RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 118   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Hop Cakes, a maple syrup infused double IPA. Only base grain used in the mash so ALL the color and sweetness is given from the maple syrup instead of specialty malts.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4671) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Tap at Beer Study. Soft pale blonde pour with one finger of off white head. Great nose, tons of citrus and fruity hops. Very and green/leafy hops. Tropical. Awesome flavor, good lord. Juicy and citrusy, pine resin, mango fruit, tropical. Beautiful and dank with some light onion notes on the finish. Light medium with a very hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1626) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Type: 16-oz. can Glass: Beer Nerd tulip From: My friend, Jay Price: $4 (educated guess) Purchased: N/A; Received March 10, 2017 Consumed: March 13, 2017 Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA Misc.: Canned on Jan. 31, 2017 Thanks, Jay! Was lucky enough to receive this as part of a 10-beer package sent by Jay. Had one NoDa about three years ago and thought it was a decent session. I believe they were still a fairly new brewery at the time. Had semi-followed them afar since and was glad to get one of these in the package. Had their Coco Loco a few days ago as part of the package as well. Have high hopes for this one. Poured a deep gold mostly clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Could see just a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, but rather serene overall. Very good uneven lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00) Smelled floral, maple syrup, caramel candy squares, spoiled nectarine, sticky resin, melon, cantaloupe, pineapple, hints of cereal milk, toffee candy and earthy herbal. Picked up Cascade hop early on, maybe Citra too, but having trouble picking out anything else with all the Maple Syrup malts. (Smell - 3.75) Taste followed for the most part. Wow, that sticky maple syrup dominates. No hiding that 10.2 pct. ABV. Also got caramel candy squares, bitter orange peel, pine needles, toffee, resin, lemon zest and nectarine. Getting some spiciness, which Im association with Simcoe. Really hard to pick out any other hops. It was kind of messy and unbalanced that way. (Taste - 3.75) Medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.75) Wanted to like this better than I did. Would still like to have it again though. (Overall - 3.75) 3.77 85 B+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (8176) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 13, 2017
16oz can from Salud, pours a clear orange with some head that faded quickly. Nose has plenty of orange and soap, honey comb, a little tangerine, mild perfume. Flavor is sticky with honey and orange and grapefruit, a little lemon-lime soda, mild paper, some chewed bubblegum. Finishes full bodied and a little sticky. Reminds me of Hopslam when Hopslam was good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldGrowth (3458) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Can, at Mikes Brew N Cue Cary. Canned 01/31/17. Ok aroma sweet. Citrus, on the grapefruit side and maple. Clean golden orange color good initial head, faded quickly to a foam cover. Fairly Bitter lightly sweet flavor. Heavy body, oily creamy mouthfeel, fairly bitter finish. Its ok, dont think the maple works all that well, fairly astringent on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (13056) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 23, 2017
Can at Salud. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy citrus and pine hops with light maple syrup, biscuit malt. Flavor is heavy citrus and pine hops and bitterness, light maple syrup, biscuit malt and a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (23971) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Draft at the source. Crystal clear yellow color. Nice fruity citrus aroma. Taste is earthy bitter orange. Dry finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6158) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2016
(16oz can) clear gold. Lots of lacing and bubbles. Nose of fresh hops, grapefruit oil, malty goodness, caramel. Taste is exceptionally bitter, not super balanced, malty too but rather than being integrated both flavors stand out like a sore thumb, alcoholic linger, medium-high bitter linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (13989) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2016
Can thanks to Rainer. Pours a hazy gold with medium white head that lasts. The aroma is strong maple, pine, tropical fruit. Medium mouth, juicy, maple, very sweet, light bitterness, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1842) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Citrus hop and maple aroma is a nice mix. Clear orange color with a long lasting foam. A nice hop flavor. Leaves a slight film of maple that is slightly off putting but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (3399) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2016
On tap at NoDa. Pours a golden orange color with white head. Hoppy, grassy, slight resiny aromas. Very hoppy, resiny, grassy flavors mixed with some sweet maple syrup flavors. I was skeptical of the popularity of this one. But a really nice take!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koleminer20 (3346) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2015
16 oz can shared with ebone1988. The pour is a hazy brownish gold with a huge white head and some decently soapy lacing. The aroma is, well, different. There is a lot of malts and a decent maple sweetness. There is a bit of malty sweetness to compound it to a nearly offensive level. This should be something. There is a light fruitiness mixed in there that does not fit at all. The flavor is a strange thing. There is a strong maltiness and not any hops. There is a light maple and a weird sweetness. I'm not a fan of this at all. The mouth feel is decently thick and carries a light carbonation to it. The aftertaste is lightly fruity and just not good. This could be a lot better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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