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RATINGS: 593   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!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Fresh draught at Sunset Grill, 2/7/09
We don’t have a tap handle for this, so someone just used the Hop Ottin handle. I actually was surprised to learn this wasn’t Hop Ottin, so that’s not a good thing.
Plain old cascade/chinook-like citrus in the nose has touches of spiciness and bits of light pine, but is otherwise completely drowned out, on the end, by an overly bready/doughy maltiness and strong honey-caramel character.
An initially pleasant, if somewhat light burst of hops produces peach, grapefruit, candied orange and cherry flavors, but is gone before you can analyze it, leaving in its place honey dough and sweet caramel, and surprisingly little bitterness on the end. I’m not in to much bitterness, but this has to have more, just to balance the malts. There’s nothing bad going on here, as far as off-flavors or unpleasant malts/hops, but it’s like they were just planning on making a pale ale. This isn’t a double IPA by measure of the hops and something obviously went wrong here. Way, way, way too reserved/muted in the hop department, especially given this stuff is brand-spanking new. Looks nice, as always, from AV, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (618) - CROATIA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle, 355 ml from Za Popent, Ljubljana. Pours hazy orange with medium white head. Sweet malty, fruit hoppy aroma and flavor. Hoppy bitter finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1272) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 4, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yy0pp (485) - - JUN 28, 2014
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mateuszk (178) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours yellow orange with lasting white head. In aroma hoppy - floral, citrus, pine. In taste big hoppy bitterness with great malty back. Medium carbonated, full bodied. Great IIPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (544) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a orangish yellow hue with a small, off white head that leaves lacing on the way down. S- Smell is very hoppy, a bit floral, indistinct sweetness, caramel, maybe a little pineapple. T- Very malty, lots of light fruit, banana, pineapple, perhaps a bit of melon, with some grapefruity hops that balance the back end pretty well but are not anywhere near the level I expected. M- Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. D- This was a nice little DIPA that was definitely on the malty side. I would recommend it if it is easily obtainable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (6879) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein orangegoldenes Bier mit geringer aber schönen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig herb, fruchtig, tropische Früchte. Geschmack stark malzig bitter, fruchtig herb, minimal würzig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finn (4032) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
Fra flaske 0,355l på Bishops Arms Kiruna 20 Apr 13. Mørk aprikosfarget. Høyt luftig skum med kniplingslacing. Skummet varer lenge. Litt uklar. Veldig god aroma av tørket frukt med innslag av plommer. Syrlig fruktsmak. Stikkelsbær. Behagelig tørr fruktig ettersmak som varer lenge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2160) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
9/18/2010. From bottle. Aromas of malt, hops, caramel, citrus and spice. Some alcohol burn, but good balance of flavors and finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hallinghansen (1892) - Odense S, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle @ bandlys blålys. Clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma is caramel, hops, fruity. Flavour is hops and way to much caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2042) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2013
Very strong tasting IPA. Lots of malt, hops and fruits. Nice beer, but it could have been a bit more balanced.

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