Ernest (7322) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light to medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Ordinary, and not very "imperial" in character...pretty straightforward IPA Nice mouthfeel, though.
944play (399) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz in bordeaux glass. Pale amber, low white head. Assertive, perfumey nose, like a bottle of Chanel spilled in a box of Earl Grey. Malt flavor is there for a moment until orangey fruit takes hold, but the pungent, peppery-bitter finish is what makes a lasting impression. Lacks the delicate, beguiling nature of B’Port IPA.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear orange color. Moderate off-white head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma with lots of hops--citrus, spice, floral and pine notes. Flavor caramel malt, citrus and pine. Hoppiness is not as distinct as in aroma--more bittering hops than flavor hops. Medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Not the best example of the style necessarily, but a very nice beer.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
wow, terrible iipa. smell is subdued and smells liek laundry damp with spring fresh detergent. pour looks ok and has a nice creamy head with good retention. the palate is very watery, really not ok. taste is hoppy, but old and stale. blagh, 2 oz of this is more than enough.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ TacoMac. Crabapple. Reddish, orange pour. Thin white head. Tastes like Oregon. Sweet, fruity, hoppy bitterness. Plentiful. Nice hop profile consists of loads of citrus / grapefruit, with light pine. Finishes with a touch of peppery spice. Aroma of rich malts. Sweet caramel, and loads of hops. Mostly citrus grapefruit. Hops, hops, hops. I love hops.
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 Pours a light golden amber with very little head. No lacing, albeit a few small suds around the edges. Note: on the lower end of alcohol for an IIPA.
Aroma is citrus mixed with a harsh herbal note. A very light candy-like sweetness in the nose.
Very strong citrus up front in the flavor, finishes with a slight biscuit note and a lingering bitterness..definite herb-type bitterness rather than citrus on the finish.
Well-attenuated and finishes fairly dry with a fair amount of malt. I would like to see this with a little more body and a touch more finishing hops. I think the four hop varieties are slightly muddled...according to the Bridgeport website they use 3C hops and Nugget. The Nugget is definitely influencing the quaffability of this IIPA,
Awesome for $6.99 for a sixer. I feel that this is Bridgeport’s best showing along with Blackstrap.
brianprentiss (699) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
not sure what makes this an imperial...the alcohol content isn’t very high. but, it’s a nice beer, good smell and fairly cheap here in Portland.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Cloudy orange and yellow with thin white head. Aroma is sweet spicy and lemony and fruity, kind of reminds me of pinesol or some lemon cleaning thing but somehow in a good way. Flavor is citrus, spice, resin, and fruit.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer would get higher ratings if they just called it an IPA. At 7.5% the word "Imperial" seems out of place, especially when most of the brews in the regular IPA category are around 7%. Also it’s priced like a regular IPA too. Anyway, on to the tasting notes... Obviously the focus is hops, and here we find a clear example of that special Pacific NW strain of bitterness. It has a sharp, spicy nose, leading into flavors of grapefruit and lemon that dance on the tongue. I like the limited malt presence, which adds just enough sweetness while allowing the hops to prevail. This reminds me of the Full Sail Pale Ale, but stronger. Definitely worth a try, as long as you’re not expecting a true DIPA/IIPA hop monster.
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
at 6.99, why would i pass this up? .. Pours out a dark copper .. medium strength foam .. resin, fresh pine needles .. . cloying sweetness to it.. a muddled brew but at $7 for an IIPA sixer, would do it again.. you wanna play good soccer, cocoa butter!