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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The second you open this bottle there is no mistaking that this is not your average IPA. Massive hop additions of the most obnoxious breeds put this taste bud burner in a league all its own. Our bet is that you will think it is Oso Freakishly good! Caution! This brew is 9% and may contain a hop cone in every bottle (2009 to present vintages) ! We want to make sure to repeat this reminder that we put a hop cone in the bottle. Always pour into a glass to release the essence from the bottle.

2008 Edition: 22-oz bottle
2009 Edition: 12-oz bottles w/hop cone in bottle
2010 - 2013 Editions: 12-oz bottles w/Hop Warning label

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TattooJack (514) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Poured from the warning labeled bottle, both bottles had hop cone inside (had put it in the freezer for 10 minutes and wondered how it froze so fast, then I realized it was the hop cone). Really good looking and tasting glasses of beer. Great taste and strong, extra point for the 9%. $8 for the 4-pack also gets points consideration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1496) - Northville, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2014
12 oz bottle; no visible date. Pours a hazed golden orange amber with an off-white head. Spicy hop aroma, honey biscuit. Honey and spicy, grassy hops with a hint of pine. A bit of age on it. Still holds up fairly well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 2, 2014
On draft at the brewpub, snifter glass. (I later had some bottles of this as well, which had the hop cone inside. Cool!) Strongly hoppy aroma with notes of pine, resin, fresh, herbal, leafy tones and florals, very dank overall with very light toasted malt in the background. Medium-dark copper in color with a very fine, uneven head and sparse lacing. Flavor is a veritable hop explosion, with plenty of green, leafy, piney character, some faint citrus and earthiness but really just as fresh as can be, with more than adequate bitterness and a mild malty presence, some toasted caramel and honey to be found amidst the hop onslaught. Body is full, mouthfeel is effervescent and oily, quite a heft to it. This is a substantial beer indeed. Very nice!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
demmbonz (732) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
12oz bottle to snifter. Label says bottle MAY contain hop cone. Mine didnt. Tastes like pine and grapefruit. Very sweet but overly bitter hop bite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernesto987 (5625) - Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2014
bottle, hasa whole hop cone in it which was a neat touch. Unfortunately it was a sugar diabeetus bomb. Cloying, meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle w/ Hop Cone - Well - I thought it was a fun concept to try. Once. Some people probably find it to be a gimmick - but either way : The pour is murky golden caramel with a modest off white head into this glass. It pours on the slow side because the hop cone tries to block the pour - Perhaps this isnt a brilliant idea afterall. Retention is average, with light spotting present. For fun - I pulled the hop cone out as well and let it rest on top of this foamy sea. The nose is somewhat striking - its oily, dank, mild tropical, with pine needle presence and light caramel. The flavor profile shares that feeling - it is somewhat striking - at least somewhat different, which I attribute to the hop cone. However ; for an IIPA - its just lacking in some avenues. Bittering pine needle, light citrus, caramel and biscuit presence - its dank for sure. And it does mellow here as well. Unfortunately, i find that the malt backbone is lacking, somewhat, which leads to the finish fading into some sort of obscure feeling, overall. Ah well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (4625) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
Soft cloudy golden pour with 1 finer creamy firm head. Rich aroma, lots of malt sweetness and bready notes. Dextrinous. Sweet citrus and zest with some alcohol. A touch oxidized. Muddled/faded flavor with a thick bitterness and herbal hop profile. Very full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pours a cloudy copper color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is of hops. Very creamy on the palate. Taste is a malt backbone with some caramel notes and a strong hop flavor that complements the malt. Not overly bitter but definitely has a strong hop presence. A very good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerInHeaven (386) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2014
pours a hazy golden amber brown. Medium foamy white head. Great thick lacing. Aroma is very floral and slight citrus (not nearly as citrusy as many IPAs). tastes great. very hoppy, medium bitter, resiny, long but not overly bitter finish. A little bit of non-specific candy in there somewhere. Once I fished the hop cone out, I sniffed it and it smells the same, duh :-) Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2888) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Hazy amber pour with not much head. Pour was slow because the hop cone got stuck in the mouth of the bottle. Who had the job of stabbing a single hop cone into each bottle? Yikes. Nice dank nose. Vegetal, hoppy and grassy taste with a slightly astringent and bitter finish. Maybe this is good within a few days, but the hop cone in my bottle is pale and lifeless, all the green goodness drained like a hop vampire had gone to town on it.

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