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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1657) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2088) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3898) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10083) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - 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!

   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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