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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 96   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Many people enjoy this IPA because of its bold hop aroma and flavor while it still finishes clean. Its a great companion with a meal or a bull session with friends. It is unfiltered and dry-hopped to give you the full blast of the Gale Force. Hops: UK East Kent Goldings, Cascade and Columbus.

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (2800) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2016
Bomber from Total Wine, Gainesville. Pours hazy golden with a large beige head. Lots of carbonation in this one. Aroma of lemon zest, and grapefruit peel. Flavor is lemony toasted bread. Kinda bland, but not bad in any way. Grapefruit peel lingering finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Letshaveatry (12) - Menai Bridge, WALES - NOV 25, 2016
330ml bottle, 5.25%. Aroma slight hops, caramel also. golden amber, almost orange, long lasting off white small head. Taste, lets it down, slight sourness, moving to bready bitterness, with lively carbonation, aftertaste slightly unpleasant

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6582) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle. Rustic and ruddy, this is burnt-orange with a big, defensive head. Its got quite the Anglophile aroma, woodsy, gritty. It drinks the same, yet somehow light in body. (#6402, 11/18/2016)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (5001) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2016
5.25% ABV bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Hazy golden with a thin white head. It has a citrus and peppery hop flavour followed by a malty, toffee and grapefruit finish. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p (4227) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is pale biscuity malt, herbal hops, citrus peel, orange, mild pine, hint of caramel, soft herbal notes with a touch of earthy leafs. Flavour is moderate sweet with a bitter finish that turns a bit harsh. Body is medium. Very different IPA, malty and herbal-ish with a harsh bitterness. Hardly great, but likeable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LazyPyro (920) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2016
355ml bottle. Clear golden amber colour, dense off white head. Aroma: hoppy, slight funky, fruit, orange. Taste: bitter hoppy, fruity, citrus, orange, grapefruit. Average carbonation, medium body, bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (1787) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2016
Bottle @home (Euro-vision 2016 tasting.) Pours amber/golden off white head. Nose and taste the same floral, resin and grapefruit

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (1661) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2016
Aroma is roasted sweet malts, light rye spice and a funky earthiness. Taste is sweet malts with hints of honey, clove,citrus and funk. Pretty well balanced overall but slight tang on tip. Appearance is gold with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teamsale (268) - Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle poured into pilsner glass. Pours a copper with a two finger off-white head and standard lacing. Smells fruity with some catpiss. Has a really nice flavor and solid bitterness with a so-so but everlasting aftertaste. Well balanced and well above average.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (5105) - BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2016
Hybrid of American and English style IPA it seems, since apart from two classic New World hops, an even more classic English noble hop is used. Label mentions an ABV of 5.25% rather than the 5.6% given here, but strangely the brewerys website also shows the label with 5.25% while mentioning 5.6% in the accompanying text next to it... Membranous, continuous lacing from a medium thick, irregular, egg-white, moussy head on top of an immediately hazy, deep peachy orange coloured beer. Aroma indeed has traits of both hop worlds: orange peel, sweet curry, dried ginger, wet straw, faint pine resin, cooked carrot, white pepper, vague iron, strawberry juice, chicken broth, dried apricot, honey, freshly cut cucumber. Fruity onset but not in a wildly estery way, just subtle and clean hints of apricot, dried mango and gooseberry, with a slight salty edge from the hops turning to bitter already at an early stage; carbonation remains on the soft side. Underneath, a bready, lightly biscuity malt body develops with a very lightly toasted accent, supporting the hop bitterness which by the end becomes very earthy, resinous, thoroughly tonic water-like bittering and peppery, but not hugely aromatic, apart from some floral and dried citrus peel-like hints; earthy bitterness lasts for a long time and only lets a thin trail of malts through, along with some subtly bready yeastiness. If the idea is to compromise between old English IPA and new American IPA, I think this goal has been relatively well achieved. It has an earthy, tonic water-like bitterness to it which seems more typical for old world hoppiness, while, however, the lush New World aromas underachieve - at first I thought this was due to the age of the bottle, but as far as I can tell, it is not tht old and the other reviews here seem to convey the same. In all: deeply bittering, quenching and drying IPA, just not fragrant enough, and the faint cooked chicken-like accents in the nose give away that something is a bit off and out of balance here as well. Among the lesser American IPAs I had so far.


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