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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This Imperial IPA has an assertive aroma of sticky, resinous Summit hops. A complex flavor profile includes notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, and spruce. Though the flavor focus is on hops, a trio of malts provides a balance to the beer, creating a delicious level of palatability. Hints of caramel, toffee, and freshly-baked biscuits are also apparent in the flavor profile.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Tasted 2/17/08. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a golden amber hue. Spotty white head. Big bright hop nose. Tart grassy citrus grapefruit pepper and berries. Quite a complex nose. Full bodied and bitter. Big hops and big alcohol. Good rubbery alcohol. Sticky finish and a touch musty. Coating and bitter. Mild malt backbone. Tart and sour with a touch sweetness. The sweetness ebbs as the beer warms. Nice melding and a rolling palate. Honey herbal hops. Wonderful complex hop palate. Delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2008
was waiting to try this one. Finally found it on tap. Smelled very nice. Nice citrus smell. Taste was nice and fruity. I had hopslam on tap after this and hopslam blew it out of the water. But donít let that stop you from trying it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a genuine copper color. Nice sticky lacing. Spicy piney hops in the nose, and a slight sourness. Real tangy hops on the tongue, mostly Amarillo ctirusy stuff. A bit of an astringent quality, too. Balances, albeit a bit thick and syrupy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a cloudy light amber color with a small off white head. Smells of sweet hops, a little earth, and a decent malt presence as well. The flavor comes back at you with pretty monster hops, with the malts hanging on to try to balance it out somewhat. Very hoppy though. Good thing. Alot of grapefruit citrus and hop bitternessin the finish. Solid double IPA. Pretty tasty stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle: Pours yellow with a thich head. Aroma of hops and dirty socks. However, it tastes great. Strong flavor of hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2008
12oz from Rodmanís, D.C. Whoa, this is one hop-tastic face-wrecker of a beer. Like Two Hearted on HGH rather than a SoCal DIPA clone, this is unbelievably fresh. A strongly floral nose is mighty promising, but this thing really punches you in the face with a deep, dank wet hop flavor. Exceedingly tasty and dangerously drinkable, donít take it as a criticism if I say this is NOT particularly complex or balanced - itís powerfully insistent, with a lovely character. Really, really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Pours a brownish amber with a decent sized crŤme head that falls to nothing fairly soon. Nose is sticky piney hops. Smells thick like syrup. Flavor is thick, acidic, and oddly fruity hops. The fruit quickly goes away and you are left with a full and robust tone. Feel is smooth. Nice carbonation. This is as drinkable as any other DIPA Iíve had before. Extremely well balanced.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2008
12 oz bottle pours a hazy straw color. Aroma is of strong citrus hops. Flavor is grapefruit and pine with a little malt sweetness to balance things out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Draft: Poured a clear orange/copper color with a sizeable white head. Strong, hoppy-ass aroma that pretty much drowned out anything else. Some slight citrus notes were present but they were bullied out by this hop-bomb. Flavor follows to a "T" and ultimately this could be one of the most intense IIPAís that Iíve had. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2008
12oz Bottle 9% 111 IBU Got this as an extra in a recent trade with Hoppymeal, thanks a bunch Derek! Hop Rocket enters my pint glass a burnished copper and appears slightly hazy from the bottle conditioning. A clean white two finger creamy head grew on the pour and eventually fell to a solid crown leaving lines of lacing on itís way down. I was teetering between a 4-4.5 on the smell but after repeated inhalings I have to go with the higher rating. Thereís a strong caramel maltiness that makes up a respectable canvas for the showcase that is hoppiness. The hops bring an enjoyable candy like apricot sweetness that meets up with a big resinous quality. I really dig IIPAs that have this kind of hop combo. The flavor follows suit. Big hoppiness throughout but enough caramel maltiness to keep things from running wild. Surprisingly thereís not a lot of bitterness like I was expecting from the aroma. Like I said earlier this is the hop combo I really appreciate in IPAs or IIPAs. Arcadia did a great job with the mouthfeel of this beer. Medium bodied and incredibly silky. There isnít a hint of stickyness like I find in so many other examples. This is a dangerous drinker to be sure. Weighing in at 9% and without a trace of alcohol you could get in trouble with this beer. It drinks more like an IPA than a IIPA. This is my favorite from Arcadia so far. A surprisingly drinkable IIPA with a a great hop presence. I noticed this is their 11th anniversary brewing, I hope itís made into a year round offering because I know Iíd pick it up. Thanks Derek! 2/8/08


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