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style
RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our flagship ale. Full of Pacific Northwest hops, English, German, and American malt. Versatile, drinkable, delicious. 2006 World Beer Cup Gold Medal.

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2.3
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
Cask at the Rose and Raindrop. Deep, dark amber colour. Pale malt aroma and flavour. Hop aroma is underwhelming. Fairly bland and lifeless. Moderate bitterness, but almost no flavour.

2.7
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Dark yellow color with a white head that stays for a nice visit. For an IPA, not one of my favorite types of beer, this was very drinkable. The bitterness after taking a sip stays with you before turning to a citrus, pine overtones.

3.8
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Clear and deep yellow. Creamy, soft and velvety texture. Rich and complex malt sweetness (earth, cookie dough and yeast). Decent bitterness, but hops mostly provide an aromatic bouquet of pine, citrus and spruce tips. Fruity alcohol pops up in the background. Tasty IPA.

3.2
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
Medium amber, lasting white head. Big spicy and sweetish hop bouquet, fiercely citrusy – name your fruit you got it type of hoppiness. Slight oily biscuity malts don’t bring much outside necessary break to the growing sourish bitterness. A piney contribution is welcomed in mouth whereas the post-taste keeps the lingering bitterness going on and on. Possibly my least favourite of their offerings I’ve tried, but there are few brewers who’d have that kind of score as their weakest.

3
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
GABF 2005. Nice head. Clear yellow body. Aroma is pretty light bordering on weak, more hops please. Light hops in the palate, more malt dominated. Bitter and dry finish.

3.5
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
(Draft: Walking Man Brewing & Public House in Stevenson, WA) Solid west coast IPA hoppiness, though a solid entry seem standard these days. Fairly citrusy and bitter hoppiness. Lightly toasty malt background is balancing and a nice change of pace for west coast IPAs, and with solid grapefruit hops for balance. Medium bodied, clean, crisp finish. Golden color, fully clear. Off-white head, fades to a small ring. Fancy delicate lacing.

3.3
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2005
On tap at the Brouwer Cafe Hopfest. Solid amber color with average white head. Very strong fruit aroma, though it disappeared after one sip when the nose got saturated. The flavor, though, doesn’t exhibit much of the dry hopping that is evident in the aroma. Fairly bitter with not much after that. I’m not a huge bitter fan, so I probably wouldn’t have it again, but since it was hopfest.... Clearly my rating is skewed by the fact that I’m not a huge IPA fan.

4
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Tap. Clear, golden amber colored. Nice white head is fairly long lived and leaves good lacing. Super hopped aroma, nice job with dry hopping I suppose. Citrus dominated, lots of grapefruit in flavor and aroma. Medium bodied. Upfront hop bitterness is toned down with a decent malt balance. Good stuff.

4.1
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Draught at Brouwer’s Cafe during HopFest 2005: Pale amber, moderate white head, attractive lacing, lively carbonation.   Candy sweet hop nose.   Sweet citrusy hop flavor.   This one I prefer much more than the Homo Erectus.   Body and mouthfeel are full to moderate.   Clean, crisp finish with a lingering hop bite.   Nothing out of the ordinary, but a solid example of a PNW IPA that I would drink time and time again.


4.1
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2005
On tap at the Walking Man brewpub. This was a really nicely hopped IPA, lots of piney/citrus hops in the aroma, very aromatic and fresh. Pours a clear light copper with a smooth white head. Finishes very crisp and dry with a nice lasting hop finish with some grapefruit hop flavors.


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