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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A brilliant, dry pale ale with an aggressive hop character balanced with a smooth finish. A bold beer best consumed with a stiff upper lip.

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3.5
alexsdad06 (10636) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2008
12 oz. bottle puchased in Asheville. Pours clear copper in color with a medium sized fluffy white head. The aroma has moderately sweet caramel malt and moderate hoppiness (pine and floral mainly). The flavor is a mixture of much of the same: caramel malts with floral and pine notes. The smallest hint of fruit. Dry bitter finish.

3.3
KyotoLefty (10599) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 15, 2011
Draught at the Flying Saucer in Columbia CS, 2008. A bit smoky and burnt. Strong flavor of burnt sugar / caramel. Medium to strong hops, slightly strange, but decent.

3.3
phaleslu (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2010
Draft at Flying Saucer in Nashville. Pours a cloudy orange-gold color with a finger-thick eggshell white head. Aroma of caramel malts, grapefruit citrus, floral hops, and a touch of pine and herbs. Flavor of caramel malts, grapefruit citrus, floral hops, earthy notes, pine resin, and toast. Mild. Light-medium bodied, with average carbonation and some sweetness and bitterness on the finish. Not bad.

3.2
KimJohansen (10511) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
Cloudy golden with a medium white head. Sweet aroma with hops, pine and grapefruit notes. Flavour was very hoppy with pine, grapefruit and malty notes. Finished bitter.

3.6
sebletitje (10282) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2009
bottle. Pours cloudy orange/amber with white head. Aroma is fruity (grapefruit) hops with nice caramel malt notes. Taste malty / caramel, hops with grapefruit / citrus hops with light piny mouthfeel. Overall mouthfeel is sweet and smooth finish is a mix of caramel and grapefruit with light bitterness.

3.5
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2010
My Bottom Line :
Biscuity pale cereals support leafy and fruity hops, sculpting a sessionable India Pale Ale with a charming wooden hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam laces atop the peachy golden haze.
-The aroma could use better hop definition (more dry-hopping with different varieties?). As is, there is nothing that makes the mouth water.
-The mouthfeel is beautifully rendered; cushiony, never thin, softly carbonated, very drinkable.
-As an IPA in the US, this one will not get the praise it might deserve, but as an English-style IPA, this is spot-on, nicely balanced and easily sessionable.

Bottle.

3.1
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
12oz bottle, from Jungle Jim’s in Eastgate. Clear golden color, thin white head. Couple splecks of lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Not bitter, nor assertive like your typical IPA. Just a moderate bitterness, light sweet taste. Some light citusy, lightly piney hop. More malt forward, but it’s not a caramel, sweet malt, more clean and biscuity. As far as IPAs go, though, this doesn’t really satisfy in the way that they usually do. Sub par for the category.

3.4
blipp (9590) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Flowery hoppy aroma with some lighter piney notes. The flavor has light citric hops, some floral notes, and a light malty sweetness. Not bad.

3.6
douglas88 (9569) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Bottle thanks to emacgee. Pours a bright amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is very nice; fresh floral and citrus hop notes, lots of caramel malts as well. The flavor is also nice; resin-like hops, citrus and bitter, lots of balance provided by the caramel malt. Easygoing and flavorful. A nice aggressive hop profile and well balanced. Leaves your palate chewing on grapefruit peel.

3
3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Golden colored with a small filmy white head. Grainy bread and biscut nose, with an odd resemblence to a Saaz hopped pils. Flavor has a dusty and airy hop and wet grain flavor so prevalent in mediocre IPAs and pale ales: toast and dried grass, I guess it would be best to describe it as. Finished light and clean, but without much flavor other than a ESB-like bite. Certainly not a bad beer, but not close to what I consider a worthy IPA.


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