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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 94   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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The name is a tribute to the hop shortage a few years ago. A imperial IPA aged on oak using Columbus, Centennial and cascades as the bittering hops and dry hopping with Simcoe, Ahtanum, Amarillo, and Cascades.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
On tap. Pours with a hazed golden body and a large white head that leaves great lace. Aromas are extremely floral and fruity with vanilla, oak, and a green quality to it. Taste is earthy, vanilla, tannins, fruity, strawberry, mango and papaya. Noticeable alcohol. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5840) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Clear golden color/ white head. Floral, tropical fruit, pale malt aromas. medium bodied. Nice floral, tooty fruity hop flavors with a solid pale malt sweetness--good.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Draft. Pours a transparent orange, off white head. Aroma of sticky sweet, almost cloying malt, bit of booze, wood and earthy hops. Flavors of hot booze, earth bitterness, overtly sweet malt, light oaky character. Big body, gratingly sweet, a bit hot, with a somewhat woody/sweet/earthy finish. Hop crisis is right, as I really didnít get the idea of an IIPA, way too sweet and really just prettily sloppy/hot all around.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2466) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2011
On Tap at Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian, ID Hazy golden orange witha dense creamy long lasting head, leaving hevy sheets of lacing on the glass. Huge fresh citrusy hop aroma and a TON of fresh up front hop flavor. Tangerines, orange zest, some grapefruit..just awsome. Moderate bitterness, which is the opposite of many IPAs and even Doubles. This is what I hope for on IPAs. Delicious. At 10%+ it is hard to have more than a couple and remember how good they were though.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Had it on draft at Fireworks in Leesburg, VA. I am going to be hunted down and shot for this......I prefer this over Hopslam. Better balance, more depth, more overall complexity, and a brighter finish. So very easy to drink, and in possession of a special property which makes you drink it. There is this sweet/soft/woody note as it hits the front of your mouth that explodes for a split second and dissipates just as quickly. Then you are hit with all the different layers of hops. Some spicy and earthy, others tingly and piney. Then there is a malt bomb which goes off in the middle of your mouth which gives way to a cleansing bitterness on the finish. As soon as you swallow, it is all over with out a resiny sticky, clinging bitterness like some DIPAs, but you feel refreshed....and want another sip. The nearly 10%abv is so well hidden you can easily get yourself in trouble. No heat or phenolic boozyness. Just AMAZING beer. I have to wonder if it will ever show up in cans........

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 27, 2011
On tap at Brewforia. Nice golden pour with creamy lacing. Nose gives off sweet citrusy hops with a solid malt bill. This is mirrored in the flavor with good balance, and a honey-like sweetness. Plenty of citrusy and herbaceous hops with the astringent bite. The biggest surpriseis how well the alcohol is hidden; drinkability is off the charts, dangerously. Medium bodied with a soft, frothy mouthfeel and a low to moderate level of carbonation. Rare to find such a balanced and drinkable dipa. I am a huge fan of this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a dense, soapy white head with great lacing. S: Perhaps not surprisingly, this is pretty sweet on the nose. Lots of sweet fruity hops giving a grapefruit and citrus aroma to the beer. There is a lot of caramel and sugary sweetness, though, which isnít really what I like in an IPA. T: Very sweet, way too much for me. Brown sugar, caramel, and toffee provide a sugary base to the beer. There is hop character to it, but itís sweet as well. Tropical fruits, sweet oranges, grapefruit, and perhaps a negligible amount of pine. M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation. D: This is definitely leaning toward the barleywine side of things. Not sure why this one gets talked up so much...I was not a fan.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MegaMaltMan (12) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Very enjoyable IPA. Strong ABV, but not boozy. Reasonable bitterness, fairly balanced, although I would prefer slightly less malt flavor. Still wouldnít turn one down.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 14, 2011
On tap @ Humpyís. Clear golden amber with a small dense off white head. Big Pacific NW hop aroma, lots of citrus, flowers, pine and a light caramel. The flavor is very bitter with just the slightest malt sweetness, very light alcohol bit in the end. Medium body with average carbonation and a long, bitter finish. Didnít get any oak at all, lots of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma though, pretty damn good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2011 Mild tender sweet hoppy aroma that smells of malty citrus. An ever so slight hint of oak is there somewhere. Flavor is...kind of the same. Really sweet and sugary malty up front. Tender body, low carbonation. Finish is hopped up nicely with a slight touch of oak flavors. Lots of vanilla running all over the finish, which ends up being quite bitter and achieves great lingering status. 11% is hidden dangerously well. Yum!


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