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RATINGS: 679   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This beer is a salute to the ingenuity and creativity of the American craft brewers. A uniquely American style of beer, the Double or Imperial IPA, has become the calling card of many craft brewers who aren’t afraid to push the limits of what hops can add to a beer. This beer is big and hoppy - not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to experience sensory overload as you savor this Imperial IPA. Sensory Profile: Hops, and lots of them. The aroma is bursting with the classic citrus and pine aroma of American-grown hops. The flavor is dominated by a hoppy bitterness, with just enough malt to make you want to take another sip. Food Pairing: This beer needs an assertive food to stand up to it. Match Captain’s Reserve with aged cheeses such as Stilton, cured and grilled meats.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle from a trade. Poured into a snifter, because I can. Pours a hazy dark orange with a half finger of white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Same as aroma with citrus and pine but some sweet caramel also. Full bodied with a somewhat creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a super long, slightly warming finish. Pretty awesome. Would love to drink this again

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1663) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 Bottle. Thx Joris for sharing. 3 year old sample. APPEARANCE: light clouded blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: hoppy, some citrus, some wood. TASTE: hoppy, citrus, little oxidated, smooth, alcohol. Still very good! Re-rate with a fresh (2 month old) sample APPEARANCE: light clouded blond beer, small stable white head. NOSE: very hoppy, florar, sweet. TASTE: florar, hoppy, nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bellco33 (277) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Poured into pint glass from bottle: pours golden with a one finger white head. Arima of citrus, pine, earthy, grapes. Taste us pine followed by tropical fruit and bitter hoppyness. Medium body, a bit astringent, pretty tasty!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2067) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours a nice golden color with a finger of sticky foam. The nose is round hops, citrus, grass, heavy sticky malt presence and a bit of dank earth. The palate follows the nose and has some decent citrus undertones but the mouthfeel is like jello and there is a heavy stale grass presence that is underwhelming and gets worse as the flavors linger.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4448) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2014
11/I/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ JorisPPattyn’s place - probably 2010 or 2011 vintage (2014-30) Thanks to Joris for sharing the bottle!

Little hazy blond beer, irregular off-white head, little stable, pretty adhesive. Aroma: some honey, sweet, bit floral, dried peaches, sugary, little spicy. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sweet start, bit sugary, honey, citrus, some sweet exotic fruits, pineapple, passion fruit, soft bitterness. Aftertaste: honey, pretty sweet, very fruity, lots of citrus, grapefruit, soft bitterness. Very nice! Never had a double IPA of this age that held up so well!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeq215 (69) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Smells sweet, of citrus. Taste is same, with medium hoppyness and a thin mouthfeel. Great fuity DIPA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
On 06/18/2011. Slightly hazy golden body with a small creamy white head. Sweet floral and resiny hop aroma. Sweet resiny and floral hop flavor with some caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonatikon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (1982) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013 Bottle. Sampling session at Lefty’s. Nice mix of pine and citrus, and some stinky fruitiness. Light grapefruit and some sweet peach / mid balances very well / finish is tasty and full of gentle bitterness. Medium body. Bit of a hop bomb at first, but goes milder quickly with a lovely range of fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1662) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2013
At a tasting at KyotoLefty’s place. A straw gold with a filmy head, powerful aroma of citrus with a touch of pine. A medium to full body with an ascerbic, bitter, hoppy... kind of stinky tropical fruits, citrus & pine. A solid IPA, not so complex but good & not too boozy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6186) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle. Peaches, orange, lightly tropical, a bit of pine. Crackery malt. Sny gold, hazy, light lacy head. Sweet, biscuity, lots of rich fruit, apricot, mango, orange, some mango stink. Nice balance, very drinkable, great fruit. Lovely. Silky.


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