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RATINGS: 681   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Growler from scthaden on "the other site" (sorry guys). Frothy head. Nice lacing. Crisp dry finish w/ a big, creamy mouthfeel. More like an American strong than a IIPA. Hop presence is rather subdued. Good nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger NYC- One of the best aromas on an i2pa Iíve experienced aside from the dreadnaught. A wonderfuly balanced and huge imperial that would rate higher with a touch more malt. I am very impressed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2413) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Nearly clear amber. Aroma is the typical PNW goods with grapefruit, citrus, pine, a touch of tropical fruits. Typical caramel backing. Predictable but very enjoyable and well made. Had it as fresh as itís ever gonna be... kegged that day at the brewery. Bottle it!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppityHop (175) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Amazing in nearly every aspect. The coloring was a beautiful dark bronze, the aroma was ridiculously hoppy, and the flavor was everything you expect from an IPA and more.........much, much more. Hearty and easy to drink, yet thereís so much going on, you will savor every sip. Absolutely no hint of the alcohol this one packs, and the aftertaste just makes you want another one (and another one after that). Finally, a brew that lives up to the hype, I canít say enough good things about this fine crafted specimen. I canít imagine it gets much better than this!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1599) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2007
A still, clear amber pour. Aroma of wildflowers, vodka, and those poundable chocolate oranges. Simple. Taste initially seems to waver toward complete alcoholic dissonance. Sharp with aerosol. The flood eventually recedes into a pure citrus sunshine of pineapple, mango, and white donut peach. A massive piney bitterness, impossible to ignore, precedes a rather smooth and vegetal yerba mate pulse. Sufficient malt presence is felt but not tasted for the most part. This works. Carbonation is reserved, which streamlines the experience in this case. Soft and staying power on the palate. Vaguely different, and kindly effortless. Thanks Andrew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2010 Rerate! From a growler filled three days ago at De Cicco in Ardsley, $13.99. Clear toasted gold with a small creamy off-white head that fades to little more than a thick ring, though does rouse a bit. Orange and pine hops up front with a bit of caramel malt and a light metallic note. Not a hop bomb, but fairly hoppy. Flavor has some sweeter ripe orange notes and not quite the pine, and a little more caramel malt. Finishes semi-dry with bitterness at a 5-6 that lingers at the back corners of my tongue. Light carbonation with full body. Better than I remember it being, but the rating didnít really change, either. 7/4/2007 Rating. 12oz hand bottle from Dickinsonbeer, thanks much Paul! Pours a clear copper with a 1/4 finger light yellowish white head. Pine, pineapple, and some grapefruity hops dominate the aroma, a solid sweet caramel backbone is also everpresent. The hops do seem to have died out a tad on this one, but it still seems fresh enough for an accurate rating. The flavor proves me wrong. Itís hard to explain the flavor of faded hops other than the pine or tangerine or spice are lessened and the bitterness comes forth even more--to everyone who knows this (most everybody), Iím sorry. There is still some pine, but the grapefruit and pineapple seem quite diminished. Small amount of caramel sweetness and a light alcohol presence--semidry finish. Bitterness peaks around a 7-8 (of 10). Moderate carbonation with a medium to full body. Pretty good overall, though this wouldíve been even better fresher. 8-4-7-4-14--3.7

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2007
growler from JB175. Thanks Jason! Pours a golden amber with a thin white head with constant lacing. Aroma is very fruity--pineapple and grapefruit noted. Flavor is very full and hoppy, yet has a sweet malt element to it that balances it out very nicely without overshadowing the resinous hops. Palate is bitter--but good bitter. Alcohol noted, but very well controlled. Captain Lawrence continues to impress.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Draft at the brewery and growler @ home. Golden-amber color with a small-med white head. Aroma is thick with nice citrus and some floral/pine notes - very sweet smelling. Taste is quite hop-forward - lots of citrus and pine, but smooth and clean. Not much malt, but the sweet malt that is there serves merely to make the hops dominate - Hop-forward without being messy. Really nice DIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1963) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2007
On tap. Amber hue with a nice white head, a nice pine like aroma with hints of orange. Flavor was dominated with a strong hop presence , the malt notes were far to weak to be recognized.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2080) - 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.


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