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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Thanks to Paul for the handbottle! Poured translucent medium orange with a tall initial cap of deep beige head. The aroma picked up a helluva lot of hoppage.. pineapple, grapefruit, and pine led the way with lighter fruits and a bit of citrus sweetness behind. The flavor had lighter fruits and hints of honey and toffee at the core, surrounded again by heavy bitterness.. pine and juicy pineapple were amplified by spicy alcohol.. warm, fruity finish. Heavier-bodied on the palate with just the right carbonation to keep it moving along.. well-balanced and just really enjoyable all-around!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Do not know what took me so long to finally rate this beer. Either way every time I drink it I am always reminded how authentically non-East coast it is. It s a clear dark amber color with a small but sticky head. Aroma is strong tropical fruit hops with some present bitterness to offset the medium sweetness of the hops. Taste is nicely balanced with sweet and lightly bitter hoppiness. It has a medium body that is not sticky or overly aggressive on the cheeks. Makes this beer so easy to drink and yet get your hop fix. Seems to not have changed much since it was originally brewed (as opposed to some of the other brews)
Goblet pour on tap at Blind Tiger.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2008
rotten pine aroma not much of a head. Tastes much better than it smells with pine and citrus. A little dry and a decent hop finish. Was looking for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rds (230) - USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 Clear golden body and dense near white head, citrus notes, great, strong hoppy flavor that challenges the tongue to move with the changing notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2008
12 oz bottle via Mys Swap 3.0 (Thanks dickinsonbeer!). This one pours a clear copper with an average size white head. Nose is orange, grapefruit, pine hoppiness. Tastes exactly like it smells, nothing more, nothing less. Very clean. Too clean in fact. I like my hops a bit chewier and with more resin. Body is light, carbonation medium. An ok DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Growler courtesy of Mike. Pours a clear amber with a thick frosty white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma of pine, grassy notes and citrus. Taste of east coast pine, citrus, and grassy and floral notes. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1505) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Piney hops, the slick mouthfeel of alcohol, and a big bitter finish. Not as drinkable as some other double IPAís, especially the Southern Tier Un-Earthly as long as weíre drinking in NYC... but there is a redeeming rustic assertiveness to this beer. You really taste and smell the hops. I love the lightning strike of bitterness that precedes the hop sensation that grabs hold of the palate and wonít let go. Clearly a well-made, big, intentionally-badass brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2008
growler thanks to my homeboy max.....poured a darker ruby red brown with a minimal soapy whit head that lingers for awhile.....aromas of a big floral and tropical hop bouquet.....flavors rendered much of the same. dominated by the hops but gave littlw way to some malt but not enough to make a large difference. bitterness in the finish and last well beyond that....a quality diipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Growler, via BA gpcollen1. Pours a nice copper body with a foamy one finger off-white head that slowly settled to a thin ring. No lacing. The nose is fairly aggressive citrusy hops, but not as intense as many IIPAs. Minimal malt impact on the nose. The flavor is pretty well balanced for an IIPA, nice fresh citrusy and lightly piney hops take control, but never become overly bitter. The malt breaks thru the bitterness on the finish, but itís strictly there as a trellis for all these hops. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky resiny hoppiness that clings to the sides of the mouth nicely with a very soft gentle carbonation level. Overall, this was what Iíd consider a "sessionable" IIPA, it wasnít trying to overpower your senses and just give you a boatload of hops. Nice work CL!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2008
From a handbottled 22 via MrBendo, bomber in great shape. Nice and appropriate carbonation level, hanging around. Wonderful medium dark bronze color. Slippery, oily and sticky palate. Intense pine, sappy aroma. Astringent hop flavors of pine and grapefruit, some toasted bread, some tropical-type sugars. The sugars donít offset the bitterness too much which is a common complaint for me about Double IPAs. Very good, not my fave style but I had to try this version. All in all a very good, very balanced and not overly sweet DIPA. Goes well with Boarís Head Rosemary and Sun-Dried Tomato Ham.

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