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RATINGS: 1070   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Formerly known as Hop Notch. Wonderful complex flavos, like no other, simply a great tasting IPA. It’s balanced, strong malt backbone, citrusy nose, with hints of pine and grass.

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3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
viverlee (18) - - FEB 8, 2013


If they made beer cologne – and if they don’t they should – this wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

STYLE: American IPA

ABV: 7.3%

LOOK: Creamy head sits nicely atop a surprisingly clear amber, more vinegar than oil. Slow but persistent carbonation up the gut. I can tell already, the lacing, it’s there.

NOSE: Classic West Coast IPA. Sugared grapefruit right away. Also orange. Also pineapple. And also nectarines. There’s a wonderful little piney note, like if you took a citrus cocktail and stirred it with just a needle or two. Tempting and coy.

MOUTH: It can’t replicate the nose, and that’s a shame because I had orgasmic hopes for a mouth parade. What I need here is some sweet honey tang and something that sticks in my gums for a minute. This, I’m afraid, is too light to be excellent. But not to get too caught up in the negatives, because there are some, let’s cover the positives. Because there are just as many. Sharper pine without being overwhelming. Clever bitterness. And a nice malty gulp.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 96

Hayward Abbey Rating: 86


3.9
milesbloom7 (1) - - JUL 17, 2017 does not count
Sweet palate, less hoppy than I prefer, but really good for overall. Solid head that lasted. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
thedm (6183) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2017
This draft brew from a beer bar was served at a cool temperature and poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized white colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a uncarbonated body semi-hazy light orange brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The mild aroma was hoppy and musty. The sharp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The ok flavor contained notes of breads and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

3.7
mabuzzer (845) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUN 27, 2017
12oz can. Sweet caramel, citrus aromas. Flavours are pretty much the same, very soft mouthfeel.

3.2
RexTalionis (3752) - FINLAND - JUN 27, 2017
Can. Hazy orange in color with a whitish head. Sweet ripe fruityness in aroma. Some orange marmalade too. Bittersweet taste. Bit on the sweeter side, otherwise decent. Oranges and sweetness in aftertaste again.

4
LearninBeer (598) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2017
The aroma is hops, citrus and pine. Some malt presence in there too. Pours a clear yellow with a brownish orange tint. Big white head, mostly lasting and excellent lacing. The taste is a light bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. A very decent beer!

3.5
Fliwmn (17) - Moorhead, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2017
Didn't have an overly aggressive aroma but the first sip was positive. Has a bit of a bite and a bit of aftertaste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
adamnase (681) - Kronoby, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2017
Can from Alko, Kokkola. Pours light hazy golden with a thin, small white head. Aroma has ripe fruits and hops. Bitter, ripe fruits, malts and biscuits in flavour.

3.6
minihame2 (641) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2017
Nice looking, clear brown colour and a foamy light tan head. Aroma has light hops, some citrus and plenty of sweet malts. Nice bitterness light bitterness in the taste with maltier finish and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Very nice summer IPA.

3.7
Ronritter (729) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2017
12oz bottle pours copper with white head aroma of citrus and caramel taste is medium sweetness and sour with a slightly bitter finish

3.9
Kingi (662) - - MAY 28, 2017
The description says it all. Nice aroma, Orange beer with good off White head. Taste is medium bitter light sweetness. Finish is Hops and dry with a bit of sweetness. Aroma could be Stronger. Otherwise good beer.


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