overall
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96
style
RATINGS: 95   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Tap @ Bistro Double IPA Festival. A cloudy orange color with a laced off-white head. Smooth and well balanced with some apricot fruitiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 28, 2005
On tap at PP San Clemente. Beautiful orange-gold color, aroma is floral with citrus, pine. Very nice malt sweetness, well balanced hops bite, slightly oily mouthfeel. Excellent overall Imperial IPA, would definitely order again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2005
The aroma had orange zest, pine, citrus, and flowers. The flavor had thin citrus, pine, and slight note of flowers. This beer poured an orange color w/ golden highlights; thin lasting head and thick lacing. The mouthfeel was light and carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3/12/05. On tap at Pizza Port in San Clemente, CA 3/12/05. Pours a cloudy golden-brown, almost muddy with suspended yeast and caramel-color dregs. Looks like Werthers caramels. Bright citrus nose-- lemon rind and pine needles-- with some sweetness and dusty bitter yeastiness. Head is a wimpy, thin dusty film. Very small-- probably because of all of the shit floating in the beer and because its very green. Lacing is surprisingly sticky, albeit uneven-- offwhite in color. Good balance and not crazy over-the-top with alcohol, but it would be nice if it were cleaner. Some grass and very green, piney floral hop bitterness. Surprisingly soft and drinkable to back the prickly flavors. Finish is long and sappy, almost holly-like or mistletoe-- like sucking on a wreath with a piece of straw in your mouth. Body is medium but carbonation makes it creamy and full. Flavor hits you right away and hangs in there-- subtly evolves into the dry finish. An alcohol bite that lets you know were really serious here. Faint bubblegum and some shadows of sponge cake sweetness (dont know how else to describe it). A touch of pale gray ash. Some white pepper taste. Nose is too light, but good grass and citrus. Stirred-up head is actually quite good-- shimmering, dense, dusty, creamy-- as it warms. Still only moderately lasting, but it perks up the nos a bit too. A winner, but not a gold-medal winner.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a small white head. Aromas of pine, apples and citrus. Flavors of the same.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Tasted at the 5th Annual Bistro 2XIPA Fest. Medium orange gold color, slightly hazy. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruit, fruit and floral hops. A medium bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and floral. Medium bitterness. Nicely balanced. Interesting beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
GABF 2004. This was different than most IIPAs Ive had, and not really in a good way. In the same way that wine can taste "green," this was somewhat grassy-earthy to me, and I didnt like it much that way. The hops on the finish were metallic despite being nice and fruity in the body. A good caramel-butter malt infused this one and made it interesting. Also, I didnt like the appearance; it seemed a bit on the peakish yellow side of things, despite the nice head. Aroma, however, was fantastic: melon, pineapple, floral hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 30, 2004
A very drinkable double IPA. Availbable in San Clemente and in Carlsbad sometimes as well. Pretty balanced with a complex hop profile. Different and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
I have had th is on draft at Pizza Port San Clemente. Clear golden/amber with a nice head, its a good looking pour. The aroma has lots of citric (grapefruit notes). The flavor is hoppy, with some malt backbone. Its a very good IIPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
GABF04: I liked this one quite a bit, and ended up going back for a few samples. Clear and richly golden with a fabulous, lasting head that left behind sticky lace. Rewarding mouthfeel was full and rich, and I couldnt think of anything that it was missing. Sweet malt base, with fresh notes of chocolate. Big blast of hop flavors and aromas throughout. Nice bitterness level. Very tasty beer.


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