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RATINGS: 3940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle, can, and keg: Filtered
Launched: August 1997
Hops: Magnum, Chinook & Centennial
By definition, an India Pale Ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale-and we deliver in spades. Now one of the most well respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy flavor and hop aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.

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4.3
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2007
best ipa ive ever had, hops are REALLY strong but refreshingly bitter without being overpowering, hints of sweetness in the finish

3.5
pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2007
The was the first IPA I ever enjoyed and even slightly appreciated. Aroma isn’t the typical IPA hoppy apricot smell. It is there, but much lighter. Slight and mild bitterness, not overpowering at all. Taste is not too intense at all. I really want to try this again after I try some more IPAs to see how much I still like it.

4.4
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2007
22 oz. great hop aroma right from the start. crisp, fresh hop flavor, very citrusy/orange and somewhat sweet. slightly sticky mouthfeel, but smooth overall. One i could drink frequently.

4.8
SpookiusMortem (4) - USA - AUG 14, 2007 does not count
This is one of my top 3 favorite beers brewed in the United States. Definitely my favorite IPA overall. Yummylicious!

3.5
mrant (330) - New York, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Good flavor. Lacking in hops, expected more from an IPA. Not quite as good as I was led to believe.

3.6
harrisoni (19348) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2007
Cask gravity at GBBF 2007. It’s just grapefruit juice. Gold with slight haze, bubbly off white head. Lots and lots of grapefruit. Fine in mouth. I was really looking forward to this and it’s still a little lacking in the mouth like the pale ale. Great, great hop though and decent balance.

3.9
BigBeer45 (1565) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Bomber Bottle: pours copper gold with faint orange-amber high lights and a white head, nice lacing of fine bubbles left on the glass, pine hop and citrus with malt sweet aromas, faint pineapple and orange fruit fragrances, little vanilla on the nose, hop citrus bitterness on the tongue with malt sweet, pale malt and faint caramel flavors, appears to be brewed more towards the hops rather then the malt, I found the malt flavors were limited if the beer was too cold, allowing the beer to warm brought out the malt flavor, medium or so mouth feel, has a hop bite that leads to a nice dry finish Old Rating 8/4/7/4/14.......................New rating, very good, certaintly made to the hops side of the spectrum, hops dominate throughout, the citrus hop bitterness has a real drying effect at the finish, New Rating-8/5/7/4/15

4.4
flemdawg (565) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Hazy yellowis body with a firm white head of small to medium bubbles. I could smell the hops from about 3 feet away, but there was also a slight hint of caramel. As expected, tons o’ hops in the taste. Piney, floral and bitter hop flavors all made an appearance with the bitter taking center stage and lingering the longest. Not very full in the mouth, but not thin either. Just about right. A very tasty IPA indeed.

3.9
lb4lb (2632) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 Rich honey to amber colored pour with relatively short lived head. Smell at first is big bold fresh hops, but in a matter of a couple minutes, the hops dissipated dramatically, and turned into a lightly aromatic honey and caramel with the faintest hint of alcohol. I’ve never noticed the hops aroma fading, or especially that quickly. Taste was actually rather smooth, sweet, and very mildly bittered and flavored from the hops.

4
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Pours a hazy gold with highlights of yellow and orange and a medium-sized white head. The aroma is floral with hops, complemented with some grass and some honey. The mix of grassy, flowery hops and malts makes for a very seductive smell. The flavor follows the aroma: a firm hop bitterness made from flowery, fruity, and spicy hops. There is a touch of citrus and grass, too. The hops are well-balanced by sweet malts that provide flavors of honey and sweet, very light crystal malts. The finish is dry with a sweet but hoppy aftertaste. I am quite curious what hop varieties were used - they are delectable and much more subtle than most high-alpha-acid US hop varieties. Overall, very pleasant.


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