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RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
adrian910ss (2575) - 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.

4.1
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.

3.7
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
220z bomber. Didn’t live up to what I was expecting. Hops were all bitter, no real character to them. Wish they mixed it up a bit.

4.6
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 you’d expect without being overboard. This is something I’d buy like forever.

3.9
jefcon (1858) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Big, big aromas of hopcit and apricot. The substantial hop bite isn’t 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.

3.7
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.

3.8
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.

4
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.

3.2
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2005
Bottle. Dark yellow, small white head. Nice hop aroma but actually pretty subdued. which doesn’t 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 can’t handle hop ass all the way to the bottom of the glass. What I’m trying to say is that this is way too one-dimensional. There just isn’t 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.

2.9
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2005
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
No head. Aroma of rose hips and some butterscotch in the background. Intense with taste hops. It’s almost like a hop yoghurt or a full bodied hop pudding... Had to order a pint of water on the side. This is massive and filling. Too demanding for me.


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