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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.8
MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Oranges, sand and resins are expertly balanced out by lean caramel malts in this refined and flavorful India Pale Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A fluffy sheet of foam covers the shiny amber.
-The hop bitterness focuses on the sandy minerals and resins that also appeared in the aroma.
-The healthy body is enlightened by prickly carbonation.
-This is not the most distinctive IPA, but its high drinkability, harmonious flavour profile and flawless execution manage to make it pretty outstanding to me.

On tap at the brewpub.

3.4
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Draft at Toro. Bright clear orange with minimal head. Nose is danky earth and sweet malts. Taste is bitter hop flavors of orange and pine resin with a modest backing of bready malts, touch of heat in the dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. A nice hoppy west coast IPA, nothing stand out here but a touch above average for the style.

3.7
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
On tap at HBC. Clear light orange with a small, off-white head. Typical WC dry pine and grapefruit with a hint of buttery caramel malts, which isn’t so typical. Buttery notes are gone in the flavor but there is a lightcaramel backbone, along with lime zesty hops. Dry finish with earthy bitterness at a 6. Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Very good.

3.8
nickd717 (4642) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Tap at Toronado 22nd Anniversary. Golden-orange with a creamy white head. Aroma is rough piney/weedy/citrusy hops and a little malt. Flavor is sweet pale/caramel malt with earth, weed, and citrusy hops. Pretty nice balance. Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. Great IPA.

3.5
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 11, 2009
On tap at Hollister. Pours with a small white head over a clear golden orange body. Aroma of somewhat dank hops and citrus. Taste is spicy hops, with pine, fruit and florals. Medium carbonation and low residual sugars.

4.2
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 On tap at the brewery. Wonderful IPA with nice piney aroma, nice bitterness, and enough malt backbone to back it up.

3.9
can8ianben (1538) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2011 A nice hoppy delicious beer. Subtly sweet malt backbone, but the hops really shine through. Big in the aroma - grapefruit and pine - and smooth in the finish. Not a harsh bitterness at all. Golden/amber in color, nice frothy head. Re-rate in 2011 - this one really is a fantastic beer. If you can get it during happy hour for only $3, it is an absolute steal of a deal. Delicious.

3.6
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Draft @ Pizza Port - Carlsbad. Pours a bright, golden-orange color; mostly headless. Solid amounts of earthy and citrus bitterness in the aroma; clean, crisp hop aroma with a very light malt core. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of dense earthy, citrus, and grapefruit bitterness; solid, chewy hop character with light astringency, if any; solidly hoppy, clean, tasty IPA. Lengthy finish: lasting tongue-numbing bitterness, light astringency, light malt core of candy sugar and malty sweetness.

3.7
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
On-tap at PP C’Bad. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber with a moderate white head, good lace. Smells nice. Clean citrus hop scent, slightly bitter with some caramel malts as well. Tastes citrusy sweet, orange and grapefruit. Slight caramel malt in the background. Mice, clean and sweet but bitter. Medium body, good carbonation.

3.9
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 9, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 Draught at the brewpub. Dark gold color with a sticky head. Really fresh hoppy aroma with plenty of pine and grapefruit. The flavor is pretty dry and hoppy with a definite pine leaning quality. Medium body. Quite clean and drinkable. The dryness mixes with an up-front hoppiness that demands your attention. Well done. 3.7. Rerate for cask version: I*ll give this a bump for flavor, as the cask conditioning seems to harmonize everything, maybe due to the great mouthfeel that softens the hops. Maybe I*m freaking out? Anyway, I*m loving this lately.


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