RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Made especially for our friend Bob Brenlin, proprietor of the Latona, Hopvine and Fiddler’s Inn Pubs in Seattle, this is the unleashing of hops in your face, and nose, and tongue and mouth! BIG AND HOPPY! Ingredients: Maris Otter and Munich Malts, Horizon and Amarillo Hops, PacMan Yeast, Free Range Cascade Water.

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fiery1 (1587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2017
Draught @ Rogue Ales Issaquah Brewhouse. Pours a clear amber copper colour with a white head. Nose has mix of a big malty sweet notes. Flavour is upfront malts with a moderate hop bitterness. Something about that malt character just isn’t doing it for me.

Ferris (16295) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2017
Draft - Sweet and malty. Clear Amber with a decent white head. Sweet and malty with a minimal hop profile. Too sweet.

andrewje41 (4156) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Draft pour at the Issaquah brew house. Listed simply as Issaquah Brewhouse Contraband. Pours a dark copper color with a ton of head and lace. Over the top sweet malt aroma. Super sweet. Flavor still sweet, but much less intense. Flavorful. Nice hop presence. I guess this was brewed specially for the 3 pubs, but I’m glad I could try it here. Overall a good IPA.

BillKismet (4103) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2013
On tap handle called Contraband XXXIIPA. Copper-tanned body with decent head. Pungent, grapefruity and leafy co-humulone nose. Lovely blend of musky summer air and piquant grapefruit with a pinch of grass. The body is more grassy and bitter. Not as leafy, but some grapefruit still evident. Slight metallic bitter finish. Solid overall.

ACHops (1614) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2012
On tap @ Latona Pub. Pours medium amber with thin head. Light hoppy aroma but huge hop taste - floral, fruity, bitter. Pleasant malt body that sits in the background and lets the hops shine. Very drinkable and honestly compares favorably to many of Rogue’s IPA efforts.

3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
draft. lightly hazed bronze body, white head. bright fruit cocktail nose with mostly clean yeast and light caramel malt sweetness. hop-focused and appropriately bitter and acidic which tempers the caramel sweetness. frothy and a little too chewy and big for it’s own good. dry it out a little and bring it down to around 6% and let the fresh, dank hops shine more.

Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
On tap at the brewery 8-6-10. Pours a hazy deep gold with a thin white head. Bold hop flavors of citrus - grapefruit, lemon and tangerine. Malt is clean and dry with a slight biscuit note, but hop flavor dominates. Dry finish with lingering hop bitterness. A good IPA, a bit on the thin and dry side making the hops really in your face.

19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Cask conditioned. Sticky sweet syrupy caramel malt body. Stale hop character that was heavily piney, funked citrus, and vegetative on arrival. Messy.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Name: Contraband
Date: September 11, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: clear copper, wispy off white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, touch of caramel candy, light earthyness
Body: sticky sweet body
Flavor: sweet caramel and pine flavor, touch of citrus with a bitter orange rind character, light peppery spicyness
Overall: liquid hops
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2009
Draft @ Brewer’s on the Bay, Newport, OR. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty hoppy aroma with some hints of citrus. Sweetish malty hoppy flavor with some hints of caramel and citrus. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter finish.

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