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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Golden in color with an assertive hop bitterness. This beer won gold medals at The Great American Beer Festival in 1989 and 1990. A true American Classic.

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3.7
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin, spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh resiny grapefruity hops with a touch of pale malt. Body starts with good fullness and pale malty sweetness toward a crisp bittersweet finish. Nicely balanced throughout and a good IPA.

3
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Lightish body. Perfume. Some acidity. Snappy, sharp hops. Off-flavors of solvent and medicine, which careened into the aftertaste. Not undrinkable by any means, but I was underwhelmed and expected more.

3.5
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle. Poured a coppery red color, with a small, half finger of head. Lacking is okay, but the carbonation is better than I would have though with such a weak head. Nose is a sweet citrus and fruits, with hints of hops buried in there. This one really surprised me, as it tastes like grapefruit juice, with a bitter citrus finish, but nothing hoppy in the traditional sense of an IPA. Very different, and pretty good. Very easy to drink for those unaccustomed to the world of IPAs, but I personally do not think this is very representative of the style.

3.6
asedzie (827) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle. Pours copper with moderate off-white head, with some lacing. Nose is syrupy caramel or toffee with berries and orange citrus-like hops. Flavor is strongly fruity hops upfront and the slightest toasted malt taste. Very bitter, almost astringent finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but maybe just a little thin.

4.1
xarcadia (44) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Strong floral hoppy aroma. Delicious fruity taste, not too hoppy for an IPA. Some other complex notes on the taste that I can’t quite name.

3.3
ABUSEDGOAT (2760) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Clear lighter amber, moderate head with pretty good lacing and retention. Aroma is citric, wood, grapefruit. Medium bodied, moderate to low bitterness, some sweetness. Overall nothing special but still drinkable. ABV listed at 6.5.

3.4
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
A pleasant surprise. Pours orangy-gold with a frothy white head. Clean pine hop aroma, with some citrus, a la the west coast style. Great taste of grapefruit and oranges. Bit of bread in the back. Dry finish. Nice.

3.8
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
22 oz. bottle,from BevMo LaJolla. Finally getting to rate this one, had it on draft a few months ago but lost my ratings book! Pours medium amber with a slight chill haze and a large, fluffy off-white head that lingers nicely. Aroma is hop dominant with sufficient, toasty and slightly caramel malt notes, hops are pine resin, citrus with just a hint of something vegetal and spoiling. Flavor is also hop dominant, certainly fulfilling the commercial description claim of "assertive hop bitterness", more pine and grapefruit rind, along with a somewhat biscuity and toasty malt character, honey and orange make brief appearances leading up to a puckering and astringent evergreen oil aftertaste. Medium body and assertive carbonation. Another nice example of an in your face West Coast IPA!

3.1
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 5, 2007
22 oz in a half yard - it pours a clear amber throughout. It tastes a bit more like an ESB than an IPA. The hops are bright and fresh - and its a pretty citrusey IPA.

3.4
SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 3, 2007
22 oz bomber purchased at South Bay Drugs. This IPA poured as a sparkling brass color with a thin layer of film for a head. The aroma is a decent serving of west coast hops in the citrus style you could expect, accept, this was tamer and subdued. The drink was a warm alcohol and tart bitter hop flavor presence which made for an unusual drink that I’m used to but overall decent and making a passing grade for a standard IPA.


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