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Arizona Wilderness Imperial Refuge IPA

Arizona Wilderness Imperial Refuge IPA
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 4.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Everyone asks, "What’s your most popular beer?" As a pure analytical data based number, we always respond with "Refuge IPA" every time. So, for batch 100, we decided to make you Refuge IPA lovers, hop fiends, and just plain maniacal taste buds rejoice! We’ve completely amped up the Original Gravity to 19.2 plato (from 16). We also kept the focus on the amazing Pacific NW grown organic simcoe that we are so fortunate to be bale to use. Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, and the whole Cascade join the wild ride. How many hops in this 210 gallon batch? Oh..just...30 lbs of hops! That is almost 5 lbs a barrel. That’s just crazy, yet...drinkable? Enjoy our 100th batch!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3321) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Growler with thanks to agentzigzag. Pours crystal clear amber, small off-white head, dissipates fairly quickly with some residual lacing. Aroma is tropical, dank, pine, passionfruit, mango. Flavor is light sweet, medium bitter. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit harsh on the finish, but otherwise very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2014
32oz growler pours with a clear deep copper body that has thin gold edges and supports a light tan head of foam. The aroma offers up thick malty rich vibrant hops with pine and woodsy earthy spiciness as well as mild dank onion mixed with a green bell pepper note. Yes! I dig it. I like these aromatics. The taste delivers thick smoothness with only moderate pine and spicy and earthy hop bitterness. The hop flavor is a larger component as the malt sweetened tangelo, clementine and dank spicy onion hop flavor please the senses. Love it. This is rich deep hoppy goodness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9226) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Clear orange/gold pour. White head with light lacing. Sweet Snelling nose with some orange hops. Flavor had some nice orange hops, melon, tropical notes and sweet honeyed malts. Nice!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hach40 (2) - - JUN 28, 2014 does not count
Huge hop aroma on the nose. Very sweet on the palate with a nice bitter aftertaste. Dos Cabezas may have a slight edge but I believe I’ll have another. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (534) - Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2014
On draft at the brewpub. A big, pungent whiff of hoppy goodness graces the aroma with notes of grapefruit, orange rind, a fresh but muted pine resin tone, and wet hay. Pours a dark orange with a thin, bubbly, long-lasting, off-white head. Sweet malt overload (in a great way) on the first sip; the taste gradually grows to a tangy citrus blend that encompasses the smooth malt, with a rich resin note that leads to a semi-sweet, dry finish that leaves a pleasant light bitterness on the tongue. Medium body but heavier than many other DIPAs, with a slick texture that coats the mouth. Overall, it’s another fine brew from the Beards, but methinks I slightly favor their Dos Cabezas imperial IPA over this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1284) - Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Draft. Unclear dark orange amber with a frothy white head. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Juicy and citrusy. Complex hoppy flavor. Bigger medium body. Very balanced. Very drinkable moderate bitterness. Fruity. Tropical. Floral. Caramel. Dances in my mouth. Incredibly drinkable. Abv well hidden. Fresh flavorful and tasty. Hell yah good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2014
32 oz Growler from AZ Wilderness. 24 karat with burnt tangerine and crimson. Huge bubbles that turn into a small eggshell wisp. The nose is ridiculous! Evergreen, grapefruit pith, orange peel, and lemon zest. Flavor is significantly sweeter than I’d expect. Caramel, honey, brown sugar, and toffee...the alcohol is invisible but this one is chewy and sweet. Earthy and green and sticks to the roof of your mouth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1595) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2014
On tap at the brewery, Golden orange pour with a white head. A nice biscuity aroma with a good amount of resin and minor citrus hop bitterness with some maltiness to balance. Hoppy goodness, imperial style. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Copper pour with small white head. Nice citrus aroma. Smooth hop at first, but great malt balance. Really nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Orange pour with minimal white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Flavor is very soft at first and becomes more bold and citrusy. You’d never know it’s 9%.


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