Bristol Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   IBU: 89   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
We’re not big fans of the palate-crushing hops and alcohol levels found in many Imperial IPAs, so we set out to brew a tasty treat for the hop loyal that embodies just a bit more finesse. Checking in at a relatively friendly 7.9 ABV, our Imperial is citrusy, pungent and robust, with a malt bill that provides the backbone your trusty palate craves.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 31, 2014
22 oz Bomber. Tasted on 5/31/14. Bottle via Espo. Aroma is light with some citrus & pine. Not a lot of nose on it. The taste was light & almost too thin for a DIPA. It was mostly pine & a mild bitter finish. The beer finished pretty dry with a clean aftertaste & a slight bitterness. Overall not a DIPA but a decent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Espo1 (35) - - MAY 31, 2014
A - cloudy yellow A - not much on the nose just a faint citrus T - thin for the style, would like to have more malt backbone M - carbonated well for being bottle conditioned but bitter finish O - good IPA but not really and imperial in my opinion. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
KSCO (4) - Morrison, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2014 does not count
Sampled from 650mL bottle. Poured into goblet with 1 finger head, beautiful amber color, lightly carbonated. Aroma of apricot and grass. Initial sweet taste on tongue, soft on palate, complexity wanes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhclem (421) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Cloudy amber pour with a strong head and decent lacing. Nose is citrus, pine and light yeast with a touch of malt. Taste was hops and grapefruit, with the malt making its presence felt. Alcohol could have been better hidden. Mouthfeel was crisp and full. Finish was long lasting and developed a bit of sweetness at the end, which, for me, was nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
22oz bottle $6.99. I picked this up against my better judgment because I know if its not West Coast it ain’t shit, oh well. I think this was a different beer than the Edge City DIPA from a couple years back but it has been a couple years so I can’t be 100% sure. Amber-orange color, good head, looks good enough. Smells like aspirin, no joke. Flavor is aspirin and bitter hops. Not a lot of citrus, pine, or tropical fruits, mostly just bitterness and a hefty flavor of alcohol. Overall, a disappointment and not something I would purchase again but I should have known better in the first place. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-08-2012 19:46:45

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7364) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of detergent, plaster, crayon. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean. Medium to fully body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Nice appearance, but that’s about it. The hops are reasonably prominent in the nose, albeit resin-heavy, but alas, the dirty background notes bring it down. Clumsy and dirty in the mouth. It could be a lot worse, I suppose, but it’s not enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Sampled on 10/14/2012. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head with decent lacing and good retention. The aroma is fruity and sweet, piney and citrusy. A medium bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are piney, grapefruity and citrusy. Decent carbonation. A fairly bitter Double IPA., where the bitterness lingers on your tongue for a while. There is some malt sweetness at the finish, but lots of grapefruity hops as well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is mostly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Pours an orange/amber color with a dense white head. Floral and grassy hops with a lot of bready malt. Not a terribly fragrant nose. A bit of toffee and caramel. A light bitterness on the back end. Some pine and grass, light floral notes. Sweet toffee and caramel maltiness, a touch of bread, and some toast. Not really all that great, but nothing offensive about it either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3438) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick off white very well ratained head, with extensive lacing, over a hazy, almost cloudy, amber (SRM 8) body....nose is light pine, light citrus, slight toffee/caramel......taste is toffee/caramel, pine, grapefruit peel, licorice, hints of honey like sweetness, finishing with a light lingering bitterness.....mouth feel medium, alcohol absent, carbonation low. This is a different I/DIPA. The hops are subdued compared to many, but this is what the brewers were aiming for. It could be considered a very, very big IPA, or a bit more in the English tradition of hop complexity in aromas and flavors, beyond bitterness. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is fragrant floral, pine, and citrus hops with biscuit malt and tropical fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, spicy alcohol, supporting sweet malt, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

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