloying. That said, it does have considerable honey sweetness, a creamy flavor and texture and a nice alcohol bite to it. Finishes with alcoholic warmth and citrusy hops. Very pleasant. (Oh... and props for the new label... it is really cool.)

4.1
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Strong grapefruit and cream aromas. Opaque orange color. Bitter citrus and orange peel. Creamed malt and some cheese. Rich and sweet on the palate with a sweet duration. Good.


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