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Review by Oxymoron on 10/29/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 17 4 7 2009
Finally rated a beer before JDV. Pours a very hazy orange to light amber color. Some sediment on the bottom but I did a good job not adding it in. A soft white head with great retention and lacing throughout.

The nose as softened since first trying it 6+ months ago. A mostly hoppy nose with a earth and sudsy nose. Some minor piney notes on the back end as well. The malt is soft with hint of caramel and light biscuit. The yeast notes have really backed down with some noticeable alcohol heat notes but not overly solvent.

The taste as really matured as well. The malt is more balanced with the hops playing a bit stronger in the taste. The piney flavors are noticeable but as overwhelming from before. Some more earthy and floral notes with some limited sudsy flavors that come out as well. Noticeable caramel flavors with a touch of victory or biscuit leaving a nuttiness. The bitterness lasts into the finish and leaves a bite in the aftertaste.

The body is closer to full than moderate. Light carbonation, surprisingly but helps bring out the finishing hops. Overall for those who say you shouldn't age an IPA, I think this is a good example that you can and still get a good result.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 03/08/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 15 5 8 2008
Bottled 11/20/07

A - Pours a firey orange color with a slight chill haze going on. Head is one finger tall, and thick like mashed taters. This thing isn't going anywhere, looks like it's got a meringue topping on it.

S - Huge citrusy hop nose here, with grapefruit and tangerine starring in leading roles. Sweet pale malt backdrop gives it just enough balance.

T - The flavors are a bit more balanced than in the aroma, but this is still all about the hops. Starts off with sweet pale malts that remind me of biscuits and honey. Hops come in with a nice hoppy flavor of tangerines and grapefruit. Hoppiness lingers for a while before tailing off with a bit of marmalade towards the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied and extremely smooth.

Overall - For the bigger feel, this one drinks very very well due to the perfect carbonation. This thing is so smooth you might think it was on cask. Tasty beer, only complexity keeps this one from being great.

Served In: Pint Glass

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