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Homo Erectus - Walking Man Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%


Brewed by:
Walking Man Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: freed on 09-04-2003)
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale orange appearance, huge frothy creamy-toned head...leaving loads of lace...

Piney, citric aroma, bittersweet, fresh and delighfully hoppy.

Zesty in the mouth, flush with fruit, creamy and delicious. Fine and mellow hop attack, blasts the tongue, but smoothly. Very smoothly, but then the flavor gets stronger, fuller, more prominent on the palate. Grapefruit grinds it up with berries, lemon, orange, mixed well with bitter hops.

Medium bodied, fullish mouthfeel, long finish, fruity and bitter and ever so delicious. yum, and...9%? Wooo, here it comes...burns brighter, gets bolder, smacks the senses about a bit. Yums, yums...

lipsmacking bitter hoppiness, easy-drinking, but higher booziness...makes one big, bad, beautiful brew!

Serving type: growler

03-30-2006 08:06:06 | More by feloniousmonk
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a orangish gold color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Flowers, pine and grapefruit.

T: Taste is well hopped, slight bite and very balanced, not overly done but a treat to drink! Grapefruit, floral and a tad pine. Caramel backbone

M: Mouthfeel has a medium body with a slick texture.

D: Very good!

Serving type: growler

01-30-2011 22:19:26 | More by barleywinefiend
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a slightly hazy coppery orange with a small cap of white head that left some doily lacing. Aroma loaded with piney hops. The taste reinforced the piney hops of the smell as the dominant factor, with undertones of citrus. Dry and bitter in the finish, with some alcohol burn. Medium-bodied, and quite drinkable, but can be a palate-killer in larger quantities. Which is okay, if this is all your drinking tonight.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 12:45:32 | More by Rifugium
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a hazy dark copper with a small off white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, pine, herbal hops, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a floral & herbal flavor coming through with a touch of biscuits found in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, sweet...'tis ok.

Serving type: growler

02-24-2009 16:32:09 | More by weeare138
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One could argue that this is the beer that has ruined me for lesser DIPA's. My palate has never been quite the same since I first sampled this hop nectar at the Rose & Raindrop years ago.

Had on tap at numerous places (HorseBrass, R&R and the brewpub in Stevenson), but most recently at Concordia Alehouse (where, along with the knuckledragger, it's almost a regular).

The beer pours an intriguing dark brown color with nuances of amber. The beer has a persistent head with sticky lacing everywhere. This does not look like your typical DIPA, but don't be fooled. This is a hop bomb ready to explode. On the nose one gets some dry citrus, earth and tobacco. There's a hint of sweet malt as well, but only a hint. The beer smells pretty good, but again not like any other DIPA I've had. On the palate this DIPA is unique. There is a huge mouthfeel/presence, and it doesn't have the usual piney, orange citrus flavors. There is considerably dry citrus bite from the hops, but this beer is amazingly smooth and quaffable. I don't know how Walking Man does it, but there is enough malt in this bad boy to counter and balance the hops, but without being overly sweet or tiring. The finish is pretty dry and is very long. The abv. is very well disguised in this beer, but it's more then just that. It's actually very refreshing on the palate and each gulp begs you to take the next gulp.

The most drinkable DIPA on the planet, IMO. Excellent and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2007 17:27:58 | More by johnmichaelsen
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped at the brewpub today .... I was hoping to score some Jaywalker or Old Stumblefoot... but alas, they were no longer on tap.... I was able to talk the fine ladies working behind the bar to fill some 22's for me (I had sanitized bottles and caps with me and a capper.... I'm a nerd.... and I'm okay with that :-)

I am reviewing this one as a growler because it was off of tap.

I had a pint of the homo erectus at the pub and was pretty damn happy with it.. soooo... I want a beer.. one 22 down. Poured into my shaped SA glass.

Slightly hazy golden amber.. great head and lacing..

Nose is a fresh battering ram of PNW hoppiness.. pine and citrus.. but a surprising smack of floral hops are a nice distraction.. lite pale malts with only whiffs of caramel.. this just smells soooo fresh.

Flavor mirrors the nose with only a little bit more pale maltiness and with a bunch more juicy hops.. the citrus and pine are waaay up front with a more floral essence coming out on the finish... the malts are not an afterthought by any means.. instead more of a way to get the hops into the front of the palate.. the finish is fairly dry with a lingering hoppiness that sticks around and makes me want another sip... drinkability is really fairly high.. body is lite for such a heavy hitter, but really spot on for a nice dry PNW DIPA.. this one should certainly be considered for a place among the big boys.

