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RATINGS: 594   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Well this smells good.....nice citrusy nose...then on the flavor...ehhhh it lacks the hop complexity that I look for in a dipa.....overall not worth the 7 bucks that I paid.........why did you let me down anderson valley why?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Bomber. Not much head and just a tad darker than their Hop Ottin. For a double ipa, I would say this is easy to drink. It is not huge on either the pine or citrus side of this style. It really only tastes a ’little’ stronger than the Hop Ottin. It could be a good introductory beer for people that are not used to big butt kicker dipa’s but on the mild side for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
killerK (14) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 24, 2008
bottled. dark golden color with a small white head that laces the glass. distinctive west coast hopping give it an intriguing spiciness and zesty hop bite that balance well with the malt. really well done for an imperial. its tough to get enough attenuation with out the beer being too malty and almost syrupy. well done and a good example to other brewers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
22 oz. bottle from Whole Foods La Jolla. Pours clear bright copper-amber with a small beige head that diminishes quickly to a thin skin. Aroma of grainy malts, hints of brown sugar, dried orange rind along with floral and resiny hops. Flavor gets more malt forward as it warms, ripe summer fruits and citrus, hints of toffee, nice brash citrus rind and evergreen hoppiness, a bit of earthiness as well. Full body and subtly tingly carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. I had expected a supreme IPA since Boonville’s hop ottin’ IPA was above par but I thought this was only average in comparison. The liquid poured as a dense copper-gold color with a fizzed life of head. The nose was a lively aroma of wet and freshly picked hop with classic signature citrus styled grapefruit hops that remains constant until the last drop. The flavor was extremely decked with hops and maybe to bitter for me to enjoy sipping away at it, but I did notice a light background metallic notes that sort of soured the aftertaste. My honest prediction is that this won’t age to well base off its carbonation level.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11137) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Bomber. Piney hop backed by floral and citrus hop. Bright amber color with a beige head that’s decent. Rather full bodied with almost creamy carbonation. Flavor is probably light caramel which is completely overwhelmed by floral, pine and citrus hop. There is a fair balance in the finish, a little sweetness and a lot of hop. Seems fair to me, anyway. A smooth ale with something that should satisfy most HHs.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joet (2177) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
a rich range color with a white head it looks good in the glass. the aroma is less impressive than the hop 15 I had before this -- viney and earthy. Good. Heavy dull body. Sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 22oz. bottle. Golden dark orange, some particulate haze, small white head. Candied citrus hop aromatics with a balancing fruity sweet malt component. Citric metallic hop character up front, emerging malty sweetness, some caramel. Piney, vegetal hop components then manifest. Slight medicinal bitter twinge in the finish, with grassy hops and a lingering sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, somewhat dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Bottle. Nice copper pour with a medium head, aroma is sweet malty with a citrus hop thrust. Malt character is not complex but sweet and stands up well to the substantial pine/citrus hop kick. A well done DIPA, I like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1841) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 Fresh bottle.

This is a frickin solid IIPA and by far my favorite beer from this brewery thus far.

Pours a beautiful golden amber with a nice foamy head. Wicked hoppy aroma, peach and pine and citrus, a touch of alcohol but nothing too strong, Gorgeous flavor: caramel malts ride out the long hop attack, providing the sweetness and richness to balance the big hop blast without ever getting sticky or cloyingly sweet. This is not an IIPA in the dry herbal mold, but of all the malt-balanced, piney IIPAs I’ve had, this one avoids the sticky-sweet trap better than any other I’ve ever sampled. Cold, I pick up the same metallic tones that are bugging after4ever in his rating, but as it warms these become harder to detect and the beer really comes into its own. Lovely, full mouthfeel. Great stuff.

This one was another delightful surprise. I have to admit that I almost decided to let it go; I’m glad I went ahead and picked up a bottle. Very nice.

8/28/08 At 8 months of age or so, the hops are fading and there’s a bit of oxidation -- but the malt backbone carries the beer quite nicely, and it’s still definitely enjoyable. Not a 4, but surely a 3.5 or 3.6.


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