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RATINGS: 1630   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Fast on the heels of our fantasticly reformulated Hops Infusion, our brewers have picked up the gauntlet and brewed a Double IPA using exclusively Simcoe(R) Hops! This west coast Hops was created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc. and carries a fantastic flavor profile abounding with citrusy-grapefruit, piney, resiny notes that pushes this Double IPA over the top. 9.0% ABV in the brew gives it a nice malt foundation as well. Draft and bottles, 12 oz. in PA, 22 oz. out of state (as we have no 6-packs),

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 31, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 (22 oz bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maryland/baltim target=blank>Wells Discount Liquors) Hop lovers delight...Pours slightly cloudy medium-light amber/orange with about one finger of light orangey-biege head. Pungent aroma of fresh pine. As head recedes some candy malt sweetness comes through. Mouthfeel smooth, lightly sticky on back end. Heavy sheets of lacing. Flavor is piney and malty sweet. Pretty well-balanced but piney hops are predominant flavor. More smooth than sharp. Medium bitter. Alcohol well-hidden but definitely has a "big beer" feel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle, at Kookfest, September 2006. Hazy, dark amber colour. I must be developing a resistance to big US IPAs because Im finding "not as extreme as I expected" appearing in my notes with increasing regularity. And I wrote those words for this beer. Now, Im not saying it isnt big and hoppy, because it is. And the grapefruit and pine is there. But the bitterness was not over the top and it drunk very smoothly for me. If anything, I found it a little sweet. But I enjoyed it very much.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Pours clear reddish brown (or deep golden if you like) with a big frothy beige head. The hop aromatics are grapefruit, lemon/lime, and a bit of celery. Pine and resin not what you might expect from advertising. There are noticeable caramel underpinnings. The beer is full-bodied, thick, and rich, a delightful palate. The beer has a striking flavor as well, unlike anything I recall. The hop bitterness combines with a strong malt backbone in a unique way. I can only describe it as a weird bready-vegetable combo, but I like vegetables and I mean this positively. I just cant put my finger on it. The beer displays relatively controlled acidity and bitterness with a big malt support. The finish is long, bittering and dry. I like this a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bomber: Pours a deep golden and produces a rocky frothy head like the Delaware river in flood. Pungent citrusy aroma from three feet away. That should give you some idea of the hoppiness of this critter. Hops thru and thru. It actually gets hoppier the more it breathes. Body buttery and smoothly fullbodied yet tart, crisp and malty at the same time. Dont buy just one of them. Actually a bit too hoppy for my tastes but a fine, fine beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle - WOW, what a beer! Strong pine hop nose with a touch of citrus. Beautiful deep orange color with a thick, creamy beige head. Gorgeous! The flavor is amazing - just an absolute sweet spot beer for me. Plenty of malt, but tons of the piney, citrus hops atop. Full palate. Unbelievable!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours a clear dark orange/amber color with a persistent head. Strong piney citrus aroma. Sweet malty flavor w/ good strong finish from the hops. Slight syrupy palate. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
12oz bottle (thanks to ty5592) poured a cloudy brownish/ orange color with almost no head. The aroma had more of a malt backbone than hop. The taste was very bitter and over the top, but not as good as expected. The flavors start to get better as it warms with the bitterness and maltiness coming together nicely.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2006
This poured out a light brown with a large white head.This brew had a pine aroma,of course,also some floral notes.You also get some malt as it warms up with a clean finish.Good beer fot it style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
can8ianben (1510) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Wonderful. This one reminds me of Dreadnaught or 90 minute, its one of my favourite double IPAs ive ever had. Delicious in many ways, I love the deep amber colour and huge frothy head.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Beautfiul caramel sudsy slow dissolving head with orange caramel coloring. Nose is nice even citrus and the flavor starts as very smooth slight caramel sweet pine that expands with a nice bitter grapefruitiness all the way to the finish where it really dries out. Exceptional. Nice job!


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