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

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RATINGS: 1237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 15, 2011
A - Pours a rich copper-red color with a finger of frothy slightly off white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, lots of citrus hops, a bit of bready smells, some pine hops, and a bit of booze. Nice balance. T - Starts off with a nice kick of citrus hops with some nice bitterness and some rich sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some piney hops come through with some more bitterness and some bready flavors with a hint of booze. The finish is a mix of some good hop flavor, bitterness, rich sweet malts, and some booze that lingers. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bit of a warming and syrupy feeling. D - Very drinkable. Fairly smooth for the high abv. I like the big bold flavor and the bit of booze flavor that kicks in at the end works well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle. Slightly hazy deep amber, with a solid, though short lived, offwhite head. Left is a ring with an island floating in the middle of the glass, with a sticky skyline around the edge of the glass. The aroma is pretty massive right off the bat, even when served cold. Tons of citrus, juicy light fruits, and caramel. Standard IPA fare, and since I love IPAs, this is enticing indeed. A bit too big on the caramel and sugary malts in the flavour department for my liking, but it’s well balanced. Mid to light bodied, lively carbonation. A bit of alcohol shows in the finish, otherwise it’s really well masked. Well crafted IIPA, but not my favourite. I’ve had it tons of times too, not sure why I haven’t rated it before.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlchemikalGab (43) - Borgomanero (Novara), ITALY - SEP 14, 2011
Pours a clear amber colour, lighter on the bottom. Average carbonation, with a light bone-coloured head with small bubbles. I really loved the aroma, smell of tea leaves or something close, hops, with hints of sweet, could be caramel - and alcohol. Taste is very close to what the aroma suggested, with a little more floral and slightly spicy notes. I could feel my throat burning as it went down, and that was the only advice the alcohol gave me. Left me with a pleasant sensation, very clean and dry, still wanting more, to tell the truth. A masterpiece.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle, thank you Colin and Kendra. Pours a deep orange, nice sized white head. Huge fruity hop aroma plus alcohol. Taste is spectacular - all I could ask for in a over the top yet somehow balanced hop attack - thank you Centennial and Simcoe - two of my favourites - and malt body. Stunningly drinkable yet so flavorfoul - one of the pure tastiest beers I have ever had. This is right up there folks with any double IPA you are likely to have. For me, it might just be the finest.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaartenRF10 (1597) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2011
Topbier! Eigenlijk is het uiterlijk nog het minste, oranjebruin, helder en een witte kraag. Heerlijke geur en geweldige smaak van hop, citrusvruchten. Bitter, zoet. Koolzuur niet te veel, niet te weinig. Lekker stevig qua alcoholsmaak en -percentage ook.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
stangger (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2011
From Iron Abbey Celtic beer dinner. Notes only. Well-balanced / very hoppy and malty. Devil-dancer esque. My notes stink.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flip_soeperman (616) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2011
hay, citrus, herbs, resin, earthy, orange, clear, minimal head, medium sourness, very bitter, light sweetness, full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABS (465) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2011
Dark bronze, quite clear. Frothy, slightly yellow head. Big, whelming hop nose, some citrus. Actually not that much aroma in the first sip, but it comes later on. Hop, citrus and some caramel aroma. Very bitter, as expected, but it fits the beer and is not to much. Stings the tongue a bit, feels almost a bit to much carbonated, even though that is not the case. Best IIPA so far, and I’ve finally found a very good BrewDog beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2055) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2011 Des agrumes plein la bouche. Juste assez malté, bonne présence en bouche avec une amertume assez persistante. Bue au terme d’une soirée trop bien arrosé, mériterait une 2e dégustation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dynamiteninja (1511) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle. Deep amber body, white head with no retention. Citrus, syrupy, brown sugar, tart fruits, spice, orangey. Bittersweet. Dry finish, moderate carbonation, warming.


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