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Review by bakes on 07/19/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
Thanks to WeeHeavySD for the bottle! Bottling date 6/10/09.

Pours a hazy amber with a white head that will probably be leaving lace next time Halley's Comet comes around. Aroma of all kinds of citrusy hop, hits of pine, and a biscuity malt nose underneath - more dry than marmalade-like.

Starts out with a brilliant, slightly orangey-sweet tea-like maltiness for a brief second, then the hops start their work, bitter, resinous, orange then apricot then pine then faint lemon zest, one after the other, with a toasty caramel-on-biscuit malt singing along in the background. Bitterness carries this one through, with the ending bringing a bright hit of hoppiness before fading away. Not at all cloying or overly malty - dry yet still very drinkable. Medium, not-too-big mouthfeel; it's the yin to Dreadnaught's yang in the DIPA category, if that makes sense.

I had half this bottle before I dared review it. I was trying to pick out it's defining characteristic, flavor wise, and realized that it does nothing incredible, but almost everything in balance and very very well. Last time I had it, on tap from a keg of questionable age, it underwhelmed. This one gets it right.

Served In: Pint Glass