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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Hazy orange/copper with a frothy off-white head. Spots of lacing. Nice hoppy aromas of pineapple orange, pine and lemon. Clean but somewhat syrupy malts with an even piney hop thread running through. Also some alternating citrus and twiggy notes coming through. After a while it settles into a lemon-pine character. Maybe a little uneven, but pretty good. I could be spoiled by recent tasting of west coast stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2008
On tap at the Maproom. Pours a clear orange with a beige head. Pine all over the nose, apricots, and lemons coming through. Pine and apricots again. A little grassy, and a bitterness that clamps on to my tongue long after I put the glass down. The malt is present but a little light for all these hops. All around fresh and refreshing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4 pack from Whole Foods - DC. Dark hazed orange, creamy white head. Hop aromas burst forward with deep wet pine and ruby red grapefruit notes which ride soft waves of fresh cut grass and mango. Razor sharp pine and evergreen tones mingle with notes of tangerine zest. Full bodied, prickly carbonation, bitter finish. Iíd say Hop Rocket is an appropriate name. No balance and all hops makes Scraff a happy boyÖ.on this day anywayÖ.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1823) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Draft at The Map Room, Chicago. Pours a very clear, see through copperish orange. Huge PINE aroma intertwined with a touch of sweet malts and a toss of citrus. Lots of hops! Flavor starts off slow and sweet and then progressively moves into a piney, grapefruity, citrusy blend of hop bitterness. This oneís all hop hop hop! The malts fade as soon as all the hops kick it. Ends with a pleasant bitter note that definitely lingers. If youíre into agressive DIPAís, check this for sure!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 on tap at the maproom. pours clear golden-amber with off white head. nose is loaded with pnw hop aroma and interesting one at that, lots of piney and sweet grapefruit but a unique earthy-hop leafy notes in there too. flavor was pretty much of the same, at first i didnít find this bitter enough but later on i thought the hop flavor just worked so well i didnít need big bitterness. the malt backbone was a bit lacking but there was no alcohol tasted and this is all about the awesome fresh interesting hop notes. easily the best Arcadia beer iíve had. i need some more.4.0.

2/15/08, 12oz bottle, this bottle is still very fresh and tastes exactly like I remember it did on tap. however Iím picking up some citrus, fruit punchy, and bubblegum hop notes. just an awesome, unique IIPA nose, and slightly under-rated! wonderful beer. Iím getting more. 3.9.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Draft taster at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/chicag Map Room. Light, almost pale lager color. But thatís from a small sample in a regular sized glass. Smell from that sample is pretty hop-intense. Pine needles, grapefruit, and yes, catbox, all very fresh. Big grainy malt taste. The kind of beer thatíll be hard to keep making if current trends continue. Get one while you can.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4580) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Pours amber with a light white head. The aroma has pine, harsh grapefruit, tropical fruits, soapiness and some underlying sweet caramel. Medium light body with prickly carbonation. The taste starts off like the aroma but on the watery side with a hint of butteriness - doesnít really seem like diacetyl though. This is very hop heavy and enjoyable. A good IIPA. This may have impressed me more if it didnít come out the same day as HopSlam which few will stand up against.
rerate - no change in numbers, just updating notes from whole bottle; first notes on a sample.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
hazy amber pour with little head..aroma is very fresh in grapefruit..very sour..nice and fresh flavor as well of ruby red gfruit pulp/rind, and sugar...a tad one-dimensional, but oh-so good

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5332) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark copper color with a medium sized yellow-white head. The aroma was strong fruity, floral and piney hops. There was a remarkable depth and complexity to the hop presence in the nose. The flavor was sweet, fruity and tangy with strong notes of grapefruit, pine and floral hops. There is a solid nutty caramel malt base underneath. The finish was long, sweet and hoppy. The body was reasonably thick.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Copper with lacy white head, lace. I love me some hops, and this is full of them. Piney, a little grassy, some fruit. Slightly sweet, caramel malt character. Finishes with hop bitterness.


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