Edit: I can't believe that I've never been to Walking Man before today.. for some stupid reason (mainly apathy), I've always just assumed they were somewhere up near Seattle.. instead, the are only a couple of minutes off of I-84 on the way home from PDX... They can count on seeing me anytime I make the trip.

Serving type: growler

04-12-2009 08:37:14 | More by JohnGalt1
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dirtylou

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Brouwers in Seattle

appearance: served in a pint during hopfest (an extraordinary surprise), bold orange body with a big foamy beige head and pretty nice retention...looks inviting

smell: zesty hops, pine and citrus, rather floral with a noticeable thick caramel malt base

taste: great DIPA...thick and chewy with strong bitter hops...apricot, grapefruit and other citrus and a big caramel malt base. This has a big oily finish with a varietal of fruit-jam flavors (citrus, peach, berry) - great DIPA

mouthfeel: huge body, thick and full, molassess and citrus

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 01:16:52 | More by dirtylou
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The promise of a big, malty backbone looms large here. The body is a dark, creamy thick brownish-orange that supports an ample, foamy, lacing head.

Smell – The smooth citrus hops mix well with an underlying piney aroma. The sharp floral notes almost make this one seem dry-hopped. The big caramel-laden malty base is present in the nose as well.

Taste – This will be too much for most. The malt backbone in particular is drenched with unsulphored molasses. How I missed this at the nose I’ll never know. There’s also a stinging sense of alcohol. The ABV is not published but beware.

The hops fight back enough to stay in the game. The smooth citrus and complimentary pine are almost lost in the malty shuffle, though. They just do manage to stay on top.

Mouthfeel – Full in the body, hands down the fullest IPA I’ve had to date, with a creamy smooth middle and a bitter dryness at the end. There are so many flavors, all very big, that your cheeks and taste buds will go nuts (is the “kid in a candy shop” too worn out here). If you love big beers, though, your mouth will love you for drinking it.

Drinkability – This is too big for most beer-lovers, even those that fancy the PacNW IPA style. The ABV will take the social drinker to the mat. The huge malts will put off hop-heads. The bitter, dry finish will leave women and children crying. That said, I love this stuff.

Comments – Skyhand discovered, introduced me to, enticed me with, made me dependant on, and finally satisfied me with this “ultimate IPA” from an obscure brewery that I otherwise would have never found. BA Buds are the best!

Update – Since I loved the ’04 so much skyhand was nice enough to bring a growler over to my place for the 1st Annual NYC/Chi-town Pizza Cook Off. I found the beer very sessionable even with all of the big flavors. The excellent malt structure of this ale stood out a little more for me this time around. Overall this is one of my absolute favs.

Serving type: growler

06-23-2004 01:34:02 | More by RoyalT
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/orange with rusty edges and a big/fat tan/brown head of foamy foam foam. Aromas are all fresh cut citrusy hops, herbal hop notes, pines, hop resins, oils, and cones. The taste is a bit bready and biscuity, and than the orange citrusy hop flavors come into play with some lemony/lime/herby goodness in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is medium>thick and the drinkability is damn good for a double ipa as well. Damn good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2005 06:16:44 | More by francisweizen
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, I love the irony in the name. The beer named for the man that stands upright delivers a roundhouse kick of hops and enough alcohol to knock you on your butt. For the record, the ABV is 9.0%.

There’s a lot to like here: the clear sorrel color, the two fingers of suds, the seductive floral aroma. The flavor is alive with leafy, herbaceous hops that still leave an opening for a sweet flush of malts. Alcohol also makes its presence known.

This is a buccaneer beer – a real swashbuckler. Imperial in every way.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2005 04:40:40 | More by RedDiamond
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in trade with riversideAK (from the Uber Tavern). Thanks!

Poured a deeper and slightly hazy amber color wtih a larger sized off white head. Aromas of fresh floral hops, earthy, and pine. Tastes of the same floralness, toasted caramel, pine, and some citrus. Alcohol content well hidden. Some lacing left on the glass.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2009 19:22:43 | More by hopdog
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on several occasions, most recently on-draught at Concordia Ale House. At 9% ABV, this is definitely in the Double/Imperial IPA category.

A: Rich auburn orange/brown, crowned with 1/2 of creamy light tan head. Only slightly hazy when held to light, showing off very few lazily rising single carbonation bubbles. Good-looking sticky bands of lace.

