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RATINGS: 1631   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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3.7
MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A creamy icing of a head reigns atop the deep orange.
-Earthy pine trees rise proudly over the bulbous oranges.
-Puffy, caramelly cereals lay a sturdy foundation for the pine trees to grow healthily.
-The seductively smooth mouthfeel is ably malted, and softly carbonated.

What if you dig deeper?
-A vociferous coniferous hop bitterness paints the back of the tongue.
-Maltiness is quiet on the flavor front, but provides ample enjoyment mouthfeel-wise.
-This isn’t too intense for a Double IPA, which I appreciate, and delivers enough hop oils and malty substance to keep you interested throughout the glass.

Bottle; no date.

3.9
Lubiere (13771) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2006
Golden orange ale with a thin off white head. Good pinhey hops with light malt and caramel, and smooth alcohol. A very sweet malt comes out, with notes of treacle, floral piney hops, sweet candy sugar. Rich and smooth I2PA. Enjoyed with the Mtl Crew Sept. 9, 2006.

4.6
harrisoni (18402) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Bottle at Kookfest 06. Piney, sappy, grapefruit. Sauvignon blanc grassy aroma. Hazy amber with beige/green head. Really intense sweetish malt and then very good hop on end. I do like it. 4.3/5 Rerate Bottle at HogTownHarry Fest ’08. I can’t think of a beer with a better aroma. I could quite happily curl up with a couple of bottles of this and not see the world for days on end.

3.7
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2006
Amber, little hazy coloured, with a small white head. Strong hoppy, fruity somewhat older parfume. Strong sweet body, nice balanced, finish is strong, dry bitter-hoppy with a longer ending.

3.5
bierkoning (13201) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2006
Red berries and grapefruit in the aroma. A strong flowery hoppiness with just a bit of red berries. Likeable, but not well balanced.

4.1
JorisPPattyn (9927) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2006
Orange-amber with a lacey white head. The best nose of USA hops possible. Fluid orange marmalade cake. Hops, of course, but also some garden herbs, and preserved fruit (oranges). Oily, fully bodied, lipsmacking hopoils. This is how a great I²PA ought to be.

3.5
skortila (5793) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2006
[2nd Low Countries RateBeer meeting] Aroma of loads of cascade hops, apples and malt. Hazy, orange-brown coloured with an off-white, firm head. Taste is sweet and sticky, heavy hoppy. More bitter towards the finish. Lacking balance.

3.6
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2006
Bottled, LCRBM. Aomra with lots of hops, fruity and malty. Orange/yellow color, beige head, good lace. Sweet start, malty, loads of bitter hops in the flavor as well. Sticky mouthfeel.

4.4
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2006
[bottle] Pours a beautiful clear reddish brown color, with a huge, tan colored head. Excellent retention and lacing on the glass. Aroma is incredible and very potent, like some skunky, heady Cannabis. Flavors are intensely bitter, citrusy and rather sweet. Grapefruit, pine and a bit of malty sweetness. Certainly over the top in its hoppiness, I really anticipated this one and it did not dissapoint. An excellent IIPA!

3.6
Boutip (6312) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is pretty intense and covers the malt. Taste is also dominated by huge fresh citrus hops. Malt is certainly present but hard to taste with all the hops in there. Body is above average and beer is not over filtrated. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, while this IIPA is very enjoyable, a better balance between malt and hops would have provided more enjoyment on my part.


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