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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 2.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
I.P.A. India Pale Ale is a style from across the pond that came about when British brewers needed to find a way to send beer around the horn of Africa to British soldiers in India without having it go bad. Their solution was to use the natural preservative attributes of hops. Our version of this style is more of an American I.P.A., which means even more hops. Caramel malts give this beer a bit of sweetness to complement the floral and bitter flavors. ABV 6.5% IBU 73 2009 GOLD MEDAL NORTH AMERICAN BEER AWARDS 2009 GOLD MEDAL US Beer Championships

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerstars (10) - USA - DEC 16, 2010
I would call this a ladies IPA. It has an earthy aroma, the sweetness of carmel gives it depth. Maybe not a "tredy" IPA but one that you will enjoy drinking

Beerathon (1680) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2012
How in the world is this an IPA? Smelled like an dark/amber lager. Taste like an amber ale with heavy malts and molasses. Hardly any hops to speak of. Strangely enough, the beer was okay. However, completely miscategorized.

Svesse (8932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2012
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 5 April 2012) Amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of caramel, treacle-toffee and orange peel. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, toffee, orange peel, crisp-bread and a generous citric bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Well balanced and quite nice.

omhper (25948) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2012
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Lightly hazy copper/brown colour, small head. Perfumy nose where pink grapefruit gradually is surpassed by caramel. Mid sweet with rounded mouthfeel and medium body. Caramel grows to dominate, complemented by milk chocolate and grapefruit. Mildly bitter finish. Quite pleasant, even if it less hop-centric than I anticipate from an American IPA.

notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Picked up a bottle of this to fill out a mix-a-six because I ran out of other stuff that I actually wanted to try - after I saw the ratings, I realized my folly - oh well, time to suck it up - maybe it’s because I was expecting garbage, but this is not all that terrible - hazy amber - faint lace - very malt heavy in the nose - caramel, toffee, buttered toast - some earthiness in the form of damp leaves and soil - flavor is very malt forward as well - caramel and toasted bread - sticky malts and herbal, tea-like character - earthy hop flavor, but very low bitterness - finish is a bit harsh - okay, so maybe it is kind of bad, but not bad enough to keep me from drinking this whole damn bottle.

cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle @ home. This was hidden in the back of the fridge of my parents fridge. Fairly clear, amber orange appearance with a tan head. Toasty caramel malty, earthy hoppy nose with some toffee notes. Somewhat bitter, earthy, organic hoppy, caramel, slightly toffee, chewy flavor. I realize that this isn’t exactly fresh but theres not a lot interesting going on here.

Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2011
Draft @ Cortez beer fest. Orange-amber with thin cap. Rusty, old hop aroma. Smells boring but has a nice earthy, mushroom quality. A really earthy ipa, not bright at all. Almost dull. Goes with food, which brings out the fruity character that is otherwise hidden. Not bad, but certainly not characterful.

Oakes (19370) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2011
Draught. This beer was amber. It had hops and butter on the nose and palate. Light bitterness for the style. I’m not a fan of this one, and apparently I’m not alone.

p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Ice Pick Ale 12 oz bought in Denver and opened in San Diego into pint glass. Looks super clear and amber. Smell like amber malts with hardly any hops and a bit of a wheaty yeast. Taste is rich light amber with a pale ale amount of hops or less on the front of the tongue. A pretty decent amber ale but a not so decent pale. Still pretty good drinkability though. overall 5 of 10.

3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2011
bottle. toffee brown. nose is wet, soggy caramel malt and dank, moldy leaves. thin, flabby, watery but still chewy. resinous harsh caramel malt. a terrible idea.

uhclem (431) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
We’ve taken the Durango to Silverton train, and so I had high hopes for this IPA. The elements are poorly mixed - hops and malt fight each other rather than cooperate - and the malt, unfortunately, wins.

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