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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
IBU 85 ABV 6.2% This hybrid American ale features a hearty quantity of pale malt and a massive dose of US-grown Cascade and Centennial hops. The resulting ale is a rich golden color and light-bodied, yet has a huge citrus aroma and is extremely bitter. For the true hopheads out there: it's our own Alpha Acid Test.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. I’m conflicted about this example. A heavy, raw green hop character dominates both the nose and the flavor. Edges into some Simcoe-like lemon and cat character. I pegged this for a Double IPA. Pours a very pale golden, hazed with some white head. Feels like it could use more flavor hops and much, much more body to back. I like the hop flavor and character, but it gets a little coarse and overly bitter. One of the better beers here, but a little unbalanced, raw, green and unbridled.


3.3
blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 27, 2017
Draft. Pours gold with a thin white head. Grainy malts, some citric and mild piney hops, and moderate bitterness. Decent.

3.4
b3shine (9150) - Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Draft to taster at the brewpub. Looks solid; a mostly transparent gold with white head. Smells of bitter, floral, and citrus hops with a well-balanced mildly bittersweet backbone. Tastes like it smells with a soft medium-light to medium-bodied mouthfeel. A solid example of the style.

3.6
shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Draft. Orange malt and grapefruit peel aroma. Medium yellow with moderate head. Sweet orange malt and moderately bitter grapefruit peel flavor. Good body. Solid but pretty standard.

3.5
nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Tap at Lafayette. Hazy green tinged yellow body. Foamy white head laces the glass. Dry, strawy hops. The aroma isn’t that impressive, like they use old school brewpub ringwood yeast, maybe open fermentation? English feel with a hint of diacetyl, but respectable hop bill.

3.5
kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Had this poured from draft as part of a sampler at Lafayette Brewing Co. Yellowish with white head. Soapy and flowery aroma. Bitter with a fruity and hoppy taste. Pretty good.

3
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Taster on tap at Twenty Tap. Labeled "85 Pale Ale", 6.2%. Clear golden orange color. Minimal off-white head. Couple dots of lace. Smooth, crisp, kind of soft carbonation. Caramel malt up front... Some decent light citrus hops.. Lightly spicy. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Nothing great about this pale, but still decent. I sipped through most of my taster no problem.

2.4
mrjaxson (618) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2012
It’s hard to call any beer ugly, but this one poured to a nonexistent head and a cloudy gold color with minimal carbonation. A faint wisp of citrus for an aroma but nice, grainy bitter taste.

2.6
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Thanks to PaulUnwin. This one was just unimpressive. This could be a nice summer beer after having just mowed the lawn, it’s refreshing but that’s its only redeeming quality.

2.6
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Thanks to PaulUnwin for the share on this one. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is light malt, some bitter grapefruit, and some spices. I also would swear that I got some brett notes as well. Flavor is similar with notes of bitter citrus, and some funk along with a bit of hops. Light to medium in body.

3.2
unclemike (3163) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2011
The weak nose does a good job of hiding the massive hops in this. Reportedly the bar’s bestseller, this is very bitter, but nothing else. Clear -- see through -- yellow with microbubbles. Some butter flavors. Interesting, but there needs to be something else at work. Very long finish and quite enjoyable.


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