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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This distinctive unfiltered pale ale is brewed especially for hop lovers. It is assertively hopped with Mt. Hood, Amarillo, and Ahtanum.

2007 and before - 7.3% ABV

2008 - 6% ABV

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3.3
aracauna (3680) - Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Very nice looking dark amber body. Over carbonated. The head is huge and hard to control. Not obvious signs of infection in the flavor. Caramel malt. Nice citrusy hops.

3.3
beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle pours a hazy amber beer with a thin lacing off white head. Scent is caramel and citrus. Taste is same.

3.4
TheGB (579) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Pours a nice golden color with a 1/4" head. Moderate aroma of herbal, honeyed hops, malt and yeast. Medium bodied with malt taste and herbal, honeyed hops. Kinda flabby like a barley wine.

3.6
bytemesis (9196) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
Tap. Pours clear light amber with a medium head that lasts. Light aroma - faint citrus notes and a litte maltyness. Flavor is malt dominated, sweet and bready with backnotes of citrus and pine and a mildly bitter finish. Overall a good beer, but a little strong on the malt.

3.4
jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2012
From the tap poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Strong hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.

3.7
j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Had this during the 2011 Shenandoah Throwdown, bottle I found when we took a little day trip to Charlottesville. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Big citrus hops, soft malt and hops. Big earthy hops, juicy and earthy. Loads of hops throughout, big grapefruit bitterness permeates everything. Toast and grapefruit bitterness, long and soft on the finish.

3.6
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
651mL at Shenandoah Throwdown. The pour is a clear amber tea with a thicker, off-white head. Hoppy nose with butter and sweet strawberry. Taste is nutty bitter with buttery biscuit. Sharp bitterness and quite intense. Small maple syrup comes through sort of making this a "Brown IPA." Richer mouthfeel. A nice surprise.

3.6
anders37 (26999) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours a pale amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy citrus aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish with hints of grapefruit.

4
ajd6c8 (70) - USA - MAY 22, 2011
Wasn’t sure what expect from this. Mine was labeled 17th Anniversary @ 7%. This beer has a huge malt forward profile. Almost cream like, with a touch of caramel sweetness. Make no mistake, however, tons of hops sneak up on the back end. Perfect birterness. Overall, this is a complex beer that is immensely satisfying. With a name like "Hopfest" I was thinking more IPA. I must say this was a pleasant surprise.

3.5
Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bomber courtesy of GODiSSOUTHERN, thanks Daniel. It pours clear copper with off white head. The aroma has spicy hops, some caramel malts and a touch of butterscotch. The taste offers up similar notes with equal strength levels of spicy bitter hops, caramel malts and sweet maltiness. Seems like it may have been on the shelf for a bit.


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