Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange - may have been clear, except I accidentally dumped the entire load of dregs from the bottom of the bottle. Slight head. Aroma is citric hops and faint tea. Flavor is interesting, gently sweet malts with a strong, but not bitter hop presence - mostly citric, slight spicy and lemon, and then a distinct green tea note on the finish. This worked far, far better than I was expecting, and was actually quite good. Alcohol totally hidden. A rather fantastic beer actually.
alobar (3100) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy apricot color with a thin white ring for a head. Aroma of pine, hops, tea, and citrus. Citrus flavor with green tea flavor with a moderate hop bitter bite at the end, Medium body with great lacing. This is a great beer!
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a great large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong floral hops is dominant and very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by strong floral hoppy notes with light bitterness level and a bready malt backbone that is quite solid. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very well brewed and very interesting to drink though I canít say the tea really made much of a difference atste-wise.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 From the 11/2011 3R6P tasting. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very murky apricot color with a trace white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was tart orange, lemon, bread and kiwi. The flavor was bitter with tangy and sour nut, peach pits, citrus, tea and pepper. The finish was incredibly long and very bitter with sourdough bread and pepper notes. Fairly full bodied. Odd.
obielisa (1) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark orange color. Unique flavor with a green tea aftertaste. This beer is very hoppy.
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber color/ lasting ivory head. Very nice floral, herbal, fruity, green tea leaf, sweet caramel and marshmallow aromas. medium bodied with soft co2. Hoppy bitter, mildy astringent flavors of pine, florals, herbs, mint, green tea leaf with a honey biscuit malty base-mildly boozy finish--very good.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very hazy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Earthy, herbal aroma with lots of piny, grassy hops and green tea along with a pale malt character. Slightly spicy hop presence but mostly soily/earthy with pine needle and grass. The green tea adds an herbal/vegetal presence but never overpowers the hops.
Chewy medium body with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that linger over the green tea character and pale malt backbone into a slightly sweet, dry finish. Strong alcohol heat in the back end hurts drinkability. Slightly spicy with lots of sticky, dry hops that give of a strong soil/pine character. This is countered by subtle sweetness and a herbal/medicinal/vegetal presence from the tea. Again, I was expecting the green tea to overpower bu it provides balance without taking away from the hops. Pale malt backbone with hints of toffee and biscuit. But this beer is all about the hops.
I was excited to try this one but was a little skeptical going in. Thankfully it was well balanced and the hops remained the star. A bit too hot in the finish fir my liking but still enjoyable.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy golden with a thin white head and a nice halo around the top of the beer. Nice bright sweet grapefruity aroma with a hint of pine. Strong thick sweet caramel backbone in there as well. Nicely mild bitterness on the palate with a good caramel backbone to give the hops a good platform to work from. I donít really seem to pick up on any tea in there. If there is any, itís too mild to really get much from it.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottle pours an awesome opaque orange with a medium sized white head. Mostly citrusy grapefruit aromas with some piney resinous hops and herbal green tea notes in there as well.
Plenty of big juicy hops for plenty of bold flavors. Citrusy sweetness and piney bitterness create an awesome blend of flavors. Herbal green tea flavors linger in the background and become more pronounced as the beer warms and also prevalent in the finish.
Medium bodied. Somewhat sticky texture. Goes down way too easy for a 9.2% ABV beer. Love the long bitter hoppy finish accentuated by the green tea. Only complaint would be that I would have liked to gotten a stronger green tea flavor.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
All over the place. 12oz bottle. Iím not sure how a light delicate flavor works its way into a big 9.2 abv IIPA. Virtually no aroma, maybe some lighter herbal notes. Looks good and the taste is amazing, super light and the tea actually comes through. Not boozy or unlike any other imperial Iíve ever had. Goes down like air, a very dangerous yet tasty offering.