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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3509) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6174) - 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 dont 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 Ive tried, but there are few brewers whod have that kind of score as their weakest.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3061) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
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, doesnt exhibit much of the dry hopping that is evident in the aroma. Fairly bitter with not much after that. Im not a huge bitter fan, so I probably wouldnt have it again, but since it was hopfest.... Clearly my rating is skewed by the fact that Im not a huge IPA fan.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Draught at Brouwers 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2005
On draught at the WM (March 2005). The aroma is nicely balanced (centennial?). It is less bitter than the Knuckle Dragger but a nice IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2004
I pour from growler to glass and the brew is cast in an appealing ripe peach shade, slightly hazy, with a good thickcap of creamy white foam atop. Looking good so far...Smells great, too! Excellent nose full of the usual grapefruit-y, citric, orange, lemon, dribbles of pinesap, peach, apricot, very fruity and pleasant. Mmmm, great bittering blast bombards the palate at first sip, a puckering, wince-inducing, "mmmm-Wow, thats hoppy!" kind of bite, that sticks in the craw for a while, before mellowing out. Mellow, that is, until next it meets the mouth. Fruity flavor is flush on the tongue, and everywhere, very bright and lively, with a slight sour kick way in the back, a contribution from the never-ending citric quality. Really tasty, with enough of a hop attack to keep my tastebuds, always anxious for pleasurable stimulation, ever-so satisfied. Theres an appreciated tangible texture, too, a juicy-fruity-ness that just sweet and delicious as they come. Medium to full bodied, with a long, hoppy, ultimately dry, and unrelentingly fruity finish. One minor caveat: not too hoppy, but not malty enough. Still, its very hard to complain about a brew this fine. Quite a tasty, tickling, tenacious rendition of the classic West Coast IPA style, though I feel this one really stakes its own ground and creates its own class...these Simcoe hops are somethin else! I would, if possible, choose this delicious number over almost any other IPA made..."almost"...;^ )


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