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RATINGS: 720   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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This remarkably balanced brew has a deep amber hue with a generous white head. Hopmouth showcases a rich, toasty flavor and sweet caramel notes because of the high-quality Maris Otter malt used. The hops are up front in the aroma, reminiscent of citrus and pine, while the resin-like flavors linger well after the last sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
draught. orange body with a small white head. the aroma is great - full of pine hops and biscuit. this is very balanced for an IIPA with mellow leafy pine and some warm alcohol. soft bready undertones. good drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Kind of low tasting on the IBU scale for an IIPA, but not a bad brew at all. Deep orange with a creamy beige head, itís got the grapefruit, piney, and floral aromas that one comes to expect in the style, albeit a bit tamed down. The caramel backbone is solid, supporting some good hop bitterness. Nice lingering hoppy finish. I wish theyíd kick it up a notch, though.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Bomber bottle and served in a ye old pint glass and near room temp:
Poured a moderately hazed coppery hue topped by a rich foamy head and excellent lacing on the glassware. The aroma is pure PMW grapefruit and piney hops with a light caramel and Maris Otter character full force. A peppery ester is also found on top of it all.

The taste is juicy fruit gum with a pepper twist. Very well behaved and proper just as I would expect from Arcadia since their best beers are more British traditional. This is by no means a hop bomb but there is just enough bitterness to keep ya happy. There is a yeasty aftertone that seems to mute the bitterness and kept the aftertaste in check. Very dangerously drinkable and so smooth with zero note of alcohol or metallic sharpness.

If there is such a thing as a session IIPA, this would be it. (far better than batch 999 IMO)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Hey,this isnít a bad beer but I sure thought that they wouldíve put more into this as it is the 1st in their BIG BEER series.Mostly sweet malts and some floral hops when I should hace been typing big hopiness and some sweet malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9357) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Pours a dark copper color with a thick and foamy ivory colored head. Really sticky lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and malt. Nice bitter character and medium body. Lots of hoppy pine and citrus flavor with an underlying sweetness of malt and toasted bread. Manages to stay thoroughly bitter and rounded at the same time. The finish is tart and hoppy and lasting. One of Arcadiaís best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours a murky dark orange with a rocky white head. Not a monster by any means but quite enjoyable with citrus and pine all balanced nicely by the caramel malts. One of the better brews I have from these guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Big Pacific Northwest hop aroma. Nice IPA orange pour...releasing even more pine and grapefruit scents. Nice caramel/toffee base...not enough to support the title of Imperial IPA, though. And the big bitter highlights, while enjoyable, are also more suited to a normal American IPA, I think. The IBUís clock in at around 76 or so. But very well done, and Iíd drink these all day long if given the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Pours a dark amber with medium, off-whte head that fades to a lasting cover, some lacing. Big hop aroma, citrus and pine, lots of caramel and fruits underneath. The flavor is moderately sweet, caramel, apricots and lots of pine. Smooth and soft mouthfeel, finish is medium length, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Bottle - big grassy hop nose with some spicy hops in, as well. Beautiful amber/orange body with an off-white head. A delicious beer! Obviously there are tons of hops, but somehow they do not pucker your mouth. Caramel, peaches, apricots and oranges along with a strong malt backbone. Nice full, soft mouthfeel. This is a very fine brew!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Dark copper color with medium sized white head. Aroma has the same over-ripe strawberry notes that my homebrew has when I over-dry hop it, and itís not pleasant. Flavor is malty, slightly creamy, hint of apricot and citrusy hops, fair amount of caramel, with a moderately bitter finish. I just canít get past the unpleasant aroma. I have another bottle, so Iíll lay it down and try again in a while. Maybe it will mellow.

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