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RATINGS: 672   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 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
This is a hop story all around, found on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC. Hop aroma, hops in taste, full mouhfeel, with nicely done balancing and creamyness in the mouth. Good representation of the imperial style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2007
1/2 Gallon Growler. A lovely brew. It doesnít have the most intense hop aroma and flavor, but it is definately still pretty big. The malt provides a nice sweetness and balance, while the hops taste really nice. There fruity, piney and herbaceous. Itís a fine beer overall, with a big hop character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - APR 25, 2007
bottle. golden color. small head. hops in aroma. hops in taste. great complexity. piny hops. some sweetness. and bitter pallete.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2007
Sampled from a growler shared by goldtwins on 1/10/07: Pours a hazy copper bronze with a spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet pale maltiness with lots of fresh, piny grapefruity hops. Body starts with nice sweet pale maltiness along with a good amount of fresh piny grapefruity flavor hop balance. A smooth, enjoyable double IPA.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2007
Tap. Pours a deep reddish gold with a head that disapates quickly. Nose is incredible; muted floral hops with peaches and apricots. Yummy. Unfortunately, this was the highlight of this brew. The flavor is very bitter and there was not much to defend against that. It did have a nice creamy/viscous mouthfeel though. I continued to return to the nose to bring me back to a positive place for my next sip. However, this intervention was not working. This was very tedious to finish and extremely disappointing overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Handbottle thanks to dickinsonbeer for this bonus. Pours a clear orange with a tall beige head. Grapefruit and lots of orange citurs in the aroma. Fruity flavors citrus, grapefruit, sweet carmel, and toffee. Overly sweet and only slightly bitter, good but lacking the bite to counteract those sweet malts.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2007
handbottle thanks to dickinsonbeer. pours golden-amber with off white head. nose is very pnw hops with nice grapefruit notes. flavor is a bit of a let down, not that bitter, fruity hop notes and toasted biscuit. abv is well hidden. carbination is low-med. mouthfeel is full. tasty and very refreshing but lacks some ibus.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Growler... This beer rocks!... Clear, deep amber ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Great retention. Smells of toasted caramel with earthy pine and grapefruit. Lesser notes of brown sugar and ginger with mere whispers of menthol and cedar. The flavor definitely, and amazingly, leans toward the bitter side of balance. Sturdy caramel malt backbone with a bushel of earthy, piney hops. Brutal, woodsy bitterness with a shot of red-hot alcohol. Full-bodied and very creamy with mild carbonation. Lengthy, violently bitter, tongue and mind-numbing finish. Thanks so much to jjpm74 for shipping this hop monster to Florida!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Hand Bottled: Dirty caramel, somewhat hazy, moderate to large frothy off-white head, fairly nice lacing. † Moderate floral and citrusy nose. † Moderate hop juice on the tongue, not biting at all. † Malt background is soft. † Fairly clean, with a slight hint of citrus rind bitterness on the exit. † Body and mouthfeel are modarate. † Fairly simple example, but pretty clean as well. † To me this is a 1.5 IPA as the malt backing for an IIPA isnít as heavy. † Strong lingering citrus rind bitterness after the finish. † Pretty good example, one that I wouldnít hesitate to have again. † The only thing I could add would be a tad bit more malt backing. † Otherwise this one comes across as quite tasty! † Thanks Paul for this lovely brew!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2007
I had this on-tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. I got a lot of dry hop aroma and mouthfeel from this beer, but not much in the way of sweetness or citrus. Appearance was rather serious - hazy copper with only a thin bit of lace. Mouthfeel was fairly crisp and not sticky. A pretty big beer, but a pretty good big beer.


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