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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Chapter XVIII East vs. West The Great Brewer’s Guild Rivalry was coming to a head. The East Coast Clan, with their juicy, citrusy Grand IPA Philosophy marched forward, brandishing their Molotov-hoptails and frankly unintelligible accent. The West Coast Tribe, and their devout adherence to the hoppiest of hops stood their ground, hoisting pine bough clubs in their friendship-braceleted, chain mail arms. Neither side seemed ready to surrender. And there I stood, in the middle, quietly humming, "Why can’t we be friends?"

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3.4
Stine (1796) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2017
Almost fully hazed, glowing clementine hue, not murky but expertly edging right up against it. Citrus forward aroma with snips of mint and lots of honeysuckle and flowers. Brief whiffs of malt show up suggesting blonde brownie and there’s a dirty, urinal-like alcohol component that filters into the hop and fruit sensations. The flavor is leafy, herbal, softly bitter, with suggestions of green mango, papaya, dried lavender; in fact, many of these flavors present as a sort of less fresh and less vivid version of themselves. This sense of blurriness only increases with time. The tropical flavors are recognizable but not identifiable. The bitterness is at first soft and integrated, but eventually it is clumsy and characterless, recalling the sensation of chewing paper or licking an envelope. The body is soft and lifted at first, again clearly recognizing and reaching the benchmark of the style. The finish offers clementine and a mix of sticky honey and green tea bitterness; it is not crisp or spry enough at the end. This example to me is a good indication of the ways that the New England approach can convolute one’s perception of quality, just like the West Coast approach was capable of doing ten years ago.

3.2
islay (2958) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2017
Approximately 3 oz. from a 5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewery’s taproom in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Consumed on 4-13-17. Lightly hazy orange. Beige head, small amount. Nice color and doesn’t fall into trap of excessive murk. Wish more head. Pleasant but light funkiness in aroma. Floral and juicy smell on multiple sniffs, unfortunately. Rice scent. Vanilla and cream to dank flavor. Orange rind. Light to moderate dryness in finish. Soft and smooth in palate. Achieves the palate it’s going for, but that palate requires bitterness to make sense. Frothy. Far from the worst of this all too abused substyle but heading in the wrong direction.

3.6
theisti (4179) - Kansas, USA - APR 17, 2017
16 oz can purchased at Lunds & Byerlys Wines & Spirits in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Canned on 3/4 sticker on the four pack holder. The pour is a hazed orange golden with a smallish white head that leaves behind nice lace. The aroma is citrus peel, resin hop, and caramel malt in the back. The taste is the resin citrus hop, balanced with the malt that sweetly carries finish. The palate is medium bodied with soft natural carbonation and the resin bitter hop finish. Sweet lingers a bit. Fresh and clean.

4.2
BVery (11241) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2017
Tap at Happy Gnome under the name of "Insight New England IPA." Leave it to the Gnome to make up beer names. This is killer. Orange gold pour, not terribly hazy. Huge juicy citrusy aroma and taste. Slightly dry finish. Love it!

3.6
deyholla (12038) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Can. Pours a slightly hazy gold with an oily white head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a strong bitter citrus with some grapefruit, a hint of onion and light grains backing. Flavor is similar with grapefruit and bitter citrus with grains and onion underlying.

3.8
MNAle (216) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2017
Citrus aroma, with pine. Attractive orange, hazy/turbid appearance. 1 inch or so white, thick, bubbly head (from a relatively vigorous pour) receding eventually to a ring leaving thick lacing. Hardly any visible carbonation. Thick, smooth, creamy mouth feel. Taste mirrors the aroma, citrus and pine, with a strongly bitter middle and finish. Nicely done IPA, with a nicely controlled bitter finish (by that I mean it is not a palate-wrecker, but it is most definitely a bitter beer). On its own, enjoyable and recommended. I’ve not had the "gold standard" NE IPAs, but I suspect this one is too bitter to fit the mold. This does have the appearance, and it does have a smoother and creamier feel than the typical west coast IPA, but the taste pretty much follows the west coast model.

3.8
Ericular (1036) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2017
Pours a hazy orange with thin white head and sheets of lacing. Aroma is dank, grassy, pine forest. Taste is dank and fruity, then citrus, then a mild bitterness to finish. Palate is sticky and mouth-coating. Great stuff. Better than the West.

3.4
badgerben (5286) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2017
Can. Dark, hazy orange color with a medium head. Slightly woodsy and musty aroma. Moderately bitter. Somewhat piney flavor. A bit of dry caramel. Full bodied.

4.1
portableparty (2380) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2017
16 oz. can. Pours bright citrus color and hazy with a tight white thin head that leaves a wispy film and coating lace. Aroma is strong citrus pee armpit dank hops with light malt yeast all around. Taste is very bitter dank arm pit cat piss citrus lemon peel hops and biscuit cracker malt and yeast. Palate is medium dry almost mouthwatering. Very solid!

3.8
bookman10 (1179) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Pours a hazy, banana-orange color, with middling head. Aroma has citrus notes and some piney hops, along with a touch of grassiness. Flavor is very bitter, with some grapefruit/citrus and spruce/pine hops. Very bitter aftertaste and finish to this one. It’s really not bad.


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