S: Immense hoppy nose, full of pine and grapefruit with an underlying layer of caramel-sweet malt. Served a little cool, so the full aroma didn't immediately burst forth, but as it warmed the hop aroma really developed and shone.

T: Thick sweet malt is engulfed by big grapefruit and resin bitterness. Malts are full of biscuits and caramel; hops are juicy and pucker-inducing. A huge, flavorful IPA with excellent balance.

M: A creamy mouthfeel, thick and clinging. Surprisingly smooth; warming from the elevated alcohol level is stealthy.

D: A terrific DIPA, bold, balanced. Huge IBU's, listed at 100 on WM's website, make this a Hophead's dream. It's one that I like to have occasionally (simply because the extremely hoppy beers are not my favorites). However, this is definitely one of Walking Man's best and is one I highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2007 06:03:27 | More by msubulldog25
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Crosling

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GABF 2005. I am pretty sure this is a Double IPA. Although I loved their Jaywalker, I wasn’t happy with either the IPA or this Double IPA. Darkened gold color. Very mild hop nose, with a light hint of flowers and grapefruit. Medium body with a slick texture. Approachable hop flavor, very mild overall, without much complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2006 03:34:17 | More by Crosling
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mcallister

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber/mahagonny depending on how the light interacts. Head is white, thin and holds no length.

Fruity and delightful. A very gummy peach fruit aroma with a pinch of tangerine and dried apricot. Leads to a thick bready malt backbone.

Tis one thick DIPA. Very viscous and jammy with an oily finish. Very balanced but not as complex as I had hoped. More pine in the taste than fruit with a hoppy floral finish. Thick toffee malt and caramel, with a grainy finish that brings things to a halt.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 23:00:36 | More by mcallister
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gal growler from the source.

Pours dark gold with a copper hue and a viscous, robust head of off-white. Plenty of dotted lacing throughout the glass as well as a thin skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with a nice blend of citrus, pine, and sticky malt. Not screamingly pungent but enticing nonetheless. Powdered grapefruit and pine resins.

Medium bodied with a plump, tacky mouthfeel.

Ripe fruit, gummy malt, and leafy resins start the palate. Plenty of juicy malt to balance and bitterness is fairly light for the style. Sturdy in nature with a good amount of heft and hops. Freshness abundant.

Finishes with lingering, sticky resins, pine-rubbed grapefruit, and a bit of warmth.

Tasty IIPA. I was also able to sample a beer similar to this one (after hours) which was brewed with agave nectar, which kicked ass. Shot down on the growler on that one though.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2010 20:16:45 | More by brewandbbq
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IntriqKen

California

4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beautiful golden amber color like amber the jewel. Nice head of sticky white lacing.
Sweetish Malt and fresh piney hops in the aroma. Does the 9% alcohol raise it's head after it warms? Nope...aroma stays clean and fresh...even more hops with more of a citrus note as it warms and more fruit notes to the brew.
First impression is the sweetness of the amber malts...clean, not cloying, but definately sweet. Immediately there is the presence of piney hops that melds to grapefruit citrus peel hops....intense and all that is left of the complex flavors after you swallow.
Hmmm...again I ask, 'Where is the alcohol'? It isn't present in the flavor, either.
Aftertaste is palette scarring citrus....nice dryig in the mouth.
After'feel' is....'Ah yes...THERE's the alcohol.'
Carefull with this one...it is deliciously addictive and the alcohol REALLY needs to be respected. It's there...you just don't know it while drinking it.
Thanks skyhand for sending me a growler - 64 oz. of amber drops from heaven. Good stuff.

Serving type: growler

11-04-2006 18:54:48 | More by IntriqKen
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwers, 9/10/10

A-Clear copper with some honeyed highlights, frothy off white head, great sticky lacing.

S-Fruity and juicy. Peach mixed with grapefruit and a hint of honey.

T-Starts off with a stone fruit sweetness, then citrus hops kick in followed by a dry finish of white peaches.

M-Medium bodied with a light lingering bitterness.

D-Quite tasty. Hard to believe this is 9% ABV.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 19:39:35 | More by sholland119
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler received in a trade with Piclee. Thanks! Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter.

A - Pours a dirty, dark amber color with noticeable yeasty haze, low head and sparse lacing.

S - Citrusy hops - oranges mostly. Bready and biscuity malt...surprisingly low aroma intensity, but what is there is pretty good.

T - Mid level bitterness, balanced toward the malty side. Very biscuity flavors, a bit yeasty with low citrus and some earthy flavors as well.

