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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 1377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered. Cask: Unfiltered.
Also sold as Tesco Finest American Double IPA
Ingredients: Maris Otter, Crystal malt, Caramalt; Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe hops. Dry Hops: Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe. IBU 150
This Imperial India Pale Ale Rocks... Hardcore! But don’t feel obliged to take our word for it, this little bottle has a grandiloquent story to tell.
2,204 malted Maris Otter grains gave all they had to offer the world to provide the robustly delicate toffee malt canvas for the ensuing epic.
4 Hop Cones willingly sacrificed themselves in fiery cauldron that is our brew kettle to ensure your mouth is left feeling punished and puckering for more.
9,900,000,000 yeast cells frantically fermented their little hearts out as the sugars were magically turned into alcohol in the dark depths of our fermentation tanks.
2 humans and 1 canine companion are relatively happy with the results
Note this is for the new petrol blue coloured labels with white lettering, which is 9.2%. Ratings for the older bottles with with bright blue label and black lettering should go under the first edition.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle from Utobeer, London. Aroma hints of grass and pine from the hops and some sweet caramel from the malt. Pours a dark amber with a thick off-white foam. Taste is somewhat sweet with a whole lot of bitterness that stays on the tongue even after the beer has gone down, very, very nice for any hop lover. Mouthfeel is excellent as well, feels thick and pleasant in the mouth. There is no evidence at all of the high alcohol content.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Pours a metallic brown, darker than copper. Off-white, one-finger head. Very lush, fruity hop smell. Grapefruit, bananas, orange. Taste starts off with the big, fruity hops. Grapefruit and orange. Then a huge dose of dry, caramel, toasty malts comes behind it. Huge malts. The hops are big but are quickly swallowed by the malts. This is a great beer. It’s not a hophead’s dream, but it’s delicious, with tasty hops upfront followed by rich, tasty malts in a big way.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (2663) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2011
Pours brown with a medium head. Aroma is strong hops and fruits. Flavor is malts and fruits at first with a huge amount of hops in the finish. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4434) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2011
11.2oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep ruby amber with a lingering, lacy, beige head. Aroma strong of citrus, floral and pine hops, with a little caramel malts and alcohol. Flavor mainly of the hops, but the malts have a presence that balances it well. A nice toffee/hops bitterness/alcohol finish. Smooth texture. A pretty good imperial IPA.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erasmus_ro (1667) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2011
UPDATED: APR 25, 2013 Bottle on 2.9.2011: Pours a burnished, reddish copper with a large, yellowish-brown, long-lasting head. Gorgeous. Aroma is strongly juniper and its berries; BrewDog’s house flavor. But also exotic fruits: pineapple and passion fruit at least come through strongly. Some caramel malt in there as well. Pretty nice. Taste is stingy juniper that turns into a mixture of the junipery hops and caramel malts so common for imperial IPAs. Very dry, a little bit of the infamous cat urine I hear so much about. Palate is dry and stingy , full and a bit carbonated.

Cask @ RAF2011, Gallow’s Bird, Espoo, 25/02/2011: Pours amber with a bit of red and a small, white head. Aroma is florally hopped. Taste isn’t as bitter as you’d expect, quite fruity. Average body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2637) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
Pours a dark, cloudy golden with a frothy white head and good lacing. Aroma is heavy on the hops, somewhat candied sweetness and resin. Taste is a bold smack of hops, mild bitterness. Well balanced and very enjoyable. I wouldn’t label it an explicit imperial ale but it is a fine example of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fugitive (1512) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 22, 2011
Draught. Color red with medium head. Aroma hop, grapefruit, fresh. Taste bitter, hop, fresh, grapefruit, sweet notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (3391) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2011
UPDATED: APR 27, 2012 This is a classic. Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a red-amber with a small, thick white head. Big hops on the nose. Citrus, pine, caramel and hop resin are all prominent. Has a sweet caramel malt backbone which seems to be subdued by the big hop presence that takes over completely. Overall a fantastic beer and one that I will always hold in high regard

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3903) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - FEB 20, 2011
Pours red to bronze with a nice head, aroma of pine, orange, pineapple, marmalade and lemon, flavor of malt, tangerine, grapefruit peel, quite bitter with a medium to full bodied, nice but not outstanding

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2011
Draught at Bishops Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm. Pours out in a shady reddish amber colour with a small creamy white head. Hoppy and rather sappy aroma of pine, resin, plums,, Sevilee oranges with hints of caramel. Nearly full-bodied with notes of bittersweet notes of pine, resin, red grapefruit,, mango, Seville oranges and caramel. Well-hidden alcohol but a bit rough carbonation. Bitter finish of of grass, pine, grapefruit and sweetish notes of Seville oranges. Much better than their earlier version but nit’s still not over 4.0.


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