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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is Joe’s multinational take on a classic IPA. IPA’s are known for their intense hop bitterness, flavor and aromas. First, Joe used American and English malt, then American and English hops are added during the mash, first wort, boil, and finally it is dry hopped for aroma. Belgium gets involved with the yeast and a special candy sugar finish for smoothness and flavor.

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3.8
malrubius (2899) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Hazy copper orange with lasting head and lace. Fresh minty hop and yeast aroma. Doughy toasted malt with assertive hoppy green piney and grapefruit aromatic finish. Fairly complex and assertiveeee. Very good.

3.4
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Pours to a hazy chestnut colored body with a superior fully lasting dense and thick creamy white head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is pine, grapefruit, and candied pineapple. The flavor is definitely Belgian yeasts with a flavor similar to a Belgian IPA. Pine and grapefruit with candied pineapple. The palate is yeasty even when leaving the cake in the bottle. It’s clean and medium bodied.

2.9
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Fresh bottle form a BA trade. I dig an IPA in a grenade so they got bonus points. On the dark side for an IPA. Little to no head. This is not an IPA. Its a Belgian IPA. The description even mentions some Belgian yeast. Its got a lot of bubble gummy flavor from the yeast. If the yeast was neutral, it wouldn’t be bad. As is, I think its a little bit of a mess. Thinking about drain pouring.

3.2
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle pours cloudy orange with medium white head. Aroma lots of pine with some coriander and citrus thrown in. Taste again pine hops with orange, Belgium yeast and spices. Finish hoppy but not overpowering. I got a weird umami bratwurst taste at one point. Palate actually a little syrupy and sticky with minimal carbonation. Alcohol not apparent.

Kind of a Blue Moon meets IPA Frankenstein monster. Just OK.

3.4
DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2011
12 oz. bottle, $3 ea. at brewpub. Bought it in July, so let’s rate this one NOW. Opens and pours with a nice citrus and spicy hop nose. Cloudy, dark IPA orange. Kicks up a big head of foam, but with big bubbles that make it go down in a hurry. Some Cascades, I think. Can’t claim enough knowledge of English hops, but they’re there. Taste has a big hop flavor, somewhat combining both green hops and dried hops, resulting in a mown hay sensation. Sticky malts seem to hold more citrus than the hops once on the tongue. Bitter all the way down, the way a hop head likes it. May even be a tad off balance.

3
csaso (2284) - Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle - not much head, hazy dark straw color, hoppy aroma and flavor - a little on the weaker side of hoppy for an IPA

3.9
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Cloudy, somewhat dark orange-amber with moderate off-white head. Aroma: Fairly tart, with grapefruit, pine, banana and some earthy & herbal hops. Taste: Strong bitter and tart grapefruit reigns supreme. Somewhat funky and musty from the Belgian yeast. Malts are quite bready. Firm bitterness at the finish, which has quite a bit of pine. Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. Overall: A more than solid Belgian IPA, which has some nice English IPA components in addition to the expected American hops. The beer may be a little too yeasty, as I learned you really do need to leave the sediment in the bottle (which is almost the last 2 ounces), or it takes over. A little amateur and homebrewish, but very tasty nonetheless.

2.5
crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
I think this one is a pretty bland IPA. I guess it is a mishmash of styles, not the best one.

4.2
wlajwl (6812) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Definitely has the dry piney hop bite to it that a good IPA has, but also has a nice maltiness that balances it. One of the few IPAs that can be described as malty and not have it make it seem like it needs more hops in it, very good IPA overall.

3.2
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours a murky dark amber with fizzy beige head. Aroma of pine, earth, citrus and dirty socks. Flavor is big in this, kinda sweet, piny, grapefruit, dirty, fruit with astringent bitter in the finish. Heavy body with high carbonation. Overall, I think this brew is just too "all over the place"....some flavors just clash too much in my opinion.


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