RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Maelstrom IPAs very name and style comes from the Sea. Tall ships on long voyages needed a big beer with a hearty backbone and pounds and pounds of glorious hops. Maelstrom IPA is a brilliant whirlpool of 7 different Northwest hops expertly melded together to create a powerful pint.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (2044) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2010
On tap at Noma 11/15/2010. solid filtered ipa, muddy, murkey look good lacing, apricot, strawberry smell. grapefruit peel. Thick mouth feel, starts with toffee like sweetness and whipped away with astrigent deep earthy bitterness. Ends with sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mralex (7) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2010 does not count
A very solid IPA. Nice floral hops on first taste. On tap at Flying saucer in Columbia, SC

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2010
On tap at Tylers in Durham. Apparently, I just missed my buddy, JCB. Pours hazy deep, bright amber with moderate head. Nose is fruity and piney, but not the pine did not overwhelm. Good citrus and sweet malts also coming through. Big taste. Perfect for an afternoon beer after a morning race.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2010
On tap at Tylers, Durham. Hefty, somewhat cloudy amber pour. Got the earthiness and vibrancy of a solid Cali IPA. Nose was extremely piney, with a decent supporting bed of sweet malts. Mouthfeel is fairly light, palate a bit dry, and theres a touch of heat that you wouldnt expect with only 7%. Taste is quite nice, dank and bitter, with fewer of the sweet elements coming through than in the nose. But still a more than solid IPA that Ill definitely try again if I see it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Draft pint at Tylers Tap Room, Durham. Amber-copper with a small lasting head and drippy lace. Assertive nose of resin, citrus and caramel. Flavor is the same great blend. LIght-medium body is smooth, dryish, tingly and easily drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierslaaf (105) - Somerset West, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 18, 2010
On tap clear gold with small lasting head. Floral aroma, nicely balanced with bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MosesMendoza (30) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Almost odorless, just a hint of malty aroma. Nice firmly tan color, with minimum head (poured from growler). Taste is bitter and woody, and there is an aftertaste that stays for a while, bitter and strange yet somehow not totally unpleasant. Overall Im not blown away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBeatnik (10) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Not much of a nose initially. Its an amber color with a nice white head. I was most surprised by the taste. Not what I was expecting from an IPA -- in a very good way. Its very hoppy. It finishes really nice. I couldnt tell it was 7%. Would have guessed less based on the drinkability. Would highly recommend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
netfest (2) - USA - MAY 24, 2010 does not count
The aroma is great, cant really determine which of the 7 different hops dominates. The appearance is an amber brown with a frothy head. Great lacing as you drink it. There is definitely a great malt backbone to this beer, but its not heavy. Medium body with great finish. Extremely well balance with a hop punch. One of my new favorite beers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CushyGig (2) - USA - MAY 22, 2010 does not count
Great aroma. Cant quite determine which is dominate piney or citrus. But that is probably due to the 7 different hops that are added. Its an amber brown color that is clear with a frothy head. Great malty taste. Not heavy but a great body. Real nice balance. Even at 7% it was very sessionable. I had several and loved it!

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