RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Flagship Series. Total Domination IPA has a citrusy, floral hop aroma, and big hop flavor balanced with a richness imparted by Carahell and Munich malts. This beer is a big flavorful Northwest IPA that maintains its drinkability, and as such, has garnered great admiration from the novice craft drinker and the seasoned hop-head alike.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2011
Draft at the Grand in Bellingham, WA. Clear, light amber with little head. Moderate hoppiness throughout. Good with a burger over lunch but not really all that memorable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle courtesy of schmoopsbeer. Served in a wine glass. Pours a dark peach color and is slightly transparent. There is a white head that lasts for a bit and leaves some spotty lacing. The nose is light with just a bit of citrus hops and some light caramel. There is a bit of booze and bread in the background. The flavor brings mostly malt followed by some citrus hops and a slight amount of dry bitterness in the finish along with a surprising amount of alcohol given the ABV. Medium body and carbonation. Not bad, but not all that good either. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-09-2011

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2011
12oz. Btl. Pours hazy amber with a significant amout of fizz. citrus hops and bitter sour sweetness. A full body and a long lively finish. Great Beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2011
12oz bottle from HuskyinPDX. Pours a clear golden amber with a sticky beige head that shows fantastic lacing and retention. Gorgeous beer. Light floral hops dominate the nose with lemongrass and faint pine notes with a bready malt sweetness underneath. Little bit of lit citrus but this is certainly not a juicy citrus beer in the nose. Taste is even better than the aroma with a sticky resinous hop blast up front with some spiciness mixed in. The backbone is biscuity malts but theyre not meant to detract from the floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated though maybe a tad thin. Really nice floral-dominant IPA that doesnt scorch the palate with bitterness but still has plenty of hop flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 10, 2011
hazy orange with white head. light aroma slightly piney. Malty with plenty of hop in the finish. Citrus and lots of pine but not much else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedSox2004 (1743) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2015 Bright orange with a slight haze, generous head and moderate lace. Modest citrus hops aromas, mostly orange peel. Gentle hops bitterness up front offset by a subtle caramel malt sweetness. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel and a nice crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours orange, white head, citrus hop aroma, taste slightly bitter. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle. Poured orange with a creamy off-white head that settled to a ring and left light lacing. Aroma of caramel, light hops, and a bread background. The flavor found citrus rind, light pine, and a caramel backing. Medium body and mild bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3663) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 10, 2011
22 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo in Natomas, CA. I have no clue how old this is. Aroma is sweet with breaded malty aromas as well as some mild herbal hop notes. Not overly aromatic or reminiscent of an IPA. Blegh. Transparent golden-copper body with a pretty frothy yellowish head. Good lacing. Starts quite sweet and malty. Sugary and caramel malts present. Light toastiness in the middle. Finishes with earthy, herbal, moderate hop bitterness, which lingers pretty well. I have a feeling that this might be a little old, but thats why they should date bottles. A little sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
07-Mar-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 03-Mar-11 for $4.99 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA)
This time around, a healthy bottle has been purchased, and the beer is much more enjoyable. Slightly hazy, golden-amber in the glass, the beer sports a full inch of bubbly off-white head when poured, and the head settles slowly to a thin but full layer. The big, hoppy nose is dominated by aromas of pine, earth, and leafy plants, but the grainy malts arent entirely left out. Similar hoppy prominence in the flavor, where resiny pine, bitter greens, and a bit of earthiness leave a medium-strong bitterness on the palate that continues to intensify over several sips. Malts are lightly sweet with a grainy, slightly husky flavor, but overall, the flavor is dry and bitter. Weight is medium, carbonation is medium, and the mouthfeel is very dry and a bit astringent. Intricate rings of lace adorn the glass. If you like your IPAs hoppy and bitter, Total Domination is a solid example, but not in the elite.

18-Jul-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 03-Apr-08 for $4.19 from liquidsolutions.biz)
When CO2 release is as loud and forceful as it was when this bottle was opened, theres cause for concern. Sometimes its just over-carbonation, but not here. Strong plastic phenolics can be smelled just by pouring the beer. Despite an incredibly slow and careful pour, the bubbly, off-white head rises to nearly two inches. Huge carbonation bubbles move at breakneck speed upward through the beer, releasing aromatics and exacerbating the phenolic issue. Additional aromas of grapefruit rind and spicy peppers fight their way through but remain subordinate to the phenolics. On the palate, the beer is hoppy, citrusy and moderately bitter with a typical pale malt backing. Theres a mild chili pepper flavor and even a slight perception of spicy heat. But unless the nostrils are held closed and retro-nasal seepage is minimized, the phenolics overwhelm all flavors. Unfortunately, its difficult and unpleasant to drink and swallow while holding your nose, so this beer will eventually wind up in the sink. The beer is medium-bodied and the carbonation causes the first few sips to be expansive in the mouth, puffing out the cheeks. The beer is generally dry, but the finish is chalky and dries out considerably for an almost cottony mouthfeel. The voluminous head eventually recedes to and holds at half an inch while leaving a dense blanket of foam on the glass. In spite of the problematic phenolic issue, the style of this IPA is clear: aggressively hoppy, and thats reinforced by the beers name. But sadly, the flaws are just too strong to overlook and the beer is not enjoyable to drink. (5, 3, 5, 3, 10 = 2.6)

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