RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Lucky Buckets Original American IPA begins with a nice malt bill that lets the brew stand up to the mountain of hops added later. After the boil, the hot wort (the beer before its really beer) is fired through a hop back, a unique four-barrel stainless steel tank filled with a gratuitous amount of raw flower Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascade hops, extracting the aromatic oils and flavor of the hops. Followed with additional dry hopping in the fermenter, the end result is a big, well-balanced West Coast-style IPA with terrific hop flavor and aroma.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle. 2nd time Ive had this. Aroma nothing special. Flavor is really nice though. Has similar hop to that in north coast white hawk ipa. Really like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 19, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2013 IPA glass. Pours a cloudy bronze with a thick foamy white head. Really tasty smelling, hints of hops and sticky pine. Good but not great tasting, the initial taste is a bit watered down and the flavor hits towards the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus and pine notes. Flavor is also very hoppy with citrus, pine, earthy notes and some spices. Medium body with medium carbonation. A very bitter, tasty brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (10122) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle. Mostly clear / slightly hazy amber pour. Nice fluffy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Pine resin nose with a touch of citrus. Taste is pine, citrus, and some earthy elements. Quite hoppy - and Id say a touch unbalanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2011
(draft 7/30/10). Clear copper color. Medium off white head. Moderate citrus aroma with light acetaldahyde. Flavor of the same. Avg duration. Light bitter finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2011
this was a pretty good IPA, although im not really sure if it is truly a micro or not. Has a nice hop aroma as well as taste and a good bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3624) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Sample at Nashville beer fest. I think this is my first NE beer, Woo! Sweet orange flavor and a little pine bitter finish. Beautiful orange color and frothy white head. Pine and citrus aroma. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (5044) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Dark copper color with a large head that falls rather quickly. Initially a strong citrus hop aroma, but now way more dank than anything. Strong bitterness. Plenty of resin/pine/dank. Light caramel and biscuit notes, but not enough to distract from the hop centerpiece. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4070) - Kansas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
12 twist off bottle, purchased somewhere in Lake Okoboji, Iowa, enjoyed on the boat. Pour is a darker copper, mostly clear with a one inch light tan head. Aroma is resin, caramel malt and a pleasant earthiness. Taste is nice bitter, resin, touch of dank hops along with a significant caramel malt backbone. Clean. The palate is medium bodied, dry resinous finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edognight (7) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2011 does not count
I strongly suspected this beer was snazzy marketing from a shifty deep pockets startup or a macro brewer in disguise--which it may be. This beer is a wonderful rich mouthfeel and equally balanced hop attack of a mild astringent, citrus, and light fruit. The hops are strong and balanced. It is very good, a well done beer with a nice deep color. I strongly suggest picking up a sixer. BUT, dont confuse the IPA and the Lager (green vs. orange pkg.) The lager is almost undrinkable. Just awful.

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