overall
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96
style
RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2004 GABF Gold Medal winner - IIPAs

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3.9
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
Draught at RBESG - Brasserie 4:20. Clear red/amber - white head. Nice hoppy. Nice bitterness. Flowery. piney. Caramel. Nutty. Sweet malty. Very pleasant hoppy. Nice.  

3.4
Borresteijn (7129) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2010
On tap at 4:20 at RBESG Rome. Light hazy orange colour, off white head. Aroma is malty, bit of caramel, strong piny hoppy bitterness. Flavour is light sweet, malty, strong piney and fruity hoppy bitter finish, leaves the mouth very dry. A bit harsh imo, but nice.

3.8
Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
What a great find at Pizza Port off tap. Very Hoppy, tasted great for a double ipa .

4
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Tap at pizza port san clemente. Pours a cloudy orange with a red tint and and a thin off white head. Aroma is tons of pine and citrus. Flavor is intensely bitter and dry with more citrus and pine. Full bodied and resinous. Moderate carbonation.

4
DialSquare (5031) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2010
From a somewhat limited old rating note - on tap at the Pizza Port San Clemente. I tried it in a sampler and then got a pint if I remember correctly. Copper pour. Grapefruit and pine hops. Good balance. That’s all I’ve got other than a score.

4.4
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Tap at Toronado’s Pizza Port night. Pours a hazy copper color with a a frothy off white head that left perfect lacing. Nose was big with citrus hops and a big caramel malt background. Flavor was very hoppy with tons of citrus and semi sweet caramel, finish is medium bitter and quite sticky. A great IIPA, I see why it won gold in 2004.

4.2
daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Tap at Toronado SD. Pours a clear orange-amber with one finger of white head which leaves good lacing. Typical west coast IPA aroma with lots of bright zesty citrus (grapefruit stands out) along with pine, flowers, and a certain musty tropical quality. Flavor is big on hoppy citrus -- the grapefruit is nicely balanced between bitter and sweet. The malt is there big and strong, too, and lends a perfect amount of sweetness. There’s bitterness in the finish but it’s not overwhelming and leaves you craving the next sip. This is one of the best balanced and drinkable DIPA’s I’ve had.

4.5
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Tap at San Clemente. This was a dank-ass pint. Nose of pure weedy resin and thick malt. Orangey-gold in color. Flavor was smoky, grapefruit rindy, more weed. Some dank, dank shit.

4.1
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Marked bottle sample courtesy of Bill Metzger. Enjoyed on Pizza Plant’s Miss Buffalo Cruise. Beer of the night along with 2007 Alaska Barleywine. Orange pour. Huge sticky hop aroma, citrus & loads of grapefruit. Taste is big hops, extremely smooth, grapefruit. Wow.

4.1
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2009
On tap at the brewpub in San Clemente. Pours a crystal clear, copper-orange body with a thick, creamy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of sexy layered lacing. Aroma jumps out with lots of bright, fresh, juicy, floral and sugary citrus. Very sweet with a bit of resiny earthiness to it. Lots of lemons and oranges with a light amount of caramels. Simiar flavor with a more noticeable pine from beginning to end. Sweet citrus again dominates and balances well with a light caramel malt. Long, piney sweet aftertaste. Palate is medium bodied and dry. Overall, a straightforward, big floral-citrus DIPA with a very nice balance. Not as aggressive or over the top as some similar tasting DIPA’s, but the balance and big taste make this quite enjoyeable.


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