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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Anderson Valley Brewing Co. first opened in downtown Boonville on December 26, 1987. This was a dream come true for those wishing to savor high quality, flavorful and perfectly balanced beers. To celebrate our 20 years of continued success, we have created a unique beer. Our Imperial India Pale Ale is loaded with excessive amounts of malts and 20 seperate additions of the finest Pacific Northwest hops. We hope you find it most enjoyable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2008
22oz Bottle: Pours an orange color with a small light tan head that mostly disappears. The aroma is definitely on the sweeter citrus side with mostly ripe orange coming through. The flavor is more malty than I expected with a hint of pine and citrus coming through again. The mouth feel is medium with a hint of lingering bitterness. Overall this is a well balanced beer as many have said but for an IIPA I would hope for a bigger hop profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2008
2008-07-11. Orange amber body with a modest off-white head. (3+) Decent amount of hops in the aroma, clementines, citrus seeds. (7+) Pleasant hoppy bitterness throughout, light resin and a melange of mild citrus flavours. (7+) Smooth average palate. Quite drinkable, rather pleasant. Still, I’d like a bit more oomph to the citrus and hops to take it up a notch. Bottle shared by Blankboy and HogTownHarry

"All I keep hearing is gay meat...?" - Mabel, who joined the venison conversation a bit late.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Amber with a nice off white head. Aroma is a very floral and piney hoppiness, light soapiness and maltiness. Taste is a light hoppiness (floral, citrus) with a nice caramel sweetness to it also. I really easy drinking IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Bomber courtesy of DarkElf. Pours copper with an off white head. Smells of citrus, dough, some sweet malt. Tastes of pepper, earth, citrus, some resiny hints. Nicely crafted and a brew that seems to blend malt and hops well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Shared with MaltOMeal and thickfreakness. Rich golden color with no real head. Nose of oranges, mangos and spicy, piney hops. Flavor has nice bitterness that’s bit stronger than the malt flavors. Palate is a bit harsh and the finish is a bit pithy. Starts great, finishes a bit dry and astringent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle (220z x2). Shared by me and blankboy with gregclow, jerc, mabel & tupalev. Bright, fairly clear orange pour, small frothy off-white head. Sweet aroma of orange zest and dry resiny bitter hops, leafy and slightly boozy. Taste - very very dryly bitter, crushed maple leaves in the finish. Average body, nice astringent bite, long bitter finish. Solid, not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Golden amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is citrus, resin,pine and lightly sweet. Flavor is a very nice big round orange slushy of an IPA - sweet, hopppy, very nicely balanced. Finish is like a tangerine dream - one of teh best double India Pale Ale’s I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2008
22oz bottle. Aroma was of caramel, light flowery hops, apricot, orange, and fruit pastry. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was white with good retention. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. There was moderate hop bitterness that outlasted the sugars, lingering well after the finish. Very fruity flavor including the likes of orange, pineapple, and mango. The alcohol flavor and fruit gave it an almost liqueur note. There was also caramel and a hint of toasted bread. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
What 1st strikes you is the color. Like amber from ancient tree sap. Almost ruby. Aroma is ok, woody and dark hops. The flavor is where this beer really impressed me. Layers of stuff going on, intense, balanced and dense with weight and complexity to it that I haven’t experienced in any other recent Imperial IPA’s. My rating is higher than most but I think this beer needed some time to come around and put on weight, much like a wine. Will have to get more and try one in a year and see if it continues to get better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Bottle from IrishBoy. Thanks!
Pours a deep, sappy amber with a malty grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit biscuit with a floral finish. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, leaving a lasting film of flavor on the tongue. Nice beer, but I prefer a little less malt in my IPAs.

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