RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Originally developed for British sailors stationed in India, IPAs were aggressively hopped to help prevent spoilage on long ocean voyages. Now that spoilage isn’t as big a problem, we’ve eased up on the hoppiness just a hair to let the caramel malts shine through. It’s a big beer with big flavor that really lets you appreciate hops in all their glory.

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Travlr (27339) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle at the South Carolina BBQ competition. Didn’t really see the color or detect an aroma because we drank it from the bottle. Taste is slightly peppery caramel. Not much to this one.

djd07 (16675) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear orange gold with a frothy white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is floral hops and pine. Thin mouthfeel with sweet hop and honey with light bitter finish.

bhensonb (16390) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle from a Grocery Outlet. Pours clear coper with a white head. Light evergreen aroma. Med body or more. Frothy carb. Flavor is mild resin over some light roasted malt. It’s reasonably dry and finishing decently bitter. As good as many craft IPAs. Or maybe I should state so-called craft IPAs.

Ratman197 (16046) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of bread, earthiness,light citrus and a hint of pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, light orange zest and light grapefruit with a crisp dry lightly bitter finish.

Tmoney99 (15409) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark amber color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate balanced aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium balanced finish of moderate duration. This a good session brew.
Earlier Rating: 2/6/2012 Total Score: 3.2
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus, earthy hop and caramel malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate complex bittersweet flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration. This beer met my expectations.

BeerandBlues2 (14594) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber with a large, creamy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast and nutty malt with earthy and minty hops, and pear esters. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness with supporting malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

Dogbrick (14521) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Clear copper color with a medium foamy white head that dissipates steadily. Strings of lacing. Aroma of hops, malt and citrus. Light to medium body with flavors of citrusy hops and roasted malt. The finish is mildly bitter with a short hoppy aftertaste. Unmemorable overall.

Drake (14495) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2012
12 ounce bottle from a Kroger. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of floral and herbal hops with a bit of a soapy note. The taste is herbal and citrus hops. Pale malts. Medium bodied. Decent but pretty bland.

crossovert (14467) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
mundane as it gets. Sweet malt, insipid malt flavor, no hops. No character. Cashing in.

argo0 (14128) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2012
12oz bottle, best by 12/31/12. Medium off-white head atop crystal clear light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, some grapefruit, not particularly aromatic. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, some pine/grapefruit. Light-medium body, low carbonation. Reading that description, I have to wonder, wtf are they thinking? It’s an IPA -- if they want to ease up on the hoppiness so the caramel sweetness can shine through (which they do with this beer), they should make it an amber.

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