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RATINGS: 524   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Enjoyed on tap in a pub glass. The beer pours a medium amber color, with a smallish white head. The nose shows citrus hop character. The palate shows west coast hop varietal flavor up front, before trasitioning to a medium to medium-high crystal malt residual sweetness, and a crisp bitterness on the back end. The finish leaves a lingering note of hop flavor. Overall, perhaps a touch too sweet, but easy to see why the beer won gold at GABF.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1451) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Draft, Beer Revolution. Despite its silver medal at the last GABF, I expected to be a bit disappointed by this beer, after hearing it was an oak-aged DIPA with a pretty big malt backbone. However, I was happily surprised. This beer had a wonderful hop aroma, mostly floral with some grassy and pine/ctirus in a supporting role. Taste was very balanced, which is normally a descriptor that I associate with too much malt flavor for DIPAs, but it works here. I can see why this beer would go over well with judges. It’s balanced but still has some good bitterness and lots of hop aroma. There’s a touch of oak in the taste, but I think it mostly serves to make the malt flavor gentler and rounder. The malt has a honeyed flavor - very nice. Mouthfeel is thick and full. Very good DIPA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
OTRihtnsgbt (28) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 64 oz growler from Whole Foods. Deep amber color, head has nice white lacing. Big citrus hope aroma. For 110 IBU this brew has some incredible balance. Great hops all the way through the finish, some interesting oak notes as well. A very impressive IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2360) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Pale golden pour foamy soapy white head ... aroma of citrusy and light piney hop and sugary sweet malts .... taste is of lots of bitter hop citrusy and rindy ... lots of sticky lacing and has a malty backbone that flows into a bitter dry hopped finish .... didn’t detect really any of the oak but it was a solid dbl ipa

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10986) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium to heavy citrus and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration.This is a solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2010
On tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD: Pours a transparent golden bronze with a thin ring of white bubbles. Has a fresh resiny grapefruity hop nose with a touch of light malty sweetness underneath. Starts with pretty good fullness and a lightly sugary sweetness which quickly gives way to a more bitter, slightly astringent resiny finish. Has a pretty good hop profile, but seems to be lacking the right amount of malt balance. It’s a little too sweet at first and then not sweet enough. Nonetheless, a pretty good effort.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Draft. Pours an amber toned body with a mostly white head and decent lacing. Sweet fruity hop aromatics, nice pine and grapefruit tones, light citurs. A bit sweet almost like bright cane sugar, citrus, and a modest warming. Grassy and chewy, really nice. Downed 3 pints.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5022) - Utah, USA - DEC 13, 2010
On tap at 21A
Appearance: Clear amber with a medium white head and good lacing
Aroma: Grapefruit and floral
Taste: Grapefruit with a bitter finish
Nice DIPA, crisp and refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (981) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Growler served in a tulip. Pours crystal clear orange-amber with a medium sized off-white head. Good retention, excellent lace. Big, citrusy hop aroma. Backdrop of more hops, grassy green variety. Flavor is malty sweet with a little oak showing. Medium+ body, very creamy-sticky texture, with a sweet, then bitter finish. Very green bitterness at the death. This drinks very smooth for having such monster abv. I certainly wouldn’t turn away a pint, but there seems to be a missing element.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5045) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Sampled on draft at 3 Rivers 6 Pack this beer poured an orange-amber color with a medium sized foamy orange-white head that lingered and produced decent lacing. The aroma was strong pine, grapefruit and pineapple. The flavor was very sweet with strong caramel and strong notes of grapefruit, pineapple and pine. The beer was quite bitter and rather harsh with notes of grain alcohol - very boozy. The finish was long, bitter, fruity and floral with a harsh bitterness that does not want to leave. Full bodied. Distractingly boozy. There are some nice elements but the whole does not satisfy. Interesting.


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