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RATINGS: 1211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This mammoth IPA is defined by generous quantities of premium hops and balanced with a premium selection of English malt. Traditionally unfiltered IPA’s lead to the slight haze appearance. An extensive dry-hopping process contributes to its very intense floral hop aroma. The IPA is unfiltered and as always, unpasteurized to leave all the natural flavors intact. If you’re at the brewery you’ll be able to guess what style of beer every brewer has in his hand. THE BEER YOU'VE BEEN TRAINING FOR!

Malt: 2 Row, Pale Malt, Munich, 70-80 Crystal, Wheat

Hops: Columbus, Golding

Dry Hop: Columbus, Golding

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3.4
Drake (13739) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle courtesy of TheBeerCellar. Thanks Matt! Pours red tinged orange with a medium head. VERY strong hop aroma... floral and pine. Taste is much smoother... and the hops seem almost hidden. Nicely balanced once you can find them, and while I wish they were more assertive, it is nice that they are on the mellower side. The hop bomb aroma and the mellow taste make this an interesting one.

3.6
emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Thanks ucusty. Pours a light copper amber with a two finger creamy off orange head. The nose is hoppy, earthy, malty, a little weird. Bottle seems like it may be off. Probably a good IPA. Flavor is nice and hoppy, citrusy hops, sweet malt, earthy flavors. Very light alcohol. Finishes a little funky and old. Taking the bottle condition into account this is probably pretty good.

3.4
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2008
The color was golden/amber. The head was creamy and off-white. The aroma was citrisy, light pine, hops, and a very slight rotten smell. The flavor was hops, alcohol, and rotten fruit. The palate was average. The finish was waxy/bitter.

3.2
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4-19-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to robbmotiwalla
Thick cloudy amber brown orange with a watery ivory cream colored head and good ringed lacing. Good flavor of oranges and hops. Average mouthfeel. Not a big or bold IPA in my opinion but a good beer nonetheless.

3.3
milewide (2250) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
Draft. Dark amber color and modest head. Some fruit aroma and taste. Good hop bitterness.

3.1
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
12oz bottle. pours glowing amber with white head. nose is orangey, resiny juicy. flavors are sweet orangey hoppy juice, some caramel and cookie malt finish. watery feel. sure its flavorful but too juicy and watery. not a fun ipa to drink.

3.6
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - APR 24, 2008
Bottle. Pours a translucent golden amber with a diminishing pale head. The aroma is has some sharp piney hops with some light, soothing citrus. The initial flavour is citrusy, much like a pear or apple paired with pineapple. The hops create a slight tinge on the tongue. As the brew passes, the hops become a little more evident, but doesn’t nearly surpass the fruit flavours. Pine begins to burst but quickly fades. Pear, apple, and pineapple continue creating a smooth finish with some light bitterness from the hops. While I would usually say, "this needs more hops," I think this is nicely balanced letting the more citric flavours to accentuate.

3.8
calgone (17) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2008
Bottled. Very lovely strong hop aroma. Amber in color. I think the hop combination smells almost like a pineapple. Nice bitter finish. Probably my favorite Sweetwater.

3.3
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 12oz bottle, best by 12/07, consumed 4/08, hops have faded dramatically and so has my score for this IPA, easy to drink moreso than a Pale Ale of the same caliber, i think Alpha King was more hoppy than this... at its age, glad to have tried this but was unimpressed, mild taste no hop bitterness just a boring beer. ReRate: 4/17/14 Tap at the rookery, decent nose for a golding hopped beer, still rocking the columbus vibe and taste is not bad its short and crisp for an IPA no lingering, not bad easy to drink.

3.1
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2008
Bottle from jimbowood, thanks! Pours a nice amber orange color with thin white head. Aroma is of fruit and honey blended with hops. Taste is sweet, with a long bitter finish.


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