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RATINGS: 1036   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
When Phin and Matt sat down to collaborate on their new beer, they knew it had to be different if they were to call it extraordinary. "Let sprinkle it with fairy dust and wave our magic wands," said Phin. "No way," said Matt, "We’ve got to do better than that. This beer has to be better than any other in the galaxy." "Let’s do some market research." So the two strapped on their rocket pack packs and traveled to the intergalactic beer store. After sampling an array of beers from acrossed the galaxy, the duo hit on an idea. "I’ve got it" exclaimed Matt, "we’ll use vast amounts of whole hops, the finest malt, and put a little more love in every batch." "Eureka!" shouted Phin. And thus became a beer so fresh and tasty the duo put their names on it. 37 IBU’s, 5.6% ABV

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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsquire (4392) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Golden color out of the bottle with an egg shell head. The nose was of grassy hop pellets. This beer has lots of the bitter grass flavors that I do not really like (see GLBC Burning River). Apple, apricot, alcohol and that raw grass finish. Flavorful beer, but not the flavors I like.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 1, 2006
Good beer, nice floral hop aroma and hazed amber color. Taste is mellow and soft for an APA. Sessionable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2600) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts as hoppy/some malt but midway the hops kick in to the finish still a drinkable pale. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (6091) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2006
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of white colored foamy with a frothy top mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a hazy softly carbonated light orange brown colored body. The aroma was hoppy and malty with a slight citrus note. The mouth feel was tingly and mild from start to finish. It also had a nice mild malt hop flavor to it that was crisp and clean. A very quaff-able brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Pours a murky golden orange color. Aromas of citrus hops, caramel malts. Flavor is bitter and hoppy with a touch of pepper/grapefruit with sweet malt.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkBarnes (414) - Waterville, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 18, 2007 June 10, 2006; 12 oz. bottle

Straw color, small head. Signature citrusy ST aroma, but there’s something sour in there as well?

Watery (on the finish) and uninspired, this brew lacks the character of this brewery’s excellent flagship IPA. Unfortunately, can’t say there’s anything "extraordinary" about this one.

Re-rate on April 19, 2007: Was a bit hard on this one the first time around -- I have to remember to rate to the style to some extent!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
This is definitely NOT the best Southern Tier, but it is good. A very hoppy ale and malt with a strong aftertaste, this is definitely the one for the true beer enthusiast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle. Golden-amber color with good long lasting head. Amarillo hop aroma with orange, citrus and raisins. Aromas of malt in the background with hints of yeast. Sweetish malty flavor with orange-raisin hops. Same flavors continue into finish with light bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2006
(Bottled) Almost clear amber color with a smallish, tight and foamy, lasting head with lace. Pine-hoppy, citrusy and soapy aroma. Pine also dominates the flavor, which has hints of lemon, sweet-honeyish malt and birch leaves. Light to medium-bodied palate with balanced carbonation. An ok pale ale, but not very interesting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KUEric (972) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 Bottle (via BeerBeast): Outstanding!!!!! Just a fabulous beer. Aroma is soft and delicate, taste is full yet not overpower ing with any one thing. i kept thinking the taste was malts, no wait hops, nevermind malts (so a tad more malts than hops), so balanced and good!! The best beer I’ve had in a long while, especially when you consider its one of those underrated APAs, its outstanding!!!


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