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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Just as Patrick Henry once stood addressing the city of Richmond in 1775 to spur resistance against the tyrannical British Empire, 20 years ago we were stirred to join the cry for resistance against the tyrannical oppression of industrial beer. And now, the opening of our Richmond brewery is yet another shot in the salvo that has been fired on behalf of American brewing independence. If we wish to brew free, if we mean to retain our identity and preserve the privilege of access to independent craft beer, we must recognize it is a group effort. We do not stand alone. And so, on our new brewing grounds, we gathered with fellow craft breweries and His Excellency, Governor McAuliffe, to join together in force. A group cry of freedom & independence! Consider this aggressively hopped imperial IPA, jam-packed with Virginia raspberries and blackberries, a testament to our passion and unwillingness to settle or sell out! We think Patrick Henry would be proud, and hope you will be too.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (1068) - Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2017
I think this is a little better than the Stout "version" from the Richmond brewery, which also had the blackberries and the raspberries. Like this stout, this thing doesnt play the berry card in a distinct way. Its more of a typical Stone IPA. But IPAs are Stones thing, and this one is a fairly typical Stone IPA. Pours dark copper colored with a fair amount of foam and smells like floral and grassy hops with some malt and a hint of the berries. The flavor is a typical, big, bitter blast of hops, but the raspberries are there on the finish in a small, faint, slight, flirtatious way. I wont go out of my way to get this again, but I enjoyed it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6582) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color with a firm topping. There is a subtle flourish of dark berries in the nose. This drinks with a sturdy and viscous, richly woodsy, and fully built-up character profile. Its hard to discern any berries in the taste, but they must provide some of the intensity. (#6535, 3/15/2017)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9992) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 14, 2017
Bottle from Cap Tap. Pours dark brown with a huge tan head and a berry aroma. There is a hearty mixed malt flavor with a fair amount of berry flavor. Hard to tell that this is an IPA, since it as rather dark. The berries seem to have added darkness, but not a lot of flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (4160) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2017
Bottle. It poured a brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of malts, berries and hops. The taste was similar to the aroma with more malts, berries, resin and hops. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (2863) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2017
On tap at Champps in Brookfield. The pour is reddish amber. The aroma is sweet malty with berries. The taste is sweet malty, some fruitiness. Medium bodied with some alcohol. The blend is decent. Finishes sweet malty. Shrug? Surprising from Stone. 13

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (843) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2017
Bomber pours cloudy Redish Brown. Aromas are a nice mix of hops and malts. No noticeable berries. Great flavors of strong hops balanced by a weak backbone of malts. The berries are subtle, with a slight appearance of tartness mixed with bold citrus. This is the way I like my dbl IPAs. I will get a few more of these while Im waiting for the next release of Enjoy By. As the beer finishes it becomes more of a contest between malt sweetness and bitterness, which dominates.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerowulf (106) - , Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Bomber poured into tulip. Great lacing with minimal head. Aroma of oranges and pine. Moderate brown in color. Very citrusy but smooth. No hint of black or raspberry. A decent imperial which should quench the hopheads.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chadski (123) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Cloudy, mahogany color. Subtle, fruity aroma. Very crisp, pronounced spicy flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5845) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Tap. Pours brown. Aroma and flavor are big pine, toasted malts, light woodiness, caramel, faint floral notes, and light berry notes. Medium body.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
oobawa (1101) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2017
Not digging this bomber. Lovely brown pour with loads of lace, but the nose seems off, a moderate citric hop presence betraying no trace of berries. Taste starts shockingly sweet, a huge burst of brown sugar malt leading to a saccharine middle, notes of berry not appearing until very late. Ample bitterness assaults the sweetness, and a quinine-like fade covers up all those nice Virginia berries. Not for me, dudes.


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