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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 94   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3016) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Can from SL. Pour is golden in color, nice white colored head that thins to a small covering. The aroma is strong citrus hops, some pine. The flavor follows, strong bitter citrus hops first with some pine in the background, malty in the background for sure but not thick. This thing is quite bitter, finishing a tad acidic. Mouthfeel light to moderate, drinks like an IPA though, nothing sticky at all about this. WOW, 10% ABV? Never ever woulda guessed it. It’s no wonder I was dragging last Saturday AM while biking after pounding a couple of these amidst a beer run Friday night!!??? WOW.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2011
12 oz. can from Capone’s. Pours clear fark straw with 3-finger uniform well retained off-white head. Nose is great; tropical fruit, resiny hops, malt, mild oak. Tastes very hoppy, resiny, with a big pineapple, tangerine, pine, and a well integrated oak flavor. Rich, complex, and delicious. Some late heat, and gets drier and more resiny and boozy late.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2011
12oz can, 4 pk. Clear light amber, golden color. White head. Aroma of HOPS. Citrus, pine, flowers, and resin. Yum. Flavor of bitter hops, sweet caramel malts, with a slight touch of vanilla. Loads of hops, very bitter. This was an attempt of a pool beer this summer because it was in cans. A bit too strong for that, it is just too hot outside. So it was a sipper while in the A/C of the house. Heavy bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2011
12oz can, purchased at Craft Beer Cellar - Belmont, MA. Fresh pine and floral citrus aroma. Hoppy beer signatures are really starting to run together for me, unless they’re single-hopped, something super-distinct, or completely odd. The flavors here are tight, but the balance is a little sweet, and there is a light bland, aged quality to the hop flavors. I think I get some oak dryness, but it’s not making a lot of difference. I still don’t get why anyone would wood-age a Double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2011
12oz can from total wine in norfolk. pours a bright, crystal clear gold with a massive, rocky, soapy white head with great retention and sticky lacing. aroma is great with big tropical fruit notes of guava, star fruit, apricot, and tangerine backed by vanilla nougat, toasted oak, and light orange peel with subtle hints of soap and pine esters. flavor is excellent as well with bitter, piney hops, sweet tropical notes of apricot, passion fruit, and mango backed by sweet vanilla, crackery malts, toffee, and a bit of grass. palate is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a touch of stickiness and a smooth, warming, bitter finish. overall, a damn nice rendition of an oak aged dipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (1077) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2011
12 oz can pours a golden amber color. Aromas of candied grapefruit, floral, and more citrus. Medium bodied, with a sticky mouthfeel, a great canned beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8430) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2011
12 oz. can. Pours a vibrant darker golden color with a medium sized off white head. The nose is bursting with tropical fruits and pine. Just a touch of cattiness comes through as well. The malts are on the sweet side, but take a back seat to the hops. Hints of oak and perhaps a touch of honey. The flavor has more bittering hops and pine than the nose would indicate. The fruity qualities of the nose are not as prevalent. The malts are not as sweet as I would have thought, but show touches of caramel and toasted bread. The bitterness lingers for a while. I am a big fan of bigger beers in a can and this one has me interested.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Poured a clear golden color with a thin white head that faded away rather quickly. Caramel malts and pine hops on the aroma. A good balance between hops and caramel malts. Not overly hops but assertive enoigh. A nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5914) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Can. Amber pour with a tall, fluffy white head. Strong pine, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, caramel and spicy hops in the aroma. Taste is big tropical fruit, pine, sweet malt, caramel, citrus oils, and fruit candy (Starburst, perhaps). Body is medium-full and very resinous. Lingering bitterness is there but not extreme. Finishes with more big tropical fruit notes, pine, citrus oils, caramel and more candyish notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3210) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Canned double IPA?? Hell. Yes. This is win. Picked up a champion four pack from Five Points Bottle Shop. I’m apprehensive about oak aged IPA’s. The question is, how much hop quality can remain intact? Hop Crisis!’s answer is, "plenty". PNW hops are in the nose and in the flavor in full effect. Ample pine, grapefruit and a bit of herbs. The oak is there, but just kind of melds with the malts. It provides a vanilla-type smoothness while the hops still add plenty of bitterness.Good stuff.

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