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RATINGS: 1210   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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3.3
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
On par with a really good IPA although i think its rating is rather high. I enjoyed it but it didnt wow me. The 420 i thought was more impressive for its subtly and this tried too hard to hoptimize. Ill have an imperial if i want to have that.

3.8
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2008
pale orange pour with a decent head. nice cirus hop aroma with a hint of grass to it. flavor was nicely balanced. slight sweetness with a nice hop finish. grassy and smoothly bitter in the end.

3.8
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 25, 2008
One of many bonus bottles from unclemattie in a recent trade. Thanks! The pour was a very nice looking pale amber color with a perfect, slightly creamy, one-finger tall head that provided decent lacing. The aroma was citrus fruits with plenty of pineapple and mango softening it up. There’s also sweet, biscuity malts and some light pine. The flavor was a sweet blend of oranges, pineapple and sugary malts. A nice amount of pine hops brings down the hammer nicely in the back. The mouthfeel is very nice and the finish is clean. Really nice. Thanks again!

3.8
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2008
pours a bubbly gold with mild head. carbonated mouthfeel with more mild hops than you would think out of an IPA, tasted at bruisin ales, good sessionable.

3.7
BigDavesBwg (22) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2008
This was recommended by a server at the Sweetwater brewery lounge (Thanks Jess). Sampled during the cask ale tasting. Held a nice foamy head, slightly cloudy, decent lacing and tracers. Intense hop nose, close to overdose level unless you are a true hophead. A very good IPA

3.5
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2008
good stuff. on tap at a jock and jills in atlanta. bartender recommended it. it was good. i kept drinking it. he gave me a frozen mug though, i hate that.

3.8
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Bottle courtesy of goldtwins. Pours a hazy peach with an explosion of loose, frothy, ecru head that leaves behind sticky, wispy lace. Even pouring down the side of the glass results in a glass filled with 10% liquid and 90% head. The last time that this happened to me was with Founders Black Rye, and I was not disappointed by what I experienced after waiting patiently for the head to subside. The nose is a big hit of citric hops (fresh grapefruit and blood orange) with a solid, pale malt backing. Medium-bodied and creamy-slick, with a big, lingering, bitter finish. The flavor follows the nose, but isn’t quite as bright and fresh. There’s also a bit of an herbal note to the hops that isn’t present on the nose. This is a very solid IPA and one that I’d be likely to buy again if given the opportunity. If you like big citric hops, this is one definitely worth trying. Thanks again, Larry!

3.7
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2008
This beer poors a slightly hazy orange color with a rapidly diminishing white head. Aroma is very nice, sweet, tons of floral hops and plesant. Flavor is intensely hoppy, a little weak in the malt backbone but all in all a nicely balanced and drinkable ipa

3.7
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper with big ivory head and a few floaties. The aroma is lots of fruity hops, with notes of apricot, pineapple, very light grapefruit; there’s also a touch of sweet malt. The flavor is semi-sweet malt, which combines with the slight fruitiness of the hops very well. The beer isn’t all that bitter, but has plenty of hop flavor. There are some floral tones, and it gets a bit earthy toward the finish. This is very good.

3.4
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Thanks to shp555 for this. Pours a hazy orange with a long lasting white head. Aroma of orange and lemon, some light pine, and some faint brown sugar, maybe a trace of white chocolate. Big tart lemony hop flavor, with some bitter grapefruit tingling the throat and breadcrust coated in brown sugar for the malt. Definitely tangy. Finishes with a nice grapefruit bitterness, with a roasted almond fade. Medium, just shy of light bodied, and a good creamy mouthfeel. A little on the tangy citrus side for me, but still not bad.


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