RATINGS: 1093   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
For our hopping regime we went with Cascade and Nuggets in the boiling addition. Centennials were added every 5 minutes for the last 30 minutes of the boil. We added Crystals into the whirlpool. Dry hopping was done in both the fermentor after primary fermentation and the bright tank. We used a mixture of Chinook, Nuggets, and Sterlings in the fermentors and whole leaf Centennials in the bright tank.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (6611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2005
22 oz bomber, State Line Liquors - Elkton, MD. Pours a deep straw/light copper, rather cloudy. Small head that disappears quickly. First sip reveals the expected heavy handed hop bitterness. Dont really taste the 9% alcohol over the hops. Hops seem very one dimensional, finish lingers on for quite a while in the back of the throat. Not a beer for those afraid of the hops. Overall not one of the best IIPAs that Ive had, but still pretty decent. 22 ounces might be a bit much, wish I had a friend to split this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 6, 2005
22 oz bomber. Pours a beautiful rich coppery color with a very thick beige tan head. Appearance resembles golden honey. Unfiltered, as you can see plenty of hops floating around. Smells of floral hops and grapefruit. Tastes like a good IPA should- slightly bitter,hoppy,and grapefruity. Stronger than the smuttynose ipa yet tastes slightly weaker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2005
22oz Bottle. Golden orange color, opaque. Wonderful floral hop aroma initially, followed by some bitter hops and alcohol as it warms. Heavy body. Heavy and smooth mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Flavors initially of hops and some citrus, rounded out nicely by a thick middle of light caramel malt. Finish is bitter, but not overpowering, with a nice tacky sour aftertaste. A big IPA indeed. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
220z bomber. Didnt live up to what I was expecting. Hops were all bitter, no real character to them. Wish they mixed it up a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 31, 2005
This is a hazey orange pour with very little head. Does have some lacing though. Not surprised about the haziness after drinking the regular Smutty IPA...I think it actually has hop particles floating in it. Aroma is of hops and fruit...very pleasant. Flavor has hints of citrus on the front end and has the hop bite youd expect without being overboard. This is something Id buy like forever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1790) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Big, big aromas of hopcit and apricot. The substantial hop bite isnt tart, but demonstrates the hops very well. Soapy, bitter, peach/apricot/lemon/sour apple fruit notes from the hops and a complimentary malt presence make this a delicious-tasting IPA. Palate is the only downside to this behemoth -- slightly cloying and residually bitter. However, at $3.99 for a bomber, worth every last penny.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Slightly hazy orange amber. Medium sized foamy white head. Soft floral and citrus hop tones in the aroma, some biscuit maltiness behind it. Nice intense bitterness in the flavor, resinous hop character met with a doughy malt backbone. Some residual sweetness and resinous astringency in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Dark honey coloured, nice lacing on the topping white head. Huge floral nose with delicate orange and earthy undertones. Good malt base ensures a great balance, toasty, bready and biscuity. Citrusy, orangey and almost fluffy palate, moderately bitter, faintly alcoholic. Thick body, soft carbonation, comfortable mouth presence. Textbook big IPA to me. Good job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 [re-rate, 2006 bomber] Pours a golden amber color. Head quickly fades. Grassy hop aroma- mostly grapefruit and pine showing up. Flavors begin quite bitter, then a sweet malt shows through. A nice dry, bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2005
Bottle. Dark yellow, small white head. Nice hop aroma but actually pretty subdued. which doesnt set you up for the coldcock (thanks Billy Dee) of the hop taste that hits you on the first sip and kicks your pathetic little cant handle hop ass all the way to the bottom of the glass. What Im trying to say is that this is way too one-dimensional. There just isnt the malt background needed (or expected at this alcohol percentage) just balance out these hops. I much preferred the craft of the Smuttynose IPA. Still, interesting and worth a try.

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