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RATINGS: 2360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
At the height of the heat in the heart of the summer, we felt that the only cure was a raging mouthful of fresh hops and malt. Caution: May remove enamel from teeth. This is Lagunitas IPA pumped up by about 30%!
IBU: 72.41

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 30, 2006
Nose of pine & resin, brown sugar, alcohol & flowers. Pours a sparkling clover honey. The light frothy off-white head is fully diminishing with minimal lacing. The robust flavor has a wonderful citric start leading to moderate alcohol warmth at the middle; and resolves into a rich bitter finish. The medium palate is dry and soft.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Thanks to after4ever for the sample. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a straw head. The aroma is lightly sweet, with citrus and floral/grassy notes. The body is medium and creamy, even a bit sticky. The taste starts toffee sweet, with the same notes as the smell then hops really kick in. The finish is clean and bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2006
Bottle 650ml - Alone - hhmmmmm lovely. Clear amber - off-white head. Malty, sweet, very hoppy, grass, pine, citrus, resin, bitterness, honey.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Pours a clear copper orange with a mod-large light yellow head. Aroma of caramel malts, grain, sticky resiny pine hops and a little grapefruit. As far as aromas go, this blows their IPA out of the water. This does have some balance, though it leans toward the hops a fair amount, as expected. The taste is mainly grapefruit and pine, with some caramel backing it up. A slight bit of peanuts as well? Light-mod carbonation, medium body. Very nice. Right on the average of 3.75.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7736) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Bomber. Light copper with a raging dirty blonde head: it froths all the way to the bottom of the glass when poured from a height of a couple of inches. Maybe the best-smelling IPA this summer; rich with bitter floral hops--a real earthy snap there. Thick sweet bread dough notes underneath. Creamy body with some carb tingle but perfectly balanced. Plenty of sweet malt there, but mostly a beautifully modulated hop ride: floral and tangy on the palate, crisp and clean on the finish. Great stuff. Other than the ABV, one of the best drink-all-day beers around.
UPDATE: Draft at the Parkways Day of IPAs. KInd of a snooze on draft, at least with this first sample today.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Poured a hazy straw yellow mice fluffy white head. Aromas were grapfruit hop and citrus. Flavor reflected the aroma with grapfruit and citrus with a piny like flavor as well as a earthy note. well balanced flavor quite simple and good

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 12 oz. bottle- color of Honey, with a lingering off white head - nose of hopps , grapefruit , some lemon / lime , and floral taste of bitter hops , citrus , sweet , and malts not that hoppy for a double but a good taste for a ipa - body is silky , low acidity , and medium to low carbonation aftertaste of citrus , grapefruit , and semi sweet

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Excellent stuff. Poured orange with a big white head. Aroma was terrific pine and rind. Flavor was an assault of tart, spicy, floral hops and a good amount of sticky sweet candy malt.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3447) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Medium amber in color, thick whiteish head. Great malty and hops aroma with a subtle sweetness. Taste is much more intense with hops (powerful hops), citrus, and florals. A crisp and dry finish. Well balanced flavor and one of my favorite IIPAs from now on.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2006
22 oz bottle. Poured clear light orange with a white foamy head. Aroma is my favorite in this, like putting your head in a hopsack, with pine being predominant. A little bit of bitterness at the end, but not what I would really expect of an imperial, but very nice.


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