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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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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3.2
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Puddintane. Not much hop aroma with this one. Minimal head. Somewhat sour finish. Hops presence felt more as it warms. Average IIPA.

3.7
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2007
Received in mystery swap 2.0, poured with a nice copper color, some floaties. Can’t believe this is 9%. Plenty of hop bitterness, but the malt in this one is just right,very nice aftertaste, clean on the tongue, Very drinkable, wish I could get this often, and I’m only an hour or two from San Diego!

4
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Tosa gathering, bottles provided by the Ohio crew: Hazy golden hue with a small frothy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of fresh pine, grapefruit, mango, pepper, clove, biscuit and earthy esters and vapours. There is a big initial hop bitterness and acidity supported in the middle by a sweet malt background. A nicely worked spicy finish rounds off the palate. The mouth feel is biting and aggressive with a dry metallic finish. This is really nice, once again Great Lakes steps up and hits a homer. A vastly underrated brewery IMO.

3.8
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Red side of amber with a large head that didn’t stick around too long and left a thin film. The aroma has a strong amber and caramel malt aroma and a nice subtle but strong blast of floral and bitter hops. The flavor has some more of that nice amber malt and a great big hop profile. Floral to begin with then a hint of pine and some lingeri g bitterness that is very flowery.

4
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Thanks for sharing, iowaherkeye. The body was cloudy orange with a light khaki head. The aroma was fairly subtle grapefruit with some apples. I couldn’t smell much else, but it was nice. The taste was rich caramel with some grapefruit and hints of pine. This was nice and balanced with hints of pine. My type of IIPA.

4.2
IMtheOptimator (1169) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Bottle generously shared by Dickinsonbeer at jjpm74’s gathering. Poured golden with a white head. Sharp aroma of grassy hops with lemony citrus, intense and nice. Flavor is a strong sweet malt backbone supporting sharp notes of grassy and citrusy hops. More balanced between malt and hops than the Wiillimantic and with more good hop flavor. Very nice and drinkable double IPA.

3.2
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, his bottle. Dark hazy orange, rust, really dark, thick foamy white head. Looks great. Weak aroma - some citrus. Very weird taste - all orange citrus, english style caramel malt up front and then wham! Spicy citrus hops. Reminds me of a UK style Barleywine. Almost tasted a little stale, but we confirmed this was a very fresh bottle, so I guess those are the hops?? Weird stuff, I can’t say I really enjoyed it, even though there was lots going on.

4.1
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Bomber on 7/5/07 at my brother’s house in Clevleand. Pours out a brilliantly clear orange with a white head that shows pretty good durablility. Aroma of fresh toffee with a lot of citrus thrown in. Medium body and carbonation and a nicely resinous mouthfeel and a bit of chewiness. Starts off quite malty, but the hops come on quickly with bitter citrus and a long very dry finish.

3.8
Skyview (6034) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting room. Pours a hazy orange amber brew with a thin white head that quickly dissolves to a fine film and white ring. Aroma of distinct grassy hops, a light roasted caramel malt with some citrus peel in the background. Taste is slightly fruity with the typical IPA hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finish is thick with a lingering grapefruit hop aftertaste.

3.3
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a clear golden body with an average white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Flavor of hops and caramel malt with a bitter, somewhat sticky finish.


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