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RATINGS: 687   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Growler from MrBendo. Assertive food my ass. How does a plate of szechuan chicken sound? Had to stop eating and enjoy this before I drank the whole glass whilst trying to put out the fire on my tongue.Very nice brew, domintated by the hops here with some other fruity aromas and tastes. This was thick an syrupy which I happen to enjoy in a beer. Also nice to see that the brewer knows what Stilton is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Growler, courtesy of MrBendo - thanks, Todd! Well, after working my way through this baby on a fine football weekend I can give it a hearty thumbs up. What impresses me about this beer is the interesting balance it strikes. Itís fine looking (ruby, deep), with a nice head (moderate retention). But what strikes me about it is the way it comes on very full and strong with rounded, floral hops, but finishes extremely dry and almost bitter. It makes for a pleasant combo, and a distinctive DIPA. Another excellent brew from this top-notch brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Sample at the brewery. Paired with some blue cheese and salami. Sesame crackers and hummus on the side as well. Pours a rich orange golden color. Nice small head (orb) little fluffy clouds. Maybe its the food but the aroma is heavy hops and balanced malt. Pine and citrus form the hops as descibed come through nicely. Taste is sweeter than expected, but has lots of hops. Mostly hop finish with a little sweet sugary malt. Delicious every day beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Name: Captainís Reserve
Date: 01/10/2007
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting

muddy orange, fine white head, touch of lace, sweet pine aroma with a nice fruity mango essence, sweet pine and caramel flavor, nice fruity sweetness, light balancing bitterness,
-------- /> Name: Captainís Reserve
Date: 11/17/2007
Mode: hand bottle
Score: 3.5 to 3.7
Words: throwdown 3

same wonderful sweet pine and fruity character, picking up a touch of alcohol, bigger bitterness in the finish but offers a bit more balance without distraction,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Had a sample from a growler ,a sample given from the brewer himself.This beer poured an amber color with huge aromas of hops,pine and citrus.Clean and crisp finish-an absolutely great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Woah! Poured dark amber with off white head. Big aroma of hops and citrus. Big party of hop flavors in your mouth with hints of citrus. One of best IIPA Iíve ever had. Delicious and smooth.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - 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!

   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!

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