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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Today we’re releasing Fistcal Cliff, an IPA brewed in collaboration with Half Acre, Three Floyds, and Bluejacket for the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference. This brew proves that multiple parties can indeed create something beautifully balanced. Each brewery provided their own hops and we dry-hopped it twice with hops from Hop Head Farms. Our Brewmaster Jim Cibak calls this a "deceptively drinkable hoppy ale" with flavors and aromas of spring flowers, a smorgasbord of fresh citrus, and a faint hint of mint.

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3.8
Travlr (24784) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Draft at Churchkey with Megan sitting next to me, but she’s talking to someone else, so I’m sneaking this one in. Clear bright golden color, fluffy white head. Aroma of nice fruit and perfume with just a touch of scallions. Taste is bitter grass, fruit. Very nice.

3.8
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2013
Draft. Crystal clear amber body with medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, intense, orange, mango. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some pineapple, straw. Medium body, light resin.

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jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2013
during CBC-white-yellow/gold. A-pine/citrus-orange, some lt malt. T-pine/citrus-orange/resin hops with some bite, lt malt. Crisp.

3.4
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Tap at Churchkey for CBC thanks to drowland! Clear golden pour. Weaker foam. Nose is pretty bright mango, pulpy, juicy. Taste is oddly drained, not much there besides mineral water. Very strange.

3.7
drowland (8730) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Sampled during CBC 2013. Amber orange pour with a small khaki head. Nice hop aroma, not over the top, light citrus fruits and some pine, fair bready malt balance. Better flavor, more hop character (which I like), plenty of citrus, pine, a hint of tropical fruits, and a good malt balance. Tasty.

3.8
radagast83 (8069) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Tap at Churchkey for CBC. Poured a golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma was plenty of tropical fruit notes - really hoppy. Plenty of citrus in this one, touch of resin. Flavor was hops, lots of hops. A little chewy. Citrus, tropical fruit notes.

4.4
GenDV138 (7284) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
From notes, 4 oz draft pour consumed on 5/18/2013 at ChurchKey. Golden honey/amber color with off-white head. Aromas of sweet fruit, caramel, toffee, light herbs. Tastes of pine, grapefruit, lemon, lime, floral notes. Medium body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation.

3.7
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
Draft pour on tap at the Kedzie Avenue Tap Room (Chicago, IL). Pours a well carbonated and lively glowing amber hue, a touch lighter, some mellow haziness, orange gold bottom and a frothy offwhite layer atop films a bit, stays small and laces ok. Aromas are oranges and tangerines, some grapefruit, earthy hops and some touches of bready and pale malts, cereal grains. More grapefruit and orange, some lemon, touch of tropical fruit. Inviting nose for me that has a hop driven fruit appeal. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, firm hopping is bitter and grapefruit driven up front quickly rolling into oranges, fruit, a bit of sweetness. Firm dry bitterness tapers off a bit into the middle. Cereal grains, bready, and some gentle sweetness. Fruit sweetness, citrusy orange and grapefruit. Florals, grass, a touch of cotton candy sweetness but not offensive. Backend is citrus juices, grapefruit rind, a firm dry bitterness. A bit sweeter, dulled elements as we taper off. Some citrus juice, florals, touches of bready malts, bit of toastiness. Lemon, tapering bitterness is solid yet dying out. A pretty solid IPA, the front end and nose are the winners for me. A touch fleeting as we move in and finish up. Solid with a fun hop bill, though the malt offering seems a bit unfocused and interferes a bit with that more robust, complex hop profile.

3.6
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Lighter copper pour. Somewhat mild aroma of citrus hops. Good hop flavor, orange peel notes. Good mouthfeel . Nice

3.6
Iphonephan (6988) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2013
On draft at Churchkey in DC. Pours a clear pale amber with a thin off white head. Fruity hop nose. Flavors of grass and citrus with some biscuit thrown in. Smooth mouthfeel. Bitter finish.


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