4C 10th Anniversary Ale | Nodding Head Brewery

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Nodding Head Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jwhancher on 02-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of zoso1967
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, slightly hazy copper amber with an off-white head that had good retention, and okay lacing. It was a thing of beauty in the little wine glass it was served in. The smell of this beer is just what I look for in an IPA. Tons of grapefruit goodness with some pine and other citrus. Also whiffs of caramel malt sweetness in the background. It smelled so great that before I knew what I was doing I had taken a sip. Though the taste was very nice, it unfortunately did not quite live up to that great aroma. Very hoppy, but much more pine and weed hop flavor than citrus. The grapefruit was still at the party, but it was standing against the wall and not busting a move on the dance floor. At 11% (they said for this beer they turned 3C up to 11, bonus points for the Spinal Tap reference) you can bet that there was plenty of malt, which I found to have a definite toffee taste to it. Also, seems like there was a hint of pepper in there. Quite balanced for a beer of this size, I think they did a pretty good job of dialing up a smaller beer, something that it seems too often does not go so well. Medium to full bodied with a pleasant finish. I found it pretty drinkable for the style and enjoyed savoring it in the bay window at the pub and watching the people rush by below.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color with dense, offwhite head that retains fairly well and leaves very sticky and spotty lacing. Smell is a huge whiff of hops - mostly grapefruit with other citrus, earth, spice and pine in the background. Supprising hints of carmel in the background, once you acclimate ourself to the powerful hops. Taste is a well blended balance of the above mentioned hop characteristics, with with the citrus shinning through just a tad more then the others. Based on the smell, i was hoping for more of that nice grapefruit flavor. Decent malt backbone to this one which doesnt really cross into the sweet category. My only issue was a pretty stong medicinal and orange liqour flavor that lingered at the end. Combined with the heavy and sticky mouthfeel, i felt as i had just taken a shot of Grand Marnier. In the end, this compares to a more balanced and toned down version of DFH 120 minute thats much more drinkable.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Nodding Head last night. The bartender explained this beer was just brewed this past Saturday. Was served in a wine glass - seemed to me that they don't want this thing kicked before a high number of customers try this one.

A: Poured a deep copper, dark amber color with a nice white inch high head.

S: Wow - hopheads rejoice! They must've dry hopped the crap out of this one. The name of the beer implies the "C" hops...Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Chinook. The hop aroma is definitely the defining mark on this one.

T: I thought this one was excellent. For as much hops as they must have used, I didn't think it was too much for my liking. I overheard a server try a sample and say it's definitely a palate cleanser. Spicy & citrusy. Nice aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Good.

D: This one is a game changer. If you plan on switching over to other beers, you may want to have this one last. Besides that, I would have like a second glass but was a bit weary of the 11% ABV (and I had a couple of beers just previously).

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4C 10th Anniversary Ale from Nodding Head Brewery
4.33 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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