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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 94   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The name is a tribute to the hop shortage a few years ago. An imperial IPA aged on oak spirals using Columbus, Centennial and cascades as the bittering hops and dry hopping with Simcoe, Ahtanum, Amarillo, and Cascades.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigbish (684) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
This is a very tasty IPA. Lots of complex hop flavor, fairly well balanced with malts. Pours a gorgeous light orange with a huge white head. Plenty of aroma. He oak adds a little roundness to the flavor that I like. Very good IIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2336) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Tap, Leonís Decatur. Light hazy orange, with foamy white head...nice retention. Grassy hops at first, but with lots of citrus and grapefruit as well...light fruitiness in the aroma. Definitely biting at points, with grapefruit and some cattiness, and wood. Leans on the more balanced side of things for me, but not too sweet. Medium body with soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2011
A good Imperial IPA. Great hop flavor is balanced with malt, and tilts a bit toward sweet. Hop flavor is more than just bitter; complex and flavorful. A good choice if youíre after a robust, malty, very drinkable Imperial IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4199) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Can... Poured golden amber with a white head. Nose had hints of candied malts and floral, citrusy hops. Sticky, well carbonated palate. Quite hoppy, floral with pine and lots of citrus. Black pepper and slightly resinous. Bitter, but all quite balanced by the woody oak tones. Definitely a west coast IPA. Fruit esters that lent towards fruit juice, with a hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6014) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 Orange amber color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, light toast, and tropical fruits. Taste of pine, citrus, wood, resin, light sweetness, tropical fruit, and grapefruit in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11979) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Can. Pours clear to lightly hazy orange with a large, frothy and sticky white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy citrus and tropical fruit hops, average biscuit and meal malt, and huge fruity esters of apricot and pear. Alcohol and wood are faint and show up after the beer sits a bit. Flavor is heavily bitter upfront with a tongue-drying hop astringency. There is a moderate malt presence beneath the hops with some peppery and spicy alcohol showing up late in the very dry finish. Full body, moderate warmth, and medium carbonation. This beer is just way to abrasive on the palate for my liking.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - JUL 26, 2011
very good double IPA. maybe the recipe has changed because these cans I have all say 9.7% abv. either way, it pours a nice crystal clear golden with a firm head on top. aroma is a little sweet nutty, not too crazy over the top hop aroma. flavor is very citrusy, pineapple, tropical fruity with a great mouthfeel. really resiny, tiny bit oily maybe. alc is well hidden but has nice warming and texture. hop bite isnít as huge as it could be but im not sure how old this can is. tastes pretty fresh but maybe more subdued than it could be. iíd love to try it on tap, if this had just a little more hop assertiveness itíd be really something. reminds me of firestoneís hop profile, (and they have the oak barrel thing in common as well, i guess!) which i happen to enjoy a lot.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Tap at unos in neshaminy. The aroma is soft - light, mildly Hoppy. The sweetness of the simcoe is the first thing noticeable, but itís followed by a bitter kick of columbus. The balance is remarkable and the almost ten percent alcohol is masked. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6189) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2011
This poured a light orange color with a beige head. Aroma was grassy and citrusy hops as well as a strong caramel and pale malt character. Flavor was a bit thick and cloying maltiness a bit too malt forward and did not allow the hops to shine. A bit of a disappointment.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
12 oz. can split with mcberko. Pours a clear yellow amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet oak, some tropical fruits, caramel and resinous hops. Flavour of resinous hops, lots of oak, caramel. Full-bodied, very dry aftertaste. Well-balanced.


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