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RATINGS: 713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 arenít 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 Captainís Reserve with aged cheeses such as Stilton, cured and grilled meats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2008
On tap @ The Ginger Man, NYC. Pours a amber copper color. Aroma is malt heavy with caramel malts, some piney & citrusy hops. Flavor is extremely well balanced. Caramel malts up front followed by nice hop bitterness. Please come to WNY

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Growler gracioously given to me by The_Epeeist, huge thanks Chris!! Pours a coppery color with a medium sized pilowy white head. Aroma is citrus, lemon zest, caramel, pine. Flavor is citrus, pine, caramel, floral, hint of alcohol. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished with a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Growler from Big Z’s, Huntington, NY. Pours an orange/brown with a small thick white head. Aroma predominantly of grapefruit, also some citrus, pine, and grassy hops. Flavor of bitter citrus hops, nice cookie malt. Very thick mouthfeel. For 8%, this is quite syrupy and hard to drink. I liked the aroma but the palate is too thick and muddies up the flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Growler. Awesome aroma of intense, tangy grapefruit, sweet green grape. Flavor got a little muddy for me with the distinct aromatic characters getting lost amidst thick, semi-sweet malt, and turning to little more than balancing bitterness. Tasty, but not my kind of DIPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2008
On tap at two different bars: This poured copper in color with a medium-size head of very fine white bubbles. The nose was wonderful with scents of tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, orange) that make me think of Hawaii. The palate is rich and concentrated with great balance and finishes with a dry bitterness from the wealth of hops. This one just hits my sweet spot all around, great brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Handbottle from sleepylopes. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this one! A nice golden orange colored brew with a thin white ring. Lots of fruit in this one a little grapefruit, followed by caramel malts and softer fruits like melon and apricot. Hops up front; pine, grapefruit, sweet orange. Caramel follows then lingering piney hops. Juicy and dank, just the way I like it. The malt adds a nice balance, but the hops are the best part here. Incredibly fruity and a good deal of balance. Insanely drinkable. Smooth. Hop resins coat the mouth. A very nice IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Really good stuff. There is a strong hop flavor with a hint of apricot. Kinda reminds me of a Sierra Nevada infused with a Magic Hat #9. The hop flavor is much stronger than the apricot taste though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Growler. Gloriously resinous on the nose. Oozing with juicy goodness. Quite a bit of pine bark seeping sap and. Plenty of caramel and citrus peel to back up the dank pine. Pours a rich, bold copper with a lasting off white head. Plenty of bitterness on the tongue. Bitter citrus zest, dried cedar and other tree bark, balanced (not too sweet malt). Medium to full bodied. Rich and slightly chewy. Highly drinkable for an IIPA. Quite nice! Thanks Trevor!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
6-1-08 growler shared at tasting - thanks!
Medium orange amber red in color with an ivory head. Nice clean and hoppy smell. The flavor is the same - nice clean and hoppy. So amazingly drinkable and refreshing even. Nice balanced flavor and palate. Overall, I could drink many more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Growler shared by Jonathan at tasting. Thanks man!
Pours a cloudy, rich reddish amber. Smell is sweet and fruity caramel, and some fresh pleasant hoppiness. Taste is fairly hoppy, but quite smooth with bitter pine, and fruit flavors. Very balanced and easy to drink for a DIPA. Great stuff.

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