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RATINGS: 700   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Several occasions, most recently growler. Poured orange-amber with some white head. Aroma of grapefruity hops primarily, with a little malt as well. Taste is slighlty different, with an initial burst of hops that fades into malty sweetness. That was essentially what kept this beer from being 4+; needed more bitterness. Moderate mouthfeel and more hop presence in the finish. Definitely a quality IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Poured a clear amber color. Aroma is citrus hops, some piney quality as well. Flavor is a bit mellow, but the hops and malt are there. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1553) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2007
(From a growler shipped by jjpm74) Great pine/grapefruit aroma upon opening it. Pours a clear reddish-amber with a nice white head (especially for coming from a shipped growler). Strong citrus bitterness with no detectable alcohol. Good long bitter finish. I’d love to try this bottled or on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1930) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 Sweet grapefruity floral dryhopped aroma. Dry, steeped tealike hop taste with malty finish, but relatively low complexity. Draft at New Beer Dist, and rerate on a 500ml bottle. $5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3428) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Hand bottled; recommended by golubj on my trip to New York City. Very nice aroma; citrus, grapefruit, pine and pineapple. Not a lot of up-front flavor, but the malt backing comes in fairly quickly, followed by a lot of pine in the finish. I liked the amount of hop finish; would have preferred a better tasting beginning. Still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4849) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2007
On tap from a sixtel at Dickinsonbeer’s apartment. Pours a great looking orange/amber with a huge frothy dense white head that lasts and lasts. Citrus hop aroma with a big grapefruit nose. Flavor is good but something drops out between the aroma and the flavor. Medium bodied with a slight bitter aftertaste. I love CL I only wish the beers were slightly more accessable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
Minimal haze obstructs the nice copper coloured body. Fading off-white film. Not hugely aromatic, but when you put an effort to it, it’s rather complex: the malts are well extracted, toasty and thick. Firm resiny hops with soft citric undertones and more piney, green sappy notes. Confident bitterness slices through the sweetness and the finish is dry all throughout. Medium to full bodied, excellent texture. Cleansing, medium-high carbonation. Good stuff that stays apart from what one may call standard.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (836) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Draft at Hop Devil Grill (NYC): amber color, citrus and hoppy aroma, taste is hoppy but also well balanced, very drinkable, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Copper in color with an off-white head. Aroma was of tropical, grapefruit, and pine hops. Not a lot of up-front flavor, but the malt backing comes in fairly quickly, followed by a lot of pine in the finish. Good amount of bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2007
on tap & growler-pours a big creamy/bubbly tan head and copper color. Aroma is wow! Nice west coast hops-citrus/pine, some sweet. [Simcoe, Chinook, Cascade]. Taste follows with nice medium malt back bone. Sessionable. OK carbonation. No plastic or slick mouth feel.

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