M - A touch on the thin side of medium with a lower carbonation level (could be due to the growler serving type), smooth.

O - Not bad double IPA...I wish the hop flavors were a bit more intense especially on the citrusy side. Balanced beer with a firm malt base.

Serving type: growler

04-10-2011 22:33:04 | More by portia99
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jdense

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Walking Man 12/3 poured into pint glass.

Light amber one finger white head slow disipation, nice retention and very good lacing. Complex nose, fruity and piney hops with bready malt backbone. Big hop hit on tastebuds, good grapefruit hops, with a fairly dry malt profile providing nice balance. Fairly dry hoppy bitter finish. Very drinkable for this ABV, if I didn't have to get to Beervana that evening I would have had several of these. Big hop bomb. Very tasty, worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 17:20:42 | More by jdense
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grittybrews

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark orange-amber with a thin slick of eggshell head. Nice hoppy aroma dominated by pine, grapefruit, and floral notes.

Lowish carbonation from the cask and a smooth, light mouthfeel. Grapefruit and floral hops up front with gentle toffee biscuit. Pleasant pine bitterness and just a hint of booze on the finish.

Would never peg this at 9% - really smooth and very tasty hop-forward IIPA.

Serving type: cask

11-13-2011 14:48:41 | More by grittybrews
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. On tap at Horse Brass in Portland. Beautiful copper/bronze, 1 finger foamy head, good retention and lacing. SMELL weak at first, it grew stronger. Vaguely grainy, malty sweet, piny/earthy hop notes. Alc heat, fruity esters, hops and matly sweetness blend and balance nicely after warming some. TASTE Malty sweetness holds its own early and through the middle before giving way to assertive hop flavors and bitterness. bit of booze. FEEL peasant slightly viscous texture, full body, mildly drying, bitter finish. OVERALL a bold, tasty sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 01:29:27 | More by sprucetip
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a shiny pint of this at Horse Brass in Portland.

Clear light amber ofrange with an impressive head.

Aroma is nice juicy rich pacnw hop and a good floral sweetness. Light organic pine resin.

Malt profile is a bit chewy toffee caramel, but the hops pile on to take precedence. Great full mouthfeel, really a treat! There's a tad bit of metallic twang I was getting in the middle-to-late, but was barely noticable. A really impressive IPA, but a tad high in the ABV's. I would really like this if it were toned down a bit, makes it much more drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 21:08:39 | More by SurlyDuff
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in 10 oz. serving size because "its stiff".

Perfect pour at the Horse Brass ... meringued, light red copper with a wicked lace. A beautiful presentation.

Super fruity (crystal?) hop character on the nose. Freshly alcoholic hop-head dream.

Toasty plastic grain with molasses dripping off your tongue. A rather nasty bite of malt at the middle, chewy, creamy mouthfeel by the end.

A delicious double IPA that loses a little because of the middle flavor of rank plastic. Other than that slight hint, a wickedly crippling double IPA.

Serving type: cask

12-27-2004 03:43:55 | More by GreenWBush
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freed

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can hardly find any information about this beer, but I found it on tap at the Horse Brass. Cheers!

Imperial Pint on cask, lovely copper body with a nice naturally creamy head. A wonderfully fresh and citrusy aroma that doesn't completely hide the abundant malt body. The taste starts with a crrisp hob bite followed by a nice, somewhat traditionally british malt profile, with some almost berry flavors. That sounds off putting, but its a subtle sensation that is quite nice. The beer finishes with a dryness that any IPA should leave. It really finishes itself off well, and is quite a good beer. I was somewhat surprised by its affects upon my equilibrium, so I suspect that maybe its got a higher Abv.

Serving type: cask

09-04-2003 06:02:35 | More by freed
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djbreezy

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a 4 oz sampler glass at the Walking Man pub.

appearance - poured an amber orange, streaking lace, low head, retention along the edges

smell - the dry hopping is evident, big resinous hops on the nose, piney

taste - resinous and flavorful hops dominant with a slightly bitter finish

mouthfeel - medium/full bodied, slightly dry finish

drinkability - strong and hoppy but the alcohol is well hidden, amazing IPA

From the brewery:
An Imperial IPA brewed in celebration of being erect for two million years. Special batches: Big Phat Homo (dry-hopped) and My Old Kentucky Homo (bourbon barrel aged). 2005 North American Beer Awards Silver Meda

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 00:28:01 | More by djbreezy
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Homo Erectus from Walking Man Brewing Co.
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